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Soft lighting, round tables, and a ramp just waiting for some magic….the stage was set for a night to remember. Aarong's round-the-calendar birthday bash wrapped up with a glittering showcase of their Eid collection, titled 'Preview Eid 2008'. The fashion show was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Radisson Water Garden Hotel on Wednesday last, and featured outfits and accessories that will be available at all their outlets across the country throughout Ramadan.
The show kicked off with the children's collection. Little princesses in smart frocks and dresses strutted smartly down the ramp, cheekily blowing kisses to an enthusiastic crowd. The focus was on clean lines and bright jewel tones rather than embellishments. The line also sported smart tuxedo sets for little boys.
Moving on to the grown-ups, there were three textile-heavy rounds for women's wear. The first, "Tribal Craze" featured kameez sets sporting indigenous motifs. The colour palette was very rich in warm earth tones. "Urban Folk" melded traditional kantha embroidery with contemporary motifs to add pizzazz to a line of kameez sets and saris. Finally, there was "It's Natural" which highlighted outfits in natural dyes. With the focus on the outfits and accessories, hair and make-up was kept sleek, simple, and basic.
During the brief interlude that followed, Arnob and Andrew Morris took the stage. The audience swayed along Along with the usual crowd favourites like She je boshe ache and Tomar Jonno, the combination of vocals, guitar and saxophone adding a mellow ambience to the event.
Back on track, there were two lines of formal and evening wear for women. "Flower Power" featured creative floral prints on silk saris, while the rich colours of the night came alive in the "Blue Moon" segment, which focused on evening wear. While greens and earth tones were prominent in the former, the latter was more about cool blues and rich purples bleeding into black.
In between these segments came the men's wear collection. The "Play Punjabi" segment entertained with funky choreography saw the models take to the ramp with a basketball as they flaunted raw attitude and funky "hoodie" punjabis. The colours were bold, bright and very playful.
The second line-up "Uniform Trends" married military chic with local fusion wear to create a completely new look. The colours were mostly soft neutrals, with features like epaulettes giving the whole military vibe.
"Sheer Elegance" saw the men strutting their stuff in muslin party wear. The colours were kept to basic black and white sheers in order to emphasise on the intricacy of the embroidery done on the outfits, while kohl-lined eyes added an Arabian-nights kind of look to the strapping models.
The show-stopper came with the jamdani collection, which featured an eye-popping collection of jamdani saris in a spectrum of solid colours.
Notably, the make up for the show was a highlight. Done by Farzana Shakil, the make up was subtle and chic, and not the usual over-the-board paintings. It perfectly complemented the big name Aarong has fetched for itself...
The show concluded with Tamara Abed, Director, Aarong, taking the stage to thank Media Partners Ntv and Radio Foorti, Make-up and Hairstyling Partner Farzana Shakil Makeover Salon, and Hospitality Partner Radisson Water Garden Hotel.
By Sabrina F Ahmad
On The Cover
As the countdown to Eid begins, it's time to think about the look you'll sport this festival season. Along with the trendiest threads, this is a good time to re-consider a new 'do. Let the grooming begin!
My grandma walks in small, shaky steps. She has walked the earth for the last eighty-five years or more, but never before were her moves so insecure. After the death of my maternal grandfather, my nani stumbled across the responsibility of raising two children, all alone; no easy task for a lady with little education. She made quilts, and sewed for the affluent members of her extended family. It was not enough but she managed to sail across the troubled waters.
She took great care of her grandchildren, when the responsibility fell on her. My elder brother and my nani were a tag team, a relationship that has remained as strong now as it was three decades ago. Her youngest granddaughter, now only eight, also shares a chemistry that transcends time.
It is my relationship with my nani that needs to be worked on. Often she walks into my room as I work attentively at my computer. She hardly ever speaks; hardly ever reminds me that I neglect her. She wakes me for work, when I am late. Ask me to lunch when I say no. For dinner she expects a family meal.
The situation is not too uncommon. As people grow, they learn to forget the kinship of yesteryears. As children, we were often more close to our grannies than our mothers. They listened to our problems, our stories of school and as time progress, the stories of our lives. We spend endless hours with our friends, but how much time do we allocate for our aged 'childhood friend'?
A few days ago, I brought a walking stick for my nani. She took it with mixed emotions. It reiterated her belief on our relationship, but it was probably a inconsiderate reminder of her age, and possibly what she considers a 'disability'.
We have not yet embraced the western concept of old age homes. But we have learnt to ignore the needs of the geriatric. Small steps go a long way in dealing with our elderly grandparents. Their demands are no unlike our own, at the end of the day we all crave for attention.
By Mannan Mashhur Zarif
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