“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”- Mark Twain
Success doesn’t come easy. One needs to go out of their way and grab it by the horns to taste the real flavour of it. Let’s start this blog post by giving a huge round of applause to Pearlites who made it to Lakme Fashion week by their hard-work and determination.
Lakme Fashion Week is often lauded as the biggest fashion event of the year and this year it celebrates its 15th anniversary, making the occasion even more special. LFW 15 is being held from 26 to 30th August 2015 in Mumbai’s Palladium Hotel. The event will feature some of the most notable fashionistas and trendsetters who floored the ramp with their sparkling presence. Kudos to Astha Narang, Ruchika Sachdeva – Bodice, Kriti Tula – Doodlage , Utsav and Teresa Laisom – Munkee. See. Munkee. Doo, Prem Kumar – Khem, Priyanka Modi – AM: PM, Leon Vaz and Pallavi Dhyani.
Pearlites in Focus
- Harshika bags big Bollywood projects– Harshika, a fashion designing student at Pearl Academy, Jaipur is having a great time working as an assistant costume designer with Manoshi
Nath and Rushi Sharma on the upcoming movie ‘Azhar’. Harshika had also interned with the Manoshi and Rushi last year on the movie ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’. Manoshi and Rushi have been designers in the film industry for the past 15 years and have worked on movies such as PK, Dhoom3, Queen, Kick etc.
‘Azhar’, starring Emraan Hashmi and Nargis Fakhri is the bio-pic of cricketer Mohd. Azharuddin.
The future seems bright for Harshika as she has already been offered to work on a Yash Raj film starring Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone. Way to go, Harshika!
- Azzurra rocks the fashion arena with season 2– Azzurra, a brainchild of entrepreneur duo Sakshi Arora and Shikha Sawhney recently completed two seasons with a fantastic exhibition in the capital. Shahnaz Hussain graced the occasion as the chief guest at the event.
Sakshi Arora graduated as a fashion designer from Pearl Academy in Delhi with expertise in retail entrepreneurship. We wish her may more success stories for her venture.
Check out Azzura here.
- Pallavi Dhyani kick-starts Lakme Fashion Week curtain raiser– Pearlite Pallavi Dhyani stunned the audience with her marvellous collection on Day 1 of Lakme Fashion Week 2015. Her label, THREE has already been adorned by celebrities like Anushka Manchanda and former Miss India, Hasleen Kaur.
Check out THREE here.
- Pearlite Vaibhav Sharma launches Deal Factory– Alumnus Vaibhav Sharma launched Deal Factory, a compendium of over 400 coupons of Buy 1 Get 1 & Discount offers. Deal Factory offers discounts on Dine outs, Cafes, Nightspots, Hotels & Resorts, Entertainment, Lifestyle & other attractions throughout Delhi NCR. Pretty good news for students tight on pocket money! We congratulate him on his entrepreneurial venture and wish him all the best for the future.
- Mehandee Meera Dureja launches Banjaaran– Pearlite Mehandee Meera Dureja recently launched her own label of handcrafted accessories- Banjaaran. Banjaaran is a young, quirky brand and is already a rage among the youngsters.
Check out Banjaaran here.
- With the simple objective of ‘Green Campus, Clean Campus’, Pearl Academy, Jaipur initiated ‘My Green Side’ – a platform bringing together the power of youth at Pearl Academy to contribute towards Mother Nature and society through various activities. The drive started on the first day of the new academic session with equal participation from the management and faculty in planting trees, vegetables, etc. These plants will not only enhance the beauty of the campus but are also a great source of fresh and healthy air.
- School students had a great time participating in ‘Creative Pearl’ at the Jaipur Campus. ‘Creative Pearl’ was an inter- school competition which gave kids an opportunity to experiment with art. The themes of the competition ranged from structural design, pop art, Lego art and wall painting to photography and jewellery design. The kids enjoyed the whole experience and got an opportunity to learn in a fun way.
- Pearl Academy, Jaipur will be participating in VASTRA 2015. VASTRA, an all-encompassing trade fair and conference on Textiles and Apparel, presents a fusion of the finest and the latest in textile products – from fibre to fashion, services and technology. It aims at revitalising existing business ties and creating new ones. This opportunity will offer Pearl Academy a chance to interact with B2B stakeholders and showcase the work of alumni and existing students.
- Pearl Academy, Noida celebrated Independence Day with an NGO called ‘Touching Souls’. The underprivileged and handicapped children from ‘Touching Souls’ were accompanied by their teachers and the founder Ms. Sabina. Many fun-filled activities were planned for the children. Workshops like art and dance, drama and music were organised and gifts were distributed to make the day even more memorable for the kids. All the children shared wonderful moments rejoicing at the music notes, games and dancing to the tunes of their favourite songs.
- Pearl Academy Jaipur, participated in the FORHEX fair. Ever since its inception in 2009, FORHEX has marked itself as a prominent event for Handicraft and Textile industry. Held on 15th August 2015, the annual theme was centred on Unity. The event commemorated togetherness, brotherhood and a feeling towards oneness and sharing.
You’re a working woman, and you love your parties, your precious sleep and want to look different and fresh when you’re back at work next morning. If anyone thinks that’s a lot to ask for, we think otherwise. Through this post, we share with you a few tricks that will change your look every day. All you need is a few bobby pins that will nestle your hair. It’s time to get a little more creative with the regular ponytail.
One thing is for sure – you’re going to be the only one wearing this classic pinup look. It’s not difficult, but it’s not the one that comes to our mind first thing in the morning. Side-part your hair, roll the right side in or let it rest gently, and use coloured bobby pins to hold your hair. Now roll up your hair in a loose bun and you’re good to go! This style is definitely simple, smart and girly. A dash of red lipstick will make sure you’re one the one giving Monday it’s blues.
Of course, you had to celebrate the closure of yet another Monday, and Tuesday could start off in a hurry. Let’s keep it simple here. Pick a fringe section in your crown area, and pull it back loosely to create a pompadour with volume. Cross two-three bobby pins to secure your hair you’ve backcombed behind.
Just like the week that’s halfway down with two more days yet to go, the half up-half down hairdo is about being somewhere at the center of optimism. This is a super quick and simple way of looking effortlessly pretty. You could either choose to part your hair sideways or you could take a half ponytail – whatever you like most. Take a pick. Works best for short as well as long hair.
As you’re nearing the weekend, let’s get the messy look on. This top-knot bun is everything and trendy. If you have an oval face, you should totally go for it. Divide your hair into three sections, tuck the first two sections into a ponytail holder and pin the last one around with the first two. Don’t forget to weave it right on top.
When you step into your workplace you’ll be ready for the day and by evening, you’ll be all set for the party. The sideways ponytail works well on a Friday as it takes you from the day look into night without much effort. Later in the evening, you can choose to let your hair down completely or leave it resting on your shoulder like it did all day.
One week is a short time, but even in such a short time, Pearlites don’t fail to amaze. Here are some of the happenings from the past week which have made us really proud and have allowed us to keep our head held high in admiration and awe.
Kriti Tula’s brainchild- Doodlage featured in DNA
Alumna Kriti Tula is achieving great heights with her own eco label- Doodlage. Her story of bringing old clothes to life with ‘upcycle fashion’ was recently featured in DNA. Kriti is all geared up to work at the Lakme Fashion week later this month, we wish her the very best for all her future endeavours.
Sakshi Gupta launches her creation at the Vogue Wedding Show
Big ideas and important designs should never go unnoticed, and our students make sure that they don’t. Sakshi Gupta, FMRM Level 1 student, launched her self-designed jewelry organizer at the Vogue wedding show in collaboration with Swarovski. The aesthetically designed jewellery box is crafted to help Indian Brides organize their jewelry. We congratulate Sakshi and her brother for their amazing achievement.
Master Classes from the Masters Themselves
Valuable lessons can be learnt anywhere, but it can’t get better than learning from the masters themselves. Students from Professional Diploma in PR & Events visited the Vogue Wedding show and attended a class with Anahita Shroff Adjania (Vogue India’s Fashion Director) and another one with designer Sabhyasachi Mukherjee, Forever mark’s Sachin Jain and Vogue India’s Fashion feature Director Bandana Tiwari. The lessons were very informative and the students were thrilled about the whole experience.
Avani Juneja bags an internship at Harper’s Bazaar, UK
Hard work always pays off, no matter where you are, no matter what you are doing. FSID student, Avani Juneja who had won an award for her graduation project at Portfolio 2015 bagged an internship at Harper’s Bazaar UK. The internship will convert into a full-fledged job after the three month period. She has yet again made us proud and we are happy that she is doing great things in her life and following her dream.
Once again we would like to congratulate the above mentioned on the great feats they have achieved and hope they never stop making us proud.
With offsite locales for some of the shows, The Amazon India Couture Week was all that it promised.
The 6th edition of the Amazon India Couture Week by FDCI, had a spectacular opening in New Delhi on 29th of July at the Taj Palace Hotel. The shows, by Invitation only, were a feast for the eyes of the beholder with a mix of well-known couture designers from the likes of Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Rohit Bal to Manish Malhotra, Rahul Misra, Gaurav Gupta, Anju Modi, Monisha Jaisingh, Manav Gangwani and many others. One of the main differences this year was the fact that there were other offsite locales for some of the shows!
Couture in India is often mixed with Bridal Wear, and to some extent the overlap is understandable. After all, Bridal wear is the most sought after category in India. As expected, most of the designers had created or recreated the essence of the modern bride with shift dresses, capes worn over bralets, billowy skirts and saris, oversized coats, mesh-covered saris, fringed skirts, loose crop tops over lehengas, jackets and one-shoulder contoured dresses. Some trends that we saw emerging included, shararas, sarees, lehengas, peplum tops, trousers, layered skirts, saree-lehengas and jackets over sarees and lehengas for all occasions. It was interesting to see that our traditional sarees and lehengas are still favored but of course, with a twist.
While most of the collections were for women, we weren’t surprised to see some menswear collection being featured as well. The Achkans, bandh galas, sherwanis and shawls dominated menswear and added to the beauty of the show.
Sportswear influence on couture is a trend that is fast emerging and India is catching up too. Rahul Misra’s collection was sporty couture with use of beautiful handloom fabrics and Maheshwaris.
Wedding venues have become more out of the box & unconventional, and designers like Monisha Jaisingh adapted their wedding ensemble to suit the locations. Whether it was heavily embellished Lehengas with ganjis or jacket and sneakers, the collection was ideal for a cruise wedding where the bride can be comfortable and look gorgeous without having to wear any fussy clothes!
Gaurav Gupta’s showstopping gown worn by Kalki Koechlin was beautiful, as it combined aesthetics, had the required flounce and drape and yet was simple with no surface decoration! Refreshingly beautiful, the fabric and the silhouette did all the talking.
The stars of Sabyasachi’s show were the ornately designed exquisite shoes by Christian Louboutin.
In keeping with our rich heritage of textiles and embroideries, this edition of Couture Week was testimony to all that India is famous for: Silks, Maheshwaris, Voiles, Soft chiffons, Tulle, Silk taffeta and handlooms.
Also seen on the ramp were tweeds, leather mixed with silk, net and velvet. Zardosi, thread embroideries, bird and floral motifs, ethnic Bengal embroidery, Persian inspired motifs, resham ki kadai, parsi weave and really ornate handwork was predominant in most garments.
Hues from heavy cream, green, sea green, peach, burgundy and gold to paler shades like ochres, pale blues and ivory, white, beige and pastels were the color palettes seen on the ramp.
Bollywood and fashion being so interdependent, it was natural to see so many stars walking the ramp for their favorite designers – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for Manish Malhotra, Kalki Koechlin for Gaurav Gupta and many others!
The shows were imaginative and the clothes beautiful! The emphasis on traditional embroideries and crafts and an attempt by designers to revive and use some of the ‘almost’ forgotten hand skills that India is famous for was the best part of it all!
Text by Dr. Sanyogeitaa Chadha
Head, School of Fashion, Styling & Textiles
Header image courtesy fashionmuses.com
Week in and week out, members of our Pearl family achieve laurels around the world. This week was no different. Here are some of the feats achieved in the last one week. Join us in congratulating them.
Pearl Faculty member Bhavna Chadha impresses the audience at the Delhi Retail Summit
Associate Professor, Bhavna Chadha addressed a session on ‘Challenges faced by Local Retail in the City’ and impressed everyone present at the Delhi Retail Summit. The event was organised by The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on 31st July 2015 at ITC Maurya Hotel, New Delhi. The session was presided over by Hon’ble
Minister of Industry, Health & Power Mr Satyender Jain. To put the icing on the cake, 6 of the panelists present at the event were also Pearl Academy alumni.
- Pearl Academy Alumni shine bright at Bangalore Fashion Week
The fashion community lauded and cheered as Pearlites set the ramp on fire at the 13th Edition of Bangalore Fashion Week. The event saw Sunaina Harjai of Hats Off Accessories and designer Karan Torani come together to weave magic. Kudos to both of them on making Pearl Academy proud.
- Global James McGuire prize winner Kartik Verma makes headlines with ‘Assuage Mom’
Kartik Verma’s project has been catching a lot of attention ever since he won the 2015 edition of the prestigious Global James McGuire Business Plan Competition.
He was recently covered by leading dailies like The Hindu, Deccan Herald, The Telegraph (West Bengal) and DNA (Mumbai) to name a few. Kartik also featured in
an interview on India’s leading radio
station, 94.3 FM. Congratulations to him on making Pearl proud.
Click here to learn more about his project, Assuage Mom.
- Pearl student Nayanika Kapoor features in Clean & Clear ad.
Watch Pearlite Nayanika Kapoor give an admirable performance in the new clean and clear ad – ‘See the Fun in me’. With her persona bursting through the screen, only great things lie in store for her. We wish her the best of luck for her future endeavors. So take some time out and see what incredible skill and on point attitude can do for you. Click here to watch the full ad.
The popular saying these days is, “Everyone with a camera on their Smartphone is a photographer.” Then there’s the other one that goes like “Anyone with a DSLR is a photographer.” If you’ve been clicking pictures lately or for the first time on your phone or DSLR, you’ve most definitely heard these two somewhere. But then, you keep taking pictures and all your friends and family keep appreciating your work when you share them online or in the real world. That’s because you observe the world carefully, wait for the pause and in that moment capture something fleeting that others blink and miss.
There are many paths to becoming a good photographer. You could become an assistant to an established professional, learn a few tips and tricks online or learn through trial and error. But, nothing can replace working in a dark room and sitting through a few weeks of learning about the medium in theory from a professional photographer. It’s like music, some play by note and others play by ear.
There’s really a lot to learn about photography in theory and in practice but if you’re already doing a few things from the list below then you’re halfway there.
Borrow a camera from someone and play with it for a while.
Chances are your aunt, uncle; parent or sibling bought a camera and left it in the attic safely because they’re not using it anymore. Found it? Good. Now just go through the manual and the settings on the camera and take a few pictures around your home and the neighborhood.
Don’t look for the obvious while composing a picture.
Landscapes, sunsets, clouds and bokeh at night. We’ve all seen that before and so have you. Try to observe people, activities and shiny happy things and faces around you. There’s always something happening around that you can catch or miss altogether. Try to look beyond the obvious, break the stereotypes and look for interesting yet informative things to take pictures of.
Spend ample and quality time around your subject.
Your subject is never the same. The light changes just like the weather. One minute your subject seems picture-perfect and the next your frame could be a perfect-storm. There are many factors that go into creating a perfect picture. Try to spend more time in the area or around the subject and capture things from every possible angle to get the best shot.
Search for neutral light.
Without getting too technical, you should know that on days when it’s a little cloudy or a lot, you will able to capture some breathtaking photographs aided by the help of the mother Nature. Don’t worry much about it, just keep the camera on manual or auto and shoot away.
Join a neighborhood photography club.
A neighborhood photography club is one of the best places to meet people, make friends, share your ideas and learn from experienced photographers. What’s more, these clubs always have events and that means a new subject to focus upon. Add workshops to the mix and you’ve got a whole new platform to brush up a new skill or pursue a long cherished hobby.
If, you have more questions about photography or any of our programs then simply call 1800 103 3005 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a visit to a Pearl Academy campus close to you. You can also like our Facebook Page or follow us on Twitter to receive regular news and updates.