Like picking up a book and comprehending the words on each page, financial literacy means being able to pick up a bill, bank statement or transaction history and truly understand how it affects you. Not everyone is at the same stage of financial literacy. Some may need to learn a lot, but many simply need a refresher course to re-align their focus on a stable and successful financial future.
Paris Fashion Week was a head-spinning affair, with the number of shows swelling to well past 100. Vogue Runway has clicked through them all to collect the season-defining news into one handy list. Catch up on the highs of the week here.
If Blake Lively can’t be your real-life big sister, having her play the role onscreen is a close second, says Sedona Legge, who shares a fictional family with the vivacious actress in the surfer drama The Shallows, in theaters June 24. “I got to hang out with her all the time when she wasn’t filming,” says Legge. “I even got to hold her baby.” As Lively helped her navigate the plunge into Hollywood, Legge simultaneously got schooled in eco-friendly fashion.
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Looking truly sexy involves knowing what to bare-and what to keep under wraps. Otherwise, where’s the mystery? “Choose one-only one-body part and show it off,” advises Jen Rade, stylist to Jenna Fischer and Angelina Jolie. “If it’s cleavage, don’t show your legs. If it’s your legs, stay covered on top.”
Judging by the explosion in South Asian fashion runways around the world, the South Asian fashion market is growing by leaps and bounds.
Someone who knows about the business of style is Darshan Mehta, President and CEO of Reliance Brands Ltd. It compiles one of the most authoritative annual surveys of the state of the Indian fashion industry. The popular Indian catwalk event, Lakme Fashion Week is conducted under the aegis of the Reliance group. The event is organized and managed in India by Reliance group entity, IMG Reliance. For Lakme Fashion Week, Mehta works closely with his counterpart, Sundar Raman, CEO of Reliance-Sports.
“The Lakme Fashion Week held twice a year in Mumbai now ranks amongst the top 10 fashion weeks in the world in terms of footfall and media interest and the creativity of fashion,” Mehta says.
Indeed, bridal wear plays a big part in driving this business trend.“The South Asian bridal fashion market is estimated to be approx $100 billion,” Mehta says. “If you ignore jewellery (given that this is real gold and diamond jewellery and hence seen as an asset class and not expense), it is still a $60 billion-plus market.”