Zac Posen loves being able to empower people with his creations

The 36-year-old creative mastermind – who founded his fashion brand House of Z in 2002 – has admitted he loves being able to work with various females from “different backgrounds” and widen the diversity in the fashion business.

Speaking to TODAY Style about his career, he said: “To me, that’s what’s exciting about being a designer. Being able to bring lots of different women with different backgrounds into your clothing. That’s the excitement of being able to create something that has the ability to work on a lot of bodies.

“As a designer, I always want to put out to a larger public. I truly believe that all bodies are beautiful, and that’s what makes our world exciting.”

The dark-haired mogul thinks the belief that fashion is “unachievable” is “bogus”, and he thinks it is possible for merchandise to be created to empower the wearer.

He explained: “I think fashion, for a long time, relied on the marketing tool of the unachievable, and it’s a bunch of bogus. Today it has to be about authenticity. The way I cut my clothing … it is about empowerment and loving the curves of the body.”

And Zac hopes his beliefs become a “trend” in their own right and the “mindset of the industry” can progress.

He said: “I hope that these values don’t get kind of put into a trend that goes out of style in fashion. I hope that this is something that’s here to stay, and that there’s progress from this, and evolution of the mindset of an industry. And that’s something I’ll work for for the rest of my life.

“I hope that my experience, the good sides, the bad sides … is an example for young people who do feel like an outsider, to feel confident in who they are.”

Meanwhile, the ‘Project Runway’ judge has admitted he finds it “hard” to watch himself on TV.

He said: “It’s always hard to watch yourself. I always have to take a deep breath each week when watching ‘Project Runway’.”Read more at:evening dresses online | bridesmaid dresses online

Model determined to make it big in the fashion world


(Photo:long evening dresses)Mikayla has recently been selected as one of the finalists in the Lady Gracious South Africa pageant.

The finale is set to take place on September 2 at Elohim’s Place, Pretoria.

The teen finalist is a Grade Nine learner at Boksburg High School.

Mikayla has described herself as a caring young woman and an extrovert who enjoys meeting new people.

“There are times when I like to be alone, just think and have some me time. I have a passion for music and art. I can express myself through my drawings and writing lyrics. To me that is more than just words on a piece of paper,” she said.

The Sunward Park resident said she entered the pageant so it can help her grow as a person and be more comfortable and confident in her own skin.

The aim of the competition is to give guidance to teens and it helps them discover their purpose in life.

The teen highlighted that she’s new to the modeling industry because it’s her first time to enter any modeling competition.

“So far the experience has been good as I have learned new things and have developed lots of new skills and abilities. Since I entered the pageant I have gained self-esteem because I can now face anything without doubting myself.

“I have met some really amazing people along the way and have become more confident. With the help of the people in the competition with me, I feel like I’ve changed in a good way.”

As part of her pageant duties, Mikayla has to plan her own events to raise money for charity.

To raise the funds, the teen is planning to host a fashion show and a grace race.

The teen shared that her family and friends have been supportive since she took part in the pageant.

“I have awesome friends who have supported me and encouraged me all the way. My family is also amazing and I consider myself lucky to have a family like mine. They support me when I need support,” she said.Read more at:formal wear

Welcome Lord Ganpati with colour


(Photo: week-long festival has begun to mark the arrival of Lord Ganesha. This festive season we bring to you handpicked fashion trends right from the celebrity closet, fresh and new from the ramp that has set the tone of Ganpati season. Try these different looks each day and be the best dressed of the season.

Bright side

Kareena Kapoor Khan was spotted in Delhi last week, wearing a beautiful mehendi coloured shalwar kameez with a red-bordered the dupatta. This Anamika Khanna-creation had a boat cut neck and the dupatta was fully embroidered with much shimmer on the top too. The colour is for the season, making it festive appropriate.

Comfort in a half saree

To wear a saree and look comfortable might only seem like a dream, but it’s a reality now and Dia Mirza rocked it. She wore an Anamika Khanna half-saree with a shimmery ivory dupatta with a black crop-top, paired with black leggings. A modern twist to a saree that’s easy to drape and move around wearing.

Big shine

Don’t want to stick to the traditional outfits for each day, take a cue from Kriti Sanon in a black dhoti and asymmetrical top by Antar Agni brand. The desi addition to this look was with the long tribal neckpiece that gives it a festive feel without being over-the-top.

Unleash your softer side

We recently spotted this beautiful Varun Bahl creation at a fashion show which would make anyone look pretty. A gown with a woman’s portrait embellished onto it. The lower part is even more interesting with ruffles below.

Trendy floral

Floral as a trend is here to stay. If you’re someone, who enjoys wearing western outfits more than Indian, then this mustard yellow gown with pink florals from AnjKreations is just for you. Sleeveless, halter-neck and coloured outfit, what’s not to love?

Dhoti saree for movement

The festival of Ganpati is hugely celebrated in the state of Maharashtra and this blessed week could be an opportunity for you to dress up in a kashti saree but you don’t have to worry about draping it. A Sonaakshi Raaj golden saree with gold motifs borders and a waist-length red designer blouse makes it easier to look like a modern Marathi girl on Ganpati.Read more at:formal dress shops sydney

Pomp Fanfare As Gambian Tailors Stage Maiden Fashion Night

In a bid to showcase and bring to the fore the creativity of young Gambian designers, ‘Djapal Ma Japu’, a youth-led organization based in Serrekunda London Corner in collaboration with JJ Fashion Design, Jula Design and Ramn Unisex Tailoring on Saturday night held its maiden fashion night.

Held at Ndow’s Hall in Kanifing, the event attracted hundreds of Gambians, who were impressed by the display of excellent fashion designs by the participating Gambian tailors.

Dressed in their attractive African outfits, the glamorous night was characterized by musical performance from Gambian artistes like Barhama of Kerr Gii Family and Modou Kara Gaye.

Nyahally Samateh of Ramn Unisex Tailoring in Bakoteh was quite happy with the initiative of having such event, while welcoming the idea of having it annually.

The young female designer who is one of the promising designers in the country had the audience glued to the stage as she paraded her creative work for the people to see.

Samateh explained that she has natural love for fashion, which inspired her to go into fashion designing. Currently, she has her own tailoring shop in Bakoteh where she employs people.

For Muhammed Saho, a tailor from Made in Gambia Tailoring Shop, he started his career at London Corner back in 1994 before establishing his own workshop in 2003.

Saho is now one of the finest talors in the country. Born to a poor family and being the first born of the family, he said he chooses to take up tailoring to support the family.

Many among the invited guests included Papa Njie, one of the aspirants for the 2018 KM Mayoral election. He said he was so impressed with what he saw at the fashion night. “This is what we need- new ideas and new ways of doing things.”

Njie called for more support to the Gambian tailors and designers to go international. “My objective is to make sure every sector see themselves in KMC by providing their needs through creating the enabling environment to thrive.Read more at:plus size evening wear | formal dresses online

York business owner graces cover of Redbook Magazine, wins style award

Redbook Real Women Style Award winner 

(Photo: Wattenschaidt religiously checked Instagram daily at 9 a.m. in April, hoping to have grabbed the attention of Redbook Magazine judges.

The 35-year-old fashion blogger from York City was shopping at Target when she learned that she was one of 20 finalists in Hearst Corp.’s fourth annual Real Women Style Awards.

From the finalists, Redbook editors, alongside celebrity judges — Christian Siriano, Marquita Pring, Frankie Grande, Brad Goreski, Mally Roncal and Lilliana Vazquez — picked five winners, and the magazine’s readers selected the sixth.

Style Awards: According to Redbook, six “fashionistas were handpicked in a nationwide search to celebrate authentic, fashion-forward women with real bodies and real budgets.”

The rules required participants to post an Instagram photo that best exemplified their personal style. They also had to submit three additional photos of themselves to showcase their favorite look, said Lauren Labelle, manager of public relations at Hearst Magazines.

Wattenschaidt — the owner and operator of Elizabeth & West Fashion House in York City and author of the Mommy in Heels blog — said Redbook notified her of her accomplishment in May.

“I had to go to New York City the first weekend in June,” she explained. “And, I couldn’t tell anybody. I received notice, ‘Congratulations, you’re a winner. Oh, and please do not tell anyone.'”

For a blogger who wants to stay connected to her organic following, it was a little unbearable, Wattenschaidt said. She did, however, tell an esoteric group: her parents and a couple of girlfriends.

“I felt like it was harder to keep that a secret than when I found out I was pregnant,” Wattenschaidt said.

Wattenschaidt said winning was a “validation” of her desires and passion: blogging and fashion. She said she still doesn’t know if she was selected by the judges or by Instagram voters.

“The blogging world can be so saturated,” Wattenschaidt said. “Sometimes you feel you get lost in the shuffle. … I’ve been working so hard at my blog, business and brand, and at that moment, I felt like all of my hard work was paying off and it was worth it.”

VIP treatment: Wattenschaidt said the VIP treatment she received will be humbly remembered. Photographed by a world-class photographer who shoots famous models and celebrities was a bit daunting, she added.

“I’m used to taking an Uber everywhere,” Wattenschaidt said. “There was a driver with a sign with my name on it. I was like, ‘What? What’s going on?’”

She said she loved every minute she spent bonding and posing with her new-found friends.

“That caliber of photography was intimidating,” Wattenschaidt said. “I’m not a professional model.”

The photo shoot lasted 12 hours, including full hair and make-up, she explained. The day before the shoot, Wattenschaidt said, the women had met with a stylist and decided outfits for their big day.

On stands now: The September fashion magazine is on stands now, and is also available online. Editor-in-Chief Meredith Rollins said she thinks “it’s a great month to celebrate real style — the kind of cute, affordable outfits that can be worn every day, by women of every size.”

“That’s why our Real Women Style Awards are so important,” Rollins said. “They bring the focus to women who don’t have million-dollar bank accounts but still look super-chic and confident. It’s inspiring. It’s joyful. And it gives every woman permission to dress the way they feel most beautiful.”Read more at:formal dresses 2017

Tips to calm inflamed skin

While you wait for it to restore back to normality there are some things you can do to speed up the process and protect from any further irritation.

The first thing you need to do is take a step back from the extreme exfoliation because, while it gets rid of old skin cells, it’s also very aggressive on your complexion. Instead jump on board the regular cleansing train, though opt for a cleanser for sensitive skin as it may have been a product in the first place which triggered the reaction.

Esthetician Renee Rouleau, who works in New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas, has previously shared her tips on soothing flared up skin and recommends putting products in the fridge as this will provide even more relief.

“Cleansing, toning, and moisturising with cool temperature products will constrict the capillaries to ease redness and irritation,” she previously told bustle.

You can also press cool compresses to your face to treat irritation and reduce any swelling. While we don’t recommend a bag of peas directly to the skin, you could wrap it in a cloth and hold it to your skin so you benefit from the coolness without the drastic icy touch.

Avoid hot water in the shower or bath as it will only make things worse. It will strip your skin of its natural oils, which isn’t what you need during the repair process – so stick to lukewarm temperatures.

Don’t ditch the moisturising while your skin is inflamed as the drier you get, the more damage is done. Again, go for options which are aimed at sensitive complexions, and try to opt for one which is natural, as any extra chemicals could do more harm than good.

However, be wary that any perfumed products, organic or not, could cause more irritation, as skincare expert Mona Gohara, M.D., previously stressed to birdie, “Just because a product has lavender in it, and that’s beautiful and nice and calms your soul, that doesn’t mean it will calm your skin. Lavender is a fragrance, which you want to stay away from. The same goes for vitamin E. There are no studies that go along with it helping to fade scars, and it really riles people’s skin. It’s one of the biggest culprits for irritation.”Read more at: |

Gough, Rogers


(Photo:evening wear)Deyton Shawn Rogers and Brent Chase Gough were united in marriage on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Mount Airy. Ralph Sproles officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mark and Deidre Rogers of Mount Airy. She is the granddaughter of Zack Blackmon, Betty Blackmon, Bracky Rogers and the late Wanda Rogers.

She graduated from North Surry High School and UNC-Chapel Hill. She is employed at Renfro Corporation.

The groom is the son of Chad and Kim Gough of Mount Airy. He is the grandson of Eunice Gough and the late Max Gough, Steve Sanders, and Ron and Maxine Hall.

He graduated from North Surry High School and Ferrum College. He is employed at New River Paving and Grading.

The bride was given in marriage by her father, Mark Rogers.

She wore a Casablanca bridal gown featuring a white sweetheart neckline with hand beading and layers of scalloped hem lace from Southern Bride in Yadkinville, NC. She wore a floral vine made of crystals in her hair. The bride carried white peonies and roses with an assortment of eucalyptus leaves and greenery.

The matron of honor was Britni Rogers of Mount Airy, sister-in-law of the bride.

Bridesmaids were Kasey Meadows of Mount Airy, Holli Nowlin of Mount Airy, Audrey Nowlin of Mount Airy, Olivia Shelton of Hillsborough, NC, Jessica Bunn of Seattle, WA, Abby Hazel of Mount Airy, Anna Hayes of Mount Airy, Brooke Horton of Mount Airy and Jessica Casstevens of Mount Airy.

The flower girl was Kenedi Blaire Rogers, the bride’s niece. Ring security was provided by Hudson Rogers, nephew of the bride.

The matron of honor and bridesmaids wore long teal chiffon dresses and carried flowers of the same variety and color as the bride’s. All flowers were by Cana Mount Airy Florist — Tracie Hawks.

Karson Gough of Mount Airy, brother of the groom, served as best man.

Groomsmen were brother of the groom Max Gough of Mount Airy, brother of the bride Dustin Rogers of Mount Airy, Clay Nowlin of Mount Airy, Daniel Draughn of Mount Airy, Dillon Hawks of Mount Airy, Tanner Hiatt of Mount Airy, Alex Ratcliff of Mount Airy, Jordan Mann of Mebane, NC, Scott Henshaw of Madison, VA, and Ryan Morris of Madison, VA.

The wedding was directed by Erin and Daniel Haymore.

Gina Gough was reception coordinator and Kelsey Norman was guestbook attendant. Guests were greeted by Samuel Holder, Jarrod Gough and Spencer Gough. Jan Critz and Heather Johnson welcomed guests to the reception.

Music for the ceremony was provided by Jimmy Corder, pianist, and Steve Fussell, soloist.

All photography was by Jordan Brannock Photography, with videography by Humming Meadow Productions and hair and makeup provided by Hudson and Company.

Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at The Barn at Heritage Farm in Dobson where guests danced to the music of the Will Jones Band. Dinner was catered by 13 Bones with cake and cupcakes by Granny Ruth’s Bakery.

The rehearsal dinner, hosted by the parents of the groom, was held at JOLO Vineyards with a cake by Karen Beasley.Read more at:cocktail dress australia

This Latest Instagram Hair Trend Was Definitely Inspired by Hannah Baker


(Photo:elegant evening dresses)When you think of shows with iconic hair moments, you probably think of Game of Thronesor Gossip Girl. Well, no disrespect to Blair Waldorf, but I happen to take hairspiration from a less glamorous show. Call me superficial, but one of the only reasons I first turned on the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why was due to my obsession with promo images of Hannah Baker’s choppy, wavy bob.

Turns out, I’m not alone — Vanessa Hudgens, Rita Ora, and now Khloé Kardashian have seemingly all found style inspo from this fictional character. Yup, months after the series’s release, “Hannah Baker hair” is a definite thing. And it’s so cute, you just might bring the 13 Reasons Why poster to your next cut and colour.

We all remember how Hannah, tragically, gets the now-iconic cut mere days before committing suicide. After leaving the salon, Hannah says, “I am giving life one more chance.” Clearly, the look is dramatic, emotional, and physically gigantic. It’s also unapologetic about the amount of space it takes up, which makes it feel like an exclamation point for her head.

Hannah’s blunt, almost triangular style was given a playful, puffy update by Jen Atkin for Khloé’s cut on Aug. 7 (which, as explained on Snapchat, was actually created via snipping off her extensions — the Kardashian sister is notoriously scissor-averse).

If you thought beach waves were the peak of our obsession with laid-back locks, wait until you see Hannah Baker hair. The little, dare we say it, crimped waves give the illusion of damp, sandy hair. If you have wanted to get on the wet-hair-to-work trend but break out in hives at the thought of ditching your dryer, then you’re a natural for this style.

If you need any more proof that Hannah Baker hair is as good as it gets, look at it this way: Amber Rose took a break from rocking her (often gloriously) bare head to wear a wig of this style. Read on for more style inspiration that will also make you want to rewatch season one.Read more at:cheap formal dresses

Crochet designer crafting her entrepreneurial success

Crochet designer crafting her entrepreneurial success 

(Photo:formal gowns)Incorporating inspiration from surroundings into her rich handcrafted designs, Najam Qari, a 24-year-old young Kashmiri woman creates innumerable patterns of yarns and colours. Having had worked as a web designer earlier in a private company, Najam continues to showcase her talent for design by stitching patterns that are plush in textured designs.

“I used to sit with my aunt for hours and watch her crochet beautiful patterns all day long. I learned this art from her and it has given me a creative outlet I never expected to possess. After completing my degree in engineering from SSM College of Science and Technology, I started working for a private organisation but I wanted to materialise my designs to transmit a sense of uniqueness by creating something of my own. And what better way is there than assuming the role of an entrepreneur,” says Najam.

Inspired by the European crochet designs, Najam began to crochet items such as sweaters, scarves, socks, caps etc. for her relatives who encouraged her to move further and display her work online to attract customers. She created her official business page on Instagram in 2016 by the name ‘Craft Cart K’ and was overwhelmed by the response she received. Holding a diploma in Information Technology, Najam is also working as a freelance web designer, which has changed her attitude towards fashion.

“Crochet is a free technique and you are at liberty to blend different patterns and colours in your own unique way. I am striving hard to revolutionise the concept of crocheting which is a no-season clothing and offers more durability. Unfortunately most of the people here are not familiar with yarn crafting and hence mistake crochet for knitting so I have to face many barriers but once you believe in what you do, there is no backing out,” says Najam.

According to Najam, the difference in the crafts of crochet and knitting arises because of the difference in tools. The former is done with the help of a crochet hook while the latter is performed using various types of needles. Talking about the health benefits of crocheting, Najam says, “there is no better way to reduce stress and anxiety than through yarn crafting. You can battle diseases like depression and dementia by practicing this art.”

The flow of orders didn’t stop for this young designer even during the tumultuous conditions that arose in 2016 impacting online business gravely.

“The orders kept pouring in as people kept calling on my number and specified the details they desired to have in their products. But I still had to face many problems, as I couldn’t procure the raw material because of the curfew. The frequent ban on the internet nowadays also hampers the smooth flow of my business which is a very unfortunate case,” says Najam.

For Najam crochet has become a means of communicating diversity with an artistic sense. She doesn’t charge her clients exorbitantly as she believes crochet fashion in Kashmir is still in its embryonic stage and she is working on making this fashion more available and affordable.

“Being a first generation entrepreneur I believe in innovation. Right now my main focus is on spreading awareness about crochet rather than generating profit even though I am satisfied with my earnings. Not long ago I was scanning through the channels and I chanced upon this fashion show showcasing the work of young crochet designers and I was stunned to see the level of acceptance of this industry outside India.”

Najam believes that crochet will evolve fully because the present generation is more open to changes. She caters to the demands of her clients through Instagram and WhatApp and has a wide range of designs to offer ranging from footwear to clothing items to accessories. Investing her own money to purchase raw material, Najam works on her orders at home.

“I have converted my room into an office as the number of orders keeps on increasing. I take customized orders and there have been a few cases when the same customer has ordered more than once and it just strengthens your will power and makes you want to keep on moving forward,” says Najam.

From the beginning, Najam had the full support of her family and they did not question her decision when she decided to be a full time crochet designer rather than securing a government job.

“Nowadays getting a government job is in vogue and I am grateful to my mother for letting me choose a field that I am passionate about. As a woman entrepreneur I do encounter problems but it is a part of being an innovator. I was told by many people that there aren’t many executives in the crochet industry, but that only made me more ambitious and I decided to learn everything about this field,” says Najam.

Aspiring to weave patterns having a cultural and aesthetical sense, Najam is happy to see many young crocheters coming forward.

“It’s great to see many young entrepreneurs flourishing in their fields of interest and I hope to see many more joining the crochet industry.”Read more at:

Susan Sarandon reveals her beauty secrets

The 70-year-old actress follows the mantra that “less is more” with cosmetic products, especially for older women, and she makes sure to stick to that by not applying one shade of eyeshadow to her lids but by contouring the eye socket with different shades instead.

Speaking to Hello! magazine about her beauty hacks, the ‘Stepmom’ star said: “I honestly think that the older you get, less is more. I’m careful about that – I don’t like colour on my lids, I like shading in certain places, but essentially I want my look to be clean and not too heavy.”

The red headed movie icon believes she would not be able to pull off some of the trends she experimented with when she was younger, such as the Twiggy eyelashes, because she fears it would look “too harsh” for her now.

She explained: “I look back at some of the looks that I’ve worn, like my Twiggy lashes [at college], but that would look too harsh on me now.”

And Susan has the same outlook on her hair as well, as she prefers to go out “no mess no hairspray” and will simply “hope for the best” with her curly tresses when she leaves her home.

She explained: “You know it’s coloured now, right? My hair is naturally curly, so I have to work at it. Often when I work I wear wigs because it is so unmanageable in the weather and it takes too much time.

“But going out I like to be no mess, no hairspray and just hope for the best. A bit rock’n’roll and simple.”Read more at:short cocktail dresses | long evening dresses australia