In the series ‘Cross-country’ we highlight the culture, manners and (business) etiquette of one country every fortnight. After Brazil, we continue our journey with India, which will have left China behind as the country with the largest population in the world by 2030. At the same time, it is also the land of yoga, spices, entrepreneurs, religions and IT specialists.
No two countries are alike. In China, for example, it is perfectly normal to interrogate a person thoroughly on first meeting them, not something we westerners consider polite or appropriate. With ‘Cross-country’ we highlight the culture, manners and (business) etiquette of one country every month. To kick off the new series, we're starting our world tour in Brazil, a rapidly evolving country and the host for the upcoming World Cup.
Colour blocking, optical prints and teddies? So 2013! If you want to look and sound trendy this year, you have to know the latest fashion buzzwords. Our editor, Trixie Divine, pulled on her orchid-coloured bomber jacket and sat front row during the New York and Milan Fashion Weeks, where the top designers presented their winter collections.
Here are the major trends and terms that grabbed her attention.