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The most popular Bollywood pair Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif most of the times hesitates to accept their relation in public but the duo has never missed an opportunity to praise each other. Shedding his shyness to talk about girlfriend Katrina Kaif publicly, on screen actor Ranbir Kapoor heaped praise on the actress by calling her as one of the best fashionistas in Bollywood.

The 32-year-old “Bombay Velvet” actor,Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina, 32, have been a couple since 2009. The two shy from commenting on their relationship directly in public, but have often dropped hints about their relationship.

Ranbir, who was the showstopper for ace designer Manish Malhotra’s maiden all menswear line last night, chose the fashion platform to say a few words about his lady love and sweetheart Katrina Kaif. “I think Katrina has a great fashion sense. I really think she carries herself very well,” he said, before cheekily adding many more Bollywood actresses’ names. “And so does Kareena (Kapoor), Priyanka (Chopra), Parineeti, Alia and Shraddha (Kapoor),” added the Barfia actor, Ranbir .

The actor also spoke few words about e one person, whose style he admires and looks up to, is megastar Amitabh Bachchan. “His dressing sense is all class. It is impeccable.”

Ranbir Kapoor said being in showbiz and surrounded by thousands of cameras have made him cautious about how he looks when he steps out of his house as he always wants to look good for his fans.

Ranbir Says Katrina As A Fashionistas In Bollywood

“We are constantly being judged, photographed. So I try and dress the best I can… If I have a bad hair day, I wear a cap, if I have dark circles, I put on a sunglass. I do that because I want my fans and the audience to get the best of me. I am sure others do it too,” he added.

Ranbir will be next seen in Imtiaz Ali’s “Tamasha”, which will reunite him with actress and former girlfriend Deepika Padukone.

The duo have starred together in films like “Bachna Ae Haseeno” and “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”.
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As for the fashion the fashion crowd who is weary of two venues in two different neighborhoods, Blumin says: “A lot of people are talking about the decentralization of Fashion Week, but it has always been decentralized because many designers were showing with us in alternative venues instead of the tents. Now it may actually be more centralized in two venues accessible by the West Side corridor, it’s a straight shot. More shows will be occurring under the IMG roster.”

“The act of bringing in history and tethering ourselves to a city’s past, gives more gravitas to something that could be fleeting, and ephemeral. This is very solid, we are brick and mortaring something so that it can become photographed and live streamed and a function of digital media and Instagram. It’s much more engaging and what we look forward to seeing is much more engagement between the city and Fashion Week, as well as the world and Fashion Week,” Ms. Blumin says.

New York Fashion Week is moving out of the tents in Lincoln Center to two new Skylight Group venues next week. Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Square will be the two spaces hosting the IMG Fashion Week roster for the next several years. Jennifer Blumin, CEO and Founder of Skylight Group is the woman behind the big move.

“My favorite thing is taking something that has an industrial past, but is still relevant to New York today, and reinventing it for new use. We call it adaptive reuse of historic properties, taking beautiful spaces with good bones and offering them to people like fashion designers as a blank canvas for new things to be created,” Blumin said.

Ms. Blumin is a Fashion Week veteran, her agency The Skylight Group has offered unique venues to designers including Ralph Lauren RL +2.75% and Hugo boss over the past 19 seasons. Many fashion houses previously came to her, looking for something different then the tents that had a more unique and historic feel.

“I was profiled in New York Times Style Section during fashion week last year, and Ari Emmanuel, co-CEO of WME [which bought IMG] had seen the story and was looking reinvent Fashion Week. We talked about what Skylight does and how we had been in the Fashion Week game for a long time. We wanted to reinvent it with more of a focus on the history and the culture of NYC. With the rise of social media, and Instagram, it was ripe for change.”
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The second edition of Gionee India Beach Fashion Week will be held in Goa this October with over 50 designers showcasing their collection on the ramp.

The three-day fashion extravaganza (October 29-31) will focus on beach and resort wear along with silhouettes for destination brides.

"This season it's all about winter celebration. With emphasis on beach and resort wear along with destination bride, the second edition will also have a unique category 'Made in Goa' where all the garments are created and/or constructed in Goa," GIBFW Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Pallav Ojha told PTI.

"The weekend of high fashion, which will be spread across three luxurious five-star destinations and will showcase the best of Indian couture for the destination bride, chic resort vacationer and trendy party goer from 29-31 October 2015," he said.

All eyes will be set on the Candolim Beach where the models will sashay down the ramp showcasing the high-fashion garments of over fifty designers from all over India including many renowned and celebrated names.

"This is a very unique fashion property and we are ready to take this internationally to various beach and destination wedding destinations. We are offering much more this season and are confident of amazing shows like never before," added Amyn Manji, Co-founder and Managing Director Gionee IBFW.
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Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) is back with the winter-festive edition and the forthcoming season will witness many firsts. From ace designer Manish Malhotra's first-ever menswear show titled The Gentlemen's Club, Anita Dongre's maiden show for her new label Grassroot to actor Vir Das's debut fashion show named Pret-A-Funny, the extravaganza will be nothing less than a treat for fashion lovers.

The five-day event will start on Wednesday in Mumbai and Malhotra will introduce The Gentlemen's Club in the form of an offsite show at Mehboob Studio on the opening day of the fashion gala with Barfi! star Ranbir Kapoor as the showstopper.

"In keeping with the season, The Gentlemen's Club collection is a festive fusion of Indian and western couture, focusing on shades of emerald green and adorned with botanical motifs," said Malhotra.

Dongre's Grassroot is a craft-based sustainable line and showcases a versatile range of wardrobe essentials that pay tribute to women's progressive attitude of embracing modernity, with due respect to the traditions of India. Her collection is going to be a part of the second day of the fashion gala which is also The Indian Handloom & Textile Day.

This season, LFW launched a special initiative--'Re-invent Banaras'--a campaign to revive, uplift and celebrate Banaras handlooms in partnership with India's leading designers. Saket Dhankar, vice president and head--Fashion, IMG Reliance Ltd, said, "The Indian Handloom & Textile Day at LFW commemorates the rich heritage of hand-woven luxury every season. This season, we celebrate crafts of weavers and artisans from Varanasi by launching 'Reinvent Banaras' campaign supporting the national initiative led by Shaina NC to promote the age-old Banaras textile tradition."

LFW starts on Tuesday and will continue for the next five days.

A hundred designers from 18 cities and 13 sponsors will participate in LFW winter-festive 2015 with 31 from Delhi and 21 from Mumbai.

Ace designer duo Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla will open the season on Tuesday through their collection titled Jawani Jaaneman. The line is an ode to retro chic with designs inspired from the 1970s and 1980s. The duo has also chosen the collection to debut new silhouettes which include gowns, capes and kaftans, each created for the global diva.
Exploring the realm of fashion fantasy, Lakme's beauty statement for the season will play muse to designer Gaurav Gupta at the grand finale. Daniel Bauer, Lakme make-up expert, will collaborate with the designer to craft runway renditions of playful make-up looks on models with the Lakme Absolute Lip Pout.

The fashion week will also see the return of established designers like Namrata Joshipura, Ritu Kumar, Tarun Tahiliani, Neeta Lulla and Narendra Kumar Ahmed. Joshipura will be showcasing a unique Lakme Insta Light show inspired by the latest launch from Lakme and she has specially designed the clothes on the theme of Insta Light.
"Taking inspiration from Lakme's latest skin care innovation Lakme Insta Light, my collection aims to set the stage for a youthful and modern collection that glows and sparkles. Iridescence and shine are the primary elements of my collection and I am achieving this through both surface embellishment and interesting selection of fabrics," the designer told IANS.

Also, designer Monisha Jaising, who has marked her entry in the e-commerce arena and is in the 25th year of her fashion career, will be presenting her creations here after a gap of five years. With 21 designers to debut this season, LFW continues the trend of promoting new and emerging talent in the country. Some of the designers like Anand Kabra, Arjun Saluja, Nachiket Barve, Nikasha, Ruchika Sachdeva, Eina Ahluwalia, whose fashion journey started with LFW as a platform, will be showcasing this season after a long time.

LFW has also reinvented the Jabong stage that will now offer a new dimension in fashion content. The fashion week will give centre stage to new age fashion content in the form of experimental presentations by established artistic designers such as Kallol Datta, Little Shilpa and Bodice by Ruchika Sachdeva.

Another highlight of this season is that would-be brides will also get a chance to walk the ramp at Lakme Salon's bridal show co-created by designer Neeta Lulla.
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Love is in the air at New Zealand Fashion Week.

Designer Hohepa Thompson delighted fashion fans when he proposed to Mia Brennan, both of the label Hori and Mimi, at the end of the runway.

In front of hundreds of people, Thompson got down on one knee after their show at the Miromoda showcase.

The couple, who have a six-month-old daughter, then got up and embraced on the runway before heading backstage for the next show.

Back behind the scenes, Thompson and Brennan couldn't stop grinning as every second person offered their congratulations.

Brennan said the proposal was "so cute" and "blew me away", but was still in shock, letting Thompson talk for her.

The designers embrace after the surprise proposal.

It was Brennan's birthday on Wednesday but Thompson saved the proposal for Thursday, despite a fear of doing it in front of a big crowd.

"I've been more nervous about this than anything today. One of the guys was like, 'go out there and give her a big kiss', and I said, 'oh I've got something a bit better than that'," Thompson said.

The couple met as designers at New Zealand Fashion Week's Miromoda Show two years ago.

Thompson's proud mum Anne Ryan said immediately after the show she had no idea the proposal was coming.

The newly engaged couple backstage at New Zealand Fashion Week.

"I'm just overwhelmed and excited and tearful."

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She had yet to speak to the pair but said, "I'm ecstatic."

Thompson and Brennan design under the label Hori and Mimi.

Miromoda - the Indigenous Maori Fashion Apparel Board - was founded to advance the status of Maori fashion design. The group show is an annual fixture at Fashion Week. This year's theme was "fertility".
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A global ranking of undergraduate and graduate fashion programmes launched on Monday (August 24, 2015) revealed that Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in UK topped in undergraduate programme worldwide while the Royal College of Art, UK, led in the postgraduate category.

The ranking by Business of Fashion is based on three major indicators of quality that students should consider in the pursuit of a higher education degree in fashion: a school's `global influence,' `experience' and `value'. The data was collected directly from 24 participating fashion schools in 11 countries, survey of 4,032 fashion students and alumni, as well as a reputational survey of 88 HR professionals and fashion influencers around the world. "The commitment in time and money to pursue a three or four-year Bachelor's degree, or a one or two-year Master's degree is significant (on average, tuition costs alone at these institutions is more than $18,000 per year) and our survey suggests that the profes sional outcomes for many fashion school students are often uncertain.

The BoF Global Fashion School Rankings helps prospective students and their parents make informed choices, and identify the programme strengths and institutional characteristics so they can choose the courses that are best suited to their needs," says Imran Amed, founder and CEO of the Business of Fashion.

The new initiative will provide fashion students and entrepreneurs with an insight on how the fashion industry works and how to advance careers in the industry. Amed further adds, "this ranking has the potential to send a much needed wake-up call to even the very best fashion schools around the world. As the survey of over 4,000 students underlines, there is a real desire to develop the practical business thinking skills that will help fashion students in their career, and prepare them to work in this fast growing industry, especially by giving them access to practical work experience." For the full ranking, visit
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There is a need to re-orient fashion and design education in India, and make the country’s handloom tradition the centrepiece of fashion for India and the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today.

The handloom sector has inherent strengths that need to be marketed, and the scope of online sale of handloom products needs to be enlarged, Modi said at the University of Madras in Chennai during the launch of the National Handloom Day.

Urging people to increase the use of handlooms in their daily lives, Modi said handlooms constitute only 15 per cent of the clothes people use as of today. If this use be increased by five per cent, then the handloom sector will grow by 33 per cent.

To boost the growth of handloom sector, he said there is a need to popularise handlooms among the youth. He suggested that at least ten films should be produced in a year, where only handlooms are used.

At the event, Modi, accompanied by textiles minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar, unveiled a scroll exhibiting the logo of the Indian Handloom mark/brand. He presented the Indian Handloom mark to three recipients—the Tangail saree, the Tanchoi saree and the Salem silk dhotis.

He also conferred the Sant Kabir awards and National awards for 2012, 2013 and 2014 to handloom personalities.

August 7 was chosen as the date to commemorate the National Handloom Day as it was on this date in 1905 that the Swadeshi movement was launched.

“Observance of National Handloom Day would generate awareness about the importance of handloom industry as a part of our rich heritage and culture, promote handloom products and lead to increase in income of weavers as well as enhance their confidence and pride,” said an official statement.

Over 43 lakh people are engaged in handloom weaving and allied activities in India as per the last handloom census. This industry is a source of livelihood to large section of rural population particularly women, and below poverty line (BPL) families.

It is estimated that nearly 95 per cent of the total global handwoven fabric is produced in India.
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The last day of the Amazon India Couture Week 2015 ended on a note of evening glamour and luxury. Delhi-designer Manav Gangwani started with an afternoon show at Taj Palace hotel called 'Le'amoureuse', meaning the beloved, which included a host of evening dresses fit to seduce any lover.

Feminine yet sexy in design, the ensembles included skin-hugging and figure-accentuating gowns in grey, silver, coral, blue and purple wine.

While most gowns were sophisticated and sexy with geometric embroidery patterns, the designer pushed the envelope with a range of risqué designs, with plunging necklines sheer panels and strategically placed embroidery. Gangwani also played with extended panels and large statement flowers on the dresses for extra oomph. A menswear range featured jackets, bandhgalas and Jodhpur pants with slip-on shoes.

Actor Kangana Ranaut walked as the showstopper, dressed in a purple-hued flared gown with a deep lace neck. The star looked party-perfect with her hair set in an in-turned style with smoky eyes and a diamond and sapphire bracelet. Commenting on her look, Kangana said: "This dress weighs around 30 kg or so. I was not walking the ramp but it was pushing me towards the direction!"

Aditi Rao Hydari, Sophie Choudry and Kriti Sanon during Manish Malhotra's show on last day of Couture Week.
The finale act for the fashion event was hosted by none other than designer Manish Malhotra at The Leela hotel in Chanakyapuri. Though the show began late, the front row was already turning out to be worth the wait, with veteran stars Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan seated next to each other. Others spotted in the FROW included Aditi Rao Hydari, Kriti Sanon, Sophie Choudry, Riddhima Kapoor Sahani, designer Tarun Tahiliani, Pakistani actor Imran Abbas and musician Ayaan Ali Bangash.

The line titled 'The Empress Story' began on a high, showcasing a preview to his 'Manish Malhotra London' label with limited edition pieces, and a men's wear capsule collection. A bright red, deep neck gown with silver mushroom flower embroidery on the flared skirt caught everyone's attention and set the mood for what was to follow. The line moved on to a deep coffee brown, maroon, green, metallic silver and deep purple shades, with very chic shell-shaped belts and pink flower embroideries running across the length of the dress.

Bollywood diva Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walked as the lovely showstopper for the couturier, looking beautiful in a deep burgundy lehenga with floral embroidery, a matching blouse and a sequins shrug. Ash later said: "I met Manish 22 years ago when he was just starting out, so this is very special. He's been trying to get me to walk for him every year, so I had to be here for his special show."

Meanwhile, Manish, who completes 25 years as a costume stylist/director and 10 years with his eponymous label, said: "What makes it even more special is Aishwarya returned to te runway after five years for my show."
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New Delhi, July 27: Designers like Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, Anita Dongre, Ashima Leena, Falguni Shane Peacock, Gauri Nainika and Tarun Tahiliani will showcase their creative excellence in bridal couture here from August 7-11.

Other names who will showcase their works include JJ Valaya, Jyotsna Tiwari, Rina Dhaka, Shantanu Nikhil and Suneet Varma, said a statement.Sponsored by BMW with Swarovski as the Fashion Partner, the event will be held at DLF Emporio here. (ALSO READ: Manish Malhotra: Film industry helped me evolve)

It promises to bring alive the latest trends and designs in bridal couture.
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