Sunday, April 5, 2009

Akashay booked for obscenity on the ramp

Mumbai police has booked an FIR against actor Akshay Kumar, his wife Twinkle Khanna and organisers of Lakme Fashion Week in a case of obscenity.
Times of India reported Akshay, the brand ambassador of Levi's jeans, unveiled its Unbuttoned brand at the Lakme Fashion Week on Tuesday at the Grand Hyatt, Santa Cruz. A social worker, Anil Nair, then submitted a written application to the police, urging them to book the actor and show organisers for indecent, vulgar and obscene behaviour.

"We saw newspaper clippings and video footage of the show before registering an FIR under Section 294 of the IPC. A public prosecutor was also consulted,'' senior inspector S Neklikar said. The offence is bailable. "We will now record statements of people in the audience. Arrests won't take place immediately.''

Section 294 refers to doing any obscene act in public or singing or reciting any obscene song in public. If convicted, the accused can face imprisonment that may extend to three months, or a fine, or both. "We want to ensure that the case stands in court. We will examine related material and take the opinion of several legal experts,'' an officer said.

Akshay, who's in South Africa at present, was not available for comment despite repeated attempts. Those present at the fashion show said Akshay had walked half the ramp at which point a model went up to the actor and tried to unbutton his jeans. The actor refused and moved towards his wife Twinkle, seated in the audience, and asked her to unbutton it.

"Akshay has been bestowed with an honour like the Padma Shri and should not be doing what he did in public. He should give a public apology,'' Nair had told TOI on Thursday.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Deepika dazzles Wills India Fashion Week

Indian actress Deepika Padukone rocked the ramp at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in Delhi on the fourth day, Sunday.

Padukone dazzled audiences in a multi-hued full-length gown and a short brown-and-white dress designed by designers Rana Gill and Rina Dhaka.

Deepika expressed happiness on returning to a place from where she started.

"It's great to be back with the same people I started off with and to know that they feel the same way for me. No one has changed. It's the same make-up artistes, same designers, same models and choreographers. So it's really nice to come back to a place from where I started off," Padukone said.

Drawing inspiration from nature and science, fashion designers Rina Dhaka and Rana Gill showcased an exclusive collection, 'Nature Meets Science', for upcoming Autumn/Winter season at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week here.

Brown and black dresses dominated Dhaka's autumn/winter designs while Gill featured dark brown, green and blue gowns and mini-jackets in her collection.

"All the colours of velvet, all basically peacock colour- blue, green, purple have been used. As a designer I love colour. So every season I try and use colour in my palette. So that was the collection for you," Gill said.

Making use of new printing techniques and huge motifs and fabric texturing Dhaka's collection was a mixture of innovation and technology along with history and science to make something completely new.

The ongoing Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week to showcase autumn-winter collections has registered 175 buyers, from both domestic and international markets.

However, the global meltdown has affected the turnout of buyers who are opting for smaller quantities for their fashion houses.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Freida Pinto dumps husband wants to settle in New York

Freida Pinto, the female lead of 10 Oscar nomination winner, Slumdog Millionairedumped her husband Rohan Antao, whom she wedded secretly in Goa in December 2007, a Mumbai based Tabloid reportedon Tuesday.
"Freida is like her film which rubbishes India," said a close friend of both Freida and Rohan. "She now finds everything about India so unacceptable..the city..the media and her husband, with whom she was deeply in love," her friend said.
Freida in another interview told Times of India thats she isplanning to move to New York because Big Apple "just feels like home."
The wannabe glamour girl earlier told Bombay Times that her small frontal assets cost her an anchor's job in a local Indian television.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Trend Musings 2009: Colour for men

I contempleted of fashion trends for men in my college days, when I discovered guys do have a penchant for fashion. The interest may not match to the extreme curiosity of ladies, but men definitely look forward to some insight on fashion.  
As I discussed with my friends and counterparts in Italy, Spain, France, China and the U.S. we all discovered 2009 is not a good time for the man. He's losing money everywhere, thanks to the global financial crisis, the worst since the great depression of 1930s. The 2009 palette has brighter shades of indigo, blue and dark purple. It replaces the upscale tight lipped gentleman colour of greys and browns. 
A perfect choice of shirt color paired with black pants will give both a classic and modern look. Fluid and silky fabrics, light and transparent; paying homage to femininity will be in fad, say designers mostly from Europe. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Barbie doll, fifty, and ready to walk the ramp in New York

Barbie,world's most revered fashion muse is turning fifty this winter. And what a way to celebrate it! The fashion diva has chosen the hottest ramp in the New York Fashion Week. The perpetually teen-aged girl will walk the ramp on Saturday about a month before its official birthday celebrations. The doll has long been a dream of many tender aged women who aspire to incarnate as the next Barbie themselves. But hormones and fat fills their bodies and separate them from their doll. Another generation comes fall in love with the doll but finally loses to its anorexic charm.
Worlds top designers have decided to indulge themselves in decorating Barbie for the extra special ramp.
According to AP News, Tommy Hilfiger, who will put Barbie in a hand-beaded white minidress, sees her Barbie as an American pop-culture icon that translates to other cultures and countries. There have been countless Barbies produced in the traditional dress of faraway lands, including a Korean bride in a hanbok and a Kenyan doll wearing wooden bead necklaces.

Shahrukh Khan invites Billu, your neighbourhood barber for his film's premier

Yes Shahrukh Khan did it again. Last time his Bollywood superhit 'Om Shanti Om' made spoof of Manoj Kumar-aka-'Bharat' and got entangled. This time it was on barber community of India. Khan had to chop the term 'barber' from his magnum opus 'Billu barber' like a true nai. But the media and public savvy actor doesn't want to take any chances and has invited all Billu barbers of India to have a dekko at the film before it reaches the mass. What say Billu? Will you allow the Khan pride to portray the hair stylist? Or the film needs some more trimming?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Women know the value of the perfect pair of shoes.

Women have shoes to wear for every state of affairs that life may offer them!There is unmistakable bond between a woman and her footwear. In short, women are shoe-obsessed. A woman's shoes really go a long way towards telling you who she is, what she is like, and what she does with her life. There are many cases when a woman really needs a lot of different colors and styles, such as when she works everyday and needs a variety of shoes as well as some that are comfortable.There is no question about the fact that women love shoes. Many women cannot resist buying a new pair of shoes every time they pass by a shoe store. Rarely do we find a woman overlooking the show window of a shoe store, especially when there is sale going on. During the sales, it is very much likely that the parking lots of the shoe stores are jam packed with women rushing out of the store carrying more than one box. 

Bette Midler once said, "Give a girl correct footwear and she can conquer the world." In recent days, without a nice, matching pair of shoes, the fashion statement of a woman remains incomplete. It is believed that shoes help in depicting an individual's personality. It is indeed possible for the average person to know quite a bit about a woman by checking out the collection of shoes in her closet

Dear women if you are thinking of buying those perfect shoes to accessorize your dress, be sure you get shoes that are kind on your feet.

Fashion students race against time to create beautiful outfits

Colorful patterns and a race against time engrossed Rockwell Hall this weekend where fashion design majors challenged themselves and one another for the ultimate prize. In a Project Runway-style competition, sophomore through senior fashion students created a garment in less than 20 hours using only two summer-weighted prints. "I'm in awe of what they've done," said Nancy Jewell, a manager from Coats & Clark.The School of Fashion Design and Merchandising organized the challenge in conjunction with Coats & Clark, the oldest textile manufacturer in the world.Twenty-six students worked vigorously for a first place prize of a $1,500 scholarship from Coats & Clark. Runners-up received prizes from Baby Lock, Singer Sewing Co. and BurdaStyle, among others.Coats & Clark provided designers with threads, zippers, yarn, fabric and other sewing necessities to complete the challenge. The judges chose the top 11 designs based on craftsmanship of the garments and how well students incorporated both prints and yarn."The students start the weekend with nothing and end with something creative," said Sherry Schofield-Tomschin, associate professor in the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising.Faculty from the school, Betsy Carr, Jeanne James and Schofield-Tomschin, judged the designs along with Jewell from Coats & Clark and Schofield-Tomschin's daughter, Jessica Paulson.First place scholarship winner Kristy Howard, junior fashion design major, created a dress with woven fabric pieces on the sides that was eye-catching to the judges. Howard explained how she used a method of "pin weaving" to create the look she was trying to attain."The challenge was the fabrics," she said. "I just got it in my head that I needed to make this work with what I had so I decided I wanted a more muted color palette and used different textures any way I could." Howard said her inspiration for the design was the texture of quilting.The second place winner of a Baby Lock sewing machine was Carolyn Peters, senior fashion design major. Peters was the only senior who participated in the design challenge and was proud to represent her class."We don't often get to work with people in other grade levels, and so it was nice to work with different years," Peters said. "It was an opportunity we haven't had yet this school year." Peters designed a garment that she referred to as "girly with an edge." "I really wanted to use my fabric as an inspiration," she said. "It was real girly and I wanted to do something less girly with it." Peters used top stitching on the pants and crocheted yarn as a wallet chain to create an urban appeal.The third place winner was Theresa Rietschlin, sophomore fashion design major, who talked about how ecstatic she was about her prize.Rietschlin won the opportunity to create a pattern and have it produced by BurdaStyle, a popular European pattern-making magazine, as a notoriety. "It's great that I get to work with actual people in the business and get my ideas out there," Rietschlin said.Junior fashion design major Tracy Shapoff explained why she decided to participate in the challenge. "It seemed exciting and different," she said. "It was a good way to express creativity."

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