Christian Dior’s AW14 Show in Paris shows Haute Couture can still be Relevant and Fun

Let’s just make sure we all have the same reference point: Haute Couture anyone? Something to do with high French fashion? Well you may be surprised to know that the term originally referred to Englishman Charles Frederick Worth’s clothing work in the mid-nineteenth century- Ah yes, true he was working in Paris at the time!
Today in France, haute couture is a “protected name” that can be used only by firms that meet certain well-defined standards. That said, the term is also used loosely to describe all high-fashion custom-fitted clothing, whether it is produced in Paris, France, or in the other classic fashion capitals of London, Milan, New York or Tokyo.
In French haute couture literally means “high sewing” or “high dressmaking” or “high fashion”. It is usually understood to mean the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Haute couture should be fashion that is constructed by hand with little or no use of sewing machines or mass production techniques. The materials will be invariably high quality, expensive, often an unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses.
From time to time the major manufacturers of clothes try to claim that this obsessive attention to detail is outdated and not in keeping with current austerity. But they would say that wouldn’t they? To the contrary it seems the average haute customer is getting younger!
Christian Dior’s AW14 presentation earlier this year could have been described as a last hurrah, but it seems to have set the ball rolling again for couture. Some would say that the show proved that the painfully exquisite (and painfully expensive)fashion art form is having a thoroughly modern revival moment.
Haute couture is, it has to be admitted, a bit cut-throat. You need to get on top with your creations because you won’t get much return from haute coutures that don’t sell or end up in a remainder bin! That may be why Jennifer Lawrence pie-splatted Emma Watson after a mutual posing session. Were they just slightly disrespecting the fustiness of the occasion or really eliminating the competition at any given opportunity?!
To the décor and the runways. It was… flowery… No less than 150,000 orchids, all in trademark Dior white adorned the place like… Well, like a church wedding… Was that a coincidence? Well the last presentation of the last day allowed Karl Lagerfeld to steal the show, using that white-orchid backdrop. To gasps and wild camera shooting, the Kaiser of fashion gave the prestigious closing spot at Chanel’s AW14 couture show to a pregnant bride!
But what were the clothes like? There were stunning tilt-hem gowns, delicious off-pisteunusual colour combos and of course that all-round exquisite embellishments. And let’s not forget that Dior has brought haute couture to sportswear. Really. Dior’s hand-crafted trainers have just been released. Every single model at Chanel on one day was wearing trainers made up in a variety of pastel tweeds by Paris pied maison Massaro. Some models wore embellished skater knee and elbow pads, and bum bags. The sportiness was (some would say over) emphasised by the consistently cropped shape of sporty tops. Add in Lagerfeld with his version of “play/fun” clothes – leggings, button-down jumpsuits and cycling shorts in sparkly lace and crystal embroidery and you have a banged-to-the-wall signal that haute couture is not dead- just younger and sportier.

How To Get The Perfect Summer Legs

Summer might be on its way out and you might not have been in perfect shape for it this year, but as all good fitness instructors will tell you – now is the time to immediately start training for next summer! Okay so you might want to start wrapping up and hiding your body away as the colder weather sets in but why not use it as an opportunity to hone your physique into the one that you have been wanting all this time?

We can admit that it can be difficult to step into the gym on a regular basis but stick to it and it can become more of a pleasure than a chore. Remember that getting those slim legs that you want require some serious prep work so it’s better to start early rather than what we typically do two weeks before our vacation.

To help you on your way we have compiled a guide to getting the perfect summer legs and there is no better time to start than now!

Fake Tanning
So we thought we would ease you in gently and this tip doesn’t involve any form of exertion. Instead it is about being more inventive with fake tan on your legs. Remember that layering fake tan is the best way to shade and shape legs, it will also make your tan last longer. Applying additional bronzing spray to the fronts of the legs after tanning can help create the illusion of sculpted calves.

The Right Exercises
One of our favourite ways to lift our bums and create the illusion of longer legs is to use an exercise band whilst walking. It is a simple exercise and a portable move that means there is no excuse not to introduce it into your lifestyle.

Moisturise Correctly
By using a rich moisturiser down the centre of the leg (along the shin bone) you are going to help reflect light and create the impression of a sexier leg.

Disco Lunges
Now discos and lunges might not be your idea of fun but they are a great move for toning your legs, glutes and even strengthening your core. If you are struggling begin with lower reps and raise the number as you become stronger.

Scrub Away That Cellulite
If you want to remove some unwanted cellulite then there is no better way than a dry body brush. Often people forget to use gentle circular motions and instead opt for firmer up and down scrubbing as they feel it will have more of an immediate effect.

Water Water Everywhere
Water is essential in having a healthy body and flushing away all those extra toxins. Make sure you are drinking enough water, especially if you are exercising frequently and this should help prevent your body from retaining as much fluid.

Shave Properly
A lot of women are at fault for shaving incorrectly and surprisingly men are better at doing it than women. If you don’t rinse your razor after a couple of uses then you are going to clog up the blade and end up with a more uneven shave as well as increasing your chances of clogged pores or ingrown hairs.

Heal Physical Exhaustion And Attain Complete Wellness With Massage Center In Pondicherry

When you are suffering from physical exhausted, even without doing any real heavy tasks, you need finding some ways to soothe your mind as well as body. In such cases, people choose to go for a trip to a pristine, calm and cozy place. Pondicherry could definitely be that place, as this Indian town offers exotic beaches for the tourists. When you are at this place, you should also try massage center in Pondicherry.
If you have never tried Ayurvedic massage, you should try it at least once in your lifetime. It brings excellent physical as well as mental peace. Your nerves will be relaxed, and your body shall get energized. A vacation to Pondicherry and a few Ayurvedic massaging sessions will definitely bring rejuvenation for you mind and body. You will become more energized as well as positive minded person. You shall attain more physical and mental composure to deal with tricky or complicated situations.
One of the main reasons behind quick physical exhaustion is chronic joint aches or pains. Chronic joint and muscle ache can be healed or treated with effectual Ayurvedic massaging session. At massage center in Pondicherry, experienced massagers will massage your muscle and joints through various touching as well as pressing techniques. This works magically in treating muscle or joint pains.