04022019-LSTC-01.qxd 2/3/2019 7:08 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE ‘We’ll be back’ Chris Pratt has confirmed the third instalment of the Guardians of the Galaxy. “I promise there’ll be a third movie, though I don’t know exactly what that’s going to look like.” IANS CHANDIGARH | MONDAY | 4 FEBRUARY 2019 A thread PIC COURTESY: INSTAGRAM that binds us all DESIGNER DUO ABU JANI-SANDEEP KHOSLA HAVE REINVENTED CHIKANKARI INTO A SUMMER WEDDING STAPLE BLUE & BEAUTIFUL US actor Elizabeth Banks arrives for the premiere of The Lego Movie 2 at a theatre in Westwood, California. —AFP Million dollar ink Manpriya Singh B Singer Ariana Grande was offered over a million for tattoo removal A tattoo removal company has offered singer Ariana Grande $1.5 million if she opts for their company for her new tattoo removal. The Thank U, Next hitmaker accidentally paid tribute to a tiny charcoal grill with the Japanese inking she had etched onto her palm last week when she had meant to get the name of her new single 7 Rings. Grande had the tattoo amended from “shrichirin” but it now translates to Japanese BBQ finger and a tattoo removal company has offered to help her remove it. The company sent Grande a letter last week, offering her $1.5 million to star in “one photo/video shoot at a LaserAway location, which will be used in social media, print & viral campaigns”. The letter — signed by company president, Todd Heckmann - also asks the singer for one social media post per month. Ariana’s manager Scooter Braun said, “We have not received this letter, however, if they are willing to send, I’m sure I’d be happy to get a tattoo and then remove it real quick ... for $1.5 million.” —IANS ❝ I STAYED AWAY FROM INDIAN TEXTILES FOR ALL THESE YEARS, BUT I CHOSE TO EXPERIMENT WITH CHIKANKARI BY TAKING IT OUT OF CONTEXT AND NOT JUST MAKING REGULAR SAREES. GAURAV GUPTA ACK in 2010, when Manish Malhotra first put out the craft of chikankari in his collection meant to reinvent the image of traditional thread embroidery, little did he anticipate chikankari turning into couture. Or, did he? With the designer already admitting to wanting to push the boundaries, both for his label and the craft, by translating easy everyday fashion into formal, and even wedding wear cou- Chikankari,the pride of Lucknow, is no longer limited to traditional kurtas. In the hands of designers like Manish Malhotra & Gaurav Gupta, this craft gets a makeover ture. “And we’ve been extremely successful with that attempt.” So much so that designer even spoke about the success of his venture during his visit to Chandigarh, sometime back last year. “The reception that we got with chikankari was something that did not happen even with phulkari because women already owned a piece of phulkari handed down to them as heirloom piece. Whereas this was Alia Bhatt in a chikankari skirt with a taffeta crop top not the case with chikankari.” Not to forget Mijwan Welfare Society, that literally took off, something that happens every time one weds high-end fashion with its roots in ancient crafts. Having been associated with the NGO for over nine years, at the time, he shared, “It is about charity and all that but more than that it is about these women being busy and empowered…From a mere 40 women we have now grown to 300.” Karisma Kapoor in a Manish Malhotra chikankari saree Starting in 2010, each passing season gradually transformed the embroidery synonymous with easy everyday fashion, first to formal wear and later to summer couture. Luxury prêt, if you must. The designer’s Mijwan collection, as showcased at India Fashion Week 2012, saw earthy subdued tones like ivory, crème, dull shades of pink. A practice he pretty much continued with well, into the ninth edition of Mijwan in 2018. Designer Gaurav Gupta, while showcasing his collection at the opening show of the Lakme Fashion Week S/R 2019, spoke about staying away from Indian textiles all these years but giving into the craft of chikankari. Titled The (Un)folding, the collection in the sense was the unfolding of a new idea for him. In this case, the unfolding of a new line of Indian textiles turned A row of receptions! Kapil Sharma hosts yet another star-studded reception in Delhi After marrying his lady love Ginni Chatrath in December, comedian-actor Kapil Sharma hosted a reception in Delhi. It was attended by celebrities like Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mika Singh, Daler Mehndi and Sohail Khan. Kapil took to social media to share a photograph from the party which took place on Saturday. In the photograph, the newlyweds can be seen all decked up in ethnic wear. Kapil chose a blue bandhgala with white trousers accompanied by a white shawl for the occasion while his wife Ginni donned a blue anarkali. “Celebrations are unstoppable. Need your blessings. Gratitude...,” he tweeted along with the image. Singer Mika Singh posted Ginni Chatrath with Kapil Sharma c m y b a video from the gala in which he is seen sitting alongside Kapil and cricketer Yuvraj Singh. Singer Harshdeep Kaur too shared a glimpse of her performance from Kapil and Ginni’s wedding reception. In a video, she can be seen singing Mast Kalandar with Kapil and singer Daler Mehndi. Kapil tied the knot with Ginni in Jalandhar, Punjab, on December 12. A few days later, the couple hosted a reception in Amritsar for their relatives and friends from Punjabi entertainment industry. On December 24, a reception was held in Mumbai that had Bollywood celebrities in attendance. Kapil is currently hosting the The Kapil Sharma Show. into demi-couture garments. “I have stayed away from Indian textiles for all these years. I wanted to experiment with chikankari by taking it out of context and not just making regular sarees again for it to be seen in a different light,” he said on the sidelines of his show. Reportedly it took the designer three months to curate the range which put Lucknowi chikankari on dresses and worked with Benarasi brocade to create deconstructed lehengas. Given the contemporary twist, it’s hard to imagine that the craft originated in the 17th century courts of the Nawabs. The other designer duo to have pushed the boundaries both for the artisans as well as the craft is designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. With the duo catapulting the thread work effortlessly into summer wedding wear and often terming the embroidery as, “Beauty at its most sublime.” We couldn’t agree more. Roma shines bright at Directors Guild Alfonso Cuaron was named best director by his peers on Saturday for his semi-autobiographical film Roma, cementing his front-runner status ahead of the Oscars in three weeks time. In one of the last major Hollywood ceremonies before the Feb. 24 Oscars, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) awarded its top prize to the Mexican director for his criticallyacclaimed movie about a domestic worker in 1970s Mexico. Roma also has 10 Oscar nominations. —Agencies Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron has also been nominated for Oscars for his film Roma. AFP
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