Turning their passion into a profession is the dream of many. Unfortunately, however, not enough people attempt such a venture as they choose to, instead, make do with their ‘safe’ job. But where’s the fun, and the passion, in that? Nobody should stand for letting their passion disappear as they settle for a job that doesn’t provoke any sort of feeling within them. And fashionistas certainly shouldn’t stand for it. There are plenty of ways for fashion lovers to forge a career in the fashion industry — read on to find a few of them.
Both when you’re in the comfort of friends and when you’re in your fashion based job — whether this be an internship, an entry level fashion store job or a position of management in such a store — you need to dress differently. You need to prove to everyone that you are someone who knows how to be different with their dress sense. But you also need to prove yourself as someone who is on trend too. So, why not try tweaking the current trend, whatever that may be, in your own, unique way?
Connect with as many fellow fashionistas as possible
Even in the fashion industry it is a case of who you know rather than what you know. This is unfortunate because, really, it should be the other way around. However, it’s not and the sooner you accept this, the better off you’ll be. And the sooner you begin to make vital fashion connections, the better off you’ll be too. Whether this means schmoozing the boss of your internship or entry level store job, or connecting with fashion designers as you climb higher up the ladder and attend networking events, you must do it. And you must do it even if you are prone to shyness.
Always, always, always aim higher
Whether being the CEO of a fashion company is your life’s goal or not, in order to forge a career in the fashion industry you have to show yourself to be someone that always wants more. And to show you always want more, you should always be searching and applying for higher level jobs. There are a host of careers at Belk that suit this description perfectly. At the moment, the company has vacancies in all sort of high level roles: from Director of Brand Management to Sourcing Associate to Technical Designer. And these are the sorts of roles that you should set your sites on. Well, in any case, what’s the harm in applying?
If you are a lover of fashion and have a real passion for it, what’s stopping you from turning it into a profession? Certainly not advice on how to go about it, that’s for sure, because it’s all up there above. Maybe it’s because you’re scared that being in such close proximity to fashion at all times will force you to hate it? If this is the case, then you should know that the best and most amazing hack that every fashionista should know is that a career in fashion will provide them with on-tap clothing. If that’s not enough to entice you into the industry, then what is?
If we had to pick out one thing we love about the internet-age in which we live, it would take something super-special to topple our love for hacks. The people of this world just have a brand new way to share their best pieces of genius, their little bits of innovation and their top tips when it comes to navigating life. If we had to narrow this down even further, well, we’d have to incorporate these hacks into our absolute love of all things fashion.
There is just so much that needs fixing on this front. Like when we lose the back of our earrings or spill red wine over our favorite summer dress, or any one of the infinite other surprises that can creep up and wreak absolute havoc on our fashion plans, and maybe prevent us from having to have that wardrobe clear out prematurely. That is where having an arsenal full of practical solutions can be nothing short of a lifesaver. Yup, even the most disastrous and annoying fashion failures and outfit catastrophes can become manageable thanks to the hack-inspired world that we exist within.
Accidents happen, there is nothing you can do to prevent that fact of life from continuing. However, there are some bits of know-how you can swat up on to become the most incredible handywoman of fashion and help your wardrobe to live another day.
There is nothing more frustrating than when we go to pull on that pair of jeans that gives your bottom the most amazing shape, or you grab that cute little bomber jacket you love, only to find out the zipper is stuck. Well, instead of cursing up to the skies and giving up on life, there are a few things you can do. Rubbing Vaseline into the teeth is one. Using a crayon along the teeth is another. While a graphite pencil should also do the trick. A quick rub and your zipper should run as smooth as ever.
Canvas shoes are so in right now. Not only are they cool, they are also cute and pretty and oh so comfortable. Oh. So. Comfortable. Until you walk through a puddle you hadn’t seen because you were texting, or it starts raining unexpectedly. That is when wearing canvas shoes can really, really suck. But there is a way to waterproof them. All you need to do is buy some beeswax, rub it in all over your shoe and then use a hair dryer to help the wax set and create a natural waterproof seal.
Problem No.3 The Ironing A Buttoned Shirt
Ironing in itself isn’t the joy-filled pastime we all hope it will be. It is boring. Not only that it tends to be an art form that we can’t get our heads around no matter how much we do it, especially when it comes to ironing a button-down shirt. Luckily for you, there is a very simple solution to this horrid experience. All you have to do is turn your shirt inside out and, voila, you can now easily glide over the buttons without melting them with your hot iron. Amazing.
Problem No.4 The Lost Earring Back
Okay, I don’t know why we specifically state earring back when losing the actual earring is so much worse. All you remember is, you went out the night before, came back late, fell into bed with your earrings still in because you were absolutely exhausted and woke up only to find them missing in action. Well, your solution lies in a nylon stocking and a vacuum cleaner. Simple put your stocking over the vacuum hose and then going on a retrieval mission. Hopefully your missing earring (and back) will stick to the nylon for you to retrieve and enjoy once more.
It is one of those lose-lose situations, isn’t it? Either you don’t wear deodorant, which will mean sweating, which will mean you stain your clothes both visually and in terms of smell, or you wear deodorant and you stain your clothes that way. Obviously, the latter is the better of two evils in that scenario. The good news is there is a very simple way to get rid of this kind of stain and it relies on nothing more than you rubbing your jeans on the stained area. The only thing you want to be a little conscious of is transferring the color of jeans onto the item in question, so just test it on a small patch of the clothing area just to be sure.
Problem No.6 The Red Wine Stain
We’ve all been there. We’ve been at a party or a wedding where there is a free bar and we’ve gotten a little too excited and ended up spilling red wine on that summer dress we’ve been waiting to wear for an absolute age. Well, the best way to solve this issue is to immediately soak some cloth (say, your napkin) with white wine and then gently blot the red wine stain. It is one of those old wives tales that we rarely give credence to but, trust us, it totally works.
Problem No.7 The Fading Black Clothes
It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been in a relationship with your washing machine for; it still has a way of fading your dark clothes and that is so much more annoying than we can ever fully comprehend. It is also expensive. So to make clothes last longer, it is so important that you learn how to wash your dark clothes properly and that is where turning your clothes inside out can come in handy. You see, the reason your darks fade is that they get hot and then rub on the other clothes. It is that simple. So, turn them inside out and that won’t happen anymore. Simple and incredible.
Suede is one of those materials that is so nice to wear and look at. Even faux-suede is gorgeous; it instantly makes an outfit look that much more expensive and sophisticated. However, cleaning dirt off your suede isn’t as easy as it should be and we can often end up ruining the suede itself in the process. That’s where bread can be your savior. Simple remove the crust from a slice of bread, leave it to go stale and then gently rub the dirty suede with the edge of the bread. You will see it disappear before your very eyes.
Most girls love to adorn their bodies with beautiful stones and precious metals. Jewelry has been part and parcel of many cultures, throughout time. Today, among modern societies and developing places alike, you’ll find this sort of bodily decoration to be extremely popular. In the recent past, these items would be too expensive for most people to own. But, in recent times, they’ve become much cheaper. This means that for those willing to are willing compromise on diamonds or other expensive stones, real bargains can be found. To help you with this, this post will be going through some of the best gems and rocks for visual and wallet appeal.
A lot of people like expensive stones because they have very interesting visual features. For example, light dances within a diamond differently to any other stone. And, this gives it a very unique look. But, a stone’s price doesn’t dictate how special it is. In the case of the Tiger’s Eye, you’ll be surprised to see how beautiful a cheap stone can be. Usually, this rock is a mixture of light and dark shades of grey, in formations which almost look like strands. It looks best with a highly polished finish. And, it can be applied to almost any sort of jewelry to look nice. It’s rare to find such a fascinating stone of these colors.
For some, the Tiger’s Eye may not seem girly enough. And, although it is elegant, it makes sense that it might not be everyone’s thing. A rose quartz is a very different stone to a Tiger’s Eye. This sort of stone is, as its name suggests, pink. These stones grow in crystalline structures, with great detail and precise lines. But, they can also be polished to shine and look smooth. Like a Tiger’s Eye, this sort of stone is great within any sort of jewelry. A local jeweler should be able to help you to find this sort of stone. And, they may even be able to suggest some for you.
This next rock isn’t actually a rock. Instead, it’s part of a natural process used by oysters and a few other types of mollusk. When a foreign object, like a grain of sand, enters the oyster’s, it has to protect itself against infection or damage. To do this, it creates a smooth shell around the object. And, this is the pearl you wear. These jewels of the ocean have been commonplace in most societies with ties to the sea. And, they can be found in the highest of society out there. The best sort of options for a stone like this are things like handmade pearl earrings or necklaces. A lot of the examples you find from automated factories are made using substandard pearls to lower their price.
Hopefully, this will inspire you to start saving some money on the rocks you wear. A lot of people like to use this sort of accessory to add some color to their outfit. It gives you the chance to make something more interesting. Or, you can use it as an accent to the clothing you already have.
Between the rising temperatures outside the house and the increasing need for trendy, beautiful clothes, summer chic styles are becoming ever more popular. Dressing for the office, especially, is becoming a difficult business! You don’t want too many layers, nor do you want too little as the air conditioning in the office is cranked up to counteract the heat from the sun outside. Choosing your daily workwear may get difficult as the warmer months draw in and accessorising your outfits can also be hard as you have to find a good, professional balance!
Revamping your closets with Daisy Dukes and long, flowy boho tops is one thing for casual looks, but how do you accessorize? Your usual neckerchief or patterned stockings won’t have a place in the heat, but boho bracelets and delicate flower garlands for your hair like these ones can step into the spotlight! Summer time is a time for lighter, flowing styles and you have to push your comfort zone to get that summer chic look. So, how can you change your usual dress to match a trend that is so popular?
White. In the heat, wearing light colours is a must. White is one of the purest you can wear and it is so fashionable, especially against a gorgeous summer tan. It looks fresh, clean and can really make accessories with colours and metallic hues stand out. Floaty summer dresses in white are often on the catwalk, and your summer chic look can really pop with white trainers paired against denim shorts. You can’t go wrong with white for your summer wardrobe!
Stripes. Most people would go against stripes for their summer wardrobe, but it’s all about choices. When you have an outfit with vertical stripes, you can accessorize any style of stripes with nautical accessories like these and they look fresh!
Boho. Crop tops and long, flowing skirts are an absolute essential for that boho summer look. Pair these with long chain necklaces and drop earrings for a fashionable look that is on point for the whole summer.
Shoes. Summertime is all about comfort and staying cool, so sandals are in and trainers are out. flat sandals like these can match the colours of your summer accessories, so don’t be afraid to decorate your outfit in any way that can match your shoes!
Bag. While you’re on the subject of accessorizing your outfit, choosing a bag that is lightweight and colourful to reflect the summer. Ditch the backpack and go for a lightweight tote. Again, colour should be bold and reflective of your personality as well as the sunshine outside.
Whether you are thinking about your casual summer look or your work outfit, the key is cool, casual and chic colours and additions to each outfit from head to toe. Caring about how you have dressed is wonderful and you can really show off your style when you go all out this summer time!
Ridhima Bhasin recently hosted the launch of her maiden flagship store at South Extension part one. Bustling with fashion enthusiasts, her spring summer collection was received with a lot of awe. Inspired by iconic shapes of Moroccan architecture, the majestic inverted domes, slender minarets, intricate and spell binding jali windows and moorish lamps. the word Lucidus invokes a feeling of light, brightness and clarity that reflects in the ensemble. The collection encapsulates this feeling and mood well with beautiful circular skirts, slender pants, sheer blouses in ivory, apricot, sage green and vanilla hues.
Delicate thread embroideries with hand crafted tassels and hints of silver and moonlit embellishments amalgamate to create this spring summer collection.
The designs strike the right balance between contemporary and conservative with focus on magical cuts and flattering silhouettes.
Ridhima Bhasin is a young and talented fashion designer best known for her contemporary styling of Indian dresses. Ridhima Bhasin was born and bought up in Delhi, absorbing the diverse art culture, architecture and heritage only to find her falling for fashion designing every single day. She further got inspired by her sister Ritika Bhasin, who owns her very own fashion label. Being a part of her sister’s workshop, understanding fabrics and embellishments finally made her decide she had to pursue fashion as a career. Ridhima attended the London College of Fashion and got specialized with all the technical skills while studying Design and Merchandising there. After her graduation in the summer of 2010 she got back to India and started assisting her sister, Ritika Bhasin’s label. She got a chance to enhance her skills, work ethics and designing skills for 3 years. Finally In 2014, with her passion to bring her contemporary chic designs to the Indian market, she introduced her label ‘Ridhima Bhasin’.
Many bollywood celebrities adorn her designer wear and her collection is also available in international markets like Dubai, Indonesia, London and New York, making her one of the youngest Indian Fashion Designer to be successfully retailing her designer wear worldwide.
For me it was a pleasure meeting her personally and checking her collection out.
The 2nd day of the Asian Designer Week was ruled by the NextGen Fresh Talent and NextGen Fashionpreneurs who exhibited vibrant and vivid ensembles that kept the audience hooked throughout the day. The highlights of the show included designers from Bangladesh, Srilanka & Singapore.
The second day of the Asian Designer Week Season 4 opened with NextGen Fresh Talent (Students) wherein ten very innovative and interesting designers showcased their out-of-the-box creativity and design concepts that caught the attention of fashion enthusiasts and designers from across the country. Hrishitaa Bhatt walked the ramp for the designer Nidhi Mehra (Aahana’s) who showcased scintillating combinations and hues, the collection was ideal for any occasion. Acid attack fighter, Ms. Ritu Saini also walked the ramp for designer Disha Chadha. Hon’ble Chairman Sadbhavna Sewa Sansthan and Advisor- Govt. of Uttar Pradesh Shri Anil Singh also marked his presence in the event. The new breed of designers which were categorized into NextGen Fresh Talent, NextGen Fashionpreneurs, NextGen Fashionpreneurs 6 degrees, Newgen Asian Designer and Asian Designers showcased the collection.
From a wide range of designers to myriad ideas, inspiration, and a blend of age-old traditional craftsmanship with contemporary, futuristic forward designs, the Day 2 of the Asian Designer Week was a significant event for the fashion industry. Promoting PM Modi’s ‘Make In India’ campaign, many designers incorporated India’s traditional fabrics and handlooms in their collection giving a glimpse of the rich Indian heritage.
I visited in the evening and first collection that I witnessed was by Veronica by Meenu Mehra and Varsha Sethi.
VERONICA by Meenu Mehra
The collection showcased customized & weaved fabrics using the techniques of jacquard that created the dual lighter and darker effect of the dye.
VERSHA SETHI by Versha Sethi
Designer Versha Sethi is a Rajasthan based designer who immortalizes timeless style in her bespoke designs. She is well-known for her meticulous craftsmanship, strong fashion sensibility and an undying love for fashion work. Her brand caters to the entire wedding trousseau of brides and consists of an incredible range of fabrics, intrinsically woven together to present bespoke designs.
The collection that truly caught my eye was Aahana’s by Nidhi Mehra, beautiful colours and delicate cuts made the entire collection look very very feminine and chic.
Aahana’s by Nidhi Mehra was born as a concept 3 years ago with Nidhi’s first designer studio being launched and operated in Noida. Nidhi’s collection has been showcased and appreciated across 20 leading national and international fashion shows and events. Taking inspiration from the feminine passion with the bold yet ethnic apparels, each piece of the designer collection AAHANA’S by Nidhi Mehra couture represented class apart from combining beauty and confidence seamlessly together. With scintillating combinations and hues, the collection is an ideal wear for any occasion. Hrishitaa Bhatt sizzled the ramp as the showstopper for the talented designer.
She has been an active participant in various global business summits and has recently won the coveted ET Brand Award 2017 at the ET Global Business Summit 2017 in New Delhi. Over these last 3 years, through her passion and innate creative skills, Nidhi Mehra has made a huge mark in the fashion industry by bringing about a paradigm shift in outlook of the opinion leaders from the fashion fraternity.
In todays ever stressed life, moments of sheer relaxation are difficult and very few. In fact with today maximum women having a working lifestyle, there is a common battle between looking good and wearing comfortable clothes for day long. Most of the times the clothes that are high on comfort aren’t stylish enough, and those which are trendy, not comfortable enough. But Vami brings to us choicest of designs in women leggings, capris and blouses that not only look good but are truly made for comfort.
Vami focuses on bringing comfort in everyday wear in such a manner that you can the lack of physical activities due to insufficient time can now be done at the ease of workplace without worrying about changing clothes. Vami is a lifestyle brand that focuses on leggings, blouses, capris etc for everyday women who is in dearth of time to do physical activities like Yoga, running etc to keep themselves fit. It is a brand that allows maximisation of workout ways and minimisation of load that women lug to and fro from office. It won’t be wrong to say that Vami is not just another legging brand, but a most versatile one indeed which allows women to dress up smartly without bothering about any oops moment.
In fact Vami has initiated a web series to make women aware about the various yoga postures that can make a difference in their lifestyle and very smartly weaved the brand story into it. Catch a glimpse here
Recently a special bloggers meet was organised to introduce this web series and create awareness about the product line. Speaking at the event, Mr. Vineet Aurora said, ” Vami is a brand for every woman. Vami intends to increase awareness about the leisure of life which can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. He also stressed on the fact that Vami produces high quality product line and thus ensures customers of its durability.
And after actually using the products myself, I can vouch for its quality standards. I am very sure, once you start wearing Vami leggings, you won’t be able to switch to another brand, they are so comfortable and good. The leggings are available in numerous colours and one size fits all. Special threads ensure elasticity and long life of the products. The blouses are available in about 4 sizes and 30 colours to choose from.
Vami collection of leggings is available all through the city and most part of North India across various stores and also through their special Bonjour stores, whereas the blouses are currently available only through Bonjour stores. So go for it.
ShopClues is India’s first and largest online marketplace and recently at an event they announced the launch of their new avatar focused on the fashion category. The underlines theme for this new campaign is #LookGoodEveryday, with focus on trendy clothes, matching jewellery and accessories and completing your look for everyday. The clothes, jewellery, accessories are all very very trendy and appealing and yet very affordable.
The launch event was organised at Nehle Pe Dehla by Niche, in CP and saw some of the leading fashion bloggers and media attend the event. The event had a very casual and party like approach with many exciting games and activities for the audience like Hoop the Trend, Tol Mol ke Bol and Dressing the Mannequin. Shopclues also showcased some of their best collections and also introduced their latest trends through a Fashion Show. I must confess that I fared very badly at the Tol Mol Ke Bol game, as every time I guessed the price for a product, it was much cheaper than my guess. The quality of the products didn’t let me guess it for less, but they truly were very affordable and surprised me every time when the price was revealed. After a few failures, I did manage to guess it right
Radhika Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CBO, Shopclues interacted with the audience and highlighted the idea behind the campaign. She said the focus was on giving a smart dressing wardrobe for which one doesn’t need to spend huge bucks and also there is something for every kind of shopper. Be it men or women, some one who wants simplicity yet look presentable or someone who wants to dress outstandingly, there is truly something for everyone.
Modern Roots is a latest collection for women that represents various handicrafts of India such as pure indigo to mirror work, the range is priced from 499 t0 1599.
Pinks, Yellows and Metallic is a Bollywood inspired collection starting from as low as 149. 9 to 5 Dressing, Flash Dance Shoulders, Summer Florals were some other collections for women. While for men, there was Layered Look, Smart Casuals and Mood Dressing.
Keeping this latest collection in mind, ShopClues has also launched a new TVC, take a look here
Even when the temperature is soaring high in Delhi, nothing can stop the enthusiasm and energy of fashion lovers from visiting the summer edition of Rubaru. Rubaru, which is a brain child of 3 friends, Durgesh Goel, Minal Aggarwal and Vandana Aggarwal is a collaborative effort to curate brands for a unique and stylized experience. It gives both the brands and customers their value for time and money. As a customer one gets to experience so many brands under one roof and the brands also benefit by getting a greater exposure. Such exhibitions are always a win win situation for everyone. In its 15th edition, Rubaru, yet again proved to be a fashion and lifestyle extravaganza.
Over 50 brands, specializing in summer-wear, organic materials, summer chic and wedding bling jewellery, home décor, juttis and footwear, and even interesting food products, it was a packed house at Lalit Hotel. Tarot reading on the side, bling footwear bang in the centre of the hall and noted FDCI designers Rahul Singh, Abhi Singh and Gaurav Jagtiani coming together to form the perfect ensemble for a fashionable day out. Out-of-town travellers included brands who’d come from Jaipur, Lucknow, Punjab, Himachal and even Goa.
“No two brands at our exhibition have overlapping products or styles, and I only pick brands that I enjoy or would love to shop from, to give people a quality shopping experience,” says Durgesh Goel, founder of Rubaru.
The collection showcased by the designers was really chic and classy, and some of the pieces were truly mind-blowing. It seemed like a shoppers paradise. Me and my friend and my mom, enjoyed walking through the entire exhibition, picking up our choices and even posing with some of the designer pieces.
Given a chance, would have picked up a lot more stuff from the exhibition, but holding on for the next edition to indulge and splurge. Exquisite pieces of jewellery and some inso-western outfits really grabbed my attention and loved them.
A great evening spent splurging and having fun with friends..Rubaru was truly a delightful experience!
As a fashion enthusiast, you probably keep an eye on changing seasonal trends. Fashion is not just about the top brands, but it is also about how you interpret ideas for your personal style. In this special post, we will talk about the best spring 2017 trends. These are ideas that made headlines during the four spring fashion weeks and are absolutely perfect for any fashion-conscious girl. We will also add a few tips on how you can make the most of these ideas.
Think pink: One of the hottest colour palettes of spring is pink! From the mellow pinks to hot fuchsias, pink made a nice comeback to the runway, and we love the amazing mix of shades. You can try pastel pink dresses or bright outfits for casual brunches – there’s enough for everyone. For a few ideas, check the collections of Balenciaga and Valentino among others.
The classic floral girl: Floral prints for spring can be boring, but not this time. A lot of designers and fashion houses, including names like Balenciaga and Chloé, worked with floral in a different way, adding a more retro twist of the 70s. While bright colours were pretty evident, we think that simple floral outfits can make a mark any day. This is more like a classic style, and the good thing is you will find plenty of options in budget on online stores.
More jumpsuits: If you are tall and have a body to flaunt, jumpsuits can be your staple for casual clothing. Jumpsuits look great for any occasion, as long as you choose the right colour. You can find some amazing simple jumpsuit ideas in the shows of Hermès and Vanessa Seward. There were no big hints, but it was more about minimalism, which works best when you are looking for something comfortable yet appealing.
Stripes with a difference: Spring 2016 had a lot of striped looks, but those were bold and contrasting stripes. Come 2017, we will see a lot of functional and more wearable stripes that seem to follow no fixed lines. This is more like origami of lines, often inspired from seaside and office stripes. If you are fond of simple trends, we presume that this should be your singular pick of the entire list. To know more about this idea, take a look at the collections of Chloé and Sonia Rykiel.
Hoodies are here: Hooded outfits are usually reserved for fall, but there’s no harm in trying new things after all. Top shows of Balenciaga and Paco Rabanne featured hoodies with a difference for spring 2017. Instead of regular sweatshirts, hoodies worked best as an addition to regular outfits meant for spring.
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Author: Suzy Walsh is the chief author and editor for The House Of Elegance Fashion – an emerging blog on style, fashion and trends. She is known for her incredible sense of style and has worked with many leading portals as a guest author.