Farewell to the creator of the iconic Bandage Dress

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An iconic French designer who gave the world elastic strips of fabric knitted together to make girdle-tight dresses or the sultry Bandage dresses, Hervé Leroux has passed away at the age of 60. He is famously known for his legendary Hervé Léger fashion house and the inventor of the fashion style which has been adorned on the red carpet by glamorous divas of the entertainment and fashion industry.


It first debuted on the runway in the fall of 1995 worn by the likes of Karen Mulder, Cindy Crawford, and Eva Herzigova, the original pieces then were not fully designed the way we see them as body-con dresses today. Later in 1998 when Max Azria and Co. acquired the company they went on a quest to find the vintage collection through ebay sales and private parties to create the exclusive piece that so many of us flaunt today.


Bandage dresses are staple as LBD’s in the wardrobe so much so that it is an excuse to show-off and flatter those feminine curves!


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An Exclusive with Kurtis Paul

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Men’s fashion is somewhat a neglected section in the galleries of fashion. There are not too many brands that cater to this section, and especially towards men’s accessories. But there is a revolution happening which will soon engulf the fashion world in storm. As men have become more style conscious there have been some extremely cutting edge start-up’s that focus on high-end men’s accessories. Kurtis Paul is one such British brand that seeks to shatter the glass ceiling with their innovative designs and techniques. We have an exclusive tête-à-tête with Llyod Rayner the co-founder of the luxury brand.

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1. When was the brand established? Any interesting anecdote as to why the brand came into formation?

Kurtis Paul is the luxury fashion brand catering for luggage requirements of The Modern Gentleman. Started in 2015 by two brother from Manchester, England, the brand is focused on making long-lasting, stylish bags and male accessories.

Kurtis Paul was born from the desire of Lloyd and Kurtis Rayner to revitalize an industry that had grown tired. The two brothers had spent previous life working for large corporate companies and felt like their creativity was being suppressed. With countless nights on the road and spending their down time traveling the world Lloyd and Kurtis had a deep understanding of the requirements of quality luggage. They themselves had tested a wide spectrum of the market. Having noticed that the luggage market had two extremities, the high street with its low prices and ‘one time wear’ practices or the designer ranges where most of the price was in the brand name and not necessarily the quality of the produce. From here it because their mission to plug the gap, to make products that oozed class, quality and sophistication but with a price tag that was reasonable.

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2. Who are the founders? An introduction

The founder of Kurtis Paul was Lloyd and Kurtis Rayner. Bring from a close family has allowed the brothers to inject much passion into the brand, they understand the motives of the other and this allows them to work in complete harmony, working to their strengths. Kurtis is the stylish one, with an eye for material and an ability to make an item fulfill it’s true purpose. Lloyd is the go-getter, the one who brings it all together and makes Kurtis’s dreams a reality.

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Kurtis Paul Mens Fashion Designer Manchester Shoot

3. What does Kurtis Paul embody and represent?

Kurtis Paul represents a very special type of person, a person they define as ‘The Modern Gentleman’.

The Modern Gentleman is someone with a clear sense of being, he understands his role within the world and is determined to become the best version of himself. He is motivated by continuous development and spends much of his down time on activities that lead to self improvement. This man has a love of travel and enjoys the experience of different cultures. He understands that to truly motivate people you must first understand them and by experiencing many different cultures he is widening his reach. Finally The Modern Gentleman takes great pride in his appearance, he understands that a healthy body is required to ensure he can fulfill his busy lifestyle. This man is always looking sharp as he never knows when opportunities may arise.

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4. What can we shop from Kurtis Paul? Tell us something about the luxury leather collection?
The Kurtis Paul product range can be viewed in two halves, luggage and accessories.

Exclusive Kurtis Paul Luggage Collection

Made up of two ranges, Leather Luggage and the Canvas Collection. Leather Luggage is created from a luxurious top grain cattle hide and finished with brass brass fixtures. The Canvas Collection is crafted from a beautiful 20oz cotton fabric and like the leather is also finished with the hard wearing brass fixtures. Across these two product ranges is a bag to suit every requirement for the modern man, whether looking for an overnight bag, office briefcase or gym bag we have the perfect product.

Exclusive Kurtis Paul Accessories Collection

Every man needs a way of accessorising his daily life. From a waxy top grain cattle hide we have created the three, perfect, male accessories. A wash bag to hold the cosmetics used for the morning rituals, a classy laptop sleeve to protect the most valuable office item and a sophisticated pencil case built with the boardroom in mind.

5. Future plans for Kurtis Paul

The future is looking good for Kurtis Paul. We will continue focusing on why we exist, to bring style to a tired industry and through this we will always focus on what is at our core, high quality. In terms of future products, we have recently launched the much anticipated Canvas Collection and will continue giving that the attention it deserves. As a brand we do not believe in product for products sake, we believe that every item must have a purpose and be created with the intent to solve a problem. When the next problem arises we shall get our creative minds together and find a way to answer it, beautifully.

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Kurtis Paul Mens Fashion Designer Manchester Shoot

6. What do you feel is the future of men’s fashion ?

In recent years there has been a tendency for the consumer to gravitate towards cheaper, easy access fashion. The high street springs to mind. I believe that as we become more conscious of environmental impact people will care less about quantity and more about quality, there will be a tendency to spend more on an item that will last.

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7. What is the KP model plan for the buyers? Elaborate..

Members receive a special discount, 10% off their order and get exclusive access to new designs before they are available for general purchase.

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Kurtis Paul Mens Fashion Designer Manchester Shoot

8. Who would you love to style and why?

Our dream fashion model would be George Clooney. This man has an understated sophistication and oozes class. If we could style anyone, this would be him.

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Getting Kitschy!

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Decorating one’s home becomes a stylish mission, not to mention the endless decor ideas that keep popping up in mind. If you are someone who loves the idea of crazy and quirky prints all over the living space then Kitsch decor is the perfect design inspiration.

Use it to accentuate your home space with cushions, art posters, coasters, bedsheets, pillows, kitchen and bathroom decor. The Italian luxury fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana have recently introduced their range of kitsch kitchenware making it a high point in fashion.

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You will find online stores like Chumbak, Happily Unmarried, Tappu Ki Dukaan, The Elephant Company, and Tungs10 selling rich colorful decor and furniture suiting the vibrant cultural heritage of India.

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Just lay low on the pretentiousness and create a space that is fun, playful, and has elements of nostalgia and surprise.

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Love for Thrillers and Spine-Chillers

Thriller Books

I have a confession to make when I was in 4th STD we were not allowed to take books from the library. Instead, we just had weekly story classes where our teacher would read out stories for the whole class. But I was constantly curious to read all the books that lay encased in glass shelves in the library. So one day me and a friend of mine entered the library during the lunch recess and stole a book each. I choose the ‘Hound of Baskerville’ by Arthur Conan Doyle a detective thriller and of course, since then I have been hooked to thrillers. (Oh, we quietly returned the books next week, but by then there was a new rule ‘No Lunch Bags Allowed in the Library’). But nonetheless it turned me into a bookworm and writer.

I devoured ‘Nancy Drew’, ‘Hardy Boys’, ‘Sweet Valley High’, and how can I forget ‘Famous Five’. The madness in the chapters and the adventures of the characters as they dodged villains was just insatiable. I would beg from rich friends for the latest editions as I was tight on my pocket money, but they were kind enough to lend me after they had their fill. So instead of playing on the field during the breaks I would be reading, reading on the bus, reading in the loo, reading at night earning reading glasses as trophy during this process. The craze continued while in college and I got mesmerized by ‘Mary Higgins Clark’ her books were so fresh and painted the characters in such a way that I practically lived in them day in and out. Politically set stories by Jeffery Archer always caught my attention and not to mention ‘Not without my Daughter’ by Betty Mahmoody remains one of my favorites.

I moved on to some serious stories and mature characters, but thrillers always fascinate me. The latest being ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins. I remember reading this brilliance while in office, I know just love to read anywhere! Currently I’m penning a thriller and hope to finish it this year.

The ever so curious mind can never be satisfied!

This post is done for #BlogchatterPromt ‘Books I Love’

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A Whimsical Summer !

www.leelan.com summer collection

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

– William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18

These opening lines of the sonnet describe so well the season of summer. It ushers in warm breezy days, beautiful scenic flower beds, vacations, trips to the beach, and lazy summer afternoons when you feel like lazing by the pool. Of course! I’m not here to talk about the poetic impressions of pleasant hot days but an equally exciting summer collection by the fashion brand Leelan .

Leelan has been manufacturing clothing since 1984, but only recently has it made its presence felt in the online business. The brand exclusively offers women’s western, casual, and street wear collections. Unique designs are created every week with close to 5-6 launches in a month. Their aim is to create a huge market of comfortable clothing in the near future. I enjoyed styling myself in their new summer collection outfits which are now available on the website.



I love the way the skirt is flirty and playful, it is so typical to style this kind of outfit for a summer outing especially a wonderful brunch with friends. The top compliments the sunny weather and naturally enhances the skin tone. It is very feminine and vintage, minimal accessories keep it simple and elegant.





Remember Kajol strolling down with Shahrukh in Dilwale, well I have tried to match that look with this colorful, flowly skirt and black top. It is ideal for a romantic date with your special someone.

The online store offers clothing in all sizes and if it can look so good on a curvy girl like me I can definitely vouch that you too will enjoy shopping from their range of casual and western wear. There are not just tops but palazzos, short dresses, shirts, stylish jackets, and shrugs to choose from.

I wish I had posed in a meadow or a garden with these lovely outfits, it really reminds me of romantic strolls down the streets of Paris or Venice. I really thank Leelan for allowing me to experience a whimsical summer with their collection. If you too wish to soak in the summertime classic look then head over to the site to shop for a fabulous summer!

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Serein- The Malabar Hill of Thane -Living in a Legacy of Wellness!

How many times in a year do Mumbaikars drive miles away into the wilderness and leave behind their polluted lives for a few refreshing moments in the lap of nature’s luxury? Quite often right. Well, now there is an affluent option to live within the city and experience the charms of environmental healthy living. Tata Housing presents the Serein – Malabar Hill of Thane!

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Serein Malabar Hill of Thane

Pokaran Road, Thane is fast emerging as the ideal choice for residential purpose as it boosts of being a beautiful location at the foothills of Yeoor Hills. Strategically located in the midst of the scenic Upvan Lake and Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the lush ambience boosts of being India’s first Wellness home project that believes in bringing the outdoors within the living space. Pokaran Road, Thane assures a near proximity to all the major entertainment centers, well connected with the hot spots in the urban center, educational centers, hospitals, and business hubs. Thus rendering it an edge over other housing projects in the vicinity and offering a pride in addressing with similar zipcode to Malabar Hills. Thus Pokaran Road I & II are effectively being known as the Malabar Hills of Thane. No wonder customers prefer a lush green natural environment with breathtaking views as their abode.

Beautiful View of the Upvan Lake
Upvan Lake

The 2 & 3 BHK apartments have been easily designed in accordance to climatology so that the occupants can enjoy clean, fresh air throughout the year. The rooms remain cool yet in summer as they are projected to have calm winds from the north westerly part. To promote utmost health to its residents all the rooms have EMF shield, air purifier in the living room, vitamin C infused shower panels, and RO filter in the kitchen. The usage of low VOC paint prevents any further health risks.

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Tata Housing Project – Serein

The out of doors are equally environmental conscious with an attractive nature trail for early morning jogs or walk. Pet park for animal lovers, organic farming for healthy eating, outdoor dining area for moonlit dinner moments, lotus pond for soothing ambience, a sand pit for children’s activity, and convenience store for daily needs.

The dream of waking up every day to the birds chirping and breath taking hill view can become reality through these homes that create a legacy. Gifting your loved ones a place among nature will not only help the future generation to appreciate the flora and fauna, but also take care of living an organic life away from the stress of present urbanization. Serein – Malabar Hill of Thane is the right choice to find a home in the lap of luxury!

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Would you spend Halloween night inside Dracula’s Castle?

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Halloween is round the corner and there is no dearth of spooky contests on the social networking platforms. Perhaps the most exciting is Airbnb’s Night at Dracula’s Castle. . The spooky century old castle also known as Bran Castle is located in the Carpathian mountains of Transylvania, Romania. The global contest will allow two lucky winners to lodge inside the medieval castle for the night of October 31st.

Dacre Stoker the great nephew of 19th century classic author Bram Stoker will host the guests. Participants are supposed to pen a short passage on how they would react if they came face-to-fang with Count Dracula. The winners will recreate the story of Stoker’s protagonist Jonathan Harker. They will arrive at the castle in horse-drawn carriages, dine on delicious blood-enriched meal, and rest in opulent velvet trimmed Dracula coffins.

The winners are also subjected to bizarre rules like ban on garlic scented items, silver jewelry, and holy artifacts.They are also supposed to draw the curtains at night and refrain from mirror selfies. Are you game to come face-to-face with the most feared figure in history? If yes, then this will end up being an adventure of a lifetime.

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Innovative ways to decorate with String Lights this Diwali

Wine Bottle lights

Diwali is the festival of lights and the best way to brighten up your home is to use string lights. There are simple ways to use these tiny LED lights to decorate your home. Embellish old wine bottles with glitter paint, sequins and beautiful tassels. Drop the lights in and watch the splendor.

Beautiful String Lights
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Decorate your dinning space with lightened up glass showpieces. Surround the display with unique and quirky wooden artifacts and wow your guests when they walk in for a festive meal.

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Tie colorful or quintessential lace ribbons around the lights. Watch your space illuminate into beautiful patterns and designs at night. Fairytale style!

Yarn balls
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Glue up colorful yarn around a balloon let it dry, then burst out the balloon to reveal round furry design. Place the lights inside and watch it light up your outdoor space.

These simple DIY tricks will add sparkle to your home this festive season.

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Top 5 Bollywood Diva’s to Follow for #InstaFashion

We all love to elude fashion and oomph just like our Bollywood divas!Instagram is like the VIP pass to these fashionistas fashion parties, behind-the-scenes snaps, and off-duty styling. It’s the fashion portal where we can catch a glimpse of stylish street accessories to oppulent #OOTD looks, and not to mention all that’s happening during Indian Fashion Week which makes everything #InstaFashion.

1. Sonam Kapoor

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The stylish actress sets a new fashion trend every-time she steps on the red carpet. She certainly earns brownie points for her voguish appearance on international fashion scene. Sonam Kapoor has made us proud by not just representing the nation at the annual Cannes Film Festival but by also being a regular at the most talked about fashion events across the world. She flaunts traditional as well as western wear with panache. She also has her own app Sonam Kapoor that showcases her daily style with tips.

2. Priyanka Chopra

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Oscars, Golden Globe, Emmy’s, and the most popular T.V. show in Hollywood Priyanka has conquered all. Her casual street style outfits to rock diva punch portray her versatility to the hilt. The desi girl has evolved into a global style icon.

3. Deepika Padukone

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The Queen of Hearts is turning into Indian flavor in Hollywood as well. With her daring debut opposite Vin Diesel, Deepika has come a long way from being a model. The leggy lass epitomizes grace in haute couture attires, designer outfits, and casual girl-next door styles. She even turned designer for Van Heusen by coming up with breezy formal and informal wear.

4. Alia Bhatt

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Alia is the bubbly, chirpy, and fresh faced teen fashion icon. She is mostly spotted wearing cute doodle dresses, typo t-shirts, fun sheer outfits, with quirky accessories. Coltish yet chic, she carries high street fashion with sass, and wears couture with effortless ease. She plays dress-up like the young-fun-loving girl she is, and I admire how identifiable her looks are.

5. Jacqueline Fernandez

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After making a stunning entry in the world of cinema the Sri-Lankan beauty is making waves in the field of glamour as well. Her fashion decisions always reflect her vivacious personality, and she is one of those very rare Bollywood actresses who can carry ethnic to experimental outfits, and look gorgeous in all of them. She has evolved into a flawless beauty over the years.

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Don’t Beg Just Borrow!

Rent Indian Designer Wear

Now-a-days looking fashion magazine ready is a trend thanx to the never ending post sharing on social networking platforms. Looking expensive round the year would certainly cost a bomb and the average fashion lover could go broke updating the wardrobe. There are some very good Indian options on renting and buying designer wear for casual, special, festive, and wedding occasions.

Flyrobe offers renting for both men and women. There are amazing options on western-wear, ethnic-wear, casual, formal, holiday, wedding, and stylish accessories, talk about a complete package! With attractive discounts and free dress scheme for a friend referral its deliciously tempting.

Swishlist offers an exclusive range of haute couture by some of the biggest designers. One can be the belle of clubbing and wedding celebration with panache. The pristine and dazzling collections are offered on a speed delivery under minimal price range making it an affordable choice.

Stage3 has free styling, free home try-on options, and great tips on how to dress up like a celebrity. Stunning runway collection altered to your perfection with pick and drop facilities makes it convenient for any given event.

Bag, Borrow Or Steal
Bag Borrow Steal allows you to up the accessory quotient, maybe you have just depended on hand-me-downs for opulent bags or scarified your favorite things just to own that one piece of stunning exuberance. Don’t worry now you can buy, sell, and borrow a bag easily. 20 % discounts and free shipping make it an alluring deal.

From now on why buy an attire that you won’t wear again? Deck yourself with embellished accessories and don a famous and prestigious fashionable wear without burning hole in your budget.

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