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OUTLOOK Monday 26 February, 2018
These Cats Brook No Nonsense

Eminently wearable gowns, dresses, skirts and sarongs—in cascades of ora­nges, pinks, blues, gold, velveteen violet and white flowers—descended in wave upon wave at the New York Fashion Week. The NIFT Delhi-trained Nepali designer Prabal Gurung was partly inspired by India’s fearless band of women vigilantes, the Gulabi Gang. His opening and closing models? Current ramp goddesses Gigi and Bella Hadid.

Showman And Emperor

Look sharply, then look again, for this is grey eminence  at its ripest. While most of his contemporaries have dropped away, Dilip Kumar, 95, inspires with mere presence. Shahrukh’s acting owes more to Dilipsaab than is openly acknowledged. He paid his idol a visit recently.

Smiling At You, Kid

Dare to dream of a fun thing in India and cha­n­ces are you’d be dragged to court by a litigant group. Milli­ons were ent­­­r­anced by the cha­rms —that smile, those brows, and yes, the kohl-lined winks—of young Priya Prakash Varrier in the song Man­ikya Malaraya Poovi. But alas, some Hydera­badis sniffed blasphemy in the lyrics, and ran to court. Hope their spoiler is thrown out.

His Smile Won’t Melt Butter? Bah!

Fraudsters often have this insatiable penchant for high glamour. Such is the tale of Nirav Modi: jewellery designer, high-flier and now a fugitive who has left PNB in the lurch. Yet till recently, Bollywood and lesser Holly­w­ood wore his glitters with glee. Here, at the inauguration of his store in NY, Lisa Haydon and Nimrat Kaur sport Modi’s trinkets.

Hear This: Make Daddy Laugh

Their last outing before the camera was the ill-fated Ajooba, but Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh would hope that 102 Not Out recaptures the magic of Naseeb and Amar Akbar Anthony. A centenarian father who puts his 75-year-old boring son in an old age home? Why, this has the kernel of a laugh-riot. We’ll wait for May 4.

She’s On A Lively Pitch

This is stuff you don’t read in dry-as-dust sports pages: starlet Elli Avram, she of Greek-Swedish descent, is quite the companion for Hardik Pandya—on tours, in parties, by his side at a wedding.... The denials we won’t repeat, but would only express a wish: that one with so irreproachable a taste in jumpsuits shouldn’t colour her hair in streaky blue like him.

This Too Happened

After a grassroots women’s group asked guests at the Grammys to wear a white rose in support of the #MeToo movement, the Brit awards  leaves it to its attendees to decide whether they would want to wear a white rose pin, calling it a “symbol of solidarity, which we invite them to wear, if they so choose”.

  • Italy, all of a sudden, has overtaken Provence, Switzerland and grand European chateaus as the destination for celebrity Indian weddings. Preparations were afoot at the Villa del Balbianello on the impossibly picturesque Lake Como for the nuptials of Deepika and Ranveer, a duo who looks no less handsome than the fancy environs of their grand day on November 14 and 15. We hope Como lives up to their dreams.
  • Shillong-based Big-Ri (left) is a sharp card, a founder of hip-hop group Khasi Bloodz. Meba Ofilia’s style—note the robust armbands—is also steeped in hip-hop and R&B. The music they make together, like the edgily rusty Ambassador they choose as a prop, takes you unawares. The duo won the Best India Act for Done Talking at the 2018 Europe Music Awards, held in Barakaldo, Spain.
  • It’s curious that Sachin should be made ambassador for UNICEF’s ‘hand washing initiative’ and packed off to roofy Bhutan. But, ever the sportsman, he’s taken it in a batsman’s stride. The beneficiary is Bhutan’s national cricket team, and this lanky, teenaged batter.
  • Haute, they have always bel­ie­ved, is a seven-hued thing, and the cause of the LGBTQ has alw­ays been dear to the fashion fraternity. A parliament of forty designers conjured up the ‘Rain­bow’ show to celebrate the rec­ent junking of Article 377. Red mascara and blue-glittered coi­­ffure caught the eye; so did a message of love across a bare back.
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