Karbonn Aura Note 2 With AI-Based Fashion App Launched at Rs. 6,490

Karbonn on Thursday unveiled the Aura Note 2 smartphone with an artificial intelligence (AI)-based solution at Rs. 6,490. It is available in Coffee-Champagne and Black-Champagne colour variants. The company is touting a fashion-centric app that uses AI-based technology to find matching apparel from photos.

Commenting on the launch of the Karbonn Aura Note 2, Shashin Devsare, Executive Director, Karbonn Mobiles, said, “With this, we aim to enrich the experience of our users making fashion as effortless as it can be. A balance of simplified technology and innovation, ‘Aura Note 2’ will surely be a sought-after smartphone.”

The Karbonn Aura Note 2 comes integrated with an app ‘Vistoso’ which allows users to search for an outfit by simply clicking its picture, with the AI engine of the app automatically recognising the print, pattern and colour of the outfit to give relevant results.

Karbonn Aura Note 2 With AI-Based Fashion App Launched at Rs. 6,490

The dual-SIM Karbonn Aura Note 2 smartphone runs Android 7.0 Nougat, and sports a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It is powered by a 1.25GHz quad-core SoC, coupled with 2GB of RAM. For optics, the Aura Note 2 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera alongside a 5-megapixel front camera.
The smartphone bears 16GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Connectivity options on the Karbonn Aura Note 2 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, and FM radio. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. It is powered by a 2900mAh battery, measures 115x78x8mm, and weighs 164 grams.

 

 

 

Nothing can stop her: Model Melanie Gaydos is breaking all fashion stereotypes

Very few have the courage to challenge societal norms and model Melanie Gaydos is one of them. Born with ectodermal dysplasia, a condition that makes her teeth, nails, pores and bones grow abnormally, Gaydon also has alopecia, and is partially blind too. But all of that did not stop the model from foraying into the world of fashion and making it on her own.

Gaydos, an art graduate based in New York City, has worked with several photographers, including Spanish photog Eugenio Recuenco, and counts singer Miley Cyrus as one of her fans. She has also appeared in a video by Recuenco for metal band Rammstein.

Gaydos’s first tryst with modelling happened during her college days, when she responded to an online advert looking for ‘unique people’ for fashion photographers to shoot. And even though she does get a little hate, she never lets trollers pull her down.

 

Create a fashion statement with textured jewellery

Textured jewellery — embossed or engraved — can be paired well with summer and winter outfits. The play of textures adds distinctive dimensions to jewellery that can transform your outfit with just one single piece, say experts.

Sreenivas Reddy, Principal Designer at BlueStone.com, and Pallavi Foley, a designer and jewellery expert, share some points to keep in mind while buying textured jewellery.

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Types of textures: Patterns for texture on jewellery depends on the creativity of the designer. Textured jewellery can be both visually appealing and physically stimulating.

There are several types of methods to add texture to jewellery pieces, such as the embossing and engraving methods, hammering, the sandpaper effect, all these add the extra something to jewellery pieces, making them stand out. Hammered jewellery is a beautiful piece of art which reminiscent of the surface of antique metal objects. It has both, a traditional as well as modern approach to jewellery making.

The care for textured jewellery: Clean your textured jewellery regularly as it is prone to accumulating dust in the groves and delicate patterns. Caring for your jewellery does not always entail cleaning, but involves checking the pieces regularly to ensure their condition and maintenance. It would be suitable to use the original cases in which the jewellery was bought to maintain its novelty by protecting it from chemical reactions in its environment, which can tarnish the texture.

Patterns: Make sure your outfit and jewellery do not conflict with each other, especially when donning textured jewellery. Try wearing solid ensembles to ensure the jewellery and attire chosen go well with each other. Also, mix different types of textured jewellery and complete your look with a simple hammered ring and a filigree bracelet.

Stand out in style: Create a fashion statement with alternative textures by wearing an interesting blend that is fabulous in fashion and sleek in style. Textured jewellery and modern saris are definitely a concoction with a twist, combine them and stay chic. Your office wear with textured earrings undoubtedly allow you to stay bold and stylish with a unique look.

 

10 designers to watch from the London College of Fashion’s BA Fashion show

Continuing our graduate coverage, design reporter Alice Morby picks 10 of the best collections from the London College of Fashion’s BA Fashion show, including garments made entirely from antique fabrics and dresses composed of concrete and iron rods.

The London College of Fashion (LCF), part of the University of the Arts London, put on its 2017 show at the Old Spitalfields Market.

Unlike previous years, which favoured a more traditional catwalk approach, the show’s format was broken into six acts – none of which showed an entire collection but rather a “story” made up of different students’ work.

As with the Central Saint Martins and Royal College of Art shows, the LCF class of 2017 was inspired by the current political climate – something dean Frances Corner noted in her statement ahead of the presentation.

“At London College of Fashion, we know that fashion shapes lives and has the power to change the way we perceive the world,” said Corner. “In an era of radical change, both socially and politically, fashion has never been so relevant.”

“We are dedicated to providing world-class borderless education, ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of the creative industries as well as investing and nurturing creative talent to ensure we safeguard the fashion industry, a vital component of the UK economy, for future generations.”

Here are our picks of the designers to watch from the 2017 cohort.


Jack Goode

Tailoring graduate Jack Goode looked to gender fluidity and the way that the body is often binarised in relation to sexuality – particularly in the tailing and luxury fashion industries.


Feben Vemmenby

For her graduate collection, Feben Vemmenby looked to the ageing process of the female form – drawing upon the works of artists Nobuyoshi Araki, Louise Bourgeois, Henry Moore and Yayoi Kusama.


Ingrid Kraftchenko

Ingrid Kraftchenko’s collection was heavily based around the use of leather and silicones. Hoping to subvert the male gaze, the Archetypes of Women collection was made up of a series of characters: La Matriarch, La Femme Fatale, La Riot Grrrl, La Bio Queen, La Lesbian Goddess, La Boss Bitch and La Girl Next Door.


Melanie Weiai Mao

Melanie Weiai Mao’s collection featured wedding garments made from appliqued tulle, and was inspired by annual so-called bride markets by Roma people that take place in Bulgaria and Romania.


Naruhiro Iizawa

Naruhiro Iizawa, a womenswear designer, incorporated industrial materials into her final collection, which was based on buildings that are under construction or in the process of being demolished. “In London, I see construction sites cluttered with materials of concrete, plastic and metal, covered or wrapped, or exposed revealing a previous life before redevelopment,” she said. “My womenswear collection reflects the interiors and exteriors of buildings and their revealing, concealing and changing natures.”


Seah Shao Fen

Seah Shao Fen was inspired by Erwin Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures – a collection of works where the viewers are instructed to experience and interact with artworks instead of just looking at them. Materials used included laminated oil cloth, while edges were left square and panels remained open.

 

 

10 terms every fashion lover needs to be familiar with in 2017

It’s about time you upgraded your knowledge of what is going around in the fashion world. It would help next time when you’re out shopping, so there’s no need to hunt down a celebrity’s Instagram picture from weeks ago to explain to the shopkeeper what exactly you’re looking for.

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Here’s a list of 10 terms all fashionistas need to know in 2017:

1.Choker top – Combining our favorite accessory with our top has got to be one of the best trends of 2017! As the name suggests, a choker top is a normal top with a choker attached to it for the nights when we just don’t have time to accessorize.

2.Naked dress – a huge hit in the Kardashian family, a naked dress is a sheer dress, completely see through, allowing one to reveal maximum skin while covering up all the important bits, and is often styled with embroidery or studs.

3.Slides – Thanks to Gucci’s loafers and the Rihanna Fenty X Puma Furry sandals, these new slip-ons have become the latest craze. Slides are comfortable, soft, simple slip-ons that add a relaxed vibe to your look. Celebrities from Kloe Kadarshian to Vanessa Hudgens have been spotted ditching their long heels for some comfortable and chill slides.

4.Mules – There are plenty of footwear trends coming up in 2017, but mules are the ones most regularly spotted in the celebrity world. Open at the back, mules comes in all shapes and types and are an instant attention grabber.

5.Mom jeans – After skinny jeans and boyfriend jeans, its time for mom jeans now. Fitted on the waist, lose from thigh downwards, mom jeans are frayed, mid weight and 100% cotton denim. From moms like January Jones and Miranda Kerr to child free supermodels like Bella Hadid and Sofia Richie, mom jeans have been sported by all.

A young teen hipster girl wearing mom jeans. (Shutterstock)

6.Ear jacket – Ear jackets are an added ornament to the normal earrings. It’s placed between the earring and the post, and is shaped to follow the curve of your ear. After ear cuffs and overwhelmingly large loops, its time to up our accessory game with this cool addition.

7.Shackett – Lightweight and well fitted, yet warm and comfortable, A shackett is the new modern day jacket. It’s especially useful on days when nature can’t decide what to throw at us! It is the perfect outerwear for the modern guy who’s always on the go.

8.Bants – Leather pants and leather boots have given more than just a few girls their glamorous super model moment the past few years, and now its time to take it to another level by combining the two. Bants are pants and boots attached into one glamorous piece of clothing, and have been a part of runway outfits by Tamara Mellon, Edun and Versace to name just a few.

9.Duster – Another trend which has caught the fancy of the fashion world is the floor length duster coat. The long loose fitting coats are great for rain and dusty winds, and the bulky silhouette is perfect to keep you warm and stylish all winter!

A man wearing a duster and holding on to his western hat. (Shutterstock)

10.Puffer – The old school puffer jacket consists of a nylon shell with quilted sections ‘puffed’ with lightweight insulating material to keep you warm and cuddly. The trend became a staple at the Paris Fashion Week owing to the number and range of labels that came up with a huge variety of puffers in all types and colours.

 

Summer fashion needn’t be boring. Here’s how to look casual and chic

Try A-line kurtas, asymmetric hemlines, capes and palazzos, to look casual and chic at the same time, say experts.

Sanhita Dasgupta of Myntra and Jimmy Kaul of Shopotox list down some fashion tips.

Fashion low-down for summer

1) Checkmate the weather with all things cropped — culottes, flared jeans, formal trousers, so on and so forth. Hemlines above the ankles should be your uniform in this weather.

2) Look chic and formal in black socks and clear boots. Replace your socks with colourful and fun prints if you’re heading for a party.

3) Layer up and stay ready for the abrupt mood change of the day. Stock some light and peppy jumpers, quick-dry shrugs or cropped jackets to fight the wind.

4) Spruce up the styles: Instead of the dull and plain kurtas, try different styles. Opt for long, asymmetrical kurtas or A-line ones. Ensure that you choose from cotton, linen, khadi and viscose fabrics. These are some of the best fabrics to opt for in the summer as they will keep you cool and comfy. You can pair your long kurtas with classy heels and a satchel bag to look on point at office.

5) Lap up loose bottoms: Instead of tight leggings or churidar pants, embrace loose bottoms like palazzo pants, culottes and parallel pants. Stay at ease throughout the day by pairing a contrast long kurta or a long top with palazzo or cotton pants.

6) Waistcoats are the way to go: A printed waistcoat on a plain kurta can instantly amp up your style quotient in summer. Waistcoats not only flatter your figure but also give a whole new dimension to the formal office wear look. As you’re looking for formal wear, do not go for heavy prints and shimmery fabrics.

 

 

Nothing can stop her: Model Melanie Gaydos is breaking all fashion stereotypes

Very few have the courage to challenge societal norms and model Melanie Gaydos is one of them. Born with ectodermal dysplasia, a condition that makes her teeth, nails, pores and bones grow abnormally, Gaydon also has alopecia, and is partially blind too. But all of that did not stop the model from foraying into the world of fashion and making it on her own.

Gaydos, an art graduate based in New York City, has worked with several photographers, including Spanish photog Eugenio Recuenco, and counts singer Miley Cyrus as one of her fans. She has also appeared in a video by Recuenco for metal band Rammstein.

Gaydos’s first tryst with modelling happened during her college days, when she responded to an online advert looking for ‘unique people’ for fashion photographers to shoot. And even though she does get a little hate, she never lets trollers pull her down.

 

Beat the heat in style. Try these 5 summer fashion tips to stay cool

With temperatures soaring in the capital, it is important to choose clothes that don’t get you rashes, itching or other skin infections. Opt for loose fitting cotton and khadi clothes, skirts and sheer fabrics to be comfortable yet stylish this summer.

Designers Ridhima Bhasin, Samant Chauhan and Mansi Bhasin, creative head of brand Olbees, share tips on how to plan your summer wardrobe.

* Stick to loose fitting clothes like capes and skirts, so that there is room for your skin to breathe.

* Style yourself in the colour of summer. Shun the sun with eggshell whites and offwhites, wear pleated culottes and pair with a loose fit- asymmetrical cape, pull your hair back in an elegant bun and make sure you use water proof makeup to avoid sweat-smudges.

Wear fun outfits like off-shoulder dresses, crop cape tops, sheer shirts, short-hemmed skirts and shorts. (Shutterstock)

* The heat wave has taken over the city and to be comfortable and stylish at the same time opt for natural breathable and light-weight fabrics like cottons. Avoid wearing silks and bulky fabrics. Cottons and natural fibres like khadi should be your go-to fabrics.

Stick to loose fitting clothes like capes and skirts, so that there is room for your skin to breathe. (Yogen Shah/HT Photo)

* Try wearing outfits that will not cling to your body. Go for anti-fit long but structured blouse with palazzo pants as it’s an ideal outfit for the day and will keep your style quotient up.

* Summer is the perfect time to show off some skin, so don’t be afraid to do so. Make sure you have your sunscreen on and wear fun outfits like off-shoulder dresses, crop cape tops, sheer shirts, short-hemmed skirts and shorts.

 

Crazy Fashion Alert: Yes, These Are Salami Earrings

Salami earrings

After seeing melting tights, double jeans, and literal knee skirts, we’d thought we’d seen it all as far as wacky fashion goes.

And then we spotted these salami earrings. Oh, yes.

Reminiscent of Gaga’s infamous meat dress, the all-too-realistic looking accessory is part of a new line from Fake Food Hatanaka, a Japanese company that solely makes food-inspired jewelry.

The salami earrings go for about $15, while a pizza-shaped necklace will set you back over $100. Other offerings include an eggs-and-bacon bow headband, green pepper earrings, and a starfruit necklace, all of which literally look just like their real-life inspirations.

We don’t know whether these accessories kinda make us wanna gag…or kinda make us hungry. What do you think?

Why It’s Important to Take Fashion Risks: Stylists Weigh In

While fashion may seem inconsequential and frivolous at times, how you approach dressing can have ripple effects on other parts of your life. Taking sartorial risks can have a multitude of benefits, from helping you to escape the mundane to giving you the confidence to try new things.

That said, there’s always the fear that taking a big fashion risk will result in having a big fashion regret. To get more insight into how and why we should take fashion risks, we asked some of the industry’s leading stylists to share some well-earned wisdom. Here’s to stepping out of our fashion comfort zones and having a statement-making summer!

Fashion risks get you noticed

“Two of my favorite quotes are: ‘It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring,’ by Marilyn Monroe and ‘People will stare. Make it worth their while,’ by Harry Winston. When you take fashion risks, people take notice. It inspires them to want to know more about the person behind the outfit. Fashion risks get people thinking.” — Kim Dunn

Fashion risks keep things exciting

“Fashion is the ultimate outward expression of your personality, thoughts and ideals. Just as it’s important to take risks in your personal life, it’s very important to take risks in your fashion. It keeps you from feeling stale and stifled and may actually result in your falling in love with something you never thought you could.” — Madison Guest

Fashion risks help you grow

“It’s important to take fashion risks because it helps you learn what works for you best. You may stumble along the way and make some outfit choices you feel like you regret, but at the end of the day, those mistakes only help you define and grow your personal style. A takeaway tip to taking fashion risks is when you’re trying something new for your style, pair it with things you’re super comfortable with — it will help you make that transition into seeing what works for you much easier. For example, wearing sparkly bell-bottom pants may feel 100 percent outside of your comfort zone (and also intriguing!), but dressing it down with a hoodie and sneakers makes it much more wearable, which opens you up to lots of new and fun fashion possibilities.” — Haley Loewenthal

Fashion risks teach you not to be afraid

“It can be daunting to try new things, especially when it has to do with wearing them on your body! That’s why experimenting [with accessories] is an easy way to channel a new style sensibility into your everyday look without having to piece together a whole outfit.” — Lindsay Albanese

Fashion risks provide escapism

“Try unexpected accessories, which work to add something special to an outfit while providing a bit of escapism to an otherwise mundane day.” — Zerina Akers

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Fashion risks can be fun

“Fashion shouldn’t always be serious. Taking risks reminds you that you can add a little fun into your day-to-day life. My favorite fashion risk is playing with color. You should never be afraid to don bright looks. I always say, the more the merrier and the brighter the better.” — Zerina Akers

Fashion risks help you flex your creativity

“Experiment with bold prints and see how that newfound attitude pushes you to take bolder risks in life. A rule of thumb is to start by picking colors that complement. For example, if it’s a teal item, you can do an orange print to go with it. You can also match two prints together by selecting a color the prints have in common. Also, a larger print contrasting with a smaller print can have a beautiful turnout.” — Zerina Akers

Fashion risks can be a form of self-expression

“Taking risk in fashion is a great way to find out more about yourself. Everything you wear says a little something about you. Fashion is a form of self-expression and a great way to show your personality as well as versatility.” — George Brescia

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Fashion risks express your individuality

“Just have fun! Fashion showcases a lot about the individual, so make sure you try new trends, colors, prints and styles. Versatility in fashion is a great way to dress for the occasion while still maintaining your own personal flair.” — George Brescia

Fashion risks help you figure out what works for you

“It’s important to know your body. Find out what brands, cuts and silhouettes work best for you and work with them. There is nothing worse than an ill-fitting garment.” — George Brescia