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Fashion forecast 2016: Layered clothing, androgynous styles will rule
New Delhi : Unisex and layered fashion in soothing colours, with prints, patterns and embroidery will be big on the style meter throughout the New Year, say Indian designers.
 
IANS spoke to designers like Varija Bajaj and Gautam Gupta, as well as Karan Ahuja, director of scarves, stoles and shawl brands Ahujasons, to gauge what will be a hit amongst fashionistas this year.
 
"Women of today no longer believe that glamour comes just by wearing fitted clothes or showing curves. They are, in fact, very comfortable in donning boxy silhouettes, over-sized dresses and lots of layers. Even the male counterpart is not confined to just black, blue and grey and even they are seen wearing drapes, kalidaar kurtas and embellished jackets," Gupta told IANS.
 
Here’s a sum-up of the trends that will shine:
 
* Androgynous fashion: The line is getting more blurred in fashion between genders. The season is all set to experiment with androgynous fashion, so there will be a lot of boxy silhouettes, boyfriend dressing and comfortable fashion taking place in 2016. Whether it’s the Bollywood red carpet events or the fashion weeks, androgynous clothing has already set the trend rolling and it will reach new heights this year.
 
* Layered clothing: Sheers in summer and layers in winter is what we can expect in 2016. Fashion will be more about being stylish with a voluminous feel. Sheer fabrics such as net, organza and tulle will be seen more and one sees blends such as cotton silk, georgette satin, chiffon satin to be used more.
 
* Soothing colours: Colours that are more soothing in nature and bring calmness to the mind, will be popular. Expect shades like blush, powder blue, soft pink, white, rose quartz and serenity blue to stand out in the racks.
 
* 3D embroidery: Get a 3D effect with fabrics, embossed look, and velvet and burnt out texture, crafted textures.
 
* Prints and patterns: Get yourself set to patchwork power and clashes of prints. One will see a lot of vintage arts being used in contemporary way. There will also be a lot of washes and treatments on fabrics such as stone wash and other chemical wash. Also, while floral prints dominated last year, psychadelic and geometric prints will be a welcome break complementing androgynous trends.
 
* Organic fashion: Every year the focus on organic fashion will be more and 2016 will surely be a year for it to be noticed. A lot of focus is already being made towards it.
 
* Trend in stoles: In 2016, from geometric patterns to bold florals and abstract ones -- there is a lot to draw inspiration from. Tropical florals are perfect for 2016 and one of the colour trends that we are bound to see is an aquatic one. Aqua and turquoise will be popular along with salmon, pistachio and yellow colours.
 
Even in men's fashion, there will be some remarkable trends as men have become more adventurous:
 
* Tuxedos is one classic menswear that will rule.
 
* Even donning drapes won’t be a surprise in 2016. A lot of men are already wearing cowl trousers, drop crotch trousers and this will be more in trend.
 
* A lot of influence of sportswear will be seen, especially with Olympics slated to be held this year. The crop-fitted jackets will surely make way in men’s wardrobe. 
 
* Colours such as mauve, greyish pink, powder blue, royal blue and teal are the colours to watch out apart from the regulars like white, black, grey and blue.
 
* Accessories like pocket squares, ties, bows, belts, socks and shoes will be more in focus than ever before.
 
* Washed out denims will continue to be a man’s best friend.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

2 years ago

Earlier feminine dresses were designed considering their natural comfort to the wearer.
By wearing androgynous dresses, females are discomforting themselves in that dress.
How difficult it is for female to sit in the toilet, bend their back forward in this type of dress, which is not suitable to their natural & inborn body. This type of uncomfortable equality in wearing androgynous dress gives the wearer a bodily discomfort.
Earlier comfortable salwar kamiz, frock, skirt & top dresses may disappear in the days to come, with the present trend of wearing the androgynous dresses by the female, all over the world.

Stop treating Google as your doctor
Are you among those who log in to Google every time you are down with body ache, fever or cold, only to get more confused and scared
 
New Delhi: Are you among those who log in to Google every time you are down with body ache, fever or cold, only to get more confused and scared? Many young Indians with smartphones in their hands are falling prey to the "Google-as-your-doctor" phenomenon and the dangerous trend is on the rise in the country, health experts feel.
 
Although there is nothing wrong in checking your symptoms or trying to find more about your illness on the internet, they say that one should know where to stop.
 
The ideal situation is to use search engines only when someone is diagnosed with a certain medical condition and wants to know more about it. The information available on internet should be used to educate oneself rather than trying to find a cure for the disease.
 
"The biggest problem is that internet is loaded with enormous information which could be correct too but then your symptoms could be similar to some other disease which may cause confusion. Therefore, correct diagnosis of your health abnormality is very important," Dr. Satnam Singh Chhabra, head (neuro-spine surgeon) at the Sir Gangaram Hospital here, told IANS.
 
He has observed many young Indian adults getting hooked to the internet to look for every little thing, even self-diagnosis.
 
For instance, if one has a health abnormality, then the instant reaction is to Google the symptoms before seeing an expert or a doctor.
 
"But one should be careful as people normally look for symptoms to get rid of curiosity and anxiety but to the contrary, it just worsens the scenario and leaves them more anxious," Chhabra said.
 
According to Dr. (Prof) Raju Vaishya, senior consultant (orthopaedic and joint replacement surgeon) at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, one should beware of getting trapped into "Google as your doctor" behaviour as this may cause more harm than good.
 
"Yes, there is an increasing surge in young Indians with smartphones who google common health symptoms. I find more such patients coming to me with queries related to hand, wrist and elbow," Vaishya told IANS.
 
Dr. R K Singal of the BLK Super-specialty Hospital had an interesting case study to share: "Once a patient in his mid-30s came to me with severe headache. He told me that he thought he had a brain tumour. After diagnosis, we found that headache was due to prolonged sore throat and rhinopharyngitis (common cold)."
 
"The patient visited me after a month of self-diagnosis through internet. Whatever he found on the internet made him believe that he had a brain tumour," Singal told IANS.
 
According to Singal, people in the 25-40 age group are more hooked on to the internet and such self-diagnosis only increases one's anxiety.
 
Dr. Rahul Gupta, senior neuro and spine surgeon at Fortis Hospital in Noida, is attending to many young Indians who come to him with weird health queries after scanning Google.
 
"Self-medication via the internet can be dangerous. Patients at times do not follow our advice and waste our time with silly questions," he stressed.
 
According to Gupta, Google is good when it comes to searching for a good doctor, checking spellings of a medication and reading about general health-related issues.
 
Another danger of self-diagnosis is that you may think that there is more wrong with you than there actually is.
 
"For example, if you had insomnia, inattention and depression, you may believe that you have a sleep disorder or major depression. Thus, you may make things worse by worrying more as well," Singal noted.
 
Self-diagnosis is also a problem when you are in a state of denial about your symptoms.
 
One may think that generalised body aches started with a worsening of mood, but a doctor may elect to do an electrocardiogram for chest pain that reveals possible coronary artery disease, the experts felt.
 
Are health websites trustworthy when it comes to answering health symptom queries?
 
"I don't see any harm in doing that because it's about your health after all. In fact, a lot of times my patients come back with queries after surfing about their health abnormality on the internet," Chhabra said.
 
So, educate yourself as much before or after you visit your doctor, but let the experts do their job. Let your doctor prescribe you a treatment well-suited for your ailment.
 
"One should be wise enough to understand which is an authentic website with relevant content as there are a lot of paid sites which exist only to make business," Chhabra advised.
 
Vaishya asked youngsters to share their internet-acquired knowledge with the doctor but not to force it upon the doctor to follow it.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article. 

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Meenal Mamdani

2 years ago

As a physician I agree with most of the recommendations in this article.

Except for one statement "don't ask me silly questions".

A doctor must educate the patient about her/his health problems. Treatment works best when the doctor treats the patient as a team member and not some one who is to be fobbed off with curt answers.

Yes, hypochondriacs can be a pain in the neck but in my experience, these are few. It is more common in India to encounter patients who look upon doctors almost as gods.

Patients should be given info about reliable websites pertaining to their disease and encouraged to be well informed.

Vaibhav Dhoka

2 years ago

This practice confuses doctor as query from internet diagnosis is cumersom.

'Interstellar' - Most pirated film of 2015
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan's sci-fi drama "Interstellar" has taken the top spot as the most pirated movie of 2015.
 
The film, which was released in 2014, was downloaded 46.8 million times, according to piracy tracking firm Excipio, reports variety.com.
 
Other movies prominent on the list are several big money makers like "Furious 7" (44.8 million), "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (41.6 million) and "Jurassic World" (36.9 million). 
 
However, this year's record-breaking movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" doesn't make it into the list, probably because the movie didn't start showing up on piracy sites until several days after its release. There's still a chance that it will top the same list in 2016. 
 
In 2014, just like "Interstellar" did, the 2013 release "The Wolf of Wall Street" led the pack to become the most pirated movie. The Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer was downloaded 30 million times last year, significantly less than the space movie's nearly 47 million downloads. 
 
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