5 designers tells us all about power dressing

Power dressing today is about being individualistic. Top 5 fashion designers display their vision

1. fusion of past and present
A separate that stands out – the gilet looks perfectly at home over pants, a sari or a traditional kurta. Wear it with a skirt or palazzos for a Western look, or churidar for an Indian occasion. It’s well-fitted, sassy and extremely comfortable at the same time.
Why it packs power: A powerful outfit needs to embody the spirit of our cultural legacy, it needs to be updated to suit the global, peripatetic user. This requires an intelligent and seamless fusion – and this is exactly what a gilet does. The gilet is a sensual way to throw structure on the draped form.
– Tarun Tahiliani

2. bold colour
Colour plays a bigger part as compared to design and style when it comes to power dressing – experiment with colours. Red is the official colour of power and confidence. Wear an all-maroon khadi dress or colour block to make an impact. When accessorising your outfit, keep it classy and elegant. Choose pieces that are stylish but not overpowering.
Why it packs power: For the modern, convention-defying woman of today, power dressing is a perfect combination of fashion, femininity and functionality. Pick a bold colour and let it be the focal point of your outfit. Let everything else complement that particular colour.
– Anita Dongre

3. clean lines, striking statement
Focus on ambitious structures, wild cuts, playful layers. Emphasis should be on small details while retaining the innocence of the design – all at the same time. Think incorporating menswear-inspired details into feminine clothes. Something as basic as cigarette pants and an overcoat can look fashionable with a touch of detailing like collar, stylised pockets etc.
Why it packs power: Structure and tailoring are the most important aspects of power fashion. Even a simple outfit can look powerful when it fits you well and enhances your best features. This clean-lined, boxy silhouette with an XXL collar efficiently makes a striking statement.
– Miuniku

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Future of Fashion

The fashion industry with its ever changing trends has had a big role to play in polluting the environment. But with growing awareness among the consumers, many apparel manufacturers have switched to employing eco-friendly methods of production. Saumya Chaturvedi discusses about the sustainable technologies and processes being used in the industry to make fashion green.

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, in the way we live and what is happening around us.”- Coco Chanel

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Design in India, make for the world

Dr. Darlie Koshy’s pioneering contributions to fashion and design education over the last quarter of a century has been well acknowledged by academia, industry and policymakers alike. A Doctorate in Management from IIT Delhi and an MBA from CUSAT, Koshy has been also trained at FIT New York in Fashion Marketing & Merchandising. As Founding Chairperson of Fashion Management Studies at NIFT, New Delhi after the successful stint of a decade as a top manager in the textiles-handloom sector, Koshy built a strong industry interface and thought leadership for NIFT from 1988 till 2000, when he was appointed Director of National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmadabad. As a researcher and academic leader, Koshy’s pioneering books on international marketing of apparel are highly regarded by the textiles industry and academia. His ‘Indian Design Edge’ traces the evolution of Indian design while arguing for a design-enabled India. Here he builds a case for “design in India”.

The ‘apparel’, ‘clothing’, ‘garment’, ‘fashion’ and ‘lifestyle’ industries have undergone two significant changes since the beginning of the new century. With the dismantling of quotas since 2005, exporters of apparel are free from restrictions of quotas and only competitiveness through ‘scale’, ‘quality’ and ‘innovation’ matter now. The other change that happened around the same time was the rapid growth of the domestic fashion retail industry with recent exponential expansion of e-tailing/m-commerce/omni-channels, etc. Building competitiveness of the apparel industry is the biggest challenge in the context of immense competition from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc. The local domestic garment industry has a CAGR of 15-18 per cent per annum and the apparel exports around 8-10 per cent. The fashion/design education curricula, therefore, need to be industry-led and capable of “leading industry” as well.

The curricula for fashion need to turn to focused attention on “fashion business” from just extreme focus only on ‘design’. World over the word ‘management’ is giving way to the more old-fashioned ‘business’ with focus on individual ‘entrepreneurship’ made possible through advancement in digital/ sensor technologies. As Western management experts say, everything will revolve around ‘algorithm, digitisation, sensors’ and ‘customer connect through social and other media’ with “more one-to-one” than mass-marketing”. Fashion is becoming like pizzas with base of fabrics, 3D patterns, silhouettes with select ‘topping’ of what changes often round the year, colours, styling details, fashion features, etc. The ‘Zarafication’ of fashion and ‘instant gratification’ through m-commerce is delivering fashion like pizzas at your doorstep often in less than 6-8 hours. Big data analytics, numeric and fashion need to be now combined in the new age curricula for “business of fashion”.

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Easy Methods to Maintain Your Antique Leather Chair

An old-fashioned leather chair is a beautiful add-on to any classic decor, and it is advisable to ensure that you keep it looking as clean and supple as the day you brought it home. Fortunately, it’s easier than you may think to take care of your antique leather chair. Here are some simple methods for preserving your new-to-you prize.

Antique Leather Chair Maintenance Tips

Leather is a very versatile fabric, and has been used since antiquity for a variety of reasons. From clothing to footwear to furniture, leather is durable, attractive to the eye, and amazing to look at.

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