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Oct
18

Last week Priyanka Chopra caused a stir with her cover shoot for the Indian edition of Conde Nast Traveller, which featured her wearing this tank top:

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Many called the shoot out for being offensive and inappropriate, arguing that by equating refugees with carefree travellers and holiday makers, Priyanka was minimising the plight of refugees across the Middle East.

This week, while speaking to NDTV, she apologised.

“I’m really apologetic about sentiments being hurt,” she said in an interview. “I have always been against labels. I am very affected and feel really horrible, but the message has been misconstrued. The magazine was very clear that they wanted to send a message about addressing xenophobia with labels.”

After backlash against the cover shoot picked up on social media last week, Conde Nast Traveller issued an apology ahead of Priyanka, attempting to explain the cover by saying: “We must recognise that we are all on a journey.”

On her part, Priyanka insists that the cover was misconstrued. “I’m sorry people saw it like that and they saw it on me,” she said.

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Oct
03

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Florals for fall? The return of leopard print? Now that autumn is upon us, the season of pumpkin spice and everything nice is ushering in an influx of new fashion trends. So what should you be on the lookout for while shopping? Wonderwall.com is rounding up the hottest trends of the fall season, as seen on your favorite stylish stars! First up is Dakota Johnson in a pattern that’s typically reserved for spring and summer — but that will be reinventing itself for the cooler months: floral! Dakota attended the Gucci show during Milan Fashion Week wearing a dusty rose floral-patterned frock by the design house underneath a denim jacket, showcasing how the feminine print can be repurposed for the end of the year. Keep reading for more examples of fall florals, plus more of the best new trends!

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A great way to rock florals in the fall? Go for a darker print. Emily Blunt exemplified fall-friendly floral with this black patterned midi-skirt by Sachin & Babi.

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Jessica Simpson recently donned a dark flower-printed shoulderless top, showing how two looks that are typically popular in the warmer months can transition into fall flawlessly.

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Proving you don’t have to go for a dark floral for fall, Victoria Beckham sported this lilac floral midi-dress reminiscent of the looks that walked down the runway at her New York Fashion Week show earlier that day.

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Model Izabel Goulart stepped out in this Fendi off-the-shoulder black floral romper during Milan Fashion Week, revealing a perfect option for that summer-to-fall transition.

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Hailey Baldwin opted for sleek black lace-up thigh-high boots while leaving popular Los Angeles hotspot The Nice Guy.

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Sometimes stars want their shoes to do the talking, and a unique pair of thigh-high boots will do just that! Heidi Klum gave us a great example of the shoes’ show-stopping potential when she stepped out in New York City wearing these shimmering gold thigh-high stiletto boots.

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Sep
30

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A day dedicated to debut shows can’t be all that great. These are, after all, fledgling ateliers still trying to find their feet. It was, therefore, no big surprise that the second day of the PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week (PLBW) wasn’t all that great. But the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) begged to differ.

“It’s true that all the collections weren’t exceptional but that was not the point of allowing them onto our platform,” said the council’s Chairperson, Sehyr Saigol. “By allowing them into the spotlight, we are giving them a chance to grow and improve their work. It’s not fair to only laud the older, established designers. Ideally, I’d want our fashion weeks to feature more new designers and less of the older ones.”

Review: Day Two

Nevertheless, it was two of the relatively older designers that saved the second day of PLBW.

Mahgul and Shamsha Hashwani were the standout designers of Day Two of PLBW
Mahgul and Shamsha Hashwani were the standout designers of Day Two of PLBW

Mahgul, particularly, was a stand out. The brand has been around for quite some time now, winning us over with capsule collections, regular exhibits and a very savvy spring/summer line-up earlier this year.

Shamsha Hashwani, similarly, is already dabbling with retail through her small but exceptionally trendy boutique in Karachi’s E-Street. It was truly high time that she ventured her exceptional signature onto the catwalk.

Here’s the lowdown:

Mahgul

With this collection, Mahgul truly came into its own within bridal’s glittery realm. These designs were meant for the fashion-forward only; sophisticated, well-structured and reinventing traditional embroideries into newer forms.

Mahgul presented modern interpretations of traditional embroidery at PLBW
Mahgul presented modern interpretations of traditional embroidery at PLBW

There were layered pants, cinched waists, slouchy jackets, culottes galore and a marble-hued satin especially developed by the atelier and fashioned onto clutches and apparel. One doesn’t get too excited about Mughal miniatures but to Mahgul’s credit, they were worked with finesse, amidst beautiful chikankari, dabka and pearls.

Also noticeable was the kundan and polka statement panjas and teekas created by the brand in-house, dramatizing the formals sufficiently.

This ensemble, modelled by Sadaf Kanwal, fell victim to overdesigning
This ensemble, modelled by Sadaf Kanwal, fell victim to overdesigning

It all came together as a collection with a distinct personality, to be appreciated and worn by women who knew their fashion rather than mere followers of fads. Having said this, there were certain garments that fell victim to overdesigning. The finale lehnga worn by Sadaf Kanwal was hardly flattering and at other times, the effusive use of net did not make sense.

Shiza Hassan

The high point of Shiza Hassan’s collection was her showstopper, the designer’s brother Aisamulhaq Qureshi taking to the catwalk. The tennis star is a veritable national icon and he had the audience cheering.

The appearance of AisamulHaq on the runway was definitely the highpoint of the showcase
The appearance of AisamulHaq on the runway was definitely the highpoint of the showcase

There were some interesting elements to the fashion: printed hunting scenes accentuated with stone-work and embroidered shawls. The color palette also worked at times; for instance, an aqua and mint green lehnga.

Shiza Hassan has promise which is why she has built a budding market in the two short years since she launched her label. Now she needs to develop a more decipherable signature in order to make a mark.

Farah and Fatima

Farah and Fatima produced an extremely underwhelming collection at PLBW
Farah and Fatima produced an extremely underwhelming collection at PLBW

Farah and Fatima made one wonder whether the PFDC had refrained from editing collections. The clothes droned on, burdened with unflattering silhouettes, a mish-mashed color palette and embellishments that were run of the mill. Hardly a collection worth fashion week.

Saira Rizwan

Saira Rizwan apparently has a burgeoning clientele in Lahore and her PLBW collection was probably targeted towards them.

Saira Rizwan offered an effusion of sequins, shimmer and net
Saira Rizwan offered an effusion of sequins, shimmer and net

It was a line-up that stepped into pastel’s long worn-out route and then, remained stuck there. An effusion of sequins, shimmer and net followed. Pretty enough for the regular bridal shopper but nothing new at a fashion week purported to be setting trends for the year to come.

Our favorite part of this show: the very pretty actress Hareem Farooq taking to the catwalk as Saira Rizwan’s showstopper.

Shamsha Hashwani

One can’t fully appreciate Shamsha Hashwani’s workmanship from the catwalk’s vantage point. It is only when one scrutinises the clothes up-close that their understated elegance can be seen: the tiny pearls and smatterings of Swarovski interspersed amongst indigenous handwork.

Shamsha Hashwani's workmanship deserves to be admired upclose
Shamsha Hashwani’s workmanship deserves to be admired upclose

The designer’s ‘Mughal mirage’ drifted through culottes that were cut high to the knee, embellished along the slits, simmered gharara pants and tapered short shirts. The flirty short angarkhas paired with shalwars were particularly enjoyable emulating wedding-wear for the trendy girl who prefers high fashion to overdoses of bling.

The canvas of mint greens and coral pinks was lovely and her extensively hand-worked shawls have the makings of a winter wedding success.

The petite Sohai Ali Abro looked beautiful as Shamsha’s showstopper
The petite Sohai Ali Abro looked beautiful as Shamsha’s showstopper

Having said this, one wishes designers would drift away from Mughal imagery. It featured frequently on Shamsha’s canvas and while it may be crafted diligently, it doesn’t bring anything new to the fore. The collection could also have benefited with some good old-fashioned drama. While extremely wearable, there was an oomph that was definitely missing.

The petite Sohai Ali Abro looked beautiful as Shamsha’s showstopper. She, along with the other starlets on the catwalk, added oomph to a fashion week which was, as always, low on celebrity quotient.

Instead, the black carpet redeemed itself with a rush of socialites all dressed in the latest designer-wear. Often the black carpet wardrobe is a lot better than what’s on the catwalk – sadly, this rang true for most of day two.

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Sep
30

Like it or not, we live in a highly photographed world. We don’t always have control over when we’ll be ambushed with a camera (we all have that one friend) or know what the lighting will be like (why do fluorescent bulbs even exist?), but we can make sure our makeup is photo-ready at all times. Here, nine tips that ensure you won’t ever look greasy, tired or washed out.

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BRIGHTEN YOUR EYES

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. But seriously, the clearer your eyes are, the brighter the rest of your face will look. Squeeze a few cooling eye drops into each peeper before you start applying your makeup.

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PREP YOUR SKIN

Fact: Soft, hydrated skin equals a seamless foundation application. What does this mean to you? No uneven streaks or creasing as it wears. After washing your face, slap on a sheet mask for ten to 15 minutes while you get ready. Or apply a generous layer of your regular moisturizer and let it sink in for a few minutes before wiping off any excess.

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MAKE SURE YOUR FOUNDATION IS AN EXACT MATCH

Here’s the deal: If it’s too pale, you’ll look washed out when the flash hits, and if it’s too dark, you’ll look a bit muddy. (Always test shades along your jawline in natural light.) As for the formula, you want something with light to medium coverage. And if you’re prone to shininess, sweep a simple translucent powder over your T-zone before heading out. (Skip the fancy HD–they have ingredients like silica and mica that can be too reflective.)

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EASE UP ON THE CONCEALER

We hate to break it to you, but a million layers of concealer won’t hide that zit from the camera. In fact, it might bring more attention to the area. Instead, use your ring finger to lightly tap a small amount of concealer (again, one that matches your skin tone) over the spot and stop fussing with it after that.

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HIGHLIGHT STRATEGICALLY

The number one secret to photogenic skin? Lighting. Fake the effects of flattering light by dabbing a pearly shadow or highlighter along the top of cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and at the inner corners of your eyes. Just be light-handed with the application, as too much shimmer can come across as greasy in photos.

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MAYBELLINE

DARKEN YOUR BROWS

After all, they frame your entire face. Choose a pencil or a powder that is one shade darker than your actual brows (your features tend to look lighter in photos) and use short, light strokes to fill in any gaps between hairs.

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THE MAKEUP CHAIR

MAKE YOUR EYES POP

Forget the smoky eyes if you really want to stand out. Instead, sweep a neutral shadow onto your eyelids. Then apply a dark brown or soft black liner to only the outer thirds of your upper lids. (Skip the bottom altogether; liner on your lower lids can make your eyes look smaller.) Finish by curling your lashes and adding two coats of mascara to make your peepers look wider and brighter.

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CLOZETTE

CONTOUR WITH BLUSH

While it’s true that some subtle contouring can slim your face and certain features, there is a lot of room for error. An easier (and more foolproof) way to sculpt your cheeks–while adding color to your face–is to apply blush to the hollows of your cheeks and then blend it up toward your cheekbones.

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GO FOR RED

Dark lips may be super-trendy right now, but unfortunately they tend to make lips look thinner. For a better photo, stick to a brighter cheery red and add a touch of gloss to the middle of your bottom lip to give it a plumped effect.

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Sep
26

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PLEATED MAXI SKIRTS

She had a good run in 2012. And her metallic cousin is hitting it big this autumn. But those plain-hued polyester micro-pleats have officially overstayed their welcome.

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TULIP MIDI SKIRTS

Ah, the blogger’s best friend. A nipped waist in heavy satin is never not gorgeous (thanks, Dior), but unfortunately the Internet caused this ’50s-inspired piece to burn a little too bright. Keep yours in storage, though, for the inevitable comeback in a few years.

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LAYERED PEARL NECKLACES

Pinterest’s favorite fall outfit: plaid shirt + sweater + statement necklace. (Quilted vest, blanket scarf and Pumpkin Spice optional.) Modernize your apple-picking look by taking away at least one element—the pearl necklace for starters. And then swap in some dainty chains and a pair of wire-rim glasses for a fresh take.

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PLATFORM PUMPS

For 2016 (and the foreseeable future), it’s all about the single sole—a delicate, low-to-the-ground shape often in a pointed silhouette. Any expensive platforms you may have bought (Loubs, eh?) can go into storage; anything cheap and clunky should go into the Goodwill bin.

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SHAPELESS LEATHER TOTES

Madewell, J.Crew, Cuyana…they all made a damn good bag. That grocery-tote shape in unlined leather with zero frills. You could stuff anything in that baby. And, oh, did we. So much so that we now need a palette cleanser in the form of structured satchels and pared-down crossbodies. (You can still totally travel with your tote, though.)

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Sep
25

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Be still our hearts! Kate Middleton and the royal family took a trip to Canada and she looked completely flawless at every single stop, as always! See all of her stunning fashion looks by clicking through our gallery!

We’ve come to expect nothing less than perfection from the wardrobe of the Duchess of Cambridge, and she definitely didn’t let us down on her trip to Victoria! Kate Middleton, 34, looked elegant and stunning at each of her tour stops, and we’re taking some major autumn look inspo from Prince William’s wife. Wearing a mid-length blue dress with quarter sleeves and a chic collar, Kate was the paragon of beauty and class. She completed her regal ensemble with pointed-toe nude pumps and a maple leaf pin, obviously paying her respects to Canada! Our favorite addition was her matching blue feathered head piece!

A little wave from Prince George to Prime Minister and Mrs Trudeau who together with The Governor General welcomed the family to Canada.

 

The royal family was greeted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which is a big deal, as he’s normally based in Ottowa! So the fact that he ventured to Victoria to meet them is a huge honor! Of course, Kate had to have a lot of looks planned for the jam-packed week in Canada. Kate, her husband, Princess Charlotte, and Prince George had so many stops to make while touring the Northern country, including five communities in British Columbia and two in Yukon. They had tons of activities planned like touring a vineyard, mountain biking and visiting the MacBride Museum of Yukon History, but of course Kate had an outfit planned for every occasion! Serious #StyleGoals.

The Royal Family Arrives In Canada — See Their Cutest Pics

The Royal family first arrived to Victoria, Canada on Sept. 24, marking their very 1st Royal Tour as a family of four! Stepping off the plane, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, and even Princess Charlotte were greeted by excited onlookers as they waved and smiled at the crowd. Of course the Duchess came prepared, with only the best high-fashion ensembles the world has to offer!

HollywoodLifers, which of Kate’s stunning looks from her Canadian vacation is your favorite? Share all of your thoughts and opinions with us!

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Sep
25

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The fashion week omnibus is just about to get rolling and spearheading it is the PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week (PLBW), set to take place in the coming week.

It’s a fashion week one looks forward to – in the burgeoning milieu of fashion events PLBW is typically able to set a few trends rolling into bridal’s generic blingy waters. One hopes that this remains the case.

Ensuring the fashion week razzmatazz are the usual suspects: HSY as show director, L’Oreal as the main sponsor and Nabila playing stylist while Urdu1 is the media sponsor.

Notable exceptions

What is missing, though, are certain fashion week regulars.

PLBW 2016 is heavy on Lahore designers, such as Saira Shakira whose sketches are pictured here
PLBW 2016 is heavy on Lahore designers, such as Saira Shakira whose sketches are pictured here

Karma, for instance, is a mainstay at the Pakistan Fashion Design Council’s (PFDC) fashion weeks but has opted out from the designer lineup this time. Khadijah Shah of Elan, meanwhile, is toying with the idea of a solo show later in the year. The designer has had her hands full with Elan’s booming unstitched and bespoke business as well as with Sapphire, the high-street brand for which she is creative director. According to her, she simply didn’t have enough time to prepare for PLBW. Also ostensibly missing is the Karachi designer contingent, with only Nomi Ansari and Sania Maskatiya flying in to Lahore to showcase their collections.

“Certain designers didn’t register by the deadline date and lost out on slots,” explains Kamiar Rokni, official spokesperson for the PFDC.

Say hello to the first-timers

It’s no wonder, then, that the second day of PLBW has been dedicated entirely to designers who are showcasing complete bridal collections for the first time. Most of these ateliers are hardly unfamiliar.

The moodboard for Mahgul, who is set to showcase their first full-fledged bridal collection, titled Trunks of Sabina, at PLBW 2016
The moodboard for Mahgul, who is set to showcase their first full-fledged bridal collection, titled Trunks of Sabina, at PLBW 2016

Mahgul, of course, showcased their luxury prêt with the PFDC earlier this spring and has been winning rave reviews for their spate of fashion week capsule lines. With a penchant for spinning twists into apparel and a distinctive signature, it is a brand that one always looks forward to. Their ‘Trunks of Sabine’, touted to be an amalgamation of traditional embellishments with 3-D techniques and atypical silhouettes looks promising.

Saira Rizwan, similarly, is a familiar name because of her consistent unstitched collections and social media reach. The designer certainly has a hold over the market-friendly pretty aesthetic and it will be interesting to see if she manages to steer it towards pushing the bridal wear envelope.

Shiza Hassan is a young designer who has slowly been building her atelier and it is good to see her try her hand at the catwalk with the prodigiously titled Aroos-e-Abrashami.

Farah and Fatima are set to diversify beyond their shop in D.H.A. Lahore with ‘Shahnoor’ and so is Samsha Hashwani who has a delectable little store in Karachi’s E-Street but is making a long overdue runway debut with the dreamily titled ‘A Mughal Mirage’.

New designers are usually hit and miss and day two may bring down standards for PLBW, some may critique. But then again, most of these designers can hardly be considered new and besides, PFDC’s Chairperson Sehyr Saigol has quite a reputation for strongly mentoring fledgling ateliers. “She has been working very hard with them,” confirms Kami, “and besides, if we don’t give promising new designers a chance, how will they improve?”

Welcoming the veterans

At the other end of the spectrum are some of fashion’s most wonderful. It’s interesting to note how most ateliers are focusing on bringing back traditional silhouettes as opposed to dabbling with modern cuts.

The House of Kamiar Rokni’s ‘Heritage 2016’ is a throwback to timeless bridals of yore
The House of Kamiar Rokni’s ‘Heritage 2016’ is a throwback to timeless bridals of yore

The House of Kamiar Rokni’s self-explanatory ‘Heritage 2016’ is a throwback to timeless bridals of yore, promising ghararas galore, grand dupattas and traditional embellishments like the chata-patti, gota, zari and kiran. “These are clothes that transcend trends and can be worn year after year,” describes Kami.

Nomi Ansari plays with color and the festivity of Hyderabad with Marjaan,featuring farshi ghararas, lehngas and an effusion of floral embroideries. Zara Shahjahan’s Mehrunnissa is an ode to the Urdu-speaking era with Lakhnawi influences and references to the older world of Lahore. “We have developed all our fabric in-house; kamkhwab, raw silks and beautiful nets,” enthuses the designer.

Sonia Azhar returns to the PLBW catwalk after some time while Ali Xeeshan’s finale act is bound to be high on theatrics – and perhaps, fashion.

Sania Maskatiya is merging conventional wear with modern tweaks with her ‘August Dream’
Sania Maskatiya is merging conventional wear with modern tweaks with her ‘August Dream’

Quintessentially, Sania Maskatiya is merging conventional wear with modern tweaks with her ‘August Dream’. The designer had hitherto focused more on offering trousseau options on the catwalk but this year she will be dabbling into a wider variety varying from Mehndi-wear to the wedding dress.

MUSE presents a ‘modern day princess bride’ with ‘A love like ours’; a collection largely constructed with raw silk and organza and embellished with the design house’s characteristic metallic embroideries and sequins.

Saira Shakira’s ‘Zohra’ is also expected to emulate the designers’ predilection for modern detailings.

Saira Shakira's ‘Zohra’ will again feature modern detailings
Saira Shakira’s ‘Zohra’ will again feature modern detailings

Possibly the most extensive collection to be shown this year will be by HSY. The designer has long been talking about traversing Europe and creating bespoke fabric and embellishments for his couture house. At PLBW, we’ll be able to see the fruition of his efforts.

Divided into four separate capsules, the show is going to tell the story of a kingdom. The first segment, titled ‘Kalajar’, will speak of mythical men and women who may exude power but are yet to develop their strengths on the inside. The second, ‘Mehkar’, talks about dreams and hopes. Moving on, there’s ‘Khace-Sahil’; the world at the brink of the sea coast, where one conquers or gets conquered. Finally, there’s the eponymous ‘Sheristan’, which celebrates love and victory.

HSY's four-capsule show is going to tell a kingdom's story
HSY’s four-capsule show is going to tell a kingdom’s story

“It’s an extensive collection which speaks of the way my design house has evolved and my love for couture. I have been working on it for several months now,” says HSY.

“Each capsule depicts a certain mood. ‘Khace-Sahil’, for instance, is in spicy hues of orange and chilli greens with jacquard worked extensively with silk thread and modern boot-cut trousers and jackets. In ‘Kalajar’, we have used techno-fabrics and Eastern influences. ‘Sheristan’ is replete with embellishments that are a part of our genealogy; gota, dabka, tilla, on jewel-toned fine fabrics. I have created heirloom pieces rather than mere trends. There is also menswear and some very interesting footwear.”

HSY uses traditional embellishments in the Sheristan capsule and says he's created heirlooms in his collection
HSY uses traditional embellishments in the Sheristan capsule and says he’s created heirlooms in his collection

Standing out amongst the milieu is Republic by Omar Farooq, presenting a line dedicated solely to menswear.

Also taking center stage will be a range of jewelry brands and some funky, elaborate styling. The House of Kamiar Rokni’s line-up will be complemented with jewelry by Sonica Jewelers and Zara Shahjahan is working alongside Amrapali. HSY has created accessories in-house, ranging from ethnic statement pieces to safety-pins, dipped in gold, and constructed into jewelry.

From our vantage point, it all looks promising. But bridals have long become notorious for falling into ruts, where everything begins to look the same and leaves one cock-eyed with bling. Will PLBW up the ante or veer into the mundane? We’ll know soon; the bridal season’s just about to swing in.

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