- Created: 06-04-17
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Description: Partnership Special- Fashion They are no less than style divas themselves. But Ayesha Chopra and Nira Mapara wanted to do something more about the subject they were both passionate about – fashion. In a city bursting with fashion exhibitions every few months, The Glam Closet tries to make shopping a more intimate and bespoke experience bringing to town some exquisite works by designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Pankaj and Nidhi to name just a few. And the two friends surely have a lot of fun while they are at it! How did this partnership for The Glam Closet come about? Nira: Ayesha has a fashion and modelling background and she had started The Glam Closet in 2006 when she moved to Dubai. We became friends soon after and she learnt that I had a love for fashion and also had a PR background. Around five years ago, she asked me to partner with her in an upcoming exhibition which turned out to be a success so we decided to give it another go. The success also motivated us to make this a permanent partnership.... the rest, as the well-worn cliché goes, is history! What has been the most challenging thing about working with your partner? And what has been a great asset to have someone like her? Ayesha: We were friends first then partners so we were lucky that we had some time to get to know and understand one another. We both have differing opinions on many things but we have learnt to accept them, discuss them and come to a happy compromise. Both of us have our strengths and weaknesses and we are fortunate enough to recognise these and build upon each other’s weaknesses and take from each other’s strengths. The best thing about having a partner is that we can bounce ideas off one another.... two heads are better than one! What’s your recipe for a successful partnership? Nira: It’s important to have fun and to enjoy what you do. We enjoy each other’s company, we love our work and are very passionate about it. All relationships and partnerships have to have a bit of give and take. It is important that each partner has their say and hear each other out, discuss everything including any grievances they may have with one another. We are both one half of a circle.... we help each other make this a whole. And that’s the secret behind our partnership. How has your equation helped in the growth of The Glam Closet? Ayesha: We are both motivated individuals and both strive to make this a successful partnership as well as a growing business. Our two different working backgrounds, our different ways and approach about dealing with a problem as well as our motivation and determination to make each experience unique have all contributed to making The Glam Closet grow from strength to strength over the years. Describe a typical work day for the two of you, especially when you plan a show. Nira: Rather than working on a daily basis, for us, our work begins at the beginning of the year where we start planning our calendar for the upcoming year to book our trunk shows. We then both visit Fashion Weeks in India where we look for trends and fashion we feel would do well for our clientele, from well-known designers as well as any upcoming names. Ayesha then starts liaising with the designers regarding their collections and look books and in the meantime, I approach them to send me the requirements for the PR. We both then start to curate and plan the exhibition. Each exhibition can take months of planning. Why is two better than one in a business? Nira and Ayesha: “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” This one line sums it up well enough!
Publish Date: 18-04-17
Description: Pick your favourite timepiece from the 2017 Baselworld watch fair Any other industry fresh from a 10 per cent downturn in 2016 might be more inclined to hunker down and take stock. But after four days spent in the thronging halls of the Baselworld fair, gazing at every brand’s multistorey pavilion, it is clear that luxury watchmaking isn’t about to tone things down. After all, in a world where time is told perfectly well by the phone in your pocket, Switzerland is in the business of selling emotions and stories, through beautifully made products, built to last for generations. Two short years of slowdown, after an exuberant growth stoked by the Chinese boom, are hardly going to suppress something founded on its very longevity. That said, watchmaking is still a commercial enterprise, and the industry does seem to have changed tack in a highly positive fashion. Out with outrageous limited editions, gold carbuncles and pantomime complications; in with core-collection consolidation and future-proof innovation, or back to the old school with welcome doses of nostalgia. Rather than the "shrink-pink" treatments of men’s watches, women are better served than ever. Even smartwatches are starting to make sense, now that we’ve established that they’re not a threat to traditional horology. Ten years ago, it was all about bling and one-upmanship. In 2017, it’s about making an informed purchase, safe in the knowledge that here is a timepiece that will tick for far longer than any flighty trend or economic wobble.
Publish Date: 09-04-17
Description: Why Kate Middleton swears by this one fashionable item From her vibrant pink jeans to her royal blue Issa engagement dress, whatever the Duchess of Cambridge wears turns to gold. And it seems that the Kate effect is striking again ahead of the summer season, with high street stores filling their shelves with Kate-approved wedges, reports the Daily Mail.
Publish Date: 06-04-17