At Samaya UK, pomp and circumstance are conjoined in the highest expression of haute couture with the excellence of a tradition that inextricably interweaves refinement (with a capital R) and a very contemporary desire to delight.
The luxury of time, first of all, since thousands of hours of devoted labour goes into the making of a A STAR IS BORN dress.
The luxury of the exclusive comes next because of all the handmade embroidery, not to mention the fabrics, the patterns and the colours are all specially thought through and designed: the special prerogative of pure inspiration, the inspiration of A STAR IS BORN, resolutely, uniquely, singular.
The creators of this exclusive brand Sheetal and Suchi were born in India, home of the lavish and opulent design culture, an upbringing surrounded by the beauty of its culture, architecture, history and daring, elegant designs.
Suchi and Sheetal, raised in Mumbai, cultivated their vast knowledge of textiles and embroidery under the watchful eyes of their mother and mentor who was well known in India for embellishing intricate work on silk fabrics for Oscar De La Renta and many other such prestigious brands.
As children, Sheetal and Suchi was mesmerized by the handiwork, colour and cuts produced in their workshops and they always knew they wanted to be a part of this intensely visual, medium.
Suchi moved to the United Kingdom where she absorbed the ethos of modern restraint and the closely guarded secrets of draping, cutting and embellishing fabric to a create clean, elegant and timeless silhouettes for women who understand fashion and get what they want.
Between the equally opulent but aesthetically opposite worlds of India and the UK their style was nurtured. Remarking on the excitement being generated by the designs, renowned for her exquisite style, consistent originality and breath-taking designs, a vision of elegance rooted in the here and now, the forever and the incomparable, A STAR IS BORN.
Whether we were watching stars walk the red carpet or filming famous scenes for the big and small screen, we’ve seen a raft of amazing fashion styles being showcased over the past few decades.
They say it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Still, in order for it to be ‘about the journey’ one must do everything possible to ensure the journey goes swimmingly. That inevitably includes some careful planning in terms of packing, transportation, entertainment and several other elements that will make the journey the one to remember.
If you’re stuck on the idea front, we’re here to lend a helping hand and make sure your journey is as pleasant and luxurious as it can possibly be.
Comfort Like No Other
As we know, there are plenty of ways to travel in style. If your chosen means of transportation is the mighty plane, you might want to use your miles or save up for first class tickets. Nothing says ‘comfort and luxury’ more than being pampered with extra leg room, super-cozy seats and the best foods and a variety of drinks and snacks to make the time go by.
However, if your chosen method involves staying on the ground, ditch the trains and buses and make sure you get the comfort and the level of luxury you deserve. Long drives can be grueling, but they don’t have to be if you opt for just the right kind of vehicle. There is a good reason Ford is the most trusted and best-selling car brand in both Australia and New Zealand. Therefore, when in doubt, go for one of the Ford SUVs for supreme safety and sense of luxury. What is more, if you have a big family, this brand has got you covered with their line of 7 seater SUVs, so it’s space, safety and luxury all wrapped up in one.
Luxury All The Way
Whoever said great luggage isn’t all that important simply didn’t know where to shop. Elegant luggage that represents luxury itself is about more than just appearances. The perfect set, which includes matching suitcases and carry-ons, allows you to have everything in one place, neatly organized and yes, it also looks as good on the outside as it is amazing on the inside. And what is inside?
Well, only the finest clothing items you own. If you’re travelling luxuriously, you must be going somewhere equally lush, so be prepared for everything. Have a gorgeous evening dress, amazing culottes, a Breton top, killer shoes as well as more practical walking ones. A white button-down is a definite must as it will elevate your style even when you’re roaming the streets sightseeing, and designer swimwear is mandatory if your destination involves a beach or a pool.
If travelling abroad, make sure all your travel documents are packed together in gorgeous travel document wallets. Not only do they look sleek but allow you to keep everything well-organized and have a peace of mind and not fall into the passport-searching frenzy.
Look The Part
If you’re already in first class or having the ride of your life in one of the best cars out there, you simply have to have the looks to match. In the spirit of athleisure, feel free to put on your finest pair of sneakers and channel your supermodel athleisure goddess vibes. As for the rest of your outfit, a stylish white tee tucked into your stunning pair of breezy wide-leg trousers topped off with a statement embroidered blazer will make you look like a million dollars. All you need is that designer bag to complete the look, and of course, let’s not forget a killer pair of specs that flatter your face shape like no other.
What’s In The Bag?
So, your travel documents are all snug and together, so what else should your bag contain? First off, you don’t want to run out of battery on your phone, so investing in a high-quality power bank is the smartest thing you can do. It’s sleek, doesn’t take too much room and can charge anything from a phone to an iPad, so in case you’re travelling with kids, who will at some point require some digital entertainment, this will absolutely save your life. It also gives you the ability to listen to music or watch a movie, and before you know it, you will have reached your destination.
Noise-cancelling headphones are an absolute god-send, especially if you’re on a plane, so consider this little gadget as well. If you’re on a road trip, don’t forget your camera as you will want to capture these and numerous other moments. Bottles of quality water sitting comfortably in their compartment are always a plus, and if you add a couple of slices of lemon, and a few healthy snacks, it will be almost like you were at a spa.
Follow The No Makeup Rule
Whether you’re travelling by plane or car, avoid wearing makeup during travel. Planes tend to suck the life out of your skin, and makeup doesn’t help. Instead, make sure your bag is filled with pampering skincare goodies, such as a sheet mask – no better time like while on the road to place that baby on and replenish your skin. A tinted lip balm and a touch of mascara is all you need in terms of makeup.
Another absolute bag must-have is a facial mist as you have no idea how refreshing it is – it literally has the ability to make you look like you’ve just stepped off the runway and look gorgeous by the time you reach your destination. Hand cream is another must of course, and if you want that perfect touch of glow, Kora Organics Noni Oil is your perfect accessory, the one you should apply right near the end of your journey.
You’re all set. Now, go plan, shop, pack and enjoy this preparatory stage, as every journey should be pleasurable from the first steps to the finish line.
Written by Sophia Smith
Whether you’re jetting off to a luxury, sun-soaked Caribbean island, an adventure-packed city break or a business trip, it is always wise to invest in a stylish yet comfortable outfit to travel in. Celebrities seem to have mastered the art of dressing for hours of travel whilst still looking like they stepped off the latest casual wear catwalk. From luxe bomber jackets to limited edition trainers, men’s athleisure clothing has taken off in recent years and has become a vital part of the modern man’s wardrobe. The growth in this movement has seen streetwear and gym wear weave itself into fashion shows and become centerpieces for fashionable outfits for everyday wear, travel or even a night out.
A top tip for creating a stylish travel get-up is to choose garments that you can layer, not only is this tactic very on-trend but it means that you can add another layer if the aeroplane air con gets too cold or remove layers when you reach your final destination, depending on how hot it is.
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Many years ago, sweatpants were usually associated with baggy, unflattering, marl grey jogging bottoms which you would only see on the likes of construction workers in an attempt to stay warm and keep their movement unrestricted or whose wear was strictly restricted to a Sunday evening in winter. However, in this modern day, a slim sweatpant can form the basis of a stylish travel outfit. Tapered sweatpants boast an extended cuff bottom around the ankle to give them a better, more flattering fit. Team with high-tops for an effortless, trendy look.
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The women’s co-ord has seen a rise in popularity over the last couple of years and now it’s time for the men’s twin set to burst onto the scene. A wardrobe staple for summer and autumn, the comfortable loungewear sets make easy work of looking effortlessly stylish whilst being practical and cozy, ideal for relaxing in on a long journey.
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As mentioned above, it is always wise to layer garments for travel so you can add or remove as appropriate and achieve an effortlessly stylish look. A classic example being to wear a plain crew neck t-shirt, a shirt worn open and trendy bomber jacket to finish off the outfit. But the timeless denim jacket can work just as well and is a versatile, easy addition to a travel outfit that provides an outer layer which strikes the perfect balance between comfort and style.
A Loose Tee
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There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable on stuffy train journey or a long flight. For travel, it is always wise to choose a tee that is light and breathable. Stick to a neutral colour palette such as white, black or grey with a relaxed fit for added comfort.
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We all know that travel means having to be responsible for a lot of important documents, such as our passport, boarding passes or money. Therefore, it is essential to carry a holdall or backpack to store all of your essentials. Always ensure that your bag is small enough to be able to be taken on an aeroplane as hand luggage but big enough if you decide to treat yourself in the duty free. Opt for a statement piece that will tie your outfit together. Leather holdalls in a bold colour block work well and will always act as a stylish accessory to pull your travel outfit together and complete your look.
Written by James Flynn
Maddy Stringer, born in Somerset, UK, is a recent fashion design graduate from Edinburgh College of Art. Her specialism lies in textile and material development, exploring tactility and three dimensional surfaces for fashion. Her graduate collection took inspiration from beauty in the mundane and the human desire to collect, focusing on her own childhood collections. Juxtaposing the traditional ornate patterns found in the miniature Persian rugs of her childhood doll's house with the bright, structured plastics of her hotel soap packet collection allowed Maddy to create unusual and unexpected surfaces that then informed her packet like silhouettes.
Fashion is constantly changing and evolving, and we love to see our favourite retro items getting back to fashion, mixing and blending with the modern designs. These days, it’s all about pushing the boundaries and merging the incompatible. No one can resist keeping up with the latest trends and experimenting on a daily basis. Listed below is a roundup of some of the hottest trends worldwide and you tell us what you think.
Get ready to throw some major shade because skinny cat-eye sunnies are lit this season. The 90s are back and we can't really tell who started this trend, but it's ubiquitous and popular among bloggers and Victoria's Secret models. The Swedish-born bombshell Elsa Hosk likes flaunting her red frames and mixing them with some modern apparel. The 'it' girl and fashion blogger Kenza Zouiten Subosic is also obsessed with the tiny shades. But, if you think that's the only thing these two fashion-savvy influencers have in common, apart from their native country, you are all wrong. They also share the same taste when it comes to the golden hoop earrings, polka dot dresses and bandana scarf pony style. These fashionistas definitely know how to dress girly and chic, and we should all take notes. Of course, these trends are present everywhere around the globe, it’s just that we like how our favourite Scandinavian beauties pull them off with so much confidence.
Australia is a country that supports authenticity and unique styles of different traditions. The land might be down under, but the fashion and everything that comes along is over the top! Therefore, many people like to enhance their appearance by covering their bodies with the coolest Japanese style tattoos. They are extremely popular, and it’s fascinating how the tattoo artists pay attention to every single detail in order to please their customers.
The Hottest You Can Get Right Now
Lately, it's all about the white strappy heels, and L.A girls are everything but confidential, ‘cause this trend is all over the place! From J.Lo to Kourtney Kardashian, these babies have been embraced big time, and aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Nothing not to love about this old Hollywood glam inspired look, and thank you Marilyn Monroe for serving looks ahead of your time!
From Italy With Love
The summer of 2018 is all about the salty air and sun-kissed hair, along with the stylish hot red bikinis. The color of love and passion is the number one choice when It comes to the bathing suits, and regardless their size, every girl looks gorgeous wearing them. Italian sweetheart Chiara Ferragni has recently worn her one-piece, and we can only bow down to her enviable figure, since she gave birth to a baby boy some time ago. California girls are also keeping up with the same trend, emphasizing their voluptuous curves.
Go spread the world that Dior's retro saddle bag is back! These vintage totes with the gold 'D' charm hanging off them are once more huge in the fashion industry, and Dior company definitely knows how to style you like one of those French girls. This gem has already been gotten into the hands of the world's most beautiful supermodel Rosie Huntington Whiteley, who recently showed off her copy stating that it made her teen dreams come true. And tell me, what's stopping you from having one of these iconic cuties?
All Stripes Everything
Classic is eternal, and that’s exactly why we have never stopped craving stripes! Blue and red dresses with white vertical stripes are the summer staples to die for, and if you haven’t got yourself one by now, then run to the nearest mall and refresh your closet. Brazilian beauty mogul Camila Coelho is one of the many influencers to have slayed this look, and she looked amazing.
Croatian women are known for having a great sense for fashion, and according to their street style, looking classy and feminine is as easy as Sunday morning. Model and fashion lover Lidija Lesic is there to prove that. Thanks to her own brand called 'My choice', handmade crochet jewellery and accessories have taken over the Croatian Riviera. Plus, each design pieces are made of natural materials. We have to admit this gorgeous blonde definitely knows how to combine modern and unusual, and we can learn a lot about fashion just by scrolling through her Instagram page.
Regardless of the country we come from, we all seem to speak the same language when it comes to fashion. These are just a few out of many hottest trends around the globe that stole our hearts and money. So, get out of your comfort zone and take some risks, ‘cause little fashion games never hurt anybody.
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A recent fashion design graduate from the University of Central Lancashire, Rose Connor's collection focusses on the beauty and importance of up-cycling and minimizing waste within the fashion industry. Rose demonstrates this by taking a common household item, the 'shower scrunchie' and changes the structural property with intense heat, in order to make a new sustainable fabric.
Cosplay is a popular trend globally. A few years back, only children would get costumes of their favorite character.
One of the most important fashion items that a woman should take the time to decide on is a handbag.
Louise Clark's final collection has the name ‘Abstract Romanticism’ and combined two very different themes. One research theme inspired her print and the other her silhouette. Her previous trip to China where she completed her internship really inspired her prints as she fell in love with the Chinese Calligraphy and the expressive, abstract mark making which these line drawings captured. She then used this inspiration to create her own prints and experimented using flocking on sheer fabric which was a continuous running theme throughout her collection.
The silhouette came from looking at 19th Century Clothing, as she has always loved the high necks and large gathered sleeves. However, she always wanted to re-create this silhouette in a more contemporary style by using brighter pops of colour and layering up her prints to create an impact on the catwalk. She combined two very different research themes as she wanted to create a very unique collection that had never been done before.