Fashion and Lifestyle
A One Stop Solution to Beat the Heat This Summer
The heat is on! And it’s only going to get hotter as the summer advances into May, June, July… all the way till the monsoon showers coming pouring down. With global warming on the rise, the earth is getting warmer by the day and so will the summers. Here’s our pick for the one stop destination to beat the heat.
What : CII Coolex 2018
When : Apr 13-16, 2018 | 11AM -9PM
Where: Himachal Bhawan, Sector 28
Chandigarh is (thankfully) one of the cooler cities in the country during the peak summer months. And yet, even the Chandigarhian summer gets unbearable as the heat rises. Over the past years, the tricity has experienced temperatures as high as 43 degrees! With high temperatures come heavy side effects – dehydration, dizziness, headaches, and cramps. Not to mention the constant sweating and exhaustion to accompany your day to day activities, starting from early in the morning to late in the evening.
It is but natural for us to seek the cool shade of trees and buildings. But it would be so simple if it was as easy as standing under the shade. Nope. Artificial cooling has become imperative to beat the heat – whether it is the fan or the cooler or the air conditioner. Even the food goes bad quicker than you would assume. Heat waves and sultry weather take their toll on all living organisms. While animals and plants don’t have a choice but to bear with it, we humans and our intelligent brains did wonders by coming up with artificial cooling systems.
Now, if you don’t already have the aforementioned cooling systems in your homes and offices, we have a solution for you. Alternatively, if you already have cooling systems but they are in a dilapidated condition, it’s time to throw them out and buy new ones. And we know just the place you should go. The CII Coolex Cooling Bazaar, of course! So forget all about stepping out in the sun to recky the market for the best deals. This is a one stop solution to all your summer problems.
This 21st edition of the Coolex Cooling Bazaar is an exclusive exhibition of a wide range of cooling appliances. What will you find here? Everything from air conditioners to refrigerators to deep freezers to air coolers to water coolers to cold rooms and much much more. The best deals on the biggest brands all in one place. Compare and contrast different systems and their ‘cool’ features. You’ll find the best of the best in terms of energy efficiency, environment friendly, and smart systems. Act now or simmer through the summer!
Here’s Why You Need To Step Out This Baisakhi
Baisakhi is right around the corner and it’s high time we started gearing up for the merrymaking that this festival of harvest brings with it. There’s much much more to Baisakhi than just bhangra and gujias. And this weekend you’ll find out exactly what the big deal about this festival is.
|What : Baisakhi Bazaar 2018
When : Apr 13 – 14, 2018 | 11AM – 9PM
Where: Chandigarh Club, Sector 1
|What : Global Fashion Bazaar
When : Apr 13-15, 2018 | 11AM – 9PM
Where: Kisan Bhawan, Sector 35A
The term ‘Baisakhi’ comes from the word ‘Vaisakh’, which is the Indian name for the first month of the year, according to the solar calendar. Thus, Baisakhi traditionally marks the Solar New Year. It is also considered to be a marker for the Sikh New Year or the Khalsa Sirjana Divas, i.e. when the Khalsa panth of warriors came into being under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. Most importantly, however, Baisakhi is the celebration of the harvest season across the agricultural north of India.
A festival of vibrant colours and energetic fervour, Baisakhi is a truly Punjabi festival replete with punjabi dance forms, authentic punjabi food, loud punjabi music, indigenous games, and community fairs. It’s more than just another holiday on your work calendar. In fact, you’ll find decorated Gurudwaras as well as local kirtans taking place all over the tricity. Moreover, it’s a site for a true representation of the rich heritage and culture of Punjab.
Baisakhi is a time of meeting loved ones and friends and socialising over mouth-watering festive food. Much like Diwali, or Holi, for that matter. Modern day Baisakhi, on the other hand, is more than just dance and food. It’s also about fashion and style statements. And that’s where the above listed two fairs come into the picture. The whole point of festivals is to dress up and make merry. And that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Baisakhi Bazaar and the Global Fashion Bazaar this weekend.
A true blend of contemporary and traditional will be the flavour this weekend. Find your own unique look amongst the latest trends on display. So whether it’s the neon hued phulkari jackets or the eclectic ghagras with sombre cholis. Or maybe you’ll want to opt for the chirpy motifs on long skirts and short kurtis. Dhoti pants and bandhgalas in bold prints too. Funky accessories and dramatic footwear aren’t far behind. But, hey, you’ll only know if you go. No?
Indo-Pak Exhibitions Are The Flavour of The Month
India and Pakistan may be sworn enemies on the political front. But culturally, the two countries have belonged to a common lineage and shared heritage since time immemorial. The lifestyle and clothing choices are not very different either. Here are two exhibitions this month that celebrate the indo-pak amalgamation of designs and motifs.
|What : Nikaah Indo-Pak Exhibition
When : Apr 14 – Apr 15, 2018 | 11AM onwards
Where: Hyatt Regency, Chandigarh
|What : Jashan Indo-Pak Exhibition
When : Apr 28 – Apr 30, 2018 | 10AM onwards
Where: Himachal Bhawan, Sector 28
Before partition tore the two nations apart, North India and Pakistan belonged to one common identity, i.e. Punjab. The two countries are similar in culture, history, and heritage simply by virtue of being rooted in the same land, being descendants of the same civilisation. Be it food, music, literature, movies, mysticism, lifestyle – there are no dearth of similarities between the two countries.
What’s more, as neighbours with common tastes, Indian styles and designs are often influenced by Pakistani culture in the same way as theirs are influenced by us. The two countries constantly inspire each other, and yet, it’s a shame that there is such political enmity between the two sibling countries. Nevertheless, if there is anything that the friendly relationship between Indians and Pakistanis proves, it is that political conflict and vested government interests need not get in the way of a cultural marriage between the two countries. And it is exhibitions like these that are exactly the proof of this marriage of cultures.
While Nikaah is an Indo-Pak exhibition that is all about fashion and design, Jashan is more of a lifestyle exhibition. The first one promises you labelled apparel, designer wear, jewellery, fashioned footwear, and accessories. Jashan, on the other hand, will include all of the above designer wear jazz as well as home decor and lifestyle products and services. The aesthetic of Pakistani designers is similar to that of Indian designers in more ways than you may be aware. Here’s your chance to go out there and get the exposure to indo-pak styles that are truly in vogue these days.
Farida Gupta in Chandigarh with Their Latest Spring Summer Collection
Over the last five years, women’s fashion has undergone a drastic change. The definition of what’s hot and what’s not is constantly being reimagined. Ethnic fashion is no different. Traditional wear will always hold a special place in our hearts, no matter how westernised we get. And that’s exactly why this upcoming exhibition by Farida Gupta is a must visit.
What : Farida Gupta Chandigarh Exhibition
When : Apr 6 – Apr 8, 2018 | 10AM – 8PM
Where: Hotel Aroma, Sector 22-C
Ethnic wear is loved all over India (and the world in fact!) for its elegance and grace. We all wear jeans, dresses, and tops on a daily basis, but nothing can ever quite match the charm of traditional clothing. The vibrancy and versatility of ethnic fashion adds to any individual’s poise and style since they look good on every body type. Traditional wear is the only kind of attire that can be worn at home, at work, and outdoors simply because it is easily multipurpose and so comfortable!
Ethnic fashion has taken on a new turn this decade across the entire country. Newer styles are coming out each year that equally caters to modern day lifestyles and clothing choices. Moreover, increased awareness of artisan work and craftsmanship is redefining how we buy clothes today. The Indian apparel market is flooded with brands like FabIndia, W, Biba, Aurelia, and many others that marry traditional wear with modern designs.
Among the slew of such labels out there, one name that stands out is Farida Gupta, a Delhi-based ethnic-wear label dedicated to keeping traditional cloth making techniques alive by designing contemporary garments. The label combines traditional crafts like dyeing, printing, weaving, and hand embroidery to create chic contemporary garments for women. This brand has gained popularity for its intricate hand embroidery and tasteful block prints over the last few years.
Farida Gupta is a venture that has brought life to various forms of block printing in different parts of the country. Their focus lies on traditional block prints from Bagru, contemporary block prints from Sanganer, Indigo and Ajrak prints from Kutch and various parts of Rajasthan, Bagh from Madhya Pradesh, and weaves from Bijnor and parts of South India. They bring together modern aesthetics with indigenous skills and natural materials. All of the fabric used in their garments is sourced from core artisan centres of the country.
The latest spring/summer collection by Farida Gupta will be on display this weekend and it is sure to not disappoint. Kurtas, short tops, kaftans, farsis, shararas, palazzos, dupattas and stoles will be on display in all sizes from XS to 3XL. We suggest you check it out as soon as possible. This brand is going to go places!
Wedding Asia Chandigarh 2018 – Asia’s Premium Wedding Exhibition
The wedding season may be coming to a close, but the biggest, most awaited wedding event is yet to take place and it’s just the place you need to visit if you have a gala wedding coming up – yours or otherwise. Yup, the most premium wedding exhibition in all of Asia will be in Chandigarh soon and here’s why you don’t want to miss out.
What : Wedding Asia Chandigarh – 2018
When : Mar 24 – Mar 25, 2018 | 11AM onwards
Where: Hyatt Regency, Chandigarh
A splendid shopping affair, Wedding Asia is an exclusive one stop shop for all things wedding. Weddings are the kind of place where everyone wants to stand out – be it with regard to clothing or accessories or even the planning of the big day. But to look beyond ordinary, you need to have access to the extravagant. And that’s exactly what Wedding Asia is all about.
The ultimate guide to an ideal wedding, Wedding Asia caters to the needs of the bride, groom, family, and guests. With a host of verified retailers and boutique owners setting up their stalls, the exhibition will showcase artists, designers, jewellers, and all kinds of vendors in order to provide you with a large variety of options to compare and choose from.
And if you were thinking it’s just about the clothes and jewellery, you’re dead wrong. The stalls on display will include not just clothing and accessories, but also a variety of footwear, bags, beauty products, decorative items, gift options, and trousseau pieces to choose from. An assortment of lehengas, gowns, sarees, and suits on display – it’s a woman’s paradise, if you ask us. But it’s not just about the women. The men are equally taken care of with the sheer diversity of sherwanis, kurta-pajamas, Nehru jackets, tuxedos, dhotis, and pagdis to pick from.
But don’t be mislead by the focus on clothing and body apparel, for there’s much more available. From wedding planners to wedding photographers to florists, stylists, and caterers – all and sundry who have anything to do with the wedding industry will be there for consultation and guidance, offering their services at competitive prices. You can consult, plan, and hire a service provider on the spot or make long term plans for a wedding in the far future. The point is, if you’re all about weddings, this exhibition is just the place to go. Save the dates.
This Fashion Show Celebrates Acid Attack Survivors
An acid attack can change a person’s whole life in a matter of minutes. From medical treatment to social sidelining, an acid attack survivor has to deal with a lot of physical and emotional pain through their lifetime. A fashion show like this one, however, is a bold step in the right direction for acid attack survivors.
What : Kadam- Ek Pehal
When : Mar 17, 2018 | 6PM
Where: Chandigarh Club, Sector 1
You know your country is in a sad state of affairs when the term ‘acid attack’ becomes commonplace. India is said to have the highest number of acid attacks in the world, with upto 307 officially registered cases in 2016. And the number does not seem to be going down. What’s worse is that till 2013, there was simply no provision in the Indian Penal Code that recognised acid attacks as a separate offence. Post the February 2013 amendment, cases are now registered separately but the statistics give no indication of a decrease in the number of acid crimes in India.
Acid attack survivors, however, have to deal with a lot more than just an incompetent judicial system. From being blinded beyond repair to being scarred beyond recognition, an acid attack survivor is robbed of their sense of self and identity in a matter of a few moments. Moreover, society sidelines them to a mere victim, ignoring the potential that lies dormant in each and every survivor. Often, survivors suffer a major hit to their confidence levels, unable to step out of the house for psychological, emotional, as well as security reasons.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Chandigarh based NGO – I Am Still Human is taking a commendable step towards the rehabilitation of acid attack survivors by organising Kadam – Ek Pehal, a fashion show that celebrates the confidence and perpetual beauty of acid attack survivors. Often, survivors find it difficult to get employment because of their appearance and are thus unable to support themselves. A fashion show of this nature can help towards changing this attitude of employers and spread awareness about survivor’s stories and experiences.
Acid survivors often have to deal with constant stares and glares from people in public places. Here is an event that will show you that at the end of the day, they are also simply people like you, with similar aspirations, hopes and desires in life. If you are someone who was previously indifferent to this cause, or simply unaware of the plight of acid survivors, then it is imperative that you attend this event.
Times Wardrobe Story: A Tale of Fashion
Chandigarh popularly known as one of the peaceful and beautiful place in India is now turning out to be the most happening destination. With series of events taking place in the City Beautiful, the denizens have lots to relish and cheer about on every weekend. Lately, Times Wardrobe Story, the baby of Times of India has been the talk of the town. The two day affair took place at the Lalit, Chandigarh- an ideal ambience for such fashion-cum-lifestyle events.
TWS was a much anticipated event for the shopaholics with more than 50 designers from different states and home showcasing their collection. Some of the renowned and top listed designers attracted the eye balls of the fashion lovers with their rare and unique display. The exhibition focused mainly on the designer clothing (both western and traditional), accessories/ jewelry, luxury items, cosmetics and much more. With over 1500 people turning up on the first day of the event, the organizers: Times of India and The Fashion Boulevard celebrated the success of their unique idea of bringing all the fashionistas under one roof.
What a mesmerizing event: India’s finest talent was given a platform to surprise the audiences with their artistic capabilities and unmatched creativity. Every stall had a unique and spectacular collection to die for.
Designers who showcased their collection at TWS
Aaina by Meethi Brar, Aryans Jewlery, Begum block imprints by Ramneek Kaur, Crescent, Dressing Loft, Emballage, Ever Desi, Essence of Elegance by Babli Bedi, Fashionista, Glitters, Gunaaz’s Baby Earth, Guneeta Ghai, Inder Art & Deco, Inspired Livingg Jo Ann Thakkarwal, Jugni by Jyotika, Knack Kreations, Kumud Designs, Lushlush, Manisha’s creation, Meghan Marwah, Misthi’s Closet, Neet Noisyrock Kuttis, Noor Creations, ORA by Kaajal and Meena, Paprika, Pearly Gate, Pretty Pleasures, Preety Sidhu, Razaa Reina Design Studio, Rekhakriti, Renu Art, Rent A Closet, Ritu Kumar, Royal Tinge by SK, Sanam Tamanna, Shreeda Jewellery by Savita Bindal, Study by Janak (SBJ), Style Street Tahira, Talash by Indira Threads, Utkrishth Vaga Fashions (Dubai), Vintage Touch, Wow design studio by Sahiba, Zari by Anu and many more.
This event has undoubtedly raised many expectations. Such lifestyle events not only bring together the like-minded people, but also give them platform to create a strong network. With a stunning ending of this spectacular event, the Chandigarians will desperately wait for its second edition.