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I’d love to expand my fashion line to India: Alexa Chung

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She has not only walked for some of the world’s best in the fashion business like Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, but now owns her own label. A fashion designer, TV presenter, model, creative consultant and writer, British multi-faceted talent Alexa Chung says she is as busy and committed to her brand as Isabel Marant or a Stella McCartney might be.

“I would love to expand my line in India. Probably soon,” Chung told IANS in an email interview from London when asked about her plans to expand her line.

“I think the Indian market is almost at par and is adapting the trends quite well,” added the 34-year-old who has also been named the international spokesperson for L’Oréal Professionnel. She fronts the L’Oréal Professionnel Hair Color Trend of 2018 ‘Parisian Chocolat’.

Chung, born to an English mother and Chinese-British father, was discovered at a music festival by a model scout at the age of 14.

In 2006, the young model made her television debut on the show “Popworld”. In 2008, she walked for Westwood. In April 2009, Chung moved to the US and started her own TV show on MTV called “It’s on with Alexa Chung”, which featured celebrity interviews and live music.

In 2010, she became the face of Pepe Jeans and designed a bag for Mulberry. In February 2010, she collaborated with Madewell on her first womenswear line, and released a second collection for the label in September 2011.

It was in May 2016 that Chung launched her own fashion label named Alexachung.

On the life that comes with stardom, she said: “I was explaining to someone that although I’m not yet established enough for people to understand my focus and my job, the reality is I’m as busy and committed to my brand as Isabel Marant or a Stella McCartney might be.

“So I suppose my next project will be proving myself to people and showing them or getting them to understand my commitment and to take it seriously.”

With so many roles to play, she says she enjoys such variations.

“I love variation! I started in television as a host after modelling, then moved into writing, and from TV work ended up being offered to cover fashion shows as a journalist. Then I was asked to sit front row, and then collaborate on design and now here we are. I have my own clothing line and for it I also have to create online content so it’s all one big circle,” she said.

Chung is known for her whip-smart, stylish and cool personality.

“Being British, I don’t want to be all paranoid and arrogant and think people are looking at me because, really, I’m nothing. I have never lived in a time when people haven’t told me what I look like.

“Since I was 15, people were telling me, ‘You’re the girl next door, you look like this, you should have your hair like that’. Well, hopefully if people are responding to my look, it’s because I dress for myself,” she said.

With the new association with L’Oréal Professionnel, she hopes to have a “wonderful” journey.

“I love the products I embody. I tried Pro Fiber… It repairs your hair for a good length of time, and the result is great. In hair colour, the new Parisian Chocolat collection is fantastic to get the French chic vibe in salon,” said Chung.

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Ananya Panday says Sara Ali Khan as her senior in school

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Budding Bollywood star Ananya Panday has been trending all through Monday on Twitter, thanks to an interview where she revealed sharing a “comfortable” equation with rumoured couple, Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan.

On Sara, Ananya recalled the “Kedarnath actress was her senior in school. “Sara was my senior in school, the two of us were in the same house and participated in a lot of drama competitions,” she said.

The “Student Of The Year 2” debutante also counted Kartik among her best friends. “Kartik is one of my closest industry friends. He is funny and constantly made me laugh while shooting. We have a comfortable equation,” Ananya told “Mumbai Mirror” about the actor, with whome she will soon be seen sharing screen space in “Pati Patni Aur Woh”.

In December last year, Ananya had taken to Instagram to post a photo of herself with Sara, and wished her “good luck and loads of love always”.

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Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 ends on high note

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The Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 ended with much pomp and glamour. Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan brought the curtains down as she walked the ramp for designer duo Gauri and Nainika at the Lakme Absolute Grand Finale of the bi-annual fashion event that completed 20 years.

Donning a matte black, layered gown, the actress looked a vision in black as she strutted on the ramp amid a grand set which looked no less than a castle.

The designer presented shimmery evening gowns, jumpsuits, skirts and dresses in solid colours like powder blue, black, brown, green. Floral motifs, 3D floral embellishments, frills and sequins dominated the collection. There was a strong hint of a shine, shimmer and botanical-inspired embroideries. The rubber boots which the designer paired with almost all the outfits were definitely a hit.

The final day of LFW 2019 on Sunday also saw National Award winning actress Kangana Ranaut close the show for designer Disha Patil, wearing a powder blue embellished lehenga-choli with a one-sided extended shoulder drape.

Patil’s collection comprised occasion wears. There were motifs and patterns of the Kilim or Persian rugs that were woven into the garments. Origami drapes added glamour to the shoulders and necklines of the garments. Colours ranged from ivory, powder blue, teal and peach. A variety of options for the lehengas, cholis and dupattas, asymmetric, long, choli and off-shoulder top with pants and skirt were also spotted.

Designer Punit Balana launched his collection called “Rabari” which was an ode to textiles and embroidery done by the Rabari women.

Shilpa Shetty turned showstopper for the show. She was wearing a shimmery lehenga with a mirror work halter choli. There was a heavily-embroidered skirt and shirt in blacks, black and white spaghetti strap maxi, lehengas and sarees with mirror work cholis. There were Bandhani for lehengas, saris, kaftans, trapeze top with skinny pants and jacket teamed with a full-flared skirt and shirt in bright yellow colour.

Making a comeback on the ramp after five years, Genelia Deshmukh turned showstopper for designer Saroj Jalan. Genelia was wearing a heavily embellished, red ankle-length lehenga, blouse, dupatta, teamed with a jacket and saree. Jalan’s line included fluid panelled skirts, statement embroidered coats with multi- materials and panelled belts. The pieces had fitted waist line and flared hems. The highlight was corseted blouses.

Debuting on the ramp was actor Vijay Varma who strutted for Mumbai based men’s wear label Tisa in an all-black kurta and churidar, teamed with a sequined jacket.

Actress Malaika Arora made an appearance in a plunging neckline, fitted choli with giant, layered, fan sleeves and a slinky, rose, embroidered marsala, high-slit long skirt for designer Diya Rajvir.

Soha Ali Khan, looked regal as she walked for designer Kavita Agarwal in a beige lehenga, choli and dupatta – all heavily embellished with golden and deep green.

Veteran Shabana Azmi walked for designer Kaveri in a black and white layered kurta teamed with a pink pleated dupatta with white frills.

Esha Deol made an appearance with her two-year-old daughter, Radhya Takhtani, for Hamleys.

Actress Urvashi Rautela walked for Pink Peacock by designer Masumi Mewawalla. She was donning an embroidered, sky blue gown with a cape.

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Kareena Kapoor Khan brings Lakme Fashion Week 2019 curtains down

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Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan brought down the curtains of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 on Sunday as she walked the ramp for designer duo Gauri and Nainika.

Donning a matte black, layered gown, the actress looked a vision in black as she strutted on the ramp amid a grand set which looked no less than a castle.

Models walked the ramp wearing occasion wears that were partly inspired by the Victorian era, shimmery evening gowns, jumpsuits, skirts and dresses in solid colours like powder blue, black, brown and green. Floral motifs, 3D floral embellishments, frills and sequins dominated the collection. There was a strong hint of a shine, shimmer and botanical-inspired embroideries. The rubber boots which the designer paired with almost all the outfits were definitely a hit.

“Walking each season again feels very special. Thanks to Lakme I’m getting a chance to strut for the best of the best. This feels more special because of Gauri and Nainika. We embody the power of women. The freedom of what women want, whether it’s (about) being married, wanting to work, wanting to make your voice heard,” Kareena told reporters here.

Explaining the collection, Gauri said that her collection is “super feminine and glamorous”. She said the lineup was inspired by #FreeYourLips – Lakme’s beauty statement from the season.

“It’s all about lightness and fluidity and freedom to live on your own terms. It’s about freedom of expression! You think of a woman that is empowered and that is who the theme #FreeYourLips is inspired from, Gauri told IANS.

She said: “It’s all about lightness and fluidity and freedom to live on your own terms. Our collection represents this. You will see how the silhouettes are an ode to the theme this season. It’s a mix of a lot of things. Being a finale collection, it’s a bigger one.”

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