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Panam at 02

Goutom Shaha is not the typical designer. Young and crafty, his creations are like new light through an old window; he is symbol of a new brand of designers who derive inspiration from a time long heritage of this land and the clothes are an intricate reflection of their stimulation.

His line of design-Panam- is featured at the Banani outlet of renowned brand 02. The palette of the exclusive line is extensive from comfy cotton to sheer muslin to chiffon and Benarasi wedding wear. Only a handful of copies of any single design is made to maintain exclusivity of the clothes. The most striking of the designs is possibly the wedding wear, made to attract the connoisseur with brilliant execution of embellishments on delicate weaves of Mirpur Benarasi.

There has been a recent trend among consumers to opt for local brands setting aside foreign wedding wear. “The local brands have excelled in recent times with their lines of wedding wear. Today, we can proudly claim that the fashion industry can cater to the demands for wedding attires with our rich and high-end designs. Panam can boast designs, which are contemporary and can match any foreign product hitherto used as the bridal wear,” says Goutam.

We see a revival of patriotic zeal of the thirties and forties for swadeshi. The fashion industry has matured to a point where we can support our needs through our own products. Panam is but a testament to the claim.

Contact: O2, House #157, Rd 12, Block E, Banani.
Photo: Abu Naser
Makeup: Farzana Shakil Makeover Salon

Men's belts

"My brother threatens me with his belt when I'm naughty,” Hasib says to his friend. “So does he use it?” an anxious listener asks. “No. Every time he takes his belt off, his pants fall off!”

Men have been wearing belts- in some form or another, for different purposes- since the dawn of time. The cavemen found it convenient to wrap around animal skin or braided plant vines to carry weapons and food. Much later, Egyptians and many other civilizations came up with attaching priceless and expensive buckles to show off their wealth.

Belts were, back then (as it is, more or less, even today) used as a clothing accessory. Afterwards, many military forces took up the item as a compulsory part of their uniform. The officers used to wear them extremely tightly to portray a trim physique, with wide shoulders and pouting chests. It was only at the beginning of the last century when the function of wearing belts really came into existence.

Belts have survived- right from the ancient hunter-gatherer societies to this current age, disappearing only once in a while. They came a long way, changing their usage and function several times. Today, belts have become an integral part of style; a fashion apparel you can't do without- stylish as well as convenient. The popularity of belts have never been so high- from adolescents, wearing rugged, jeans belts with sagging pants showing off their boxer straps, to sophisticated, formal leather ones.

So, where do you buy belts? Obviously, the market is spilling over with fakes. Just as the fact that “all that glitters, is not gold', all that is shiny and smooth to touch (and black or brown in colour) is not leather! It may be leather, but the quality of it varies widely.

Determining the quality of belts is very tough. So, if you want a good quality leather belt that lasts for years, you better check out the few fashion houses such as, Vasavi and Shoppers' World. Almas is another retailer you can trust. Only a handful of places in Bangladesh actually have original brands. True, you might need a slightly healthy wallet, but the investment is definitely worth it. Popular brands for men's belts include Arrow, Dunhill, Polo, CK and Crocodile.

Keep in mind where you are going to wear it. For formal wear, try not to cross one and a half inches of width. Or, if you happen to buy a belt to wear on casual occasions, the width should preferably be more than two inches. As a general rule, the colour of your shoes should synchronize with that of your belt.

By M H Haider

On The Cover

Timeless classics like the waistcoat are being reinterpreted in a contemporary way. For funky looks you can try out, check out our centre story.
Photo: Zahedul I Khan, Model: Zohad, Wardrobe: Cats Eye, Styling: Samuel H


Each day's a history

The days gone by are pages of history. Only if we could go back in time...so many small and big changes could we have made. An unexpressed love could have been expressed, a sin could have been undone, a mistake could have been corrected... history could have been changed. But once a page is written in history, it cannot be re-written. So even though we can repent for our sins, sins committed remain sins.

As people, we can only try not to commit the same mistake twice. But that doesn't change the mistakes that we have already made, the mistakes whose details already hang from the pages of our history book. Don't we all have our own history volumes?

Each of us has our own single edition of a history book. Each day that is crossed out from life becomes a new page of that volume. Each day begins with a fresh page, snow-white and spotless. But as every hour goes past, a few words, a new line or maybe a whole paragraph is written.

You cannot see them, read them as they write, but they are written in indelible ink on pages that record even triflings of our lives. Sometimes when we are alone in our own world, we flip the pages of that book that no one else can see, read a few lines, contemplate, read again, smile at a pleasant event, shed tears when eyes glance over the saddest moments of life, frown at one of those unresolved mysteries of life...and close eyes to walk down the memory lane to reach the past that is light years away.

If life is a history book, if each day is nothing but a page of that book, what are we? Is it writer, reader, or sole owner?

By Wara Karim



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