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14/12/2017

Modest Fashion show in Abu Dhabi

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Yas Mall recently held a fashion show that put the spotlight on the ‘modest-wear’ whose popularity is fast spreading around the world.

Called the Modest Fashion Weekend, the event which was held from December 7 to 9 featured catwalks and interactive sessions by international brands including House of Fraser, Debenhams, H&M, Marks & Spencer and more.

As the name suggests, ‘modest fashion’ is clothing that conceals rather than accentuates the shape of the body.

“We came up with the event to champion clothing that focuses purely on the personality of the individual wearing it. With the support of our retailers, we offer a range of modest-wear, without losing out on glamour,” said Shatha Al Romaithy, marketing manager of Yas Mall.

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A special guest for the event was the UK’s Mariah Idrissi, who is touted as the world’s first hijab-wearing model. She gained recognition after appearing in H&M’s “Close the Loop” campaign wearing a hijab. She said that ‘modest fashion’ is appealing to all women. “I think this trend will last long,” she said.

Designer Fadwa Baruni from House of Fraser said that her collection, which featured flowing gowns and long sleeves, were inspired by the elegance and feminism displayed by the women in this region.

Apart from the catwalks, the show had styling events, pop-up shops and photo booths for women to update their styling sense and get tips on this new concept.

“Although ‘modest fashion’ has been a key trend in the region, we are noticing that women of different nationalities are also trying out the concept,” said Al Romaithy.Read more at:purple formal dresses

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04/12/2017

‘RED ALERT’ DIPPY GAVE THIS RED CARPET A MISS

Steering clear of the paparazzi, Deepika Padukone avoided the red carpet despite her red-hot avatar and made a quiet backdoor entry at the Reliance Digital Filmfare Glamour and Style Awards 2017. Keeping the threats to her life over the past few weeks in mind, the actress prudently chose not to sit with the audience and, looking stunning in a Gauri and Nainika gown, she accepted the ‘Most Glamorous Star – Female’ award from Bollywood diva Rekha, before exiting the event. But even after she was gone, the conversation on the red carpet revolved around her and her upcoming period drama, Padmavati, with Hrithik Roshan (‘Most Glamorous Star—Male’), Varun Dhawan (‘Best Dressed Male’), Sonakshi Sinha (‘Fashion Reinvention of the Year’), Kriti Sanon (‘Future of Fashion – Female’) and Yami Gautam condemning the death threats. “It is a reflection of the fact that we still have a long way to go to evolve into beings,” Hrithik, who has worked with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Guzaarish, pointed out, while Kriti rued that now others will think twice before picking up a controversial historical.

Deepika’s Padmavati co-star, Raja Rawal Ratan Singh aka Shahid Kapoor, the ‘Most Stylish Actor’, flaunted shoes which had the word “king” inscribed in gold. He was joined on the red carpet by Varun and Prateik Babbar after which the trio made their way together to the ballroom of the SoBo five-star where the recently-crowned Miss World Manushi Chillar was the star attraction and was presented a ‘Special Mention’ trophy by Karan Johar, who exulted,“What title can we give the most beautiful woman in the world?”

Sridevi who was adjudged the ‘Timeless Glamour and Style Icon’, flew in straight from Udaipur and the set of KJo’s production, Dhadak, which marks her daughter, Janhvi Kapoor’s debut. Rekha and she had plenty to chat about but not many understood a word of what they said as the duo was jabbering away in rapidfire Telugu. After the gala, it was back to the City of Palaces to chaperone daughter dearest.

Katrina Kaif, the ‘Fashion Trailblazer of the Year’, was in a hurry to be someplace else. ‘Best Dressed, Female’ Alia Bhatt had a dinner engagement while her ‘Best Dressed Male’ counterpart Varun had to be at a friend’s engagement. But before leaving, he rubbed shoulders with “Jacky Fernando”, the two sharing her seat for a while. ‘Hotstepper of the Year’ Jacqueline hooted the loudest when he won.

‘Most Stylish Star, Female’ Sonam Kapoor shimmered in gold and posed with Sonakshi, Jacqueline and her Veere Di Wedding co-star, Kareena Kapoor. The hot topic of discussion was not her crown but her much-awaited engagement to her beau of two years, Anand Ahuja. “Sonam and Anand’s chemistry is better than that of Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon’s in Raabta,” Neha Dhupia joked, quick to add that it was all said in good spirit. Interestingly, Sushant Singh Rajpur wasn’t around to pick up his trophy for ‘Future of Fashion—Male’. Kriti and Ankita Lokhande’s respective publicists made sure that they didn’t cross paths.

Ayushmann Khurrana (‘Hotstepper of the Year – Male’). Adaar Jain, Saiyyami Kher, Sonali Kulkarni, Daisy Shah, Harshvardhan Rane and Karan Singh Grover were there too, the ‘Vaanar’ surprisingly minus the Mrs.Read more at:formal dresses 2017 | red formal dresses

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27/11/2017

The uplifting and moving ‘Matilda’The uplifting and moving ‘Matilda’

Before Stranger Things’ Eleven, there was Stephen King’s Carrie. And before that, X-Men’s Jean Grey. But somewhere in between, for all those who grew up in the ’90s, the iconic female telekinetic misfit of our generation was Matilda. Most first met her as the lovable girl played by Mara Wilson in the iconic Danny DeVito-directed feature based on what was originally a Roald Dahl novel. But Matilda: The Musical takes her back to her British roots: in true Dahl-istic fashion, the play is a breezy children’s story at the surface while underneath, it is an in-depth exploration of the benefits and dangers of reciprocal altruism.

Still, the keyword here is “children.” Matilda has a largely young cast, with three actresses alternating for the title role. For our showing, Felicity Kyle S. Napuli delighted the crowd and had everyone on their feet by the time the night was over, perfecting the self-assured tone of Matilda and the rounded vowels of a Brit. Her best friend Lavender was played by Maria Ericka Peralejo, and Miguel Suarez consumed without hesitation the role of Bruce Bogtrotter. Although it’s typical to have adults play children in productions, the roaring young cast is proof that there’s nothing quite like watching authentic kids be kids, as clearly all of them seemed to be having fun on stage. To impress further, none appeared to have any difficulty with the choreography (which was extensive and even acrobatic at times), while tackling the intricate wordplay unique to the play’s Tony-winning book and lyrics.

In the midst of all the schoolyard shenanigans, the musical’s crowning achievement is as impressive as it is oxymoronic, since it is ultimately a feel-good story about overcoming child abuse. Matilda is unwanted by her family, constantly neglected, and is very much aware of her abuse, but maneuvers her way out of it through her book smarts. The magic is not in Matilda’s moments of sorcery but in her sense of innovation.

The strength of the production is not its flashy effects whenever Matilda uses her powers, but during heartwarming moments with Miss Honey (Cris Villonco), her class adviser and fellow abuse victim, as they connect and help each other defeat the narcissists plaguing them. In fact, Matilda’s supernatural abilities are practically an afterthought; she could have found a way to accomplish many of her schemes without them, but she is proof of what one can achieve even when pushed into a corner (or in this case, into a “Chokey”).

Movie Matilda taught children to turn angst into something productive. Memorable scenes from the film include her being neglected at home for up to nine hours a day, and learning to cook, read and go to the library by herself. In turn, the play reflects this by emphasizing that she moves things with her “eyes.” Meaning, Matilda is brilliant because of her mind, and intellect has no bearing on her powers. This is why, throughout the story, Matilda constantly hones not her telekinesis but her knowledge and talents in declamation instead.

Lifestyle Feature ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch:Since Roald Dahl is known for his kooky universes, the musical further ups the ante on zaniness. Whereas in the movie, Matilda’s parents were frighteningly suburban in their cruelty, the Wormwoods (played by Joaquin Valdes and Carla Guevara-Laforteza) parade around in gaudy colors and have a private dance instructor named Rudolpho (Bibo Reyes). That is not to say, of course, that their parenting is any less cruel. In fact, something overheard while leaving the theater was an audience member telling their companion that the green-haired Mr. Wormwood was “a better Joker than Jared Leto.” And Miss Trunchbull (Jamie Wilson), who was every kid’s worst nightmare, still has her trademark unibrow — except that she sings her threats now instead of shouting them. Understandably, Matilda’s transition to theater required a more comical approach, but the cruelty and neglect in her upbringing are still apparent. One particular song number, When I Grow Up, touchingly embodies the fears and aspirations of being young.

Atlantis Productions has been on a roll this year, with director Bobby Garcia bringing to the country Broadway’s two rivaling musicals from 2013, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Both on opposite ends of the spectrum, the transgendered, high-kicking acrobatic shoemakers shared the stage with a chorus of schoolgirls during the Tony Awards (in true Broadway fashion) and both competed for Best Musical. Back then, Kinky Boots won, but Matilda, as evidenced by its positive feedback so far, proves why it was able to put up such a good fight. Toe-tapping tunes and an uplifting message have made it a hit so far among both adults and kids. With Kinky Boots returning for a second run in March, the friendly rivalry between the two is set to continue.Read more at:marieaustralia | formal dresses brisbane

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