** SERENITY ** – BY CHARU PARASHAR | AIFW – AUTUMN WINTER 2017

An Introduction to the Designer

Let’s meet “Charu Parashar” before talking about her new collection at the “Amazon India Fashion Week” – Autumn Winter Collection.

Charu Parashar (New Delhi), is one of India’s Most promising Young fashion designer. She attended SDPT, New Delhi where she received her Formal education in fashion designing. She was born into a business family. Since the age of five, At an age when girls are busy playing with dolls she was getting real time training in the aesthetics of fashion and was getting acquainted with the world of colors. She used to accompany her mother for block printing, even travel to Banaras for picking sarees and fabrics.

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She started her studio in the year 1993, soon after her college with two block printed tables (which she says is heritage given to by her father.) and launched her label “CHARU PARASHAR” with a solo fashion show at Le Meridian with tie n dye collection, which was a sold out .In November 2001 she opened her 1st flag ship store at DLF Galleria with a Fashion show at IGCC, followed by a fashion show at DLF gymkhana in 2002 sponsored by L’Oreal. In the year 2004, July, she took an exhibition called “Utpala” to Manhattan, New York. Where she got terrific response & great reviews for her designs.

She is a strong revivalist of keeping the old art n technique of block printing alive.

Currently she retails her label “CHARU PARASHAR” from Anantam, Aura, CTC Mall, Atelier, lemon tree and Gyans.Design Philosophy’ – to work extensively in creating empowering designs for the woman of today by modernization of traditional Indian craftsmanship techniques in western silhouettes.

Signature style. Redefining style with vibrant colors Traditional designs with an International appeal. Comfortable and has a young feel.

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Her Latest Collection In Amazon India Fashion Week  – A Talk Over Tea & Cookies

We all are living in a world full of stress tensions and polluted environment. This insanity needs to stop. Designer Charu Parashar works with colour “Greenery” in her AUTUMN WINTER 2017 collection and infuses Calmness, Hope and freshness. To further strengthen our connection with nature and Oneness to the environment to revitalise, reinvigorate and Oxygenate. Charu compels you to give a deeper thought on appearance and perception and begins to create a new calm green word to unravel.

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Colors : Greenery Green/Peach/ Apple Red /Lotus Blue

Fabrics : Satins/ Silk Georgette / Raw Silk.

Silhouttes are fluid free flowing drapes which have a certain ease once worn and embodies elegance. The designer has used handcrafted embellishments on the garments predominantly gold and resham work

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The embroideries depicted through an intricate designs made by branches of trees on the ensembles reinforcing hope.

The essence of the collection has been shot with sculptures which are nature inspired like the work of highly acclaimed artists like Jayasri Burman, Narayan Sinha, S.Nandagopal, K.S. Radhakrishnan and Subrata Paul giving the perfect backdrop for the designers thought process.

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The merging of fashion and art is an area of keen interest of Charu Parashar and has been captured beautifully in the A/W 17 lookbook. Their integrated affair is most mesmerising to the designer.

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** TASTE OF SINGAPORE ** MASTERCLASS | FOODHALL @DLF PLACE

Happen to attend a masterclass organised by “Foodhall” @DLF Place, New Delhi. Awesome time spent cooking and tasting Singapore Cuisine and shopping around at the store.

Let me share with you all, the recipes I got to learn in the Masterclass. Hope you will enjoy preparing it as much as I enjoyed. Its super simple and fast to cook. Can be a real treat for you and your loved ones.

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Flat Rice Noodles With Fresh Herb

INGREDIENTS

# 1 pack Koka flat rice noodles (soak it in warm water to soften)

# Salt and pepper to taste – Rock salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste                                                               

# 1 tbsp olive oil

# For herb and olive mix  –3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

# 6 cloves fresh garlic, thinly sliced

# 1/4 cup green olive, thinly sliced

# 4 canned artichokes (bite size pieces)

# 1 cup olive oil

# 12 cherry tomatoes, halved

METHOD

1. Heat up to non-stick pan and olive oil. Fry the garlic till fragrant.

2. Add flat rice noodles and the rest of the ingredients, lightly toss and fry to 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Season to taste and serve immediately.

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 Pak chop and Rice Vermicelli Soup

INGREDIENTS

# 1 packet Peacock Brand Brown Rice                  

# Spaghetti (soak in warm water to soften)

# 3 cups vegetable stock

# 4 nos. pak choy

# 1 tbsp fine sugar

# 300ml boiling water3 tbsp soy source

# 100g white radish, cubed

# 3 nos. red shallot, chopped

# salt & suger to taste

# To garnish – 8 nos. cherry tomatoes, halved, 80g Baby asparagus, blanched

METHOD

1. Sautee red shallots, white radish in a pan. Add vegetable stock to it.

2. Bring it to a boil and let it boil for 3-4 minutes.

3. Add soy source, sugar pak chop and simmer for few minutes.

4. Season to taste.

5. Add rice spaghetti and cook for 2 minutes.

6. Top with cherry tomatoes, baby asparagus and serve hot.

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Basil Pesto With rice Spaghetti And Fish Fillet

INGREDIENTS

# 1 packet Peacock Brand Rice Spaghetti – (soak in warm water to soften)

# 4 to 8 nos. white fish fillet (trim and score a few lines, season with salt & pepper)

# Salt and pepper to taste

# 1 tbsp olive oil

# For Pesto Sauce –  1 cup fresh basil leaf, 1/4 cup  fresh parsley, 8 cloves fresh garlic, halved, 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, Rock salt and cracked black pepper to taste, 1 cup good quality olive oil

# To garnish – 2 tbsp toasted almonds, chopped, 2 red radishes, thinly sliced, 8 green olive, sliced, 2 stalks fresh basil leaf

METHOD

1. Mix all the ingredients for the pesto sauce in the blender. Set aside.

2. Heat up a non-stick and add oil. Fry the fish fillet on all sides till golden and set aside.

3. Put the rice spaghetti and pesto sauce in a work or big pan and lightly fry for 3 to 4 minutes.

4. Serve with the cooked fish fillet.

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** INDIA RUNAWAY WEEK ** Weavers at Centre stage of current season of India Runway Week

It would seem that no matter how big the India Runway Week gets, there you will always find fresh new names. Of course, the old designers continue every season. This is the 8th season of India Runway Week which is starting from 28th of April.

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The weavers of India are its biggest assets. Indian hand woven fabrics have been known since time immemorial. India was famous even in ancient times as an exporter of textiles to most parts of the civilized world but throughout history and currently too there are evidences that show that weavers have always been a victim of a staunch hierarchical system. Being at the bottom of the system they fall prey to the extreme forms of exploitation.

There are organizations that are identified as a promising means of raising voice for them and generating livelihood for hundreds of rural artisans. They have made a significant contribution to the lives of the women artisans working with it, which has helped improve their economic as well as social status.

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They strive to bring the traditions of India to customers all around the world with its unique creations and products. It not only helps its artisans become wage earners, but also spreads awareness about the traditional crafts of the region, thus helping preserve a rich part of India’s national cultural heritage. Indian Federation for fashion Development have joined hand with four of these organizations i.e Rangsutra, SoCHE, Banka Silk and Gestures by Kriti who will present the work of artisans at current season of India Runway Week Summer 2017 ramp which is starting from 28th of April to 30th of April 2017

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“The purpose of this show is to raise the current conditions of the weavers and to propose the importance of such organizations and social security to the custodians of this ageless art.” Said by Fashion director, Kiran Kheva, India Runway Week

Rangsutra is a craft company of thousand artisans from remote regions of India – the desert regions of Rajasthan and plains of Eastern Uttar Pradesh whereas SoCHE is reviving this languishing and less popular hand embroidery practiced by women around the border areas of Barmer. Banka Silk on other hand is imparting the required skills to the weaver’s community of Banka, connecting them with the markets and helps create an Eco-system wherein the weaver’s community can become self-sustainable. And lastly Gestures by Kriti is a livelihood support and outreach initiative that began in 1999, to promote ethical, sustainable and socially conscious thinking & buying of ‘community made’ products.

 

disclaimer     **THIS IS A PRESS RELEASE FOR IRW**

RUBARU – Fashion and Lifestyle Exhibition

“RUBARU” is an event company which organizes fashion and lifestyle exhibitions. It was the 15th edition of Rubaru – a summer fashion and lifestyle exhibition

Happen to be a part of the show on 19th of April/17 and showcased some excellent talents and great art work an designs.

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RABARU showcased stylish ensembles in the mid and high-budget ranging across Indian, western and summer-style outfits, jewelry, footwear and accessories, unique gifts and décor items as well as children’s wear – there’s so much to choose as over 50 exhibitors, hand-picked by the event organizers, showcase summer specials.
This year, they have a mix of both established and young designers, putting forward new creations designed for the summer season ahead. RUBARU went with the slogan ‘shop till you drop’! And yes! thats exactly the show was like. 

Lets go through few of my favorite stores – 

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I absolutely loved her jewelry designs. Few were so unique and had that edge to it. I am not a jewelry person but unique cuts and quirky designs are my thing.

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Many of the pieces are worn by “Erica Fernandes” Indian Film and Television Actress on her current tele show.

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Fabulous collection of Indian Wear was an attraction in the exhibition.

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I had an amazing time spending with friends.

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** BUDGET 5 STAR STAYCATION ** ICANSTAY.COM

Every body seems to be really busy these days. Completing daily chores at home, accomplishing targets at work, getting those extra profit in business or getting those extra grades to get that dream job. In my case, trying to complete as much articles as possible on time. Its a continuous rat race we all are running. Meanwhile, we keep dreaming about that perfect holiday or a luxury vacation to unwind ourselves, de-stress and living the very moment.

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Well!! For most of us its not feasible due to  many reasons like time or money. Guys!! “ICANSTAY.COM” has made it all possible. 

At ICANSTAY, they believe in fulfilling your travel aspirations by making luxury accessible and affordable. For first-time travelers as well as seasoned globetrotters, the website allows you an opportunity to experience Luxury.

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In a matter of a few clicks you have an all-access pass to luxury. They offer one price, across India to stay in a Luxury Hotel when you purchase a voucher. And they go above and beyond to deliver and commit to their promise of making first-class experience a way of life for you!

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ICANSTAY>COM has handpicked Luxury Hotels at multiple locations and is expanding its list of destinations. ICANSTAY is an aspirational / one-of-a-kind product and is a 24-Hour stay in a Luxury Hotel. Stay for second night against another Voucher may or may not be available in the same Hotel.

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Registration and purchase of vouchers is done in easy few steps.

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  • Easy Redemption

  • Validity for 11 months

  • One price across India which is just Rs 2999/-

  • Refundable and Extendable

  • Create you wishlist. Choose 5 options with the place (from the options provided) and tentative dates, week or month can be selected. Although you won’t be able to see the Hotel Name while booking. 

  • 1 voucher is worth a stay all over India for 2 adults and 1 child: family/friends

  • They would confirm the availability from the wish list within 48 hrs before the travel dates

  • Confirm within 2 hr of receiving the msg through SMS, else you may loose on the availability of the room

  • Contact to reach them – 9811902999

  • Once you confirm your stay, detailed email will be send to you with hotel details. Need to carry valid photo ID proof for the person accompanied. 

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Also, the voucher can be gifted someone you wish. In that case the person on whose name the voucher is not travelling along carry a proof or relation with the same. Food is not a part of the voucher, but they offer good discounts on food, like a breakfast buffet, is offered at Rs 800, once your booking is confirmed.

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I had a great time and enjoyed a luxury stay in my budget. So why can’t you? Try the ICANSTAY vouchers today and give yourself that pampering you need.

 

7 DEGREES BRAUHAUS *Pub and Micro Brewery*

7 Degrees Brauhaus yet another destination is Gurgaon for lip smacking food and finest brewery in town. My experience was above ordinary. Service was prompt and the people working there are very knowledgeable.

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Seven Souls Hospitality Pvt. Ltd, Gurgaon is a Private Limited Company with a vision to create a chain of authentic Bavarian Micro-Breweries in India and West Africa under the name ” 7 Degrees Brahaus”

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Their first project set-up in 12,500 sq feet area was launched on 25th April 2012 @South Point Mall, Golf Course. Gurgaon (currently Gurugram). The ambience and theme takes you instantly to the Bavaria region of Germany. The Beer Garden theme, the decor are very refreshing and giving you a “wow factor”. Large chest-nut trees and the brewery lay-out completely bowl you over.

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“7 Degrees Brauhuas” brew the finest beers using the latest technology from Caspary, Germany and raw materials like Malts, Hops and yeast from the best suppliers in Germany. Their Lager, Pilsner, Wheat and 7 Degrees Special Beers will quench your thirst all year around.

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Their cuisine consists of authentic German delicacies along with selected continental and Indian flavors. 

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Your search for the best sausages, schnitzels, breads and German pastries ends at ” 7 Degrees Brauhaus”

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Few of my favorites were –

Drinks – 

# German Wheat Beer

# Ginger Beer (chunks of orange and fresh ginger jullians with beer and top up with gingerale

# Apple Spitzer – Sparkling wine with apple juice and soda.

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Food –

# Pepperonata Arrancini              # Compressed watermelon and feta cheese

# Delectable potato quiche           # Lamb Flamenbort

# Garlic Meat Balls                         # Posh Fish and Chips

# Sausage Bites                               # Brauhaus Special Mini Chicken Rolls 

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Desserts –

# Apple and Cinnamon Strudel     # Baked Blueberry Cheese Cake

# Tiramisu

Cuisines

Continental, North Indian, European, Finger Food

Address

310 & 311, 3rd Floor, DLF South Point Mall, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

Opening hours

11 AM to 12 Midnight

Cost 

AVERAGE ₹3,200 for two people (approx.) with alcohol VAT & service charges extra ₹355  for a pint of beer (approx.)

Highlights

Wheelchair Accessible                              Full Bar Available

Live Sports Screening                               Wallet Accepted

Live Music                                                     Smoking Area

Wifi                                                                 Nightlife

7 Degrees Brauhaus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

** The Best Price Show ** Luxury Designer Pop Up Store @The Lalit

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“The Best Price Show” (TBPS)

Has come up with this brilliant idea of  bringing together the top Indian Luxury Fashion Designers under one roof with a pop store fest, making it accessible to the common people. As the name suggests, its going to target the Tier 2 and Tier 3 Indian market.

Why not a designer label outfit this summer when it is easily accessible and budget friendly. TBPS is breaking barriers and bringing “Anju Modi”, Mandira Virk and ace Indian and International designers to a commoners wardrobes.

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With heavy discounts of upto 75% from the Elite Indian designers such as “Mandira Virk” | “Anju Modi” | “Rina Dhaka” | “Reynu & Nikhita Tandon” | “Tarun Tahiliani” | “Anita Dongre” | “Manish Arora” | “Rohit Bal” and many more. With its first STORE 1 in Delhi on 29th April at “The Lalit Hotel”

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TBPS is facilitates the pockets of all luxury label aspirants as well as brand custodians by offering Luxury Fashion stock by high end Indian ethnic designers and International fashion brand at upto 75% off through pop up store festivals. TBPS will travel the whole country bringing luxury fashion labels to the premium/affluent aspirants at the best prices through designers own pop up stores.

 

TBPS is introducing for the first time in India “The Virtual Trial Room”  An immersive luxury shopping experience for the shoppers through Virtual Trial Rooms. A 360 degrees view and 3D glasses. Its going to be an ultimate technically sound shopping experience. They can try on clothes virtually without the hassle of getting in and out of clothes. Designers can generate awareness, buzz and demand about their latest store/collection among all the shoppers of the event. This will surely build the traffic and create more clientele to their stores post the event.

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As the next big thing of the future, TBPS will also be showcasing 360 degree view of the designers` store on the 3D glasses to the shoppers, through Virtual Reality.

After the launch of Store 1 in Delhi, TBPS will be on tour to few major cities like Banglore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Ludhiana etc.

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Fellas! This is definitely a golden opportunity to grab this amazing deal. Doesn’t matter if you are into labels or not. Good Quality, Brand Reputation, Latest Trends, Chic Indian Ethnic wear and a Pocket Friendly Price. Aren’t this enough reasons to give it a try and be a part of this great event? 

If you are a Bride-To-Be , A Fashionista or simply someone who loves designer outfits, “The Best Price Show” is the next destination.

 

Website: www.thebestpriceshow.com

Facebook : www.facebook.com/loveTBPS/

 

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