10LS01A.qxd 9/9/2012 7:48 PM Page 1 monday | september 10 | 2012 | chandigarh TRIBUNELIFE+STYLE FABULOUS AT 40 She is known for a fit body and hosting abilities. A regular at the gym, Mandira Bedi talks about her health and fitness at 40. She says that she exercises five to six times a week and that is what keeps her in shape. PAGE 2 Þ HIGH ON LIFE Bipasha Basu is enjoying all the attention showered on her for her role and performance in Raaz 3. The movie has got a good opening too and the actress is enjoying the success. She is being praised for her acting. PAGE 3 Þ SAILING THROUGH THE SCHOOL STRESS What is so stressful about school years? Anxiety about school can come from several factors. If you are noticing school jitters in your child, you should know where your child's anxiety is coming from and what can be done about it. PAGE 4 Þ WHAT’S COOKING WITH RANI MUKERJI? Rani Mukerji says that all the Khans love her and she is excited about all the movies she is doing. In Aiyya, she plays a girl called Meenakshi, a Maharashtrian who agrees to get married according to the wishes of her family. PAGE 3 Þ GO WITH THE FLOW From short to knee-length, long maxi-dresses to gowns, kaftans are the latest craze in the fashion circles Ashima Batish It all changed last year. Post the success of prêt and couture, the Indian fashion industry woke up to the demand of a third segment. Later, India Resort Fashion Week was organised in Goa. Dedicated to what comprises holiday, lounge, evening… in simplest terms leisure-wear, the week flaunted names like Shantanu Nikhil and Narendra Kumar. While the trickle-down effects of a fashion week are seen for the next several seasons, what specifically came out of this one was kaftan. The length kept varying though from short to knee-length, long maxi-dresses to gowns. Originally a Persian costume, kaftans have been put to optimal use! Going West Kaftans gained popularity when the Middle-East began to have an influence on the fashion industry worldwide. It was one of the outcomes of liberal trade policies of the Arab nations. The outfit forayed on the ramps of India much later after its ‘style potential’ was discovered around the world, especially in the West (it hapFLUID DESIGNS: A kaftan shirt by Pallavi Jaipur and a dress by Pankaj and Nidhi A script well-written Screenwriter-cum-lyricist Niranjan Iyengar is upbeat about his upcoming projects Student of the Year and Heroine same set of people as a film journalist, Niranjan followed There are two kinds of people his other good friend Manish in the world — those who do Malhotra into designing. what they love and those who Three years on, it was with learn to love what they do. the book The Making of KabNiranjan Iyengar certainly hi Khushi Kabhie Gham that falls in the latter category. he turned towards the films. This journalist-turned“Designing gave me a good designer-turned-screenwriter- grasp on the outer appearlyricist is on a high, not just ance of the film, which cerbecause his two comtainly comes handy,” pletely different says Niranjan. His kind of films — films have done Student of the well at BO, Year and Heroine songs like Teri — are about to Kali Kali release, but also Ankhiyon Se, because he comNoor E Khuda, pletes ten years in Tere Naina Tere the film industry. Naina and How does it feel? WORDSMITH: Niranjan Shukran Allah “I am glad on have found being part of the industry for their own fan club. What ten long years. Two films works with the audience? “ releasing together; well, that What I believe is that its honhappened with Kal Ho Naa esty of your story clicks with Ho and Jism as well,” he says. the masses,” he says. Been part of films like Paap, Any favourites? “Kal Ho Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Naa Ho and Jism will remain Fashion, Kurbaan and My close to my heart. Apart from Name Is Khan as a dialogue them, whichever film I am writer and also a lyricist, working on is my pet, making Niranjan has enjoyed a long Student of the Year and Heroinnings with director Karan ine my current favourites.” In Johar. What makes you two fact, he had to rewrite some of click? “I would say our work the dialogues for Heroine all has benefitted from our over again when his laptop friendship,” says Niranjan, was stolen and he had no who has been friends with back up. “That was bit of a Karan Johar long before he bummer but things turned turned director and him a out well in the end, which screenplay writer. Tired of anyway, always do,” he finishasking same questions to the es on a positive note. Mona EASY DRESSING: A kaftan by Jai and Parvesh pened there in 1950). Today, almost every international designer has used kaftans as a part of their collections and Indian designers are not far behind. Jai Parvesh, fashion designer duo, was one of the first few to introduce the concept of resortwear and kaftans in 2006. “At that time, many famous designers in India enquired about resort-wear from us or how a kaftan fits into it. Today, we have a fashion week dedicated to it, where we see an assortment of kaftans,” says Jai. He adds that the demand is still a hundred times more in the Western markets, but India will catch up ON THE CELEBRITY RADAR Recently Jennifer Lopez was spotted in a kaftan dress when she went out with boyfriend Casper Smart. Back home, Poorna Jagannathan and Neha Dhupia flaunted a similar Gaurav Gupta creation in bird print. gradually, “Do we have a choice? It’s the most comfortable outfit for Indian summer. As for parties, it makes for an experimental choice.” Hide the flab The best example is of Aishwarya Rai, who wore a Roberto Cavalli kaftan gown during her last outing at Cannes. The outfit dutifully hid all the flab - a characteristic that makes kaftans a hit with designers and their buyers. The age-group of clients, as a result, becomes wider. Admits Charu Parasher, in whose last and recent collection, kaftans occupy a prominent place, “Kaftans have very fluid silhouettes that don’t highlight the wrong parts of the body; instead they hide them all. They are an alternative to body-hugging, fitted dresses that were once thought as the best bet for parties.” Host of options Variations in length, fabric and designs make kaftans a versatile attire. It can be worn on a beach with bikini, paired up with tights at a formal occasion, teamed up with a belt on a party or can be kept simple, just the added length will make it apt for a red-carpet event. Pankaj and Nidhi, the fashion designer duo, swears by the costume with which they have created different versions. “The silhouette remains more or less the same, yet the look of it has to be different depending on the occasion.” Unlike a fitted dress, it provides ample space to showcase their creativity. “What we can do on a voluminous kaftan, we can’t on a well-fitted dress. The scope is less and so is the space. When a kaftan is used as the canvas, a designer can create a lot.” Bright future From resort-wear to prêt line and now to couture, kaftans have come a long way. They are becoming a part of trousseau with heavy additions of embellishments and embroideries. Pallavi Jaipur, during her second season at the recently concluded Wills India Lifestyle Fashion Week, included a kaftan shirt in her collection. “But that’s not about it. The kind of rage they are becoming, I won’t be surprised if designers include a piece or so in the next season of couture week as well.” Those looking for a change certainly won’t mind it. firstname.lastname@example.org
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