December 10, 2019
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Gone are the days when menswear shopping meant picking up basics to stack up in one’s wardrobe. Today, the sartorial man looks for much more. Be it newer silhouettes, unconventional colour palette or just building a wholesome wardrobe, the scope to experiment with style is endless. Tapping on this growing menswear market and giving it a fresh spin, founder Shilpa Sethi has launched ‘Dapper’- Kolkata’s newest multi-designer store exclusively dedicated to menswear recently.

Present at the launch were talent-pools like ‘Ujjawal Dubey of label, Antar-Agni’ , ‘Arjan Dugal of label, Arjan Dugal’and ‘Suket Dhir of label,SUKETDHIR’, each of them with a unique style to offer, each better than the other.

The store showcases a finely curated collective of designers across categories, stocking everything from apparel, footwear and accessories. ‘Dapper’ houses collections from a plethora of designers, each master of their individual craft. Labels like ‘Rohit Gandhi+Rahul Khanna’, ‘Antar-Agni’, ‘SUKETDHIR’, ‘Divyam Mehta’, ‘Arjan Dugal’, ‘Jenjum ’amongst many more find a place in the store, along with ‘Vivek Karunakaran, ‘Enbbe’, ‘Devanshi Didwania’, ‘Son of a Nobel SNOB’, ‘SHM’, ‘Sahil Aneja’, ‘Khanijo’.

One could also check out an array of accessories from renowned designers across India like ‘Lacquer Embassy’, ‘Cosa Nostraa’ and ‘Baya’. Ranging from brooches, cuff links, buttons, beautiful silk accessories like neck ties, pocket squares and bow ties, ’Dapper’ houses perfect accompaniment for the fashion savvy men to step up the style game. With a deep-rooted motive of offering a bespoke shopping experience, ‘Dapper’ further aspires to fill the void in menswear retail by offering customisation services.

“’To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear.” adds Shilpa. “Fashion is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well. Style is instant language and ‘Dapper’ aims to cater to men across age groups and their diverse styles and I can’t wait to show the mix of designers we have in store for you.” Come and experience an entirely ‘dapper’ way to dress up!

About Dapper: Kolkata’s newest Multi-designer Menswear store, ‘Dapper’ showcases a finely curated collective of designers across categories, stocking from apparel and accessories. The collection boasts an ever-changing roster of guest labels, hand-picked by owner, Shilpa Sethi.

Meet Poonam D’souza-Manchanda – Beauty with Brains 

Meet this gorgeous beauty from Mumbai, living in Delhi who dared to dream and making big in the face of challenges. She came, she saw, she conquered. She has an unstoppable fire within and is not afraid to break stereotypes that
“married ladies cant do modeling or female above 35 cant achieve success”. A true example of women empowerment holding Top Management post in Corporate world entering into the world of glamour now.

Who would have thought the beautiful elegant physician would not only end up becoming one of the successful corporate business women, but also turn into a scintillating fashion model who sets the ramp on fire every time she makes an appearance. A timeless beauty with a bold persona, she has displayed her versatility and multifaceted personality through her unconventional choices.

Within a short span itself she has an impressive repertoire of brand shoots for celebrity designers under her belt including Kovet by Prarthna Kochhar, DS Designs by Deepinder Singh, and Ashfaque Ahmad, among others, and is working her way to the top. Coming December, the beauty will be seen sizzling on the runway at the International Fashion Week, Chandigarh and Australia fashion week in New delhi .where she will walk the ramp for celebrity designers. Launched & Groomed by Celebrity Fashion director Mr. Harshit Dhingaun who is a well known face of fashion industry and have impacted many lives to achieve there dreams in fashion world.
Poonam is now signed by international fashion agency – Delhi Fashion club which is appreciated by Govt. of india and supports women empowerment.

On describing herself:

“I am a strong independent woman who likes to approach different challenges and always looking for environments that are dynamic and can stretch my abilities to achieve more. I believe in being impactful, to be effective & grow and get out of comfort zones. I believe in taking the road less traveled and leave a legacy.”

  On fashion and love for fashion :

“I believe fashion is art and you are the canvas. It is about making a statement and a way to say who you are without words. It can be a powerhouse to tell design stories in a language profuse with elegance and emotions brought to life through the symphonic sway of the warp and weft.”

On her desires:

“I want to make a sensational impact and real difference to the world around me, and be a role model for empowerment and inspiration for the women of today and the future. I want to enhance public outreach as an inspiring woman comfortable in my own skin, someone who is bold regardless of what others think, living life aligned with my values, passions and vision for myself. I believe empowering women is crucial to creating inclusive, open and progressive societies, thereby contributing to development of the nation. I am committed to furthering the cause of Indian modeling industry and making India proud by being the runway girl and covergirl with an international presence in the global fashion industry.”

About her physical attributes :

Height : 5.8
Bust : 32
Waist : 27
Butts : 34

The Homemade Cafe & Bar in Juhu hosted Festivelle’s annual year-end soiree, which saw many successful women coming together over good food, engaging conversations and a whole lot of glamour!  

Addite Malik, Simple Kaul & Vatsala Rajeev Raj, the owners of The Homemade Cafe & Bar, hosted this gathering of Festivelle. Amongst many known faces at this event were founders of Festivelle, Gul Panag & Shruti Seth, along with Manasi Scott, Mini Mathur, Maria Goretti, Sandhya Mridul, Shveta Salve, Konkana Sen Sharma and many more. These women act as constant inspirations to millions of women out there who choose to walk on a path following their dreams, ambitions and spreading their wings to fly!

From Working In Media & Hospitality industry to start making name in Fashion industry , Award winning Celebrity Fashion director Harshit Dhingaun Journey is quiet inspiring, being a middle class guy from Delhi to make name in Fashion Industry was not that easy but love for his creativity & strong values to bring change in society keep driving him towards his goal. Lets know more about this great personality.

He is a multi-talented personality ventured into Fashion industry as model , walked the runways, worked as RJ , VJ & an actor on MTV & Channel V in reality shows then finally evolved into a celebrity Fashion director , stylist and consultant helping many Designers , Models & Brands to have a great start in fashion Or Lifestyle industry. Today, he is Fashion Director & Chairman of Delhi Fashion Club and Have made a name in field of Fashion and Entertainment.

His struggle towards success starts from teenage time, started his journey back in 2007 working in a Tv news channel at age of 18 Yrs , then slowly after a year, he realized that his main motive is to enter the entertainment and glamour industry so he started working on his looks and personality , Entered the industry as Model ,got his first break with Channel V reality show & done MTV Show. During this period of following his passion, he completed his studies of Mass communication , BCA & MBA and Fashion Marketing Diploma from Institute of Design. He observed that there is a strong need of a platform or agency which creates a bridge between the talent & the opportunities. Hence , he came up with an idea of forming an association which can help talent in getting groomed , get right guidance & opportunities simultaneously promote handloom & textile as well. So With a group of intellectuals & institutions of the industry he founded “Delhi Fashion Club” in 2016.

Delhi Fashion club is an association which is appreciated by government of India for promoting handlooms and textiles , they also includes DFC Productions which Groom & promotes models along with giving fashion and brand building consultancy to designers & lifestyle brands.

Harshit Dhingaun have worked as show director , consultant & styled shoots for various designers which include celebrity designer Robert naorem from manipur , Brand , anjana misra designer winner of tiffany fashion week paris , celebrity designer ashfaq ahmed and many. He & his association Delhi Fashion Club have worked with various fashion weeks as fashion promoter, choreographer & partners in past which include India fashion week , asian designer week , International Fashion week Goa , North east fashion shows & many. He have got many awards for his fashion and humanitarian works as well some includes award from IOD As youngest Best Fashion director and consulted in india.

He have worked with various celebrities for his entertainment & Fashion gigs, Where which include celebrities like Bollywood star Karan singh Grover, Comedian Bharti singh , jacky bhagnani , soma laishram Manipuri actress and because of his social repuation have met few of the biggest icons such as Priyanka chopra & shah rukh khan with whom he shares a personal repo whenever he have met, “its just like a magical connection” only he says.

He believes that if you have heart to do something big then where you come from , what you have or not doesn’t matter, what matter is strong will to create change and be a change maker which will eventually make you a great & successful person.

Amidst of juggling work, family and other commitments, you tend to become too busy and stressed out.  There is so much in life that can contribute to the stress level. Stress can have a huge impact on every aspect of your life and it can also make you more vulnerable to life-threatening health problems. People go for various methods to manage stress like exercise more, eating healthy foods or even talking to someone you trust. These methods are very tangible, but there are less tangible methods with no less useful way to relieve stress – Spirituality.

Tips to handle Stressful Life

  1. Meditate – Practicing meditation for a few minutes per day can help you ease your anxiety. According to some research, daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making the person more resilient to stress. All you need to do is to find a quiet place and sit with your back straight and both legs on the floor. Close your eyes and focus your attention on reciting a positive mantra. You can also recite ‘Aum’. Concentrate on the vibration of Aum and you may feel the impact.
  2. Relive the stress symptoms – If you are not able to meditate then first try to get the symptoms of stress under control. Take a few deep breaths that will relive you from the pressure, settle yourself and get some good sleep. Slowly and gently, begin to do the things that are good for your body.
  3. Watch your reaction – Always watch your reactions to the stressors and make analyze whether they are appropriate for the situation. Do not over-react to any circumstances. Also, if you think that it is not in your hand to fix the situation then leave and observe what is happening. Observation alone is a great way to deal with stress.
  4. Follow the 4 As – The four As – avoid, alter, adapt and accept are one of the easy ways to help you keep your cool and reduce the mental pressure. While stress is an automatic response from your nervous system, some stress arises at predictable times like exams, meeting with the boss etc. When dealing with these predictable stressors, you either change the situation or change your reaction.
  5. Learn to say No – You should know your limits and stick to them. Be it in your personal life or professional, taking more than your capability will result in sure shot stress. When you have too much to do in very less time this causes stress and on top of that people tend to take additional responsibilities just because they cannot say ‘No’. It is hard to say no because people want to help others and want to be nice and liked by others. For some, it is a fear of rejection or conflict. Remember that all these barriers are self-created. Instead of responding to people with a straight No, think of phrases to gently put their request down. Sentences like –“I am sorry I can’t commit”, “I would love to do this but.” will help you big time.

Besides all these, you should try and read inspirational stories to help you evaluate different philosophies of life. Also, stay connected to your inner self and with those around you who enhance the quality of your life.

Author – Ms Madhu Kotiya

Top 5 Last-Minute Quick Gift Ideas to Brighten Up the Festive Season
Lights. Laddus. Rangolis. Crackers – a mantra that invoke the feeling of Diwali inside you. The crackers drilling in your streets and the evening coming alive with million of lights, reminds you of Diwali being just around the corners!

With all these, have you thoughtabout giving gifts to your close ones? Of course, when happiness is in the air and its Diwali everywhere. Then, why not show them some love and care?

Amidst the Diwali chaos, you might not got time to go on that shopping spree. Right? No worries! There are many last-minute options through which you can make yours and your closed ones Diwali a memorable affair!

Here’s a run-down of some of the great Diwali Gift Ideas that shall definitely add to your last-minute list.

It’s time to celebrate!

Seraf Wooden Tray

Diwali is incomplete without laddus and dryfruits. Right? And, have you thought of giving that in a special way? If not, then this Diwali is the chance for you! Sweets in a seraf wooden tray will work wonderous. Soothing color and beautiful design, Seraf is a surefire way too show love to your closed ones.

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Lotus Stalks Framed Wall Art

An evergreen idea in the world of gifts – wall art! Bought it for living room, bedroom or some other room, this wall art would work beautifully in your loved one homes. From the unmatched beauty to fine durability, these wall art have it all. And, best of all, its also priced right in the middle of the road!

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Benson Magazine Rack

Is the one whom you wanna gift has soft corner for books and magazines? Then, gift them something of their type this festive season like a magazine rack.

The fact “Beauty lies in simplicity” can be proven true with this magazine rack. With a beautiful look and decent-sized racks, it will surely be a worthy gift!

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Dino Triple Folding Photo Frame

Diwali is about making memories! And, nothing beats a power of photo frames to pinned that memories for lifetime. Easy to fold-in and fold-out, this is another great idea of ideal photo frame. So, this Diwali have fun on your part of taking selfies and groupfies, while Dino triple folding photo frame will do the rest.

Abstract Floral Table Lamp

Diwali is not a DIWALI, if there’s is not a talk about lights! Crafted from the finest of wood and have a twist of floral design on the shade, this gift idea is best suited to bring light in the life of your special ones.

The floral table lamp will surely add a wow-factor to their home interiors this Diwali.

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Let’s celebrate this Diwali by bringing smile to others face through the wonderful gifts. Enjoy shopping!

Have a happy and safe Diwali!

India’s leading workspace furniture manufacturer Featherlite has designed an innovative product that promises to provide a sense of comfort and efficiency amidst of chaos and distractions at the workplace. The product is aptly christened ‘Genesis’, providing employees with the comfort of home and the focus is required on the workspace. Intimate yet open, this space respects individuality while strengthening teamwork through convergence of privacy, focus and collaboration. The Genesis design approach is one of duality, an exhibit of harmony between key standards – body and space, straightforward and inconspicuous which are relentless yet delicate, intimate yet open.
Mr. Manohar Gopal, Director- Featherlite believes Genesis is the response to the indispensable need for acoustic solace at busy workplaces. The high-quality acoustic materials make for great soundproofing between the inside and outside spaces. The broad surface area gives the ideal circulation for acoustic materials, leading to a calm and serene personalised bubble of peace. Further, the entire design structure has been aligned to counter the particular frequencies of the human voice, making it a perfect setting for telecons, meetings and brainstorming sessions by shielding the users from the hustle-bustle of the office. Made with the new age design sensibility with the basic concept of immaculate congruity, the enclosing walls of Genesis consist of a multi-layer acoustic panel which consists of natural material – perforated wood and polyester aids in the reduction of white noise. Hence, the acoustic panes are a design element that looks great, feels good and mutes the sound.
Every GENESIS unit comes completely fitted with millennial workspace requirements for optimal productivity. Electrical attachments, USB & LAN associations and an LED light are standard over Genesis’s product range. Since these units do not require any additional ventilation systems, they can use the surrounding environment’s air conditioning owing to their open and flexible design.
While the demand for creativity and innovation at every step is impendent for survival and growth of a company, strict timelines, complexity and disruption are some major challenges faced by companies of all magnitudes. This growing demand for inventiveness and innovation requires a culture of teamwork along with a private box for every individual where they can think out of the box. For such a peaceful environment ‘Genesis’ is the best companion for any professional or an organisation alike.

Location : Cidade De Goa by TAJ , Goa

The country has recently witnessed one of the finest showcase of sustainable and authentic fashion wardrobe at one of the biggest season of ” International Fashion Week Goa ” held at the luxurious and a dazzling location , CIDADE DE GOA BY TAJ, from 4th – 6th October ’19.
The complete event directed by Nrityaa Fashion Entertainment, our very own International Fashion & Show Director Mr. Sanjay Kannan & Mr. Sunman Gowda , who are also the founders of NFE, one of India’s largest fashion service company that primarily promotes Indian fashion globally around the world and have been associated with major national and International fashion and modelling events across the globe. The company has also brought some of the finest models to the event from all over the country Rhythm Singh Randhawa , Akanksha Gupta , Tejal Patil , Shreya Poonja , Shruti Gorle , Reshma Kaurase , Avni Awasthee , Palak Sehgal , Diptika Tyagi etc

For the first time , IFW GOA has witnessed some of the biggest brands associated with the event like MAX , MARKS & SPENSER , INOX , CARRERA etc and had an exclusive showcase at the runway.   

The event was organized by Mr. William Xavier and Mr. Bhuvanish Sheth , the main directors of IFW GOA, along with a great professional team who worked extremely hard and made this event a massive success in the world fashion forum. IFW GOA , has been stated one of the most influential and authentic fashion weeks in the country.

The event witnessed some of the biggest designers with their absolutely phenomenal and dazzling collections on all 3 days , starting with the very own FDCI designer Mrs. Sonia Jaitley with her magnificent collection driven by sustainable fashion, David , Goa’s renown designer Philu Martines and some of the finest fashion institutes in the country like DIDT ( Dhanvantri Institute Of Design & Technology ) , IIFT ( International Institute Of Fashion Technology ) , VD Vastra Designing ( Fashion Design Institute Pune ).

The event also witnessed few renown celebrities like Femina Miss India World 2018 ANUKREETHY VAS , MTV Star ARUSHI HANDA , Miss Tourism International India 2019 RHYTHM SINGH RANDHAWA , Miss Brazil 2017 & World 2018 Miss PAULA JOSEANE who made the event look much ecstatic and vibrant with their dazzling personality on stage and making the event much more bigger in every way.

The big event was closed by one of most loved designer ” RAJVI & KEYUR ” who showcased their new Indian heritage collection ” DERA ” that is inspired from the ancient Indian temple architecture. The collection of beautiful Indian ethnic silhouettes that suits women and men. For the added value and embellishments , they have redesigned , redeveloped and re-arranged the exquisite and intricate carved marble ceilings of Delwara Jain Temple in an elegant way. 

Rhythm Singh Randhawa , from Punjab India is all set to make it bigger at the world final of one of world’s finest and the biggest International pageant ” Miss Tourism International ” to be held in Kuala Lumpur next month. 

Malaysia is proud to host the 22nd Miss Tourism International World Final to be held from 22nd October to 10th November 2019 with the Coronation Night on 8th November 2019 (Time : 7.30 pm) at the Grand Ballroom of the most luxurious and a lucrative venue , Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa in Petaling Jaya.
To coincide with the country’s promotion of “ Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 ”, the Organiser, D’Touch International is celebrating the 22nd edition of the title, where 50 Miss Tourism Delegates will be invited to participate in this year’s Miss Tourism International World Final with the theme “Embracing Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020”.The Miss Tourism International is Malaysia’s homegrown title started in 1994 and to date, the Title is franchised to more than 100 Countries. With the slogan of “Bringing Malaysia to the World” and the objective to promote Tourism, Culture and Friendship.

Education :– Studied at Oxford University , leadership 2018- Studied at Huge Hall Cambridge University , summer short course , leadership 2018- Master degree in Public administration- Post graduation course in Human Rights & Duties- Advance Diploma in Interior Designing & Decorations

Highlights :– Founder & General secretary of a registered NGO – Youth Icon Award , Punjab 2018- Black Belt in Taekwondo 2016- National silver medalist in Painting 2016

Titles :– FBB Femina Colors Miss India Punjab Finalist , Miss Shining Star North Zone 2018- Face Of Exquisite Model & Talent Management Worldwide 2019- Manager Networks Miss Punjab 2017- Top Model Worldwide 2019 , LONDON UK