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Fashion Styling – Indian Cinema

Fashion or Fit – Indian Cinema When it comes to Indian cinema, we have known for a long time that in the battle of fashion vs fit, fashion beats fit hands down most of the time. But, there’s plenty of good work going on. The exceptions stand out with attire and make-up that fit the role, the story line and the director’s vision rather than the notion of pure...

ICBI TVC – 2

ICBI TVC – 2

ICBI is taking a leap ahead in continuing its efforts of reaching out to its audience. The beginning was made with the first set of ads projecting First Impressions and Image Consultants during the show “What Not to Wear India” hosted by actress Soha Ali Khan and designer Aki Narula. The response to the ads has been tremendous. We now continue these ads to...

What Makes a Successful Fashion Stylist

What Makes a Successful Fashion Stylist

As a fashion stylist, an innate sense of colour and style is the base material you carry. To this, a certified fashion stylist course builds the foundation and the structure, teaching you all there is to know about your profession. In addition to these, you need to pick up other practical elements to stay on top of the business every day of your working life....

When Do You Call It A Luxury Brand?

Luxury brands cannot be defined objectively. What is luxury to one could be completely ordinary for another. Knowing the client’s profile, life style, social, personal and business lives becomes necessary when suggesting luxury brands to your clients. But, first things first. What Makes a Luxury Brand? Can a product that is the rage in all the right circles...

Image Management for Overseas Assignments

Image Management for Overseas Assignments

Working abroad can give the much-needed boost to your career. But the challenge lies in making the most of the overseas assignment. In addition to your occupational skills, it is how you manage your image when working in a different environment that leads to success. From clothing and grooming to body language, etiquette and how you communicate, you need to...

Soft Skills Can Take You Places

How would you predict a stranger’s chance of success at work? On his technical knowledge? And on the experience he gains as he moves onward? You would be better off observing his soft skills to make the prediction. According to research by Stanford and the Carnegie Foundation, 85% of the reason a person gets a job, will keep a job and move ahead in that job has...

8 Tips For An Effective Wardrobe

8 Tips For An Effective Wardrobe

The art of smart dressing lies in building an effective wardrobe and in taking care of it. It isn’t just about getting the right ensemble complete with all the accessories, clothing and over wear in the right style,pattern and colour. This approach is not only expensive, but also very limiting when it comes to bringing variety to your wardrobe. Planning and...

The Perfect Trench Coat

The Perfect Trench Coat

  They are the perfect wear for winters. They look right on most occasions. They are a necessary element of the chic and the fashionable wardrobe. They are trench coats. Worn over formals, jeans, sweaters, shift dresses, leggings or frocks, trench coats make you look stylish and trendy. The history of trench coats truly begins with Thomas Burberry who...

8 New Year Resolutions for a Confident Image

8 New Year Resolutions for a Confident Image

New Year resolutions are many. Here we bring you resolutions in image management and more for the new year to project a confident, assertive you. These 8 resolutions are our bid to help you achieve your goals this year and for many years to come. 1. Art of Style: In order to leave a lasting impression, project your real self. These begin with first impressions...

One Day Workshop

One Day Workshop

“How to create the right First Impression” Workshop Conducted by Certified Image Consultants from Image Consulting Business Institute

Boots for the Winter

Boots for the Winter

While boots have entered the workplace, there is far more to boots when it comes to casual and evening wear. Taboos are lowered, but some caution is needed. If you want to play it safe, avoid the thigh-high boots. Wear the below-the-knee boots, mid-calf boots and ankle boots all you want during the winters. Matching Style: Match the boot style with that of your...

Wearing Tangerine Tango – Winter 2012

Wearing Tangerine Tango – Winter 2012

Tangerine Tango, the colour of energy, life and spirit, is the colour of Fall Winter 2012. A reddish orange, it is all about recharging and moving forward with a bounce in your step. It falls between the adventurous red and the cheerful warmth of the yellow, bringing a bit of both to your attire – high energy with a lot of playfulness. Tangerine Tango is about...

Back to Work Tips for Women

Back to Work Tips for Women

It’s been a long break from work – you may have had a child or moved to a different city or country or taken a break for a different reason. Alternately, it could be the first time you are entering the workforce outside home. Along with the excitement of getting back to work is the stress of what it’s going to be like. Prepare yourself by learning and upgrading...

Amitabh Bachchan – Image with Style

Amitabh Bachchan – Image with Style

Amitabh Bachchan – The image of the angry young man of the 70s has given way to his real life self, of a humble human being, who lives his life with grace, dignity and simplicity. This is the image that comes clean across in what he wears, how he wears it, what he does and how he speaks. Regarded as one of the greatest actors of Indian cinema, it is his...

Enhance your Image with New Cosmetics

Enhance your Image with New Cosmetics

Lakme Eyeconic – Kajal and Mascara   Lakme Eyeconic is one of those new launches with a kajal and mascara – the double whammy to highlight your eyes to perfection. Plus, it lasts 10 hours. It’s waterproof and you don’t have to worry about smudges. The perfect all-weather eye cosmetic for a long day in office or outdoors. The mascara itself gives an intense...

Scarves on Men – Tying Themselves in Knots

Scarves on Men – Tying Themselves in Knots

Nothing can depict masculine style more effectively than an aviator in a fighter aircraft wearing a long, silk scarf. Aviators in both World Wars wore scarves. With that, scarves became the mark of masculine style. Sitting in open cockpits with no rear-view mirror, the pilot depended on his own sight to attack and to save himself from enemy attacks. Back then,...

Michelle Obama’s Style Statement

Michelle Obama’s Style Statement

Michelle Obama has set a style statement of her own. She makes it clear that it doesn’t take expensive labels and well-known designers to achieve this. What it takes is a bit of experimentation, the readiness to mix a known label with an unknown designer to achieve a look that is very much herself, but most of all the poise that comes with being comfortable...

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America has just been re-elected for a second term in office. We couldn’t help taking a look at his sartorial style and the image he projects. Obama has made it to Vanity Fair’s 2009 International Best-Dressed List1. He is also one of Esquire’s World’s Best Dressed Men. Three traits come across clearly from...

Festive Accessories for Men

Festive Accessories for Men

Men have come a long way in dressing up for festivals. Come festival time, a host of kurta-pyjamas and sherwanis make their way to men’s Diwali festival shopping list. While these bring plenty of range and excitement to the festive season, festival shopping for men doesn’t need to end here. What’s a good pair of silk kurta-pyjamas without the accompanying...

Lift Your Look with Festival Accessories

Lift Your Look with Festival Accessories

The big festival season is upon us with Dussehra and Diwali. Festival time isn’t only about buying new clothes or about buying gold on the day of Dhanteras. It’s time to take a look at your accessories too. The right accessories can lift your look, both Indian and Western. You can go completely Indian in your clothing and accessories, or complement a Western...

Choosing Your Jewellery

Choosing Your Jewellery

Any time is a good time to talk about jewellery as they can accentuate your look. It is particularly important to talk about them at festival time. With Dussehra and Diwali round the corner, it’s definitely time to talk about jewellery. While earrings frame your face and accentuate your best features, necklaces bring focus to your neck and more. Don’t forget...

Shift Dress – Evening Wear

Shift Dress – Evening Wear

The shift dress is the perfect evening wear for all occasions. In this post, we will talk about the three occasions you are likely to be part of and how you can choose the right shift dress for each. Formal evening Fun and feisty evening Business social evening Formal Evenings Let’s begin with the classic black shift dress. We have been talking of Audrey...

ICBI TVC

ICBI TVC

ICBI has taken yet another first-of-its-kind initiative by going on air with its TV ad, projecting First Impressions and Image Consultants. Appearing very aptly during the show “What Not to Wear India” over TLC, the ICBI commercials were launched on 19th September at 10 pm with the repeat show appearing the subsequent afternoon. “What Not to Wear”, hosted by...

Shift Dress – Casual Wear

Shift Dress – Casual Wear

From our previous post titled Shift Dress – Business Wear to the current post about the Casual Wear Shift Dress, there is a great deal of difference. Just as there are guidelines for business wear, there are a different set of guidelines for casual wear. But since the choice is much wider for the latter, you are better off beginning with the image you choose to...

Shift Dress – Business Wear

Shift Dress – Business Wear

A shift dress is one of the most versatile dresses. You can do wonders with it. Also called a sheath dress, its straight line had been in contrast to the cinched waist dresses of the earlier period and this simple, easy-to-manage style soon became a mark of independence that the new generation sought. But this same simple, straight style gave rise to the...

Chitralekha the largest selling magazine in Mumbai

Chitralekha the largest selling magazine in Mumbai

Chitralekha, the largest selling magazine in Mumbai and Gujarat, circulating to over 2,40,000 households every week, and in publication since 1950, has devoted five pages to Image Management in their latest edition! They are known to encompass the entire sweep of the social structure. Almost all its publications are family-read and loved. It is not common for a...

Emma Watson’s Stoles

Emma Watson’s Stoles

J.K.Rowling has moved on to The Casual Vacancy – her to-be-published adult book. The Harry Potter movies are all released and with that Emma Watson has stepped away from the Harry Potter series into serious, not-so-straight roles in other films. We decided to write a post on Emma Watson for the scarves and stoles that she wraps herself in give her a casual...

Managing Your Image in the First Term at College

Managing Your Image in the First Term at College

It’s your first time in college. It’s a strange world and a time of great expectations. You are stepping out of your protected environment and into a fairly independent life. You would love to experiment with the sudden freedom but start with small measures. College is also a time of great responsibility. You are there to pave the path for your future success....

Professional Chic with Stoles – Christine Lagarde

Professional Chic with Stoles – Christine Lagarde

We had seen Hillary Clinton at her political best where she lets her stoles speak for her, the occasion and the audience. In contrast stands Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund and the first woman to hold this position. Her scarves and stoles assert her individuality amid the conformity of the black suits that she is...

The finesse guide

The finesse guide

Priding herself on being the only master image consultant (certified by the Federation of Image Professionals International, UK) in the country is Suman Agarwal, who describes image as “all that an individual reflects consciously or unconsciously — who you are on the inside, your personality, values, attitudes, interests, abilities, uniqueness, roles, and often...