20 Years and Counting


(Photo:year 10 formal dresses)Twenty years and counting.

“It all started in Liz Tilberis‘ backyard. We all emptied our closets,” Donna Karan recalled as she arrived at the annual philanthropic shopping extravaganza Super Saturday, benefiting Ovarian Cancer.

Karan backtracked — Super Saturday started even before that.

“The concept started with 7th on Sale,” she clarified. “I said, ‘Let’s bring conscious consumerism to let people talk about AIDS. So it was the CFDA, Anna [Wintour] and my myself, and Calvin [Klein] and Ralph [Lauren], and it was really quite wonderful,” she continued. “And so we tried to duplicate it out here in Liz’s backyard. We started really small, and it blew up,” Karan said,gesturing towards the sprawling event in the field at Novas Ark Project in Water Mill, N.Y. “It really did, which is fantastic.”

Karan headed into the throng toward the Urban Zen booth, browsing through the racks as her daughter Gabby Karan de Felice stopped by to borrow a jacket. (Normally blistering hot, the fall-like weather of this year’s sale made the deals on warmer ware more appealing than usual.)

“Twenty years I’ve been involved in this,” declared sale cohost Molly Sims. “Well, almost 18 of them. I’ve been coming that long, when Donna started it in honor of Liz Tilberis,” she continued, making her way through the crowds. “It brings me back to all of my modeling years and coming out here.” Any shopping advice from a seasoned Super Saturday pro? “You enter knowing where you want to go before. You do not just enter blind,” said Sims.

“We get a lot of Brooks Brothers here for all the guys in my family,” said Rachel Zoe, reflecting on her past Super Saturday finds as her father gave a wave from nearby. “We always do a Ralph Lauren stop, kids clothes — I buy my kids a ton of fun things,” she added. “They’re probably on the rides or wherever they are. I haven’t seen them since I walked in.”

In celebration of 20 years, Karan hopes to riff off the Super Saturday concept during New York Fashion Week by hosting a luxury charity shopping event at Urban Zen. While the higher-end options on Saturday were quickly picked over — Edie Parker’s selection was sold out an hour into the sale — there was still plenty for shoppers to sift through.

“I’ve been coming since the beginning. Donna got it to this scale; she’s done an amazing job with this [event],” said Fern Mallis, who has also witnessed the event evolve and morph in other ways. “So many companies became public, they don’t have the amount of merchandise that they can just give away anymore. Designers and products here have changed through the years,” she said. “It’s still an amazing community event, and it raises a lot of money — and that’s what matters.”Read more at:bridesmaid dress

5 Homemade Malai Face Packs to Get Gorgeous Skin

5 Homemade Malai Face Packs to Get Gorgeous Skin 

(Photo:short formal dresses)Do you want to get back your glowing skin? Over a period of time your skin becomes dull and loses its lovely natural glow due to many external factors. But there is one ingredient that can totally change the way your skin looks and feels. This age-old beauty ingredient when added in your beauty regime can give you radiant and baby-soft skin. We are talking about malai or milk cream. Though most of us filter and discard milk cream, you can start using it on your skin to get beautiful skin. Here are five different homemade natural malai face packs that you can use to get gorgeous skin.

Honey and malai face pack

To nourish and moisturize your face you need to pamper your skin with nourishing ingredients. To make a nourishing face pack, mix one tablespoon of malai with a teaspoon of honey and mix both the ingredients well. Massage and apply this face pack generously all over your face and neck. After 20 minutes wash it off with warm water and pat dry your face.

Turmeric and malai face pack

To get radiant skin, you can use this amazing face pack and get rid of the dullness. This face pack will bring back your glow. To make it, mix one tablespoon of malai, two teaspoons of turmeric powder and a few drops of rose oil. The rose essential oil has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties which will help acne-prone skin. Massage this face pack into your skin and after 20 minutes wash it with a mild face cleanser.

Olive oil and malai face pack

This can be your go-to anti-ageing face pack. Olive oil will boost your skin’s elasticity and malai will nourish your skin to get rid of the dryness. Add two tablespoons of malai and a few drops of olive oil to make this mask. Mix and apply the pack all over your face and neck. After 15 minutes, rinse well and use a clean soft towel to wipe your face.

Besan and malai face pack

If you want to exfoliate your skin to get rid of the dead skin cells that is making your skin look dull, then you should reach out to some of the commonly-used kitchen ingredients such as besan and malai. To make this pack you will need to mix one tablespoon of malai, one tablespoon of besan and half teaspoon of walnut powder. Exfoliate your skin using this mixture and then rinse well with warm water.

Lemon, orange and malai face pack

You can get rid of your blemishes and lighten your skin tone using this face pack enriched with the benefits of lemon, orange and the goodness of malai. To make this face pack, add a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a tablespoon of orange juice. To this, add a tablespoon of malai and mix well. Apply it on your face avoiding the area around your eyes, and wash it off well after 30 minutes.Read more at:plus size formal dresses

A starry affair

Ace couturier Tarun Tahiliani’s passion for layering and lightweight clothes will now be reflected in his latest collection, which he has aptly titled “Tarakanna”, that would be showcased with style and panache at Hotel Taj Palace this Wednesday.

The designer, while he studied at The Doon School in Dehradun, had a passion to watch the night sky with dazzling stars. “When one looks into the night sky, it reveals itself a layered universe, of twinkling celestial bodies, in suspended animation. My couture collection draws inspiration from the frothiness and romance of celestial bodies like stars and constellations,” says Tarun, who has a knack for aesthetically combining Indian craftsmanship and European tailored silhouette.

On how he has translated them into lehengas, shararas and sari, he says: “Fabrics like tulle and georgette add lightness and enhance movement, while the carefully hand embroidered Swarovski crystals add the twinkle to the clothing. The way light reflects off these more imperceptible things when you look at the sky, translates into the illusion created by 3D embroidery that is intricate yet light. The collection has a confluence of Indian and Western techniques with sunrise colours like oranges and reds married to the shades of the in-between light of lilac and soft pinks.”

Pointing out that couture across the globe is known as much for feathery lightness as well as the gravity defining construction, the master couturier says: “I wanted lightness in my garments so that Indian brides can enjoy and dance in their weddings. This is how we have evolved – by creating a new vocabulary of design. Our clothes need to embody the spirit of our cultural legacy, which has to be updated for global customers.”

Make in India

On how will fashion lovers and merchandising experts will see Make in India on his shimmering garments, the seasoned couturier says it would translate not only into his Banarasi brocades and silks but also in the exquisite Parsi gara and zardozi embroidery that adorns the garments. “As Indian couture grows by leaps and bounds in the global market, we take immense pride in our traditional embroideries and fine craftsmanship. It is easy to lose your roots and heritage if you focus too much on the contemporary. A harmonious marriage of the two is of utmost importance, more so ever today.”

While each couture collection may be connected to the previous, says Tarun, they also bring with them a refinement that hasn’t been seen before.

“In contrast to our previous collection, the pieces have a more vibrant colour palette. We have also experimented with silhouettes by adding more jackets and capes that create a mystical harmony of the modern and the traditional. A finer workmanship adorns panelled kurtas that beautifully contour the body of the wearer. Another thing that we have kept in mind is that these pieces could be sold as separates. Adding to the mix and match of traditional Indian silhouettes are jackets, capes and gilets, adorned with tassels to break the monotony. These garments create a more global appeal for our customers from around the world. For menswear, the simple tailored shape of the kurta is enhanced with an attached drape, creating a balance of modernity and tradition,” explains Tarun, as he is all geared up for holding his show at the venue designed by the FDCI.

Fashionistas would get to see a fairytale setting as grandeur and opulence will be the hallmark of his collection. On the third day of the fashion week, models will walk on the ramp in an assortment of panelled kurtas, coats as well as lehengas, shararas and sari.Read more at:formal dresses online | bridesmaid dresses online

Archroma Partners With FIT for the First Archroma Color Center

The Fashion Institute of Technology is home to the first Archroma Color Center at a college or university.

As part of its plan to team with leading global universities, Archroma, a Swiss resource for color and specialty chemicals, has partnered with the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Textile Development and Marketing department through the Archroma Color Management service business. In the new Archroma Color Center, FIT students have access to color management tools for their design projects, while getting more hands-on experience that helps to prepare them for careers in the fashion and textiles industries.

Having had a relationship with FIT through the years, Archroma wanted to partner with an entity that connects with a lot of students and has great standing in the industry, according to Chris Hipps, global director of Archroma Color Management, which is housed in Charlotte, N.C. About 50 to 100 companies including American Eagle Outfitters are working with similar tools that the students are using.

“We want the students to be familiar with the modern tools that they will experience when they get out into the work world. Designers and fashion designers in particular really want to have an unlimited color range to choose from,” he said, adding that the Archroma Color Atlas has 4,320 new colors so that it really populates the color range, and formulas are established and engineered. “That’s important because designers not only need to be creative but then they need to design something that can also be produced from their global supply chain. We help them connect the dots between the inspiration for what they’re doing with their color palettes to the point where they’re communicating that color to their factories all over he world for their creative vision.”

Designed by FIT students under the guidance of Sean Cormier, an associate professor at the college’s Textile Development and Marketing program, the Archroma Color Center has a flip-through display that re-creates the 4,320 hue Color Atlas on one wall. Students also have access to a complete six-set Color Atlas that includes detachable fabric swatches that has also been donated to the lab. Colors from the physical Color Atlas by Archroma library can be searched by using the online tool. Students are also asked to use the library to research colors, then they dye sample fabrics and matching trim materials.Read more at:queenieau.com | bridesmaid dresses australia

Dress up for tomorrow

Manpriya Singh

Orbunosex clothing, slow fashion, athleisure, androgynous or ecological—what is the future of fashion? Thankfully, it doesn’t any more lie in assembly line productions, fast fashion labels or fleeting trends. Or, so thinks the younger lot. We speak to five designers showcasing in the GenNext category of the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017, about the future of fashion.

Fashion goes wholesome and holistic

With athleisure becoming a staple rather than a trend, we are further bound for some more relaxation of rules. Designer Sumiran Sharma, running the label, Anaam, feels androgynous is the way to go. “In my opinion, the future of fashion shall be the no-gender clothing orbunosex clothing. Same silhouettes for both men and women. One product would cater to both the markets. Also, the future of fashion is sustainable fashion, ethical fashion and handloom fashion.” That sounds like music to our ears.

Virtual is a reality

Akshat Bansal loves working with shades of white and black. His label Bloni will be incorporating elements of athleisure in his upcoming collection. “I strongly believe that we haven’t evolved and explored much, India has much more to offer than we can ever imagine. Part of my collection will be bringing unconventional newness to our handcrafts and traditional wear.”

As for the future of fashion, he says, “It is high fashion for one and sustainable for another. Perhaps with the growing technology and especially virtual reality, it’s going to be more unreal then today. People travelling for shows and the real experience of touch and feel of fabrics and fashion will slowly eliminate. Augmented reality is soon going to change the sense of fashion since now it’s all about seeing it on the gadget.”

Some unique and under-used techniques

His current collection speaks a lot about his frame of mind. Deepak Pathak’s to be showcased collection is reminiscent of Bengali fishermen. He shares, “The garments are draped, twisted and tucked and have clean lines in an uncluttered palette of black and grey with organic embellishments.” As for the future of fashion, he believes, “It lies in hand rendered surfaces, a technique which I feel will be used more in seasons to come.”

Eco-fashion is here to stay

The designer-duo Saaksha and Kinnari feels, “Eco- fashion is going to be at the forefront of future fashion. Fast fashion is not only losing momentum, it is also losing popularity. The length or lifetime of a garment will be taken into account as will the notion of developing a garment with a cultural and emotional connect. More and more fashion brands are being deterred from purchasing or producing materials that are not made with recycled, organic materials.”

Yet another happy vision that we want to believe. As for the their upcoming collection, “It is based on the parallels between masculinity and femininity, delicate and dramatic. Where we chose softer more feminine silhouettes like flowy dresses, pleated skirts, and pussy-bow blouses, we used edgier colours such as bold reds, dramatic blues and steel greys. Where we used more masculine, stronger silhouettes such as the oversized jackets, the tank tops, and power trousers, we mixed softer fabrics and colours such a chanderi, chiffons with pinks, and dull golds.”

Fabric manipulation & surface techniques

Shenali and Rinzin, running the label Untitled Co, gives utmost importance to fabrics, which they pronounce as both their inspiration and foundation. “The industry is always on the look-out for something new. I believe that we as a brand love to play with traditional techniques and re-invent the existing. So, I think interesting surface techniques in terms of embroidery and fabric manipulation will be the next big things in fashion industry,” share the two, who’ve worked with clean lines and soft pastels for their upcoming collection.Read more at:formal dresses | semi formal dresses

My street style is boring

Sophie Turner 

(Photo:www.queenieau.com)Sophie Turner has a great relationship with Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere.

Sophie Turner describes her street style as “boring”.

The 21-year-old actress is known to dazzle on the red carpet in all sorts of outfits, from classic dresses to sexy, slinky gowns, all chosen with the help of her stylist Elizabeth Saltzman.

But Sophie admits she’s still working on her wardrobe for when it comes to being away from the spotlight, telling W magazine, “Well, I’m working on my street style. It’s difficult because part of me wants to look really nice when I go out, but my natural style is jeans and a plain T-shirt that preferably matches the jeans, and boots or trainers. I really think I have a very boring street style.”

Her appearance has caught the attention of important people in the fashion business though, notably Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere. The designer recently tapped Sophie to star in the fashion house’s fall 17 campaign alongside fellow film stars Jaden Smith and Riley Keough, with Sophie describing the venture as a natural fit given Nicolas’ interests.

“We have a great relationship,” she smiled of her bond with the clothing expert. “He’s lovely. Vuitton had always been really wonderful to me and always volunteered to dress me. Nicolas told me he loves Game of Thrones and he loves redheads, so I guess I was a good combination for him.”

While Sophie may suit the flame-haired tresses she rocks as Sansa Stark in the drama series, she’s actually a natural blonde and had to undergo the transformation at the age of 13 to land the role.

Though she was “a little sceptical” about changing up her tresses at first, it was a discussion with the show’s producers about her alter ego’s ancestry that made her realise how integral her hair colour was.Read more at:semi formal dresses

Dry Skin and What You Can Do About It

You can have dry skin at any age, but you’re more likely to if you’re in your 50s or older. This is because the glands that make oil for your skin get smaller as you age and make less. Older adults are also more likely to have medical conditions like diabetes and kidney disease that can cause dry skin.

When Your Skin Is Dry

It can be uncomfortable — rough, itchy, and gray or ashy in color. It may feel tight, especially after you shower, bathe, or swim. You may have unusual redness and lines and cracks in the skin, sometimes deep enough that they bleed. Many things can cause it, and what you can do it about it depends on what brought it on.

Possible Cause: Atopic Dermatitis

This is the most common kind of eczema. Dry, itchy skin is the most noticeable symptom, but you may also have a rash inside your elbows, behind your knees, and on your face, hands, and feet. It’s most often caused by an allergic reaction and usually can be managed if you moisturize your skin and stay away from what triggered it — detergent, perfume, sand, or cigarette smoke, for example.

Possible Cause: Your Job

You’re more likely to get dry skin and chronic skin conditions if you work with certain chemical and biological materials, or with extreme temperatures. The kinds of jobs that may affect your skin include food service, cosmetology, health care, agriculture, cleaning, painting, mechanics, printing, and construction. You can use protective gear, and try to be exposed to the materials as little as possible, especially if you see symptoms of dry skin or atopic dermatitis.

Possible Cause: Water

Soaking in the tub or showering for long periods is a common cause of dry skin. And the hotter the water, the worse it is. Pools and hot tubs that have a lot of chlorine in them are bad, too, because the chemical dries out your skin. It’s a good idea to keep the water on the cool side and your showers to a minimum — you’ll have healthier skin and a lower water bill

Possible Cause: Smoking

Along with all the other health concerns around smoking, it also causes wrinkles and messes with the blood flow to your outermost layers of skin. And it leads to coarse, dry skin.

Possible Cause: Your Soap

Many popular soaps and shampoos clean your skin by removing oil. This can cause dry skin or make an outbreak even worse. Your doctor or pharmacist can suggest special cleansers that won’t dry out your skin.

Possible Cause: The Weather

Winter tends to dry out your skin more than other seasons because the humidity (moisture in the air) is typically much lower. Heating systems also dry out the air, and that doesn’t help, either. Take special care of your skin in this type of weather: Cover up, moisturize often, and avoid things that trigger allergic reactions.

What You Can Do: Watch and Learn

Pinpointing the cause of an outbreak is one of the best ways to manage your dry skin. If you have bad dry skin fairly often, pay attention to what you do before it happens. You may need to stop doing it for a few days and use a specialized moisturizer, or wear gloves or other protection when you start again.

What You Can Do: Moisturize

Oils, lotions, and creams can smooth and soften your skin, making it less likely to crack — and they can ease pain and itchiness. If you have very dry skin, something with lactic acid or urea may work best, because they can help your skin hold water. But they can sting if you put them on very dry, cracked skin. Ask your doctor what’s right for you.

What You Can Do: Take Medication

If your skin is very dry, your skin doctor (dermatologist) may prescribe an ointment or cream to put on it, such as a corticosteroid or an immune modulator (this can help with your body’s response to something you’re allergic to). Combined with a moisturizer, these can relieve the itchiness, redness, and swelling. But keep in mind that some of these can stop working if you use them too often.

When to See a Doctor

You can usually manage dry skin with lifestyle changes, home remedies, and over-the-counter soaps and moisturizers. If these don’t seem to help, though, see your doctor, especially if dryness and itching keep you from sleeping well, or you have open sores or large areas of peeling skin.

An Ounce of Prevention …

You can do a few things to keep your skin moist and healthy: Put moisturizer on right after you bathe. Use a humidifier when the air is dry. Wear natural fibers, such as cotton and silk, because they allow your skin to breathe. (Wool, though natural, can sometimes irritate your skin.) Use detergent that doesn’t have dyes or perfumes, and cover up when the air is dry to help your body keep moisture.Read more at:QueenieAu | bridesmaid dresses online

The Australian Brand Making Statement Headscarves

You might have already heard of or seen pictures of MOGA headscarves. The Melbourne-based label has quickly gained media attention since its debut in September last year – no doubt due to clever marketing campaigns including, a scarf and letter drop to Pauline Hanson, and a photographic campaign of a raw meat turban with the slogan “More Than Meat”. In April, the brand gained a place on ASOS Marketplace releasing five exclusive styles for the site.

MOGA’s 23-year-old founder and designer, Azahn Munas, conceptualised the brand as a final-year project for his advertising degree at RMIT. But it soon took on a life of its own. “No one ever believed it would become its own thing,” he says. “Not even me.”

MOGA’s digital print silk scarves were a hit with Munas’s female friends of both Muslim and non-Muslim backgrounds, who he says lamented a lack of bold designs in the market. “I have a lot of friends overseas and in Australia who like to experiment with fashion,” Munas says. “They’re loud, eccentric, have fun personalities, but what’s out there is quite limited, with little colour or fun.”

The brand’s political message is one of inclusivity, and while Munas says all women of varying backgrounds can wear a silk scarf in the way they like, he acknowledges the specific battle faced by Muslim women who wear headscarves.

“Islamic women are a big audience for us,” he says, “We want to stick up for girls and women who wear the hijab in Australia and are misunderstood. We want to use our platform to foster an environment of tolerance and acceptance so young women know it is okay be themselves.”

The brand’s values rang true with CARE Pakistan, who approached MOGA to support the foundation’s efforts in providing education for underprivileged girls in Pakistan. MOGA now donates 20 per cent of profits to CARE every three months. “In part, it’s also to keep the legacy of my dad who passed away four years ago,” Munas says. “He was big on philanthropy, especially to women’s causes in Sri Lanka, where I’m from.”

While Munas is still finding his way (he says he frequently has “no idea” what he’s doing when designing the scarves, and simply experiments until something feels right), it’s clear he’s tapped into something special.

Munas recounts a run-in with a woman on Chapel Street, who spotted the team shooting its first collection of scarves. “She came up to us and said she was about to undergo a second round of chemotherapy and would love to wear our scarves,” he says. “We then had a few people undergoing chemo email us to request orders before we launched. It was a beautiful surprise we didn’t expect.”Read more at:semi formal dresses | www.queenieau.com

Say I do to having pets at your wedding

HAVING your fur babies at your wedding isn’t just for celebrities, a Byron Bay wedding has showed.

A website created by Lismore-born woman, Deb Morrison has taken off with more than 20,000 users across Australia taking up its offer to care for pets.

The website connects travelling pet owners with local screened animal lovers who are paid to look after the travellers pets.

A Goldcoast local who got married at the Fig Tree Restaurant said she had a great experience using the wedding pet concierge service to make sure her dog was there to see her walk down the isle.

Beatrice used PetCloud’s services in her hour of need when she thought her plans for her dog Bear to be there fell apart, and said it ”saved the day”.

The holiday house in Byron Bay didn’t allow for pets and when other arrangements fell through, Beatrice said she was put in touch with Amy – a qualified dog trainer from Byron Bay – who made sure her dog got to and from the wedding venue.

PetCloud recognises pet owners are spending more then ever on their pets, $12.2 billion last year, and an increased in demand for premium services for their pets.

Ms Morrison gives some tips to make sure pets are ready for the day:

– Book your pet concierge and services well in advance to avoid last minute stress your four legged family member and any bridezilla moments.

– Give them a professional cut and bath as close to the wedding date as possible.

– Assign a pet concierge for your pet throughout the day and enjoy piece of mind they will be well cared for.

– Dress to impress with a cute tuxedo, bow tie, flower crown or even coordinate their outfit with the bridal party.

– Safe transportation can be arranged with your pet concierge or perhaps you require a pet taxi service.

– Your pet concierge will be equipped with a lead, water bowl, large bottle of water, wipes to clean paws and of course treats.

– Maintain your pet’s routine to keep them happy and relaxed. Normal meal times, adequate walks and regular toilets breaks are a must.

– Wedding Florals Health & Safety is important. There is a whole variety of flowers that are toxic to dog, cats and other pet, so do your research and find out if your blooms are ‘pet safe’, plus let your florist and ceremony decorator know.Read more at:australian formal dresses | cheap formal dresses online

With an eye for aesthetics


(Photo:http://www.queenieau.com)Vanashree Rao has a sanctity around whatever she creates — be it dance or designing. Yes, this Kuchipudi dancer-guru turned ethnic clothesline designer (labelled Angikam) finds her dual passion sacred. Her cosy studio near Aurobindo Marg houses antique artefacts amid her collection of Kalamkari saris, blouses, shawls, kurtas, et al.

With a warm smile she settles down into a chair ready for a friendly conversation on a sultry morning. “I think I should begin at the beginning,” she quips even before you make up your mind as to where do I start — the dance end or the designing line!

“Everything in my life, except academics happened without plan or design. I’m destiny’s child,” she puns on the last word with a wink and continues, “Like all Bengalis, I was very fond of music and dance but financial viability factor did not make it possible for me to pursue anything other than studies. My father was a journalist with the United Press of India and with a meagre income those days, life was a struggle for my siblings. It was a blessing of sorts that all of us were academically-oriented and intelligent. It was dream to get into Lady Shri Ram College then which I did. Believe me, either through my graduation or post-graduation, none of my classmates took note of me, I had no friends — just my books and me and of course my family. I learnt Rabindra Sangeet which was a sort of custom for all Bengali girls of my time. I don’t know what spurred me into jettisoning my M.Phil after five semesters and put an application in Triveni for learning classical dance. I chose something which wasn’t popular in Delhi then —Kuchipudi dance.”

Unique personality

With that, one could gauge her unique personality which opted for a rare art form of which she knew nothing — neither its idiom, nor its lingo, so to say; yet she took it as a challenge to prove to herself that she can rise above the rest. “Unlike other dancers, I started late and except my guru Krishna Kumar at Triveni, nobody had any confidence that I could be a performer on stage!”

To cut a long story short, Rao says her very first performance in Kuchipudi got rare reviews by the best critics and that catapulted her to an artiste of some consequence. “It so happened that the Indian Airlines was bringing out a calendar in which they wanted to feature a dancer and their choice fell on me. I wasn’t even aware of the stir this publicity created for me. I was asked to accompany the President Pranab Mukherjee’s (then Commerce Minister) wife’s troupe to London. Later, I came under the tutelage of my husband Jaya Rama Rao who was a versatile young Kuchipudi dancer-teacher in search of employment in Delhi. My husband was a shy person then since he couldn’t speak Hindi fluently. I would encourage him to perform on stage apart from just teaching at Triveni and to boost his low self-esteem, I would volunteer to perform with him together. Even then, I had no intention of marrying him!” she laughs aloud.

Then how did it all happen? “Well, we were asked to perform our first ICCR trip abroad upon which he felt it would tarnish my reputation if I accompanied him and he proposed to my parents who in turn persuaded me since dance had by then become my vocation. As I went on these trips, I would design and stitch my own blouses and saris which caught the attention of many an Indian VIPs abroad who would first compliment me on my sense of dressing and then put a proposal for me to customise something on the same lines for them. It so happened that I had to oblige them and this was the starting point, Providence’s design that I should become a clothes designer! My latent talent and aesthetic taste for clothes came to the fore.”

Heart in dance

She still claims she is not here for commercial reasons though by word of mouth her creations have gone far and wide with Jeypore online store taking their Kalamkari collection from her. “I’m a vendor for Tat Sat store in Hauz Khas, Opala Jewellers and Cottage Industries. As the saying goes — my own field of dance and its proponents were not my customers, though now, they do get a thing or two done by me! My clothesline is mainly blouses and saris, kurtas, stoles and shawls, mostly Kalamkari (a natural dye fabric painting of Andhra Pradesh). I don’t push hard to sell my creations — I wait for those who have a taste for the ethnic and aesthetic to pick up. I don’t undertake mass supply since mine are all stand-alone pieces.”

Vanashree readily states that her heart is in dance always. “My first love where now I have begun to realise that creating gives more fulfilment than performing. My Rasa United, an umbrella for dance choreographic productions has already made waves with unique technique of story-telling through dance where neither the classical format nor the mythology is tampered with. Now that the universe has given me abundance, I’ve decided to give back to society whatever I can by way of art — be it designing or dance,” she ends on a note of commitment.Read more at:red carpet dresses