Category Archives: Fashion

Keep calm and wear more makeup

By Sharmistha Khobragade

It is surprising to me that I am writing a piece to exhort women to wear makeup. Till a few years ago, I owned only two lipsticks. From being well-groomed in college, I went to being a ‘makeup virgin’ post marriage. Career, marital responsibilities and, after a few years, kids, were reason enough for me to fall off the makeup bandwagon. I simply didn’t have the time and energy.

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The new supermodels with a few million Insta followers

By Sujata Assomull

“I will not get out of bed for less than US$10,000 a day,” said Linda Evangelista famously in 1990. This quote marked the reign of the supermodels in the fashion industry. If it was a Vogue cover, it had to be one of them. And if it was a landmark pop video it was incomplete unless it starred a supermodel. Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, George Michael, Tina Turner and Jon Bon Jovi — their most iconic videos of that decade featured one or more of these ladies: Helena Christensen, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, Yasmine Le Bon, Christy Turlington or Linda Evangelista. For a fashion house, a runway show that did not feature at least three of these girls meant that the brand was no longer relevant. Everything these women did mattered, from what they ate for breakfast, what car they drove and who they dated. Who can forget what a beautiful couple Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere were and how good they looked on the red carpet?

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Huda Kattan: How a blogger built an empire

By Sujata Assomull

In March this year, The New York Times wrote an article that asked the question, “Is Huda Kattan the most influential beauty blogger in the world?” And with over 23 million Instagram followers — that’s more than actor Reese Witherspoon, supermodel Karlie Kloss and fashion designer, Marc Jacobs combined — Huda is probably beauty’s most influential blogger today. The Dubai-based social media star also runs her own beauty company, Huda Beauty, which was launched two years ago. Continue reading Huda Kattan: How a blogger built an empire

Hello you, fabric of the season

By Sujata Assomull

Velvet is one those fabrics that is always around in fall — usually reserved for use as a trim or for a finishing detail. But now, this smooth and sumptuous weave has got an upgrade, as velvet goes under the spotlight. So much so, that the main fashion window of Harvey Nichols in the Mall of the Emirates is dedicated to velvet. It all started last fall, as fashion developed a serious crush — be it Alberta Ferretti’s soft pink pajamas styled two-piece ensemble, Valentino’s long sack gowns or Bottega Veneta’s sharp tuxedos — velvet was the fabric of choice. And this velvet renaissance has now has turned into a real love affair. Continue reading Hello you, fabric of the season

Old is gold and the new is bold: A roundup of the fashion weeks

By Sujata Assomull

Twice a year, the fashion pack live out of a suitcase for a month — as they travel from New York to London, to Milan, to Paris, to watch the “shows”. It is a fashion tour that sets the trends for the next season, and the Spring/Summer 2018 edition ended earlier this week. We take a look at the top shows of the fashion weeks so you get the low-down in a five minute read. Continue reading Old is gold and the new is bold: A roundup of the fashion weeks

Super deals as well as bling. Try a pop-up this weekend

By Sujata Assomull

It is the season to indulge — for me at least, there is no need to wait till Christmas. The fashion weeks are underway. The new collections are in stores. And every weekend, till the end of the year, you can look forward to a new pop-up, trunk show and flash retail experiences — call it what you will. They are a recipe for disaster as far as I’m concerned — I always spend way too much! And this weekend is ‘Design One Dubai,’ up at Emirates Towers — I will be there all Saturday morning—indulging myself, of course. Continue reading Super deals as well as bling. Try a pop-up this weekend