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Retro Fashion is Trending this Spring in North-East India

Fashion is cyclical, in truth; trends are recurrent, and the best ones tend to come back in style in one way or another. This holds true for the evergreen fads of the 80’s and 90’s – which are taking on the fashion scene, and making one hell of a soar. One of those is the perennial style of the 90’s that resurfaces time after time, in its classic style or with a contemporary twist. Here are some trends that have stood the test of time.  How about embracing some retro futurism with 90’s inspired wraparound sunglasses? Accessories are one of the few items that have succeeded in out-winning time itself. If one apparel could sum up the retro trend, then it’d be the miniskirt! Miniskirts are the ultimate clothing piece that everyone needs to have to spruce up their wardrobes. These bottoms, with their preppy and timeless print, can brighten up any look. Dress it up or down, these checkered have got you covered for any event or just a ‘running errands’ kind of outfit. …

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“My Job as an Illustrator and Fashion Drawing Lecturer Combines My Love for Clothes and Sketching Woman as an Artform” – A Chat With Alice Balconi, from Italy

Today we have a guest from Italy – Alice Balconi, a fashion illustrator and a fashion drawing lecturer at Istituto Marangoni – School of Fashion, Art & Design in Italy. Alice is passionate about sketching various forms of women and clothes – two areas that she is personally fascinated with, and believes that both are equally distinct art forms. Apart from her work as an illustrator, she is also known for her healthy way of life and her love for yoga and her adorable pet Napoleone. So let’s go and find out more about her workl and her life in Italy!  We had a quick chat with Alice Balconi, a fashion illustrator from Italy. She talks about her work, main sources of inspirations and her future plans! Hello Alice! Good to have you with us. Please tell us a little about yourself. Ciao! I’m Alice Balconi, born near Milano, Italy, where I’m currently living. I had artistic studies and achieved a degree in Fashion Design at Istituto Marangoni, Italy. I believe in healthy living, so …

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Students in Shillong from Across NorthEast India, Share What’s Trending | Winter Fashion 2019

Winter in Shillong can be pretty extreme with temperatures dropping as low as 3-4°C. While other parts of the country are warming up with the arrival of January, most states of North East India are experiencing one of the coldest months of the winter season. Well, the cold may dampen your mood on some days, but we at R&L believe in making the most out of every situation. Here, the silver lining comes in varied shades of trends and colors as young folks in Shillong dress for the occasion – that of a cold winter’s day with the last leg of festivities still lingering in the air.  So today, we have Rinyo Valui from Shillong walk the streets of Shillong and take us through the trends rocking the local fashion scene. A first glimpse tells us that there’s more to this season than the usual monochromatic knitwears and black high waisted jeans. The hottest trends in Shillong this season? Turtle neck, beret and beanies, thigh high boots and long coats. So let’s find out what’s trending straight …

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“I Want to Put North East India on The Global Fashion Map” – Fashion Designer Reena Ahanthem from Manipur Talks About Her Fashion Aspirations and Next Moves

Fashion and North East India found each other as though they were always meant to be. Folks from this region and their aesthetics have pretty much guided the fashion direction of the country. With colorful cultures and customs that foster the revival of trends from the past – that are constantly being recycled by the young trendsetters to ensure that design influences from this region stay in vogue for a long long time – and into the future. Fashion designer Reena Ahanthem from Manipur is an exemplary figure whose own style and work seek to revive and reinvent traditional wear from North East India – and manages to put keep them fashionable even in modern times. Born with a natural taste for fashion, she decides to pursue her passion by joining a fashion school, and later teaming up with a friend to start their fashion label “Deepankshi and Reena.” After running the label for almost a decade and dressing many celebrities with their creations, Reena is nor ready to move forward with her own individual …

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New Year’s Eve Outfit Inspirations for Women by Lungzeu from Nagaland – Curator of NagasStreetStyle

No matter how and where you choose to spend your New Year’s Eve, we recommend making an effort to feel your best whilst you start the countdown to the New Year. That being said, looking your best can add a huge boost to your feel-good factor 🙂 So in continuation to our NYE lookbook series by our local fashion folks, here’s one for the ladies too! {Check out our Men’s NYE Lookbook by Karan Chetri} As we gather together – with family, friends and our thoughts, here’s a little chit-chat with Lungzeu – our friendly fashion curator of ‘NagasStreetStyle’ (on Instagram) to bring us three of her top looks for New Year’s Eve.  Lungzeu Lungalang Longchar from Nagaland shares her top 3 looks for the New Year’s Eve. Find out what she thinks are great outfit rules to follow for the last day of the year 🙂 Here she is wearing her stable favorites for the cold winter season – comprising of a light trench coat, denim, and an H&M woolen scarf “Like everyone here in Nagaland, I’ve always …

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Our Favorite Men’s Fashion Blogger from Nagaland – Karan Chetri of “The Thrift Ensemble” Shares Outfit Inspirations for New Year’s Eve Party

2018 is almost winding up, and we’ve had a fantastic and memorable year! We hope you guys had a great year too. Having said that, the current mood for most of us is that of finding the best ways to spend the last few hours of the year – with some hoping to spend in solitude – in reflection and charting out the plan for 2019, and some busy planning a get-together party for friends and family, while some folks be excited about welcoming the new year over some celebratory party, or any of the many plans – according to one’s taste. Everything and anything goes . . . let’s just hope we are in the best of shape to say goodbye to 2018 – and welcome the new year! Today’s post is for all the Men who plan to go out on NYE. Our trusted member for Men’s Fashion – Karan Chetri from Nagaland, who runs an Instagram fashion blog called “The Thrift Ensemble” is here to share some great outfit ideas for Men – for …

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Ann Lotha Talks To Us About How She Became A Successful Designer

“As I work for a company and not my own label yet-my work is split into different brands -like if you see a embroidered bag at Zara which says made in India there could be 60-70% chance that we had something to do with it” Ann Lotha has taken her dream and passion and made it into a reality through her hard work and dedication towards the work. She is a designer for famous companies like Zara and Mango, and we had a small one-on-one with her to talk about how she reached where she is today. Read the full interview below. Introduce us to your work. What got you started? I’m a product designer who specializes in all sorts of hand-embroidered techniques like hand-beaded embroidery, handloom weaving, crochet, macrame, machine embroidery, and so on. I design and work on products for bags, soft home products pillows /throws, hair accessories for multinational companies like Zara, Mango, etc. When I started my first job, after graduating, I had no clue about embroidery or anything machine-related projects …

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Zena Marie Kire, Owner Of ZENA Bridal Salon, Nagaland Tells Us How & Why She Makes Every Bride Feel Extra Special While Finding The Perfect Gown

For a girl, her wedding day is undoubtedly the most special day of her life. And for a bride, an amazing wedding dress makes all the difference! When the dress has been carefully chosen, it is important for every bride to feel beautiful, confident and comfortable on her big day. ZENA Bridal Salon in Dimapur, Nagaland is the perfect store to explore for every bride-to-be in search for her perfect gown and everything else for her special day! Here’s a chat with owner Zena Marie Kire to know more about her, and her bridal shop in Nagaland. Today, we are happy to have with us Zena Marie Kire, from Nagaland – owner of ZENA Bridal Salon in Dimapur. She talks about the importance of making the bride-to-be feel extra special through her vast selection of wedding gowns – and the shopping experience itself. Hi Zena! Introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background. Hi! I’m Zena Marie Kire and I’m the owner of ZENA Bridal. I am currently based in Dimapur, Nagaland but prior to …

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Talented Hairstylist Joseph Hauzel from Mizoram Wants Us To Be Inspired by His Colourful Work and His Story!

“Follow your dreams” – is a saying we’re all too familiar with. No matter how small or big, it is much easier said than done. It takes courage to take that leap towards commiting to develop the passion that drives each one of us to achieving our dreams. When Joseph Hauzel from Mizoram decided to take the plunge and chase after a career in hairstyling, all he had was a good senses of self belief. He listened then and now continues to listen to his intuition and stays positive when criticisms do not come gently. He used it as a tool to work harder for his own personal growth. Joseph is an inspiration and a living example for all of us to follow our hearts no matter what our circumstances. Today, we are happy to feature Joseph Hauzel who is a professional hairstylist from Mizoram. He talks about the hardships he went through while starting off in the industry, what made him follow his dreams and how he’s steadily risen to the top. Hello Joseph! …

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These Wedding Gowns from Kat’s Collection Nagaland Are To Die For! Meet The Founders – Siblings Visituonuo and Kenny Rio

  “On her wedding day, a woman should be certain she has found a dress that makes her feel confident, and above all else, beautiful.” ~ Carolina Herrera With wedding season right around the corner, we’re happy to introduce Kats Collection – a bridal shop in Nagaland owned by sibling duo – Visituonuo and Kenny Rio. With stores in Kohima and Dimpur, their shop offers both ready-to-wear and custom-made bridal gowns. So let’s have a chat to know more about them and their wedding collections. Today we are happy to have with us the sibling duo from Nagaland – Visituonuo and Kenny Rio who are the founders and owners of ‘Kat’s Collection.‘ Successfully catering to the ever-growing wedding market since 2011, they talk to us about their entrepreneurial journey, what got them started and what keeps them going.  Hey guys! Tell us a little about yourselves. We are brother and sister duo Visituonuo Rio (age 28) and Kenny Rio (age 30) from Dimapur, Nagaland. Together, we run our store called Kats Collection which we named after Visi’s pet, Katrin. We started off …