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We are a passionate lot. We belong to a country where the national poet was a rebel who wrote songs and poems that sparked revolutions, a country where people sacrificed their lives for their mother tongue; a land whose charismatic founder urged the masses to turn every home into a fortress. Therefore, we celebrate our pride with a lot of zeal. And one popular way of showing off our pride, is through our attire.

Fashion has always given us a way to express ourselves - our culture, history, values and ideals, moods and what not. Fashion has, undoubtedly, also expressed patriotism. The touch of green and red in our clothes seems to be ubiquitous nowadays, especially in this month of independence.

Wherever you go, you see women flaunting their patriotic sides wearing green kameezes with red dupattas or green saris draped over red blouses. The youth sports red-and- green T-shirts with slogans of revolutions past. Sleek wrist bands, also coloured in red and green, are a stylish addition. The relatively less common bandanas showing off the same two colours are a bold statement of saluting our land. And not just in our attire, the touch of red and green has made its way to cover a large range of products, such as key-rings, pens and pencils, coffee mugs, etc.

This trend has reached a new pinnacle this year due to the World Cup fever and innumerable fans cheering for the home team. When it comes to cricket and that too the World Cup, on top of which our country is one of the hosts, showing off the right colours is essential.

Indeed, the significance of these two colours cannot be overstated.

They are a true reflection of who we are and where we come from. The mesmerising bottle-green reflects the lushness of our beautiful land; the red disc (in the centre of the flag) works as a vivid reminder of those who shed blood to make this land free -- a proud symbol reflecting the rising sun of independence after the dark night of bloodbath.

And when it comes to showing off our rebellious nature, T-shirts have always obliged. Students of Bangladesh had always played very significant roles in the upheavals our country faced, be it during the 1952 Language Movement or in the 1971 Liberation War. It was the student body, headstrong youngsters consumed with an obsessive feeling of patriotism and a fearless sense of rebellion, who caused massive damage to our enemies. T-shirts, primarily worn by young people, reflect their rebellion and patriotism, and the youth of today wear them with pride, in style.

And talking of style, patriotic T-shirts come in a lot of types and forms. Creativity is at play. To start with, there are T-shirts that are practically downright flags of Bangladesh. On the other hand there are T-shirts with a hint of green and red over a background colour. Many T-shirts have national figures imprinted on them, showing support and love for the personalities we cherish such as Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Kazi Nazrul Islam.

One of the most popular types among patriotic T-shirts are those with bold slogans on them. Writings on T-shirts are common nowadays. A major feature of T-shirts that lets it stand out in the crowd as an attire is that it is a fantastic medium of self-expression. You can uphold your values, an attitude, a like or a dislike, by wearing the appropriate T-shirt.

Slogans on T-shirts, therefore, are very popular. Patriotic T-shirts have many slogans on them, such as “Joy Bangla”. Quite often you will come across T-shirts where the words constitute of a borrowed line from a rebellious song or poem or the title of these writings used during a revolution in order to ignite the seditious side of people. Sometimes, a whole extract from a song or poem is imprinted, such as the first few lines of Shamsur Rahman's “Shadhinota Tumi” or Nazrul's “Chol Chol”.

Wearing patriotic colours or attire is a good way to carry the legacy. It's a fun way to remind ourselves and to learn about the struggles our forefathers fought for us. Rashed, a Dhaka University student says, “I recently bought a T-shirt that portrayed a few newspaper cuttings of important events that occurred during the time of the Liberation War. It's cool; and I - and others who sees this- learn a little something.”

Indeed, such T-shirts are becoming enormously popular. But what makes patriotic T-shirts so special? Another student opines, “Teenagers all across the world are more or less rebellious. That's how they are. It's in their nature. It's cool to be rebellious. And that's where such T-shirts based on our glorious history comes in!”

Although he might be making an extreme point, he might be at least partially correct. For many young people, patriotism plays a smaller role than does the idea of rebellion or glory. Maybe that's why we have the market flooding with all those Che Guevara T-shirts!

Whether it's due to patriotism or not, this genre of attire has earned a massive appeal. The message of the red-and-green must be carried on. Therefore, hopefully, it will not be just a mere fashion trend that will eventually fade. For once, let a fashion trend last!

By M H Haider
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Models: The Rising Stars team

Ls Pick

switching to

With the most colourful festival in the Bengali calendar, Pohela Boishakh, coming up in less than three weeks, Star Lifestyle is gearing up for the New Year. On a day that not only lends us a fresh lease on life, we retrace our heritage and embrace all that our culture stands for the song, the dance, the food, the attire. This year, Lifestyle returns to our ancient art of metal casting and gives long overdue attention to the metal often marginalised. This year, stash away your gold, set aside your platinum and invest in the simple beauty of silver. Accesorise your pristine whites and crimson reds with sterling or oxidised silver in chunky, ethnic designs and uphold a tradition that has been ours for centuries previous.

Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Model: Chaitee
Makeup: Farzana Shakil
Wardrobe: Susil Bashak
Jewellery: Sonjoy Karmakar

Ls Ideas

Magic with maquillage

With the wild colours of the past wedding season behind us, stylists this time around demand faces that are stripped clean, (or seem to be) and colours and lines that are more natural. Liners, whether for eyes or lips are strictly verboten and the palette is, for the most part, soft and feminine. Read on for tips on faces that are fashion-forward in Spring 2011.

Elegant pastels
Those flowery dresses and flirty sandals find their complement in a pretty pastel face. As the days slowly grow warmer, you can keep your cool in frosty hues of pink. The eyes favour light shimmer and soothing shades of lavender and lilac, with a sweep of volumising mascara for luscious lashes. For lips, go for a cool, sugary pink, topped off with a sparkly gloss.

Orange lips
Perhaps the most surprising and dramatic make-up trend this year will be the bright orange lips that rocked Spring 2011 catwalks. From Marc Jacobs to Marni, everyone seems to have jumped aboard the pumpkin-pouting look. While this one's hard to pull off, if done right, it's sure to turn heads wherever you go. From coral to tangerine, there's a wide spectrum of shades, so experiment till you pick the orange that's right for you.

Gold rush
With the Oscar fever in the air, and the drama of the World Cup tournament, gold is what everyone's going for. Bring the Midas touch to your face with bronze cheeks, dark gold or matte buff lips, and dramatic gold shadow pencil, but keep your colours understated, emphasising only your favourite feature.

Feeling cheeky
Offset the natural look (nude lips and mascara) with a flush of colour on the cheeks for that lush, innocent look. If you're feeling adventurous, go for a splash of bright pink on the centre of the cheeks for that doll-face appearance, but beware; this particular look isn't for everyone. Rosy hues of pink create that sun-kissed look that goes best with a messy up-do, which is also one of this year's most popular hair trends, but more on that later.

Romantic neutrals
Natalie Portman's haunting performance as the troubled ballerina Nina Sayers has captured the imagination of her global audience and already earned her an Oscar. Stylists have been quick to catch on her fresh-faced look, and you can rock a ballerina chic look too.

Go for sheer foundation with only the barest hint of a sheen, and neutral lips. In lieu of eyeliner, add definition to your eyes with a flatbrush and coffee-coloured eyeshadow. Popular nail colours are baby pink, leotard, and nude.

In a nutshell, this season, take a light hand with make-up. Keep your skin moisturised and exfoliated to provide the best canvas for your maquillage, and let your natural beauty do the work for you.

By Bossa Nova

Beauty talk

Nourishing care for dry skin

SADIA MOYEEN Beautician, La Belle, 13/A /2 Kemal Ataturk Avenue, ( 3rd/ 4th fl ) Gulshan -2

If your skin tends to feel stretched and tight, it would be fair to say it's dry. It's caused by too little sebum in the lower layers of the skin and too little moisture in the upper level.

Dry skin can sometimes be itchy after washing and in the worst case, get a little flaky as well. It requires tender loving care as it has a tendency to age prematurely, with emergence of fine lines and wrinkles.

The condition of dry skin can be aggravated by overuse of soaps and toners. It is also greatly affected by exposure to the sun, and central heating and cooling in homes and offices.

Gentle care, concentrating on boosting its moisture level to keep it supple and soft is its greatest requirement. Follow the tips below to ease the dryness of the skin.

#1. Use oil-based, eye makeup removers on a cotton pad and sweep it over the eye area. The oil will soothe away dryness and facilitate easy removal. Do not overuse oil or it may cause puffiness.

#2. A cotton bud can also be used to wipe eyeliner.

#3. Choose a creamy cleanser to ensure that your skin is completely clean. Use upward, outward movements to massage in a circular fashion.

#4. Splash with cool water to rejuvenate and aid circulation.

#5. This is the most important step for dry skin - a nourishing rich cream to seal in the moisture and the upper level of the skin. Opt for a thick cream at night before sleeping or a rich lotion for daytime under make up. Give the moisturiser a few minutes to absorb before applying makeup.

#6. Apply baby oil all over the body and face before stepping into the shower everyday to retain the natural moisture level, basically trapping the all important oil.



This March… tease the sun with your glowing summer skin!

Summer is back and its time to flaunt your favorite summer attire while you hit the outdoors. It is however important to be sun safe and skin smart before you bare your skin in the sweltering summer heat. Being the experts in skin care and understanding the needs of your skin, Kaya Skin Clinic presents a range of services and products, which will make your skin look its best this March!

Dr. Piali Chatterjee, Regional Medical Coordinator- East, Kaya Skin Clinic, says “Bangladesh has a tropical climate most of the year. Even before the mercury rises during summers there is need to take extra special care of your skin.

"The heat, humidity and harsh sun can play havoc causing tanning, pigmentation and sun burns. The skin gets oiler during summer which leads to acne breakouts. Prickly heat and fungal infections aren't uncommon during this season either. In addition to following the basic daily skin care regime of cleansing, toning and moisturising religiously, one must also be careful about the food and water intake. And of course, sunscreen is totally non-negotiable."

Kaya has a range of products and services which will enhance one's basic daily skin care routine and help enjoy flawless and glowing skin all through the season.

Dr. Piali's suggestion for summer skin care is as follows:

Cleanse the skin: The skin sweats more in summer leading to increased dirt and grime. Try to wash the face with plain cool water every few hours. Cleansing is also of utmost importance, in order for grime and other pollutants to be removed completely from the skin.

Toning and moisturising the skin: Toning helps to tighten the pores and prevents spots and pimples. It is recommended as a part of one's nightly skincare routine, after the face has been cleansed. In intense heat, one can refresh the skin even several times a day with a chilled skin tonic. A must for healthy summer skin is to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Staying adequately hydrated flushes out the toxins and keeps the skin looking fresh. If the skin is dry to normal or stressed out by constant exposure to air conditioning make sure you apply moisturiser to the skin before heading out. Otherwise apply the moisturiser at night before bed time on a clean face.

Use sun protection:
For Bangladeshi skin use a broad spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection and at least SPF 15. If on vacation or outdoors, usage of sunscreen with SPF 30 is highly recommended. SPF only measures UVB protection and not UVA; hence one should look for a sunscreen that also provides UVA protection. It takes about 15-20 minutes for any sunscreen to give out complete protection, so apply it at least 20 minutes before stepping out in the sun. The product should be reapplied every 3-4 hours, if one is outdoors for long periods of time. The sun's rays are the strongest between 10 am and 4 pm so it is advisable to limit exposure to the sun as much as possible, during these hours.

Use sunglasses to protect your eyes: Try using an umbrella when you go out in the sun. This will protect your skin and your hair. Bangladeshi skin, especially the lips are prone to darkening and pigmentation. Do use a lip balm with sunscreen to prevent darkening.

Exfoliate your skin:
At the start of the summer exfoliate your skin at least once a week to remove all dead cells and flakes left over from the winter. Exfoliate gently using micro beads as opposed to harsh exfoliation with larger beads as this can injure the skin and make it sun sensitive. After about 4 to 6 weekly exfoliations, bring it down to once in 2 weeks in the summer.

Shower tips:
A cool water shower cools the body and skin temperature and retains oils and moisture in the skin. Don't dry the skin roughly with towel. Gently pat it dry. Do leave some moisture on the skin so that when you apply the moisturiser the skin can absorb it fully and seal it in. Try and catch a shower twice a day, to feel cool and refreshed.

Summer Diet Tips
A light summer diet is recommended, to keep one feeling fresh and hydrated all season long. Foods rich in Vitamin A aid in protecting the skin from the sun. Foods with abundant Vitamin C help in repairing sun-damaged skin. These vitamins can be found in vegetables and fruit including carrots, papaya, black grapes, and green leafy vegetables. Water, freshly squeezed fruit juices, fresh lime water or soda, and light summer salads loaded with plenty of vegetables and fruit are all part of an ideal summer diet.

Don't forget to drink at least 2 litres of water every day.
Compiled by Kaya Skin Clinic, Bangladesh




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