What does fashion’s top trend-spotter think we’ll be wearing in the 2020s?

A down to earth Nostradamus of fast-moving consumer goods … Lidewij Edelkoort. Photograph: Koen Hauser When Lidewij – or Li – Edelkoort started her career as a trend forecaster 45 years ago, people thought her job was “witchcraft”, she says. “Men would be giggling at the end of the room. But I have gained respect,” she says, “because I have been right so many times.” The Dutch 69-year-old is fashion’s best-known soothsayer, a woman who has spent more than four decades helping brands, including Prada, Zara and Coca-Cola, to anticipate…

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Get well soon

Uh-oh. Your child sneezing in a row could only mean one thing: the onset of a cold. A mighty cold. Or not. While every child’s illness symptoms escalate in his/her unique way, the point is that often, the occurrence of illnesses can either be mitigated or staved off entirely depending on their nutrition. In other words, what your kids eat can be the solution for a whole host of child-related maladies – right from mood swings to constipation to the management of colds, coughs or viruses. Build Immunity While protein…

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Why do Jains fare well in higher education while other communities lag?

For Martina George, 21, putting together Rs 20 lakh to pursue a degree in Medicine in Australia would have been impossible. “Coming from a middle-class background, my family couldn’t pay that amount,” George says. So, instead, her community stepped in. The Bombay Catholic Panchayat and a church from Kerala contributed with a loan and scholarship to meet those expenses. “My school and junior college education in India was almost free because I went to Christian institutions,” George adds. Now in her final year in Australia, her graduation will cap an…

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