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The final day of the digital edition of Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2021 on Sunday opened a film presentation that showcased a design collaboration of final year fashion students of School of Fashion, Pearl Academy.
Mentored by Antonio Maurizio Grioli, Dean, School of Fashion and faculty members, the students curated ‘Fashion Reboot’ – a collection of ensembles focused on Gen Z.
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Speaking about the show Prof. Nandita Abraham, President, Pearl Academy said: “India Fashion Week by FDCI is one of the best platforms for our students to get the real, practical experience of the fashion industry and serves as a fitting culmination to their graduation year. Our exclusive collaboration with FDCI is a true example of how industry-academia partnerships can create a win-win situation for the students and prepare them for their professional journey ahead.”
The line-up comprised oversized jackets, bombers, blazers with asymmetrical hemlines, oversized shirts, trousers, and other comfortable wear in bright, pop colors with quirky prints and cuts.
Designer Sahib Bhatia under his label Amaare launched his line-up of menswear called ‘Cosmos’. It included clean-cut, tailored fit suits, blazers, bandhgalas, kurtas in deep shades of blue, plum, and black. Bhatia has played with layering in the ensembles and has used intricate hand-embroideries to add surface texture to the pieces.
Designer Jyotika Jhalani under her label Janavi showcased luxurious shawls, woven from pure cashmere. There are pieces that feature the motif of evil’s eye in shades of navy, cobalt, and electric blue, layered against a canvas of pristine white and ivory.
“It’s very human to wonder if an evil eye has been cast upon us, during these uncertain times,” elaborates Jyotika, the designer.
“But, our evil eye talisman is to inspire an invigorating journey of self-discovery, a new awakening, and a brighter ‘eye’ to the future. It’s about dissipating stagnant heaviness, and bringing in fresh energy.”
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Another part of the collection captures the glamour and extravagance of 1920s Art Deco designs. Defined by expert embroidery and enchanting embellishments, it is inspired by the stars of the era, and the compositions are layered with whimsical motifs, sumptuous colors, glittering beads, and quirky feathers. There are maximalist talisman motifs and dazzling embellishments used to create another section of the collection. There are motifs of butterfly, bee, dragon, rose, dove, bow,
The color is kept in neutral hues of vintage nude and taupe, sophisticated white, and hypnotic black, jewel tones of red, green, and blue.
Menswear designer Pawan Sachdeva’s latest collection is named ‘Blitzen’. Set in a palette of inky blues and blacks, tints of grey, and shiny metallics, the collection has a futuristic approach. Reflective tapes and PU fabrics have been used to make coated and proofed outerwear, light jackets layered with zipper t-shirts, and jogger pants. The collection is inspired by the contemporary industrial design and tech revolution. (IANS)
-By Muskan Bhatnagar
Childhood is the best phase of one’s life. The phase of life where there is no stress, no worries, no sorrows, but only enjoyment, innocence, and joy. Every time you recall those free happy days, all you’d wish is to rewind your life and relive those moments. Right?
Remember those weird yet fun outdoor games that we used to play all day long? Those little fights with friends? Crying over the smallest scratches we would get while playing? And how a bar of chocolate could give us all the happiness in this world? Those happy days are now long gone.
Nowadays, the idea of childhood has completely changed. Seeing parents forcing their kids into tuition classes at the tender age of 5 or 6 completely surprises me. Parents are so busy in their schedules that they tend to think that their kid might not be able to grasp everything at school. And due to lack of time and attention, they enroll their children into tuition classes at a very young age.
The parents are not wrong when they say that primary classes are the base of higher studies and hence they provide extra tutoring to their kids. But then, isn’t nursey class just too early for a student to compromise on playing and attend tuitions? After all, that is exactly what a student has to do after completing primary school. What is the need to burden kids with bookish knowledge at an age this young? Neither alphabets nor numbers are so tough. Studying in school is enough for a primary school kid even if the parents are not able to pay requisite attention to their ward’s studies.
Such decisions might hinder the child’s playtime which is very important during early childhood. Why has it turned so necessary to push your child into academic competition since the beginning of childhood? Why do parents want their kids to score the first rank in the first standard? How is it gonna help in the future? After all, academic excellence in primary classes doesn’t ensure good academic performance in later years.
I have come across kids who’ve been studying all day, all night since the start of their schooling, attending all subject tuitions for hours, then attending co-curricular classes as well. Don’t you think that childhood has been destroyed of a kid like this?
Parents need to understand that providing kids with luxurious lifestyles and all possible facilities isn’t called good parenting because at the end of the day you’ve destroyed the innocence, pure joy, and the childhood fun of the kid. Kids nowadays don’t experience the purity of childghood innocence, the burden-free playtimes, and the carefree mischiefs of childhood.
They’ve been exposed to academic competition and the race to achieve the highest marks, at such an early age that they have to compromise on every other thing. The parents have also become so careful that they don’t completely allow kids to have fun or to play outdoors. The fear of getting physically hurt stops parents from sending their kids to play as carelessly as the previous generation did.
Seeing kids miss out on the happiest and the most carefree phase of their life saddens me. Studies are no doubt one of the most important aspects of life, but that never meant that it is more important than enjoying life.
Adulthood and teenage years are hard phases of life, most of the time. Adolescents often face many difficulties, and adulthood has its own problems. The only carefree and stress-free part of a person’s life is childhood. After all, school life never comes back and there is no friendship as pure as the school friendships. Then why are we killing today’s generation’s childhood?
Let your child explore new things out of the bookish world, let them play more study less, let them play rough, let them become strong on their own, let them find subjects of their interest, let them make countless of unforgettable memories, let them make mistakes, let them live carelessly till they reach an age where it gets necessary to be burdened. At the end of the day, what childhood memories are your kids going to share with their kids?
BY PUJA GUPTA
Guess which is the most competent generation of parents when it comes to awareness? A survey by US tech company Winnie suggests it is the millennial parents who make up for 90 per cent of all new parents, are evolved, smarter and given the information and internet era far more exposed compared to their own parents.
Ambitious, well-educated and well-informed, millennial parents focus on the overall development and well-being of their children in a more conscious and aware style of holistic upbringing.
With more resources at hand, these parents are aware of what works and what does not. This holds to be most true when it comes to health concerns. Millennial parents are on top of what is good for their children’s health. Priyanka Kheruka, Brand Head, Borosil Glass Works Ltd, lists the top three health interventions most millennial parents are following today –
Eco-friendly kitchens: For the millennial, the reverse trend of realising the health value of home cooked meals is an important aspect of their daily life. This, however, is juxtaposed against a lack of time with many more layers added to our modern lives including demanding careers and lifestyle.
Hence, the need for convenience and health driven kitchen solutions. What you cook and store your food in is an important as what you eat.
Millennial parents are moving away from plastics for storage replacing containers with the glass and steel. They are also cooking food in glass, steel and copper utensils. Millennial parents are aware of the harmful effects of plastic, which leaches chemicals into food when heated.
For kids and parents who are always on the move, even water bottles and lunch boxes are moving from traditional plastic to glass and steel with unique designs and health benefits, keeping food and water hot or cold and leaching absolutely no chemicals to preserve nutrition.
Mindfulness about food and healthy eating: Millennial parents will surprise you with their knowledge on what all goes into what they are feeding their children. Food habits of their children are constantly evolving with exposure to different cuisines and travel experiences enrich their overall choices. Healthy eating, preparing hot food vs frozen and including a mix of ingredients that one point seemed a foreign concept are now all part of the millennial diet.
Health has gained a whole new dimension and is approached holistically keeping in mind the purest form food can be given to our children – organic, natural and fresh. Farm to table is a concept that is getting more popular among urban millennials who are often seen sourcing milk and organic vegetables directly from farm vendors. Retaining the freshness of these foods is also essential.
Active and hydrated: there is no replacement to the health of children than active play. Digital distractions have made this natural activity now a required deliberate intervention. Millennial parents are consciously, including sports and activity in their children’s lives.
However, climate change and pollution has led to harsher weather conditions and hydration is also essential. Keeping our kids hydrated with water and healthy drinks like juice and lemon water are essential as we shrug sugar filled aerated options. Here again, using high quality food grade stainless steel bottles is the best solution. (IANS)
The values that Americans view as important have shifted over the last two decades, as younger Americans place less significance on patriotism, religion and having children.A recent poll shows that 42% of Millennials and Generation Z (ages of 18-38) view patriotism as “very important” compared to almost 79% of people over age 55.
Hard work is the attribute all Americans value the most with 89% of respondents saying it’s a very important quality. Tolerance for others, financial security and self-fulfillment also topped the list.
Overall, about half of people — 48% — say religion is very important to them, down from 62 percent in 1998. While 67% of older Americans view religion or a belief in God as very important, just 30% of the younger group felt the same.
Forty percent of people say increasing diversity and tolerance of different cultures and races is a step forward, 14% see it as a step backward, while the biggest majority, 43%, say it is both a step forward and a step backward.
Issues like religion and patriotism have traditionally been politically important. However, the changing views of the emerging generation suggest those topics might not be at the forefront in the coming years and politicians will have to adjust their platforms and strategies accordingly.
The NBC News Wall Street Journal survey of 1,000 adults was conducted from August 10 to August 14. (VOA)