Flipkart Group Myntra-Jabong Fashion Unit CEO Ananth Narayanan Says to Continue in Role

Flipkart Group Myntra-Jabong Fashion Unit CEO Ananth Narayanan Says to Continue in Role

The chief of Flipkart Group’s Myntra-Jabong fashion business on Friday denied a media report that he will quit after a reshuffle in the ranks following the ouster of group CEO Binny Bansal.

“I’m very excited about Myntra,” Ananth Narayanan, the CEO of the business, told Reuters in an interview. “I certainly intend to continue.”

But he did say that there would be some job cuts in the Jabong arm of the unit.

Narayanan’s comments came after a report by the Times of India newspaper on Friday that said he had decided to resign following a change in guard that made Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Flipkart’s CEO, his new boss.

Krishnamurthy is effectively the new head of the Flipkart Group after Binny Bansal resigned as group chief this week following an internal probe into what parent Walmart said was “serious personal misconduct”. The misconduct accusations followed an allegation of sexual assault, two sources previously told Reuters. Bansal denied wrongdoing.

Narayanan said his relationship with Krishnamurthy was “very good”.

“I think the structural change will only help Myntra overall,” Narayanan, a former McKinsey executive added.

Narayanan did, though, confirm Indian media reports that Myntra’s chief financial officer, Dipanjan Basu, had quit but added he was leaving because he had found “a great opportunity” elsewhere.

Myntra-Jabong is the leader in India’s small but fledgling online retail fashion industry. The unit, according to analysts tracking e-commerce, has helped the Flipkart Group maintain a market share lead over rival Amazon.com.

Myntra, which bought Jabong in 2016, has a popular and profitable private brand portfolio comprising 17 labels.

Job cuts
Narayanan said some jobs will be cut at Jabong as the firm continues to integrate functions with Myntra, a process that kickstarted last year, beginning with back-end roles.

Myntra and Jabong function as one business unit helmed by Narayanan but have separate staff, websites and mobile apps.

“We are integrating some of the customer facing or the other functions as well which are around category, revenue, marketing etc,” Narayanan said.

He declined to give absolute numbers and said less than 10 percent of Myntra-Jabong’s workforce will lose jobs.

Three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that nearly 200 jobs at Jabong are being cut.

The thinking is that “there is redundancy in terms of roles, and overlap with the Myntra side,” so there is room to cut and reduce costs, one of the sources said, adding that there have separately already been a few dozen recent cuts on the Myntra side.

A closer integration of Myntra and Jabong is necessary to operate more effectively and innovate quickly as well to remain leaders in online fashion retail, Myntra said in a statement.

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Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal Wedding: A Recap Of Star-Studded Sangeet Festivities In Udaipur

Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal Wedding: A Recap Of Star-Studded Sangeet Festivities In Udaipur

Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal will marry in Mumbai on December 12.

New Delhi: 

Isha Ambani, daughter of billionaire Mukesh Ambani, and Anand Piramal, son of Ajay Piramal who is the chairman of the Piramal Group of companies, are all set for their big wedding day tomorrow. The couple, who got engaged in Italy’s Lake Como in September this year, will marry at the Ambani residence Antilia in Mumbai in a private affair. The Ambani and Piramal families have been friends for four decades and the wedding will bring India’s two most influential families closer.

Ahead of the marriage ceremony, the pre-wedding festivities began on December 7 in Udaipur’s Oberoi Udaivilas hotel which was a star-studded affair. From power-packed performances of American pop sensation Beyonce and Bollywood celebrities Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Karan Johar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the event turned out to be super hit. The dance videos of Isha Ambani and mother Nita Ambani also instantly went viral on social media.

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Loved BY FAR The Accessories Label To Lust After

Established by twinnies Valentina and Sabina, along with their bestie Denitsa, BY FAR is the footwear and accessories label that has rocketed in the success-o-sphere in only two years.

BY FAR campaignBY FAR

Contemporary and cool, with a hint of the nostalgic courtesy of the square toe shoes a la Rachel from Friends and croc embossed baguette bags. You’ll want them all, as do the celebs and there’s tons of them from Kylie Jenner to Michelle Obama and all the girlies in between.

BY FAR campaignBY FAR

What’s in the name you’re asking? Well it derives from the names of the founders’ three little boys, who are, naturally, by far their greatest source of pride. Today, the girls split their time between Australia and Europe.

BY FAR designersBY FAR

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What was your first fashion memory? Our generation was the odd one that was raised between the fall of the Communism and the rise of the Internet. Our admiration for fashion was what we saw our mothers wearing, since choice was scarcest each of them were creating their own garments with the resources they could find or buying from the International store with the little dollars they could get. Most of the kids were wearing the same cloths, those dark brown chinos and wool coats; the same goes to our toys, they were made of wood and rubber, very rarely one could see pop-up colors such as pinks and purples. At that time, we didn’t consider ourselves cool and we wanted to have those girly toys and cloths. Now we have great appreciation for our childhood memories, because it was very unique and different. Indeed, all those textures and pallets are considered the epitome of minimalism and chicness, it has driven our perception for style. After the fall of the communism in 1989 came the golden era of the 90s elegance, where we first felt the freedom for more choice and expression of style. We still admire icons such as Carolyn Kennedy, Winona Ryder and Sofia Coppola. Therefore, that decade continues to be the source for inspiration for us.

BY FAR campaignBY FAR

BY FAR campaignBY FAR

How did you get in the industry and how did your label come about? We believe it was all destined. Denitsa’s husband (Vasil) always pushed the idea of creating our own brand, but we didn’t believe we were qualified enough. Randomly he was commissioned to optimise one shoe factory with solar panels. So he came back from the meeting and said to Denitsa “I found the people that will produce your shoes”, obviously she said “You’re completely crazy”. Nevertheless, we decided to meet them and since then we’re working in great harmony together.

What’s the BY FAR signature style? Definitely boots such as SOFIA and BECCA, now more and more people recognize us for barely-there sandals such as TANYA.

BY FAR campaignBY FAR

BY FAR campaignBY FAR

What does each of you bring to the label? Denitca is the designer, Sabina is the CEO and I’m overlooking the whole brand image of BY FAR.

Where do you see your brand going? Sky is the limit to us! We have so many ideas and projects up our sleeves, we’re just waiting for the right moment to pursue them.

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Loved BY FAR The Accessories Label To Lust After

Established by twinnies Valentina and Sabina, along with their bestie Denitsa, BY FAR is the footwear and accessories label that has rocketed in the success-o-sphere in only two years.

BY FAR campaignBY FAR

Contemporary and cool, with a hint of the nostalgic courtesy of the square toe shoes a la Rachel from Friends and croc embossed baguette bags. You’ll want them all, as do the celebs and there’s tons of them from Kylie Jenner to Michelle Obama and all the girlies in between.

BY FAR campaignBY FAR

What’s in the name you’re asking? Well it derives from the names of the founders’ three little boys, who are, naturally, by far their greatest source of pride. Today, the girls split their time between Australia and Europe.

BY FAR designersBY FAR

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

What was your first fashion memory? Our generation was the odd one that was raised between the fall of the Communism and the rise of the Internet. Our admiration for fashion was what we saw our mothers wearing, since choice was scarcest each of them were creating their own garments with the resources they could find or buying from the International store with the little dollars they could get. Most of the kids were wearing the same cloths, those dark brown chinos and wool coats; the same goes to our toys, they were made of wood and rubber, very rarely one could see pop-up colors such as pinks and purples. At that time, we didn’t consider ourselves cool and we wanted to have those girly toys and cloths. Now we have great appreciation for our childhood memories, because it was very unique and different. Indeed, all those textures and pallets are considered the epitome of minimalism and chicness, it has driven our perception for style. After the fall of the communism in 1989 came the golden era of the 90s elegance, where we first felt the freedom for more choice and expression of style. We still admire icons such as Carolyn Kennedy, Winona Ryder and Sofia Coppola. Therefore, that decade continues to be the source for inspiration for us.

BY FAR campaignBY FAR

BY FAR campaignBY FAR

How did you get in the industry and how did your label come about? We believe it was all destined. Denitsa’s husband (Vasil) always pushed the idea of creating our own brand, but we didn’t believe we were qualified enough. Randomly he was commissioned to optimise one shoe factory with solar panels. So he came back from the meeting and said to Denitsa “I found the people that will produce your shoes”, obviously she said “You’re completely crazy”. Nevertheless, we decided to meet them and since then we’re working in great harmony together.

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Fast Fashion Ethics: Should Clothing E-Tailers Be More Transparent?

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On November 27th, execs at fashion e-tailers Boohoo Group, Asos and Misguided attended the second evidence hearing on the sustainability of the fashion industry at the houses of parliament in London. The Committee pushed the three execs – ASOS CEO Nick Beighton, Boohoo.com CEO Carol Kane, who represented both Boohoo and PrettyLittleThing, and Missguided head of product quality and supply Paul Smith – on their manufacturing practices in the English city of Leicester. This followed an earlier hearing on October 30, when the committee heard evidence about below-legal wages and unethical conditions for clothing manufacturing workers.

The current inquiry follows a period of increased scrutiny for the online clothing retailers, as the UK political sphere, under pressure from the public, turns its attention on clothing manufacturing practices. The questionable ethics of sourcing from the top four clothing manufacturing destinations – China, where 21%of garment importers say they source their stock, Bangladesh and India (tied for second place with 14%) and Vietnam (12%) – have been in the public spotlight for several years. Many high-street retailers, notably Primark, H&M, Inditex-owned Zara, source at least a percentage of their garments in these countries. While many have taken widely publicized steps in recent years to ensure the safe working conditions and living wages of their workers, as of the end of 2018, a lot remains to be done. According to the Fashion Transparency Index report, published annually by the non-profit Fashion Revolution, global fashion brands have increased the overall social and environmental transparency of their sourcing practices by just 5% since last year.

Despite this, international sourcing practices remain difficult to police at the government level, which may be one of the reasons why the UK government has taken issue with these four e-tailers in particular – all of which have manufacturing facilities in the UK.

In this week’s hearing, Smith testified that Missguided had reduced its presence in Leicester, after recognizing its inability to satisfactorily audit the factories it was using.  Having started this year working with 35 manufacturers at 80 different sites, the company now sources from 12 suppliers at 20 factories.

Beighton stated his satisfaction with the standards in the factories Asos uses.

Kane defended allegations from the previous hearing that Boohoo’s £5 dresses were responsible for underpaid workers and promoting unsustainable and non-environmental consumer buying patterns.

“We have 80 dresses from over 60,000 styles that are £5. They are loss leaders and we don’t make any money on them, but it’s a marketing technique to drive people to our website,” he said, according to Drapers.

On November 27th, execs at fashion e-tailers Boohoo Group, Asos and Misguided attended the second evidence hearing on the sustainability of the fashion industry at the houses of parliament in London. The Committee pushed the three execs – ASOS CEO Nick Beighton, Boohoo.com CEO Carol Kane, who represented both Boohoo and PrettyLittleThing, and Missguided head of product quality and supply Paul Smith – on their manufacturing practices in the English city of Leicester. This followed an earlier hearing on October 30, when the committee heard evidence about below-legal wages and unethical conditions for clothing manufacturing workers.

The current inquiry follows a period of increased scrutiny for the online clothing retailers, as the UK political sphere, under pressure from the public, turns its attention on clothing manufacturing practices. The questionable ethics of sourcing from the top four clothing manufacturing destinations – China, where 21%of garment importers say they source their stock, Bangladesh and India (tied for second place with 14%) and Vietnam (12%) – have been in the public spotlight for several years. Many high-street retailers, notably Primark, H&M, Inditex-owned Zara, source at least a percentage of their garments in these countries. While many have taken widely publicized steps in recent years to ensure the safe working conditions and living wages of their workers, as of the end of 2018, a lot remains to be done. According to the Fashion Transparency Index report, published annually by the non-profit Fashion Revolution, global fashion brands have increased the overall social and environmental transparency of their sourcing practices by just 5% since last year.

Despite this, international sourcing practices remain difficult to police at the government level, which may be one of the reasons why the UK government has taken issue with these four e-tailers in particular – all of which have manufacturing facilities in the UK.

In this week’s hearing, Smith testified that Missguided had reduced its presence in Leicester, after recognizing its inability to satisfactorily audit the factories it was using.  Having started this year working with 35 manufacturers at 80 different sites, the company now sources from 12 suppliers at 20 factories.

Beighton stated his satisfaction with the standards in the factories Asos uses.

Kane defended allegations from the previous hearing that Boohoo’s £5 dresses were responsible for underpaid workers and promoting unsustainable and non-environmental consumer buying patterns.

“We have 80 dresses from over 60,000 styles that are £5. They are loss leaders and we don’t make any money on them, but it’s a marketing technique to drive people to our website,” he said, according to Drapers.

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Katy Perry on her career, meeting the Pope and protecting her relationship with Orlando Bloom

protecting her relationship with Orlando Bloom

Photographed by Emma Summerton, styled by Christine Centenera, Vogue Australia, August 2018.

Superstar Katy Perry took time out of her world tour to chat with her good friend Derek Blasberg about love, life on the road and learning to better deal with fame. Here, read the full cover story from Vogue Australia’s August 2018 issue.

It’s exactly 3pm and I’m standing on the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Saint-Benoît in the 6th arrondissement in Paris. I’m wearing a cashmere long-sleeve polo shirt and I’m starting to sweat. Katy Perry, international pop star and my least punctual friend, is 30 minutes late for lunch at Café de Flore and I’m beginning to stress about making my flight back to New York later this evening. I knew this would happen. Last year, when I was Katy’s date to Vanity Fair’s Oscar party, I lied to her and said we needed to be there an hour before we actually needed to be, which meant we arrived only 15 minutes late. The year before that, I escorted her to the Met Gala, and when I arrived to pick her up at our appointed departure time she was still wearing a bathrobe, because she decided to bleach her eyebrows at the last minute.

At 3:10pm, I take out my phone. “Lady, I have a flight,” I text her, feeling the beads of sweat pool under my shirt and dribble down the small of my back.

“Remember when we said we’d meet at 2:30pm and I said I would be late?” she responds. “I never lie.” Dammit, she was right.

Lunch with Katy is always “spicy”, which is the term she just texted to describe my current mood. Beneath her big voice, Katy is a quick-witted pop-culture vulture and a fiery conversationalist. She has an ear for details and a comedic timing that reminds me of a young Lucille Ball. The last time I saw her for lunch in LA she showed up at the Beverly Hills Hotel wearing a baseball cap that said: “New Life: Who Dis?” Under normal circumstances – like when I don’t have a flight to catch and a job to do, which in this case is this interview – I’m happy to wait for her. (For one thing, it’s the ideal time to catch up on Instagram.) But she senses my panic here.

“Are you checking baggage, princess?” she texts. “Literal, not emotional.”

“Every time I fly my emotional baggage is overweight,” I respond.

“Tweet!” responds Katy, who is, incidentally, the number-one most-followed person on Twitter.

“Is this sabotage?” I ask.

“Nah, it’s deeper than that,” she texts. “I want to look my best with full hair and make-up, because I’m self-conscious.”

Having failed to convince me that I won’t miss tonight’s flight, I announce: “I’m starting the interview right now on text!”

“I thought you already did!”

I smile as I read the text and look up from my iPhone to see a silver van barrelling down Boulevard Saint-Germain, closely followed by aggressively driven motor scooters. The van screeches to a halt directly at my feet and out pops Katy wearing a satin spaghetti-strap jumpsuit, her bleached pixie frosted in lilac. The paparazzi hop off their scooters to chase her into the cafe with their cameras, but we’ve already tucked ourselves into comfy booth in a back corner. Like two American tourists, we order French onion soup and a croque madame. I look at my watch, see it’s 3:22pm, and tell her: “You better talk fast.”

Photographed by Emma Summerton, styled by Christine Centenera, Vogue Australia, August 2018.

Photographed by Emma Summerton, styled by Christine Centenera, Vogue Australia, August 2018.

I’ve worked in the starry swirl of the fashion industry for nearly two decades and in that time I’ve met my fair share of celebrities. But there’s a short list of a few people who transcend merely being famous – and the Pope is on the top of it. Last April, Katy travelled to Rome for an audience with the head of the Catholic Church and this is the first thing I want to talk about. “It started when we were on the Asia leg of the tour and I went to mass with my mom,” Katy tells me. “She hadn’t sung those songs in 40 years and watching her made me cry. It’s so beautiful and humbling to re-centre in a place where it’s not about anything else but reconnecting with the divine.”

As she sings in her 2010 hit with Snoop Dogg, Katy is a true California girl. She was born in picturesque Santa Barbara, and raised by Mary and Keith, two Pentecostal pastors. (Mary was raised Catholic.) Katy started performing as a young girl and left home at 15 to pursue a music career. “I was laser-focused and off to the races from the time I was nine years old,” she says. Unsurprisingly, her first megahit, 2008’s I Kissed a Girl, didn’t go platinum around the family dinner table. “My mom has prayed for me my entire life, hoping I’d come back to God. I never left Him, I was just a little bit secular, I was more materialistic and more career-driven. But now that I’m in my 30s, it’s more about spirituality and heart wholeness.”

Katy is an avid supporter of the David Lynch Foundation, which advocates for transcendental meditation education. Bob Roth, the CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, invited her to speak about her experience and the benefits of meditation at a health conference in Rome co-created by the Pontifical Council for Culture, which she readily accepted. “I’m such a big fan of Pope Francis. It’s a combination of compassion, humility, sternness and refusal. He is rebel – a rebel for Jesus.” Katy lists some papal facts, including that he named himself after Francis of Assisi, her favourite saint, and that he sticks to his vow of poverty despite the lavish surroundings of the Vatican. “He is bringing the Church back to humility and connecting with people. He’s very humble and not frivolous.” He’s also a lover of animals and is often depicted surrounded by wooded creatures, which reminds her of her favourite Disney character, Snow White.

When Katy met the Pope she brought two people with her: her mother and Orlando Bloom. Katy is protective of her love life – blame it on the painful dissolution of her marriage to Russell Brand in 2012, which was all caught on camera in Part of Me, the documentary that followed her California Dreams tour – so I tread into Orlando territory with extreme caution. “It’s okay to mention him,” she says with trepidation.

Here’s the problem: when the love lives of famous people are discussed, it often eclipses everything else in a conversation. When Katy Perry, one of the world’s most successful pop stars, meets with the Pope, arguably the most important man in organised religion, the pictures hit the internet and the resultant press has nothing to do with tolerance or spiritual enlightenment. “I don’t want it to be a headline of the story, because it takes away from the purpose,” she says, chewing the cheese stuck on the spoon from her onion soup. “Also, it’s extremely misogynistic. Of course, I love my relationship, but that is one part of me, and I don’t want any part of what I do to be diminished.” (But, for the record, her and Orlando are good, thanks.)

The noise of being a public person is an issue Katy will wrestle with for the rest of her life. “There will always be noise,” she shrugs. But in the past year, Katy’s tight-knit crew of friends watched as she developed tools to control how it affects her. Last January, she attended a week-long program at the Hoffman Institute, a California-based personal growth retreat that, according to its website, “helps participants identify negative behaviours, moods and ways of thinking that developed unconsciously and were conditioned in childhood”.

Katy explains: “For years, my friends would go and come back completely rejuvenated, and I wanted to go, too. I was ready to let go of anything that was holding me back from being my ultimate self. I have had bouts of situational depression and my heart was broken last year because, unknowingly, I put so much validity in the reaction of the public, and the public didn’t react in the way I had expected to … which broke my heart.” After a decade of back-to-back hit albums and record-breaking successes (she tied Michael Jackson for most number-one hits off a single record in 2011), her career hit a plateau with 2017’s Witness album. “Music is my first love and I think it was the universe saying: ‘Okay, you speak all of this language about self-love and authenticity, but we are going to put you through another test and take away any kind of validating “blankie”. Then we’ll see how much you do truly love yourself.’ That brokenness, plus me opening up to a greater, higher power and reconnecting with divinity, gave me a wholeness I never had. It gave me a new foundation. It’s not just a material foundation: it’s a soul foundation.”.

protecting her relationship with Orlando Bloom

Photographed by Emma Summerton, styled by Christine Centenera, Vogue Australia, August 2018.

Superstar Katy Perry took time out of her world tour to chat with her good friend Derek Blasberg about love, life on the road and learning to better deal with fame. Here, read the full cover story from Vogue Australia’s August 2018 issue.

It’s exactly 3pm and I’m standing on the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Saint-Benoît in the 6th arrondissement in Paris. I’m wearing a cashmere long-sleeve polo shirt and I’m starting to sweat. Katy Perry, international pop star and my least punctual friend, is 30 minutes late for lunch at Café de Flore and I’m beginning to stress about making my flight back to New York later this evening. I knew this would happen. Last year, when I was Katy’s date to Vanity Fair’s Oscar party, I lied to her and said we needed to be there an hour before we actually needed to be, which meant we arrived only 15 minutes late. The year before that, I escorted her to the Met Gala, and when I arrived to pick her up at our appointed departure time she was still wearing a bathrobe, because she decided to bleach her eyebrows at the last minute.

At 3:10pm, I take out my phone. “Lady, I have a flight,” I text her, feeling the beads of sweat pool under my shirt and dribble down the small of my back.

“Remember when we said we’d meet at 2:30pm and I said I would be late?” she responds. “I never lie.” Dammit, she was right.

Lunch with Katy is always “spicy”, which is the term she just texted to describe my current mood. Beneath her big voice, Katy is a quick-witted pop-culture vulture and a fiery conversationalist. She has an ear for details and a comedic timing that reminds me of a young Lucille Ball. The last time I saw her for lunch in LA she showed up at the Beverly Hills Hotel wearing a baseball cap that said: “New Life: Who Dis?” Under normal circumstances – like when I don’t have a flight to catch and a job to do, which in this case is this interview – I’m happy to wait for her. (For one thing, it’s the ideal time to catch up on Instagram.) But she senses my panic here.

“Are you checking baggage, princess?” she texts. “Literal, not emotional.”

“Every time I fly my emotional baggage is overweight,” I respond.

“Tweet!” responds Katy, who is, incidentally, the number-one most-followed person on Twitter.

“Is this sabotage?” I ask.

“Nah, it’s deeper than that,” she texts. “I want to look my best with full hair and make-up, because I’m self-conscious.”

Having failed to convince me that I won’t miss tonight’s flight, I announce: “I’m starting the interview right now on text!”

“I thought you already did!”

I smile as I read the text and look up from my iPhone to see a silver van barrelling down Boulevard Saint-Germain, closely followed by aggressively driven motor scooters. The van screeches to a halt directly at my feet and out pops Katy wearing a satin spaghetti-strap jumpsuit, her bleached pixie frosted in lilac. The paparazzi hop off their scooters to chase her into the cafe with their cameras, but we’ve already tucked ourselves into comfy booth in a back corner. Like two American tourists, we order French onion soup and a croque madame. I look at my watch, see it’s 3:22pm, and tell her: “You better talk fast.”

Photographed by Emma Summerton, styled by Christine Centenera, Vogue Australia, August 2018.

Photographed by Emma Summerton, styled by Christine Centenera, Vogue Australia, August 2018.

I’ve worked in the starry swirl of the fashion industry for nearly two decades and in that time I’ve met my fair share of celebrities. But there’s a short list of a few people who transcend merely being famous – and the Pope is on the top of it. Last April, Katy travelled to Rome for an audience with the head of the Catholic Church and this is the first thing I want to talk about. “It started when we were on the Asia leg of the tour and I went to mass with my mom,” Katy tells me. “She hadn’t sung those songs in 40 years and watching her made me cry. It’s so beautiful and humbling to re-centre in a place where it’s not about anything else but reconnecting with the divine.”

As she sings in her 2010 hit with Snoop Dogg, Katy is a true California girl. She was born in picturesque Santa Barbara, and raised by Mary and Keith, two Pentecostal pastors. (Mary was raised Catholic.) Katy started performing as a young girl and left home at 15 to pursue a music career. “I was laser-focused and off to the races from the time I was nine years old,” she says. Unsurprisingly, her first megahit, 2008’s I Kissed a Girl, didn’t go platinum around the family dinner table. “My mom has prayed for me my entire life, hoping I’d come back to God. I never left Him, I was just a little bit secular, I was more materialistic and more career-driven. But now that I’m in my 30s, it’s more about spirituality and heart wholeness.”

Katy is an avid supporter of the David Lynch Foundation, which advocates for transcendental meditation education. Bob Roth, the CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, invited her to speak about her experience and the benefits of meditation at a health conference in Rome co-created by the Pontifical Council for Culture, which she readily accepted. “I’m such a big fan of Pope Francis. It’s a combination of compassion, humility, sternness and refusal. He is rebel – a rebel for Jesus.” Katy lists some papal facts, including that he named himself after Francis of Assisi, her favourite saint, and that he sticks to his vow of poverty despite the lavish surroundings of the Vatican. “He is bringing the Church back to humility and connecting with people. He’s very humble and not frivolous.” He’s also a lover of animals and is often depicted surrounded by wooded creatures, which reminds her of her favourite Disney character, Snow White.

When Katy met the Pope she brought two people with her: her mother and Orlando Bloom. Katy is protective of her love life – blame it on the painful dissolution of her marriage to Russell Brand in 2012, which was all caught on camera in Part of Me, the documentary that followed her California Dreams tour – so I tread into Orlando territory with extreme caution. “It’s okay to mention him,” she says with trepidation.

Here’s the problem: when the love lives of famous people are discussed, it often eclipses everything else in a conversation. When Katy Perry, one of the world’s most successful pop stars, meets with the Pope, arguably the most important man in organised religion, the pictures hit the internet and the resultant press has nothing to do with tolerance or spiritual enlightenment. “I don’t want it to be a headline of the story, because it takes away from the purpose,” she says, chewing the cheese stuck on the spoon from her onion soup. “Also, it’s extremely misogynistic. Of course, I love my relationship, but that is one part of me, and I don’t want any part of what I do to be diminished.” (But, for the record, her and Orlando are good, thanks.)

The noise of being a public person is an issue Katy will wrestle with for the rest of her life. “There will always be noise,” she shrugs. But in the past year, Katy’s tight-knit crew of friends watched as she developed tools to control how it affects her. Last January, she attended a week-long program at the Hoffman Institute, a California-based personal growth retreat that, according to its website, “helps participants identify negative behaviours, moods and ways of thinking that developed unconsciously and were conditioned in childhood”.

Katy explains: “For years, my friends would go and come back completely rejuvenated, and I wanted to go, too. I was ready to let go of anything that was holding me back from being my ultimate self. I have had bouts of situational depression and my heart was broken last year because, unknowingly, I put so much validity in the reaction of the public, and the public didn’t react in the way I had expected to … which broke my heart.” After a decade of back-to-back hit albums and record-breaking successes (she tied Michael Jackson for most number-one hits off a single record in 2011), her career hit a plateau with 2017’s Witness album. “Music is my first love and I think it was the universe saying: ‘Okay, you speak all of this language about self-love and authenticity, but we are going to put you through another test and take away any kind of validating “blankie”. Then we’ll see how much you do truly love yourself.’ That brokenness, plus me opening up to a greater, higher power and reconnecting with divinity, gave me a wholeness I never had. It gave me a new foundation. It’s not just a material foundation: it’s a soul foundation.”

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S P Apparels Standalone September 2018 Net Sales at Rs 177.61 crore, up 13.24% Y-o-Y

Reported Standalone quarterly numbers for S P Apparels are:Net Sales at Rs 177.61 crore in September 2018 up 13.24% from Rs. 156.84 crore in September 2017.

Quarterly Net Profit at Rs. 13.58 crore in September 2018 up 41.71% from Rs. 9.59 crore in September 2017.

EBITDA stands at Rs. 31.70 crore in September 2018 up 12.09% from Rs. 28.28 crore in September 2017.

S P Apparels EPS has increased to Rs. 5.29 in September 2018 from Rs. 3.81 in September 2017.

S P Apparels shares closed at 270.75 on November 14, 2018 (NSE) and has given -19.46% returns over the last 6 months and -29.45% over the last 12 months.

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The cool and cult accessories line Kendall Jenner and Karl Lagerfeld are currently carrying around

Charlotte Stockdale and Katie Lyall’s very-2018 accessories have arrived in Australia, and they’re the perfect mix of humour and serious style nous.

Katie Lyall is excited about the newest piece she’s created with Charlotte Stockdale for their accessories label Chaos, if only she could find it. “Mine’s actually been stolen by Kendall Jenner, but Charlotte still managed to keep hers,” Lyall says over the phone from a balmy London summer evening. They’re talking about a gold-plated charm in the shape of a just-opened bottle cap that dangles elegantly from a zip chain that could be attached to keys or a phone. “It has saved our lives more times than it’s probably sensible to share,” says Lyall. “It’s to open up sparkling water,” intercedes Stockdale. You can practically hear the wink down the phone.

It’s this brand of irreverence that has marked their shared styling career, shared because, upon meeting in 1999, while Stockdale worked at British Vogue, they stuck side by side, working at Garage magazine and becoming Chaos Fashion, a creative consultancy. “I don’t know any styling duos,” considers Lyall. “It’s designer duos or photography duos, but no-one’s really decided to do it. There were some people who were a bit confused by it, but it didn’t really matter.”

That could be because their visual signature is so identifiable: pops of colour, mixed textures and fabrics with clever styling tweaks that seep into a subconscious then metamorphose suddenly into a need-it-now desire that has graced the pages of Vogue, i-D and their own magazine, Chaos 69. “You have a cotton shirt, and then you have a fashion skirt. It will be nice with a matt nylon trainer or matt crocodile boots,” Stockdale explains before surmising, “something shiny goes with something matt.”

Their Chaos label, coming to Australia for the first time when they land at David Jones this month, is a distillation of their visual handwriting. Phone cases in crayon brights were their starting point. “We were working a lot, and we didn’t want to put our phones down when we were doing fittings, styling clothes, whatever, and we would lose them,” recounts Stockdale. “We ended up tying ribbon to our Blackberrys at the time, and hanging them around our neck.” An early prototype was a zipper. “It was cheap and hokey, but kind of fun.” Requests from family and friends followed, which gave them the confidence to launch with a functional desirable product.

Design – jumbo cherries, letters and eight-balls in lush chenille embroidery that Lyall describes “delicious” – is balanced with functionality, hence the hand straps on the back of ‘hug’ cases, the supple deerskin perfected to wrap the corners and protect the phone. “They want to be able to hang their phone around their neck,” says Stockdale of customers. “They want to be able to find it in their bag, because they can see the zip, or catch their phone when they drop it.”

Likely you’ve noticed them already on Instagram. A lucky by-product of creating personalised phone cases, the campaigns basically shoot themselves, starring the selfies of the Hadid sisters, Marc Jacobs, Victoria Beckham, Edie Campbell, Adwoa Aboah and Karl Lagerfeld. They’ve worked with Lagerfeld, a long-time collaborator and mentor, alongside Silvia Venturini Fendi, consulting for 10 years at Fendi, and both have informed their appreciation for technical knowledge and luxurious finishes – the zips are now silver- or gold-plated.

“When you work with people like Silvia and Karl, you have to really not be listening to not come away with quite a lot of knowledge,” Stockdale says. “They haven’t grown scared. They are willing to fail, which is the biggest thing; they’re fearless.”

Working as a duo has been another propellant. “In times when you’re doubting what you are doing, the other person says: ‘No, don’t worry, it’s all on the right track,’” says Stockdale. “It’s like being on an airplane and there’s turbulence and you’re scared, but if there’s someone who is more scared than you, somehow that makes you less scared.” Lyall adds: “It allows you to have more freedom and control at the same time.”

They’ve added charms, lanyards, luggage tags and the occasional piece of ready-to-wear while they focus more and more on personalisation, a trend they’re predicting will get ever stronger. “Why would you not, if you can have something, just for you?” says Lyall. Perhaps a monogram on that bottle opener then, in case another Jenner should chance upon it.

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Every Dazzling December Fashion Launch We’re Shopping This Month

We’ve arrived at our fave style season. Winter offers cozy clothing and accessories complete with all the shearling-lined shoes, sparkly holiday dresses, and dazzling accessories a girl could ask for. Ahead you’ll find our top December 2018 fashion launches from Toms, M.Gemi, La Ligne, and so many more, specifically designed for fireplace lounging and hot cocoa sipping.

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12 of the best new hair accessories

best party hair accessories

Logo hair slides are back and this time they’re oh-so-glam. We’ll wear this Gucci number as jewellery. the best new party hair accessories

Velvet, bows, pearls… this accessory ticks off three trends in one. the best new party hair accessories

Anthropologie does excellent affordable hair accessories, such as this chic headband.

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