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Menz Club winter collection

Winter is knocking at the door. Menz Club has taken fashion for the youth and has made it richer through incorporating the fusion of stripes and single solid colours, and introducing new formal and casual blazers made from thick materials.

Besides these, Menz Club is offering new designs for casual shirts, exclusive patterned pants, jeans, and shoes suitable to be worn in winter. These trendy collections will be available at all outlets in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet.

Sadakalo's winter exhibition starts

To advance your winter fashion, fashion house Sadakalo has arranged an eight-day exhibition, "Elo Je Shiter Bela", of its winter collection at 'La Gallery' of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka at Mirpur Road, Dhanmondi.

The inauguration ceremony was held on November 17. Shawls of various designs, ponchos and some special winter attires for boys and girls are available at the exhibition. Different materials like wool, khadi and cotton are used in these outfits keeping the chills of winter in mind.

Maintaining the sequence of Sadakalo's theme, it has created shawls for women's saris and shawl and uttoriyos for men's panjabis. Kantha, an item inseparable from winter and the heritage of traditional Bangladesh, is also a dominant part of this exhibition.

The exhibition will be open from 3:00pm to 9:00pm from Monday to Thursday, 9:00am to 12:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday. Sunday will be closed.

The inauguration ceremony was accompanied by a cultural session where different celebrities of the cultural arena were present.

By Mahtabi Zaman


Banarashi magic

With the wild summer heat and choking humidity behind us (or should we touch wood just to be sure?), it's time for you to think past the breathy cottons and reach, instead, for thorough-er materials. If you were born somewhere in the 80s and even 90s, chances are you share Bangladesh's rekindled love for deshi weaves. But let's be honest, even if you have made your peace with the silk/khaadi/kataan comebacks, banarashis still scare you silly.

You can't quite forget that young aunt or older cousin who very nearly collapsed under the weight of a sack-thick sari embellished from border to border when she got married fifteen years ago. But here's the good news: times have changed. And so have saris.

Marketeers have been wise (and thank heavens for their wisdom) enough to tweak heritage saris such that they retain their classic appeal, but come in lighter, brighter, more weight efficient packages. Banarashis, like katan, have been reinvented to adapt to current preferences and become, for the most part, more wearer-friendly. Light luxuriant weaves are both available and affordable and fear not, embellishments too, can be as sparse as you desire.

Traditional saris have been winter favourites for a few seasons past, and judging by preemptive trends, they're here to stay. As winter rounds the corner, it might not be such a bad idea to stock up on evening wear that you can substitute between weddings and al fresco barbeques. Brave the banarashis and dress them up with fuss-free, complementary blouses in three-quarter sleeves for formal events or pair them with savvier, sleeveless ones for more casual dinners. An easy way to sneak some breeziness into your ensemble is to experiment with transparent, muslin blouses in base colours. But don't let the dominance of dinner reservations fool you into buying a closet-full of dark saris; soft feminine hues in mauve, turquoise and lavender work just as well. This does not go to say we've had our fill of crimsons and emerald greens, because we haven't. The trick is to bend the rules and accommodate both.

If you are keen to beat Dhaka traffic and contain your shopping in one zonal area, Mirpur Banarashi Palli has all of the above and some. Pop into Manick Banarashi Ltd for options that range from evening wear saris for both casual and black-tie events to one-off signature pieces for brides-to-be and their closest circle of trust.

Be a little brave this winter and open your mind to the potential of banarashi. Who's to say how you might be surprised?

-LS Desk
Photo Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Model: Esha
Makeup and Styling Farzana Shakil
Wardrobe: Manick Banarashi Limited
Section-10, Block-A, Lane-9, House-1
Mirpur Banarashi Palli


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