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CProlonged crisis drives up divorce rate in Syria

Damascus, Feb 21 (IANS) Divorce rate has gone up by 45 percent and marriage rate has dropped over 40 percent in Syria since the outbreak of protests against the government, show a media survey.

Hair woes rising, but be cautious of haircare products

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Bad hair day? Well, going by the recent spurt of ads on hair care products, everyone is moaning over hair woes. Thanks to lifestyle changes, hair problems are becoming increasingly common in both women and men, doctors say, warning against being misled by random products bought over the counter.

Exports buoy French fashion industry

Paris, Feb 21 (IANS/EFE) France's exports of ready-to-wear clothing rose 3.4 percent in 2012, compared to the previous year, with market share growing in the US and Asia, while sales continued to decline domestically and across Europe, media reports said.

Rihanna to launch make-up line

Los Angeles, Feb 21 (IANS) Singer Rihanna, who recently unveiled her first fashion line, has teamed up with luxury cosmetics brand MAC to release four collections in an year under the name RiRi (Hearts) MAC.

Vikram Phadnis to showcase non-glamorous line at LFW

Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) Ace designer Vikram Phadnis has decided to showcase a non-glamorous collection, inspired by rural India, at the runway of the summer-resort edition of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), to be held soon.

Celebrity haircut reaches living room

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Now watch Bollywood celebrities Ranbir Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor getting a whole new look by celebrity hair-stylist Aalim Hakim in a new TV show, dedicated to hair-styling trends.

Naomi Campbell never diets

London, Feb 20 (IANS) Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who mentors aspiring models on new US TV show "The Face", says she has never had to rely on diet or exercise to stay slim.

128 designers to participate in WIFW autumn-winter 2013

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The upcoming edition of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW), to be held next month, will have 128 designers showcasing their collection on the ramp and racks.

Madrid fashion show focuses on classy urban garments

Madrid, Feb 20 (IANS/EFE) The creations of both young and veteran Spanish fashion designers on the second day of Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Madrid are focusing on the female figure and classy urban garments.

Ramam to celebrate 10 years with retrospect

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Fashion designer and textile revivalist Anuradha Ramam, known for her contemporary Ikat and Kantha saris, is set to hold an retrospective exhibition to mark a decade of being in the Indian fashion industry.

Jyotee Khaitan's latest collection, an ode to sari

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Designer Jyotee Khaitan is set to launch a festive collection, with stitched and lehenga-style saris.

Christian Wijnants wins International Woolmark prize

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Designer Christian Wijnants from Europe has been named the winner of the 2013 International Woolmark Prize, beating an Indian contender.

Too many people doing too many fashion events: Tarun Tahiliani

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The glamour may be intact but the multiplicity of fashion events has diluted the seriousness of the business, says veteran designer Tarun Tahiliani, who believes that too many people are putting up shows "that are very badly organised".

Spanish designers seek to sell `coherent' clothing

Madrid, Feb 19 (IANS/EFE) Aware that women want clothes that are long-lasting, versatile and very wearable, designers at the 57th Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Madrid have unveiled apparel that is saleable, restrained and coherent.

Caffeine tied to low birth weight babies

Stockholm, Feb 19 (IANS) Caffeine, the primary constituent of coffee has been found to be associated with low birth weight babies and may also prolong pregnancy, says a Swedish study.

Designers slash prices - all for a cause!

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Time now to grab designer wear at marked down prices. A host of designers are set to sell their high-end collections at low prices as part of a shopping fiesta titled Splurge.

Forget cars, drive around in a motorhome

Chandigarh, Feb 18 (IANS) Miss the comfort of a personal bed, having a shower or cooking while on the move? For the price of a high-end luxury car, all this could be yours: A Punjab-based automobile fabricator has launched what is called a motorhome - a super-luxury caravan.

Designers must revive India's dying traditions: Raghavendra Rathore

Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) Fashion designers should attempt to "seek and unlock" and "reach out" to bring India's dying textiles and techniques from the shadows back into the limelight, says ace designer Raghavendra Singh Rathore.

Housewife chefs: Delivering home food in star hotels

Varanasi, Feb 17 (IANS) It's nearly lunch time and homemaker Sangya Pandey is busy in the kitchen. An everyday routine for millions of women in India - but there's a difference here. People awaiting food cooked by Pandey are not family or even friends, but guests at a five-star hotel.

Pot of woes: Marijuana addicts get hooked young

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) An MBA student from a wealthy family here drew a lot of attention at a nightclub due to his antics. Minutes later, his unruly conduct led to a brawl and a visit to a police station.

No menswear line from Simpson

Los Angeles, Feb 17 (IANS) Singer-designer Jessica Simpson was planning to create a menswear line, but she has reportedly scrapped the plans following dissatisfactory work from her team.

Obamas celebrate Valentine's Day at restaurant

Washington, Feb 16 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, celebrated Valentine's Day here in style with a dinner at acclaimed Spanish chef Jose Andres' MiniBar restaurant.

Florists witness rise in sales on V-Day

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Valentine's Day turned out profitable for florists, with one flower chain even recording Rs.5 crore business this year. Roses, especially red ones, remained the top choice of lovebirds.

Now shop designer products for a cause

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) In its third year, Design One, a two-day exhibition dedicated to luxury and glamour, will have some leading designers exhibiting their collections, and proceeds from the sale of some products will go to charities.

Designer Sakshee Pradhan gets hitched!

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Fashion designer Saakshee Pradhan, politician Ashok Pradhan's daughter, has tied the knot with Mumbai-based boy Abhishek Nadkarni.

Fashion designer Anand Jon pleads guilty to sex charge

New York, Feb 15 (IANS) India-born celebrity fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander, locked up in California for raping and sexually assaulting models, has pleaded guilty to one count of forced oral sex in a similar case in New York.

Menswear retail is next big thing in e-commerce

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) With increasing numbers of image conscious men splurging on clothes and accessories and just not getting the time to go out to shop, online menswear retailing is at an all time high. And e-commerce sites are stepping in to meet the demand.

Konkan Railway starts on-board shopping

Panaji, Feb 14 (IANS) Konkan Railway Thursday started on-board shopping in select trains, offering a variety of goods at "most competitive rates".

Rahul Mishra, Payal Pratap are Fiama designers for WIFW

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) Rahul Mishra and Payal Pratap Singh have been announced as Fiama Di Wills designers for autumn-winter 2013 edition of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) starting March 13.

Happily married couples are healthy

Washington, Feb 14 (IANS) Happily married couples are more likely to rate their health as better, shows a study.

Alcohol binging linked with risky sex

Syndey, Feb 14 (IANS) Many secondary school students regret having sex after a night of binging on alcohol, says a new research.

Cupcakes, cake pops are hot stuff for Valentine's Day

Madrid, Feb 14 (IANS/EFE) Bombons are still the kings of Valentine's Day in Spain, but cupcakes and cake pops are making inroads among lovers, giving the holiday more of an Anglo-American flavour.

Model Laxmi Rana rides love buggy ahead for V-Day

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Supermodel Lakshmi Rana sat atop a 'Love Buggy' and posed for shutterbugs in a floral 'Magical Love Garden' here Wednesday as part of pre-Valentine's Day celebrations.

Express your love with platinum this Valentine's Day

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Do you want to pick a stylish gift with heirloom-quality for you partner? Go for platinum jewellery. From heart-shaped pendants, customised rings to bracelets -- the options are many.

I aim to popularise khadi: Designer Nitsh Chandra

Mumbai, Feb 13 (IANS) Fashion designer Nitish Chandra showcased his collection 'Khadiology' and says his aim is to popularise khadi among the youth.

Sabyasachi aims to make brand affordable

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) If you ever thought of flaunting traditional yet contemporary designs by celebrated designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, and the price tags put you off, don't fret. He says he is planning to cater to the Indian masses with an affordable line.

Valentine's Day - for love and flowers from Himachal

Shimla, Feb 13 (IANS) With Valentine's Day only a day away, the floriculture business in Himachal Pradesh is blooming. Trade representatives in the state say the demand for roses and carnations has spiralled by over 50 percent in most north Indian cities.

Love in public can ruin relationships

London, Feb 13 (IANS) While movies may suggest a public display of love helps in winning a woman's heart, the same may not hold true in real life. Even Valentine's Day may not be an exception, a study has suggested.

Eva Mendes to launch fashion line

Los Angeles, Feb 13 (IANS) Actress Eva Mendes is set to launch her own fashion line, a sub-brand through New York & Company Inc. She will also be the brand ambassador for it.

Unique V-Day gifts: Cupcakes evoking amorous feelings, Taj-shaped chocolate

Chennai, Feb 12 (IANS) A cupcake that can induce amorous feelings, chocolates in the shape of lips and the Taj Mahal, and a heart-shaped sandwich are what bakers and chocolatiers are lining up for their customers for Valentine's Day Feb 14.

Miss Tibet crowning Wednesday, winner sad at being only aspirant

Bangalore, Feb 12 (IANS) The Karnataka capital is set for a unique beauty pageant Wednesday but the would-be winner of the Miss Tibet 2013 competition is a bit unhappy about wearing the crown - the winner was the lone contestant.

Zambia woos Indian tourists

Kolkata, Feb 12 (IANS) Boasting of the magnificent Victoria Falls, 20 national parks teeming with wildlife and the host of 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly in August this year, Zambia is positioning itself as the next tourism hotspot in Africa.

New Carlos Campos collection inspired by the Sixties

New York, Feb 12 (IANS/EFE) The convulsive decade of the 1960s, remembered for its protest movements, inspired the fall-winter collection of men's clothing presented by Honduran designer Carlos Campos at New York Fashion Week.

Herrera's latest designs inspired by Beethoven piece

New York, Feb 12 (IANS/EFE) The classic elegance of Carolina Herrera took to the New York Fashion Week runway Monday with dresses, evening gowns and outfit combinations inspired by an adaptation of Beethoven's Kreuzer Sonata.

Brazil's carnival a non-stop party

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 12 (IANS/EFE) Carnival entered its fourth day in Brazil Monday and crowds thronged the streets across the giant South American nation in the annual bash.

Wedding Asia back with third edition

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Wedding Asia, the bridal exposition, is back with its third edition. The event will see a melange of designers creating ensembles focusing on spring-summer look for Indian brides.

Rajesh Pratap Singh named Woolmark ambassador for India

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Ace designer Rajesh Pratap Singh has been roped in as the first ever wool ambassador for India by Woolmark, one of the internationally well-known textile fibre brands.

China sees anti-waste campaign

Beijing, Feb 11 (IANS) China's battle against extravagance is getting support in the country, reported Xinhua news agency.

Connected through music, singing for a cause

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Indian Ocean, one of the country's leading rock bands and considered one of the pioneers of the fusion genre, connected through its music to a few hundred appreciative fans Sunday evening, but this time it was for a cause -- championing the importance of organ donation in a country where thousands die because there are not enough organs available for harvesting and transplantation.

Bihar village bans jeans, T-shirt for girls

Patna, Feb 11 (IANS) After three of its girls went missing, a village in Bihar's Siwan district has barred girls from using mobile phones and wearing jeans and T-shirts, an official said Monday.


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