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Surf brand creates fashion with an environmental benefit


ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE: Byron Bay model Montana Lower sporting Salt Gypsy women's surf wear.
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A BYRON Bay surfwear brand's use of a 'wonder' material is ticking "all the boxes".

Salt Gypsy Founder Danielle Clayton said her brand has adopted quality surf wear with a minimal environmental impact.

"My ideal women's surf company just hasn't existed," Ms Clayton said.

"I'm working towards creating a brand I wish that did."

After managing production in Bali for two years, Ms Clayton said she "hand-braked the whole business" after it was clear she "wasn't producing the best quality products".

After re-establishing the brand's supply chain, Salt Gypsy now uses 100% regenerated nylon yarn made from pre and post consumer waste materials: ghost fishing nets, plastic ocean waste, carpet offcuts, plastic waste and textile offcuts, which are mixed with Italian lycra.

That is, waste that would otherwise be dumped in landfills or abandoned in nature with big environmental problems.

"The sustainable fabric is longer lasting and more durable than average, the re-purposed nylon has the same characteristics as virgin raw material. The products are also UPF 50+," Ms Clayton said.

The Salt Gypsy collection features surf leggings, a series of turtle-neck rash guards, high-waisted bottoms as well as casual tees and tanks.

"I think people are starting to not just be aware of the sustainable fabrics available and wearing the garments, but are starting to demand or expect their favourite brands to be using this kind of material," she said.

For every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® caprolactam (the raw material used), environmental benefits include:

- Elimination of 12.6 thousand tonnes of waste

- Saved 70 thousand barrels of crude oil

- Avoided 42 thousand tons of CO2 equivalent emissions

- Saved 865 thousand GJ on total process energy

Salt Gypsy is now R-Certified; offsetting the energy consumption of its manufacturing and donating it to energy projects in Northern NSW.

Ms Clayton said she was a big advocate for driving the industry standard in a more sustainable direction.

Clayton started the label through her blog in 2012 , following a long-standing job in sales with Billabong.Read more at:prom dresses london


‘Key’ed in, for a chic vibe!


Tamannaah Bhatia rocks a Rohit Gandhi gown with a keyhole neckline
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For the past few seasons, cutouts, crop tops and off-the-shoulder silhouettes have reigned supreme as the details du jour. But for some, that’s a lot of skin to show. A different way to flash a little flesh without going all-out cutout is to find peace with a keyhole detail. The subtle flash of skin is sexy, but not over-the-top.

Show a little or show a lot — the degree is up to you. But either way, a little peek-a-boo is the way to go for the fall season. We talk to various fashion designers to find out the craze behind the keyhole fashion.

Fashion designer Riya Kodali says, “The keyhole neckline trend have grabbed a lot of eyeballs. From Hollywood celebrities such as Rosamund Pike to Reese Witherspoon to Bollywood actresses such as Deepika Padukone to Anushka Sharma, everyone has welcomed this trend and this is here to stay.”

Plunging necklines are a runway constant, particularly in evening-heavy collections. But this season, that super-deep V came as just a flash of skin peeking through a keyhole neckline.

Designer Yashodara Shroff says, “The main thing you have to keep in mind while wearing a keyhole neckline dress is keep the makeup to a minimal with light accessories. A satin clutch bag that complements the colour of your dress or gown will do the rest of the magic.”

Some seasons there’s a whole lotta leg. Sometimes the décolletage is the ‘it’ body part. Or maybe it’s the back or a flash of midriff or the shoulders. For 2017, it’s all about the sternum.

Vintage designer Sarita Mandoth says, “Keyhole neckline dresses work best with sleek and sophisticated looks like a subtly-lit gold gown or a floor-length wrap skirt.”Read more at:prom dresses london


Powerful boost for bad skin days


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Aivee (IV) Drips are safe, injectable treatments that restore the skin’s energy, vitality and glow fast because they go directly into the vein. The rains are a welcome respite, even as the wet season still feels hot as summer. But it also means we are susceptible to colds and bad skin days.

Oral medicine and green smoothies can only do so much to our bodies. What busy bees really need is a rapid, powerful boost in our systems that can get us looking and feeling great again in no time.

It’s good to know the Aivee Clinic (my trusted skin superhero) is offering Aivee (IV) Drips—safe, injectable treatments that help restore energy, vitality and glow faster because they go directly into the vein. Administered in clinics, these drips don’t only improve your appearance. You’ll be surprised, like I was, by how varied the infusions are.

Revive Drip (Immune Boost) is a great pick-me-up after a long, stressful day at work. Infused with vitamin B complex, vitamin C, glutathione and other minerals, this antioxidant solution restores balance in the body and promotes skin hydration as it eliminates traces of fatigue fast. It isn’t nicknamed “the ultimate hangover cure” for nothing.

Platinum flaunts a mix of vitamins, antioxidants, coenzyme Q10, minerals and other antiaging extracts best for those who seek a renewed glow reminiscent of their youth. This drip is a powerful antiwrinkle solution that helps boost energy and speed up skin recovery.

Brighter skin

For those who want brighter, more luminous skin without avoiding the sun, Glow (Frosty White) detoxifies with its blend of vitamin C and glutathione. The antioxidants in this mix also aid the immune system, taking this a notch above the usual whitening solution.

Athletes can also get a dose of drips fit for their lifestyle. PowerBoost is best for restoring physical performance with a mixture of magnesium, B-complex vitamins and glutathione.

ReShape is a great blend for weight-watchers who hope to stay in perfect shape with a drip infused with vitamins, slimming L-carnitine, and other potent fat-burners and antioxidants. It’s an effective way to complement your exercise, burn fat and help keep the body healthy.

Finding light

If you’re looking to reduce inflammation, speed up wound healing, or simply improve your health and wellbeing, the state-of-the-art Aivee Light Therapy can do wonders for your physical state.

Its latest Intravenous Light Therapy treatment is best for inflammation abatement, pathogen deactivation, bloodstream cleansing and pain reduction. This is highly recommended for immune system modulation, cell regeneration and neuron repair.

It also increases stem cell proliferation, enhances stem cell survivability and stem cell differentiation.Read more at:formal dresses


Scarf and style


It is a simple, small piece of cloth, but a scarf lends style, fashion and comfort to the wearer. It also has spiritual significance.

A scarf worn around the neck, drape around the shoulder or tied around the waist or head makes the wearer look stylish and fashionable. It can enhance ones' look.

Not only is a scarf a style accessory, it also helps to protect you from the cold windy weather and the hot sun. It is an all-season must have. You can cover your head for shade from the scorching sun or from the wind. Wearing it around your neck also keeps it warm and protect you from cold and cough. And, sometimes, just slinging it around gives a sense of comfort.

The origin of the scarf is traced to ancient Rome and was used as "sweat cloth" to wipe the face and neck clean with it when out in the sun. Over the years it came to be used as an essential style and fashion item.

Scarf also has a religious purpose and spiritual significance. Women use scarves to cover their head while praying, as a sign of humility and respect to God.

In some cultures, women adorn their head with scarves as a traditional wear, or cover their head all the time as a mark of tradition. Some women wear it for practical purpose. They cover their hair to prevent it from falling in the food when they are in the kitchen or are preparing meals.

Scarves come in varied shapes -square, long rectangle and triangle. Some with tassels, some without and some with laced borders. It comes in varied patterns, colours and fabrics.

In summer

Cool shades are ideal for the sunny weather. It gives a touch of coolness and freshness to your looks. Cotton scarves are the softest and are suitable for summer. They aborb sweat and rainwater on your skin.

In monsoon

Scarves in bright and bold hues lend a dash of vibrancy to your look in the dull and gloomy weather. Scarves in chiffon or silky fabrics are ideal for rainy days. Silk or chiffon scarves, when wet, dry easily and quickly. Silk fabric also stay fresh, crease free and durable even when drenched.

All weather

Cotton scarves are ideal for all weather. They are softest and safest to use for all, come rain or shine. Knitted and netted ones are always in trend.

How to choose the right scarf

The beauty of scarves is that they can be worn with any dress. They can be worn any time, at work places, at formal functions, at parties, or as casual wear. All you have to keep in mind is the patterns, designs and shades of the scarves. They should blend with the colour scheme of the clothes you are wearing. Scarf can be worn by both men and women. Those worn around the neck are also called Kremer.

A simple scarf can splash style, comfort and fashion. Carry a scarf in your bag always even if you don't want to wear. It would come of use to wipe your face or even your hands. Keep it trendy and stay in style.Read more at:royal blue prom dresses | black prom dresses


Prada takes inspiration from graphic novels for Milan show


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A fresh breeze buffeted Italy’s fashion capital during the second day of Milan Fashion Week on Sunday, both literally, bringing relief from the June heat, and figuratively, as young designers took the spotlight.

They brought with them fresh silhouettes with new proportions and reinterpretations of old summertime favorites from linens to stripes.

Here are highlights from menswear previews Sunday in Milan for next spring and summer:


Miuccia Prada took inspiration from graphic novels for her latest collection, which aims to create a dialogue between the virtual world and the real world.

The virtual world is in an exhibit at the brand’s Fondazione Prada contemporary art exhibition space. Fashion is Prada’s reality.

She employed two artists — James Jean from Los Angeles and Ollie Schrauwen of Belgium — to create graphic stories on a human and not superhero scale that covered the walls of the showroom and became the prints that defined Sunday’s menswear collection in Milan.

Scenes included a robot monkey and an oversized spider descending to pick up houses. Prada said she was attracted to the comics because they turn out information in bit-size pieces -- much the same way social media does today.

Nylon jumpsuits defined the Prada silhouette, belted at the waist and gathered at the ankles and cuffs with plastic Prada labels. Shirt collars were turned up. There was a shorts version worn with Prada men’s knee socks and pointy leather shoes.

The silhouette was repeated in casualwear, with sweaters tucked into athletic-style trousers. Meshed sweaters of horizontal stripes tucked into houndstooth pattern trousers turned up into a thick cuff. Sandals with socks anchored those looks.

Graphic prints appeared in both pastel colors and black and white on shirts, jacket panels and bags. Prada said she added overcoats to unify the looks.

“Everything was a little naive, too simple,” she said. “We thought these big heavy coats would be the right counterpart. That is just fashion.”


Guillaume Meilland’s second collection for Ferragamo is inspired by the Mediterranean coastline shared by his native France and adopted Italy.

The looks are defined by texture: cable-knit fishermen’s sweaters, velvety shorts, corduroy trousers and suede laser cut tops, all hearty fare for wind-swept seaside strolls. The designer also added touches of whimsy like sea horse prints and coral key chains.

“Yes I like the idea of having, for me, something very Italian, something very much linked to the idea of the holidays and the seaside,” Meilland said backstage. “Textures, colors, we are trying combine soft velvet, English fabrics and heavy linens ... The fluid and something more rough.”

The looks combined for an effortless silhouette that Meilland said was inspired by the 1960 French film “Purple Noon,” based on the Patricia Highsmith’s “Ripley” novels.

Ferragamo’s footwear included penny loafers or slip on moccasins with rubber soles adorned with the trademark buckle for the city or rope accents for the seaside.


Italian rapper Ghali honed in on a pair of velvety shorts with a sea horse print on a golden background from the front row of Ferragamo’s show for next spring and summer.

“I really like the collection. I love lots of the textures that I saw,” said Ghali, a Milan native whose new album, titled “Album,” is being promoted with an ad on the Duomo cathedral.


Lee Wood laid the seams bare at Dirk Bikkembergs during his second season as its creative director.

The clean collection revealed the construction details that create rhythms with their repetition, from the patchwork trousers to the intarsia knitwear.

Wood said he was inspired by the brutalism architectural movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s that stood against adornment.

“I wanted it to be brutal. I wanted it to be honest. I wanted it to be like men should be,” Lee said backstage. “I don’t want to see men all pretty and perfect. I think a man should be rugged.”

The lines were simple, with neat T-shirts with scooped necks paired with urban patchwork trousers cut from natural fabrics. The cuffs were turned up to reveal the rough seam. Heavy boots and utilitarian sandals anchored the looks.

Suit jackets were worn with shorts that were nearly bloomers in proportion, a fob to summer, while some trousers were festooned with maxi-pockets. Tops, by contrast, were soft, like one that was a patchwork of gold, light blue and white.

While the materials were mostly natural fibers and the color palette based on hues of blue, white and slate gray, the collection closed with flashes of green and Japanese technical fabric.


Korean designer Munsoo Kwon made his Milan debut in the Armani theater with a collection that contained some measure of autobiography.

The triptych collection includes pieces based on European tailoring, Korean military wear and a series of character looks. The thread that connects them all: The YOLO phenomenon, previously, before the invention of abbreviation-loving social media, known as “You Only Live Once.”

The 37-year-old Kwon expresses his whimsy with out-of-proportion cuts: Boyish striped sweaters that are part of his character series are gigantic with wide, trailing arms, dwarfing the wearer.

The military looks are elongated and soft, not your usual regimented rendering. And the tailored outfits are clean and elegant, featuring pinstripe pants with long belts worn with a pajama-inspired top and a trench coat with bell sleeves.


The hallway of an artistic high school was the runway for the Sunnei brand by designers Loris Messina and Simone Rizzo. The occasion: The last day of school.

“For us, this is an expression of total freedom,” Rizzo said of the collection.

The looks are more artsty student than beach, even if the striped button-down tops and shorts recalled beach umbrellas. Suits featured boxy jackets and athletic drawstring pants, which could be worn with a plasticized denim overcoat. Footwear included sling-back sneakers.

Oversized sweaters came with matching water bottle holders and T-shirts played on social media with a photograph of Myspace founder Tom Anderson with the slogan “Forever Tom,” dating even the young designers of the three-year-old brand.

“We show our lives, our daily existence. We don’t refer to the past,” Rizzo said.


Dean and Dan Caten, the Canadian twins behind the DSquared2 label, have made their mark on Milan -- most recently with a neon maple leaf on the former distillery where they showed next year’s warm weather looks for men and women.

The designers put a jangle in the models’ walk with buckled leather straps in neat rows up the sleeves of sweaters, down the legs of trousers and leggings, and across boots.

Hawaiian floral prints were the accent of the season, with floral shirts paired busily with leopard leggings or worn over the trademark Canadian plaid. Painted florals accented leather pants and skirts, and appeared as panel overlays on denim jackets.

Womenswear featured dramatically layered long ruffle tulle skirts that were often paired with simple T-shirts. Men also can indulge in some light ruffles down the front of their tank tops.

The headgear of the season: A military beret over a baseball cap.Read more at:pink prom dresses


Eco-friendly weaves on designs


Raw Mango, Sanjay Garg’s first label, began in 2008 and focused on the Chanderi weave and non-stitched garments. The label ‘Sanjay Garg’ took shape in 2014 and focused on stitched garments. His work honours Indian craftsmanship and his aesthetics are a breath of fresh air. He is known for his collections that are packed with innovative silhouettes and nouveau styles that are deep rooted in Indian sensibilities. “I don’t think I evolve as a designer as much as I evolve as a person,” he smiles, as he talks about the need to get the basics right — everything from cut, technique and weaves.

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He is also part of a new tribe that is working on bringing saris back. So how does he plan on making it more accessible and comfortable for the youth? “More than that, my worry has been to retain the quality and give back to the weavers,” he elaborates. “We need to invest in design and research, rather than making things cheap and compromising on techniques and crafts.”

Innovation being his forte, he has been working on making saris softer, changing their drapes and the entire layout. “We have minimised saris, blouses are more versatile today, petticoats are printed and it’s easier for the youth to connect to them now.”

He makes it very clear that he has made a conscious effort to not use models and celebrity showstoppers in his shows. For his latest collections ‘Baag’ and ‘Raas’, he chose an old friend, in her 50s, and a young girl. His work has also earned him a top spot on celebrities’ hotlists, which is something he doesn’t care much for. “Raw Mango has never used any models. I want people to decide for themselves, not because of a celebrity. I try to represent different aspects of society through varied age groups, body types and frames, depending on the mood of the collection,” he elaborates.

Garg recently exhibited some of his work at the Asia House in London, where he was in conversation with Rosemary Crill, former senior curator at the Victoria Albert Museum. “We did extremely well and the conversation was the best part of it,” he smiles. The topics ranged from how the world perceives Indian fashion, textiles, youth involvement and more. “The west definitely appreciates Indian textile, but they still don’t really wear them much. We still need to become more global.”

Garg is one of the few designers who work towards making fashion eco-friendly. “Even when it comes to my garments, I tell people not to buy them unless they really need them. The sustainable mantra is to buy as little as possible. This also presents us with a challenge to make that one garment most beautiful, so you’d want to wear it even after five years,” he explains.

Take a look inside Garg’s closet, and you would see 20 shirts, and eight trousers, which he wears in rotation. “If I happen to buy something more, I always give a few of my old shirts to someone else. I enjoy doing this,” he says. He insists on the ideology of minimalism and requests everybody to use fewer resources to sustain themselves. “Survive on as little as you can, and take the least possible space to live.”Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk


How To Know If Your Skin Is The Mysterious Sixth Skin Type


We are all acquainted with the skin types oily, dry, sensitive, combination, and normal. But, what if we told you there is a sixth skin type that people rarely talk about?

What is it called?

Known as dehydrated skin, this skin type is characterised by excess build-up, whitish dry patches in some portions, and flakiness. Usually interspersed with combination skin, it can also be a separate category unto itself, or appear along with the other five skin types.

In this condition, portions of your skin could be oily with dry patches in parts of your face, especially around the mouth and nose, but not restricted to these areas. So, if your skin is extremely oily in some parts, and extremely dry in some, with flakes, then you have dehydrated skin.

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Why does it happen?

As the name suggests, dehydrated skin happens due to lack of hydration. Unlike dry skin, which occurs due to the lack of an oily barrier on the skin, dehydrated skin is characterised by skin shrivelling up and becoming flaky because of lack of water.

This happen in extreme weather, or if your body is losing water. Most commonly, this happens to people because of diarrhoea. Sometimes, though, flakiness also occurs due to seborrhoeic dermatitis, which is completely different from dehydrated skin.

Not only that, lack of hydration causes an imbalance in skin, making skin excessively oily and excessively dry. Adequate water consumption remedies this.

But why is this a big deal?

Dehydrated skin is often difficult to remedy with products meant for oily, dry, or combination skin. Products for oily skin are often too lightweight and ineffective for dehydrated skin, because even though they are water-based, and quench skin, they don't contain enough emollients to bind the flakes and soften skin away. Products for dry skin are too thick and heavy on the oil, and don't get absorbed well into the skin. Products for combination skin do work, but not always.

How can this be cured?

A combination of the right products and a strict hydration routine is crucial for curing dehydrated skin. In truth, though, these patches need to be targeted with a different layer of products from the rest of your face, if you have a skin like this.

Get your hydration game right.

Dehydrated skin doesn't just need water. You need the right combination of electrolytes, as well. Including a bit of citrus fruits, cucumber water, or coconut water into your routine is also crucial. This helps balance out the nutrients, and quench your skin, making it much plumper than just drinking plain water.

Hydrate externally.

Applying moisturiser on dry skin is a futile exercise as it cannot absorb oils, and needs moisture from water to do so. So, make sure you always keep a mist with you, and spritz it liberally on your face at regular intervals, whether you want to follow up with a moisturiser or not.

Make essence your best friend.

What people with dehydrated skin need first and foremost is a Korean skincare rage called essence. A serum-packed, runny, lightweight, water based lotion, essence provides a host of nutrients to your skin, but through the easily-absorbed medium of water instead of delivering it through heavy serums or creams, which might break out oily skin.Read more at:mermaid prom dresses