Cut It Out

Whether it's a blunt fringe, short layers, dip-dye or a whole new shade of hair, the new year has brought with it the perfect opportunity to test out the most coveted hairstyles and hair trends sported by celebrities and street-style stars. Here’s what hairstylists and colourists predict would be the biggest hair trends of 2018.

The Bardot fringe

This year, ask for the 'Brigitte Bangs' – 'bangs' meaning a fringe to the non-American folks – which has been sported by the likes of Chloe Grace Moretz, Penelope Cruz, Taylor Swift, Goldie Hawn and many of our favourite Indian and Pakistani celebrities as well. If you are choosing this style, the key is to find the right one for your face. Have a consultation with your stylist, so they can assess your face shape and determine the perfect fringe for you. A fringe, when cut well, can work wonders and provides a great focal point.

The modern bob

While the bob will continue to be a firm favourite this year, we should expect to see it with a modern twist. This cut never goes out of fashion but we might see a different line in the bob – rather than a classic cut, expect shorter back and longer sides with soft-layered texture to enhance the movement of the hair cut.

Back to balayage

Everyone in the beauty world is adding a back-to-basics approach to their techniques, especially with balayage. There are so many offshoots of it, from strobing to denim to the newest tiger eye trend, but they are all created with the balayage freehand technique and so, are open to complete personal interpretation. Whether you have dark hair or light tones, there is a balayage colour for you. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to colour which is why freehand creative painting would be the go-to application technique for this year. Take car of your colour with stylist recommended supplements and maintain its hue with a moisture shampoo.

No-haircut cuts

Now, this is a trend you should get onboard with. We all know people who spend thousands getting their hair to look perfect and spend the whole day and night looking at their reflections in car windows. Tip for this year: do what feels natural and stop worrying. To achieve the natural look, brush your hair before you washing them gently, so that they don't get super tangled. Then leave to dry completely naturally without even touching it to bring out its natural texture. Washing with a specially rich shampoo and conditioner and using a hair mask for treatment once a week, are rituals at hairstylists swear by.

Hair exfoliation

Thought exfoliating was only for skin? Think again. A big trend for 2018 is the detox to really cleanse your hair with a detoxing and exfoliating treatment for your scalp and hair. A sugar shine blowdry is a silicone-free, sugar-based scalp scrub that gently removes impurities. The water-soluble crystals melt in hair, softly removing build up from roots to ends and leaving them nourished. Softly scrubbed hair is the aim of the game here.

Contour colouring

Take the plunge with one of the biggest trends this year that highlights certain sections of the hair to extenuate your facial features. Contour colouring – otherwise known as 'contourage' – picks out light and dark shadowing round the face which contours the hair in a way similar to the make-up technique. Besides enhancing length and definition of the hair, it can also give more definition to bone structure and present a chiselled effect as well as highlighted skin tone, so it is a multi-flattering trend.Read more at: |


Wedding gown enterprise reopens in Dimapur

A local apparel enterprise called ‘Kats Collection,’ informed to be a collection of wedding gowns, has reopened on Jan. 6 next to the Toyota showroom in Dimapur.

Miss Nagaland of 2017 Marina Kiho was the chief guest of the day, a press release from the organisers informed on Thur. She inaugurated the store. Miss Dimapur of 2015 Zehovire Avi Kechu was the host for the event. She gave a brief outline about the collection. The enterprise is run by two siblings Visituonuo Rio and Kenny Rio along with their mother Kezhaleii Sekhose, the updates informed.

Pastor N Paphino ‘who has already conducted over 100 weddings all over Nagaland,’ according to the press release, exhorted the gathering and encouraged the youths to ‘only get holy marriages.’ Holy Matrimony is respectable not only to the world but in the sight of God, the updates said.

Delivering the keynote, Marina Kiho, Miss Nagaland for 2017, gave a short speech. She reminisced events from five years ago when there was hardly any young Naga entrepreneur. ‘But with the advancement of technology and social media, many young Naga entrepreneurs came into being,’ the press release stated.

Also, Kiho talked about using social media to leverage business. She took the example of Kats Collection which was stated to have started online in the year 2011 via the social networking site Facebook. In order to start a business, she said, one should not focus only on earning but render good services ‘to make lives easier,’ the updates stated. She encouraged the youths not to give up on their dreams even though they ‘may lose or win.’

Local performers Tetseo Sisters and Sholo Thong entertained the gathering with music, it was informed.Read more at: |


When it comes to clothes, I’m fashionably late

Miscellaneous vestiges from the past including colourful shirts and outdated trousers may well take up wardrobe space.

When I am told by younger voices to get with it, I reply, no! I’m retired and I’ll wear what I like.

Besides, some of the clothes might come back into fashion one day. OK, I’ll admit I do need to scrub up for the occasional birthday or anniversary, but on the whole, I’m happy to venture out in my track-pants or shorts and a T-shirt.

Sure, I know all the quotes from Shakespeare that apparel proclaims the man, and by Fuller that “good clothes open all doors”. Except that at my age, I don’t need doors opening for me. I’ll dress as I please.

Even on aeroplanes I prefer to be comfortable rather than dressed for a night out.

Some years ago, I went to the Victoria Derby in Melbourne. There were thousands of guys in three-piece suits in the non-members area in 30C temperatures. In my shorts and T-shirt, I was the most comfortable person on the course surrounded by 90,000 very hot people.

And while at the races, let me take a risk and include women’s fashions in the conversation for a brief moment. French writer Anatole France once said, “Only men not interested in women are interested in women’s clothing. Men who like women, never notice what they wear.” (That one is going to get me into deep trouble from my female friends.)

OK then, I’ll admit even at my age there is a certain standard to be maintained.

Samuel Johnson said that “a man in a good coat meets with a better reception than a man in a bad coat”. So even being retired, I’m trapped to be part of a standard.

Oscar Wilde, always known for wearing some interesting clothes once said, “With an evening coat and a white tie, even a stockbroker can gain a reputation for being civilised”. Goodness knows what he may have said about them if he had been about during the Global Financial Crisis.

In his Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce pointed out, “Fashion is a despot whom the wise ridicule and then seem to obey”. So, it seems I will eventually succumb and throw out my clothes from yesteryear and replace them with something more up to date.

But before I do I am hopeful that one day someone might mistakenly approach me with the words of one who approached writer John Steinbeck as he travelled around the US. Steinbeck was accosted with the words, “You must be extremely rich to dress as badly as you do”.Read more at: |


Anushka and Meghan are living a fairytale: Priyanka Chopra

Everyone and their mothers have been obsessed with Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, and it comes as no surprise that Bollywood’s ‘desi girl’ has also jumped on the bandwagon.

At the Zee Awards 2018, Priyanka Chopra was asked about the #Virushka wedding and the upcoming royal wedding of Prince Harry with Suits actor Meghan Markle to which PeeCee responded, “It is a fairy tale for both Meghan and Anushka, two people I know really well. They have this fairytale which is really great to see. I’m so happy for them,” reported Pinkvilla.

Priyanka is expected to attend Virushka’s wedding reception in Mumbai on December 26, 2017. It has also been reported that she will allegedly serve as Meghan’s maid of honour.

The two first met at a party in Toronto and it seems like they haven’t really stopped hanging out ever since. When the news of Meghan and Prince Harry’s engagement broke the internet, the Quantico starlet was one of the first ones to congratulate them. And now, Priyanka will supposedly walk down the aisle as Meghan’s bridesmaid on her wedding in May, 2018.

During the awards night, Priyanka also revealed her own marriage plans, “Marriage is not something that can be planned. If I find somebody… somebody that’s suitable, then I will tie the knot. But I haven’t found that special someone yet.”

The superstar has previously stated that she is definitely open to marriage, “Marriage is ­definitely on the cards but will happen when the time is right. It will happen when it is destined to.”

She added, “If I do decide to take the plunge, it would be with someone who understands and supports me. At the end of the day, two people make a relationship work. It will take understanding and prioritisation from both.”

Priyanka was questioned about her opinion over the Padmavati ban at the red carpet where the actor said, “I have an incredible relationship with Sanjay Leela Bhansali (SLB) and I admire him tremendously.”

She continued, “I know this film will eventually be released and people will ultimately see the art and hard work behind it. Naturally, the team just have to make sure everything is sorted.”

I will always stand by not just Sanjay sir but also the Padmavati’s cast, especially Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.”

Priyanka has always been one of SLB’s muse. She has previously delivered a power packed performance in Bajirao Mastani. Other than that, PeeCee also did a dance number titled Ram Chahe Leela in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela.

On the work front, Priyanka’s fans are waiting to see her in some Bollywood movies while she continues to leave a global impact.Read more at: |


A wedding planner on the dos and don’ts of seating charts

Few wedding planning tasks strike fear into a bride or groom’s heart like the dreaded seating plan. Unless you’re an organisational fanatic, it’s highly likely you’re not looking forward to completing your seating chart - after all, it’s a game of juggling, editing and revising. Add into the mix a difficult family or friends that have since become foes and things get testing. Vogue quizzed Sydney-based wedding event planner, Philip Carr, on the dos and don’ts when it comes to seating plans, so you can tick this off your to-do list with ease.

How far out from the wedding should a bride approach the seating plan?

“Initially one would do a floor plan with the estimated maximum guests based on the invited list and expected attendees up to six months out once the venue is decided,” Carr says. “Look at it again a few weeks before when all the replies are in. From there, there is continual updating as some guests cancel last minute and seating arrangements get moved around.”

Where should one start? Do you have an app or program you recommend that people at home can copy?

“We get the room CADD [computer-aided designed] with our seating design. We then supply the client with a page which has a copy of the individual tables and a numerical list which positions each person at the table. It also has a column for dietary requirements.”

How should one approach seating family or friends who don't get along?

“The perk of fashionable long tables [is] seating guests a few seats away from each other on the same side of the table reduces the chance of making contact with one another. If the room has round tables, it’s a matter of positioning them in such a way that they should not have eye contact.

Often, we have had parents that have had multiple marriages when new partners are involved that don’t get along. We can seat people facing different directions. It is amazing how they can avoid eye contact with each other at an event.”

What about singles?

“Singles do not want to be treated as social pariahs. I recommend seating people in groups that will be good for the party. Sometimes it’s quite good to mix people up a bit to create a bit of social interest. I think old people in the family should be set in a place that is respectful (possibly nearer main table) but also away from the speakers.”Read more at: |