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Is Ruggable Truly Lovable? We Review These Washable Rugs

But Ruggable promises both affordability and washable, stain-resistant rugs. “Need a Rug You Can Spill On? You’ve Found It” is a signature tagline on the site. Not only that, the brand touts style, comfort, no-fuss assembly, and nonslip rug pads. Oh, and the brand happens to have some impressive ethics and sustainability promises. Ruggable does not chemically treat rugs (more on this below), and they use recycled materials for the pads. The company also gives back through OneTreePlanted and is a Made in the USA business, with manufacturing facilities in California and Illinois. (p.s. Ruggable is available in the UK, too.)So when the brand offered to send me a rug to test out, there was no way I could refuse the invitation to see what all the hype was about. When browsing Ruggable’s site, there are seemingly hundreds of design and size options, whether you’re looking for a traditional area rug, a Persian-inspired runner, a “jute-like” circular rug, or a bright outdoor rug. I particularly love that the website is so user-friendly and gives you the option to shop by size, color, or style. Plus, each listing includes reviews and photos of the rugs in other people’s homes—and let’s be honest, we all just read the reviews and look at those photos anyway.I opted for the Zareen Scarlet Red Rug with the Cushioned Pad System ($249) in size 2.5’x7′. The cushioned pad is 2/5″, compared to the classic pad at 1/8″ thick. The rug cover itself is also only 1/8″ thick.When the rug arrived, it was packaged in a cardboard box with plastic wrap, not ideal but also expected (though, when I purchase authentic vintage rugs, they are generally folded and never wrapped in plastic). I personally think Ruggable could figure out some way to roll the rug and tie it with burlap string or something other than saran wrap, but I guess I’ll have to take that up with corporate?



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VF Touts Momentum While Wall Street Takes Cautious Stance – WWD



COVID-19 continues to disrupt fashion, but the comeback is still on at VF Corp. — even if Wall Street is taking a wait-and-see approach.
The corporate parent to Supreme, Vans, The North Face and Timberland posted top and bottom line gains in the second quarter and stuck by its earnings outlook for the full fiscal year. VF continues to look for adjusted earnings per share of about $3.20, compared with EPS of $1.31 a year ago. About 25 cents of the company’s EPS this year is expected to come from Supreme, which it bought last year.
VF’s sales outlook did get a minor tweak, with the company now projecting annual revenue growth of 30 percent to “approximately $12 billion,” where the projection in July left more room open for upside and called for revenues of “at least $12 billion.”

Revenues for the second quarter ended Oct. 2 rose 22.6 percent to $3.2 billion from $2.6 billion a year earlier. Net income increased 81 percent to $464.1 million, or $1.18 a diluted share, compared with $256.7 million, or 66 cents a year ago, when the first coronavirus lockdowns took a big bite out of the business. 
Adjusted earnings tallied $1.11 a share, coming in shy of the $1.15 analysts anticipated. 
Investors were feeling cautious despite the gains and pushed VF shares down 7.9 percent to $74.07 in premarket trading .
“As we move through the halfway point of our fiscal year, I remain encouraged by the underlying momentum across the portfolio, and the broad-based nature of this strength gives me confidence that we are driving the right strategy to accelerate growth in the quarters ahead,” said Steve Rendle, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “While the recovery has been impacted by further pandemic-related disruptions, we continue to see accelerating demand signals across our business, and our ability to reaffirm our fiscal 2022 revenue and earnings outlook is a clear testament to the resiliency and optionality of our model.”
 
More from WWD: 
The IPO Mania Transforming Fashion and Retail
Macy’s Fighting to Keep Herald Square Billboard From Amazon
In Fashion: Next Generation Control Freaks With a Dream
 



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Swiss firm Rieter achieves strong order intake with market rebound





Characterised by rapid market recovery combined with regional shift in demand, Swiss supplier of systems for short-staple fibre spinning, Rieter has reported a 294 per cent year-on-year (YoY) growth in order intake to CHF 1,673.9 million (Swiss currency) in the third quarter (Q3) of FY21, over the same period of 2020. Furthermore, the company anticipates its sales to reach CHF 900 million during the year with demand for new systems expected to gradually return to normal in the coming months.   Characterised by a rapid market recovery combined with a regional shift in demand, Rieter has reported a 294 per cent growth year-on-year (YoY) in order intake to CHF 1,673.9 million (Swiss currency) in the third quarter (Q3) of FY21 ended September 30, 2021, over the same period of 2020. The company anticipates its sales to reach CHF 900 million in FY21. “Rieter believes that a major reason for this regional shift in demand is the development of costs in China. This is leading to increased investments outside the Chinese market. The orders came primarily from Turkey, Latin America, India, Pakistan and China,” according to the textile machinery firm.  Characterised by a rapid market recovery combined with a regional shift in demand, Rieter has reported a 294 per cent growth year-on-year (YoY) in order intake to CHF 1,673.9 million (Swiss currency) in the third quarter (Q3) of FY21 ended September 30, 2021, over the same period of 2020. The company anticipates its sales to reach CHF 900 million in FY21. The machines and systems business achieved a 447 per cent jump in its order intake of CHF 1,281.6 million during the first nine months of 2021, ended on September 30, 2021, attributed to the regional shift in demand. While components business recorded a jump of 95 per cent to CHF 227.0 million, and after sales were up 123 per cent to CHF 165.3 million.  Characterised by a rapid market recovery combined with a regional shift in demand, Rieter has reported a 294 per cent growth year-on-year (YoY) in order intake to CHF 1,673.9 million (Swiss currency) in the third quarter (Q3) of FY21 ended September 30, 2021, over the same period of 2020. The company anticipates its sales to reach CHF 900 million in FY21. “The realisation of sales from the order backlog continues to be associated with risks, in light of bottlenecks in material deliveries and freight capacities as well as the ongoing pandemic in countries that are important for Rieter,” the company said.
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Fans Believe Ghana Ali Feels Like the Birth of Twins – Fashion Central


Ghana Ali Raza is a Pakistani television, film and theater actress. She is known for her work in Pakistani dramas. Ali earned commercial success with a lead role in the Geo TV drama serial Sangdil. She made her film debut with the musical drama Rangreza, which was released in 2017.

Pakistani actress Ghana Ali, who recently announced she is pregnant with her first child, flaunted her baby bump in her latest photos and asked trolls not to post ‘nasty’ comments.
Sharing her stunning photos on Instagram, the Sangdil actor said, “No matter how bad my day’s been, it takes one little kick to make everything feel alright. It fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty. Alhumdulillah!!”
Responding to the social media trolls, Ghana said, “To all those who do have issues with me putting my hand on my stomach! Please swipe up to do not waste your energy on something which is not our business!”

She continued, “It’s my picture and that’s my pose please don’t bother yourself with posting nasty comments because they won’t matter.”
Last month, Ghana announced that she was expecting her first child with her husband Umair Gulzar.
They got married in May 2021.

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Win a R1000 voucher with the new Barbie summer collection at Ackermans!


* Post sponsored by Blue Horizon Licensing.

It’s no secret… We love Barbie! So, when Ava was asked to be a part of the new Barbie summer collection at Ackermans it was an easy YES! Today we are excited to share the adorable new designs available in store, right now, and also give away a R1000 Ackermans voucher to one lucky fellow Barbie fashionista. But first… THE FASHION

Introducing the Barbie summer collection at Ackermans

First up, Baby Barbie…

How adorable!!!!! Just the right combination of sassy and sweet… the perfect description for the toddlers that will love wearing these designs.

I can’t get enough of that denim jacket pair with matching jeans and a crisp white tee. (I wouldn’t mind one in mama’s size please.)

* Baby Barbie includes sizes from 3-6months up until 36month.

Next, something a little more retro…

A perfect combination of “vintage cool”… This logo bodysuit is perfect for older girls with Eliana (age 9) giving it the thumbs up.

* This design is available in sizes 7years old all the way up to 15years old.

And lastly, Ava’s picks…

The paper bag shorts are so versatile and go up to age 10! It’s a summer must-have! Paired with either a tee or Ava’s choice – a bodysuit.

Ava’s go-to, everyday school outfits are tee and legging sets. Best for play!

I love the addition of this season’s neutral colour palette. Different items, from different sets, can easily be mixed and matched and also worn with clothes already in Ava’s closet. With on-trend designs that are still age-appropriate and comfortable, our littlest lady feels fun, fabulous and oooh so happy in Barbie!

Now, time to give away a R1000 ackermans voucher!

How to enter:

Leave us a comment below telling us which outfit(s) you like most. To see the entire collection CLICK HERE.

You can also enter on our social media… (more entries mean more chances of winning).

The giveaway ends on the 31st of October 2021.

And that’s it. You’re entered!

COMPETITION RULES: 

Only entries via Instagram, Facebook and comments left below will be considered.Instagram and Facebook are in no way responsible or associated with this giveaway.Competition is only open to South African residents residing in South Africa. Winners must be 18+ years old.This competition closes on the 31st of October 2021. Winner is picked at random and announced after the 31st of October 2021 via IG, FB as well as this blogpost.This prize is not exchangeable or refundable.Please enter valid email and contact info. If we can not get hold of you within 48 hours a new winner will be picked.The greatest care is taken when mailing your prize but neither Just a Mamma nor Blue horizon licensing accept any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged goods.

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Ranking Men’s Celebrity Fragrances, From The Best To Donald Trump’s



The term ‘celebrity fragrance’ leaves a bad smell. What was once the sole preserve of Hollywood’s A-list has become an exercise for anyone remotely famous (or infamous) to put out something licensed and smelly – your Geordie Shore cast, sex tape connoisseurs, I’m Not A Celebrity, Get Me Off Your TV Screen and the like.
It’s easy to turn your nose up and sniff at the heavily discounted celebrity scents behind the till, but know that they equate to around 4 per cent of the global fragrance industry – or a cool $1.8bn, according to Yahoo Finance. Not all celebrity scents are created equal, either. Some are bad. Really bad. Others, however, have won awards for olfactory excellence that are usually reserved for the Chanels and Pradas of the world.
So in a bid to give credit where credit’s due, we’ve ranked some of the most well-known male celebrity fragrances, from those that belong in your bathroom cabinet to those that should go in the bin.

Sean John, Unforgivable
Unforgivable – a term that is both the name of Sean John’s 2006 fragrance, and a useful description of its god-awful marketing campaign. But despite reductive ads featuring P Diddy himself sans clothing in bed with another hip-hop honey, the scent itself is considerably more tasteful with fresh marine notes compacted with unexpected rum and birch leaf. It’s complex and seductive, and frankly nothing like what you’d expect.
It won men’s luxury fragrance of the year in 2007 at the industry’s influential FiFi Awards, and it’s still worthy of the honour today. That said, it doesn’t give you free licence to emulate Diddy’s wardrobe, too.
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David Beckham, Beyond
Fragrance was the final frontier for David Beckham. After a string of abysmal scents (sorry, Dave), the release of 2015’s Beyond signalled a complete 180 to fall in line with the rest of Brand Beckham. No frighteningly gauche crown motifs, no Vegas-style gold bottles; just a fragrance that packs mojito chords with warm tones of patchouli and vanilla.
An everyday fragrance with a rare, everyday price tag.
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Bruce Willis, Personal Edition
There was no need for Bruce Willis to release a fragrance. He’s neither a style icon nor the type of Hollywood celebrity men aspire to be. Famous, yes. Rock hard, certainly. But red carpet style maven? No.
That said, his Personal Edition fragrance was a pleasant surprise, marrying citrus notes with tobacco and leather for a scent that smells suspiciously like Creed’s Aventus. Wholly unnecessary, but appreciated nonetheless.
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Antonio Banderas, Blue Seduction
Antonio Banderas was last cool when he played an animated Puss In Boots in Shrek. That’s not the best foundation on which to sell something as image-dependant as a men’s fragrance, but this is surprisingly safe ground for an everyday summer fragrance.
Blue Seduction (awful name, just awful) blends melon and mint to surprisingly good effect. It’s not the longest-lasting scent but considering the price, it’s a handy warm-weather spritz.
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Pitbull, Miami Man
Yes, we’re aware Pitbull is responsible for some of history’s most woeful lyrics (“I saw, I conquered, I came,” stands out, for example), but Miami Man smells much better than the rapper sounds.
The blend of grapefruit and pink pepper is lighter than the norm, enveloping masculine musk and amber base notes to ground the cologne as a genuinely classy nocturnal scent. As in, one you can wear outside of nightclubs with ‘NO SPORTSWEAR, FREE CHAMPAGNE FOR THE LADIES’ written on the door.
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James Bond 007
James Bond may be cool, but fawning over a fictional character to the point that you want to smell like him is just plain sad. If you can park the toe-curling “dangerously sophisticated” marketing campaign, however, the scent itself is a long-lasting, fresh combination of lavender and moss.
The worst you could say about it is that it’s a little unremarkable. Though what else can you expect from a fragrance that’s more a marketing gimmick than a bona fide cologne?
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The Only Way Is Essex, Be Reem
The only thing more vapid and soulless than a bunch of unenlightened apes on ITVBe is a generic fragrance designed by nobody in particular stamped with promotional shots of said apes. Be Reem is everything you’d expect and more: sweet, pungent liquid that isn’t fit to freshen up your kitchen bin.
If the only way is Essex, it’s also the same path that leads straight to the ninth circle of hell.
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Legacy
Ever wondered what wet look gel and rampant spornosexuality smells like? Well, ponder no more. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Legacy is said to be the Portuguese striker’s signature scent, melding overly rich cedar and rosemary for a cologne pungent enough to knock out a national team (and its under 21s).
Best paired with a high-gloss puffer jacket and Eurovision party.
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Peter Andre, Conditional
Despite the name, Peter Andre’s Conditional is surprisingly lax on the prerequisites: you need no taste, and little self-respect. Even for a fragrance under £20, the heady mix of cashmere, nutmeg and vanilla is far too sickly to be a serious cologne – the olfactory equivalent of a bad fake tan.
Let your nan use it as an air freshener.
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Jay Z, Gold
For the Carter-Knowles family, no dollar bill is left unturned. That includes the world of fragrance. As a mere way to boost the Benjamins, Jay Z released 2013’s Gold to unanimous scorn. The sickly sweet cologne was once compared to blueberry muffins, while a lack of promotion (Jiggaman didn’t even bother to wear his own product) resulted in a $20m lawsuit by the fragrance company behind it. Money really ain’t a thang after all.
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Donald Trump, Empire
Kicking off a presidential campaign with a namesake fragrance reeks. Bigly. Donald Trump’s Empire is but another PR exercise from the commander-in-spin, with the scent itself almost a direct Carolina Herrera rip-off.
Factor in the unassuming bottle and GCSE graphic design packaging, and you’re left with a fragrance that fails to get any votes from us.
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Is Mejuri’s Fine Jewelry Just…Fine? Here’s Our Review

A note here: Keep in mind that it’s hard to tell quality gold from the fool’s—between fake gold, gold-plated, gold-filled, and solid gold. Mejuri’s pieces are often either solid gold or gold vermeil, meaning that gold is layered on to cover another metal (like sterling silver). Thicker than gold-plated, vermeil is more affordable than solid gold, but it is something to note if you’re looking for the real deal.But like many other new-age sustainable brands, Mejuri cuts out the middleman by providing jewelry directly to customers, and the majority of its materials are sustainably mined or recycled. By the end of the year, Mejuri touts that 100 percent of its gold will be traceable, an impressive stat considering it’s one of the team’s most-used materials.Now, on to what you really want to know! To start, for full transparency, I would not have been able to afford $325 on three pieces, especially without even knowing they’ll fit. To help ease that anxiety though, Mejuri offers free shipping and free 60-day returns, and readers in select cities across Canada, the US, and the UK can stop by one of its brick-and-mortar stores.



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Pinterest Revamps – WWD



Change is in the air for Pinterest, whether due to a possible acquisition by payments giant PayPal or through its own self-described “revamp” of the platform, including new partners, layout changes, Idea Pin shopping features and a creator rewards program.
On the latter point, the company revealed a slew of updates this week for Idea Pins, Pinterest’s multipage video format formerly known as Story Pins — including tying them to Amazon shopping, opening up product tagging and integrating shopping recommendations and augmented reality try-ons.
The attention to Idea Pins will be evident immediately, with a modified layout that highlights a Browse tab and a new Watch tab.

“[It’s] a whole new feed experience. We’re redesigning the home feed that allows people to both consume browse-oriented content and also be able to dive in deeper with a new Watch tab that’s immersive,” Naveen Gavini, Pinterest’s senior vice president of product, told WWD. “It’s full screen, it shows just Idea Pins, and people can engage with fresh content directly from creators, so it really has all the best Idea Pins that are personalized to that person’s tastes and preferences.”

As for the pins themselves, Pinterest is expanding its shopping power by tying into the Amazon Associates Program. When the company launched product tagging for Idea Pins in July, it revealed arrangements with affiliate partners like Rakuten and ShopStyle.
Now Amazon is on board, allowing Pinterest influencers to use affiliate links from its massive e-commerce ranks, immediately making millions of more products available.
“Creators can now share the inspirational content our customers love on Pinterest while delivering an easy shoppable experience across the millions of items available on Amazon. Amazon Associates is always looking to introduce new ways for creators to share products they love while increasing their earning potential and Idea Pins do just that,” said Matt Watson, director, Amazon Associates.
Product tagging for Idea Pins already went live in the U.S. and the U.K., but is now available for all users.
Personalized shopping recommendations are also making their way to the video format. Driven by visual search, the update means that Idea Pins can do more than peddle specific product. Idea Pins can now act as a jumping-off point that lets consumers seek out other items that look similar to those in the posts, informed by their behaviors on the platform.
“We do our best with trying to understand and then build recommendations for you, a lot of it based on the tastes that you express on the platform and what you interact with, and what similar people who have similar tastes kind of interact with,” Gavin explained. “Then we try to make that connection of things that you might like.”
The cascade effect will likely drive more transactions across Pinterest, while giving consumers more reason to stay on the platform. But it’s not entirely clear how encouraging shoppers to explore other products, pins or Pinterest accounts helps the originating creator.

Gavini explained that this update is not about fast transactions, but more of a long game.
“We see creators creating for all sorts of different reasons, right? Some are creating to really just inspire, some are creating to monetize. So people have different goals,” he said. “I think it’s going to be attractive, based on the kind of goals that you have.
“Ultimately, these are all things that we want to try to tie into our creator rewards program. And so, allowing creators to be rewarded for that journey, even if it’s not your particular pin and even if you lead to a purchase downstream from a brand. We want to try to connect brands with creators that do that. And so that’s kind of our long term aspiration,” Gavini added.
The monetization and rewards program, Pinterest’s first, launches now with a sizable investment.
“In the U.S., we’re investing $20 million to support creators, rewarding them for building a presence on the platform and engaging their community to take action on those inspiring ideas that they published,” Gavin added. Pinterest creators will also be in good stead, he added, as the company partnered with high-profile creators Storm Reid, Megan Thee Stallion and Jennifer Lopez on new content series for the platform.

Jennifer Lopez, Storm Reid and Megan Thee Stallion have deals with Pinterest on content series for the platform.
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Another feature coming to Idea Pins draws on one of the most influential technologies in the beauty biz: virtual try-ons. Creators select the “try-on” sticker and search for an AR-enabled product — there are more than 10,000, according to Pinterest — to add to their pin. Fans can click to see what they look like wearing different shades and shop directly from the pin.
Pinterest, perhaps above all of the other social media platforms, always seemed like a natural fit for shopping. As a digital equivalent of shareable mood boards, the concept of inspiration is in its DNA, and the company draws heavily on that as a differentiating factor in its pursuit of social commerce. After all, the business of retail and the activity of shopping has always been about what inspires consumers.
Judging by its development path and platform updates over the past couple of years, the company seems determined to take this concept as far as it can go, and the latest moves only seem to underscore the idea. Now, there’s at least one company that appears to have gotten the memo: PayPal, which is reportedly looking into acquiring Pinterest for a deal that may be worth as much as $45 billion.

Pinterest’s changes land during a time when the broader internet is mulling over this proposition. The company declined a WWD request for comment on the matter, but the scenario has intrigued industry watchers. Some are, frankly, baffled by the notion, while others see the upside in such a deal.
Gary E. Barnett, chief executive officer of Semafone, a payment security solutions company, points to a study from his company that revealed 56 percent of consumers do not want to share payment details over social media.
“With PayPal potentially being the primary payment method for Pinners buying their latest sources of inspiration, they have tremendous control over the entire consumer experience from ease of transacting to security, something they have great experience in,” he said.



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DiloGroup to bring tailor-made production systems to Techtextil India





DiloGroup, a leading supplier for needling lines, will participate at Techtextil India show 2021 from November 25, to display its tailor-made production system and talk about its portfolio and the latest equipment developments from fibre opening to the finished felt. The efficiency of Dilo production lines is the result of long-term research work and experience.With more than 370 installations delivered to the nonwovens industry worldwide, DiloGroup has the necessary know-how and the complete equipment portfolio to engineer the perfect production line for any product specification. Apart from machines for needling technology, DiloGroup offers in cooperation with partner companies production lines including thermobonding and hydroentangling components.At the event, DiloGroup will show how a new, simplified elliptical needle beam drive makes Hyperpunch technology also attractive for standard application. Hyperpunch HαV allows a more uniform stitch distribution in the preneedling process especially in combination with the new needle pattern 6000X. In a complete needling line this felt homogenisation process can be improved further by using the new needle pattern 8000X which is a milestone in the needle pattern development process and results in end product surfaces with low markings over a wide range of advances/stroke.DiloGroup, a leading supplier for needling lines, will participate at Techtextil India show 2021 from November 25, to display its production system and talk about its portfolio and the latest equipment developments from fibre opening to the finished felt. The efficiency of Dilo production lines is the result of long-term research work and experience.“The ‘3D-Lofter’ which was first presented during ITMA 2019 in Barcelona will offer a wider range of nonwovens applications by exploring the third dimension. A series of single web forming units which work according to the aerodynamic web forming principle deliver defined fibre masses in varied patterns on a base needlefelt. A stress oriented production of technical formed parts resulting in fibre savings or patterned DI-LOUR or DI-LOOP felts are two examples for this technology which explores new application areas for needlefelts,” said DiloGroup in a press release.The 3D-Lofter technology may also be used inverted for filling up bad spots in web mats and thus achieves a better homogeneity of eg. spunlace, thermobond or airlay products. The DiloLine 4.0 concept offer I4.0 modules which not only support the user but also facilitate quality control and maintenance by a maximum data transparency in production and control of operation. The Dilo solutions ‘Smart Start’ for a fully automatic start of the production line or ‘DI-LOWATT’ for energy savings are accompanied by Siemens solutions which can be selected via App or Data Cloud MindSphere.
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Shah Rukh Khan Meets Son Aryan Khan in Arthur Road Jail For 18 Minutes – Fashion Central


After a special court turned down Aryan Khan’s bail plea on Wednesday, Shah Rukh Khan met his son Aryan Khan in the Arthur Road jail on Thursday.

The actor spent around 18 minutes with his son and used the intercom to interact with him at the inmate meeting section of the jail. During the meeting, Aryan Khan looked emotional, sources said.
This was the first time Aryan met any family members since his arrest by NCB in the Mumbai cruise drug bust case.
The meeting took place in the presence of jail authorities. An inspector-level officer was also present at the spot. Due to security reasons, the area was vacant at the time Shah Rukh Khan visited.
The inmates are separated from visitors in this section by a glass wall and can only use intercom services to interact.

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How To Layer Every Jacket In Your Wardrobe



It’s officially layering season, when we’re all exposed to cataclysmic changes in temperature every half an hour and battles over office thermostats turn deadly. It’s at this time of year when you have to deploy your most cunning fashion moves, creating coordinated outfits with more layers than an emotionally intelligent onion.
Of all the layering pieces you own, your selection of jackets will be the most versatile. They can work as your outermost armour when the weather is so balmy that you don’t need much underneath but they also slot in-between your tees and top coats when more layers are called for.
Here’s how to get even more wear from every cool jacket hanging in your wardrobe.

Chore Coat
Stan Ray
Few jackets can be worn in quite as many ways as the chore coat. Usually unlined and in a hard-wearing fabric such as cotton drill or moleskin, it’s ideal for a range of casual looks from all-out workwear through to off-duty tailoring.
It can also be layered under a heavier garment, or over something lighter such as knitwear or a gilet. Due to its boxy cut it can easily accommodate a chunky roll neck underneath, or an equally functional utility vest if you want to maximise the pockets available to you.
Try going full early-20th-century-factory-worker and pairing yours with cotton work trousers, complete with double-stitched pockets and wide cut for ultimate comfort. Underneath go for a zip-through waistcoat in seasonally appropriate tartan fleece, which’ll both keep you warm and add a welcome pop of colour.

– Charlie Thomas, senior editor
Trucker Jacket
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The hardy perennial of casual dressing, the trucker jacket thrives out in the open all year long. It sits atop tees and shirts during the warmer months but really shows what it can do with autumn and winter layering.
When it’s cold outside, the most obvious way to wear a denim jacket is over a sweatshirt, fisherman knit or hoodie, trapping the heat from your knitwear. The look works with chinos but for best results lean into the style’s workwear origins and go double-denim.
If you want to mess with convention, however, wear your trucker jacket as a mid-layer instead. Buttoned up under a boxy mac or spacious overcoat, the effect is unexpectedly pleasing on the eye and it lets you mix fabrics while you’re at it – a key skill in any layering game.
– Ian Taylor, editor-in-chief

Windstopper
Belstaff
Wind-stoppers stop wind – it’s in the name. But the lack of padding isn’t exactly designed to keep you snug underneath. That’s where it’s useful to pull them into a layered look, with a mighty padded coat over the top, bringing the heat and sucking you into a duvet in which you can spend your winter days.
An arctic parka will fit the outerwear vibe, preferably one in a versatile black or navy. That way you can experiment with your wind-stopper colour underneath. Pick one without a hood, or at least a detachable one. The thicker material on your parka will make for a better hood, and having two hoods flying behind you can be annoying.
Keep the outerwear vibes running downstairs with a pair of on-trend and hard-wearing cargo trousers, and some similarly en vogue hiking boots. With the outdoors look so popular at the moment, it would be rude not to.
– Richard Jones, staff writer

Overshirt
The overshirt can be treated in a similar way to the chore jacket in that it can worn in a hundred different ways. Open over a T-shirt, buttoned up under an overcoat, or even worn over a lighter shirt, it’s the utility player capable of doing it all.
The latter option may be the easiest way to layer on this entire list, but there are some tricks to it. First of all, the overshirt needs to have a slightly boxy, almost oversized cut, which will allow it to be worn over another shirt. Secondly, pay attention to fabric. The overshirt should be made from a heavier weight fabric than the shirt worn underneath to differentiate the two – think cotton drill or canvas.
For ultimate layering points though, wear both shirts under a proper coat. As an overshirt is nearly always unlined it will sit well under a parka or unstructured overcoat, offering not just extra insulation but extra storage in the form of chest pockets, too.
– Charlie Thomas, senior editor
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Padded Gilet
Reiss
The gilet has to be a bit of a one-off in men’s fashion, in that it’s as popular with bankers and political strategists as it is with anarchists and warcore fans. Granted, these somewhat divergent style tribes have their own ways of wearing them, but what they all agree on is that it’s a supremely snug and practical layer.
At the smarter end of things, the idea is a simple one: you make your tailoring a little toastier for the commute by slipping the gilet under your blazer or overcoat, giving your outfit a pleasing high-low quality in the process. Then you take it off again when you get to the corner office.
In more casual circles, where traditional outdoor performance gear is fast becoming must-have fashion, the look is all about techwear. Combine your gilet or vest with thermal tops and waterproof outerwear that could see off an Icelandic winter, even if you don’t intend to leave the city. Look for dramatic silhouettes and keep the palette muted – all-black ninja chic is preferable.
– Ian Taylor, editor-in-chief

Wax Jacket
Belstaff
No jacket has more of an association with the British countryside and the bitter weather that dwells on our rolling hills, than the waxed jacket.
It’s hard therefore to take it away from the very British farmer’s uniform. We’d avoid the flat caps and walking stick – too much like a costume for its own good – but instead plump for a modern smart-casual wardrobe of turtlenecks, fine knitwear and crisp, cotton button-downs underneath.
Swap in a subtle graphic sweatshirt for your regular wool jumper for a sportier, streetwear vibe while still maintaining a degree of smartness. On your feet, ditch the wellies, and instead pick up a pair of chunky leather boots with a stand-out sole – they’re this season’s must-have and can be smartened up or down depending on your ‘fit .
It’s not too much of a drastic change from the farmer’s uniform sure – but we’re not trying to overhaul the formula here; merely updating it.
– Richard Jones, staff writer

Bomber Jacket
Reiss
Bomber jackets come in a wide range of styles, from World War I-style leather pieces through to ‘60s jet-era MA-1s made from nylon. Unless you’re going for a period look or want to incorporate vintage clothing into your wardrobe, it’s best to look for aviator-style jackets, which are inspired by these historic styles but feature updated details and more modern fits.
Look for styles based on the MA-1 bomber but with a more minimal design, which makes them far easier to layer. Ideally, you don’t want the traditional arm pocket, wide cut and interior wadding, just a well-cut jacket that sits much closer to the body and will rest under a larger jacket with ease.
A bomber such as this is ideal for placing under a longer overcoat or raglan-sleeve raincoat. Keep the tones of both dark and simply remove the coat when indoors for a classic look inspired by the menswear heroes of yesteryear.
– Charlie Thomas, senior editor



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Allbirds Are Cute, But Do They Work For Runners? Our Honest Review Of These Popular Shoes

The first thing I noticed was that there was no tongue on the shoes, something that I hadn’t quite prepared myself for, but it made them easy to slip on. I appreciated the extra ease-of-use for those days when getting myself to run feels extra difficult. 😅 This design choice reduces extra weight, and ensures the shoe is flexible and fits a variety of feet! Since the shoes are so sock-like, I will admit, I ended up back on the Allbirds website to see whether the models wore socks with the shoe before heading out (they *do* wear socks with the Dasher, FYI).My first impression was that these shoes are super comfortable. The eucalyptus fiber and the cushy soles are, as the kids say, *chef’s kiss*: breathable, flexible, and snuggly. On Allbirds’ website, the brand notes that their tree fibers are TENCEL™ Lyocell, coming from forests that use 95% less water and half the carbon footprint of cotton. The wool is also responsibly sourced, but since I didn’t try that material, I can’t speak to its comfort or effectiveness (next time, I promise).



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