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The Esquire x Beast Grooming Box

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Introducing the inaugural Esquire Grooming Box, made in partnership with Beast. We’ve tried, tested and selected our favourite products from nine leading brands in the male grooming industry to create the perfect do-everything regime. The very best in body, skin and hair care, for a fraction of the regular cost.

Worth £220, the box includes eight full size, industry-leading products for only £100, saving you £110. Tried and tested, hassle-free grooming in one convenient box, perfect for yourself or someone you love.

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‘Agnostico’ All-In-One Balm by Bullfrog

Fights all the facial hair ills in one go. Softens and moisturises coarse stubble, tames unwieldy beards and moisturises the skin beneath, leaving it calm and cool.

RRP £30

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Deodorant by Baxter of California

Ditch the aerosol for an alcohol- and aluminium-free roll-on gel that packs a spicy citrus punch. The non-staining formula saves your clothes and uses tea tree to neutralise odour-forming bacteria.

RRP £20

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Cleanser by Allies of Skin

Bursting with antioxidants, Allies of Skin’s cleanser is perfect for removing the grime and pollution that builds up on your skin throughout the day, and its silk amino acids keep the skin looking fresh.

RRP £40

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Moisturiser by SA.AL & Co

One of the best all-round — and all-natural — moisturisers we’ve tried. Offers intense hydration via aloe vera, shea and cocoa butters and macadamia oil.

RRP £30

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Body Wash by Plant Apothecary

Made from 100 per cent natural ingredients, Plant’s combination of rosemary and lemongrass is the perfect way to kick-start the day. Refreshing and nourishing, it is also delicate on sensitive skin.

RRP £20

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Energy Supplement Strips by Patchology

Great for when even the best skincare routine doesn’t quite do the trick. Patchology’s strips dissolve on the tongue for an instant boost of invigorating caffeine, green tea and vitamin D.

RRP £10

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Sea Salt Spray by Murdock

The best way to get that just-been-for-a-swim hair without having to go all the way to the beach. Gives finer hair more volume and thicker hair more texture. Win-win.

RRP £25

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Eye Serum by Heath

A serum with the power to firm, protect and reawaken the skin around the eyes. Formulated with Soliberine NAT®, it works to block out harmful blue light, too.

RRP £15

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Man, I feel like a woman! – brunch feature

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Pink is for girls, blue is for boys. This is where the narrative for gender identity begins. Wrapped in a colour specific blanket, the newborn is welcomed to a world where a gender stereotype is ready for them.

So, when iconic designer Gaurav Gupta opened FDCI’s India Couture Week this month with an inclusive show titled Name is Love that incorporated people of all genders, body types and sexualities walking in his trademark sculptured silhouettes, it brought the focus to the fact that fashion has no gender and love has no gender.

Personally, I don’t fit the standard sizes for menswear. And as much as I love neutrals, I don’t fear colour or prints. So quite naturally, it becomes easier to shop in the women’s section for better fit. But every time I rummage through the racks in a store, a polite store executive walks up to me and says, “Sir, the men’s section is that way.”

To bring to light that gender neutrality in fashion isn’t an alien idea, I picked six different outfits by six friends who have cracked the concept. Take a look.

Sheer joy

Sumiran Kabir Sharma, creative director of the non-binary label, Anaam, has fearlessly worn what may conventionally be perceived as womenswear. This confidence in himself sparks a reaction that says, “Why can’t men wear sheer?”

“The most noticeable change of this decade is that menswear has become fluid” —Akshay Tyagi, Celebrity stylist

“I believe in the connection between the artist and his art. When I was in design school, I used my body as a canvas instead of a mannequin. But this actually started in my childhood, when I started exploring neutrality by trying my sister’s clothes or draping table cloths and curtains over myself. My label started very clearly as a movement, not as a business. I’m glad that non-binary fashion has made a noise but it still reaches a niche market. To create a more sustainable impact, gender studies need to be actively introduced in schools,” he says.

Sumiran Kabir Sharma’s non-binary label Anaam offers sheer outfits for men too

Sumiran Kabir Sharma’s non-binary label Anaam offers sheer outfits for men too

My true confession: Earlier this year, I wore a sheer jacket but over a fitted black tee because I wasn’t fit enough. This gave me an incentive to workout so I can wear just the sheer without fear!

Marilyn Monroe moment for men

Siddharta Tytler recently shot his campaign with male models in skirts. “They were on the fence when they saw the outfits, but once they wore the skirts, they were twirling all over the place!” he says about the models. “Today, men wear kilts with fitted jeans under them and closer home, the lungi is a pallu-less sari or a wraparound skirt in a way.”

“Today, if a man wears a suit and teams it with a pussy bow, for me that is progress towards neutrality. In the last few years, the lines are getting blurred and hopefully this trend is here to stay,” he says.

Siddharta Tytler’s campaign features men in skirts

Siddharta Tytler’s campaign features men in skirts

“Today, if a man wears a suit with a pussy bow, for me that is progress towards neutrality” ­—Siddharta Tytler

My true confession: The only time I’ve worn a skirt is probably as a contemporary dance costume as a performer with Shiamak Davar. While it may not have found its way into my wardrobe, I’ve seen some men who are inspiringly comfortable in them.

It ‘suits’ everyone

Suket Dhir, whose design aesthetic defines the subtlety of Indian culture, gives a nod to the pantsuit and blazer. “They are a hundred per cent neutral. Men and women both look amazing in them; in fact, women look even better!” he says.

“I believe in the concept that the individual is a sovereign. The only thing we have control over is our own body and mind and that too in the now. For me, it is not about gender or sexuality, it’s about an individual.”

According to Suket Dhir, women look even better in suits than men!

According to Suket Dhir, women look even better in suits than men!

His journey towards incorporating neutrality in his collection began at home. “My wife starting taking clothes from my wardrobe and that got me thinking, why don’t I make them in women’s sizes? While the label is clearly menswear, it can easily be adapted for women. Fashion isn’t about segregation, it’s about beautiful clothes for beautiful people.”

My true confession: I’ve never been able to walk into a store and find a suit my size. So, I go to the women’s section and buy an oversized blazer and getcustom-made trousers!

Take the plunge

For singer, performer and iconic drag queen Sushant Divgikr, deep necks and plunging necklines are for everyone. “Not only in the entertainment industry, but everywhere.” Men with great bodies drop a couple of buttons on their shirt or even wear a deep V-neck tee, so this does fall under the purview of fluid fashion

Singer,performer and drag queen Sushant Divgikr says deep necks and plunging necklines are for everyone

Singer,performer and drag queen Sushant Divgikr says deep necks and plunging necklines are for everyone

“Millennials have a stronger world view with easier access to information. Closer home, gender neutrality has been part of our culture forever; just revisit our scriptures to understand the acceptance of fluidity,” he says. “No one has the right to tell you what you must wear. Of course, there needs to be public decency but beyond that personal expression is subject to interpretation.”

My true confession: I’ve seen gym-fit boys wear “cleave showing” tees with absolute ease. So, I adapted my own version of a V-neck oversized shirts that work very well!

The whole nine yards

Celebrity stylist Akshay Tyagi gives us a historical insight into the dhoti as “the most neutral piece of clothing that exists in India. Our fabric history started from there.”

“Historically, we’ve had shared silhouettes, that became rigid over the years” —Urvashi Kaur

“Till the 1980s, men were wearing crop tops and women were wearing oversized blazers. Then, through the ’90s and early 2000s, the concept of neutrality lost its identity. Over the last 10 years, people have wanted to embrace their individuality. The most noticeable change of this decade is that menswear has become fluid,” he says.

Does he feel that the barriers of gender specific shopping sections will break? “Currently, this may seem like wishful thinking. The sections are more about stocking and organisational convenience than anything else. But niche boutiques and designers are moving there, which does give us hope.”

Ashim Gulati in a gender fluid outfit styled by Akshay Tyagi

Ashim Gulati in a gender fluid outfit styled by Akshay Tyagi

Some of Akshay’s A-list clientele may or may not embrace non-binary fashion, he says. “If gender neutral clothing doesn’t resonate with their personality, it would come across as gimmicky.”

My true confession: As a child, I’d watch my mother dress and make my own sari with a dupatta. Though I may not wear a sari in its literal form now, I don’t shy away from using the yardage as a lungi or a dhoti.

A ‘cover up’

While most of what designer Urvashi Kaur makes is gender fluid, the concept of duality is visible in her campaigns. So any form of outerwear, whether jackets or dupattas, is for all genders.

Outerwear created by Urvashi Kaur is gender-fluid

Outerwear created by Urvashi Kaur is gender-fluid

“The concept of fluidity has been around since mythological times. Like most things, this idea of neutrality in terms of gender is also cyclical and has gone through a metamorphosis. Historically, we have had shared silhouettes, which over the years became more rigid. Deeper issues such as toxic masculinity and the suppression of women also found their manifestation in this segregation. We continue to rely on societal norms dictating how we dress, thereby limiting our perspective on gender fluid fashion,” she says.

My true confession: Whether it’s a pashmina or a cape, a trench or an overcoat, there is something for everyone. My wardrobe is packed with outerwear bought from around the world from every section!

Bharat Gupta is a fashion commentator, consultant and stylist

From HT Brunch, September 27, 2020

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Kendall Jenner Leaves a Fitting While Out in Milan | Kendall Jenner

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Kendall Jenner Leaves a Fitting While Out in Milan

Kendall Jenner is in Milan for Fashion Week!

The 24-year-old model made her way back to her ride after leaving a fitting with Versace on Saturday afternoon (September 26) in Milan, Italy.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Kendall Jenner

For her day outing, Kendall was seen with wet hair while wearing a long, brown dress paired with boots and tan face mask.

A few days before, Kendall stepped out wearing a “VOTE” mask while on a juice run in Los Angeles.

Earlier this month, Kendall was spotted out on a dinner date with her rumored boyfriend.

Kendall recently gave a tour of her stunning home in L.A. – watch here!

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Tired of dressing down? McCord Museum’s Dior exhibit gives taste of high fashion

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MONTREAL —
More Montrealers may be dressing down these days while they work from home, but the McCord Museum is giving visitors a taste of high fashion.

A new exhibit is dedicated to the famed designer Christian Dior.

“Dior opened 17 months after World War II. There was still rationing, no textiles and what he was suggesting is the antithesis to wartime style,” said Alexandra Palmer of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Palmer credited Dior with helping to restart many smaller industries that had been dormant during the war.

“There were beaders, embroiderers, textile makers, manufacturers. All these people come together and make the dress,” she said. “You can’t have fabulous fashion unless you have access to amazing materials.”

The display includes 40 garments on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum, as well as the McCord’s own well-preserved collection of 11 dresses.

“The silk satins of the 1950s are today blended with rayon or acetate, modern synthetic fabrics,” said curator Cynthia Cooper. “It’s very difficult today to fidn something that replicates fabrics used in that period.”

The Christian Dior exhibition runs until Jan. 3, 2021.  

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