Tuesday, January 29, 2013

BEAUTIFUL INSPIRATION!!

Today as I was sitting with my partner Anuj Singh discussing about 'Miss Cosmic World' an international beauty pageant that we own, I realized how I have evolved from being a person at awe with the pageant titles to someone who is now actually organizing it. And the journey has been quite an interesting and a beautiful one. 
And a lot has to do with the women I was surrounded with since I was a student. Let me explain you how! 
Ever since I was a student, I have been fortunate enough to have known at least one Miss India / Gladrags finalist at any given point of time. I say fortunate because I am from a small town, Lucknow, where  beauty pageants and fashion shows are still not considered a serious business.
Today when we are the national directors and the franchise holder of three International Pageants, I would like to thank them all for making me the person  I am. 

SMITA SHARMA (MISS INDIA 92, Finalist): Smita Sharma was my senior in school and I use to call her didi(sister) and her younger sister was my classmate. I got the news through her sister that she has been selected for MISS INDIA. She went for the contest and and was ranked 4th position. When she came back, she was full of stories about the contest. That was the first time I got the knowledge of what actually happens in the contest. And that was the time I decided to get into the business of fashion. So I started up with fashion choreography and also joined the fashion institute in Mumbai once I completed my intermediate. 
Smita Sharma


CHARU JAIN (GLADRAGS SUPERMODEL 95 Finalist) & SHILPI KAKKAR (GLADRAGS SUPERMODEL 1st Runners Up): I use to come to Lucknow during my vacations for two months and use to do fashion choreography for the shows. That is where I met both of them. They were there as small time local models before they got selected for the Gladrags. Shilpi got into the top three and got into the modelling contract with organizer. That time she showed me the contract letter and that was my first brush with the contract sheet.
Shilpi Kakkar


ANUKRITI SRIVASTAV (MISS INDIA 1999 Finalist): By this time the beauty pageants in India had become really big in terms of production. I was again for my vacations from the designing institute when Anukriti asked me to do the costume for her for the Miss India Contest. And I was the part of the Miss India contest as a designer. That was the time when I understood how a pageants are conducted. 
Anukriti Srivastav


RUPALI YADEV (MISS INDIA 2006, Finalist) & ROMIL SRIVASTAVA (MISS INDIA 2007, Finalist): By this time I had completed my graduation and moved back to Lucknow. And I had already started my event management company. They both were classmates and use to model for my shows. They were groomed by me for the pageants. 
Rupali Yadev

Romil Srivastava


VEDITA P. SINGH (V Get Gorgeous, Winner): She had just returned from Mumbai after her studies. She had her portfolio shot by Dabboo Ratnani. Vedita was the model for my first article as a columnist for leading media house, Hindustan Times. 
Vedita P. Singh


PRACHI MISHRA (MISS INDIA EARTH 2012): I met her first when she had come for a state level pageant where I was the official trainer and the pageant director. And later she went on to win the Miss India Earth title. We still are in touch and keeps on discussing about our work.
Prachi Mishra

People say, 'Behind every successful man there is a woman' in my case there are MANY...
Thank you ladies!  


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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Style Check with Prachi Mishra, Pantaloons Femina Miss India Earth 2012

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PRACHI MISHRA stormed into our collective conscious when she won the PANTALOONS FEMINA MISS INDIA EARTH 2012 title. Being a friend, I have seen her transform from a small town(Agra) girl to the most beautiful girl of the nation. In our last telephonic conversation she talks about fashion, style and her future plans:
Prachi Mishra, Miss India Earth 2012

PRACHI is currently busy with:
  •  Making appearances at events as celebrity guests, fashion shows. 
  • The social cause she strongly believes in called 'Project Chirag' and 'Leader of Light'.
Her future plan: 
She wants to get into Indian cinema. Right now she is on the process of reading scripts.

Her advice to the aspiring models:
  • Stay fit and in shape because if you are not in shape nothing can help you sustain in the modelling business.
  • Be yourself and dont try to copy anybody. Specially in the pageants they are looking for an individual identity and not a clone.    
  
5 Things PRACHI  always carry when she is going out:
Mobile, Nude Pump shoes, Lip Gloss, Mascara, Pair of Jeans
5 things Prachi always carry when she is out

PRACHI's Favorite designers:  
J. J. Valaya, Tarun Tahiliani, Malini Ramani and Falguni and Shane
Prachi's favorite Designers

PRACHI's Favorite make up brands:
Prachi's favorite make-up brands
  • Mac and Bobbi Brown for the day to day makeup
  • Kryolan for the shoots
One make up tip PRACHI learned on the job:How to put the eye lashes.

PRACHI's idea of an evening glam look:
Short and sexy red dress with nude lips and smoky eyes.

PRACHI's idea of a casual day look:
A pair of denims with a t-shirt and sneakers. 

I loved Prachi in the sari designed by her friend Vidya Tiwari, which she wore at the Filmfare Award function.
Prachi at Filmfare Award function
 

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Runway by Max Collection

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This was our first show of the year 2013. ‘Runway by Max’ collection, was showcased on the 9th of Jan 2013 at MGF Metropolis Mall, Gurgaon. The show had models like Donna Mesih, Margarita, Chiara, Victoria, Khushboo, Kanchan, Heena, Asad, Lalit Bisht, Imran, Puneet, Praful, Abhilakshit and Priyank who showcased the Winter and Runway collection by MAX Fashion.


Present on the occasion were C. S. Shekhar, President – Retail Operations, Max and Anukriti Gosain, the winner of the Femina Miss India Delhi pageant as well as the title of Femina Max Fashion Icon Delhi. They were accompanied by Vijaya Sharma and Shrishti Rana who were the first & second runners up of the Delhi pageant.


The show was directed and choreographed by Basant Rai and Anuj Singh.

Here are the glimpses of the collection.
Let us know which on you liked the most.




Ponds femina miss india delhi press conference & fashion show from demelange

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Monday, January 21, 2013

My list of 5 best dressed Actresses at FILMFARE Award 2013

I always look forward to film award functions not for the sake of knowing which film actors and actresses got the award, but it is purely for  seeing these celebrities dressing up and flaunting their best at the occasion.
When it comes to the look, some of them play safe, others becomes edgy. Many stay loyal to a designer few experiment. But the motive is the same... to look stunning!

The FILMFARE Award 2013 was no difference. Everyone looked stunning in their own way. But here are my pick on the 5best dressed actresses in no particular order:


DEEPIKA PADUKONE: She looked absolutely  breath taking in PRABAL GURUNG cut-out gown with red lips and studded Louboutins.
Deepika Padukone in Prabal Gurung
 

PRIYANKA CHOPRA: She is one actress who never goes wrong when it comes to Award functions. This time also she looked stunning in an ARMANI PRIVE gown. From colour to her makeup and hairstyle every thing was... PERFECT.
Priyanka Chopra in Armani Prive


ALIA BHATT:  This young entrant has a flair for fashion. And she yet again proved it in MANISH MALHOTRA lehenga. I loved the hint of pink dupatta to break the monotony.
Alia Bhatt in Manish Malhotra


CHITRANGADA SINGH: She surprised me with her looks. She choose ANAND KABRA for the day. The Amrapali earrings, Eina Ahluwalia haath phool and a Gucci clutch completed her look.
Chitrangada Singh in Anand Kabra


REKHA: Golden Kanjivaram and Rekha..... Do I need to say more... Simply DIVA.
Rekha in Kanjivaram


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The year that was 2012..

There were more than 15 fashion shows / pageants we did in last one and half years. 
This is the presentation of some of the major fashion shows and pageants that we did from mid 2011 to Dec 2012. Enjoy!!!!!!! 



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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Jodie Foster’s glorious 'Coming Out' Speech At The 2013 Golden Globes

Judie Foster at The 2013 Golden Globes

As I was watching this acceptance speech by Judie Foster at the 2013 Golden Globes on YouTube, I realized, that she was prepared to bare it all, but in a very glorious and gracious manner.  

The notoriously private Foster stunned the audience of stars and Hollywood biggies as she accepted a life-time achievement award by announcing she was now single. Following her "I'm just gonna put it out there loud and proud" build-up she snatched away the expected "I'm gay!" denouement with, "I am single. Yes I am. I am single."


 
Agreed, she was not courageous enough to accept that she is a gay, but she  made a moving tribute to her "ex-partner in love" and co-parent Cydney Bernard, as later she said, "There is no way I could ever stand here without acknowledging one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my confessor, ski buddy, consigliere, most beloved BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard. Thank you, Cyd. I am so proud of our modern family." 


Foster said she had always been up front with trusted friends and family about her sexual orientation.
"But now apparently, I'm told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference ... that's just not me," she said.

Judie Foster stunted all the stars and Hollywood biggies  when she said "She is single"

 She ended her speech with the note, "Jodie Foster was here, I still am, and I want to be seen, to be understood deeply and to be not so very lonely. Thank you, all of you, for the company. Here’s to the next 50 years.” 

For me Jodie Foster is one of the most amazing actresses of all time. And after watching the video I can say, she is one the most amazing person in the world.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

7 ways to look chic regardless of age




Here are a few tips that will put a smile on many women's face! A well-known celebrity stylist, Lois Joy Johnson, brings a few tricks that will allow you to look younger and to refresh your style without having to completely change the contents of your closet and empty the bank account.
Besides the fact that Lois Joy Johnson is a celebrity stylist, she is also the author of The Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age, and on this occasion we bring you some of her great tips.

 
Be bold with colours

"I think we all learned a lesson from Michele Obama, and that, thanks to colours, it is possible to stand out from the masses," says Lois Joy Johnson. Black colour can make you look tired, but by choosing an appropriate colour can make you look like you are full of energy, "she adds. Colours can have a positive impact on your complexion, radiant skin and mood. Aside from the colour on the clothes, you should also be brave when it comes to makeup and some accessories. Colours in which you feel good are most likely those colours that best suit you.

Layers are stylish

When you do it right, layered outfit can look very good and stylish. To avoid a messy and modern look, pay attention to the materials of the garments. Lois Joy Johnson suggests that the thinnest and longest piece of clothing you wear underneath, and each layer should be made ​​of thicker material and a shorter model. Start with long thin shirt and then finish with a thicker sweater and jacket with different length. Layers in the upper part re balance with leggings or skinny jeans in the lower part.


Dresses for every occasion

"Dresses are perfect and simple solution because you do not have to trouble yourself with how to pair several pieces of clothing. Dresses pass in every situation, and they can be combined with shoes, boots, high and low heels, "advises Lois Joy Johnson.


Allow yourself an elongated silhouette

"Remove from the wardrobe any clothing that highlights your neck and legs "advises the stylist, but the idea is not to reach for the deepest cleavages but moderate' V 'cut-outs or sweaters on which you can unbutton the top few buttons. Additionally combine a knee-length skirt and heels to elongate your legs. This combination creates an impression of elongated silhouette.


Monochrome version

While you might think that a white blouse and black skirt are ideal combinations for every occasion, just stick with the combination of items in one colour. 'But it does not have to all be the same shade, you can wear, for example, navy sweater, and combine it with dark jeans, "says stylist.
Firmer look with corsets

"If you only have one corset in your closet, you'll benefit every time you want to look 'tighter'' says the stylist. Some pieces of clothing easily adhere better to the body if you have a corset underneath, and today there are a vast variations of corsets on offer, high waist shorts ... Manyfamous beauties are wearing bustiers and corsets to help their body look better shaped.



Spice up everything with a thin belt

'A thin belt adds one final definition to your appearance and emphasizes the waist and curves, and can greatly improve the general impression by making a clumsy combination to a chic combination, "says Lois Joy Johnson. You just have to try to wear a belt at the thinnest part of the waist, not the hips.
 

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Top 8 Styles That Most Trended in 2012

Our Guest Fashion Blogger JANA SAIFI tells you about the Top 8 Styles That Most Trended in 2012

Goodbye 2012, welcome 2013! And what better way to say goodbye than sharing our best moments of the year, right?
I think we have nothing to complain about, and yet a lot to be thankful for: the year brought forth some spectacular retro trends, but still surprising us at every turn. I decided to share today the top 8 styles that most trended in 2012 (:
Retro Style
Beautiful is never old. This year, retro style was everywhere. Singers Rihanna and Katy Perry were currently putting this look on. We had Kim Kardashian wearing a cropped design: A high waisted skirt with a cropped top. Just be careful when choosing the top, you have to know your body type and pick the right one!


Sneakers
Who thought fashion would get so comfy? This year, sneakers with embedded heels were a huge hit! This trend spread so fast and I became a #1 fan in no time (: These sneakers are a girl’s best friend to go to college, shopping.. for those places where you have a lot of walking to do, but want to do it with style (and the extra heels we girls love so much).


Printed Pants
How to express the veneration for this trend? I do not have enough words! Printed pants give so much joy and style for the production. You put one on and this is it; whatever you wear with it goes perfectly well! A simple white shirt and flats, for example, will be enough to leave you styling and ready to go! Printed pants can be worn to go to work, college, lunch with your friends.. and if you wanna make this look work for a classier ambient just bet on a neutral color pair of high heels and some jewelry, voila!


Sheer Skirts
Well, well, sheer skirts: per-fec-tion. This trend came to stay! Believe me, it is enough said that this skirt will make you move heads while you walk. It is pure class, style, feminism, and grace. While many people think that long skirts only dress well with heels, this is not true. The sheer skirt is an easy-going piece; it depends on what you want it to do for you! If you are going for a walk on the beach or an early brunch, just throw some flats and a chain bag: nothing will beat this look.


Necklaces
Flashing colored necklace can change your outfit completely; well, this trend ruled 2012! We did not have to worry about the necklace being too big, on the contrary, it would only make it better.


Lace
My favorite of all times: lace. Lace dress, lace shirt, lace head-band, lace everything! This fabulous material is complete class and charm.. and designer Elie Saab showed us his passion for the fabric as well, designing almost every dress in his Pronovia Bridal Collection in a lace style.


Clutches
These amazing envelope bags trended this year like never before. A key wardrobe piece, a clutch can be worn with any look, be it casual or a little more chic. 


Spikes and Studs
Last but not least, spikes and studs. When is too much of something a little too much? You decide! This year, this trend was everywhere. I cannot name one collection where I didn’t see at least some spikes on the pocket of a jacket, not to mention the shoe fever! This style is gorgeous and I love it.. If your outfit is a little more simple you can bet on a pair of presence shoes, but if the production is already very much alive, you may wanna wear something a bit more discrete.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ricky Martin & Sushmita Sen

 She is an ultimate DIVA who ruled the universe with her beauty and brain. He is an ultimate LATINO POP artist with the universal appeal. Sushmita Sen and Ricky Martin are the two souls whom I admire the most. 
RICKY MARTIN & SUSHMITA SEN

And here are a lot in common between the two.

If Sushmita Sen is unapologetic about her RELATIONSHIP with MEN then Ricky Martin was courageous enough to accept that he is a HOMOSEXUAL man.  Both of them believes in giving 100% to a relationship till it lasted without any regrets.

Its rumored that at one point of time they dated each other and if the tabloids are to be believed then the song MARIA sang by Ricky Martin war inspired by Sushmita Sen.

And not to miss both of them are unmarried SINGLE PARENTS. Ricky Martin is a dotting father of twins Valentino and Matteo and Sushmita Sen is a loving mother of two daughters Renee and Alisah.

Here are the pictures of Ricky Martin and Sushmita Sen with their children.



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