March 23, 2018 by lankingful
If you've played the first two Banner Saga games, you already know that the series doesn't do anything by halves. Although the series began life as a Kickstarter project with a relatively small staff, that didn't prevent it from featuring gorgeous artwork, strategic gameplay and a tight story where your choices really matter. But, like the Norse myths that inspired it, The Banner Saga must come to an end, and The Banner Saga 3 will ensure that it does so with a bang.
I got an early look at The Banner Saga 3 at GDC 2018, and it does exactly what a good sequel should do. The game doesn't reinvent the wheel, instead iterating on some of the best features of the previous two installments, while moving the story forward toward a (hopefully) satisfying conclusion.
As in previous games, gameplay consists of controlling two caravans of adventurers on parallel quests. The first has journeyed to the edge of the known world to confront the Darkness: a mysterious, eldritch force that twists everything it touches into nightmarish Lovecraftian horrors. This has storyline consequences, to be sure, but it also makes combat a bit more unpredictable than before.
For those who have never played a Banner Saga game, combat takes place on a square grid, where you move and attack enemies with a variety of special skills. Combatants can reduce each other's' health, of course, but they can also attack willpower, which determines a character's attack power. Neutralizing a character's offensive power can often be just as effective as killing him or her outright.
While combat isn't drastically different from previous Banner Saga entries, it's easy to see just how far the series has come. Depending on your choices, you can now access more than 40 heroes, and deck them out with more than 100 equippable items. These options should prove useful against The Banner Saga 3's new enemies: ordinary soldiers, corrupted by the Darkness. After each round of combat, the Darkness will send reinforcements, and players can choose to flee for safety, or fight on for additional rewards.
There are a handful of other battle enhancements, including some unusual new playable characters: Juno, a magician who can travel around the battlefield as a ghost if she dies; and a member of the antagonistic Dredge, who joins your party in opposition to their race. You can also call down chain lightning on your foes periodically – although it can hit your own party members, if you're not careful.
The other major party in The Banner Saga 3 must defend the city of Arberrang: the last line of defense against the Dredge. You'll face the Dredge in tactical combat, and make important narrative decisions between rounds, which could change Arberrang's appearance considerably. If nothing else, the stage seems set for a suitably epic finale.
The gameplay and story decisions in The Banner Saga 3 all seem logical, and will hopefully satisfy longtime fans of the series. I did learn one surprising thing, however: the gorgeous, hand-drawn art style was not initially channeling Ralph Bakshi, as many fans (including me) guessed. The developers wanted The Banner Saga to look like classic Disney films, but the art came back with much more angular lines and harder edges. In retrospect, it's probably a more fitting look. The game will be out this summer to all major systems, including the Nintendo Switch.Read more at:plus size formal wear | QueenieAu
January 23, 2018 by lankingful
Lanvin and Paul Smith capped a masculine and utilitarian menswear season in Paris as Kenzo paid tribute to Irish singer-songwriter Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries, who died last week.
Meanwhile, design veteran Hedi Slimane was named the new creative chief at Celine.
Here are some highlights from Sunday’s final fall-winter men’s shows and the run-up to Paris Fashion Week for couture collections:
Lanvin’s utilitarian chic
A constellation of bright lights that were fixed on stands around the runway gave Lanvin’s display a dreamlike air.
The clothes at the Sunday morning show were more fixed on reality — with sneakers, hoods, hats, toggles and straps appearing on urban-looking and masculine winter looks.
The notable creative feature here was the cross-over styles. Sometimes asymmetrical, it worked well alongside designer Lucas Ossendrijver’s signature use of layering.
A long coat with square pockets featured a flat cross-over lapel, alongside a partly-unzipped and oversized sleeveless coat in beige — that hung wonkily and possessed a carefree quality.
At times, styles that fused a Japanese and workmen’s aesthetic demonstrated Ossendrijver’s penchant for mixing vestimentary references.
Lanvin owner and enigmatic Taiwanese media magnate Shaw-Lan Wang — who’s reportedly been behind the recent tumultuous creative changes at the house — clapped vigorously.
Patrick Gibson talks “Tolkien”
French notables including Lulu Gainsbourg, the musician son of the late Serge Gainsbourg, and DJ Martin Solveig attended Lanvin’s brightly lit show in the Palais de Tokyo. Actor Patrick Gibson of “The OA” and “The Tudors” fame was among the speckling of international faces.
Gibson posed for the cameras in sunglasses and a low-key, coffee-colored Lanvin coat that matched the coffee being served around him.
The 22-year-old Irish actor has wrapped filming for the upcoming biopic “Tolkien.” It tells the true story of author J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote “The Lord of the Rings” after returning from the horrors of World War I.
“I think there’s going to be a lot of interest. (Main actor) Nick Hoult did an amazing job portraying Tolkien,” Gibson said.
“It shows the really human side. It doesn’t feel like a biopic. It feels like a story about a regular person out of the framework of history. And that makes it real, (showing) his flaws, too,” he said.
Former Saint Laurent designer Slimane named at Celine
Veteran fashion designer Hedi Slimane has been named the new creative director of the edgy Paris brand Celine.
Slimane, who gained critical and commercial success as Saint Laurent’s designer during 2012-2016, will replace outgoing British designer Phoebe Philo, whose departure was announced in November.
In a statement Sunday, Celine parent company LVMH praised Slimane’s “talent and his remarkable ability to anticipate and express in a unique way the evolutions and desires of his age.”
French-born, Italian-Tunisian Slimane previously worked for LVMH as designer of Dior Homme during 2000-2007. He was credited with contributing to the influential skinny menswear aesthetic.
Calling Silmane “one of the most talented designers of our time,” LVMH head Bernard Arnault said he was “particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group.”
Kenzo channels a colorful equality
Kenzo, one of the biggest houses to go full on with the merger of men’s and women’s designs, went retro with the 40-piece Technicolor collection it presented Sunday.
The 1960s preppy received a shot of color in crisp, high-waisted check pants worn with a wooly V-neck tank top and contrasting turtleneck. The leopard print that appeared on flat-fronted jackets added a quirk.
The looks were defined by some serious color-blocking — which spawned beautiful statement shoes in leather and snake and a navy blue hooded sweater with a bateau neck and floral motifs.
The flower — a common theme in the Kenzo universe — cross-pollinated into the 46 women’s styles. The strongest designs were a series of vibrant, multicolored floral gowns.
The figure-hugging fabric was ruched down the body along a horizontal hem to make it look like the wearer was ready to burst out.
For the confetti-fueled finale, The Cranberries’ anthem “Dreams” blasted out in homage to Dolores O’Riordan, whose lyrics and vocals defined the band. The singer-songwriter died in London on Jan. 15 at age 46.
Paul Smith’s 80s
It was the dramatic styles of the 1980s that were in vogue at Paul Smith’s fall show.
The British designer stuck closely to suit- and coat-heavy looks for his smart collection that referenced the broad and angular shoulders ubiquitous during that dressy era.
Asymmetrical paneling on outerwear — such as a half-tartan, half-plain tailored coat — was a recurrent style and mirrored the days of the New Romantics.
Large architectural lapels or turned-up collars on long oversized coats also had the exuberant flourish of that decade’s heady fashions.
The sober and beautiful color palette of myriad blues — navy, Cetacean, Cerulean, blueberry, turquoise — as well as purple and vermilion ensured the collection stayed tasteful.
Agnes B. Is saleable, risk-free
Agnes B.’s perfectly saleable designs were dapper, but the collection ultimately played it safe.
For fall-winter, the French designer’s best styles riffed on the retro suits of the 1960s.
Fitted gray and gray-blue woolen suits flared slightly at the jacket hem and were accessorized with a trilby hat.
They wouldn’t have looked out of place on the James Bond of the Sean Connery era.
Jazzy shirts and ties in contrasting patterns added the contemporary lift that was also seen in a vivid royal blue hat and chic three-button jacket.
January 17, 2018 by lankingful
Who said hair accessoriesare just for children? An eye-catching hair accessory has the power to update your look and make you look chic instantly. Be it a gold barrette or a headband, these pieces can even save you from those bad hair days. If you are struggling and are confused how to style them, then we've got the right inspiration for you. We turned to Sonam Kapoor, who's a pro at working the hair accessories. From headbands to spiral buns, here are five times she showed us how to style these pretty pieces like a pro!
Spiral hair bun
Recently the actress showed us a new kind of accessory, known as the spiral hair bun. The half-spherical piece covers the bun and gives a classy touch instantly. The accessory designed by Roma Narsinghani is surely one cool trend to try.
Giving us hair bun ideas, Sonam shows us how to create different hairdos with just accessories. The actress was seen wearing a square pin above the bun, which didn't make her simple hairstyle look boring at all. We also loved the round golden earrings, that totally complemented the hairpin.
This oldie trend may seem boring, but Sonam surely knows how to give a twist to her looks. The actress matched her gown's colour with the bun's net. The sheer net also had floral designs, which just looked lovely.
As teenagers, all of us have loved braiding colourful threads into our hair. Sonam even managed to make this trend look classy and edgy with her braid. She was seen sporting a braid with a golden thread braiding at the end.
The actress knows how to make every accessory look chic. Remember the time she made a case for headbands? She was seen wearing a silver band and sported a milk braid hairdo.Read more at:formal dresses sydney | formal dresses online australia
January 9, 2018 by lankingful
Know that feeling when you just want to wear what you want to wear, no care about the world, you just want to follow Lady Gaga’s footsteps, go all Miley Cyrus on everyone? I don’t. Really, haven’t ever thought such bizarre thoughts because there are some things commoners just can’t pull off. Now imagine yourself waltzing on the street covered head to toe in a fur dress. This is why you need to know the basics of how to wear fur.
We don’t know, maybe fashion in the future would allow this, but doing this in today’s world would really make you look utterly unfabulous and bear-like. That doesn’t mean that you should just get rid of faux fur because well fur is fantabulous and makes you feel really royal. Like wow, I am a queen, bow down to me everyone. Also, fur is in fashion.
Just look at all the fashion week photos, you’re bound to catch lots of furriness. If you need some inspiration on how to incorporate fur in your outfit and look classy, chic, and bold, you are at the right spot. Here is how you can rock fur this season.
The fur stole
Remember all those times you have imagined yourself sporting a fur stole draped over your shoulders elegantly, high heels, Marilyn Monroe pout, ready to conquer the world? Well, go for that look. If you think that that look would be too much, you can just casually wrap a fur stole around your neck across one shoulder. Ta-da!
The fur jacket
Talk about comfy and sophisticated awesomeness at once. This winter, get a fur coat or a fur jacket, pair it with your fitted tee and skinny jeans outfit and get out with one sole purpose: slaying. Make sure to keep the rest of the look minimal unless you are aiming for a fashion blunder, then it is up to you.
The fur scarf
Having the stole in the list but not the scarf is inequality. A fur scarf is thinner and longer than a stole. Just throw the fur scarf on to immediately elevate your style. Just don’t try to wrap it around your head because no.
The fur hat
Wear a fur hat to give off the luxurious vibes. Make sure to find a fur hat that suits your face size and shape. Going for a size too big or too small can entirely ruin the look. You can even pair a fur hat with another furry accessory.
The fur boots
Fur boots and booties are totally in vogue. Apart from the New York Fashion Week, many celebrities including Cara Delevingne have been spotted sporting faux fur boots. Not only do they look comfy but they are super steezy as well. These boots look best with slim fit jeans.
The fur bag
Another way you can incorporate some fur into your outfit is by carrying a fur handbag or purse. Not only is it trendy but it makes you stand out as well. If you plan on carrying a bright colored fur bag, tone down the look by matching the bag with a light-colored outfit.
Keychain or bag charm
Adding a pop of fur and color is never a bad idea. When fur is out of season but you are desperate to still want to show off some furry accessory, you can opt for a keychain or bag charm that is furry. Subtle and lovely at once. Hook on the furry bit to your purse to prettify it all the more.Read more at:QueenieAu | bridesmaid dresses australia
January 3, 2018 by lankingful
Every year I resolve NOT to make any resolutions, but then I do enjoy looking back on the past few years to sneak a peek at what I've written and what fashion advice I've actually incorporated into my own style life. Here's a few of my favorite non-resolution resolutions that I seem to work on...yes, year after year!
—Shop the post-holiday sales. I have to admit that I used to love schlepping from store to store with hundreds of my fellow shopaholics picking through the leftover merchandise after the holidays hoping to find the deal of the year at bargain prices. However, the older I get, the more I find that the thrill of the hunt is not as strong as it used to be...and after all, I can easily find great buys at any time of the day or night on the internet...but yet, there is no better than the feel of cashmere at 70 percent off. On second thought, I think I will make time to stop by the mall this weekend.
Update: I find myself browsing more and more at smaller stores and boutiques. I always find unusual things, and that's one of my goals this year: Add more uniqueness to my wardrobe...especially with jewelry and accessories. Gotta love those embroidered boots...on sale!
—Declutter. Yes, declutter. Period. This is a constant chore for me, but it helps if I do just a little bit of it all throughout the year. One big clean out of the closet just gets me depressed. It may work for some to do a major overhaul all at once, but I prefer to take a few minutes at the beginning of each new season and "weed" out the clothes and shoes that I no longer wear. Then it's a quick trip with a light load to my favorite charity. This method is much more manageable to me, and doesn't involve as much angst and prolonged hours of decision making.
Update: My sister recently gave me a copy of Japanese organization expert Marie Kondo's book and I did make myself read it...well, most of it. I've seen her demonstrate her "folding" techniques on TV dozens of times, but I'm still not quite there. But I do find myself thinking about whether or not a particular piece of clothing actually brings me "joy." Most of the time it does or I would not have bought it in the first place! That's just the way I roll.
—Work on my work-out wardrobe. First I need to work on my work-out routine...as in I really don't have one. That gym membership expired a few years ago, and a compound ankle fracture broke up my yoga class. However, I have to admit that I loved yoga clothes. I think it's time to invest in some new "ath-leisure" wear and get moving again. I just have to find some great new walking shoes. That's my resolution for this year.
Update: Well, I never did get around to buying those shoes...and maybe I'm glad I waited. The athletic shoes this year are some of the coolest sneaks around. I can't wait to "work" on this resolution again...
—Wear more color. After years of a closet full of fashion editor "black," color is slowly brightening it up. I'll never be a pastel person - so I think I'll skip Pantone's current "color" of the year Rose Quartz, but stick to last year's darker rosy Marsala. And I'm still loving the darker marine blues. Both of these...and even my still-favorite black are great to wear with white...a spring and summer classic.
Update: Well, millennial pink is "over" and "ultraviolet" is in, and I never got into the pink thing (see above...pastels are not for me), but I do think I may try a pop of purple this spring. Those purple metallic flats are calling my name. I can at least buy a purple scarf!
—Experiment with hair and makeup. I may not streak my hair with lavender locks for my high school class reunion, but my hair stylist has convinced me to add some caramel highlights that give me a little lift and a lot of shine. If you don't have a great go-to hair professional, make it your New Year's resolution to find one pronto. They can change your life just by updating the color and cut of your hair. Ditto for makeup professionals who can also give you a brand-new outlook on life.
Update: This is one of the best things I do for myself...find a great hair stylist and tweak your cut and color every year. There are more options out there than ever before.
—Wear more prints. As spring clothes swing into the season ahead, it's refreshing to see tropical floral prints popping up from designers. And in a sea of solids like the ones in my closet, a few new printed tops will make me feel like I'm on vacation...or at least planning one for the warmer months to come.
Update: Prints always "sound" good to me...but they really don't do a whole lot for my fashion life. I did splurge on a few when I visited my brother in the Cayman Islands this past year, but I've decided to keep it simple in the future. Those big blooms just aren't for me.
—Buy a new dress. I'm always open to the idea, but I don't wear too many dresses anymore. Separates are just too easy to mix and match for my more casual lifestyle these days. Hopefully, this spring and summer I will find that easy, breezy maxi dress that will glide right through the summer with me, flat sandals and a big straw hat.
—Update: Well, I'm still working on the dress thing, too. Maybe I'll look for a wonderful "violet" off-the-shoulder dress to wear to the Caymans this year.Read more at:cheap bridesmaid dresses | semi formal dresses
December 19, 2017 by lankingful
Summer is now officially over, winter is in full swing and our attention has turned to the colder months ahead of us. For men, its time to start adding coats, hats, scarfs, and jumpers to the wardrobe and so we have put together some fall fashion ideas for you to take on:
Parka Coats – for all styles and weather
This is easily one of - if not the most - popular winter coats. Men’s parka coats have been around for hundreds of years, taking inspiration from past military wear. Worn usually for casual occasions, the style has now evolved into the perfect everyday coat and does all the talking when it comes to your style.
It's heat retention features and warm synthetic fibre stuffing makes the parka coat the ideal choice for the stylish man this winter. It works with anything from jeans and a jumper, to chinos and a shirt – it’s the perfect, versatile outerwear choice.
Autumnal colours – ditch the brights for easy neutrals
Summer is great for bright colours but winter is the time when a whole new palette comes into play - with shades of brown, red, purple, black, mauve, mustard and blue featured in seasonal styles. Of course, you can definitely choose to wear bright colours if that’s your vibe but we recommend trying to limit this to one item – such as an accessory like a tie or scarf - and then tone down the rest of your outfit.
Looking for outfit inspiration? Grey trousers or blue trousers, a tweed jacket and a brightly coloured tie with a small printed pattern on it make for an easy pulled together look - whether you’re off to work, heading out on a date night or have a family gathering in the diary. A colorful coat would be a great addition.
Turtleneck jumpers – forego the scarf with this jumper style
Turtleneck jumpers have made a huge comeback in the last couple of seasons and it seems as if they are here to stay for yet another. There are so many variations of the roll neck available and they are the perfect clothing item when it comes to adding style and warmth. This knitwear piece can be worn casually or formally - style it with jeans, ankle boots, trainers, a duffle coat, you name it - it works with anything in your wardrobe.
Dark denim – give your jeans an upgrade
It's time to upgrade your denim and switch from a light wash to darker denim. It is so easy to style for the winter and you will get a lot of wear out of it. Jeans will always be the ultimate investment piece for any outfit - so don’t skimp on the price and pick a slim fit that never goes out of style.
Joggers – casual style meets true comfort
Yes, you can wear joggers, but ensure they are fitted and structured. Look for styles that offer design features such as exposed pockets and zippers. Perfect for those lazy Sundays, when all you want is a roast dinner and to catch up with friends. The best way to style joggers for this season is with a t-shirt and a simple jumper or zip up hoodie thrown over the top, finish with a cap and a pair of white trainers.
Boots – keep ankles snug
Some men might be a bit unsure when it comes to boots, but chukka boots are definitely the best choice for the stylish man this winter. They come in just above the ankle in a range of neutral shades and can be worn with jeans or chinos. You can also enjoy the option of either suede or leather – depending on your style preferences.
Now you have an idea of what you should be wearing this season, it’s time to revamp your winter wardrobe. Take on some of these style tips to find the right pieces to enhance your signature style.Read more at:simple formal dresses | bridesmaid dress
November 24, 2017 by lankingful
When shooting portraits, there are certain things or ways we shoot that help us achieve a better end result. We should all be trying to capture the best portrait possible, so if someone shares advice I usually give it a try to see if it works for me or fits the style of my work.
Photographer Jessica Jobeissi is joined by fashion photographer Kayleigh June to share eight important portrait tips every photographer should know. The first tip is good, but I think it’s subjective and depends on what you are shooting. That tip is to add accessories to your models, like earrings and a necklace. Adding jewelry may not fit your idea for the portrait and I do see this more in fashion and editorial work, but if the model does have some that match the attire while working with your vision, give it a try and see which you prefer.
The next tip is something I learned very early on when I started shooting, which is to shoot near eye level with your subject. Usually, I am a bit taller than most of the models, so I constantly find myself bending over to get lower. The fifth tip is another one that may not work for everyone, but with cameras producing larger and larger images than before, you can follow their advice on not cropping your photo in camera and doing it later in post. I tend to crop in camera, just one less step for me later and I am able to capture all the data where I need it. Like I said, cameras are increasing how much they capture so you could have room to crop your photo in post and still have plenty of resolution left. I think it also comes down to the plans for the photos, if you plan to make prints, submit to a magazine, or anything else that made change your aspect ratio of your photo, leaving some extra room to crop in post can help tremendously.
I won’t go through all the tips with you, so go ahead and watch the video and leave a comment below letting me know which is your favorite tip.Read more at:plus size formal wear | formal dresses australia
November 16, 2017 by lankingful
Peggy Gou has just not stopped achieving over the past few years.
From her first few mixes turning underground heads, and her debut release on Rekids in early 2016, Peggy has now played all over the globe, including an incredible set at Dekmantel’s Boiler Room earlier this year. The Korean native shows no signs of slowing either, with a ridiculously packed touring schedule rounding out 2017 and pushing even stronger into next year. The talented artist has embraced her home in Berlin over the last couple of years, and has blossomed into one of the most promising and exciting underground talents. We at Stoney Roads were lucky enough to speak to her ahead of her debut Australian tour and set at Strawberry Fields Music Festival. Full interview below.
Hey Peggy how’s it going? What have you been up to lately?
Hey, I’m all good! Pretty busy with touring and studio works too, but I like keeping myself busy so I’m doing okay. I just finished my new EP which will come out next year (I can’t tell you the label yet!), so pretty excited about that as this new EP is quite special to me!
You moved from South Korea to London and then to Berlin –when you first moved to London did you think you were going to settle in Europe for the long term? How was the move to Berlin initially?
When I moved to London I was too young. I was 14 years old when I went to the UK because I wasn’t doing well in Korea and my parents wanted me to study English. Then there was a time I had to go back to Korea (about age 18) to try and study. After 6 months living there I just couldn’t do it, so I knew European culture fitted me more – and it did change my personality and perspective. Sometimes I do wonder what I would have become if I was in Seoul for the whole of my life? I have NO IDEA! Moving to Berlin was very tough in the beginning, first of all it was November (winter), and I didn’t have many friends. I wanted to focus on music so my life was all about working in a record store, go back home make music, and go to Berghain on Sunday. Of course it got better as time passed by, but if i think about it now I do think Berlin is good for me. Especially as I’m not there all the time now, I leave during the weekend and come back during the week. It’s a good place for home.
I read that you once said some of the best advice you’ve been given is by Theo Parrish who said not to stick with one genre. As someone who’s produced a lot of very eclectic releases over the past few years, are you still sticking to this advice? Or are you trying to carve out your own specific sound?
Ah he wasn’t talking about one genre of music, what he said was that you shouldn’t get stuck on one song when you make music, you need to move on. That was helpful for me as I tried too much to make my own sound, to do something different, and I couldn’t as I always got stuck and didn’t know how to move on. But back to your question, yes, I’m always trying to be eclectic (production-wise and DJ-wise). I don’t want to define myself to one genre.
I read that you’ve been planning out an album filled with lots of different genres. Who have been some of your inspirations during this planning period? Why?
That is not a difficult question. One of my favourite albums is still ‘School Daze’ from Patrick Cowley. He is definitely one of my favourite producers, his sounds are special to me. Somebody mentioned that the last productions he made before he passed away might get a release. I’m waiting day-by-day for that to happen. When I’m home I try not to listen to dance music too much. I listen to soul funk, african music, electro etc
I think your tattoos are really sick, do you have any favourites out of them? Why?
A lot of people ask me this question, every tattoo means something different to me for different reasons so it’s very hard to choose my favourite. If i had to pick one I would say the giraffe tattoo on my legs (without the pattern) as they are a very special animal to me haha
Do you feel you have a similar connection to body art as you do with music?
I don’t see my body art as separate, or my music as separate. I’m not sure how to explain it, but all of this this just comes from one person which is me. Instead of saying there’s a connection, I see it all as one thing.
I’ve wanted to visit Seoul for a long time, it looks like such an amazing city. For someone that has moved to quite different cities in their lifetime, what do you miss about Seoul the most?
My family and friends I miss for sure, but I also miss having the FASTEST INTERNET in the world; and the FASTEST SERVICE everywhere from foods to 24 hour food delivery, and also my nail shop haha!
November 10, 2017 by lankingful
Set up a YouTube channel
If you love to communicate with others about your passion for beauty, you should think about setting up your own YouTube channel. This could be the perfect opportunity for you to interact with like-minded individuals. You could film beauty hauls where you look through all of the latest products that you have bought. You could also film make-up looks and your daily skin-care regime. If you decide to go ahead with your channel, you will need to take care over its aesthetic. Luckily, you can use an online YouTube thumbnail creator, to help your videos stand out. You should also put a lot of thought into your bio and your profile picture.
Become a personal stylist
Another option is to become a personal stylist. This is the ideal career choice for anyone who likes to create entire looks. If you love the idea of completely transforming someone’s appearance, you should definitely give it a try. You could begin by working in a large department store and then eventually progress to setting up your own business. Taking the time to build up your experience will allow you to charge higher rates and to feel more confident in your recommendations.
Start your own blog
If you prefer to write about your love for beauty, you should consider starting your own blog. This could be a fantastic opportunity for you to have complete control over the topics that you write about. You could even complete a day job and treat your blog as a hobby. Then, when your site begins to draw in more readers, you could turn it into your full-time career.
Become a photographer
The beauty industry is filled with bright and beautiful images. If you would like to be a part of creating those images, you should think about becoming a photographer. You could plan your own shoots and develop your own pictures. You could also set up social media sites to promote your work. Make sure that you are always on the lookout for unsigned models, or musical acts, that want professional looking photos at a small price. If their careers take off, this could lead to more work for you. You could also get in touch with local magazines and websites to see if they would be interested in featuring your work. Then, once you have a number of credits to your name, you can target the giants of the beauty industry.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses australia | formal wear melbourne
October 11, 2017 by lankingful
As he completes silver jubilee in fashion industry, couturier JJ Valaya, who likes to blend his love for art and craft, is seeking to leave his imprint on Indian fashion through occasion wear ensembles based on three of his favourite inspirations.
Valaya is also trying to strike a bond with the young generation and makes no bones about it. “We are looking at a new India in the digital era. We are talking about a generation which largely lives its lives on mobile phones. Social media is extremely important for us and is a great way to connect with the customer. We are into visual media; when people wear my clothes, they automatically show it to the world. They are gently evolving with times.” Valaya feels one doesn’t need to be revolutionary. “Instead, one has to be evolutionary, which makes it more lasting.”.
His collection at Amazon India Fashion Week on Wednesday will present three classics, which will henceforth co-exist with his seasonal collections with a new twist every year. It features six menswear garments including Nehru jacket, bandhgala, while womenswear showcases lehengas, anarkalis and saris. Apart from Valaya, five veterans Abraham & Thakore, Anju Modi, Ashish N Soni and Payal Jain will also celebrate commensurate years at 30th edition of fashion week. As host, the FDCI is honouring them by giving them complete freedom to either present a retrospective of their work or their new range.
What special touch have you given to your collection to mark the occasion?
Celebration has just begun; we are going to have lot of fun (laughs). At AIFW, we are not showing Spring Summer 2018 but the current line. It is neither couture nor ready to wear show. This year we are introducing three classics. Apart from our other normal collections, these classics would be running as a constant. Every year we would interpret them in a new manner. First is Jamavar, where magic of Indian Paisleys and intricacies of jamavar motifs will be given a modern interpretation. Second is Gulistan; which will be about flowers and have sinuous silhouettes, signature prints and antique embroideries. Third has been inspired by our roots in Punjab. And this time we have taken inspiration from a royal fort of Maharaja of Kapurthala. All three loves of my life have come together.
You had once stated that there is a misconception that Sikhs are not stylish. This time through your Kapurthala fort inspired outfits, it seems, you want to underline that statement.
I have always believed history of Sikhs is incredible but the perception they have at the moment is not in sync with the past. However, look at the current Canadian leader Jagmeet Singh; he is the most stylish Sikh you would ever come across. His turban and fashion friendly clothes make him a refreshing change. So Punjab is definitely in my scheme of things at the fashion week.
You have always had a fascination for art and are known for your art photography. Will this be part of your collection to celebrate fashion?
Fashion and art are two different sides of me but at some point of time they do overlap. When I do portraiture, I use my own clothes. It is the same person and the same creator. So the DNA is similar.
As master of detailing, tell us about motifs and embroidery
These clothes are for special occasions. Therefore, it is a beautiful hybrid between couture and pret and that is also the need of the hour. Our embroidery and prints would be the focus area. Our India story will be about purity yet contemporary.
What is your take on fusion wear?
I don’t believe in something which is neither here nor there. I think it confuses the wearer.
What is your take on the increasing interest among upcoming designers in handwoven fabrics?
There is a return to our love for India whether it is khadi or handloom or any kind of traditional craft which is suddenly becoming more and more relevant in Indian fashion. I am glad that celebration of Indian fashion has already begun. It should have happened a long time back. It is very encouraging as innovation of fashion will automatically happen. Upcoming designers would use khadi with other yarns to develop more fabrics and this is something I am looking forward to. I have used lot of handwoven fabrics but no khadi this time .
What has been the role of royals, who have always inspired you, in strengthening Indian fashion?
You have got to understand that royalty is a part of people who are true connoisseurs of India. Hypothetically speaking, if there was no royalty, then there would not have been myriad forms of indigenous crafts. They encouraged craft, craftsmen, art and music. So they were true connoisseurs of their times and helped India to evolve. But the country changed; everything was taken away from them but the spirit from that era still remains. And that is what we are continuing to celebrate. I call myself a royal nomad.Read more at:sydney formal dress shops | formal wear brisbane