Are you traveling this Easter?

Are you traveling this Easter? Easter holidays are the first big break of the year. Most of us look forward to putting up our feet and chilling with family and friends. How will you relax these Easter holidays? Some of us may go camping and pitch a tent in the wild. Others will head to the beach and soak up the last remnants of summer. Whatever you do, if you follow five cardinal holiday rules, you will not go wrong.

Traveling this Easter? Plan ahead:

Caravan parks, hotels, motels, sea side resorts get full quickly, especially the good ones. Book early, if you are looking for hired accommodation.

Pack light:

Traveling with a truckload of luggage is no fun. After all, you are trying to get away from everyday, humdrum life. Pack lightweight clothes like kaftans. Kaftans fold into nothing and fit into the nooks and crannies of your bag. Caftans lend themselves to layering and can be worn across seasons. Digital printed kaftans can be dressed up and down. Kaftan dresses can be worn across cultures and geographical boundaries. Select crease free fabrics like polyester georgette.

Do your research:

If you are visiting a place for the first time, get some prior information about local weather, law and order, culture. Does your accommodation come with heating/cooling? Does your caravan park provide fresh linen and towels? Speaking from personal experience, I have had to sweat it out without a fan, with the mercury touching high 30 degrees. Pack some scarves. Scarves or shawls are the most versatile travel accessories you can think of! They offer protection from winter chill or summer heat. They can be worn as headscarves or sarongs over bathers. Scarves are handy if you have to cover your head or shoulder when you are visiting religious places.

Don’t be caught unawares:

Pack a dress or two, especially if you are going on a cruise. You may have to attend one or two formal events and a light silk dress accessorised with a clutch bag or designer silk scarf will ensure you are dressed for the occasion.

Travel safe:

If you are traveling this Easter, carry your essentials like passports, credit cards and phones in a secure cross body bag. Replace your precious jewelry with fake trinkets, pompom scarves or colourful beach bags. Do not be a sitting duck for criminals in unfamiliar surroundings. Moderately priced, colourful fashion accessories can add to your travel wardrobe as much as precious baubles, without disturbing your peace of mind.

Last but not the least, have a blast traveling this Easter. Make the most of these Easter holidays.  After all, most of us  may have to wait till Christmas for another good sized break.

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How David Hockney influences Deidaa’s design aesthetic

David Hockney, painter, photographer, stage designer and printmaker, is one of the most colourful and influential figures in the contemporary world of art.

Deidaa, a long time Hockney loyalist, has learnt the following lessons from David Hockney’s life and art.

Lesson 1 – David Hockney – eye for colour

An exponent of pop art, Hockney is is known for his use of vivid colours and bold patterns. Deidaa shares Hockney’s love of colour. Deidaa’s digital printed kaftans, designer silk scarves, floral maxi dresses and beach bags celebrate colour. Ranging from vivid reds to cobalt blue, hot pinks to primrose yellow, Deidaa’s kaftans, scarves, maxi dresses and beach bags, resonate Hockney’s colourful palette.

Lesson 2 – David Hockney – ahead of time

David Hockney has embraced new technology like polaroids, iphone and ipad apps. Following Hockney’s footsteps, Deidaa balances artisan crafted items like crochet kaftans with latest technologies like digital printing.

Lesson 3 – David Hockney – embracing nature

Hockney regularly revisited his native Yorkshire in England. He captured the local surroundings initially from memory and in later years continued to paint the countryside en plein air. Deidaa captures the magic of Australian flora and fauna in her designer silk scarves.

Lesson 4 – David Hockney – prolific and diverse

Hockney is 79 years old. He continues to create hundreds of prints, portraits, photomontages, collages and landscapes using diverse mediums like oil, acrylic and digital media. Team@deidaa research and travel continuously, working with artisan communities, incorporating handcrafted details in kaftans, bags and scarves, thus throwing a life line to artisan crafts and communities. Like Hockney, Deidaa embraces diversity, working across ehnicities and lifestyle choices.

Lesson 5 – David Hockney –  influencing other designers

David Hockney is a dapper man. He is a style icon with his signature glasses, mismatched socks, bow ties, stripes and Saville Row suits. Hockney and his paintings continue to influence fashion designers, old and new. Yves Saint Laurent, Michael Kors, Paul Smith, Burberry and Australia’s own Kym Ellery have borrowed from the man and his works, now and then. In 1985, Hockney was commissioned to design the cover and pages for the French edition of Vogue. Like Hockney, Deidaa continues to be instrumental in shaping the minds of young designers. Deidaa offers emerging designers a platform to showcase their designs. Designers are handpicked on the basis of quality and innovation.

Like Hockney, Deidaa is on a relentless journey of innovation, experimenting with mediums old and new, striking that fine balance between time honoured artisan skills and mind blowing new technology.

For images of David Hockney’s artwork, please follow Deidaa at www.facebook.com/deidaaforum and @deidaafashiononline on Instagram

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Fashion Edit Oscars 2017

La La Land got it… nearly! A monumentous mix up at the Oscars this year. Finally, it was not La La Land but Moonlight that took away the Oscar for best picture. It is time, however, to put the controversies aside and take stock of the frocks. Deidaa brings to you – fashion edit Oscars 2017.

Fashion Edit Oscars 2017 maxi Dresses:

The red carpet at Oscars 2017 was awash with red maxi dresses.Ruth Negga, the Ethiopian Irish actress, is known for her eclectic style. She shone like a freshly minted coin in a red Victorian Valentino maxi dress with high neck and long sleeves. Supermodel Karlie Kloss combined a sleek white Stella Mc Cartney maxi dress with a Mughal choker. Leslie Mann, the comedienne, knows how to rock yellow. She did full justice to a voluminous yellow dress. Colours like primrose and yellow are ruling the runways in 2017. If you are intimidated by the yellow palette, you may wear it in accessories. A yellow printed floral scarf adds a dash of colour to grey winter mornings. A tote bag splattered with yellow livens up a drab outfit.

Fashion Edit Oscars 2017 Metallics and Fringes:

Resonating the ’80s theme, gold and silver were everywhere – on dresses, handbags and jewelry. Jessica Biel wore her gold and silver Kaufman Franco dress with a fringed gold choker. Emma Stone took home the best actress trophy for La La Land, dressed in a fringed gold spaghetti strap maxi dress. Octavia Spencer, the very talented Hidden Figures actress, wore a dress with intense feather fringing. Wish to wear fringes casually? You cannot look beyond Deidaa’s animal printed cotton scarves with contrast fringes.

Fashion Edit Oscars 2017 Beading and Embroidery:

Oscars 2017 bore testimony to the popularity of handcrafting and beading. Australia’s own Nicole Kidman showed up on the red carpet with husban Keith Urban, wearing an Armani Prive’ hand beaded halter dress. Rumour has it that the dress gave her a rash! Singer – actor Cynthia Erivo wore a fully embroidered floral dress created by Adelaide based Paolo Sebastian.

Fashion Edit Oscars 2017 Beaded Clutch Bags:

Talking about accessories, hand beaded clutch bags like boxy minaudie`res emerged as strong contenders, as did cuffs, chokers and drop earrings.

Fashion trends to take away from Oscars 2017? Maxi dresses in many avatars, halter neck, spaghetti strapped, colours red, metallics and monochrome, hand beading and embroidery, lace, satin and velvet, statement fashion accessories like beaded clutch bags and jewel encrusted minaudie`res. You may not embrace it all – take your pick and adapt the fashion trends from Oscars 2017 to suit your style. Do not forget to reach out to Deidaa if in doubt!

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