Thursday, May 31, 2018

Dream date-prasantt ghosh

Hey girls, finally it has come…..Your first date with the dream guy you always wanted and together with  lots off confusions what to wear and what not to wear. Take the time to dress well, your appearance not only shows your respect for yourself but for the other person as well. A lack of preparation is like putting a bad image in public.

Meeting a new date straight from work ensure you freshen your make up either take a change of clothes or arrange to meet in a location where your work clothes won’t look out of place. You want to feel comfortable in what you are wearing and where you are meeting so chose a location that suits your clothing or wear clothing to suit the location. You would have hated to wear your best dress for that new restaurant only to end up at his mate’s place.  Wear something that you feel comfortable in on a first date, trying too hard to get it right in simply getting it all wrong.

Avoid a red face by using corrective powder conceal to avoid any redness or rashes. This is either foundation or powder that acts to conceal any redness in your skin.

Don’t cover yourself in jewellery aside from the fact that instead of looking rich you could look cheap; you may also have your date thinking that they can’t afford you.

Have a snack before you go out or you could get caught up chatting and before you know it, your stomach will be joining in the conservation.

Be true to yourself the first impression you make will hopefully be a good one. Ensure that you present yourself in a manner that is true to you. If you do anything else it is near impossible to keep it up for long.

Find out where you are going beforehand on a first date find so that you can dress appropriately. Wear clothing in medium tones these colors are the easiest on the eyes and are also considered the friendliest. No matter how you feel your date will only notice how easy on the eyes you are.

Never try a new perfume on a first date it could react badly with your skin and not be as pleasant after an hour or so. Keep your fragrances subtle you never knew there may be some nuzzling later and your date won’t want a mouth full of your cologne

Going heavy on the smiles and eye contact are more appealing than exposing lots of thigh and cleavage no matter what the boys might say…

A warm and friendly personality is a great start .But if this doesn’t win your date over tells them you are close friends with someone famous and fabulous and then dump him and look for someone who does like your personality.

Be confident in your appearance, if you start by asking if you look all right your date might think you are fishing for complements and are completely selfobsessed.
Always have enough money in your purse for a cab home.

No matter how nervous you are don’t cross your arms.  It is a defensive sign and you may give the impression you dislike the person.

Your shoes must be clean polished and unstuffed being aware of the small details will show you to be a person who takes notice and get things done. Have a rubber sole added to new leather soled shoes in this case I am referring to a toppy sole it extends the life of your shoes and keeps you from slipping on highly polished floors and smooth carpets.

Make sure your feet are sandal worthy if sandals are appropriate to wear ensure your feet are well presented. Your toenails should be manicured and polished and your heels should be smooth. Chapped cracked heels and chipped nail polish will downgrade even the most elegantly presented woman.

The same goes for hands, well groomed fingernails are just as important as your toenails. Once again they should be manicured buffed or polished. Freckles on the arms will mean saying no to sleeveless outfits. So settle for the next best choice. Transparent net, organdie or organza sleeve. Take a cue from Madhuri Dixit old movie Dil to pagal hai. Madhuri wears fitted transparent terryvoile kurtas with solid bodice and churidars underneath, subtly revealing the middle and the arms.

Handkerchief perfume, fresheners and exotic perfumes are also effective in diverting attention from these figure faults.

Prasantt Ghosh
+91 9706001220


HATS OFF Girls –prasantt ghosh

Its bright sunny weather and you do not want to miss going to the race ground or picnic, a picture hat should sit firmly on your head, these hats are not designed to sit on the back of your head like schoolgirl hats. If you can’t see then your brim is too wide.

Hats should stay on your head and make sure your hat fits and will stay on even if it is too windy weather. A black hat will make a lined face look older. The colour of the brim will reflect on your face so choose a complementary colour for your skin tone. Choose a hat to suit you face shape if you have a small framed face a small to medium sized hat will suit you best. Make a big hat fit your small head, a hat that is slightly too big can be made to fit with adhesive hat inserts. These act like heel grips only thicker and give your hat a better fit. Match your hat to your shoes and handbag to complete your race look coordinate your hat shoes and handbag with your outfit.

Short women will be most comfortable in upturned brims if you are short and your hat prevents you from making eye contact when talking then you could be in trouble. It is a very long day to be standing there with your neck arched back to engage in a conversation.

Avoid huge brims if you are going to be standing in a crowd. If you are not tall enough to look over the crowd your hat and your temper will be crushed by the end of the day. Make the most of decorations fascinators and flowers look best when worn off centre. Something perched square on the top of your head will simply look like it has landed there. Wear these items slightly off centre on your head. Make sure your hat style matches your outfit style. A traditional suit worn at the races looks best with a traditional hat.

To avoid hat hair, put the top layer of your hair up and loosely twirl it into a top knot and put under your hat. At the end of the day when you take your hat off this section of your hair will fall down and although it will be wavy it will not have been flattened by your hat.                  

Don’t wear new shoes to the races unless you have hard feet or you will end up carrying them in your hand by the end of the day. If you must wear new shoes start wearing them before the day to soften them up.

Only carry what you need, it is pointless to stuff your handbag with everyday nonessential items. It makes your bag look bulky and you will need that space for your winnings. Things can get tight be prepared for everything too feels a little lighter by the end of a hot day in the sun. If you plan a full day at the races wear something that won’t cut you in two before the end of the last race.


It has been through time immemorial that we have seen the evolution of textiles. The wheel of time rolled by as did the spinning wheel of Gandhi - little did he know the dichotomous interpretations it invoked when he said in 1920 in Young India, "I present the spinning wheel on which depends India's economic salvation". Many types of fibre, over the years, have been used for weaving fabrics like cotton, linen, wool and silk and even today, the most important natural fibres are used for this purpose. Fibre must possess certain qualities to help man to weave it – it should be flexible, long, strong, elastic and it should fold properly when made into cloth. Khadi spells comfort and its USP is that it is porous, cool and absorbent when worn in the scorching summer. India has emerged as a major player in the fashion industry on the global map. It has its own Hemant Trivedi, Ritu Kumar, Ravi Bajaj, Satya Paul, Sunit Varma, J.J.Valaya, Ritu Beri, Rohit Bal, Jatin Kotcher to compete with the international names like Donna Karan, Giorgio Armani, Coco Channel and Zoran.Gianni Versace, the renowned designer also drew inspiration from Indian ethnic designs. India traditionally posseses a variety of styles, myriad ways of dressing and unique craftsmen capable of churning out unimaginablewares.

While it is the mainstay fabric of India, it’s also a 21st century fabric.
Khadi is one of the most versatile of fabrics. It is comfortable to wear in a climate such as ours. Since casual chic is now becoming the mood, if embellished properly, khadi can make a statement of its own, even as part of a wedding trousseau. Khadi takes to contours easily. When used for contemporary ensembles , it can give a modern look make women feel smart and confident.

Khadi is a handspun and handwoven fabric made in India out of natural fibres like cotton, silk and wool. It may be a mix of any two or all yarns. Given Indian climatic conditions, this fabric is very comfortable to wear. It breathes….Air can pass through easily…  During the freedom movement, one of the most successful programmes was the boycott of foreign good cloth.  Charkhas’ were popularized on a wide scale and khadi became the uniform of the national movement. Post independent India, khadi has been much used.

      Today many Indian designers are using the traditional weaves and patterns of this cloth and look upon khadi as the jewel of all fabrics. In every household of India and international consciousness of looking at environmental friendly fabrics, the khadi trend is slowing taking over from home linen to fashion accessiories to carpets and shawls. It is beautifully woven khadis ranging from the beautiful shawls of Kashmir to the dhakis from West Bengal ‘Pochampalli’of the south, ‘chikankari’ from lucknow, ‘Patola’ from Gujrat, ‘lehenga, from Rajasthan tell a story. The emotional impact of weavers and spinners brings about an interesting aspect of the textile history of India.

This handmade, eco-friendly product today co-exists with modern spinning and weaving Mills and has the potential to make a place for itself in the international textile scene.

Khadi is all about the potential of natures energies, and how the dynamics of our finger movements can enable the mind and the spirit that  create with nature.

Khadi is a natural fabric and unique because it is made with hand spun yarns, whether they are silk, wool or cotton. Due to the nature of the hand process , the fabrics woven from these yarns have an uneven appearance, which gives them their individuality .

The rustic, no-machine look of the fabric is both sophisticated and bohemian and is associated with the intelligentsia and the freedom movement in India. This is the reason it is popular.

Khadi as a fabric needs to be presented in a better manner. By mixing it with synthetic Yarns ,its look can be varied and it can become more user-friendly. Styling changes and an image change is certainly going to increase its popularity  The collections have been both varied in style and embellishment, bhagalpur khadi silks and a variety of handloom weaves, including the finest in the 300-500 count cotton khadi, the fabric of which can actually be passed through a ring.

Whenever I design and use khadi as my fabric, I have kept both the style and the intrinsic properties of the fabric in mind varied weights and counts produce richness in khadi. The treatment of this textural richness is the core of my collection, which relies on the minimal look and aesthetics of handmade fabrics. I have essentially used two types of  Khadi.

A second line is made of various weaves in a softer, lighter quality of natured coloured khadi. The variation of the weave is what highlights the simple essemble .The Metallic additions to the tunic are intended to capture the look of gold and silver embellishments once seen on royal costumes of the erstwhile princely states of India

Khadi is for all seasons…Epitomosing a cool , casual look till a few years ago, khadi has become the centre of attraction even in marriages and parties. Sporting an invidualistic look, it has a distinct character and is a versatile fabric which speaks for itself. Fashion is a statement of our life-style encompassing all age groups and segments of the society .It transcends economic barriers and touches the poor and the rich alike. Fashion is simply what is preferred and is in vogue. Clothing is subject to scrutiny and comes in the folds of fashion first.

 Clothing today, is a statement of our economic abilities, tastes and preferences hence the personality. Human ingenuity and individual creativity has lead to many revolutionary changes in the way we dress .The early application of classic blue jeans the rage was aimed at the California Gold Rush Miners over a century ago. However, now we have designer jeans.

In fashion designing the color, weave design and texture of the fabric plays a very important role. The cut and the construction, the trimming, and the accessories, the buttons and the zippers-all play significant roles in the creation of the final allurement in the outfit. Attractiveness and appropriateness of the colors, the fibres and the finish contributes equally to the success of a collection designed for a specific season.

Future planning period, of fashion trends, has shrunk from earlier 18 months to 4-6 months ahead. Trend forecasting has become more specific not only in terms of seasonal trends but also regional and consumer -segment specific. In India also we have progressed to forecasting trends even for segments such as Knitswear, Jeanswear etc., encompassing all fibres, groups and applications. Marketing is a total system of business activities designed to plan, price, promote and distribute bond satisfying goods and services to present the political consumers,. The total process of marketing is now beginning to be pledge to the products and services of the fashion industries the result is called fashion marketing. Fashion merchandising prefers to the planning require having the right fashion oriented merchandise in the right quantities at the right prices and with the right sales promotion.

Last decade has seen major developments towards mobilising the industry. The Indian government established the National Institute of Designing at Ahmedabad (NID) and a National Institute at Delhi for fashion technology (NIFT) which in the last 10 years has branched out to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta and Hyderabad. In the private sector Pearl Academy at Delhi and Indian Institute of fashion Technology(IIFT), Sophia, Mumbai are also contributing considerably.

Indian consumers have become as demanding as their western counterparts when it comes to quality. The industry needs to shift the production lines according to demand rather than supply.

The designers, fashion forecasters, trade show organizers, fashion publications, fashion institutes, the textile or garment industries, all need to come together to create a meaningful global fashion movement in India. We can and we will attain global acclaim.

The rustic, no machine look of the fabric is both sophisticated and bohemian. The rich Khadi silk dress materials that were available in limited and basic colours have gone vibrant and are sold in every conceivable colour. Ensembles printed, embroidered  with or without beads and mirrorwork , or khadi silk added with precious stones and jewellery
Have  made khadi a very good material in itself for designing. It adds to its very ‘’pleasing to the eye texture’’.

Sherwanis, kurtas, short kurtis, pants with zardosi, beads work, thread work in mukta khadi are fit for winter while brides can wear khadi silk woven saris also for the same season ,. Khadi has colours that suit the Indian complexion and the best part it is that it can be worn ten months of the year without being called out of fashion.

Varieties available in khadi now are tussar silk saries, khadi silk dress material,Dhotis , kurtas, coats, wraparounds and trousers. The in thing today is khadi for weddings and ceremonies symbolizing the atmosphere of richness and gaiety.

This outfit is in mukta khadi with embellished embroidery. The borders are ivory colored and the entire theme is ‘love’.
The true potential of khadi has still not been tapped, both from the industry as well as the commercial angle. There’s much to be explored… because khadi by itself is a very unique product.

Being handwoven and handspun the length that you get in one go is between 12 to 16 yards. And even in this one length, the texture of the fabric varies.  At some places you find the fabric woven very loosely and at others, it,s very tight. The result no two garments out of khadi fabric will have the same weave no two garments are similar, this is its unique quality.

Khadi is 100 per cent eco - friendly. It is warm in winters and cool in summers. However, we need to explore more avenues for this fabric. Traditional khadi costume continues , but innovations are required keeping market trends in mind.  Khadi wears off after a season or two if blended with lycra, colours would last longer and the life of the fabric would also increase.

As a great option for summer weddings, khadi mulmul should be considered even without embellishments, because the fabric in itself feels luxurious and rich. Somehow we carry the impression that  khadi is cheap. However, fine varieties such as mulmul are more expensive than a lot of other fabrics and have limited produce per year. If you want more, you specially order for more. Then again people have another mental block…why spend so much on khadi.

It is all about how you style the fabric…that makes the difference. You can use it for casual or formal wear, during pregnancy and even yoga…or just about any circumstances.

Khadi silk lungi pant with wool yarn stitch work.Khadi spells comfort and its USP is that it is porous, cool and absorbent when worn in the scorching summer. While it is the mainstay  fabric of India.

This season I have developed a new look khadi with shot effect and slubs on it. The Collection consists of a range of elegant ensembles stylized in a contemporary manner.

Khadi is one of the most versatile of fabrics. It is comfortable to wear in a climate such as ours. Since casual chic is now becoming the mood, if embellished properly, khadi can make a statement of its own, even as part of a wedding trousseau. Khadi takes to contours easily. When used for contemporary ensembles , it can give a modern look make women feel smart and confident.

Khadi  skirt with gold khadi print and appliqué border worn with a chinkari blouse and thick khadi jacket embellished with zardosi.

Khadi is a broad outline there are innumerable fabrics under this umbrella. In its raw , natural state, it is a starched fabric, beige in colour and crisp. We stereotype it as meant for men’s kurtas. However, its possibilities are enormous and we have used very different types of khadi in our collections.

Khadi works well both from a designer’s as well as from a commercial perspective. It sells well because people find it different. We have a lot of NRI’s and foreigners using khadi other than Indians. Our khadi outfits have a traditional outlook but are cut to suit the comfort of western wear. For, instance, we put together different crafts of different areas in India and then sell in a London. Our khadi jackets are very popular in Italy too. The natural look of khadi goes well with the contemporary look.

The look is modern and multi folk. Khadi, which draped the humble freedom fighters in the days of yore, is today flaunted by the coolcats making fashion statements. All the way used by politicians to invoke the radically idealistic image it symbolised (by default), it took a handful of designers to bring it out of the downmarket rut. It has become the darling fabric of some designers who swear by Khadi and others use it of and on.

Apart from the designer innovations in Khadi which sometimes cost a fortune their is the KHADI & VILLAGE INDUSTRIES COMMISSION a statutory body under the Ministry of Industry, Government of India which promotes Khadi. The commission which was created by an act of Parliament has opened several outlets all over the country to sell sewn & complete to raw and semi-finished textile materials of Khadi along with some other small and cottage industries wares

The fall and behavior of this natural fabric is unique and offers multitude possibilities of creative expression. It responds very effectively as a base to different textures, printing techniques, embroideries, embellishments and colours from orange, maroon and black to pinks and blues you name it. All value additions done on it stand out. Each season we should use khadi as it is an evergreen fabric.

Prasantt Ghosh
+91 9706001220



No wardrobe  is complete without a white shirt or make that two white shirts. One should be formal. Preferably a good quality branded shirt for those important meetings. The colour is safe as it syncs with most dark suits and ties. Moreover this colour means business. The other can be casual. Cool cottons are a good bet. Something that goes with your blue jeans to form that classic casual wear.

The trend of wearing two shirts a tight one on top of the  another contrasting tighter and smaller is hot these days. Whether you’re going to work, polo pique t-shirts get you into that perfect summer mood. Rash berry, turquoise, gray and orange there’ no limit to the range of shades of polo tees. There is also a wide array of patterns and colours adorning t-shirts from stripes to checks. You can wear a polo –t with or with out a round neck t-shirt underneath which will show under the colour. V-necks are also popular t-shirts only now they are fitting with a higher v rather than a low big one. Pastel cotton poplin button down shirts are popular as are patterns such as checks and windowpane

Since clothes look more tailored this season what with straight leg and simple slacks rather than baggy fitting or pleated pants get a leg up and find a pair of pants in camel, gray, navy or black to wear for work and play. Don’t be surprised to find linen blended into pants either. Cropped pants are still in style this summer. Only they’re not as ¾ length as the capris just shorter than a standard pair of pants. With the right shoes these can look great just make sure to pair them with the right top. Also these may not be appropriate for work so check with your manager. Denim is still popular as it was last summer and fall so doesn’t get rid of those blues yet, you’ll find that denim is big in the form of pants, shirts and jackets. And its dirty denim to you since the faded labour look denim is still popular. You’ll even find linen creeping its way into denim blended in with the cotton and making it more summery.

Summertime always calls for those extra measures to beat the heat, stay upbeat and enjoy it all while at it. Dressing up to counter those hot weather mood swings on one of the most common and obvious route that fashion enthusiasts

Finally, considering the social and cultural restraints, one finds that in between way out. Hence, the peak summer witnesses a standard dress code with a variable quotient as per execution. The average youngster or young at heart holidayed, or in fact probably none of the above, has a preferred and sure choice of the t shirt, stating the mood, the look and the individuality; a tag on the backside reflecting status quo [labeled affair, in the category of shorts, minis, micro minis, jeans, flares or simply trousers] for impact; and their natural or unnatural ‘talisman’

Though t- shirts have been one of the earliest western fads that took over the whole world, personalized t-shirts worn as a statement or an expression of a mood, an attitude, a sentiment or a personality, initially a few in a vast array of t-shirt wear and now an organized grid of specially made to cater to the rising demands has become the fashion norm. T-shirts in fact are now more a style of life than already a garment. There is indeed no alternative to the comfort and ‘look cool character of these essentials in one’s wardrobe so popular in the garment that it is increasingly being used by many a corporate and multi nationals as a vehicle of publicity too.

Despite the very common existence of it, t-shirts have never ceased to be fun , courtesy those who think of innovative ways of playing around  with the basic , concept of the garment and in marketing  it as well With their in house facility of instant ‘create and print within with pictures, logos, text special messages and slogans. In fact one can simply walk in and unleash one’s own creativity into the instant printing and behold you have a piece dipped in your own creative juices and one that is sure to invite comments in good spirit.

This freedom of choice and the specific emphasis to slogans, colours and prints for every age also serves as the USP and the real crowd puller. I have seen kids, collegiate and folks up to 60 yrs of age come looking for t-shirts for various occasions and activities.

The face printing concept is a rage with children, while there are specialized t-shirts for golfers, sports lovers, birthdays, mothers’ day , father’s day, valentine’s day , seasonal themes and more. Earlier, one said it with flowers and mishy cards, now one says it with personalized t-shirts. This summer the ‘blues power’ remains the ruling theme with the t-shirt shop. They being personalized t-shirts and mainly serving the purpose of a personal gift, each piece caters to an individual and therefore we are not into production or stocking of large quantities.

According to me, slogan and instant print t-shirts became a rising fad five years back, so much so, that every season they have a heavy on flow of NIFT students coming in to have their own designs printed to probably satisfy part of their creative urge as much to make a statement and lend a dimension to their identity as creative design students. Well, slogans or none, printed or not t-shirts, stripes, plain, multi coloured, collared, round ribbed have always been there, so the brands went further and gave t-shirts some more dimensions sleeveless fitted, short and tight open and buttoned in front.