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Features 52 SUMMER STUNNER Get set for summer with Pakistani designer Erum Khan's latest collection, The Untainted Shine.

70 IN BLOOM The floral crown takes on new meaning and ethereal essence through the lens of love, art and beauty.

96 REACHING THE TOP With adventure in her heart, explorer Arunima Sinha becomes the first amputee to climb Mt. Everest.

116 ZARDOZI GIVES Zardozi initiates its new quest to help readers improve the world. In this issue, we highlight CORP India, which helps Indian street children.

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TRENDS Rang Report Add a spring to your step with our favourite hues for this warm weather season.  13

Runway Report Our top looks by South Asian designers to hit the runways from east to west.  14

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Swatch Watch Zardozi's must-have fabrics to keep you on trend for the hottest months.  32

Trends We Love Get the look and shop our curated trends straight from the runway to you.  34

STYLE Behind the Cover: Floral Haven Go backstage to discover what inspired our cover shoot.  12

Zardozi Crushes Must-have pieces for our savviest Zardozi fashionistas.  42

Club Rules Going out? Feel like a femme fatale in these looks perfect for a night on the town.  44

Instamuse Discover why we cannot get enough of Glasgow beauty Miss Mulberry and her fabulous adventures on Instagram.  51

Mariette & the Sea Get swept away in style along the seaside alleyways of Bandra.  100

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BLOGGER LOVE

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Big Hair Loud Mouth Bangalore blogger Nilu Yuleena Thapa shares her chameleon style.  56

Style Fiesta Top blogger and accessories entrepreneur Masoom Minawala talks India's evolving fashion scene.  62

The Chic Stylista Beat the heat with the comfy cool style of hot Miami fashionista Afroza Khan.  66

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ZARDOZI WOMAN Sabaa Kamal This rising entrepeneur has a boutique in one of the most coveted zip codes in America — 90210.  90

Picture Perfect Zardozi goes behind the scenes with one of India's top fashion photographers, Anushka Menon.  92

NEWS 92

BEAUTY Irene Mahmud Khan Get the 411 on the best beauty products for South Asian skin.  80

HOME Drab to Fab Chic, colourful DIY updates to take your home from ordinary to extraordinary.  82

Pillow Talk Swap your cushions with these exotic stunners.  84

Rina's Wishlist

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Expectant Mothers Learn about the challenges that expectant mothers face when giving birth in South Asia.  110

Human Trafficking How Ohio is recovering women and children lost to human trafficking.  112

The Fearless One Director Yael Farber's play based on true events encourages victims to speak out against sexual violence.  114

HEALTH Heart to Heart

Our editor-in-chief hears the call of nature with these flora & fauna inspired pieces.  86

Dr. Anmol Kapoor is fighting women's heart disease one step at a time with the DIL Walk Foundation.  118

Yasmin's Wishlist

Spice of Life

Get the feminine touch with these girly glam items curated by Zardozi's design director.  88

Visit Anjali Lalani's kitchen for a delicious black bean tostada recipe.  120

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zardozi | editor's letter

Left to Right: Shilpa Reddy with Nimrat Kaur at Lakme Fashion Week 2015 (Image via LFW)

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL RINA, OUR EDITORIN-CHIEF.

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As teenagers, my sister and I used to buy the latest “trends” at the local big box retailer. Our dad would rummage through our purchases and shudder when he saw all the polyester flowing from our bags, saying the material felt slippery and cold. My sister and I would laugh this off, thinking dad didn’t know about fashion, dressing in linen suits and always insisting that everything he wore be made of natural fabrics, nothing synthetic. Now years later, I find myself thinking of all those times he insisted on well-made materials.  As I browse around, I see store upon store becoming paradises for fast fashion.  That’s when I realized that I had turned into my Dad, insisting on only the best fabrics to keep me looking both stylish and comfortable in textiles with roots.  That’s why here at Zardozi, we celebrate South Asian designers who support local artisans by creating outfits with beautiful weaving and texture.  A piece created by hand seems to be a dying art, but there are many designers who are working to ensure that this skill lasts for years to come. During a recent Zardozi trip to India, we went to Lakme Fashion Week and met with designer Shilpa Reddy, who is working to bring back traditional fabrics like khadi. It was inspiring to see so many strong, passionate and talented women showcase their work on the glimmering Lakme stage and we were honoured to be part of it. It was a thrilling adventure and also life-changing. You will be hearing much more about our trip to India on Zardozi in the weeks to come and we would love to hear from you to discover your favorite places to shop in South Asia. We hope you love this issue and we are certainly looking forward to many more with you!

Love Rina Rina Chandarana John Editor-in-Chief

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COPYRIGHT Š Zardozi magazine, 2015. All rights reserved. Unless otherwise noted, the contents of this magazine are the copyrighted property of Zardozi magazine and may not be reproduced without permission. Zardozi magazine assumes no responsibility for any effects from errors or omissions.  All products featured are at the sole discretion of Zardozi magazine. Through brand partnerships, Zardozi may receive a small percentage of sales on the purchase of products. However, Zardozi is not responsible for the actions taken by third party affiliates or retailers.

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Left: Vintage camera used on set; Right: Flowers from Blush & Bloom

on location Jerrica & Sheena Singh prep for Zardozi’s spring cover shoot in Cabbagetown, Toronto on February 8, 2015

floral haven B E H IN D T H E COVER

As soft white snowflakes fell from the sky, twin sisters and best friends Jerrica and Sheena braved the cold to travel into a floral nirvana curated by the talented bloom stylist Becky DeOliveira of Toronto’s Blush & Bloom. Inspired by strong women of the past, the floral crown was an ornamental piece, which often celebrated one’s status, love and 12

GET THE LOOK

Clockwise from left: Prtty PEAUSHUN in Deep, net-a-porter.com; Dior 5-colour Eyeshadow in Bar 56, dior.com; Dior Couture Colour V   oluptuous Care Lipstick in Deauville 671, sephora.com; Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, sephora.com.

fertility.  Worn today by the romantic and free and most commonly seen at music festivals and on brides, floral accessories have made a strategic comeback, spotted on some of the most famous of celebrities. This month’s cover, shot by Karolina Kuras, focuses on floral art and the natural beauty of South Asian women. Embrace the elegance on pages 70 - 79.


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S P R IN G / S U MMER 2015

Pretty in pink, popsicles and blue seas are in our near future with these summery colours

CLASSIC BLUE Pantone 19-4052

TOASTED ALMOND Pantone 14-1213

AQUAMARINE Pantone 14-4313

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STRAWBERRY ICE Pantone 16-1720

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The runways lit up this sea textiles, prints and embroide a-boo looks showcased the motifs of hardworking artisan centuries. Others took on a m embracing fabrics like khadi a way. It was a reminder of resilience of South Asian wom celebrates anarkali style pan and lehenga inspired skirts, spotted with every designer ­— be groundbreakin

LEFT TO RIGHT: (FRONT) SATYA PAUL, ANUSHREE REDDY, (BACK) RABANI & RAKHA, MANISH MALHOTRA, ANJU MODI

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LEFT TO RIGHT: (FRONT) MADSAM TINZIN, ANUSHREE REDDY, (BACK) PAYAL SINGHAL, VERANDAH BY ANJALI, SUNEET VARMA

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SAV SONAM & PARAS MODI LAKME FASHION WEEK

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FAHAD HUSSAYN PFDC SUNSILK FASHION WEEK

SANIA MASKATIYA PFDC SUNSILK FASHION WEEK

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SUNEET VARMA LAKME FASHION WEEK

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SAMANT CHAUHAN WILLS INDIA FASHION WEEK


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SAV SONAM & PARAS MODI LAKME FASHION WEEK

ARPITA MEHTA LAKME FASHION WEEK

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PAYAL SINGHAL LAKME FASHION WEEK

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KAVITA BHARTIA WILLS INDIA FASHION WEEK

NISHKA LULLA LAKME FASHION WEEK

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KUNAL ANIL TANNA LAKME FASHION WEEK

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PAYAL SINGHAL LAKME FASHION WEEK

KAVITA BHARTIA WILLS INDIA FASHION WEEK

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RABANI & RAKHA WILLS INDIA FASHION WEEK

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BIBHU MOHAPATRA NEW YORK FASHION WEEK


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KIRAN UTTAM GHOSH LAKME FASHION WEEK

SUNEET VARMA LAKME FASHION WEEK

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PAYAL SINGHAL WILLS INDIA FASHION WEEK

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FAHAD HUSSAYN PFDC SUNSILK FASHION WEEK

PANKAJ & NIDHI LAKME FASHION WEEK

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SAILEX LAKME FASHION WEEK

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FAHAD HUSSAYN PFDC SUNSILK FASHION WEEK


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SURENDRI BY YOGESH CHAUDHARY LAKME FASHION WEEK

SANIA MASKATIYA PFDC SUNSILK FASHION WEEK

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swatch watch The hottest fabrics to be caught wearing this season...rich in texture, sensual in touch

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Ladylike mystery that is seriously hard to resist


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Pretty plumes rocked the runways evoking visions of exotic birds and tropical getaways.

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1. SARI Tarun Tahiliani Orange Sari $856 www.perniaspopupshop.com; 2. DRESS Sachin + Babi Dress $405 www.yoox.com; 3. BLOUSE Atsu Polka Dot Peplum Lace Top $113 www.perniaspopupshop.com; 4. GOWN Ridhima Bhasin Gold Embroidered Short Jacket with Peach Anarkali $583 www.perniaspopupshop.com; 5. CROPTOP & SKIRT Sonaakshi Raaj Floral Embroidered Bustier with Peach Flared Skirt $567 www.perniaspopupshop.com; 6. LEHENGA SARI Gaurav Gupta Peachy Pink Embroidered Lehenga Sari $5,265 www.perniaspopupshop.com; 7. CLUTCH Fleur by Sukanya Nude Floral Lace Clutch $49 www.perniaspopupshop.com

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1. GOWN Bhumika Sharma Floral Embroidered Anarkali $478 www.perniaspopupshop.com; 2. ANKLETS Kista Anklets with Red Crystal Quartz $99 www.exclusively.com; 3. DRESS Varun Bahl Ivory Multicolored Mesh Embroidered Dress $241 www.perniaspopupshop.com; 4. EARRINGS Prerto Gold Plated Double Heart Earrings $133 www.prerto.com; 5. BLOUSE Sabyasachi Gulmarg Flowers Blouse with Tulle Sari $1,166 www.perniaspopupshop.com; 6. SKIRT Manish Arora Embellished Silk Skirt $4,370 www.luisaviaroma.com; 7. SHOES Needledust Fuschia Punch Silk Jutties $53 www.exclusively.com; 8. PEPLUM JACKET & DHOTI SKIRT Papa Don't Preach Multicolor Coin and Thread Work Peplum Jacket with Salmon Dhoti Wrap Skirt $802 www.perniaspopupshop.com

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sheer genius

LET'S PLAY PEEK-A-BOO

Leave a little to the imagination by showing off peeks of skin in sheer and cut-out dresses and tops. 41


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Florals continue to grow this season in the smallest of places. Snatch up this mint green oval minaudière clutch with emerald zardozi. 42

SABYASACHI MINT GREEN HAND EMBROIDERED LEATHER MINAUDIÈRE CLUTCH $348, Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop


style | zardozi MARA HOFFMAN HARVEST CUTOUT PRINTED SWIMSUIT $230, Net-A-Porter

take me totropics the Mara Hoffman's sexy palm print swimsuit has us dreaming of our next beach getaway. Get the houglass look with this rich green stunner.

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Jacket Stylista Top & Skirt ABSK by Abhishek P Chatterjee Accessories Swarovski


Jacket Stylista Top & Skirt ABSK by Abhishek P Chatterjee Accessories Swarovski


Jumpsuit Stylista Accessories ArhBan by Ratula Banerjee, Swarovski


Suit & Shirt ABSK by Abhishek P Chatterjee Accessories Swarovski,  ArhBan by Ratula Banerjee


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instamuse @MISSMULBERRY

#ZARDOZIMUSE More than just a fashion blogger, Miss Mulberry is the bestie who’d tell you all about her great fashion finds over a chai latte at your favourite little cafÊ. Based out of Glasgow, this Pakistani beauty with a gift of gab and an incessant sense of humour combines the best of South Asian fashion tips with a modern day elegance and flair. Follow @missmulberry for the best in UK street style, Pakistani fashion, beauty and insider tips from her own wedding! 51


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AWARD-WINNING PAKISTANI DESIGNER ERUM KHAN HAS US PSYCHED FOR SUMMER WITH HER LATEST COLLECTION, THE UNTAINTED SHINE. ORGANZA SKIRTS, FLIRTY RUFFLES, SHEER CAPES AND EXQUISITE BEADING DAZZLED THE RUNWAY IN THE FRESHEST SHADES OF WHITE AND GOLD. SMITTEN BY HER WORK, ZARDOZI SPOKE TO KHAN ABOUT HER COLLECTION, THE PAKISTAN FASHION INDUSTRY'S APPEAL IN THE WEST AND HER ADVICE FOR ASPIRING DESIGNERS.

The Collection Tell us about The Untainted Shine collection. What’s behind the name? The collection has been inspired by royalty and features interesting motifs such as 3D flowers, pearls and diamantés. Likewise, the fabrics used are also very luxurious such as organza, pure silk and georgettes, which have a touch of shimmer. That’s what inspired the name The Untainted Shine. 52


style | zardozi Mehreen Syed in the FairyTale Ensemble from "The Untainted Shine" Photo: eBuzzToday

ERUM KHAN

3 Things About Erum Favourite Fashion Season: I love designing for summer because I get to work with bright and fresh colours. T   he fabrics used during summers are a lot of fun to work with, such as lawn and chiffon. Three Wardrobe Essentials: A good neutral leather handbag, a killer pair of heels and the perfect black dress, of course!

Model at Erum Khan's PFDC Sunsilk 2015 Show Photo: eBuzzToday

Fashion Icon That Epitomizes Your Brand Ethos, Timeless Style and Effortless Femininity: Various women have inspired me throughout my career. T   he one trait they all share is that they are comfortable in their own skin and carry everything with elegance. I would have loved to design for Lady Diana. 53


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How do you manage to stay on top of things when preparing for a demanding high profile show like PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week? To stay on top of things in any field, one should be very well organized. I plan everything out with my team far in advance so that there are no chances of any mishaps occurring at the last minute. That's how I work.

Pakistan’s Fashion Industry More recently, South Asian designers have become increasingly popular in the West. How can Pakistani designers become more mainstream among non-desis? Pakistani designers have a lot of potential in the western market. In the past designers such as Maheen Khan and Nilofer Shahid have received great responses internationally. To become mainstream, we definitely need to market ourselves better. We will also have to master the art of fusion designing. Our ethnic embellishments can be infused beautifully with Western cuts. This is one aspect which I feel our designers have still not fully explored. To make it big as a designer in Pakistan, you have noted finding the right talent and raising capital as key  Any other tips for aspiring designers? Don’t decide to become a fashion designer if you are smitten by the glamour. T   here’s a lot of hard work involved. Fashion designers spend most of their time working in their studios till late. You have to be very passionate about designing, but at the same time you should also understand the business side of fashion. Be very realistic about your customers in terms of designing and pricing. 54


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shop the looks! Visit Erum Khan's Official Facebook Page to browse her latest designs.

To place your orders email her at: erumkhancouture@ gmail.com

Left: Models at The Untainted Shine show Below: Details from Erum Khan's collection Photos: eBuzzToday

Life Lessons The pressure on young girls to look thin and flawless is overwhelming these days with unattainable standards set by the industry.  What’s your philosophy on this? I always make sure that my clients are comfortable in whatever I am designing. I understand my clientele and make clothes for them accordingly. I agree that the media worldwide has set up unrealistic expectations of women, which I strongly oppose. Everybody should dress up to feel good, not to meet certain societal expectations. What is the most satisfying part of your work as a designer? What makes it all worth it? The most satisfying part of my work is that I get a chance to use my strongest talent, which is designing. It used to be a hobby initially, so I am lucky to be making a living from what I truly enjoy doing. The positive feedback I receive from my customers is what makes it worth it.

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Why did you call your blog Big Hair Loud Mouth? I felt that the name should describe the person I am, as well as what my blog was going to be about. My signature is my ever changing hairstyle and my choice of bold lip colour. How would you describe your style? I would say my style leans more towards chic and edgy. I’m very choosy about what I wear and the fabric and the tailoring. I don’t run after what is coined as the “trending must-haves.” How do you incorporate Indian fashion into your everyday wear? I’m blessed to be a citizen of a country with such a rich culture and heritage with handlooms and jewelries born from the different states each telling their own story. India is a

country of colours and prints and I try to incorporate something that is Indian made paired with western outfits to create a fusion. Why did you choose a career in fashion and what did your family think of that choice? After I started blogging, I realized I had never felt more alive in my life; hence I resigned from a technical job of three years to give my all to the fashion industry. My family, luckily for me, couldn’t have been more supportive. They have been giving me a much required push, more than what I had expected, to find happiness in what I love to do. What are your top five style must-haves? A beautiful scarf, a pair of sunglasses, a watch, a great pair of stilettos preferably black and a classy handbag. 59


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THE BEST SUPPORT SYSTEM "After I started blogging, I realized I’d never felt more alive in my life. My family, luckily for me, couldn’t have been more supportive... giving me a much required push...to find happiness in what I love to do."

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Fashion in India is ever evolving and Masoom Minawala is at the front of that wave of change. The CEO of fashion portal Style Fiesta came up with the idea after being asked repeatedly where she bought her clothes. Her answer was always that she made her purchases when she traveled to other countries. That’s when the 22-year-old Mumbai resident realized that India needed international trends at affordable prices. How is fashion in India changing? Fashion in India is changing at the speed of light. It has gone from being an industry that depended on Bollywood to becoming extremely experimental, sophisticated and integral. India has taken a massive leap in the last five years. What are the challenges of being an entrepreneur? None really — because the rewards pretty much dilute the challenges. Even at the end of a really bad day, you realize you are working toward a much bigger goal and with that thought everything somewhat falls into place. How would you describe your style? Ever-changing. I take a lot of inspiration from what I'm surrounded by. How do you incorporate your South Asian heritage into everyday wear? I love wearing kurtis and kaftans to work paired with skin-fit jeans or lounge pants. The comfort of South Asian dressing is incomparable to any other culture, combined with its gorgeous cuts and colours, and I happily embrace this on any occasion I can. 63


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ON INDIAN FASHION

"Fashion in India is changing at the speed of light. It has gone from...depending on Bollywood to becoming extremely experimental, sophisticated and integral."

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B LOGGER LOV E

THE CHIC STYLISTA

Afroza Khan brings an extra sizzle to the Miami heat with her South Asian inspired style. The 27-year-old marketing manager and blogger shares style tips with her followers. How would you describe your style? I strive for a chic look. But I have learned to wear anything I feel confident and comfortable in. My look now varies from bohemian, mod to simple chic styles. How do you incorporate your South Asian heritage into your everyday wear? During breezy days in Miami, I like to wear my mom’s salwar dupattas as scarves. Each one of the dupattas has unique patterns and designs which I love. It can make absolutely any outfit pop. What is life like in Miami? The weather and people here in Miami are always hot. It's been so exciting to see Miami’s fashion, art and tech industry growing at such a rapid rate. The gorgeous beaches, fabulous spots and colourful people are definitely an added bonus.

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What are your top summer must-haves? Miami has summer weather pretty much all year round. During the scorching hot days, I like to stock up on melt-proof makeup like Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner and Benefit Cosmetics Benetint. 67


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EVERYTHING'S HOTTER IN MIAMI

"It's been so exciting to see Miami’s fashion, art and tech industry growing at such a rapid rate. The gorgeous beaches, fabulous spots and colourful people are definitely an added bonus."

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A F ROZA'S D IY FAC IAL SP RAY MI ST Mix these all natural ingredients to replenish your skin

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IN BLOOM Romantic, free and impossibly alluring, spring florals take on a new life as they journey through the world of love, art and beauty Photographed by KAROLINA KURAS Art Direction ALISHA C SANGHERA Florals BLUSH & BLOOM Hair &Makeup ASHLEY READINGS


WILDFLOWER Throwing inhibitions to the wind, the wildflower is associated with the free-spirited life of music festivals


FLORA Inspired by the goddess of natural abundance, Flora represents fertility


FLEURS An eternal declaration of love, les fleurs is a statement of art


TAYLOR

Inspired by the 1964 wedding of Elizabeth Taylor, this modern twist on the fascinator is a perfect bridal accessory


FRIDA

Strong minded, the Frida exudes a sense of self-confidence and appreciation of one's beauty


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Glam Glow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Starting as a home grown product for Hollywood's A-list, this now internationally recognized facial in a jar delivers a pretty glow. $19 – 69 Shop now>>

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Her blog is a clubhouse where she gets to do everything girly. Here Irene shares her top beauty products with Zardozi. To find out how she puts them to good use, visit her on YouTube. LINER

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel Ladies looking for a smudge proof finish will love this creamy and delicate formula. $13 Shop now>>

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CONCEALER

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer A Desi girl's biggest complaint is often dark under eye circles and this concealer hides them for up to eight hours. $24 Shop now>>


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Kevyn Aucoin "The Sensual Skin Enhancer Makeup" Honey and jojoba oil are combined to create South Asian friendly tones. $48 Shop now>>

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Sparkle and Shine

Old janjaras and necklaces turn into curtain tie backs. www.anthropologie.com

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A local upholsterer can transform an old chair into an exotic new piece by using a vintage sari. melaandroam.bigcartel.com REUPHOLSTERY TIPS

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Find a piece with good bones Hiring a pro? Get ever ything in writing so there are no surprises Choose a thick fabric with a pattern that stretches smoothly

Indian Inlay

Steal the pearl inlay look with Indian inspired stencil designs by Kim Myles. www.cuttingedgestencils.com

BLEUCOIN Inspired by hand painted ceramic tiles from Pushkar and the royal cour ts of India, these decals are easily applied to tiles for a unique look. www.etsy.com

Trunk Show

Serve up a taste of the East with these elephant inspired trays.  These colourful serving trays will bring an worldly vibe to your next party. Left to right: INDIAN ELEPHANT TRAY www.carolynsheffield.com TURQUOISE ELEPHANT TRAY www.caitlinmcgauley.com ELIZABETH ST HILAIRE NELSON ELEPHANT TRAY www.houzz.com

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pillow talk Summery florals and sari inspired patterns add a touch of the exotic

ELEPHANT

Let this imperial elephant reign supreme in your home www.saritahanda.com

JAIPUR DIAMOND This mod pillow will add a burst of colour to any room www.jonathanadler.com

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SHEESHA

Hand embroidered mirrors make this pillow extra special www.johnrobshaw.com

BRIDGE CITY BLOOMS

A painted garden of botanical beauty blends together on a cushioned canvas www.caitlinwilsontextiles.com


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BRASS MENAGERIE

Brass animals are easy to find at thrift stores www.onekingslane.com

TAKE FLIGHT

This vintage wallcovering sets my heart a flutter www.fabricsandpapers.com

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Z IS FOR ZEBRA Add a touch of graphic glamour to your vanity www.jonathanadler.com

FLIGHT OF FANCY

Flamingos and polka dots make for a quirky combination on this chic plate set www.etsy.com/shop/yvonneellen

When nature calls, you respond. And flowers and the animal kingdom are certainly catching Zardozi Editor-in-Chief 's attention this season.

COZY CUP

Blue and white chinoiserie is a classic www.hattanhome.com

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BUCK WILD

Tame your wild streak with this cheetah print ottoman, a perfect spot to kick back and relax www.ivyandvine.com

SEA CATCH

Tuck your mail away with a delicate hand-blown glass jellyfish paper weight www.shopwaitingonmartha.com

PRETTY PRINTS

Pay homage to nature's beauty on your art wall with these simple and delicate illustrations www.riflepapercompany.com

GREEN LIGHT

This brass and malachite lamp unites natural elements and modern artistry www.laylagrace.com

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SECRET GARDEN

Nothing says feminine like flowers. Impress guests with these vibrant tapas plates. www.goodearth.in

LUNCHBOX

Yasmin’s WISHLIST

A vintage tiffin adds quirk to your kitchen décor

Zardozi's Design Director channels classy feminine décor with beautiful blushes and metallic hints. Make no mistake, this is a woman's domain.

SUMPTUOUS

This hand embroidered pillow is a piece of heaven www.abchome.com

LITTLE LAMB

Create a glam space in your entryway with a luxurious Mongoliam lamb bench www.jonathanadler.com

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FEATHERED FRIENDS A gorgeous tray painted with tropical birds makes quite the impression on your guests www.shopwaitingformartha.com

LIGHT YOUR WAY

Light your space with a glowing candle holder by JJ Valaya for a touch of old world charm www.valaya.com

ROSY PLANTER A tripot planter makes a cozy home for your most beloved plants www.leifshop.com

PROVOCATIVE A sexy little box to hide your private keepsakes www.kellywearstler.com

SWIVEL

A mid-century modern chair for the office in the perfect shade www.abchome.com

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EN T RE PRE N E U R

SABAA KAMAL SABAA KAMAL HAS A VERY POPULAR ADDRESS. HER BOUTIQUE, KAMAL BEVERLY HILLS IS LOCATED STEPS FROM RODEO DRIVE, WHERE HOLLYWOOD’S RESIDENTS SHOP HER UNIQUE DESIGNS, WHICH MELD EAST & WEST.

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28-year-old graduated from law school, but her dream was to become a designer. Since her childhood in Tampa, Florida, Kamal has been sketching her ideas on napkins, taking them to Pakistan where local tailors would bring her vision to life. Kamal still works with artisans in Lahore to create custom bridal wear and haute couture. he

What drove you to start Kamal Beverly Hills? When I got engaged I searched everywhere for a dress. I had one week till the event and was in panic mode reaching out to every vendor in the U.S. trying to find a dress that reflected who I was: an American-Pakistani woman. I flew to New York, where I ended up settling on an outfit, which my mom and I completely personalized by adding crystals to the bodice, sewing new pants and adding a different dupatta. I couldn’t help but think how many women struggle with the same predicament. How does South Asia inspire your designs? The beauty of South Asia has been a constant inspiration to me throughout my life. I am my happiest walking through the crowded bazaars of Pakistan searching for the perfect pattern of silks, velvets and chiffons. What milestones have you achieved? In our first year of business we dressed countless celebrities, socialites and members of international royalty for red carpet events like the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes.Through our Couture For A Cause program we have sponsored the education and well-being of 100 young girls in remote villages of Pakistan.

Above: Sabaa in front of her shop; Left: Inside her Beverly Hills boutique

What is the most important element in looking polished? Many outfits I see everyday would go from average to style blog worthy with the simple addition of a belt. Don’t be afraid to accessorize even the most casual outfits with a belt. It adds structure and accentuates your waist, instantly creating an hourglass shape. KAMAL BEVERLY HILLS IS LOCATED AT: 407 North Bedford Drive, Beverly HIlls, CA 90210 91


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PHOTO G RA P HE R

PICTURE PERFECT ANUSHKA NADIA MENON FIRST PICKED UP A CAMERA WHEN SHE WAS 10-YEARS-OLD.  SINCE THEN SHE HAS BECOME ONE OF THE YOUNGEST FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHERS IN INDIA TO WORK IN THE FASHION AND BEAUTY INDUSTRY. TODAY MENON’S NAME IS LINKED TO SONAM KAPOOR, MANISH ARORA AND MANY OTHER TOP NAMES FEATURED IN INDIA’S FASHION MAGAZINES. 92

Why did you love the camera as a kid? I was constantly shooting everything in sight and I took a lot of selfies back then too. What do you find most fascinating about working on editorials? Most editorials allow you to think outside the box, your vision can go as far as you want it to and you can create imagery which could teleport you to that space and time. Do you consider fashion a language? It is self-expression in a very creative form which can inspire others.


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Above: Lisa Haydon for Pernia's Pop-Up Shop Below Left: Hard at work shooting for Vogue India Below Right: Taking self portraits in Capetown Opposite page: Behind the scenes at Anushka Menon's Fashion Photography Workshop 2014

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How has your mother inspired you? My mother was very fashionable, expressing her sense of style with her hair and wardrobe. She has always been very meticulous, well dressed, very outgoing and outspoken. Tell us about a day in your life. Some days are chill while others are very hectic. On shoot days that consists of my whole day. On my days off, I like to do yoga, with a workout in the afternoon, cooking at night, taking care of the street dogs, working on some music or just staying at home and watching a movie with my hubby. Biggest dream? I have a few and don’t want to jinx them right now. Favorite quote/saying? Good things come in small packages. 94


woman | zardozi Left: Campaign shoot for Indian by Manish Arora; Center: Testing light setups and teaching photography workshops; Right: The Toolkit

Left: My Inspiration; Right: Getting the shot for Time Out Magazine

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CLICK HERE TO VISIT ARUNIMA SINHA ONLINE

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FTER EXPERIENCING A LIFE ALTERING TRAGEDY, ARUNIMA SINHA CHOSE THE PATH OF PERSEVERANCE. WRITTEN BY Rina Chandarana John TRANSLATED BY Sonam Sood

Arunima Sinha making her way to the top of Mt. Everest in May 2013

Like many women making a better life for themselves, Arunima Sinha was on her way to a bright future. But during a train ride from Lucknow to Delhi in 2011 for a job related meeting, the course of the then 26-year-old’s future changed. She says a group of men tried to snatch a gold chain she was wearing. “When I said no, four or five of them threw me from the train,” says Sinha. Another train was coming on and it ran over her feet, severing one foot while the bones in the other foot were broken in many places. For seven hours Sinha lay on the tracks, with rats running over her legs, 97


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"I WANT TO BE STRONG IN MY HEART. IF I AM STRONG IN MY HEART, I DON'T NEED MY PHYSICAL BODY TO LIMIT ME."

Left: Arunima Sinha all geared up on her way to climb Mt. Everest. Sinha received guidance from Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb Mt. Everest.

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unsure of how many trains ended up running over her in the dark night. “I was screaming, calling for help, but no one came,” says Sinha. After a painful night alone, when the sun came up, some villagers saw her there and rushed her to the hospital where she learned that her left foot under the knee would need to be amputated. She now has a prosthetic and a metal rod in her leg. “I felt like everything was over,” says Sinha. “Even today it is hard for a normal girl, so imagine how hard it is for a handicapped girl.” Dark thoughts entered her mind.

“At first I thought about how hard it was going to be and I wish I had died instead,” says Sinha. But her thoughts quickly changed. “If God saved me, he must have saved me for something,” says Sinha. “Either give up on life completely or you take the situation at hand and live with it.” When she was lying in the hospital bed, Sinha says those around her used the word “helpless” to describe her condition. That’s when she decided that she never wanted that word to be associated with her again.


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Sinha chose the toughest goal imaginable to prove her resiliency. “I wanted to do something no one has done before so I could be an example,” says Sinha. “I want to be strong in my heart. If I am strong in my heart I don’t need my physical body to limit me.” In May 2013 she achieved the unthinkable, scaling Mount Everest in 52 days. At first the mountain guide refused to take her because of her prosthetic leg, which kept falling off during the ascent. “I was scared but I kept going,” says Sinha. “I made my handicap an oppor tunity and then lived life.”

Her story is just one of many of the dangers women in India face in their day to day lives. “We need to make each individual woman strong so that she is able to protect herself,” says Sinha. She now plans to open a spor ts academy for poor and physically challenged children in Uttar Pradesh. “A real person is the one that takes a problem, turns it into an oppor tunity and then lives a life,” says Sinha. To learn more, visit her on the web: http://arunimasinha.com/

Right: Arunima Sinha celebrates her ascent to the top of Mt. Everest at 10:55 am on May 21, 2013, making her the first female amputee and first Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest.

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MARIETTE & THE SEA Mumbai based photographer Mrinmai Parab takes us through the colourful seaside alleyways and streets of Bandra in search of style and beauty. Photographer Mrinmai Parab Stylist Nelly Wadia Hair Siddhesh Shinde Make-up Pooja Fernandes


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EXPE CTA NT M OTHE RS

BIRTH IN A BAG Women in Bangladesh can now give birth safely thanks to a small kit provided by BRAC, a non-profit that works toward solving the problem of high maternal and infant mortality. Many women in Bangladesh still give birth at home, sometimes in unsanitary conditions. BRAC’s solution comes in a pop-tart size bag, which contains the necessary tools for a sterile delivery, including gauze, soap, a plastic sheet, a blade to cut the umbilical cord and a thread to tie it. The total cost for this birth in a bag is 40 cents. P

DONATE NOW The BRAC Birthing Kit is one of many affordable and adaptable solutions BRAC has developed to alleviate poverty. Click this space to help.

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Below: BRAC community health promoter. Image courtesy of BRAC.

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INDIAN WOMEN & BABIES MALNOURISHED India has one sixth of the world’s population and one third of all newborn deaths.  A study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that 42 per cent of Indian mothers are underweight, compared to 16.5 per cent of mothers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Indian women’s health is linked to a

Above: A mother and her healthy newborn child after help from BRAC in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Image courtesy of BRAC.

culture that discriminates against them, differences in education and employment. When a woman becomes pregnant, she is still expected to work hard and eat little. Add this to improper sanitation and this becomes a dangerous cocktail that causes many of the region's infant deaths. 111


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CRI M E PRE V E N TIO N

TAKING A CUT OUT OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING Ohio licensed cosmetologists are required by law to take a course on how to identify human trafficking victims. According to the law, all salons must display posters on how to recognize the women and children pulled into this world.  The posters include a resource center hotline for victims who want to find a way out. The state’s Human Trafficking Task Force found that salons are one of the prime locations where victims are brought by their pimps. Each year, close to one thousand children become victims of human trafficking. 112


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massive protests throughout India. Farber cast actual survivors of sexual violence and their stories are weaved throughout the narrative. The victims do not want the audience to forget that there are several stories like Nirbhaya’s, but they just don’t make it onto newscasts. Farber is hoping that the play will encourage other victims around the globe to speak out about sexual violence and realise that they should feel no shame. “It

is the fabric of silence around the world that enables sexual violence to continue unabated,” says Farber. “The enduring myth is that the victim and not the perpetrator has lost their honour.” Audiences in Delhi, London and Scotland gave the play rave reviews. In 2013 it won the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. FOR UPCOMING SHOW DATES VISIT: nirbhayatheplay.com

"IT IS THE FABRIC OF SILENCE AROUND THE WORLD THAT ENABLES SEUXAL VIOLENCE TO CONTINUE UNABATED." — YAEL FARBER

Above Left: Teach Your Sons by UN Women Asia and the Pacific, license Above Right: We Are Not Sex Symbol by Ramesh Lalwani, license

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zardozi gives AT ZARDOZI WE ARE COMMITTED TO ENCOURAGING OUR READERS TO NOT ONLY BETTER THEMSELVES, BUT ALSO TO BETTER THE WORLD AROUND THEM. IN EACH ISSUE WE WILL PROFILE A NON-PROFIT IN SOUTH ASIA THAT WORKS WITH WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

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CORP India One of the upsetting aspects of travelling to India is seeing so much poverty, including children living on the street.

Above: Health checkup for hearing impaired girls; Below: Children at CORP Shelter home in Dharavi

Since 1977, CORP India has been working in Mumbai slums specifically to help girls living on the street. They provide shelter, meals, childcare, healthcare and job training. Every year, close to 30, 000 slum residents, primarily women and children, benefit from these programs. CORP India also has shelters for street kids, including the Sharanam Center for Girls, which opened in 2000. The shelter is in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum and provides a home and schooling for 30 abused, neglected and abandoned girls. The girls end up alone for various reasons, including coming to Mumbai in search of a better life. Director Nirmal Chandappa says another major reason that Mumbai has a high number of female street kids is because girls are often the family members left behind. “Their parents do not realise the impor tance of education and do not send them to school,” says Chandappa. ”Instead girls are forced to do household chores or work in the fields.” Learn more about how you can help at: www.corpindia.org/ 117


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DIS E A S E PR E V E N TIO N

heart to heart Heart disease is often considered a man’s problem. But more and more women are dying from heart attacks each year.  According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women, compared to all cancer deaths combined. One in three women dies from heart disease yearly.  That’s one woman every minute. Y   et many women believe their hearts are not at risk and as a result, don’t get checkups to catch subtle signs of an impending health disaster. Dr. Anmol Kapoor, a Calgary Cardiologist, and his wife Raman are working to change this one step at a time, through the DIL Walk Foundation. The organization’s goal is to increase awareness of hear t disease, especially among the South Asian community, which has a higher rate of

cardiovascular death compared with other ethnic groups. The DIL Walk Foundation provides education and also free screenings with the emphasis on prevention. Women experience different symptoms related to hear t disease, which are often misdiagnosed. These include shoulder, back and arm pain and fatigue. “Women are busy looking after their family members and they might overlook their own health,” says Dr. Kapoor. “Women with hear t disease tend to have worse outcomes because prevention is lacking and treatment is delayed.” The reason for this, according to Dr. Kapoor, is that most cardiovascular research is focused on men. “That is why we launched this campaign to remind people to ask the women in their lives — ­ How is Your Heart?”

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WOMEN'S HEART HEALTH: 1 Heart disease is the number one killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. 2 Ninety per cent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. 3 One in five American women believe heart disease is her greatest health threat. 118

4 While one in thirty-one American women dies from breast cancer each year, one in three dies of heart disease. 5 Women comprise only twenty-four per cent of participants in all heartrelated studies. *Source:  The Heart Foundation


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H EALT H Y E ATIN G

SPICE OF LIFE Take a peek into Anjali Lalani’s egg and gluten free kitchen on her blog,Vegetarian Gastronomy. Her mini black bean, fire roasted tomato and spinach corn tostadas are a bite sized appetizer that won’t have your guests asking for meat.

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Mini Black Bean, Fire Roasted Tomato & Spinach Corn Tostadas For the Fire-Roasted Black Beans: Ingredients: • 1 tbsp olive oil • 8 cloves garlic, minced • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped • 2 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed • 1 15-oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes, diced • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels (optional)

• 1 tbsp ground cumin • 1 cup water • cholula hot sauce (or your favorite hot sauce) • (optional) 1/2 teasp smoked paprika • freshly ground black pepper • salt

Directions: 1. In a medium non-stick pot, heat the olive oil on medium heat. 2. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant (~30 seconds). Add the chopped onions and cook until they start to become transluscent. 3. Add the black beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, ground cumin, water, and hot sauce to taste.  Add the smoked paprika (if using), a dash of freshly ground black pepper and salt. Mix and combine well. 4. Bring the pot of beans to a simmer, then lower the heat, enough to maintain a gentle simmer. 5. Simmer and reduce the bean mixture until it is reduced by about a third, most of the water has evaporated and the beans start to become thick in consistency (~15 minutes). During this time, be sure to stir frequently. 6. Using a hand masher, mash the beans mixture in the pot to help thicken them, but be sure to keep the mixture chunky and most of the beans intact. 7. Add the freshly chopped spinach and frozen corn kernels. 8. Simmer again on low for about 10 minutes or until you reach a desired thickness and consistency for the beans and all the spinach has cooked. 9. Season with freshly ground black pepper, salt and hot sauce to taste. To Prepare the Mini Tostadas: 1. Prepare a serving tray with a single layer of yellow round intact tortilla chips (to act as mini-tostadas). Note that the tortilla chips do not need to be completely flat, but flat enough so that they can be layered on top. 2. Spoon about 2 tbsp of the bean mixture on top of each mini tostada shell. 3. Top each with chopped green onions and crumbled cotija cheese or queso fresco (if using). 121


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