How Indian fashion goes back to its roots

Designers embrace their heritage.(Sabyasachi/Instagram) April 18 is observed as World Heritage Day each year to celebrate and promote the cultural heritage across the world, thanks to the efforts of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). And heritage is something which is having a moment of sorts in Indian fashion too. Over the last few years, several India design houses have attempted to create a sensorial impact with their powerful take on the bridal trends thus taking us back to our roots. Designers have recreated a parallel universe, which…

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Hormel, Harvard Team Up To Change Minds About ‘Big Food’

American shoppers care more now than ever before about the sourcing and story behind the foods they eat, and large food conglomerates are struggling to keep up with demand for more innovation, transparency and environmental stewardship. “We are an industry full of great marketing, but terrible communication,” admitted Geoff Freeman, CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association at the Small Change, Big Impact Food Summit. The two-day event was hosted by Hormel Foodsand Harvard University Dining Services on April 4 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jim Borel, Geoff Freeman, and Jim Snee at the Pioneers and Leaders…

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Fashion and Lifestyle exhibition Fashionista to begin from Apr 12

Trend-setter Fashionista, started the trend of fashion and lifestyle exhibition in 2008. Fashionista, is all about living up the enchanted world of dream wedding, trousseau, couture and everything that is related to making wedding a magical experience for every bride-to-be. A celebration of the festive season with the ladies of city. The exhibition will be a universal platform for fashion designers, luxury-bridal-couture designers and brands, dazzling jewellery designers and brands, lifestyle and fashion accessory designers and brands, lifestyle products, gifts, trousseau, wedding planning, and décor brands to display their creations….

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Sizing up gender-fluid fashion: When skirts and saris are not just for women

Indian brand Anaam helps create gender-fluid and inclusive fashion. (Photo: Mail Today) Sales staff would often redirect Sumiran Kabir Sharma to the men’s section when he ventured into the women’s section for clothes to suit his taste and petite frame. As someone who does not identify with the gender assigned to him at birth, shopping became tricky. So, when he set up his own clothing brand, he chose to make it gender fluid. Today, Anaam is among the clutch of Indian fashion brands set up to create gender-fluid and inclusive…

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How CLT India is changing the face of education in semi-urban and rural areas with e-Patashale

Technology has transformed our lives in many ways. It is also responsible for taking education from brick-and-mortar classrooms to virtual classrooms. Today, internet has opened doors of opportunity for students with better reach as well as covering an ever-widening range of subjects. But one might assume that schools need to splurge a lot of money to afford eLearning solutions. And busting this myth is CLT India, which is based in Bengaluru. CLT, which stands for Children’s Lovecastles Trust, aims to use low-cost technology to serve the underserved students across India. Bhagya…

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Children who need help with mental health face postcode lottery – study

 The children’s commissioner for England study also finds that a third of areas have seen a real-terms fall in spending on service provision. Photograph: DWD-Comp/Alamy Stock Photo Children suffering anxiety, depression and other low-level mental health conditions face a postcode lottery when seeking treatment, research has shown. There are wide disparities in spending per child in different parts of England with more than a third of areas seeing a real-terms fall in spending on these services. This is despite soaring demand and increased government funding for children’s mental health nationally, the study…

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Health and Safety Executive ends Brunei project over gay sex law

 A newlywed couple have their photographs taken at the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images The government’s official health and safety organisation has said it will stop planned staff secondments to Brunei after unions raised concerns about the ethical and safety implications following the kingdom’s decision to punish gay sex by stoning to death. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which was seeking a team of three people to go to Brunei to help the country’s equivalent agency with regulatory work, said all links with the country…

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Lifestyle launches 20-20 Bash with Tiger Shroff kickstarting celebrations

MUMBAI: Lifestyle, India’s favourite fashion destination, has announced a month long 20-20 bash to celebrate 20-year anniversary of its operations in the country. Unveiling its 20-year celebration logo in a glamorous ceremony with Youth Icon Tiger Shroff in Mumbai, the brand announced a slew of attractive offers across categories that the customers will get to enjoy every weekend of April. Every weekend of April, Lifestyle is offering its customers exciting offers across popular categories such as Menswear, Womenwear, Kidswear, Make-up, Footwear, Handbags and more. Each of these offers will be…

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Brainstorm Health: Brainstorm Health, Alexa for Health Care, Novartis Sues Amgen

Hello readers, I’m about to take off on a flight following two amazing days at Fortune‘s Brainstorm Health conference, so we’ll have to keep things short today unfortunately (I’ll give you the full rundown soon enough, I promise). In the meantime I highly encourage you to my colleague Andrew Nusca’s writeup of our confab’s closing panel, a conversation between co-chair Arianna Huffington and Edie Falco, the award-winning Sopranos actress and cancer survivor. Falco’s staying mantra? Maintaining an “attitude of gratitude.” Back with you (with much more) tomorrow. Read on for the day’s news. DIGITAL HEALTH Alexa, can…

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Fashion Trust Arabia Spotlights the Visionary Fashion Voices of the Middle East and North Africa

Krikor Jabotian Photo: Courtesy of Krikor Jabotian Whatever it was that magnetized a vast troupe of international fashion people to converge on Qatar for Fashion Trust Arabia, curiosity had to be at the top of everyone’s list. The events around the inauguration of the National Museum of Qatar in Doha were as high on royal ceremony, glamour, and celebrity as could be expected from a Gulf country as wealthy as this. What couldn’t be anticipated was the window that was opened on the vibrant energy and social activism of young…

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