New Women’s Clothing and Accessories Store Opens in Ballston Quarter

A new trendy clothing and accessories store is now joining the ranks of businessesopening up in the Ballston Quarter mall.

Called Francesca’s, the new store opened today (Friday) and sells women’s apparel as well as shoes, hats, jewelry, and hair accessories.

Ballston is one of several D.C. area locations for the chain, which also has opened up shop in the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, as well as in D.C, Tysons, Springfield, and Alexandria. Despite the local expansion, the company has also faced some recent struggles.

The new store occupies a 1,600 square foot space on the second story of the mall, across from another women’s clothing store, Gossip Boutique, and watch retailer Bering.

A PR rep told ARLnow that the store is offering a buy one, get one 60% off deal through Wednesday, August 21.

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Designer Ridhi Mehra to launch flagship store in Delhi

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Designer Ridhi Mehra is all set to launch her first flagship store at the upscale, The Kila, Seven Style Mile in Mehrauli, Delhi.

She will also launch her Basra AW 2019 collection. The new collection is Mehra’s take on opulence and refinement, inspired by the beauty of the world-renowned Basra pearls.

It showcases exquisite floral and geometric patterns of the Islamic art and architecture which she has brought to life with her delicate dori work, French knots and sequins.

The collection has her signature semi-couture silhouettes of belted anarkalis, jacket and pre-pleated saris, peplum-lehengas in soothing hues of ivory, champagne beige and crepe pink.

This graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology and the School of Management at the University of Nottingham launched her label in 2012. She won the FICCI YFLO High Flyers Award six years later. Most of her pieces are an eclectic mix of vintage European aesthetics and Indian heritage.

Speaking about her store, Mehra says, “This will be my first ever flagship store, and is obviously very close to my heart. The design of the store reflects the aesthetics of my designs. Each piece of art, and each table in the store is a masterpiece that is Mughal-inspired, with jewel-toned furniture, which not only reflects the aesthetics but also brings out the character in the store.

“We chose a neutral colour palette of soft grey and beige, juxtaposed with lustrous gold metallic keeping in mind that the designs have to be subtle and soothing to the eye!”

Apart from the designer clothes, the major attraction of the store is the stunning mouth-blown glass, floral chandelier, designed by Mehra in collaboration with The Glass Forest.

A hi-end fashion destination, The Kila, is home to a number of other brands like Amit Aggarwal, amd Namrata Joshipura.

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Gucci now allows people to ‘try on’ its shoes without going to the store

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NEW DELHI: Going out to malls or markets to shop for shoes will soon be passe!

Various startups have been, for some time now, using the cool technology of Augmented Reality (AR) to enable people to virtually try on stuff like clothes, spectacles, make-up and hair before actually making a purchase.

Recently, Italian luxury brand Gucci teamed up with technology partner Waanaby to launch the ‘Try On’, a groundbreaking AR function that allows people to “try-on” one of its Ace sneakers at any time and from anywhere with a simple push of a button, reported Venturebeat.com.

So to buy a shoe, a person using the refreshed iOS Gucci app can pick the Ace sneakers of their choice and point their phone’s camera at their feet, after which they’re prompted to try the shoes on virtually.

From Gucci To Givenchy: A Peek Into Melania Trump’s High-On-Fashion UK Visit

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US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are currently on their state visit to the United Kingdom. From dining with the royals to exploring Downing Street 10 with British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip, their visit made headlines around the world. However, one of the highlights of the three-day tour was the first lady’s UK-inspired wardrobe.From Gucci to Givenchy, Mrs Trump opted for expensive brand labels again and left the world stunned with every look.

What’s more? A built-in photo feature lets people capture themselves “wearing” the models that speak to them and share their snaps via text, email, or social media.

While it is Gucci today, very soon other brands too could follow suit.

The Belarus based startup Wannaby had earlier this year launched its own app Wanna Kicks where users can virtually try on 3D models from Nike, Adidas, Allbirds and others.

The app uses real-time machine learning algorithms that take into consideration colour, texture, and lighting variations, plus a fully equipped printing studio that Wannaby uses to create 3D sneaker models.

All designed to create a tracking technology that’s robust enough to follow people’s footsteps as their feet move and rotate.

Apart from shoes the startup also offers Wanna Nails, an app that lets users “try on” nail polish from curated collections with real-time segmentation and recolouring.

Next on the startups agenda is jewellery and apparel.

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Apple Store designer proposes restoring Notre-Dame as… basically an Apple Store

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Eight Inc, the design firm best known for conceptualizing the Apple  Store and the now-iconic giant glass cube on 5th Ave in New York, has proposed to restore Notre-Dame’s sadly destroyed roof and spire — with a giant glass roof and spire. I don’t think the French will go for it.

The idea is to recreate the top of the building entirely out of structural glass, which is stronger than normal glass and thus could support itself without any internal framework.

It’s hard to know what to make of the proposal. It seems to me so inappropriate that it borders on parody. Leaving aside the practical concerns of keeping the glass clean and replacing any portion that’s cracked or something, the very idea of capping a gothic cathedral made almost entirely of stone with a giant sunroof seems like the exact opposite of what the church’s creators would have wanted.

Tim Kobe, founder of Eight, disagrees.

“I believe this definitive example of French gothic architecture requires a deep respect and appreciation of the history and intent of the original design,” he told Dezeen. “It should not be about the ego of a new architectural expression but a solution to honor this historic structure.”

I find that statement, especially the part about ego of new architectural expression, a little difficult to swallow when the proposal is to rebuild a nearly thousand-year-old cathedral in the style of an Apple Store.

He called the glass roof and spire “spiritual and luminous,” saying they evoked “the impermanence of architecture and the impermanence of life.”

That seems an odd thing to strive for. I’m not a religious person, but I as I understand it the entire idea of a cathedral is to create a permanent, solid representation of the very permanent presence of God and His everlasting kingdom of heaven. Life is fleeting, sure, but giant stone cathedrals that have outlasted empires seem a poor mascot for that fact.

Of course, it must be said that this wouldn’t be the only garish glass structure in the city that traditionalists would hate: The pyramid at the Louvre has attracted great ire for many years now. And it’s much smaller.

The French Senate (and many others) have expressed that they would like the cathedral to be restored to as close to its original state as possible — preferably with something better than centuries-old dry tinder holding up the roof. But President Macron has called for something more than simple reconstruction, and Prime Minister Philippe backs him, especially concerning the spire, which was a relatively late addition and as such isn’t quite as historic as the rest.

A design competition is to be held to create a new spire “adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era,” which certainly could mean many things and inspire many interesting ideas. Here’s hoping they’re a little better than this one.

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Woman Buys Out Entire Shoe Store So She Can Donate 204 Pairs to Nebraska Flood Victims

Image result for Woman Buys Out Entire Shoe Store So She Can Donate 204 Pairs to Nebraska Flood VictimsA 25-year-old woman just bought the entire stock of a closing shoe store so she could donate it all to Nebraska flood victims.

Earlier this week, college graduate Addy Tritt bought 204 pairs of new shoes from the Payless Shoe Store in Hays, Kansas.

Since Payless announced that they were going out of business in February, the company has been liquidating its assets in all 2,100 of its stores.

Upon hearing about the store’s closing, Tritt felt compelled to visit the branch so she could buy some shoes for the flood victims in Nebraska.

The store’s remaining shoes – which included 162 pairs of baby shoes, 44 pairs of women’s, and 2 pairs of men’s – were collectively worth about $6,000 retail. After about two and a half hours of negotiation, however, Tritt managed to buy all of the shoes for only $100.

“I have been so blessed. There have been so many great people in my life who have inspired me,” she told Hays Post. “So many people have helped me when I was down, I want to help if I can.

“I just hope this inspires other people to volunteer and donate if you have been blessed,” she added.

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Sahil Fashion opens new online fashion store

Courtesy: Pakistan DressSahil Fashion & Alterations has unveiled a new online fashion store aimed at Pakistani people living in Australia who want to shop for the best Pakistani clothing. The company already has a showroom in Dandenong near Melbourne and aims to expand business by opening new stores. The company is open to sell products at different outlets in and around Melbourne.

Pakistani Dresses, a firm owned by Sahil Fashion & Alterations, aims to become the first choice for those wanting to shop for Pakistani clothing in Australia. Pakistani Dresses specialises in Pakistani wedding dresses, Pakistani bridal dresses and Afghani dresses in styles, colours and fabrics to suit the tastes of a discerning clientele. Shoppers will find glamorous garments made by some of the most popular and highly sought designers.

The company understands though Pakistani clothing and Afghani dresses are now easily available online, people with a rich taste of styling always crave to wear clothing designed by famous designers like Maria B, Rang Rasiya, Zara Shahjahan and Zainab Chottani to Sobia Nazir, Sana Safinaz, Asim Jofa, Kashees, and Serene Premium.

By offering designer clothing from some of the best known Pakistani labels in the business, the company aims to become the first choice online store for Pakistani clothes in Australia.

Hazaragi dress is another of the in demand clothing type that the store offers. Hazaragi dresses have a charm of their own and are available in rich fabrics, radiant shades and with stylish embroidery, some of which are highlighted with metallic work for shimmer and shine. (SV)

 

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