Anushka Sharma, Shilpa Shetty, Bhumi Pednekar: Who wore the cold shoulder dress better?

It’s not just us, looks like fashion enthusiasts across the country are crushing on cold shoulder outfits. The trend which caught up with the Bollywood brigade earlier this year, is still going strong with regular sightings of the beauties taking the style in a cool new direction. We have a few favourites but the list is growing with each passing day. We will get to that later, but first let’s see how well Anushka Sharma, Shilpa Shetty and Bhumi Pednekar who were recently spotted embracing the trend wore it.

Anushka Sharma picked up a beautiful blue dress with mustard prints along the neckline, bodice, and hemline, from Ritu Kumar while promoting her upcoming film Jab Harry Met Sejal.

We would love to add this boho maxi dress to our wardrobe as it’s a lovely medley of styles and cuts – look at the high neckline and cold shoulder details, it’s just beautiful. She styled it well with a pair of tan heels from Aquazzura, gold hoops from Urban Outfitters, fresh face make-up and a crown braid hairdo.

Anushka Sharma, Shilpa Shetty, Bhumi PednekarMeanwhile, Shilpa Shetty was seen attending a party in a black cold shoulder and ruffle detail dress from &Other Stories. We love the gold heart prints and the beautiful fall of the outfit.

Her choice of accessories – gold Tribute heels from Yves Saint Laurent and a black Alexander McQueen clutch – added a nice touch to her look. She did good for herself.

However, Bhumi Pednekar’s styling did not impress us much. The green and black leopard print pleated hem dress from Michael Kors is pretty but we did not like the way she wore it with a broad belt.

We think she should have gone for a sleek one, probably in black and gold. The Toilet: Ek Prem Katha actor could have done better.

Rihanna’s risqué carnival costume is incredibly gorgeous; is this her best yet?

When it comes to fashion, Rihanna is a trendsetter. But the pop star is also somewhat of an expert in sending shock waves intermittently by turning up at events looking brazenly intimidating. Who could forget her barely-there Swarovski dress by Adam Selman on the red carpet of CFDA Awards in 2014. In all fairness, she left nothing to the imagination and even though she received a lot of backlash for the same, it didn’t stop her from experimenting with her fashion choices. The succession of statement-worthy costumes still continues and the latest one to create an uproar on social media is her carnival outfit for the celebration of Crop Over, a harvest festival, in her hometown of Barbados.

RihannaThe 29-year-old shared a photo on Instagram on August 7 flaunting her turquoise hair and a really skimpy jewel-encrusted costume with green and pink feathers. According to Vogue, designer Laura Austin, who has been designing Crop Over costumes for around seven years put it together in just one day after the singer picked up the maddest design among the several sketches the designer had sent across to her.

Shraddha Kapoor has mastered the art of layering with these beautiful capes

Shraddha Kapoor has an easy vibe about her and the way she pulls off casual style is kind of inspiring. Not one to really follow trends, she has given us noteworthy looks in the past while experimenting with her sartorial choices, and these days the Haseena Parkar actress is doing the same with beautiful, flowy capes and jackets.

Recently, while promoting her upcoming film in Kolkata, she was spotted in an all-black retro look. Celebrity stylist Shaleena Nathani picked a black tank top and silk palazzos, which she styled with a printed, ankle-grazing shrug from Saaksha & Kinni – don’t miss out on the embellishments at the wristbands.

Shraddha Kapoor, Haseena ParkerIt’s a rare sight to see her wearing a bright red lip shade, so this time it made for a good change. We like almost everything about this look, especially those statement-worthy neckpieces from Amrapali Jewels and Aquamarine Jewellery.

At another event, Kapoor was seen in a mustard longline cape with bright floral prints on it from the label Anushree. We love the retro vibe, complete with the grey tank top, flared high-waist jeans and the beautiful layering. If you ask us, we would have never thought of pairing a full-length cape with the basic combo but when Nathani is the stylist, be prepared to be blown away.

Anavila Misra to focus on black as part of sustainable show at Lakme Fashion Week

Designer Anavila Misra is set to showcase a sustainable line focussed on black as a theme at Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter, Festive 2017. The fashion week celebrates day two as Sustainable Fashion and Indian Textile Day every season and this time Anavila is going to close the day with her line called Blur on August 17.

Anavila Misra, focus on black, sustainable show, Fashion news, Indian express news“Known for understated designs in subtle colours, Anavila makes a bold move with the focus on black for the very first time. The unmatched intrigue of black, a colour that invokes fierce emotions of strength, power and often manifests the unknown and mysterious, intensifies the reactions to it,” said the designer. “In the design and fashion realm, black represents a unique form and probably is the only colour or the lack of it, that connects to the universe like no other. It continues to exude a sense of crisp formality,” she added.

Talking about how sustainability has got a new meaning amongst youth, she told IANS, “I certainly feel the youth today is more conscious about their surroundings. With education, communication and exposure the impending need to care for the earth has become viral. Be it fashion, food or lifestyle, the youth is making better choices everyday.” The five day fashion week is scheduled to take place at St Regis in Mumbai.

Nargis Fakhri to walk for Anushree Reddy at Lakme Fashion Week Winter-Festive 2017

Actress Nargis Fakhri will be seen walking as a showstopper for fashion designer Anushree Reddy at the forthcoming Lakme Fashion Week Winter, Festive 2017, which is starting from August 16. Nargis, who will be seen walking on the catwalk on August 19, took to Twitter to announce the news.

Nargis Fakhri, Anushree Reddy, Lakme Fashion Week, Fashion news, Indian express news“Excited to be flying down from Greece to walk for my favourite designer Anushree Reddy for Lakme Fashion week on August 19! See you all there!” she tweeted.

The five-day fashion week is to take place at St. Regis Hotel here and will conclude on August 20. The fashion gala will see ace designers like Ritu Kumar, Masaba Gupta, Manish Malhotra, Rahul Mishra, Gaurang, Falguni and Shane Peacock among many others showcasing their latest range.

Women empowerment, one knot at a time!

Shanti Bai is having an ephiphany. She has just finished inviting us all for her daughter’s wedding when I tell her I’m single. “If I had known that was possible, I would never have married,” she says. “Well, you’ll be free once your daughter’s married,” I tell her hopefully. She has four more children, she informs. And there’s nothing more to say.

We are having this conversation at the school, set up as a community initiative by Jaipur Rugs in Manpura Macheri village, about 40km from Jaipur, where she and the team of women that works under her learn to read and write. They decide to entertain us, as one mimics a teacher who taught them for a while and how she asks her husband to help with chores in the morning so she gets time to apply makeup. “I tell him I have to go out and bring back money for the house, so he should help with the kids,” she declares.

Shanti Bai has done well for herself. A victim of an abusive marriage, she now heads a team of women who work on the looms that she has set up in her home. A goat is tethered nearby, while a bangle-seller stops by to sell trinkets. As the women take a break and start picking earrings and bangles, it’s obvious how empowered they feel. One of them has dropped in even though it’s her free day, and is using sketch pens to create patterns on a card, which may accompany a rug to a customer, for that personal touch. As they squat at the loom, tying knots in the threads, one can’t help but notice their flat abs. Our not so flat abs haven’t gone unnoticed either, as one ‘Bunkar Sakhi’, promoted as a surveyor, shares fitness tips. Smartly dressed with a men’s shirt over her sari, she tells us how just a few years ago, she stayed behind a veil or “ghoongat”, too shy to engage in conversation. “I even understand a few words of English now,” she remarks. With her newfound confidence, she now visits several looms in the village, taking stock of the work and correcting any errors she finds in the knotting.

Jaipur Rugs, along with brands such as Hands and Cocoon, accounts for 35 per cent of global exports from India to the hand-knotted rugs industry. Working directly with weavers, the company has on its rolls 40,000 artisans spread across five states in India with an average production of approximately 60,000 square feet per month of hand-knotted rugs.

Restaurant Indian Accent to open in London

Indian restaurant Indian Accent will open doors in London. It will open at 16 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, in early October. The site was previously occupied by Old World Hospitality’s other restaurant Chor Bizarre. Rohit Khattar, Founder Chairman of Old World Hospitality, the parent company of Indian Accent, said in a statement: “We are so very grateful to the loyal diners of Chor Bizarre for their love and patronage that kept us going for 20 glorious years.

Indian restaurant, Indian Accent, restaurant, Indian cuisine, cuisine, traditions of India, Indian food, Chor Bizarre, Indian express news“This decision to close Chor Bizarre was hard. However, it did need major refurbishment after so long and whilst we were looking for a home for Indian Accent, we realised that there was no space more perfect than 16 Albemarle Street, Mayfair. We do hope that London embraces Indian Accent as warmly as New York has.”

Indian Accent showcases inventive Indian cuisine by complementing the flavours and traditions of India with global ingredients and techniques. The restaurant opened a branch in New York in 2016 to critical acclaim.

Indian women 25 per cent more likely to order chocolate items online, says research

World Chocolate Day falls on July 7, and on the occasion Swiggy studied India’s online consumption patterns of chocolate items, read a statement from the food ordering and delivery platform. Almost half of all dessert orders placed online (on Swiggy) are made of chocolate. In fact, 60 per cent of the top orders for dessert on the platform are chocolate based, the study found.

Women are 25 per cent more likely to order chocolate items online.

Mondays aren’t the only day Indians order chocolate items to drive away the blues. According to the analysis, India’s ‘Love for chocolate items’ is consistent no matter what day of the week it is. Most ordered chocolate items in India: Death by Chocolate, Hot Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Milkshake, Chocolate Brownie and Chocolate Truffle Pastry. Those in the age group of 18-24 order more chocolate items online.

Mumbai people tend to order the most chocolate items online, this is followed by Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Indians tend to order most chocolate items late in the night followed by snacks. This is especially true during the weekends.

Chocolate items are most ordered late in the night, with the average ordering time being 11:46 p.m. Chocolate connects strongly to sweet consumption behaviour and occasions in India. Most happy occasions tend to be collective, and are ritually accompanied by sharing something sweet.

Not surprisingly, on Valentine’s Day alone orders for chocolate items grew disproportionately (compared to other categories) by almost 50 per cent compared to the average Tuesday. A similar trend was seen with respect to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day this year, where the orders had increased by 19 per cent and 40 per cent respectively than a regular Sunday.

World Chocolate Day: 7 chocolate experiences every cocoa lover should try

Though we really do not need a special day to celebrate our love for chocolates, but then since we have one why not enjoy it to our fullest and indulge in the best chocolatey experiences – all guilt free. In case you were wondering, World Chocolate Day is celebrated on July 7 every year to honour our favourite and trusted ‘rescuer’. One cannot deny the mood uplifting qualities of chocolate that has saved us on countless occasions. And it doesn’t matter if you are a child or an adult — chocolate loves you back and certainly, age is no bar.

There are health benefits to eating chocolates as well, so at least on this special day, go ahead and indulge yourself a bit. Here are seven experience every chocoholic should try in their life, at least once!

Germany has the world’s largest chocolate museum and one shouldn’t miss an opportunity to visit it.
(Source: schokoladenmuseumofficial/ Instagram, Cadbury World/ Twitter)

1. Visit a chocolate museum

In India, we have a tendency of calling something by the name of the company that is responsible for it. For instance, saying Xerox if we mean photocopies or Cadbury when we say chocolate. So, wouldn’t it be exciting to visit the Cadbury museum? Yes, you can visit Cadbury World in England and know the story of the Cadbury family and their chocolate business. From the first Easter egg to the construction of the Bournville garden village for factory workers, it’s insightful and yummy. And the best part — you’ll get plenty of free samples to munch on!

And if you just love museum tours (chocolate ones, in this case) here are a few others you should see. Cologne Chocolate Museum, in Germany that is the largest chocolate museum in the world; Choco-Story Chocolate Museum in Prague that also gives you an insight into the history of the cultivation of the cocoa bean and how chocolate making prospered in Europe. There are chocolate museums in several other places like Switzerland, Cuba, Spain and even South Korea and each has its unique history and offering.

World Chocolate Day 2017: These three amazing recipes will make you drool

There is nothing like chocolate to uplift your mood on a bad day. It works like magic and can turn your mood around in no time. As people around the globe celebrate World Chocolate Day, it gives us more reasons to indulge in some wholesome goodness.

Be it chocolate bars, ice-creams, cakes or even drinks, there’s hardly anything that can go wrong with this cocoa bliss. It is the ultimate comfort food and there are plenty of reasons why you should consume it. Recent researches have shown that eating dark chocolate may protect your brain from age-related stress and inflammation that are thought to play an important role in the neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

So here are three mouth-watering recipes by Chef Akram Ali, Executive Pastry Chef, JW Marriott Kolkata for you to try.

Royal Cake

Ingredients
For the Mousse
240 ml – Water
640g – Sugar
640g – Egg yolk
1680g – Dark chocolate
2400g – Whipped cream

For the Praline Crunchy
1500g – Praline Hazelnut
375g – Dark chocolate
150g – Milk chocolate
600g – Paillete Feuilletine (Fragments of thin pancakes for praline)
One layer of Dacqouise Biscuits

Method:
For the Mousse:

* Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.

* Meanwhile, prepare the casserole with water and sugar in it and boil it to 120°C.

* In the mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks at maximum speed till soft peaks are formed.

* Carefully fold in the hot sugar mixture into the whisked eggs. Allow it to cool down for a while then mix vigorously with the melted chocolate mixture.

* Gently fold in the whipped cream.

For the Praline Crunchy:

* Put one layer of dacquoise biscuit within a mould on a tray.

* Mix the melted chocolate with the praline hazelnut.

* Add the paillette feuilletine, mix properly then pour it into the tray and spread it evenly.

* Add the dark chocolate mousse on top.

* Refrigerate for minimum one night before you unmold and cut it. The cake is ready to serve.