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JATIN KAMPANI The photographer captures our cover girl, Diana Penty, channelling an easy, laidback summer vibe in Big Break, page 96. The challenges he faced on set: “We took a huge studio backdrop outside and were trying to capture a single shaft of natural light on it. It was so windy, my assistants almost went paragliding holding it in place!” @JATINKAMPANI

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The stylist puts together clean, minimal looks to balance the outrageous hairstyles in Hot Mess, page 122. Here’s how he escapes bad hair days: “My hair gets dry so I use the Kérastase Elixir Ultime to keep it nourished. Hence, zero bad hair days!” @PRAYAGM_V

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This season, Breton stripes mixed with monochromes took over the runway. Make the stripes even more French—add a tweed blazer, throw in some Chanel, tuck a baguette under your arm and finish off the look with finger-combed hair. Or keep it chic in lines of red, white and blue.

Cotton dress, ` 6,500, Dhruv Kapoor

Cotton dress, ` 65,610, Comme Des Garçons Girl at Net-a-porter.com

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Acetate and pearl sunglasses, ` 66,609, Chanel

ELLE INSIDER How to fake it like a French It girl? We give you the cheat sheet on ELLE.in/Parischic

Cotton skirt, ` 24,770, Acne Studios at Matchesfashion.com

Photograph: Dan Beleiu; Inputs from Devika Wahal

Channel the classic French look

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Gold-plated, enamel and acrylic bracelet, ` 24,442 at Erickson Beamon at Net-a-porter.com

Cotton shirt, ` 2,800, Chique Clothing at Perniaspopupshop.com

Viscose and elastane dress, ` 79,622, Stella McCartney

Crochet trousers, ` 75,018, Missoni at Mytheresa.com

Chiffon maxi dress, ` 2,999, H&M

Lush colours, raffia textures and relaxed silhouettes on the summer runways were a nod to Cuban culture. Look to Stella McCartney’s body-hugging floral number for a garden party with your favourite girls or wear the multicoloured crochet dress by Zara over your bikini before heading out to the beach.

Cotton crochet dress, ` 2,490, Zara

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Rope sandals, ` 26,560, Isabel Marant at Matchesfashion.com

Photograph: Ben Morris; Inputs from Devika Wahal

Shake a leg or two with Cuban accents

Silk skirt, ` 33,691, Proenza Schouler

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Hola Havana

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Italian jersey swimsuit, ` 15,000, Shivan & Narresh

Lycra swimsuit, ` 20,336, Acne Studios

Just one

Elastane and polyamide swimsuit, ` 10,645, L’Agent by Agent Provocateur

Nylon swimsuit, ` 1,999, Voluptina at Jabong.com

Cover up in

solid maillots

Nylon and elastane swimsuit, ` 1,790, Zara

Lycra swimsut, ` 5,843, Filthy HAANZ

Polyamide and elastane monokini, ` 22,149, Moeva London

If you’re old-school, your swimwear spirit animal is definitely the maillot. Clean-cut one-pieces offer extra comfort and coverage. From understated nudes to cool blues and punchy brights, stock up on swimsuits in every colour of the rainbow.

Polyamide and elastane maillot, ` 2,699, H&M

Polyamide and elastane swimsuit, ` 19,382, Melissa Odabash

Lycra swimsuit, price on request, Hermès

Lycra swimsuit,

` 21,811, Marysia at

Matchesfashion.com

Polyamide and elastane maillot, ` 4,855, 8 at Yoox.com

Straw hat with sequinned bow,

` 12,540, Federica Moretti at

Luisaviaroma.com

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Straw hat with ribbon, ` 1,990, Mango

Straw hat,

` 1,991, Asos.com

Straw hat, ` 38,085, Maison Michel at Stylebop.com

Inputs from Veronna Parikh

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Lycra swimsuit, ` 10,645, L’Agent by Agent Provocateur Printed Lycra bikini set,

Lycra crop top, ` 3,603, bikini bottom, ` 2,832; both Gypsea

` 3,499, Tommy Hilfiger

Lycra swimsuit,

` 3,499, Marks

& Spencer

Spandex swimsuit, ` 5,550, Turquoise & Gold

SHIVAN & NARRESH

Lycra bikini set, ` 7,462, Kiini Swimwear

Jungle book

Spandex monokini, ` 3,590, Next at Jabong.com

Hit the beach in statement-making

After months of dreaming about waves lapping against our feet, salty air and a sunkissed tan, swim season is finally here! Go island-appropriate with leafy patterns and vivid florals. Bare all in Proenza Schouler’s string bikini or pick Turquoise & Gold for more coverage.

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Photographs: Imaxtree.com/Alessandro Lucioni, Gulshan Sachdeva (Runway); Inputs from Veronna Parikh

tropical prints

Suede tie-up sandals, ` 2,813, Accessorize

Polyamide and elastane bikini set, ` 22,564, Proenza Schouler at Mytheresa.com

PAIR WITH Leather flatforms, ` 37,396, Chloé at Stylebop.com

ELLE PICKS Want a foolproof summer wardrobe? Get in on

tropical prints. Find the best on ELLE.in/tropicfever

Fringed suede sandals,

` 35,820, Aquazzura

Leather lace-up sandals, ` 2,930, H&M

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Nylon swimsuit, ` 15,555, Duskii at Net-a-porter.com

Polyamide and elastane swimsuit, ` 29,935, Flagpole Swim

Nylon and elastane jacket, ` 6,500, polyester bikini bottom, ` 1,495; both Roxy

Surf ’s up Swimsuits get the ultimate sportyluxe makeover Wet suits have never looked more fashionable. Try the colour-blocked versions by Triangl and Duskii. It is completely acceptable to have your sports bra double as swimwear, paired with boyish bottoms. A pair of mirrored sunnies will complete the look.

Neoprene bikini set, ` 5,920, Triangl

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Metal aviators,

` 1,500, Stylefiesta.com

Metal and plastic sunnies, ` 2,100, Blurstore.com

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Acetate sunnies,

` 2,793, Quay Australia

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MICHAEL KORS COLLECTION

Polyamide and elastane maillot, ` 14,859, Swim with Mi at Stylebop.com

Polyamide and elastane swimsuit, ` 17,067, Melissa Odabash

Metal aviators,

` 17,900, Givenchy

Neoprene surf suit, ` 21,686, Mikoh

Photographs: Imaxtree.com/Alessandro Lucioni (Runway); Inputs from Veronna Parikh

Nylon and elastane bikini top, ` 1,549, bikini bottom, ` 1,162; both Riverisland.com

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Trying to find a bag that’s just the right size? Look no further than Bottega Veneta’s Maxi tote. Handwoven leather panels are imprinted with coloured squares, creating a geometric pattern. With its summery nautical vibe and roomy size, this bag will tide you over those tough days.

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Denim shorts ` 699, Max

Denim jeans, ` 2,599, Pepe Jeans

Switch up your denim style by trading your deep indigos for colourless jeans. Eggshell shades look especially great on trucker jackets and short shorts. And for the love of Jeetendra, dare to wear white on white on white (tee + jeans + sneakers).

Stay cool with whites this summer, like

Break out your tennis whites on the fashion field. The non-colour brightens up in sporty avatars, whether it’s a roomy backpack, basic sweatshirt or classic kicks.

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Denim jacket,

` 4,999, Levi’s

SO FRESH

Lace and crêpe dress, ` 8,535, Pixiemarket.com

Crêpe mini dress, ` 4,590, Mango

Georgette maxi dress, ` 9,170, Asos.com

ANOMALY

Cotton-khadi dress, ` 3,500, Runaway Bicycle. Patent leather wedges, ` 2,890, Zara. Metal pendant, ` 4,800, Eina Ahluwalia

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WHITE WALKERS DIOR

Leather platforms, ` 6,665, Nastygal.com

Leather lace-up pumps,

` 4,400, Forever New

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Leather pumps, ` 2,290, Zara

Rule of thumb for fancy summer evenings: LWDs. You might have to wade through Coachella castoffs for the perfect boho dress, but maxi, off-shoulder or tiny — find your fit and wear it with braids, lace-up flats and fanny packs.

Finding the perfect pair of ivory heels is as tough as swiping right on Tinder. Is it too bridal? Too stark? Too ’80s? The tricky is to pick a chalky shade, with a chunky heel. Or spice things up with a sexy tie-up.

Imaxtree.com/Vincenzo Grillo (Street style), Alessandro Lucioni (Runway); Manasi Sawant (Nidhi Jacob)

If you’re a stickler for cottons that look better crushed, and slinky silks in all tones of white, then look no further. Runaway Bicycle’s oversized khadi dresses, Anomaly’s minimalistic uniform styles and Nicobar’s comfy Indian hybrids will make you swear off colour... and bodycon.

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Get your French basics right as Longchamp launches in India From creating luxury leathercovered pipes (they were the first!) to simplifying women’s handbags with foldable nylon, Longchamp’s legacy is filled with smart design choices and a deeply French aesthetic. Jean Cassegrain built the foundation of Longchamp on his family’s tobacco business and slowly moved into small leather goods like cardholders before venturing into handbags in 1971.

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In tune with summer’s love for colour, the ‘Penelope’ gets coated in a brick red and a sandy hue. For more pop, take a peek at the ‘Penelope Fantaisie—wearing the Yves Klein blue and stark black piping inspired by Daniel Buren’s linear artwork.

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NO EXCESS BAGGAGE ‘Le Pliage’—the leather and nylon, super lightweight foldable bag—may be the brand’s claim to fame, but there are plenty of other tote-worthy styles. Like the ‘Roseau Reversible’, which comes in a handy size and in combinations of neutrals with brights that you can switch according to your day. Or the ‘Gatsby’, an androgynous satchel inspired by one of American literature’s most fascinating millionaires. But the best one of the lot? The oh-so-chic ‘Penelope’. Longchamp launches at DLF Emporio, New Delhi, this month

— NIDHI JACOB

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Cotton top, Vero Moda. Neoprene trousers, Hemant & Nandita. Leather pumps, Christian Louboutin. Metal watch, Raymond Weil

NATASCHA CHADHA CO-FOUNDER & COMMUNITY DIRECTOR, MINISTRY OF NEW Silk top, lamé skirt; both Zara. Suede tie-ups, Steve Madden. Metal earrings, Gas. Metal watch, Michael Kors

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Silk top, pants; both Payal Khandwala. Leather heels, metal earrings; both thrifted. Metal ring, Zigt

MARLIES BLOEMENDAAL FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, MINISTRY OF NEW

Photographs: Manasi Sawant; Styling: Veronna Parikh; Make-up and Hair: Saher Ahmed; Assisted by Divya Gursahani

MARISSA BRONFMAN FOUNDER & CEO, MOXIE MEDIA & BOWL BAR


Jersey dress, Zara. Suede sandals, Steve Madden. Leather bag, Accesorize. Metal earrings, Misho by Suhani Parekh. Metal watch, Guess

Silk top, thrifted. Cotton and mesh skirt, Armani Jeans. Leather pumps, Christian Louboutin. Jelly tote, Furla. Metal earrings, Tad Accessories at Minerali. Metal cuff, Amrapali

AVNI TALSANIA MARKETING EXECUTIVE, MINISTRY OF NEW

LEKHA WASHINGTON ACTOR & ARTIST

MOINA OBEROI WELLNESS CHEF & FOUNDER, MO’S SUPERFOODS

RADHIKA RAJ PHOTOGRAPHER

Chiffon top, United Colors of Benetton. Denim jeans, thrifted. Cotton jacket, Boohoo at Koovs.com. Leather block heels, Charles & Keith. Metal earrings, thrifted. Metal cuffs, Minerali. Metal cuff, Amrapali. Metal watch, Kate Spade

Cotton top, H&M. Cotton trousers, Zara. Leather sandals, Charles & Keith. Leather sling, Accessorize

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with iconic films and film stars is a success story that starts with Sotirio Bulgari,  the Greek silversmith who came to Italy and opened his first store in Rome in 1884. Thanks to his vision, which challenged stylistic boundaries, and his sharp entrepreneurial instinct, he knew how to cater to the international clientele coming to Rome perfectly with products ranging from personal adornments in Neo-Hellenistic style to high jewellery in platinum and diamonds, thus paving the way to the stellar growth of the maison. As such,  in the early ’30s Bulgari was already renowned as a creator of jewellery masterpieces for a prestigious clientele made of actors, jet-setters, industrialists and magnates. Subsequently, during the flourishing Dolce Vita years of the ’50s and ’60s, Bulgari definitively came to the attention of the world elite, helped by the bustling Italian economy and by the fact that the American film industry had started to produce movies and expensive epics in Rome, then dubbed ‘Hollywood on the Tiber’.

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all others in the film Never So Few (1959) with Gina Lollobrigida— she wears a pure silk dress adorned with a splendid ’50s-style parure set with turquoise and diamonds while dancing cheek-to-cheek with Frank Sinatra.  Jessica Lange appeared in all her splendour in King Kong (1976) wearing a gold chain and bracelet completely covered with diamonds. In 1995, Sharon Stone

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plays the wife of Robert De Niro in Casino, set in 1970s Las Vegas, where he gives her a suitcase full of jewels and watches. In her extraordinary interpretation of Eva Perón in 1995, Madonna wore a diamond en tremblant pin dating from 1957.  Pierce Brosnan gives a splendid diamond necklace to Rene Russo during dinner in the The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). These are just a few examples. But the most unforgettable patron and star of the maison is Elizabeth Taylor.

ELLE: Tell us more about Elizabeth Taylor and her relationship with the maison. LB: Taylor stated that “undeniably

one of the biggest advantages to filming Cleopatra in Rome was Bulgari’s shop.” She used to even wear her own Bulgari jewels on screen—an emerald and diamond  brooch Richard Burton gave her in 1962 as an engagement gift was immortalised in The V.I.Ps (1963). In 1968, while working on the set in Sardinia for the film Boom!, Taylor always wore her private collection of jewels. The bold and sumptuous style of Bulgari perfectly  matched her tastes and since 1962, when the actress settled in Rome to film Cleopatra, the affinity became a lifelong, intense relationship with the brand. This predilection was encouraged by her love affair with Richard Burton; started on the film set and sealed with magnificent Bulgari jewels. Legend has it that after filming their

first scene together they instantly fell in love, despite the fact that they were both married. Their love affair spread like wildfire throughout the international press and the Bulgari Via Condotti store was one of the favourite hideouts of the couple in Rome. Till today, one of the most cherished areas in the Condotti store is the “salottino Taylor” where the famous actress used to spend time. A secret mirror concealed behind a sliding wooden panel in the wall was exclusively devoted to the visits of the actress. The couple could access this room via a door leading to a secluded courtyard, thus eluding all the paparazzi usually lined on the opposite side of  Via Condotti. Burton quickly learned about her fascination with jewels and took every opportunity to present her with a fabulous new Bulgari piece—he used to say, “The only word Liz knows in Italian is Bulgari.” Finally, as a token of her role of a lifetime as Queen of the Nile, Taylor bought a Bulgari snake bracelet-watch, created especially for her by the maison.

ELLE: Besides Elizabeth Taylor, are there other stars that Bulgari had close associations with? LB: During the shooting of Roman

Holiday in 1953, Audrey Hepburn frequently visited the Bulgari store on Via Condotti to buy precious objects, including compacts, evening bags, cigarette cases and a solid gold pin. Gina Lollobrigida and Anna Magnani used to frequently buy Bulgari jewels for themselves: Anna Magnani favoured rubies and diamonds worn in a very creative, nonchalant way, often piling bracelets together or wearing a showy Trombino ring on the little finger. As Gina Lollobrigida, who in the ’50s was voted ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’, once said, “I love sculpting and in my eyes Bulgari works the stones like an artist or

sculptor, revealing all their innate beauty and radiance.”

ELLE: Tell us about the signature vintage pieces. How do you go about procuring them? LB: The Heritage collection consists

of around 700 unique pieces, including jewels, watches and accessories that have been created over the decades. This exceptional selection is supported by a wealth of over 60,000 documents, vintage photographs and sketches—the supreme skill and care of these

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hand drawings make them works of art in themselves. It is the result of devoted research and archival work, with many items purchased from auctions and private collections over more than 20 years. In this sense, a key activity of the Bulgari brand heritage department is the unceasing tracking of their jewels made in the past, starting from the sketches collected in the maison’s archives. For many drawings, in fact, there is no certainty that the jewel was actually crafted and sold. Such a detective-like activity implies years of effort, exploration and networking.

BVLGARI JEWEL CAMEOS IN FILM INGRID BERGMAN IN THE VISIT (1963)

AUDREY HEPBURN IN BLOODLINE (1979)

SHARON STONE IN CASINO (1995)

PAULA PATTON IN MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL (2011)

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he unanimous thought at LFW? Big and easy. Shows after shows had billowing frocks and smocks in breathable fabrics. Think tent-like maxis and stripes at Sohaya, Maku and Rara Avis by Sonal Verma, uniform monochrome at Injiri and Asa, silken drapes at P.e.l.l.a and Swati Kalsi. Bold patterns switched things up at Aish and Amrich while Dhruv Kapoor added gloss to volume with spots of sequins. If you had bodycon on your mind, forget about it. Cool, cotton anti-fits were clearly all the designers could think about.

Shivaji Juvekar (Runway)

Easy silhouettes, offthe-ramp style, dark presentations and posh pyjamas—Nidhi Jacob gives the lowdown on Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2016

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Clichés, like florals for summer, are there for a reason—because look, so pretty! Bold blooms were spotted at Masaba, Rohit Bal and Sahil Kochhar. Flower motifs freshened up denim at Monisha Jaising while Garo went in for a mash-up of bouquets. Shriya Som, Rahul Mishra, Payal Singhal and Manish Malhotra kept it fail-safe with delicate, feminine blossoms.

RAHUL MISHRA

ROHIT BAL

LITTLE SHILPA

PAYAL SINGHAL

RISHTA BY ARJUN SALUJA

SHRIYA SOM

Rejecting the idea of a traditional runway, designers opted to express themselves through ambient presentations. Arjun Saluja and 11.11/eleven eleven dabbled with performance art; the latter used spoken word and the art of dress-up while the former put forth a discomfiting form of rebellion against the concrete jungle. Pinakin’s debut show was set against a hazy lawn, Anand Kabra used a grey parking lot to juxtapose his embroidered numbers, Little Shilpa created an outdoor party filled with mad hatters and My Little Ponyinspired cuties, and Wendell Rodricks turned models into installations, allowing us time to admire his fine lines.

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ANAND KABRA

IN THE MOOD

WENDELL RODRICKS

GARDEN VARIETY

PINAKIN

MANISH MALHOTRA

ANITA DONGRE

AJIO

SUNNY LEONE

MASABA

STREET SMART Chic saris, Monday-ready monochrome and print-heavy separates made up Ajio.com’s (Reliance Industries Ltd’s new fashion site) launch collection. High street with a statement seems to be their motto as the show featured strong icons—Sunny Leone, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, Helen, Bharti Singh and Suman Sharma—as their muses, championing a powerful message of #Doubtisout.

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Pyjamas you can wear outside your bedroom? We’ve been fans of the concept for a while. At LFW this season, we have quite the selection to pick from— florals at Nishka Lulla, slinky stripes at Three and serious cuteness at Aiman.

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NISHKA LULLA

SCHEREZADE SHROFF, VLOGGER

KARUNA LAUNGANI, DESIGNER

QUIRKBOX

SLEEP WALK

DAYA N A ERAPPA, MODEL

JUHI GODAMBE, BLOGGER

SIDHARTHA BANSAL

AIMAN

CHANDNI SAREEN, STYLIST

Stylists, models and bloggers working their best looks outside the shows

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Shivaji Juvekar (Runway); Manasi Sawant (Street style)

DEEPA GURNANI

ANTARA MOTIWALA

DEEPA GURNANI

TANYA GHAVRI

AMIT AGGARWAL

GLOW WORM Where there was drama, there was light. Elektrocouture’s electronic accessories (their first time in India) that change according to moods beamed through blackness and included a showstopping glow-in-the-dark ballerina. Amit Aggarwal's futuristic, neon-tinged couture was also lit up! Nikhil Thampi made frames that worked as gigantic selfie ring lights. Such flawless lighting; too bad they’re impossible to tote around.

NIKHIL THAMPI

ELEKTROCOUTURE AND FRIENDS

TAG, YOU’RE IT Legit cool kids took over the runway at NorBlack NorWhite and Deepa Gurnani’s shows. Wearing scrunchies, tie & dye silk, classic Reeboks and big grins, a whole bunch of young creative folks dance-walked to ‘Urvashi Urvashi’. And a gang of stylists and bloggers in black drapes and layers and layers of jewellery owned the ramp in Gurnani’s show.

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Swarovski launches its ‘India Collection’, which draws inspiration from the rich cultural heritage of all our states. Traditional motifs such as the paisley and lotus get a revamp with a contemporary edge. These super-affordable statement pieces should make it straight to your jewellery box—don’t even think twice!

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1. Gold-plated crystal earrings, ` 6,990 2. Gold-plated crystal earrings, ` 4,290 3. Gold-plated crystal earrings, ` 5,490 4. Mixed metal and crystal earrings, ` 5,990 5. Metal and crystal earrings, ` 4,790

Photographs: Naveesh Tejpal (Products); Manasi Sawant (Backstage); Shivaji Juvekar, Gulshan Sachdeva (Runway); Inputs from Devika Wahal

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Glitter heels, ` 7,999, Dune London

Diamond and ruby earrings, ` 3,50,000, MBj

Embroidered velvet lehenga set, ` 5,50,000, Patine

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Silk and chanderi lehenga set, ` 92,000, Amrita Thakur

Gold and pearl kundan earrings, price on request, Kanjimull Jewellers

White gold and diamond earrings, price on request, Mirari

SWEET TALK Whether it’s a royal Jaipur wedding or early-morning Maldives nuptials, romantic tones like coral, rose, burgundy and blush are foolproof both on a ball gown and a traditional lehenga.

Satin and net gown, price on request, Soltee by Sulakshana Monga

Polki diamond earrings, price on request, Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers

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The man who teased my curiosity in Paris did not disappoint. The Buchinho girls in collaged wool, jersey and leather walked past grand metal structures that enhanced the fragility of the collection. Look after look, I felt that someone finally understood the psychology of the modern woman: layered, intricate, sophisticated.

Take a break and lose yourself in an Art Deco ice-cream cup at the iconic Café Majestic. Cafemajestic.com

Complex knitting, joyful colours and cosy shapes triggered our inner child. This collection makes you want to take a trip to a cold place to justify owning her roomy woollen pieces. When the rainbow jumper took the runway, the whole front row straightened up like a pack of meerkats. A trip to the Himalayas dressed in Bettencourt is now a must.

Codfish is a must-eat in Portugal. Indulge in a grilled or baked version while facing the Douro river at Vinhas D’Alho. Vinhasdalho.com

Postcard from Porto

Treat yourself to a local designer piece at the scar.Id store. They have an excellent curation and stock past seasons as well, ICYMI. Scar-id.com

All the buzz and the names to know from

Portugal Fashion Week

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ortugal looks so much like Goa!” Not my brightest moment, I admit. But that’s what came to my mind when I landed in Lisbon. If you’ve known Goa for years, the architecture and colours of Portugal will fool you too… for a second. As soon as I got my chronology back in order, I took the road to Porto, where the 38th Portugal Fashion Week was taking place. Luis Buchinho had caught my attention at Paris Fashion Week, and I needed to find out what other gems may be hidden from

us by the four self-claimed fashion capitals. The Portuguese have solid experience in quality textile and leather, which they have been exporting to their neighbours for years. So to see their know-how, heritage and vision up close was hugely exciting. Here are my picks of the most promising fashion names.

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ESTELITA MENDONÇA A bunch of guys wearing tents! That woke us up after having indulged in local food and wine. Mendonça dabbled with the primary purpose of clothing—protection of the body. She addressed the need for refuge wear and comfort with beautiful handmade wool coats and nylon jackets, in functional shapes and pops of colour.

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Head to A Vida Portuguesa for the best kind of souvenir shopping. The concept store has everything from soaps to honey figs. Avidaportuguesa.com

PEDRO PEDRO Pedro Pedro wanted his collection to be an anti-glam manifesto, which I thought could swing in the exact opposite direction, too. He managed to create light and effortless silhouettes in raw linen, thick knits and wool jersey. Oversized jumpers, generous volumes and asymmetric cuts floated in layers on the models, marking their feminine shapes with mystery and grace.

Rough and smooth, thick and transparent, subtle and strong— Alexandra Oliveira's collection was all about contrasts. Based on traditional techniques, the garments were constructed thread by thread, in a mixture of weaving and knitting to give them a unique look. — SARA NOEL

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For every Saturday night that she spends partying, she’s seeking that dress that no one else has, but one, of course, that she can afford. And that’s really what we have strived to create for her.

ELLE: What can we expect from your first store in Mumbai? MT: It’s like nothing you’ve seen

Quality street Brand new high street label Cover Story will keep you on-trend, on a budget

contemporary woman a luxurious experience that’s affordably priced. Our clothes are polished and trendy, which gives women the confidence of being fashionable anywhere in the world. We are subtle and thoughtful in our designs and that manifests in the detailing.

ELLE: What was the idea behind Cover Story? Manjula Tiwari: Women in India are

ELLE: How would you describe your customer? MT: Our customer is a financially

incorporating global trends and sensibilities in their dressing, but there’s no Indian fast-fashion brand that can truly keep pace with their expectations.

Mackney: The gap is diminishing: women in the UK and India are picking up on similar trends. Cover Story is about delivering these trends in a fast, fashionable yet affordable way.

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ELLE: Which Spring/Summer 2016 trends can we expect in the launch? AM: We’re launching with three key trends or ‘stories’. The ‘English Rose’ story has lace, ruffles and

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trims in a pastel palette. ‘Carnival’ plays with fun prints, denim and crochet. And finally, we have a monochrome line to take you from desk to dinner with its sophisticated designs and soft tailoring.

ELLE: How would you define the brand's aesthetic? MT: Cover Story is about giving the

independent woman, between the ages of 23 and 40, who splurges on frequent shopping trips. She thrives on social media, seeks new experiences and often needs to refresh her wardrobe.

AM: We’ve also ensured a warm and neutral palette for the materials and colours. You’ll see lots of rose gold for that feminine touch.

ELLE: What makes Cover Story stand out in the high street market? MT: Most domestic brands do

not offer fresh, global trends in a fast-fashion format, or they focus too much on fusion wear. The international ones are too expensive for our consumer and often lack the Indian context in their design sensibilities. What we want to do is work with the latest catwalk trends so there’s a constant sense of newness, giving the Cover Story girl a reason to visit our stores and website frequently.

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woman for whom dressing up is a form of self-expression. She wants to dress fashionably every time she meets her girlfriends even if it’s just for coffee.

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o stand up to competition from international fast-fashion brands like H&M, Gap and Zara, Future Style Lab, the London-based design studio of the Future Group, is betting on their first high street label for women. Cover Story promises to swiftly translate worldwide runway trends into affordable, feminine collections. The brand has launched its first store in Mumbai (Infiniti Mall, Malad), with another outlet planned for Delhi in June. We asked Manjula Tiwari, CEO, Future Style Lab, and creative director, Ainsley Mackney, to give us a sneak preview of what’s in store.

before. The cash counters look like a woman’s vanity bag while the display panels look straight out of a magazine editorial. Most importantly though, we are giving consumers the ‘phy-gital’ experience: customers can browse the collections on tablets, and they’ll each get a personal shopping assistant.

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BIRTHDAY BLUES

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Your trusted old denim, the Levi’s 501, celebrates its 143rd birthday. The blue jean, which started out as durable work wear, has travelled a long way to become a wardrobe staple. Worn by everyone from rockstars to movie stars and presidents, think of it as your ticket to the cool crowd.

GOLD RUSH

Levi's showroom, V Patel Road, Khar, Mumbai

On the occasion of their 50th anniversary, Vans has released a limited-edition Gold Pack collection. The 22-piece range includes footwear, apparel and accessories—all with gold accents in archival prints that stand out. Expect to see iconic Vans like the classic slip-on, Era 59, Old Skool and Sk8-hi Reissue in a gleaming new avatar. Ambience Mall, Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj, Delhi

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WATCH OUT Michael Kors introduces a new line of wearable tech for fall. First up on the list is the ‘Michael Kors Access’, a smart watch with cutting-edge technology and luxe details. Apart from looking absolutely chic, the watch has some pretty cool customisable features like social media updates, app notifications and a built-in fitness tracker. Holding our breath for what's next. MichaelKors.com

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Ashish N Soni recently launched a 1,800 sqft flagship store in Delhi that walks the line between minimalism and luxury. The decor sets customised furnishings and unexpected wall textures against a soothing grey palette, and the focus is on bespoke and tailored menswear and selected womenswear collections. Think of it as a plush sitting room where you can kick back, relax and shop your favourite designs. D-24, Defence Colony, Delhi

Scarves are a great way to layer, especially when it's boiling outside. Ahujasons’ summer collection is full of fun prints in bright colours. Perk up a boring outfit with a scarf; tie it around the neck like a choker or wear it loose like a stole. Willing to up the ante a little? Try wearing it like a belt. Oh, and at a starting price of ` 2,500, they’re pocketfriendly too! 29A, Khan Market, South Extension, Main Market, Delhi

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Your basic structured bag just got a fun facelift. Make way for Eloïse, Louboutin’s newest arm candy. Crafted in the finest leather, it has strong, clean lines and hints of sexiness, courtesy the studded detailing and signature red suede lining inside. Extra points for the detachable shoulder strap, which makes it super functional. Christianlouboutin.com

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DEEP ROOTED Designer Abhishek Gupta’s new flagship store in Delhi will be home to his contemporary Indian wear. The beautifully detailed interiors blend traditional and modern Indian crafts. The real clincher, though, is the Listening Room, which has state-of-the-art sound systems engineered by Gupta. Now here’s an experience that begs you to linger. D-24, Ground Floor, Defence Colony, Delhi

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GOOD SUPPORT Amanté's S/S 2016 collection is all the lift you'll need. The special marl fabric gives the undies that extra shiny finish. The shade card includes pop brights, soft neutrals and an all-new denim set.

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Fendi’s new Eyeshine collection is the perfect summer accessory. The maison roped in French-Canadian singersongwriter Coeur de pirate (Béatrice Martin) to unveil the futuristic, cat-eye range in the music video ‘Undone’. With its magnetic all-over mirrored effect and Fendi's iconic framewithin-a-frame shape, the glasses are anything but regular.

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SHOE LOVER Sneaker lovers, take note: Gucci’s famous tennis shoe, the Ace sneaker, now comes in two styles. Pick from a basic white, embellished in crystals with bees, hares and thunderbolts and a solid-coloured version in shiny silk leather with the double-G logo. Snag these shoes anytime now. Gucci.com

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Fossil will soon launch its Q watch series. These smart watches will make your life easier, by giving you access to your appointments, emails and WhatsApp messages. Want more? The new model will include a health and step tracker too. Fossil.com

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ithila Palkar seems to have cracked the code to highspeed internet stardom. Just this year, the 23-year-old actor has crossed the millionviews barrier four times: first, with digital agency Filter Copy’s ‘Confusing Things Girlfriends Say’ and ‘Annoying Things Boyfriends Do’ sketches, followed by Bindass’ Girl In The City, which premiered on Facebook this April, before its TV launch. The 13-episode journey of a blithe Dehradun native adapting to the pace and peculiarities of Mumbai is growing in shares, but Palkar’s besttravelled video is her rendition of Marathi song ‘Hi Chal Turu Turu’, set to a cappella  beats from Anna Kendrick’s ‘Cups’. “There were messages from Italy, Singapore, LA saying we don’t know what we’re singing, but we’re constantly humming this song!” she says. The Mumbai native’s chipper online personality now commands a sizeable fanbase, making life on the internet slightly nerve-wracking. “There are a lot of weird people out there and sometimes they’re just plain nasty. I do feel a little nervous, actually,” says Palkar, who also played Imran Khan’s younger sister in Nikhil Advani’s Katti Batti (2015), and hopes to find new training ground in Marathi cinema next. But this month, she’s promising more viral gold with fresh sketches on modern dating and Chukiyagiri, an office-comedy web series on infotainment website Arré. IRL, Palkar doesn’t buy into the numbers-driven hype. “My ideal day would be spent sitting on the swing in my house and listening to Hindustani classical music. My goal for the year is to learn how to play the sitar.” — VATSALA CHHIBBER

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News of this relatively unknown 25-year-old being offered a $2 million, three-book deal by Random House had less fortunate writers grumbling about the figures on their paychecks. All eyes are now on her hotly anticipated debut The Girls, which is based on the Charles Manson murders, and already on its way to a film adaptation.

THE NON-WRITER EVERYONE’S ROOTING FOR KANHAIYA KUMAR The JNU Student Union president who spent 20 days in jail on sedition charges, lending the issue of free speech a new urgency, is now writing about his journey in the muddy waters of student politics and his revolutionary ideologies. From Bihar To Tihar will release later this year, and publisher Chiki Sarkar of Juggernaut promises the digital title will be the “defining book of our times”.

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THE BRAVE NEW VOICE IN INDIAN LIT KRITIKA PANDEY The Ranchi native was shortlisted from about 4,000 writers for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story prize. Her entry, ‘Dirty White Strings’, forces you into the shoes of a despicable man—a middleaged puppeteer who falls in love with his young daughter.

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The Pulitzer-winning author of The Emperor Of All Maladies traces the lineage of schizophrenia in his family and reflects on new breakthroughs in The Gene: An Intimate History. He writes with heart and clarity on the ethics of treating mental illness—if its gene can be contained, what will it cost your personality, or in some cases, your genius?

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The New York Times calls this 28-year-old Somali-British poet “the backbone of Beyoncé’s [Lemonade]”. Aching verses from Shire’s ‘For Women Who Are Difficult To Love’ featured on Queen Bey’s groundbreaking album, giving the young bard a wider, more hysterical fanbase. After publishing two chapbooks (including Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth), the Young Poet Laureate debuts her first full-length collection, Extreme Girlhood, this fall. — VATSALA CHHIBBER

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Neha Juneja is improving the health of rural women, one kitchen at a time

In 2010, while travelling for work in rural Maharashtra, Neha Juneja, 31, observed with a mix of incredulity and frustration that village homes had television sets and kittedout motorbikes parked in their yards—but the women still crouched over sooty, woodfired mud stoves. Statistically, the smoke from these stoves alone makes the air in villages eight times worse than that in polluted urban cities. Juneja saw an opportunity. Supported by her friends and long-time business partners, Mumbai-based Juneja ditched a failing renewable energy venture and co-founded Greenway Grameen Infra. The company launched the Greenway Smart Stove in 2011. It’s an energy-efficient alternative that uses 50 per cent less wood and produces 70 per cent less smoke, solving two major environmental problems in Indian villages. Devising a solution was simple enough, but the city-bred Juneja then had the formidable task of convincing rural women, who spend virtually nothing on their mud stoves, to invest in the costlier option. Greenway’s marketing instinctively appealed to their social role as nurturers: take

care of your own well-being in order to take care of your family. When that didn’t take, they appealed to the women’s vanity—soot gives you wrinkles and messes up your kitchen walls, this won’t. It worked. The Smart Stove is now India’s largestselling cook stove (over 300,000 units sold) and won Juneja the Indian edition of the 2016 ELLE Impact2 Award for female social entrepreneurship. This April, she travelled to Paris to compete for the international leg of the award with entrepreneurs from across the world. She is delighted about the recognition women entrepreneurs are receiving, but admits the term comes with baggage— especially while trying to raise investment. “I’m asked things like ‘Why aren’t you married? When will you have kids?’ Are men questioned about their personal lives?” In Paris, however, she was among kindred spirits. “There was a universal understanding that social business is not about serving the disadvantaged, but addressing a real market need.”

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Last year ELLE International, along with global social investment firm Le Comptoir de l’Innovation, set up the ELLE Impact2 Award to recognise and support social entrepreneurship by women in France. This year, the initiative cast a wider net by launching in nine countries, including India.

“There’s no point coming home and talking about it after it’s over. If someone is behaving unprofessionally, confront him/her right then and there.”

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HORACE AND PETE

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For instant gratification, tune into TVF’s mockumentary on struggling actor Nero (Sudev Nair)—think an Indian Joey Tribbiani—trying to make it in the business.

LOVE

YOU’RE THE WORST Play it safe with dependable rom-com tropes. Two erratic personalities—a self-centred writer and a youth-obsessed publicist—attempt an against-all-odds romance.

Slow burn vs fast binges—find your show mate

CHASE.

This front-of-the-line investigative docu-series—in the mould of Vice—by ScoopWhoop and Newslaundry answers unprobed questions like: why are ISIS flags sprouting in Kashmir?

Even as Game Of Thrones and its cliffhangers command our emotional universe, a new crop of quiet dramas and punchline-free comedies is experimenting with form. Sample these shows—or their easy-to-digest counterparts, shows that are made to waste entire weekends on.

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In Judd Apatow’s “anti-romcom”, Gus (Paul Rust) is nursing a broken heart even as he falls for recovering alcoholic Mickey (Gillian Jacobs). Tag along for fresh dating truths, and no guarantee of happy endings.

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The switch

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Don’t expect non-stop laughs from Louis CK’s web comedydrama. The plot—middle-aged cousins struggling with the legacy of their family-run bar—ventures into pretty dark places; nothing’s taboo and no blows are cushioned.

WHAT YOU WILL WATCH:

SOADIES Baba Sehgal’s web series, on Viacom18’s Voot streaming app, is out to investigate just one thing: why is Roadies still running and who’s watching?

HIBANA: SPARK One of Netflix’s first originals from Japan is the slow-paced account of two struggling standup comedians. Based on the critically acclaimed novella by Naoki Matayoshi, the emotionally charged drama is a study of failure.

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This month’s Netflix original film The Fundamentals Of Caring follows a professional caregiver Ben (Paul Rudd) on a road trip with his client, an 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. Along the way comes Dot (Selena Gomez).

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NIGHT MANAGER Former soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston, mmm) doubles as a hotel manager to infiltrate an arms trade kingpin’s (Hugh Laurie) inner circle. The pacey plot and multiple storylines will leave you feeling smarter just for keeping up.

Dodge the existential crisis with cyber security engineer Elliot Alderson’s quest to erase the world’s debt. Depressed and on drugs, he tracks a mysterious Mr Robot in order to overthrow corporate overlords.

WHAT YOU WILL WATCH:

QUANTICO This edge-of-your-seat thriller is about FBI trainee Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra), accused of terrorism. The finale last month borrowed from Shondaland’s infallible recipe: love, betrayal and lots of sex. — ARSHIE CHEVALWALA

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This year’s Man Booker International Prize winner is Han Kang's puzzling The Vegetarian (Penguin Random House India, out in July). The bizarre South Korean novel tells the story of an ordinary woman whose drastic turn to vegetarianism crushes her marriage, and as she starts to believe she’s turning into a tree, even her sanity.

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manda Seyfried tumbles into the palatial suite at the Hotel Mandarin Oriental in Paris in a dark pair of jeans and a T-shirt, and immediately breaks into a yawn. “Jet lag and late bedtimes,” she explains, “but I can’t complain, it’s my job.” She grabs some fruit from the kitchen island, sips on a macchiato and takes a seat in the royal bathroom where her team starts to prep her for our shoot. Petite, doe-eyed and bursting with energy, Seyfried is completely at ease with manic schedules. Since her big-screen debut in 2004’s Mean Girls, Seyfried’s filmography has grown at breakneck pace with 27 movies in 13 years. From playing a spirited bride-to-be in Mamma Mia! (2008) to a darling ingénue in Les Misérables (2012), Seyfried is an effortless shape-shifter and one of the most bankable actors of her generation. Here, the 30-year-old opens up on flickers of darkness, upcoming projects and why she’s raising an animal farm.

ELLE: What was your childhood like? AS: It was pretty normal. We were

a very balanced, suburban family. I played sports, I sang, I played the piano. I got good grades at school and had lots of friends but it was still pretty stressful. I was very obsessive and a somewhat compulsive child. Even at five years old! I had to have my socks at the same length. I kept my toys all organised. My mom called me ‘Demon-da’.

the idea of living in the future, because it’s just fantasy and for me, fears come from fantasy.

ELLE: What does acting do for you? AS: When I’m acting, it’s like

a different part of me, and I’m fearless. I’m so much stronger and there are no restraints, I’m free to do whatever, play whoever, be whoever. It’s actually an escape for me because I can jump into that world and then come back to reality.

ELLE: Are you in love? AS: Yes. With myself! I found

last year to be really intense in terms of my career, with some wonderful and horrible personal moments, including a break-up. After Twin Peaks, last September, I just collapsed into myself and felt

SHORT CUTS What do you appreciate most in your friends? Unconditional support. If not yourself, who would you be? My dog, Finn. Favourite writers: Wally Lamb. He is a great author. I also like this poet called RM Drake. Favourite swear word: C*nt. Favourite motto: “You are enough.” It’s good for girls to hear. Off-duty make-up look: Mascara, that’s it. No foundation, I don’t even know how to apply it.

ELLE: Has living with fame been a challenge for you? AS: No, I mean, yes. There have

been times in my life when I’ve been more concerned about it than I am now. It has its downsides, but when you’re not being hassled, the idea of being famous is good. I have fans I’ve grown up with, and that’s a wonderful thing. That translates to other things, to opportunities. But sometimes you get hunted, and then fame can be terrifying and uncomfortable. I have a therapist and I read a lot. I’m very interested in Buddhism as a teaching tool; I think the Buddhist philosophy is really wonderful. I try to live in the moment. I hate

the lowest I’d felt for a long time. That’s when I started practising meditation, self-knowledge and self-awareness. I feel like I overcame something, and hopefully I’ll keep moving forward.

ELLE: You’ve been actively speaking up for women’s rights. AS: Unequal pay [is an issue] for

sure. Moreover, women are less respected than before in some countries. It’s becoming archaic. It’s unbelievable, actually. I have been such an advocate for animal rights because they have no voices, but in

some countries women don’t even have fucking voices. It’s despicable, and it really sucks. We are the only world we know that has humans in it, and we can’t even be kind to each other! Compassion seems so hard to come by.

ELLE: What do you find most unsettling or stressful ? AS: So many things! Travelling and

airports... Flying is okay but the airport for some reason stresses me out. It’s a very hectic place, and I’m sensitive to that. And personally, the pressure to be great, to communicate well, to be a good person.

ELLE: What makes you happy? AS: My dog Finn, who I adopted

years ago, and my farm. I have six chickens, three horses, a barn-cow and a baby donkey. I feel happy when I’m with my sister, her husband and my friends. When I’m not in a loud bar, I like to stay home with a glass of wine or a whisky.

ELLE: What are you working on now? AS: I have a movie coming out called

Fathers And Daughters, a drama directed by Gabriele Muccino with Russell Crowe, Aaron Paul and Diane Kruger. I’m really proud of it. It’s a very poignant movie. I’m looking forward to start shooting a movie in LA with Shirley McLane; it’s about a friendship, and it’s going to be intense and awesome. And then American Express in Mexico City, which is at the opposite end of the scale. It’s about drugs, and it’s a comedy.

ELLE: Tell us about your collaboration with Givenchy for their Live Irrésistible fragrance. AS: [The film shoot] was so much fun. Matthew [Frost], the director, had really good ideas; he’s very eccentric, animated and was so excited. I absorbed all that and it was really fun to be an American girl in Paris and capture this moment. We also had kittens on set, so I felt like it was tailored for me. ELLE: Which of your films is your favourite? AS: Jennifer’s Body! I’m so proud of it. My character is super anxious, honest, stuck—I felt like I was playing myself!

Fathers and Daughters is out next month

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Cotton shirt , cotton underwear, straw hat; all Ermanno Scervino. On left hand: gold and diamond ring, Pascale Monvoisin. On right hand: Gold and diamond ring, Monsieur


Silk-satin slip, wool jacket; both Givenchy. Lace and silk shorts, FiFi Chachnil. Gold and diamond necklace, Lito at White Bird

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We listen to Baba Sehgal. We argue in gifs. We even say ‘hashtag’ and ‘LOL’ out loud. But we don’t really mean it, right? Wrong… irony is dead. #DealWithIt.

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ast night—while I was listening to Justin Bieber and wearing my onesie—I signed off a WhatsApp with a LOL and a series of emojis. Now because I want you to understand that I’m really an educated, sophisticated, cultured person, once upon a time I’d have told you that I didn’t really mean any of these things. I was doing them ironically. I was just slumming it in the lowbrow. It was a joke at the expense of those lesser mortals who ‘authentically’ listen to Bieber, wear onesies and converse in emojis because they’re genuinely into them. But in the past year, something has shifted online and in real life. Irony is over. We’ve broken down the fourth wall of popular culture; we’ve gone from wry observers to unapologetic consumers of the mainstream. Sorry, not sorry. The fact is, these days a well placed ‘LOL’ or winky face expresses what I want to say much more

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succinctly than an artful grasp on the English language. And finally, I’m admitting to myself that it’s all okay. We just don’t care what people make of our lame tastes anymore and we know that the veneer of irony has become increasingly unconvincing. What do we mean when we issue this disclaimer anyway? That really, we’re superior to the basic or apparently naff thing we’re enjoying. We don’t want our guilty pleasure to undermine our reputation for good taste that we’ve so carefully cultivated; the side of us that appreciates Sufjan Stevens’ music, reads Elena Ferrante and wears Céline. Or, at least, the side that wants other people to think that we do. The internet has broken down the consensus on what’s cool or uncool. We don’t fear being alternative or weird anymore, we strive for it. Being transgressive with our tastes makes us edgy and original, whether it’s by listening to Little Mix or David


Bowie. It’s all relative and the scale is as big as the to present ourselves online, the insane lengths whole internet. In other words, it’s infinite. many of us go to create the perfect Instagram life Of course, if you’re a 15-year-old girl or 50-yearand calling into question our authenticity and old woman, it’s highly likely that you don’t give a motives. It’s been a blast running this account but I damn about what people think of your choices believe SB’s work here is done.” anyway. If you’re 15, it’s legitimate to like Bieber When something is celebrated on such a mass because you’re his target market. And if you’re 50, scale, the joke is deflated by virtue of its popularity. you’ve been around long enough to know that it The nuanced message in the pastiche is lost and doesn’t matter what people think. But when you’re all that’s left is the pretty, empty shell. No area in your late twenties or a thirty-something, you’re of life is immune to this new movement of ironyin perpetual limbo; that awkward place where free irony. Designer Anya Hindmarch is shifting you’re expected to be a bit more urbane than you clothes and accessories emblazoned with Tesco, actually are but you know it’s easier and more Boots and Mothercare branding. She has managed fun to binge on popular culture. Why studiously to produce a luxe, highly sought-after collection digest Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony when you anyway. Why? Because it has a sense of humour can mindlessly sway to Destiny’s Child? Why and it appeals to our nostalgic sensibilities. Even read Dostoyevsky when you can mess about on hipster style (Hassidic beards, ripped jeans, Instagram for an hour? plaid shirts, thick-rimmed The problem is, I’m worried specs), previously worn as a I might be missing out by not performance of individuality trying a little harder. Isn’t it just and non-conformity, has intellectual laziness? I’m not become mainstream. Although Why read alone, thank god. The rest of you thankfully, no matter how Dostoyevsky when are philistines too. According generic it now is, a curly ’40s you can mess about to a study carried out in 2015 moustache and braces will by Bangor University, emoji always have something of the on Instagram for is Britain’s fastest growing pastiche about them. an hour? Isn’t it just language, with eight out of 10 The good news is that the people in the UK using it and internet has democratised taste intellectual laziness? 72 per cent of 18 to 25-year-olds but the bad news is that the I’m not alone, thank saying they found it easier to internet has democratised taste. god. The rest of you put their feelings across with an Our opinions and preferences emoji than words. The thumbs are not just consumed by our are philistines too up and blowkiss are no longer the friends, family and colleagues. domain of teenagers. Real grownAll the World Wide Web is a ups with jobs and mortgages are stage and every expression unapologetically walking around of taste is liable to mass tapping aubergines and see-noconsumption and judgement. evil monkeys into their phones like they’re going So what have we lost? Liking things ironically out of fashion (which they’re not). required a certain wryness; a knowing snark that Instagram’s part in making irony redundant is, let’s admit it, fun. Pop culture used to be a thing is critical. Nothing stays niche or edgy for millennials would participate in ironically because long online. Take @SocalityBarbie, the spoof it was mainstream and uncool. We were too Instagram account set up by photographer Darby embarrassed to admit we loved McDonald’s or the Cisneros in June 2015, which was rich in irony. Backstreet Boys, so we ate a Big Mac or sang ‘I Want The account parodies everything we love to hate It That Way’ when we were drunk and covered it on Instagram: artful beach shots and stylised with enough disparaging and playful remarks to coffee froth with dozens of equally ridiculous protect our true individuality. hashtags for each post. But how do you identify But this nuanced way of thinking is lost on which followers are appreciating the posts for their the post-millennial generation. They don’t care. acerbic social commentary and who just likes the It’s cool to be weird. Cereal cafés and upmarket pretty pictures of Barbie on the beach? chicken shops don’t have to have a punchline Cisneros quit Instagram at the end of last year any more. As much as I mourn a certain loss of when her fun little project grew more popular than cynicism, the best thing about the end of irony is she could have imagined, writing, “I started SB as the lack of judgment it brings. There is no right or a way to poke fun at all the Instagram trends that wrong, just a joyful appreciation for whatever your I thought were ridiculous. Never in a million years preference is, no matter how odd or bad or silly. It’s did I think it would receive the amount of attention a brave new world, and one where you never need to that it did, but because of that it has opened the apologise for being a 32-year-old woman who likes door to a lot of great discussions like how we choose listening to S Club 7. *Fist pump emoji* — HANNAH SWERLING

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abish Khair has a knack for picking the most searchengine optimised titles for his books. They tap directly into whatever aspect of Muslim life most morbidly fascinates us at the moment. In 2012, a year after Osama Bin Laden was killed, he published How To Fight Islamist Terror From The Missionary Position; early this year, as Syrian refugees continued to pour into Europe, he released The New Xenophobia; and now, as ISIS has successfully branded itself the nightmare of our times, he explores the lives of its young, first-world recruits in Jihadi Jane. (Some of his academic work have irresistible titles too. Transnational And Postcolonial Vampires, anyone?) While there have been stories delving deep into the phenomenon of disaffected secondgeneration immigrants finding solace in radical religion, like Hanif Kureishi’s My Son The Fanatic or Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, Khair brings in a different perspective, that of relatively privileged women drawn to be jihadi brides. “Given the pressures on my time, when I start a novel, it has to be about something that grabs me very strongly. Something I cannot help thinking—and hence writing— about,” says Khair, whose day job is associate professor of the English department of Aarhus University in Denmark. Reports of blandly regular women from the UK, US, Australia and other western countries leaving liberal lands to live under strict sharia law on a

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In his new novel, Jihadi Jane, Tabish Khair brings us a view of ISIS as seen through the eyes of two young British women searching for true Islam. Deepa Menon listens on high alert battlefield is the stuff of tabloid gold. Jihad Jane was, in fact, the online identity of an American woman currently serving time for conspiring to kill a Swedish artist who made drawings of the Prophet Mohammed. But unlike the tabloids, Khair isn’t interested in painting these women as gullible, damaged or repentant. Jamilla, who comes from a conservative Pakistani family, sees in her rebellious classmate Ameena a confused soul waiting to be saved by faith. A daughter of divorce and a more liberal IndianMuslim background, Ameena has a fractious relationship with her mother and seeks validation from the men around her. After a bad break-up, she accepts with relief both Jamilla’s friendship and her ultra-orthodox version of Islam. The two girls form this cocoon in suburban Yorkshire, an increasingly radicalised cell sustained on YouTube preachings and a profound sense of alienation. As Jamilla observes, life under these circumstances is much harder for women: ‘The way an orthodox woman wants to dress [...] interact,

IS THERE A S I L LY H A S H TA G ABOUT THIS? We’re so glad you asked. It started in 2014 in the spirit of laughing in the face of terror, but #ISISmovies is still alive on Twitter, with such droll contributions as: ‘Three beheadings and a funeral’, ‘(Suicide) vest side story’, and ‘101 Damnations’.


WHO STARTED IT ALL?

BLACK FLAGS: THE RISE OF ISIS BY JOBY WARRICK This winner of the Pulitzer Prize focuses on the rise of Abu Musab alZarqawi, the ideological forefather of the Islamic State movement.

WHAT DO THEY WANT?

T H E N E W T H R E AT F R O M I S L A M I C M I L I TA N CY BY JASON BURKE The Guardian journalist spells out how groups like Boko Haram, al-Qaeda and ISIS are connected, what they want and how they plan to get it. WHAT’S IT LIKE ON THE INSIDE?

JIHAD ACADEMY: THE RISE OF I S L A M I C S TAT E B Y N I C O L AS H É N I N Hénin chronicles his 10 months in ISIS captivity (“I found them more stupid than evil”), and shares insight on how the West fuelled terrorism in Syria.

to be where her beliefs and general appearance are not so grotesquely at variance with the majority; she craves conformity. Ameena’s motives are more idealistic—and more opaque. This inaccessibility to her character is made further pronounced by her Yorkshire dialect: (“A’d noticed yer before; yer wor t’most solemn girl in t’class.”) “This is a dangerous option for me,” says Khair, who hails from Gaya in Bihar and started his career as a journalist with The Times of India. “We know that no ‘dialect’ in a novel is a completely faithful transcript of a spoken dialect; it is a constructed literary language, whether by Mark Twain or Salman Rushdie, based to some extent on what is spoken ‘out there’.” Ameena only gets more and more inaccessible after the friends arrive in Syria. She marries an ISIS fighter and disappears from view—

WHAT’S IT LIKE FOR WOMEN?

T H E G I R L W H O B E AT I S I S : FA R I D A ’ S S TO R Y B Y FA R I D A KHALAF AND ANDREA C HOFFMAN meet or not meet other people, live, all of it is under constant assault by ordinary life in the West.’ Khair was careful about how he made his narrator sound: “I wanted to avoid a giggly, girly voice, not just because it would not be in keeping with Jamilla’s character but also because male authors tend to give that kind of voice to young female characters.” Khair has made the case in the past that sexism is a form of xenophobia and choosing to tell this story from a female point of view allowed him to illustrate that idea quite subtly. “I believe that orthodox religious societies are basically sexist, and hence particularly liable to succumb to xenophobia. After all, sexism also involves treating women as strangers who are allowed fewer rights and effectively less space to grow in.” But what spurs Jamilla’s decision to go to Syria is the promise of a different kind of freedom. She wants

She was 19 when Khalaf was abducted from an Iraqi village and sold into slavery in 2014. The memoir, out this July, details the horrors she survived, and her ultimate escape.

it’s like her personality is swallowed up by the landscape. Interestingly, it is Jamilla, the submissive one, who retains her identity. Like most socially awkward people, she has an inner life she retreats to when things get grisly outside. Holed up in a home for the orphans, widows and wives of jihadists run by

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Answering the questions you were too afraid to ask Hejjiye, the charismatic wife of an ISIS commander, Jamilla seeks out news online, resists marriage and makes space for skepticism alongside her piety. It soon becomes clear to both girls that a world under ISIS is no more Islamic and no less craven than the imperfect world outside. How they deal with this revelation is determined by the force of their very different natures. All fundamentalists are not created equal, says Khair. “Some reach that position from a genuine effort to make sense of the world; I disagree, but sympathise deeply with these. Others employ fundamentalism as a brutal bid for power and dominance; I wonder if such people really have much of an inner life. What attracts me is the doubt, the tension, the yearning and striving that I associate with the first kind of fundamentalist.” Beyond its ability to foment a kind of holy war in the breasts of its followers, Khair isn’t terribly interested in the fact of ISIS itself. He’d be happy to never read another news report about it. “Of course, it helps ISIS that the media require a regular quota of sensational news, and most of what ISIS calls Islam is just one long bout of performed sensationalism.” It was a milder form of religious censure that ejected the author from Bihar and set him on his current path. In an essay called ‘Daffodils in Gaya’ for The Hindu, he writes, “Around the age of 24, when I wrote one of those world-changing articles that young people write at too-frequent intervals, and a mob of religious Muslims descended on my father’s clinic, I felt the full brunt of the provincialism of my community.” He was sent away to Delhi, from where he later moved to Denmark. Except when he’s touring India or the UK as an author, Khair is ensconced once again in a relatively anonymous, bucolic sort of life. For him, it seems to be the state most conducive to the contemplation of dangerous ideas. Jihadi Jane (Penguin Random House India) is out now.

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t’s my first time in Tokyo, and I never want to leave. The twin extremes of Japan—sensory overload and spare calm—are fascinating and strangely relaxing. It’s as if the frantic impulses of an unsure mind (mine) have been externalised, leaving me free and feeling remarkably balanced. Turns out, it’s the perfect frame of mind in which to experience Volez, Voguez, Voyagez (which translates to Fly, Sail, Travel), the seminal Louis Vuitton exhibition that recognises the history of the house and its lasting relationship with voyages and discovery. The exhibition has travelled to Japan after showing at the Grand Palais in Paris last December, a natural next step considering the fierce loyalty and emotional connect the brand has with this


The brand is stripped somehow of its glamour and presented only in the stark beauty of utility

place. “When George Vuitton, son of Louis Vuitton, created the famous monogram in 1896, it was inspired by patterns from Japan. He used to collect vintage luggage from here and was very inspired by the art of Japanese calligraphy,” says Olivier Saillard, the curator behind this impressive project. He points out that the exhibition is particularly relevant here because, he says, “Contemporary fashion history truly begins with Japanese designers from the late ’70s and early ’80s, like Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo.” A Frenchman who is highly revered in the fashion world, Saillard is the director of the Musée Galliera Paris and has curated some of the industry’s most innovative and ambitious exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Madame

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Grès in 2011, as well as an Azzedine Alaïa retrospective in 2013 , besides his well known shows for Yohji Yamamoto and Christian Lacroix. Trim and precise, Saillard says he is a man from the past, and is most interested in the relationship between fashion—“I prefer the word ‘clothes’”—and people, with the context of place. Two years in the making, this exhibition went from being conceptualised as a book to becoming a celebration of the brand’s close association with the art of travel, told through its archive of trunks. “To me it was always meant to be a biography. This is not just a history of Louis Vuitton, but a history of our society,” he says. This is the way Saillard sees it, that the stories that he tells are always about a person, not a brand. For example, “I was very surprised to discover that Louis Vuitton, when he was a child, just 14 years old, decided to leave his village and his family in eastern France, and walked to Paris. For two years, he walked till he reached Paris! Why did he undertake this journey? I’m very curious about the destiny of people.” Saillard admits that this project was a challenge, working only with variations of a single object. “To put 300 trunks in a room? That could be quite boring. But I see the objects themselves as a means to introduce something more poetic.” The role of the retrospective exhibition in fashion today is essential to him, as a way of reaching a far wider audience, on his terms. “In the ’50s, a fashion show took 2 hours. In the ’80s it took 20 to 40 minutes. Now, it takes seven minutes. And it is simply not possible for everyone to see a fashion show. But you can take your time and spend a whole day at an exhibition.” You certainly can. And it all starts with the rounded-top trunks in the mid-1800s—shaped so that rainwater could run off them easily— and Louis Vuitton’s discovery that flat-topped trunks were stackable, making them easier to transport. The grey Trianon canvas in 1854, then the distinctive stripes, then

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the Damier. And then, as you go from one room to the next, the rush of technology and inventions in travel carry you quickly through the years, while the trunks filled with objects from another time lend an air of intimacy to the space. I wanted to go back a century and tell the owners of these pieces to enjoy the untold luxury of having a trunk just for hats, one just for shoes, one just for grooming products, because the generations to come would be stuffing all their belongings into a suitcase that typically refused to close unless you sat on it. Because Saillard doesn’t like chronology, the journey is one of


Surprise celebrities at the launch of the exhibition in Tokyo

CHIARA FERRAGNI

The journey is one of mirroring past and present, so that the classic and the contemporary always speak to each other

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OPENING NIGHT

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mirroring past and present—Nicolas Ghesquière’s S/S 2015 pieces hanging in a vertical wardrobe trunk from 1875, Marc Jacobs’ S/S 2013 pieces presented as museum still lifes—so that the classic and the contemporary always speak to each other, and mirror each other. “I believe fashion designers are still obsessed with the same things as they always have been. Ideas keep coming back. My job as an historian is to explain this circularity,” he says, laughing. Through rooms with the towering sail of a yacht, the enclosed space of an automobile (with a trunk for a spare tyre!), the moving scenery of a train, the phenomenal arrival of aviation, the Louis Vuitton trunks evolved to offer their owners ever more convenience, service and function. This is my favourite thing about the exhibition, in fact. That the brand Louis Vuitton is stripped somehow of its glamour and presented only in the stark quality of its utilitarianism. “Beauty comes from utility,” says Saillard. “And then afterwards, there is style. I do believe that the most important luggage they invented, like the Steamer Bag, are important because they are very simple. Simplicity is always timeless.”

Saillard’s favourite room—it is also mine—is the one containing trunks for books and typewriters. There is a small trunk to hold books commissioned by Yves Saint Laurent that just makes me all kinds of fuzzy inside. “Today, nobody but Karl Lagerfeld would have this desire to ask something special for books, I think. It is very much a thing of the past.” There are Greta Garbo’s trunks, music trunks for LPs, trunks for flowers! It’s kind of wonderful, really. What makes it even more special is that talking to Saillard is like talking to an artist; he sees the world differently. “I always say to students, you have to take off your glasses,” he laughs. “To be a good historian, you have to be myopic. You have to not see clearly. Then the shape, the structure, emerges.” He tells of these registers he found in the Louis Vuitton archives, with all the serial numbers for the keys to the trunks, belonging to so many people, over so many years. “It’s very conceptual, an art piece. It’s like a book of the history of the 20th century. But without narrative. Just a long series of numbers. It is so poetic.” But perhaps, as Saillard puts it, an empty trunk is truly the most poetic of all.

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PICTURE PERFECT They have helped shape ELLE’s visual language over the last 20 years. Now the country's most iconic fashion photographers talk to Nidhi Jacob about their favourite images from the archives

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“Being on a shoot with Prabuddha, you had to be open to constantly learning and absorbing” — MALINI BANERJI

The late photographer was one of our most beloved and inspiring collaborators, and the ELLE archives house many of his poignant, evocative photographs. Fashion director Malini Banerji, who worked closely with him, reveals what it was like to be on a Dasgupta shoot. “While creating images, he always tried to weave a unique story through visuals. To me, his images evoked an emotional response. But the most wonderful thing about him was his innate ability to find beauty in everything and everyone,” she says. Her favourite image? ELLE's April 2010 cover featuring his muse and love, Lakshmi Menon, on a beach in Goa. “It is the best example of the deep yet effortless chemistry that Prabuddha and Lakshmi shared,” says Banerji.

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F A R R O K H C H O T H I A From shooting our first cover (December 1996) featuring model Kaizeen Buhariwala to February 2014's eyeballgrabber in protest of section 377—Chothia has been rock-solid in his vision: women are more than just clothes hangers. His photographs always draw on his subjects' strength and sensuality. “ELLE has always placed the woman first, with a natural and relaxed approach to fashion and beauty,” he says.

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DECEMBER 2004

“I feel privileged and grateful to have been part of ELLE’s journey from the very beginning”


“I’ve shot some of my most memorable covers with ELLE” S U R E S H N A T A R A J A N It is hard not to recognise Natarajan's visual signature throughout his illustrious body of work. “Sharp yet timeless... and almost ethereal," is how our former creative director, Prashish More, describes it. Natarajan brainstormed with More to produce some of our seminal shoots, including a surreal beauty spread featuring Tamara Moss with balloons, wigs and glitter, and the gamechanging August 2014 cover starring Kiran Rao. FEBRUARY 2010

“I like this photo because it is so evocative of that time... and so retro!” B H A R A T S I K K A Sikka's visual language of visceral, slightly discomfiting images has been unwavering through the years. Bring his unique point of view into any fashion discussion and it instantly ignites unexpected ideas and imagery. For ELLE, he dabbled with scenarios ranging from paparazzi-swamped celebrity, boy scout-inspired threads on a tennis court (Moonrise Kingdom vibes way before Moonrise Kingdom), and a suburban home and life featuring Michelle Innes and a young Neha Dhupia. SEPTEMBER 2000

MARCH 2011

T A R U N K H I W A L “ELLE came in brave and strong, and with a different point of view on fashion. I trust that it will continue to create that magic”

Toying with bold new ideas formed the common ground between Khiwal and ELLE. Whether it was the theatrical shoot featuring larger-than-life couture in December 2010, or the best of Indian runways in March 2011, shown through blurred visuals. Khiwal counts the latter as one of his most special shoots, “The magazine was brave to use the kind of imagery that was seen as a flaw. ELLE let me experiment and push my creative sensibilities,” he says.

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“ELLE is young, fresh and real. It also believes in giving cover opportunities to models, not just Bollywood stars”

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“At the launch party [of ELLE], then editor Neerja Shah was chucking first copies right off the ramp. [It was] great fun,” Kasbekar reminisces. While he has now moved on to movies—Kasbekar just produced his first film, Neerja, starring Sonam Kapoor—he was an ELLE favourite when it came to creating unconventional glamour. It is one of the reasons why the July 2011 Deepika Padukone cover is his favourite. He says, “It was a very strong look that was contrary to her sweet image.”

DECEMBER 2008

“The way ELLE connects with young people is commendable” J A T I N K A M P A N I

MARCH 2009

“ELLE represents fashion in the most unprecedented way, working consistently to keep imagery experimental and innovative”

Kampani’s entire portfolio is vivid, emotive and leaning towards the surreal. Clearly visible in his pick from our archive: an image of Tamara Moss in a beaker. “The juxtaposition of fumes with the acid colour trend was literally a laboratory experiment. Moss, one of my favourite models, had to react to imaginary fumes that made the process of shooting this loads of fun,” he says. A Kampani and ELLE shoot is a collaboration that just works—like this month’s cover. As he puts it: “I think some of the best fashion spreads from my body of work have been for ELLE.”

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P R A S A D N A I K Using his art education as the foundation, Naik forayed into photography. He shot a slew of special women for us, including Linda Evangelista, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and the late Jiah Khan, whose picture he considers his most special with the magazine. “The structured, minimalistic styling made it a very simple and graphic image,” he says.


“ELLE constantly strives to break formulas with its focus on interesting achievers and wonderful shoots” T A R U N V I S H W A He is ELLE's go-to photographer when we need to pump up the drama. You can spot the creative chemistry in all his shoots, especially the ones styled by Malini Banerji and art directed by Prashish More. He counts a picture of Archana Akil Kumar from our July 2013 issue as one of his all-time favourites. “The simple Indianness of this image is what makes it special for me.” JULY 2013 MARCH 2006

“ELLE has always been a collaboration of artists—designers, photographers, writers or illustrators”

APRIL 2015

R B U R M A N C O L S T O N J U L I A N If you’re looking to visually encapsulate grand spaces and city life, Julian is your guy—but his most special shoot for ELLE is a completely different story. “Nonita Kalra, the then editor, called me in shock to ask why I had this model weeping in all the pictures. I remember cooking up something about the inspiration being about strong women and how they emerge stronger after going through fire. And I got away with it!” he reveals. It’s this closeness to the team that helped him sell the idea. “I have collaborated with so many from the ELLE family—I have fond memories of fights, panic, laughter, but most of all, beautiful work,” he says.

“For me, ELLE stands for clean, simple, understandable fashion with a little quirk”

Soft yet edgy, clean but crazy; contrasts like these are Burman’s forte. They have given us some of the most playful images, like this one—Kanishtha Dhankhar holding up a Charlotte Olympia bag, from April 2015, styled by fashion editor Nidhi Jacob. “I love that picture because of the vibe... also it was shot when my style was going through a vigorous transformation,” he says. Experimental collaborations with the magazine have not only led to some iconic shoots but also an extended family for him. He says, “I have always adored shooting for ELLE. In fact, I have gained some of my closest friends in the last nine years of working with the magazine.”

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Four years ago, after a dream debut and on the precipice of stardom, Diana Penty went off the radar. Now, better adjusted to fame—and with a risky second film—she’s back for the long haul, saysVatsala Chhibber Photographs JATIN KAMPANI Styling NIDHI JACOB Art direction RESHMA RAJIWDEKAR Make-up and Hair DANIEL BAUER

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Embellished neoprene and patent leather top, ` 24,000, Shivan & Narresh. Neoprene trousers, ` 13,900, Hemant & Nandita. Suede and metal lace-up flats, ` 36,712, Aquazzura. Diamond and ruby double-finger ring, ` 67,000, diamond ring, ` 68,246; both Tanishq. Goldplated metal and crystal ring, ` 9,990, ruthenium-plated metal and crystal cocktail ring, ` 21,900; both Swarovski


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ame demands a fair bit of homework. You have to invest in a trusted lipshade monitor, develop a radar for sly we-fies and you can never be too prepared for its dark side— interviews. Stumbling into the limelight without a warm-up can be awkward and overwhelming. Which is pretty much exactly how it happened for Diana Penty. First, her startlingly good looks were noticed by family friend and renowned photographer Farrokh Chothia, who insisted she face the camera. He promptly sent the pictures to the Elite model agency and then, after she’d quickly exhausted modelling options in the country and walked for two seasons of New York Fashion Week, her manager motioned at the incoming pile of film scripts. Penty ended up an actor. Which means that now, she has to let strangers into her house and talk at length about her favourite holiday destination. Or why she picked that particular shade of red for her beauty kit. And on this sweaty summer evening, she must dig deep and tell me if she actually enjoys taking holidays with her mother. (She does.) And if she finds interviews tiresome. “I’m beginning to enjoy them now,” she says, after setting down a tray full of various snack options in her Byculla home. “Some people have the gift of the gab; I don’t. I’d rather be sitting quietly in a corner. I used to think a hundred times before I said anything, so I’d end up saying something really diplomatic that wouldn’t get me in trouble.” Penty had never imagined that she’d be famous one day. In school, she was a reed-thin nerd, angry with her 5’9” height for making her a backbencher. As a teenager, she had an obstinate stoop and a strong allegiance to floaters. And even at the release of her debut film alongside two Bollywood heavyweights— Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan—and directed by Homi Adajania, she says, “I honestly didn’t think I would do so well from Cocktail,” says Penty. “I had assumed that it was really Saif and Deepika’s film. When I look back now, I was so silly.” When Cocktail released four years ago, to commercial success and damp reviews, Penty’s

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talent was unquestioned. For many critics, she eclipsed a feeble script with a steady hold on quiet, instantly likable Meera, and it won her a spot in every Best Debut category at film awards that year. No real glitches, save one. For an introvert who’s never fancied celebrity, a Bollywood break can be overwhelming. Almost overnight, Penty grew a sizable fan base. And she could hear them discuss her at the next table. “Suddenly, I couldn’t just walk down the road and hail a cab any more. I was not prepared for [the attention]; I would get so self-conscious and shy that I’d just want to get out of there,” she says. She didn’t, of course. She devised more practical escape routes like using her hair as a veil, developing a fondness for floor-gazing, and when all else failed, bringing out the foolproof “Sorry, I’m not Diana. I’m Diya.” If you run into Penty now,

“I had assumed that [Cocktail] was really Saif and Deepika’s film. When I look back, now, I was so silly”

though, she won’t be using an alias. “I regret being the way I was back then. It wasn’t a nice thing to do to someone who’d taken the effort to come up to you. They’re only asking for an autograph or a picture.” Her peers in the batch of 2012 were firsttimers Alia Bhatt (Student Of The Year) and Ileana D’cruz (Barfi!). Bhatt’s seventh release is out this month, D’Cruz managed five. Penty decided to sit it out. While others locked in on their crucial second films, she was soaking in the anonymity of the Amalfi Coast. She’d successfully unlocked a new career without

Don’t know how to be cool on social media? You need Diana Penty’s rules of online etiquette at ELLE.in/ladydiana


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Cotton top, ` 14,500, Nishka Lulla. Neoprene trousers, ` 97,130, Roksanda Illincic. Patent leather sandals, ` 52,470, Paula Cademartori. Diamond earrings, price on request, Nirav Modi

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even being sure she wanted to. One way to slow down and come to terms with this new life was to hide out for a while. “I think subconsciously I was avoiding [another movie]. I took off on holidays and because I wasn’t here, I couldn’t do too many meetings,” she says. “Although, to be honest, a lot of the scripts that came my way were not films I wanted to do.” Penty’s sophomore feature is finally on its way, Mudassar Aziz’s comedy Happy Bhaag Jayegi, slated to release later this year, in which she plays a runaway bride alongside Abhay Deol. This time, she’s buckled in and looking forward to the ride. “As time goes by, you get more comfortable. I’m still reserved in a lot of ways, but I’m not as self-conscious as I once was. And now I want the momentum to keep going. I definitely don’t want another break.” She chose the character Happy for being shades apart from both Meera and herself. “I wanted to prove to myself that I could do something different. [Happy] isn’t scared of anybody and is ready to take on the world. I liked the idea of this small-town girl whose mundane life gets completely turned around one day.” Personally, the 30-year-old actor has avoided sharp turns. She continues to live in her childhood home, a former maternity hospital that leaks family history; her social circle looks exactly as it did 10 years ago and her on-screen hiatus didn’t dramatically halt red-carpet appearances or brand endorsements either. As she explains the origin of the paintings in her sitting room, where all the furniture is at floor-level, Penty’s presence is courtly; like she’s never suffered a clumsy fall. She promises a tour of the newly made-over first storey, a pet project that took her eight months—“It became an obsession. First thing in the morning, with one eye open, I’d go straight to Pinterest for new ideas”—and brought her closer home. “I was chucking old things and I came across a trunk that had all this art just rolled up in it. I’m talking 100 years old. They were made by my great-grandmother and her sister, both artists.” The sombre sketches of middle-aged sitters and earthy oil paintings blended into her rustic moodboard, which she sums up as “not at all modern”. That’s a fair description for Penty, too. She functions with old-world restraint—I don’t

imagine she’s ever slipped into hysterical fits of rage or despair. Her last cry, extremely rare, she says, came from watching killer whales in captivity in the documentary Blackfish. She detests selfies, and has never submitted to one (except for the ELLE Breast Cancer Awareness campaign) and isn’t entirely sure what Snapchat is. “What’s the point of it?” she asks, at the end of my tutorial. Not condescending, just genuinely clueless about the appeal of oversharing. It must drive her manager nuts. New-age celebrities aren’t distant. They’ll invite you to sweaty workouts, put up goodnight snaps in their PJs and share disastrous accidents in slow-mo. At a time when building an off-screen intimacy is almost as crucial and competitive as box office success, does Penty

“What’s the point of Snapchat?” she asks, not condescending; just genuinely clueless about the appeal of oversharing feel the pressure to behave out of character? “I don’t try very hard, to be honest. Maybe I should, but that’s something I can’t do. I’m very… normal, I think.” She says the word tentatively, like being cornered into using a slur, which is exactly what it feels like. Normal is a word you only want to see on health reports, not fastened to your personality. It’s faint and colourless against the new, more socially acceptable spectrum of weird. But while the rest of us wrestle with unflattering filters and lilac lipstick, Penty isn’t frightened by the ordinary. And that might be the bravest thing about her.

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Jersey top, Bottega Veneta. Acetate sunglasses, Fendi

SHORE THING It bags, raffia slippers, statement sunnies—get in on the hottest summer accessories to pack for that beach vacay Photographs XAVI GORDO Styling INMACULADA JIMENEZ Art direction CHARLOTTE DEFFE Make-up and Hair VICKY MARCOS

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Silk scarf, Bulgari. Raffia visor, Hermès MODEL: MAUD LE FORT/ VIEW MANAGEMENT

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THE ARTIST’S LAIR Oversized shirts, avant-garde dresses and clashing prints with splashes of colour get our creative juices flowing

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On her: Cotton shirt, canvas sandals; both H&M. Denim dungarees, Sandra Kpodonou. Straw hat, Etro at Vitkac. com. On him: Cotton briefs, Calvin Klein Underwear. Denim jeans, Levi’s

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Cotton top, H&M. Twill trench, Isabel Marant at Vitkac.com. Cotton trousers, leather heels; both COS. Metal-rimmed glasses, Persol MODEL : MILENA,TOMEK/REBEL; PRODUCTION: MARIA/DRESS THE SPACE; ASSISTED BY BORIS SYNAK (PHOTOGRAPHY), MARTA ZACZYNSKA, ANNA AKINCANA, NATALIA HAMSTER (STYLING). LOCATION COURTESY: THE LABORATORY FOR KATY BENTALL

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We can’t get enough of DAFNI, a ceramic hairstraightening brush that helps you smooth through knotty curls, frizz and flyaways. It heats up to 185 degrees within seconds, and never makes your hair flat. Just brush through in long, outward strokes, away from the scalp, for an at-home blow-dry effect. Tressmart.com

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BABY BANGS It’s a bold proposition, but getting micro-short bangs is the quickest way to transform an unremarkable cut. The cool-girl fringe can be blunt or choppy, but one thing it isn’t? Glossy. Add some sea salt spray to rough it up.

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Photographs SUSHANT CHHABRIA Art direction RESHMA RAJIWDEKAR

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BOBBY-PIN BUN As messy knots get messier, it’s okay to let odd ends stick out and leave bobby pins exposed. It’s as easy as rolling out of bed, pulling your hair back in a low bun and tucking away the short layers with a hair slide. Cotton top, Dior. Circle choker, Shoplune.com

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The thing with surf-texture hair is that it looks better down. So the next time you’re at the beach, put on texturising mousse for height and structure, and then let your hair do its own thing. Knit top, Miuniku. Metal earrings, Dhora

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PUMPED-UP KNOT Some days, it’s just easier to wear your hair in a high bun and embrace the flyaways. Work with your frizz by pulling out a few baby hairs around the crown and amplifying them with hair pomade. Cotton dress, Dhruv Kapoor

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CRIMPED PONYTAIL Kinks are good. In fact, you should play them up with a crimper (yes, crimping is cool again). Done right, it adds volume to your tresses and lifts it at the roots—so no more flat, greasy hair.

Photographer: Sushant Chhabria; Styling: Prayag Menon/Anima Creative Management; Makeup and Hair: Rosario Belmonte/ Anima Creative Management

Crêpe playsuit, Lola by Suman B. Sterling silver choker, Misho by Suhani Parekh

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BOHO BRAID Nailing the perfect French plait or a complicated fishtail is tough, so laissez-faire is currently our favourite French word. Spritz texturising spray and twist a few tiny braids. Loop the braids with random pieces of hair and tie together in a low ponytail. Cotton pinafore dress, Shift by Nimish Shah. Metal earring, Lune MODEL: PERRIE/ANIMA CREATIVE MANAGEMENT ASSISTED BY: SNEHA INDULKAR (FASHION), RADHIKA YADAV (HAIR)

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DISTRESS CALL All the advice out there on fixing hair damage can tie you up in knots. Mamta Mody is here to help TAKE THIS QUIZ TO WEIGH IN ON THE DAMAGES

How long is your hair? A. Kim K + crazy extensions B. Kim K post-Kanye C. Kim K's blonde bob

How often do you wash it? A. Only when my dry shampoo starts to look like dandruff.

B. Three times a week; depends on my gym schedule.

C. Every three days.

A. My platinum dye job is very high-maintenance.

B. I went through a phase once with highlights... dark times.

C. No, my hair is perfect the way it is (hair flip).

How often do you use a blow dryer or flat iron? A. I take a break on weekends. And bank holidays.

B. Only when I need a quick fix. C. I prefer to air-dry. ELLE

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Have you tried any chemical treatments? A. Of course! Keratin, straightening, perming... science is our friend.

B. I tried cysteine once, but never again. C. I have zero patience with that stuff.

When was the last time you got a trim? A. I’m trying to grow it out. B. Maybe three months ago? C. Just last week.

Take the porosity test: Dip a strand of hair in a bowl of water. What happens to it? A. It’s hit the bottom. B. It’s sinking slowly? Is that a bad thing?

C. It floats!

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Can you run your fingers through the entire length of your hair? A. Not without breaking a few strands. B. I get stuck somewhere at the end. C. Of course, just like in the commercials.

What do your ends look like? A. Split, split, split, normal, split. B. A few splits, but I'll get them trimmed.

C. They look okay, but could use

How often do you use SPF on your hair?

a touch of shine serum.

A. You get SPF for hair?! B. I wear a hat at the beach, if that’s what you mean.

C. I only use products that offer sun protection.

How often do you use a deep conditioning mask? A. Never, what's wrong with my

Do the elasticity test: Take a strand of hair from your brush. Wet it and tug at it from both ends. A. It snaps into two. B. It stretches and stays that way.

C. It stretches a little and bounces back.

regular conditioner?

B. Whenever I remember to. C. Every week—keeps my halo in place.

Do you take any nutritional supplements? A. Is Diet Coke a supplement?

What does your stylist nag you about?

B. I take B12 tablets because I

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If you can hit the salon every four weeks for a deepconditioning treatment, that’s ideal. Or start using a hair masque at home every week to protect the keratin and keep your hair hydrated.

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MOSTLY Bs We’ve caught you just in time. Dry hair is the first sign of depleting health. Your hair's surface is made up of a really strong protein called keratin. When this layer is damaged the structure collapses. And it’s not your fault. “Even environmental aggressors like pollution or harsh products can cause this,” says Kérastase education manager, Ashima Kumar. Also get your doctor to rule out a hormonal imbalance. Thyroid problems and certain medications can trigger hair damage.

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Schedule monthly treatments at the salon to replace and replenish the missing keratin in your hair. Use products with these ingredients: ceramide, intracylane and keratin.

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Step away from the dryer. Thermal abuse, over-washing or not caring enough for chemically-treated hair has done permanent damage, that has reached the central cortex causing your hair to split. Shweta Sodhi, national technical head for L'Oréal Professionnel suggests that you trim your hair regularly, every four weeks, to keep the ends from splitting further. Since your hair can't retain moisture anymore, make your conditioner work harder by applying it on towel-dried hair because wet hair can dilute its effect.

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For constant shots of moisture use a leave-in conditioner and/or serum. And keep air-drying when possible. Stick to products that promise to ‘nourish’, ‘smooth’, ‘hydrate’ or ‘moisturise’.

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Your smugness is well-earned. Sounds like you have very little or no hair damage. Your mission now is to keep it that way. Stan Newton, Creative Director for Wella Professionals says, “Remember that like your skin your hair and scalp also needs UV protection, so use products that offer this or cover up with a scarf”. A few tweaks to your near-perfect routine could go a long way in keeping things happy and bouncy. Avoid strong cleansers that strip natural oils and while heat styling, remember anything higher than 180ºC can melt your hair.

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TRESemmé Spa Rejuvenation Conditioner, ` 171


GOOD PRACTICE The basics to keeping your hair on point

TRY A HAIR DETOX

Rinse your hair with equal parts vinegar and water. Not only does it remove clumpy residue, the vinegar also closes cuticles, making hair shiny. Yves Rocher Eclat Radiance Rinsing Vinegar, ` 495

A greasy, flaky scalp can actually trigger hair loss and thinning. Nioxin’s global capability manager, Benjamin Martin, says, “Use a cleanser that helps remove follicle-clogging sebum, fatty acids and environmental residue. The conditioner should also keep the scalp’s moisture balance.”

MASTER THE ART OF AIR-DRYING

Matrix Heat Buffer Protection Spray, ` 550

COMMIT TO HEAT PROTECTION

WATCH YOUR SCALP HEALTH

Nioxin Diaboost, ` 4,125

Rene Furterer Complexe 5 Scalp Treatment, ` 3,850

BE GENTLE WITH FLYAWAYS

Try this low maintenance routine: Apply leave-in conditioner to wet hair, detangle with a wide-toothed comb and then, just wait it out. If you absolutely must use the dryer, then give your mane a blast of cold air.

Applying the pre-blow dry lotion requires more precision than you think. Just patting it on won't work. Sodhi elaborates, “Massage the serum between your hands, then apply it to the length using your fingers. Rub your hands again and apply the rest closer to the roots.” Moroccanoil Oil Treatment, ` 2,600 approx

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PICK A GOOD BRUSH Give your curling tongs a rest and experiment with your natural texture. TRESemmé expert Daniel Bauer says, "I love the versatile wet-hair look for this—you can go grunge or super sleek.”

Wella Professionals SP Luxe Oil, ` 2,499

Who cares where your brush is from, right? But the fact is that cheap plastic can snag and break the hair shaft. Use a synthetic boar bristle brush instead, for better circulation and shine.

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It’s tempting to just flat-iron them and forget about it. Instead dip a clean mascara brush in an anti-frizz serum and run the spool over troubled areas. This way you get just the right amount of moisture where you need it.

Treat yourself to a relaxing oil massage right before a wash. Apply any nutritive oil, like argan, to the midlengths and ends, then run a brush over it to help the hair absorb the oil. If the stickiness puts you off, invest in the new oilin-cream formulas. They give you the same benefits without the mess.

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Dryness, frizz and eventually, a rough mop—the list of maddening hair woes is endless. Trust these bottles to back you up in your daily fight against unruly hair. Cover your bases with the super-moisturising Wella Enrich shampoo and L’Oréal Professionnel’s Mythic Oil mask. If you’re short on time, spritz on Kérastase’s heat-protection spray to control frizz, or treat damaged ends with the Matrix serum. We wouldn’t step out of the house without Toni & Guy’s Moisturising Shine Spray, though—it maintains your mane’s bounce and lustre.

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Metal hairband, ` 990, Aldo Accessories

Metal hair pins (set of 4), ` 695, Accessorize

Photograph: Manasi Sawant; Art direction: Ritika Singbal; Inputs by Anjan Sachar

Gold-plated maang tikka with uncut crystal, ` 4,000, Suhani Pittie

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Blair Waldorf circa 2007 pretty much set the tone for hair accessories and this season calls for a throwback—but with a grown-up twist. Give dishevelled hair a touch of shine with a classic band, or stick Ra Abta’s floral pins in your chignon. For the more traditional, try a delicate maang tikka by Suhani Pittie.

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Dress up your summer hairdo with girly accessories

Gold-plated hair pins, ` 4,500 each, Ra Abta Jewels at Perniaspopupshop.com

Metal hairband, ` 399, Blueberry at Koovs.com

Metal hair clip, ` 398, Ayesha Accessories

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SMOOTH TALK

L’Oréal Professionnel’s Pro-Keratin Texture Services will take care of your everyday frizz While looking picture-ready is almost a necessity (thank you Snapchat and Instagram), some things like frizz that even the coolest filters can’t fix. Now you can rely on L’Oréal Professionnel’s 100% formaldehyde-free Pro-Keratin Texture Services that are tailor-made to your needs to give you shiny, frizz-free hair without the artificial flatness. It uses NutriCationic technology which works as a smoothening and nourishing treatment to restructure and soften hair. Plus, it lets you skip the blow drying post every wash and sleep in an extra 20 minutes! Jannat Bhasin, a 22-year-old image consultant, tested the Pro-Keratin Shine-Straight service:

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The expert also advised me to use the X-tenso athome care range which consists of X-tenso Care Shampoo, Masque and Nutritive Serum to ensure my smooth, straight hair last long. The Pro-Keratin Texture Services and the X-Tenso Care Home Care range are exclusively available at L’Oréal Professionnel salons across the country.


MIDDLE AGES Stuck with awkward in-between hair? Mihika Pai helps ease the growing pains

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thick Zooey Deschanel fringe, Michelle Williams’ adorable pixie and Deepika Padukone’s perfect mocha mane are all hard to resist and all nearly impossible to grow out with your dignity intact. Highlights cost an entire year’s savings to maintain, bangs can leave you half-blinded and it only takes a few weeks for the sculpted bob to turn into endless bad hair days. If you’ve already hit that awkward caveman shag, we can help you get to a better place. Let’s all take a deep breath, now...

NEW LENGTHS As far as bangs go, the journey from love to hate is surprisingly short, but regular haircuts can make your journey much easier. “A light fringe doesn’t require any reshaping. Just wear it to the side till it grows out,” explains Asha Hariharan, celebrity hairstylist. Tackle blunt bangs by asking your stylist to reduce the weight and thin the outline. You can also get an asymmetrical cut so it eventually merges in. If your fringe still bothers you, embrace summer’s hair accessory trend and push your hair back with clips, embellished hair slides or floral headbands.

COLOUR SWAP Old, faded hair colour with (unintentional) roots showing is a huge no-no. To get past the ugh stage, Monsoon Salon hairstylist and colourist Rod Anker advises a gloss treatment. “It’s a temporary colour that stains the highlights and disguises the regrowth. It also washes out without harming your hair,” he explains. Hairstylist Kanta Motwani of Kromakay salons suggests a fresh coat of lowlights in a shade that’s close to your natural colour. “It takes the attention away from brassy, jaded highlights and leaves you with a gorgeous, sun-kissed look.” If you’re game to experiment, Hariharan recommends darkening the top of your head in a zigzag pattern along your parting. It’s creates a contrast against the highlights, lending an ombré effect.

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BOB BACKLASH Short styles are usually cut with such exacting angular precision that growing one out shouldn’t pose a challenge. Anker suggests using each stage as a styling option. “Make small changes to make it appear like a hairstyle rather than something you’re just stuck with. So go from a pixie to a short bob, to a lob and then to a shag.” Or you can soften the bob, Motwani explains, “Add some layers to make the hair look less structured or try a soft perm for a softer, fuller look.” With styles like the pixie, she recommends reducing the length between layers to make the hair look even.

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We’ve all been there: your hair grows at breakneck speed till a certain point and suddenly kaput! It decides it likes being at that specific length and refuses to grow any further. You could get a monthly trim to boost hair growth, but Anker also stresses the importance of lifestyle choices. Maintain a balanced diet, stay fit and check your vitamin levels to preserve your hair’s thickness. If you’re suddenly faced with thinning hair, make sure you aren’t deficient in iron, zinc, vitamin B and vitamin C. Alternatively, visit a doctor to make sure your hormones are in check. Try Biotin supplements if lack of keratin is causing thinning; Hariharan also suggests a regular hair spa treatment to boost keratin and maintain a healthy scalp. You can always go the traditional route with a warm oil massage, too. Work it through the ends and use just a few drops on the scalp to aid massage. And lastly, protect your hair from excessive sun exposure.


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a great way to instantly add volume and length to your hair. It’s not tough to find a good match, either— there’s a length, thickness and colour to match your every need. But remember you need at least four inches of natural hair to pull it off. “You need to be careful because if it’s done incorrectly, the extensions can pull out a lot of hair and cause further thinning,” explains Anker. The glue-on extensions that last around six weeks seem to be the most popular choice since the silicon-based adhesive isn’t applied to the scalp but the hair. So there’s no chance of any damage or allergic reaction. However, if you’re still apprehensive, stitching a hairpiece on is also a great option.

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HOW TO GO 'LOW POO'

Take some inspiration from blogger Jacquelyn Byres, who hasn’t washed her hair for five years. Benefits include thicker hair with more volume and reduced scalp dryness. Wean off shampoo by using it fewer times a week and switch over to cleansing with baking soda and vinegar once you settle into your new routine.

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• Brush your hair as much as you can, several times a day if possible, to spread the sebum right to the tips. • Rinse with a mixture of baking soda or corn starch and water (which doesn’t lather). Once a week to start with, then once a month, then not at all. • After a few weeks, you only need to rinse with water. Eventually you can stop that too and only brush hair regularly.

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CHOOSE A SULPHATEFREE SHAMPOO…

or pH-balanced shampoo (made from soft, vegetal surfactants) that is free of chemical ingredients. Unlike regular cleansers, they don’t damage your hair's natural keratin levels and are good for the planet.

SHOPPING LIST Try The Body Shop's super moisturising Banana Shampoo or L'Oréal Professionnel's Vitamino Color Shampoo for coloured tresses.

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If the idea of smelling like a pickle with the shampoo-free regimen doesn’t appeal to you, then there is a smoother option. Just replace your shampoo with a conditioner.

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With everyone jumping on the ‘no poo’ bandwagon, Virginie Dolata finds a middle path to chemical-free hair care


SALMON This is rich in omega-3, vitamin B12 and iron— the perfect cocktail of goodness for your hair.

SPINACH, BROCCOLI AND PEAS All of these are rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, and help regulate sebum production.

BEANS AND BROAD BEANS These are great sources of complex carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and mineral salts.

OYSTERS, SEAFOOD AND LIVER These contain minerals such as zinc and iron. Vegetarians can try wheat germ, hard cheese and nuts (especially hazelnuts).

WHITE MEAT One of your hair’s most essential components is the protein, keratin. To optimise its production and avoid hair loss, you must eat protein-rich foods like chicken.

Eat your way to healthy hair

EGGS Besides being an ideal source of protein, eggs also contain biotin and vitamin B12, which boost hair health.

WHOLE GRAINS Foods like wholemeal bread is jam-packed with zinc, iron and vitamin B1.

NUTS Load up on them for omega-3 and alphalinolenic acid. Or try zinc-rich cashews.

CARROTS These are rich in vitamin A, betacarotene and potassium, which are also great for your complexion.

FOOD CHART

COT TAGE CHEESE Low-fat dairy is a great source of potassium, magnesium, zinc, protein and vitamins A, B12 and D.

BREWER’S YEAST Packed with vitamin B8, you can sprinkle it over a salad or take it in capsule form over two months.

THE CASE FOR SPIRULINA This magical little blue 'algae' really does do everything. It is extremely rich in protein, iron, zinc, magnesium and vitamins B6 and E, not to mention beta-carotene, minerals and fatty acids. It boasts several benefits like strengthening your immune system, boosting energy levels, decreasing cholesterol, fighting the effects of stress and improving sleep. On top of all this, it also detoxifies and cleanses your scalp while restoring your follicles and protecting against hair loss and greying. Make the most of its antioxidant properties and mix a pinch of spirulina powder with a combination of essential oils and work it into your scalp.

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our hairstylist will hate us for saying this, but at-home hair colour holds fascinating new promise. The latest no-mess formulas and slick applicators make it sound so easy that you’ll be tempted to forget the DIY dye horror stories. As long as you keep your hair in good condition and follow a few simple instructions, you can totally swing salongrade colour at home.


FIGHT GREYS How do I get started?

What’s next?

Treat the instructions on the box as the holy grail—no skipping steps! Then part your hair in the centre and brush on a layer of colour. First move the brush in an upward stroke, then downwards to cover all the spots. With a thin comb, flip a one-fourth inch section up and over to the other side. When tackling hair at the back of your head, use two strategically placed mirrors so you can see what you’re doing. For stubborn greys around the front, run a light coat around the area again.

What about root touch-ups?

For a temporary fix, dab your roots with a powder that matches your natural colour (try dark eyeshadow). If you must colour it again, only do the new growth. “Make sure you use the same colour when touching-up roots to get consistent results,” says Joshi.

First arm yourself with brushes, a plastic mixing bowl (metal is not your friend) and a whisk to blend the colour. Finding the right shade will take a little more work—you can’t just go by what’s on the box. “The right shade should complement your skin and natural hair tone,” says Shilpa Halder Joshi, hair colour expert at Garnier. Make sure to have an extra box on hand; you don’t want to run out of colour halfway through. Experts recommend you don’t wash your hair for at least two days before the job so that your scalp’s natural oils can protect your skin from the colour. If you’re worried about the dye dripping down your forehead, rub Vaseline along the hairline and ears. Then section off about an inch along the hairline, clip it to the side and tackle this area last. This will prevent baby hair from darkening too much.

How do I make it last?

Post-care is key. Besides a shampoo and conditioner designed for coloured hair, you also need a weekly deep conditioning masque and UV protection to prevent fading. And don’t forget to rinse your head with cool water; it keeps your cuticles closed and the colour locked in.

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Schwarzkopf Professional Igora Royal Permanent Colour Creme in Natural Brown Gold, ` 330

Garnier Color Naturals Cream in Light Brown, ` 160

SCORE HIGHLIGHTS How do I get started?

Don’t be overwhelmed by all the choices, stick with a simple plan and pick a colour that’s just a few shades lighter than your natural one. Since you aren’t doing a global colour, you can work on freshlywashed hair too. Begin by parting hair in the section you want to highlight. Don’t fuss about keeping them symmetrical; colour on uneven layers looks more natural. You must remember that since the ends are more porous, they will drink in more colour than the roots. It’s a good idea to do the roots first, and then move down. Pick a few strands that are a quarter-inch away from the hairline and start colouring from your natural part. To prevent the colour from rubbing off on other segments, separate each section with foil. If you get anxious about the results, wipe off a little bit after a few minutes to check on the shade.

What’s next?

L'Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Aishwarya's Brown, ` 559

Unless you’re planning to look like a ’90s pop star, subtle highlights are more flattering than dramatic ones. If your colour turns out too light, celebrity hairstylist Clarabelle Saldanha has a suggestion: "Dye your entire mane a shade that matches your natural colour. Thanks to the highlights under the second coat, you'll have a flattering combination of light and dark.” If it’s not as light as you expected, simply do a second round of colour. But leave this coat on for half the time indicated on the box and keep wiping to check progress.

Do I still need to visit a salon?

Alternating between at-home and salon treatments is a great way to stay within budget without compromising on the quality of your colour. “If you’re experimenting with something drastically different, visit a salon till you figure out what looks best on you,” suggests Joshi.

How do I make it last?

Add sulphate-free formulas to your hair care regimen and maybe reduce the frequency of your weekly hair wash or rinse with just a conditioner. “A conditioner will make the colour remain rich and radiant,” says Saldahna. Hydrate your tresses with a weekly deep conditioning treatment and always use UV protection if you’re going to be out in the sun for long.

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T A E R W BODIES now how you can make your favourite workout even better? Do it underwater. “You can kick higher, stretch further and since you’re working against both gravity as well as water resistance, your exercise becomes even more effective,” says Sucheta Pal, who conducts Aqua Zumba classes in cities across India. “The water provides a cushioning effect, making it easier to push yourself.” The pool is a more inclusive place than, say, the track. People with joint problems, arthritis and bone injuries can all get a good workout in here. “The physical properties of water, its viscosity and buoyancy, give you a sense of weightlessness and remove the biggest hindrance that manifests on land: pain,” says Dr Charu Eapen, associate professor of physiotherapy at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore. Chances are you already know swimming is good for you. No one who’s ever seen a topless picture of Milind Soman can possibly doubt that. So what’s keeping you from diving right in?

“I can’t swim.” What if we said you could get your exercise in the pool and keep your hair dry. Aqua specialist Deepali Jain tells students they can come to her class with make-up on because the water stays below chest level. She says once they gain confidence in water, her students are swimming like fish in no time. If you prefer to do laps, there are places you can learn — and from the very best. The most prolific Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, and his trainers have designed a program that’s been brought to India through Waveline Sports (Michaelphelpsswimming.in). Aquatic director Yusuf Chudesra says, “Most people are hesitant to learn because they’re afraid of drowning or the humiliation of having to begin alongside young children. But all you need is an encouraging coach.” His oldest student is an 87-year-old. Chudesra says it takes three to four weeks of daily practice to become a confident swimmer.

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“I hate how I look in a swimsuit.” “I tell my clients, I don’t want perfect bodies in my class!” says Pal. With every class, she finds that her students gain a new acceptance for their bodies, which is not surprising. Exercise has a powerful effect on body image. In fact, a University of Florida study has shown that working out can make you feel good about yourself, regardless of whether you reach any physical milestones at all. If you are still self-conscious, some increased coverage can take care of that. “You can wear tights below your one-piece,” says Mélanie Mary, 19, a regional-level swimmer from Kochi. “But you’ll soon figure out this slows you down, and that’ll take precedence over your body issues.” For nonswimming workouts, like water aerobics and Aqua Zumba, tights or full-length wetsuits are actually recommended. Jain explains why, “The added pressure helps improve muscle tone. Over time, my students see the difference between the areas left bare and those covered by the swimming tights.”

“I’m not sure the pool is clean.” Public pools are crowded and clean, private ones are expensive. There isn’t much we can do about the problem, but some rules of thumb will help you make better choices. • Check that the water is blue, clean and clear enough to see the drain and the stripes on the bottom. Water should constantly be lapping over the grills along the edges of the pool, to be filtered. • The sides of the pool should be smooth, not slippery or sticky. • Sniff the air. A light, chlorine-like smell is fine, but if the odour is pungent, walk away. Those could be chloramines you’re smelling, the compounds of chlorine, lotions, sweat and—brace yourself—bodily fluids, urine, saliva and faeces. These are what cause red eye, hair fall and diarrhoea. • While getting a membership, ask the maintenance staff questions about how often the pool water is tested for pH levels and chlorine concentration. These should be monitored regularly to prevent skin irritation and infections.

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“Isn’t chlorine bad for me?” Chlorine doesn’t mess up your hair as much as chloramines do. The instructors we spoke to maintained that swimming for extended periods of time can cause some damage, but an hour or so won’t hurt. Swimmers and trainers, however, follow a few skin and hair care routines to minimise damage. The disinfecting chemicals in pool water tend to dry out your hair, which can lead to hair fall. To avoid this, wet your hair with nonchlorinated water before bundling it under a good swimming cap. Oil it lightly when you’re not swimming to prevent it from drying out. After a swim, soap and rinse your body thoroughly as residual chlorine can intensify your tan, says Chudesra. He points out that swimmers are also prone to sinus problems and bouts of the flu. He reduces the chances of that by not going to sleep right after a swim, and by avoiding eating foods like yoghurt just before and after a session.

“But it’s such a pain!” Most other cardio workouts, like running, are as easy as lace-up-and-go, without the tedious pre-shower, post-shower and skin-and-hair care routines. But here’s the thing: unlike running, which is a highimpact cardio exercise that can tire your joints, swimming is a full-body workout that places zero stress on your bones and muscles. As you grapple with the density of water, swimming gives you a solid resistance workout that keeps burning fat long after you’re done. Swimmers burn a whopping 25 per cent more calories than runners, in the same amount of time. Besides, it’s too hot to run anyway. ELLE.IN E L L E JUNE 2016

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ELLE: What's a weird trend you want to try? Sonam Kapoor: Black lipstick. Possibly even [work on] a beauty line with L’Oréal Paris and get them to introduce it.

ELLE: Your make-up artist overslept and now you're on your own—what do you do? SK:  Red lips and my natural, pokerstraight hair. I’ve actually done that once before.

ELLE: What's a multitasker you're obsessed with? SK:  My pink shade from the L’Oréal Paris La Vie En Rose lipstick collection. It’s very moisturising. When I’m at the beach, I wear it on my lips and dab it on my cheeks too.

ELLE: What are your essentials for a good skincare routine? SK: Hydration and less sun exposure is the key to ageing slowly. You need to moisturise during the day and night, and always wear sunscreen. Also, I try to drink around five to six litres of water every day. And at the end of the day, I remove my makeup with the L’Oréal Paris  make-up remover, followed by a water spray.

ELLE: What’s your favourite beauty trick? SK: Using a red or orange lipstick to cover the greys under the eyes. You simply dot red lipstick under your eyes, apply concealer and then put foundation only where you need it.

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L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eye Pencil in Bold Gold, ` 575

D R A M AT I C E Y E S Dust gold shadow over your eyes and define the crease with a dark beige shade. Line half your lid with brown eyeliner and the outer corners with gold. Finish with brown kohl on your waterline.

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LUMINOUS SKIN Sweep a combination of coral and gold on your cheekbones for a subtle contour.

L’Oréal Paris Lucent Magique Blush in Sunset Glow, ` 850

SK:  I like Charlotte Tilbury, Bobbi Brown, Pat McGrath, Namrata Soni and Kabuki. I also love Nikkie De Jager (@NikkieTutorials) who does very creative things on herself, and Huda Kattan (@hudabeauty) since her stuff works for the Indian skin tone—love her lashes too. — ANJAN SACHAR

MUTED LIPS Try a nude-pink hue to complete the look; make sure you use a liner for a fuller pout.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lipstick in Unending Kiss, ` 1,050

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PUMA’s training and style expert, Jacqueline Fernandez, is basically #fitspo. She’s always in great shape, her skin is super luminous and whether she’s spotted in a workout tee or couture, she looks flawless. While your workout regimen might be on point, take a note from Jacqueline to dress the part too. “Athleisure is a growing trend in India, especially amongst women. I’m known to attend meetings in my gym wear, but hey, leggings are the new denims!” said the actress whose social media channels are proof of her obsession. She shows you how to sport her favourites:


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I love the colours in PUMA’s new collection; it has a variety of sport-style products that allow you to easily transform your look from gym to high street chic.

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Calm down with Prana, a small waistband clip-on, that tracks your breathing pattern and texts you reminders and tips to relax. Prana.co

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Having to wash your hair every two days is a task in itself and the humid weather definitely does not help. Enter dry shampoo—the one product that lets you freshen your hair instantly. Use it after the gym, before an important meeting, when you get off a plane—it’ll set you right each time. Bhabani gives you tips to make it work extra hard...

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Lumo Lift, ` 6,650, a discreet, pebble-shaped activity tracker, comes with a bra clip and buzzes until you sit up straight. Lumobodytech.com

Do the downward dog right with Nadi; these yoga pants hook up to a phone app and monitor your body movements to ensure you’re never out of sync. Wearableexperiments.com

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Remember when everyone started hating on lip gloss? Lancôme’s Juicy Shakers, ` 2,100 will give you reason to rethink. Its new formula mixes bright pigments with moisturising lip oil to give a polished, non-sticky pout.

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L’Oréal Professionnel's hair contouring colour service will bring out your cheekbones. Their experts customise the flattering browns from the INOA Mocha collection to highlight your best features.

The Victorinox eLLa ` 5,200 comes with a

travel-ready bracelet and a sneaky mirror. Plus, the fresh fruity scents of kumquat and litchi coupled with spicy notes of ginger and sweet vanilla form an elegant day fragrance.

As the first Christian Dior beauty boutique finally opens its doors in Delhi’s Select Citywalk mall, line up for their bestselling DiorShow mascara. Plus: get a private session with their make-up artist in the super luxe consultation room.

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WHAT: Matrix Mirror Shine BlackSpa Service WHERE: At all Matrix salons DURATION: 45 minutes PRICE: ` 400 onwards This was a seriously big step up from the last hair product I used specifically for black hair (household name, drugstore bought). I was excited to see just what the Matrix Mirror Shine treatment, which claims to bring out the best in naturally black hair, could do for my severely damaged mop. We started with something called a shine enhance booster dose for my hair cuticles and then the Opti.black spa treatment was massaged into my scalp. An Opti.black shampoo wash, conditioner and serum-doused blow dry later, my hair was visibly softer and shiny. Despite my lazy hair care tendencies, I’ve continued to use the shampoo and conditioner (every time!) from the range—I’m dedicated to retaining this sheen for at least the designated 24 washes. — ARSHIE CHEVALWALA

MANE THERAPY Trust these hair treatments to nurse your mop back to health WHAT: Kérastase Fusio Dose WHERE: All Kérastase salons DURATION: 45 minutes PRICE: ` 900 onwards

WHAT: Nutri Straight Quadra Therapy WHERE: Lakmé Absolute Salon, New Delhi Vishesh Verma; Inputs by Anjan Sachar

DURATION: 210 minutes PRICE: ` 7,800 onwards plus taxes (depending on hair length) I’m game for anything that offers to nourish my hair and permanently control frizz, and this treatment offered great promise from the get-go. After a basic analysis, we started with a deep cleansing hair wash and a pre-treatment protective spray. Next, the stylist

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Kérastase’s new treatment promised instant conditioning within 15 minutes—that appealed to me greatly because I’m usually told that my very dry hair will only start to retain some hydration if I treat it regularly for a minimum of six months. The stylist first assessed my primary and secondary issues— dehydration and a slightly flaky scalp—with the genius Kérastase diagnostic camera, in which your scalp looks like a post-apocalyptic wasteland. From a selection of four concentrates and five boosters, the stylist chose for me a combination of the Oléo-Fusion concentrate and the Nutrition booster. After a wash, she thoroughly massaged in the blend of antioxidants and natural jojoba and avocado oils. By the end of the treatment, my hair felt softer and more nourished. Word to the wise though: the effect lasts just as long as it takes to create.

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highway cruising. Here the game is of moments and details: flashes of beauty, warmth and discovery that leave you moved if you’re willing to stay open. Like the scavenging marabou storks that perch atop the city’s highest billboards like haggard sentinels. Like the delicious indigenous AA blend coffee at the local Java House that you’d be wise to spend at least half your shopping budget on. Like how a national air of spiffiness asserts itself everywhere you look, in the teetering heels, gleaming suits, complicated hairdos and confident accessorising.  The notorious matatu, a public minivan which forms the country’s chief transport, is another everyday


wonder and often shoulders the blame for Kenya’s excessively high road-death toll. Funny, because the matatu is the only thing keeping me from killing myself as we spend three static hours in traffic trying to get to dinner a mere eight km away. Drenched in schizophrenic iconography that goes from crucifixes to Coca-Cola logos and the Canadian flag—and fitted with sub-woofers that make your bones vibrate—these former death-wisheson-wheels were regulated a decade ago but you still get the sense that you need to be at least 10 years younger to fully appreciate the cultural experience of getting on one. Luckily, they crowd the roads

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and are freely available for a game of crane-blatantly-to-look-insidebut-quickly-avert-gaze-when-caught. My favourite Nairobi moment still comes courtesy the wild. We miss our chartered flight to the bush the next morning (thank you, rush-hour traffic) but Omenda promises to make it up to us with a trip to Karen. The well-heeled south-western suburb is named for its most famous inhabitant, Danish author Baroness Karen von BlixenFinecke, who would later write about her Kenyan experiences in the iconic Out Of Africa. The author’s farmhouse is now The Karen Blixen Museum (Museums.or.ke) and offers an affecting insight into a sensitive, melancholic woman. We’re here, however, for the  Giraffe Centre (Giraffecentre. org), a breeding facility working to conserve the highly endangered Rothschild’s species, only a few hundred of which remain. How does the giraffe endure when extinction has claimed far less absurd creatures? Even science is weird about it, awkwardly calling it giraffa camelopardalis or a camel that’s marked like a leopard. The ones at the centre lurch unsteadily towards the snack pellets in our outstretched palms, necks moving slowly through the air like mechanically operated cranes, baleful eyes scoping out the competition, before leaning in too close and washing off the food with their warm, grey, antiseptic tongues. Later, at the adjoining

education centre, we learn that giraffes are actually pretty badass. They need only two hours’ sleep, drink water once every few days, have a prehensile tongue and can decapitate a grown lion with a kick. I guess what I’m saying is, Melman was a lie. As we bid goodbye to the giant freaks, I realise Omenda’s little preview has worked. I am no longer grumpy about our missed flight; we’re merely hours away from the real deal.  Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in Northern Kenya’s  Lewa Downs, and that is the least interesting fact about this wildlife conservancy. Our tiny plane lands in the middle of nowhere just like I’d hoped, we get in a waiting jeep, and our first safari begins immediately. The driver Steven, an old park hand, gives us the primer: these 60,000 acres of ethereal savannah revolutionised rhino conservation in East Africa in the ’70s by enlisting the local communities’ support and rewarding them with employment and infrastructure. They’ve also raised a conservation militia, which patrols the park, and uses snipers to kill poachers on sight—great for the animals but cause for some human rights debates.  Never having been on a safari before, I’m not familiar with the etiquette, but somehow shouting

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and pointing at the animals doesn’t seem kosher. This becomes difficult when we spot the first of the Big Five: a black rhino, the conservancy’s founding species, desperately endangered because of the supposed cancer-curing properties of its horn. He barely acknowledges us—this will be the trend in the bush—but his 1000kg figure and proximity invite us to imagine him charging

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towards our exposed vehicle if we antagonise him. I silence my phone camera and begin to take picture after picture, because I want to really live in this moment but definitely also want to show off later. Over the next half hour, we spot Another Three in quick succession—the African lion, the African elephant and the cape buffalo. Our guide tells us the elephants are the ones to be in awe of. Besides their obvious grace and antiquity, their massive brains store all kinds of nifty facts, like the specific smells of each family member’s urine, exactly what route they took to a water cove 10 years ago and which twit on a jeep scared their calf.  I wonder if driving through this incredible topography of windswept hills and plateaus with the snowspotted Mount Kenya in the distance, and animals roaming wild if not exactly free, is now tedious for the serious, polite Steven. After staring stupidly as a single file of Grevy’s zebras sprint across the

horizon, we come upon a couple of lazy lions (there is no other kind). We stop breathing as a group, as one of them lifts himself off the warm dirt track, takes a leisurely piss and then walks around our jeep to the tall grass on the other side before collapsing in a heap. “Shall we go, then?” Steven asks in the middle of our out-of-body experience.  We spend the night at the austere-luxe  Lewa Safari Camp (Lewasafaricamp.com), a good example of how tourism can be an enjoyable, relaxing form of conservation. The tented resort is owned by the conservancy, managed by naturalists and employs some of the country’s most highly trained guides and guards, all from surrounding villages. Almost all earnings go into maintaining the conservancy’s expensive security systems and multiple community programmes. But none of this effort is apparent as you lounge in front of the fireplace, cut into a perfectly medium-rare steak or get a spa treatment. When dinner is over,

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The Gede Ruins, the haunting remains of a labyrinthine 12th-century Swahili town was suddenly abandoned 600 years ago, and is now a national museum. In the cheerful company of Syke’s monkeys, roam the once-elite Arab-African settlement of houses, baths, palaces and mosques now smothered by the surrounding forest. Museums.or.ke


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we’re escorted to our suites by armed guards who fasten the door flaps with locks once we’re in. If you’re the imaginative sort, you’ll stay as still as you can under the sheets with your personal walkie-talkie clutched to your chest. In the morning we fly to the  Maasai Mara at long last. The national reserve in southwest Kenya was voted Africa’s best game sanctuary, beating South Africa’s Kruger National Park and the Serengeti in Tanzania—we’re talking the home of The Lion King here—for its sheer awesomeness. The Mara, as it’s called locally, forms the northern outpost of the Great Migration, that stupefying wildlife spectacle in which two million animals, including wildebeest, gazelle, elands and zebras, chase the rain and greener grass over 2,000km, from the Serengeti upwards into the Mara, crossing the crocodile-infested Mara river.  There is a magic here replicable only with good CGI. The grasslands are like low, swaying flames; Maasai, the semi-nomadic, pastoral inhabitants wend their way elegantly across the plains, their fiery red shukas catching the sun and intimidating deadly predators. (Later at their manyatta, a village with no real barricades since the Maasai are a warrior tribe and therefore XXL of cojones, I ask about their bright, handcrafted accessories of beads and chains and medallions: Are they a social and political marker? Or totems to their animistic deities? No, they just look great, a young tribesman tells me, before reapplying his Ray-Bans.) 

The Moroccan-inspired Medina Palms has given the little town’s tourism a luxurious facelift. Opulent suites overlook tropical gardens and pristine Watamu beach. All your seafood dreams come true at their Amandina restaurant; the excellent Sakina spa helps along afternoon snoozes and rooftop cocktails are the perfect accompaniment to muggy beach nights. Medinapalms.com

The sound of our jeep coming down the red dirt track sends herds of skittish Thomson’s gazelle scampering. Harteebeest headbutt each other like pre-teen boys and a family of warthogs wriggle their fat butts at us as we halt and let them cross, knowing full well they have right of way here. When a young lion turns on his back, blinking in the sun and showing us his round belly, I almost disintegrate. We chase the elusive Fifth—the African leopard—but only catch glimpses of it, draped on the high branches of distant trees.  Our base in the reserve is the Sand River Camp (Elewana collection.com). It sits on the banks of its namesake river, which the migrating herds cross on their way from the Serengeti. Four bored lions greet us at the gate, where we notice the absence of any electric fencing. The staff don’t seem perturbed, so we let ourselves relax into the luxury

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Snorkel in Watamu Marine National Park, East Africa’s oldest and most gifted swathe of white-sand beaches, coral gardens and an exploding list of flora and fauna species including three types of sea turtle. Or take a squelchy guided boardwalk over mangroves for far-flung views of Mida Creek, a delicate and fascinating mangrove ecosystem that plays host to several bird, crusctacean and coral species. Kws.go.ke; facebook.com/ MidaCreekConservationCommunity

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of this 1920s-hunting-lodge-style dig. As the tents begin to be pelted at night by sudden torrential rain and the river hisses urgently, I sip sherry, suffused with the glow of good fortune. A good way to see the Mara for the potboiler it is, is from a hot air balloon (Skysafari.com), at the break of dawn. Wafting silently over the plains that are slowly waking, with only vultures in the tops of acacias for conspirators, is going to be a life experience, less ordinary. When you’re allowed into such beauty, you must also bear the terror for its fragility. The Great Migration is under threat from human encroachment, we’re systematically decimating entire species of weird, wonderful animals, and our grandkids may never get to be kissed full and wet in the face by a frisky giraffe. I clicked for all I was worth.

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CEVICHE AT GARDEN

THE UBIQUITOUS BURRATA

OYSTERS ON ICE AT QBARA

FRESH FRUIT CAKE AT TASTE OF ITALY

CHEESY CHIPS SUSHI AT MOSHI

MIDDLE EATS TURKISH PITA CHICKEN AT SHAWARMA STATION

You will regret any time you spend not eating in Dubai. Yes, even if it was spent shopping, says Deepa Menon

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he Dubai Food Festival is not the marketing behemoth the Shopping Festival is, but it’s a much better introduction to the city. When you eat out in Dubai, you get a multi-layer scoop of everything that’s great about the place: the hospitality, the fastidious attention to quality and the cosmopolitanism. A perfect example of the last is Chef Craig Wong, a Canadian of Chinese extraction, who grew up in the Caribbean but works in Dubai now, serving up the most divine Jamaican food at Ting Irie (Tingirie.com). We can’t comment on authenticity, but the Beach Shack Lobster hits the bliss point between crispy, chewy and spicy that no gobi manchurian fan could resist.

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There’s something a bit surreal about the very premise of Dubai (a lush vertical vision rising from the flat expanse of the Arabian desert), a feeling that’s intensified at the table, where you’ll find a spread of the freshest, sweetest produce— even Italian chefs use locally grown tomatoes and there is no greater endorsement than that.

TREND ALERT Speaking of Italian, the city’s going through an intense burrata phase right now; the fresh, creamy cheese shows up in pristine blobs on pizzas or just scooped in a bowl, drizzled with olive oil and served with crusty bread. From fine dining restaurants to takeaways, everyone serves


the stuff. It’s like Dubai’s version of paneer. Only three years old, the Dubai Food Festival is a way for the city to load up the table with everything it’s currently obsessing over. This year they did it with a Restaurant Week featuring set-price menus at top restaurants, classes with all the MasterChefs you know from TV and events like the Beach Canteen. Hosted on Kite beach, the Canteen was very popular because something about the combination of fast food, beanbags and sea breeze just works. Especially when the fast food on offer includes a Pinza, a light-as-air pizza with a crisp base that’s 80 per cent water and 20 per cent dough (Pinza.com). The star snack at the venue, besides shawarma, was the Cheesy Chips Sushi by the momosushi chain, Moshi (Moshi.ae). It’s a small dollop of Philadelphia cheese, rolled up in sticky rice and coated with crushed potato chips. Eat every last crumb while it’s still crisp and before good sense kicks in. The Beach Canteen is a good place to spot what’s trending and right now, Dubai is all about healthy snacking (frozen bananas, organic kale chips) and repurposing industrial metal. The row of Scandi design stores, bistros and bike shops at Boxpark on Al Wasl Road is housed in massive, brightly painted and poshed-up freight containers, which were also used to create popups during the Dubai Food Festival. Three were stacked on top of each other along the busy Sheikh Zayed Road, the highest with a glass front against which a formal dining table was laid out. Different restaurants hosted invite-only events here through the Festival, much to the curiosity of commuters, who caught a glimpse of a dinner party suspended in mid-air as they whizzed past.

deli. But the kitchen is still held up to his usually high standards. The short, wiry Chef Beck takes an active interest in nutrition and applies scientific research and techniques like distillation and fermentation to create healthier versions of everything from the humble Margherita pizza to a sublime seafood salad. We cannot think of a better use of science. Part of the credit for Chef Beck’s genius salad goes to Dubai’s insanely fresh selection of seafood. Nowhere is this more evident than in the tiny but spectacular ceviche menu at Peruvian restaurant, Garden at the JW Marriott Marquis (Garden. nlcdubai.com). The Ceviche Clasico is a gorgeous mess of raw corvine, cured in ‘tiger juice’ (a strong citrus marinade), and served with pungent red onions and fat, starchy pearls of chulpe corn. Exactly as you might imagine South American chaat.

DINNER AND A SHOW The JW Marriott Marquis is a failsafe place to bring someone for a fancy dinner because it’s home to some award-winning restaurants, like Tong Thai and Chef Atul Kochhar’s Rang Mahal. But if you want a spectacle to go with your meal, make a reservation at Qbara (Qbara.ae), a hot new lounge in Wafi City. Sip on the deceptively potent Hibiscus Mimosa, enjoy the mellow, upbeat music and wonder quietly if you’re hallucinating as the enormous wood panelled wall behind the bar comes alive with 3D projections. It’s all a little Arabian Nights, but with such a chill vibe and such good food (truffle oil infused-labneh, we’re convinced,

is the dip of choice in heaven) that you can’t help but be charmed. For a more hyperactive scene, however, just follow the winding line of young people in tight pants at the entrance of the Souk Madinat Jumeirah. They’re waiting to get into Pacha Ibiza (Pacha.ae), which has an open-air club upstairs, complete with dance floor and shisha, and dinner and a show downstairs. Tables are arranged around a performance area where acrobats take to the air, backflip gracefully all over the place and contort themselves into pretzels, while you eat nonstop. Another way in which eating trumps shopping in Dubai is that it gets you out of the sanitised bubble of malls. In early March, when the Dubai Food Festival takes place, you’ll find Emiratis spending hours over coffee and pastry at alfresco cafes all over the city. They have the right idea, because you’re in the middle of a desert and soon it will be 50° C out. Then you’ll wish you’d grabbed a scoop of frozen banana on the beach while you still could. In 2017, the Dubai Food Festival will be on from February 23 to March 11. For more information go to Visitdubai.com

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Eating trumps shopping in Dubai because it gets you out of the sanitised bubble of malls

FRESH CATCH What attracts highly regarded chefs to a place like Dubai is that it’s willing to pay for quality. This allows someone like Heinz Beck, owner of the three Michelin-starred La Pergola in Rome, to create a lab-slash-kitchen at Taste of Italy (Tasteofitalybyheinzbeck.com). For the menu of Chef Beck’s second restaurant in the city (the first is the swish Social by Heinz Beck at the Waldorf Astoria), he decided to go casual with a sunny café and

TUN UP TUNA AT TING IRIE

OUD (PISTA AND CHERRY) AT QBARA

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‘Credenza’ stained glass cabinet, Patricia Urquiola and Federico Pepe for Spazio Pontaccio

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Coloured glass was all the rage this year—whether it was church window-inspired cabinets (see Credenza) or Ini Archibong’s dramatic lighting sculptures. But the real showstopper was Elise Luttik’s stunning prismatic chair.

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HOUSE CALL w From multitasking wardrobes to reflective chairs, Arshie Chevalwala pins down the hottest décor trends from Salone del Mobile 2016

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‘Sundial’ chandelier, Maarten de Ceulaer for Nilufar Gallery

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coveted pieces at the design fair were all about adaptability. From Thomas Schnur’s grid-like storage system (it can morph into a room divider, plant display or wardrobe) to Carlo Ratti’s stackable poufs which can build everything from a couch to a daybed—these pieces make every square inch count.

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age-old, rattan-style furniture were Marni’s colourful PVC chairs and a metallic Knoll piece that looks deceptively like wood. To ease into the trend, try the minimalistic Foscarini lamp.

‘Charity project’ limited edition chair, Marni Ballhaus

‘Crane’ lamp, Animaro

‘Lift-bit’ sofa, Carlo Ratti

‘Platner’ chair, Knoll

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Bathing elephants and other adventures at Ambatty Greens Resort Set in the Bittangala region of Coorg (250km from Bangalore), the Ambatty Greens Resort is home to 24 spacious rooms, each with a balcony overlooking their lush golf course. Lounge in the infinity pool or find your kind of story to take home:

SPORTS JUNKIES An opportunity to play golf 1400m above sea level doesn’t come by that often—get a quick lesson from the local caddies if you must, but do try your hand at the 18-hole course here. If you’d rather step out of the property, Virajpet (5km away) has a course for some healthy competition with the locals.

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Get up close and personal with the elephants of the region at Dubare Elephant Camp, about an hour’s drive away. Bathe the gentle giants and feed them their favourite raagi and jaggery snack before you scramble onto their backs for a short tramp around the property.

WATER BABIES Wear a wetsuit and give white water rafting a shot—it offers you breathtaking views of the entire region as you paddle away. The best time to do this is during or after the rains; the river overflowing with rainwater makes for a thrilling ride.

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While we’ve been using the antiinflammatory and antioxidantrich turmeric for centuries, the West is only just catching up. Originally used as a spice and dye, the home remedy for common cold and indigestion is the new superfood on the block. And it’s even making its way on to drinks menus—Ek Bar (Tel: 011 41688811) in Delhi serves one called City Of Nizams, a turmericinfused gin and tonic. Boosting your immunity, one cocktail at a time.

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Do Sunday brunch right at Mumbai’s top tables In addition to beers, sangrias and cocktails, some of The Daily’s best eats make it to their brunch menu. We highly recommend the cooling three-melon salad and the crispy potato and mushroom rosti. Their espresso chocolate fondant is the best way to end a meal here. ` 1,700 plus taxes. Tel: 022 30150828

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Make a day of your brunch at Hakkasan (they’re on till 6pm) with the Hakka Brunch debuting this month. Bite into their bestsellers, like the chicken siu mai dumplings and the sanpei Indian salmon with Thai chili and basil. We’d save space for dessert, though; the passionfruit chocolate bar with white chocolate parfait is all kinds of sublime. Sip on a selection of exclusive brunch cocktails: repeats of the Pink Lady—gin, pomegranate, thyme and lime— are a must. ` 2,500 plus taxes. Tel: 022 2644 4444

At The White Owl Brewery, pair house-crafted beers (the caramel-roasted Diablo gets our vote) with carbheavy comfort food—chorizo scrambled eggs, blueberry pancakes and crêpes. While you’re there, sign up for their Member Of Parliament loyalty program (` 1,500 onwards)—a monogrammed beer jar and size upgrades on every order. So totally worth it. ` 1,495 plus taxes. Tel: 022 24210231 — ANJAN SACHAR

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NEW LEAF Chit Chaat Chai started as a pop-up but is now a sweet spot with bright, handpainted walls in south London. The bar serves drinks like the Softly, Subtly, Spicy, a martini that uses chaispiced vodka—perfect for particularly strong 4pm cravings. They also have an excellent India-inspired menu with everything from Chowpatty-style bhel to masala papad. Goodbye, holiday homesickness. Chitchaatchai.com

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Two new Mumbai cafés to balance your diet

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Anjali Pathak’s new studio lets you

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Anjali Pathak’s family business took India to the world in the form of the popular Patak’s brand of sauces and chutneys, and now the British-Indian is bringing home a stash of global flavours. Pathak, who trained with Jamie Oliver in London, has set up a cooking studio, Flavour Diaries, in Mumbai. “We have 16 counters so every student has their own equipment and all our classes are completely hands-on—with everything from chopping raw vegetables to measuring your ingredients,” says Pathak, who teaches almost every cuisine you can think of. The studio has a dining area that lets you host dinner parties and chef ’s tables, and there’s also a cookbook library for the really committed. Flavourdiaries.com

Pass on store-bought probiotic drinks and try the age-old Asian kombucha. This bubbly iced tea-of-sorts is produced using a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) and fuels digestion as well as cell regeneration. Source from model Bella Carlstrom, who makes this drink at home in Mumbai, in kiwi and guava flavours. Tel: 9867931831

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Planning a cheat meal? Bombay Waffle Co. is your answer. Chef Karishma Dalal’s waffles-only café is across the road from her now-popular Bombay Salad Co. in Bandra, Mumbai. On offer are crispy treats, both sweet and savoury. The caramelised banana and toffee, and the waffle sandwich, loaded with eggs and sausage are our favourites. For those in a hurry, grab a waffle shake and go. Facebook.com/BombayWaffle

Ministry of Salads in south Mumbai offers customised and off-the-menu salads, besides a mean selection of smoothies and desserts—the crunchy banana yoghurt berry smoothie with granola crackers is not to be missed. If you’re looking to detox, order in the pomegranate, celery and ginger cleanser as a mid-day snack. Restaurateur Hitesh Keswani plans to open outlets around the country by the end of the year. Tel: 9769823777

— ANJAN SACHAR

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PARTY TOWN The Bangalore edition of the ELLE Carnival For A Cause was all fun—with a purpose

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astro By BERNARD FITZWALTER

AQUARIUS JAN 21-FEB 18

You’re given a present, but it seems that you are trying to peek through the wrapping to see what it is before deciding whether to accept. Will this make you seem ungrateful? Perhaps, but you’re right to do it. What you’re being offered is too big to take on without being aware of the consequences; be sure of what’s involved before you agree.

CANCER JUN 22-JUL 22

You have been bearing a heavy responsibility for far too long and it’s time to stop. It's no longer relevant, so why continue? Maybe you think that if you let go, the whole situation will collapse, and that makes you feel guilty—but when you try it, you feel overwhelming relief. In fact, you'll realise you should’ve done this earlier. Set yourself free.

LEO

JUL 23-AUG 23

You’ve got what you wanted. Well done! But what next? There are financial issues to consider, and plans for the future will need a rethink. Plus, there may be certain people who are jealous of your success. Did you make the wrong choice? Not at all. Of all the options open to you, this is the one that makes your heart sing— that’s all that matters.

VIRGO

AUG 24-SEP 22

There are some arguments

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you can’t win. If you insist on proving your point, you will eventually emerge as the victor because you are, in fact, right. But you may not wish to engage in this battle because it could help your career, but it might cost you the friendship and support of someone close to you. That's too high a price to pay.

LIBRA

SEP 23-OCT 23

Which is better, to stay ahead of the rest through the whole race, or to take the lead on the last lap and go on to victory? Both get you the prize, but the second one feels better and the spectators will love you forever. You have never worked so hard for anything, but in the end, it is worth all the effort.

SCORPIO OCT 24-NOV 22

Sharp comments from a friend make you stop and think. Have you upset them? Done or said something you shouldn’t? If not, what they're saying is what you need to hear, even if you don’t like

it. This can only be said by someone who is willing to risk your displeasure to prevent you from making a mistake. Take their advice.

SAGITTARIUS NOV 23-DEC 23

When you have a lot to do and not much time, you will find a way to do it; but when you have lots of time and relatively little to do, almost none of it gets done. It is as though you need the pressure of time to turn decisions into actions. Put this strange science to the test in the first week of June—you’ll be surprised at how much you achieve.

CAPRICORN DEC 24-JAN 20

It would be nice if the major episodes of your life followed each other neatly and in sequence, but the reality isn’t quite like that. You may now find that you are trying to deal with big decisions in two different phases of your life at the same time. This will involve being very careful with what you say and do. it’s not easy, but it can be done.

PISCES

FEB 19-MAR 20

When planetary energies are at work, you must go with the flow. Small but significant changes in your stars are now creating spaces in your packed schedule. These tiny gaps will ease the pressures you have been under, and give you a chance to breathe again. With luck, there may even be enough space for you to slip through, and escape.

ARIES

MAR 21-APR 21

You can imagine how your future is going to be—but when you do it again a few weeks later, the picture changes. You’re trying to make up for past mistakes, and that’s why your plans keep changing. It’s too early to make a commitment just yet, so let the flow of ideas continue. You’ll know when you’ve found the right one.

TAURUS

APR 22-MAY 21

You are being put under pressure to accept an offer which is exactly the opposite of what you want. Since you can’t afford to argue, you feel you must accept it. It’s not so bad, you tell yourself. Actually, it is. This isn’t about money at all, this might crush your spirit, and you mustn’t let that happen. Be firm, and hold out for what you really believe in.

Sajid Wajid Shaikh

GEMINI

MAY 22-JUN 21

Sometimes you fall completely in love with someone, and that’s all there is to it. No amount of logic will make any difference; your emotions won’t let you rest until you have answered their demands. You know better than to expect such passion to last very long, and this one could be very short indeed; days, rather than months. Enjoy it, but don’t go too far.

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NUMEROLOGY By CHERYL LEE TERRY

Numerology is a way to determine the cycles of your life by analysing the numbers in your birth date. To calculate your personal key number, use the following method: just add the day and month of your birth date. Here, November 28 is the sample date: Day 28 Month 11

YOUR FRUSTRATIONS ARE a result of how you think things should be, rather than how they are. Around the 3rd and 13th, disruptive power surges will make certain situations seem complex. However, this energy could also bring into your life a person who has something to teach you. Or become a catalyst for a love affair or friendship. The key to this month’s success is to keep an open mind and heart.

THIS MONTH OFFERS YOU the opportunity to move away from people who have taken you for granted. If you’d like a venture or relationship to turn course, all you have to do is ask nicely. Around the 3rd and 12th may not be the best time to offer honest opinions on your boss’ ideas or your partner’s habits. The weekend of the 25th, arrange a potluck and call everyone you know. Around the 29th, a romance or new friendship could become intense. Find the middle ground and love will thrive.

POWERFUL SURGES ARE prying you out of inertia, and by the end of June, you will realise that your notions are outdated. Let go and you will be able to view an economic arrangement in a whole new light. Between the 4th and 13th, a negotiation may turn tense, but your quiet resolve

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will come to the rescue. Over the weekend of the 24th, throw a party; when nothing goes according to plan, know that it is for the better.

JUNE MARKS A PIVOTAL point in a project or relationship. Although you will face dissent around the 3rd and 9th, by the 12th, if you decide to make a financial or personal proposal, you will be able to articulate it well. After the 17th, a work situation could get complicated, but if you stay focussed, you will find a creative solution. Around the 24th, you are ready for a serious conversation about your relationship but watch out for a disagreement on the 30th. It could send you both into a spiral.

IF YOU CAN CALM YOUR mind, you will resolve personal and work issues. By the 4th, you may be raring to go, but hold back if your project is not quite ready to present. By the 13th, if you aren’t feeling especially loved or appreciated, ascribe it to the universe’s insensitive vibrations. And remember, everyone is feeling these pressures. Reach out with a kind word and you will activate that old truth: love begets love.

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THIS MONTH’S INNOVATIVE energy surges are inviting you to seize the moment. A relationship has been stuck in a rut for some time and needs a shot of adrenaline. On the 1st, 14th or 26th, make the object of your affection the center of your world. However, between the 3rd and 13th, combative vibrations could throw you into an argument you wish to avoid. Numerological advice? Sometimes you need to choose between being happy and being right. Right now? Pick happiness.

BY THE 4TH OF JUNE, when power surges ignite raging egos, do your best to remain an objective observer. On the 13th, if you experience a sudden lack of confidence, embrace the feeling but don’t let it undermine your resolve to change. If you step off the beaten path during the week of the 20th, new and intriguing people may become a permanent part of your life. However, on the 29th, take a day off and stay away from everyone. It will help you move into July without any hitches.

Add 3 and 9 and reduce the sum to a single digit: 3 + 9 = 12 and 12 (1 + 2) = 3. 3 is your key number, which you will keep for life.

USE JUNE’S MOMENTUM to revive lagging projects, reorganise your home, and particularly on the 14th and 26th, spend quality time rebuilding work and personal relationships. Around the 3rd, 12th and 17th, others will be unwilling to compromise so you may want to tweak your strategy to accomplish goals. Between the 12th and 30th, don’t allow your own frustrations to get the better of you. This could harm a special relationship which can be saved with a bit of understanding.

THIS MONTH YOU ARE stepping out of the past, which means you have to work through old memories. Give in to cravings for comfort food, sentimental movies and lots of TLC. Around the 4th and 12th, addressing unresolved personal issues will be therapeutic. Around the 20th, avoid confrontation even if you are provoked; it will prove to be a waste of your energy and time. Although you may crave a love from the past, if you keep an open heart, on the 26th, you will find joy in the present.

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