Fashion news: Cape crusader
Some thought it was a passing fad, but when the biggest stars in Bollywood began sporting capes like there’s no tomorrow, fashionistas knew it was time to sit up and take stylish notice. In fact, as recent as Sunday evening, actress Deepika Padukone was spotted in the Capital sporting a trendy black cape with insect embroidery by newbie label, Kukoon.
Barely a year old, the outerwear label has created quite a ‘buzz’ with fashion-forward dressers in India and overseas. As shares founder of Kukoon, Sneha Mehta, “We launched Kukoon as a global luxury brand in 2014, focussing on a contemporary spirit of adventure. Already our designs have been appreciated by and sported by celebs like Priyanka Chopra, Jacqueline Fernandez, Tapsee Pannu and singer Kanika Kapoor.” She further adds, “We recently showed at Pure London a/w 2015/15, and the response has been very enthusiastic. We’re so grateful.”
For the unacquainted, a cape is almost like a coat, but without any sleeves and often with a slit for the arms instead. The brand is interested in reviving styles from the 1920s and uses materials like wool pashmina, cashmere, velvet and silk blends like dupion for winters; and tulle net, sheer organza, light weight linen, silk and lace for summers. “Embroidery and embellishments are abundant but the trend for this season is inspired from botanical art and wildlife,” states Mehta while adding, “Other elements include jewelled spiders and ants studded with crystal, birds in different textures and soft threads, beading and appliquÃ© work, and military details with spikes and metallic skulls for a quirky edginess. The upcoming 2015 range will also feature mosaic texture, metallic prints and Islamic patterns.”
A chic way of styling your cape is by teaming it with skinny pants and tall heels, or keeping it feminine with pretty skirts and dresses. Just remember to carry a statement clutch since a shoulder bag will tend to slip off. The brand retails from its Noida showroom, online at Pernias Pop Up Shop and in UAE and London markets.
The beauty Bible
There’s a newbook on the block that reveals all secrets about skin and hair care.
It won’t be an exaggeration to say that every diva in a state of panic (and her metrosexual counterpart too) has resorted to old, faithful Google for pressing beauty questions. How do I cure acne? What can I do to stop hairfall? How can I erase that scar on my skin? Offering quick solutions to such questions has become the expertise of selfproclaimed online doctors, but as any well-wisher would warn you, you’re free to try their remedies at your own risk.
After all, you don’t want to mess with your gorgeous skin or hair! With such vital information coming from scattered and indeterminate sources, having an anthology of the hard-facts comes as a welcome treat to beauty enthusiasts across the board. Tapping into this need, India’s largest skin-care clinic, Kaya Skin Clinic, has launched its first ever skin and hair care book – ‘How To Look Like A Million Bucks’ – a definitive guide to all your beauty queries, including those personal questions that you’ve been too shy to ask. As Vice-President & Head – Medical Services and R&D, Dr. Sangeeta Velaskar shares with LIFESTYLE, “In 28 years of dermatological practice, we have encountered patients who have so many questions. But in today’s Internet era, there is a lot of information out there which is not necessarily accurate, and sometimes confusing instead of clarifying. The book is inspired by the need for accurate and appropriate knowledge in skin and hair care. It is gender neutral and aims to educate the interested reader, across all ages.”
The go-to manual has clubbed together decades of beauty wisdom of the clinic’s best dermatologist across the country, including know-how from their Head-Medical Training, Dr. Narmada Matang, and Senior Consultant – Medical Innovations, Dr. Punit Saraogi. Here you will find easy to understand scientific guidance on everything from the cause of acne, pigment patches, dark circles, managing scars, dandruff dilemmas, graying hair and more. As Velaskar states, “The book is structured to cover skin and hair as separate sections, which begins with a basic understanding of the issue, the regimens, and then specific aspects for cures.” They’ve also debunked common myths, while laying importance on focussing on diet and lifestyle habits, daily regimens, and tackling specific medical/hormonal conditions.
Other solutions include professional intervention and medical procedures, for which basic information is provided. The handbook was launched in the Capital by leading fashion magazine, Cosmopolitan. ‘How To Look Like A Million Bucks’ is priced at Rs.350 and is available across leading book stores and online portals.