There couldn’t be anything more offensive in fashion than the return of the ‘Platform Sandals’. Ladies are they really in vogue??? If my knowledge of fashion history is right I think it was the 70s – the era of bell-bottoms and floral prints – when the really weird platform shoes were the in-thing. Apparently they’ve been back for a while but seriously I can’t deal with it anymore.
The whole point of wearing high heels is to make your legs look long and slender, and platforms do no such thing. In fact they make your legs look weird and stumpy. Platforms definitely must be more comfy than stilettos or pumps but ladies they really look super Ugg.
Now look at these sexy pumps hand-painted by British artist Boyarde Messenger. He takes his cues from classic fine art paintings. These Arty Shoes are perfect for girls who know their Van Gogh’s from their Piet Mondrian’s and like to take art appreciation on their stride.
The unique arty heels are a Charlotte Olympia design called ‘Dolly’. Olympia enlisted the talents of Boyarde Messenger to create these special edition for Neiman Marcus and Art Basel Miami. The shoes feature extracts from paintings by Jackson Pollock, Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian and pop art legend Roy Lichtenstein.
Latest Bollywood entrant and star-daughter, Shraddha Kapoor recently had a fashion faux-pas moment. At a function, Shraddha wore a black sequined short dress and flesh-toned knickers. Couldn’t really understand the colour choice for the underwear. Wouldn’t black been the apt colour??? Anyway wearing contrast colour panty was a hidden fashion blunder on Shraddha Kapoor’s part but flashing them while sitting definitely was a blatant fashion faux-pas. I fail to understand why can’t they sit ‘propah’ while wearing a short dress.
My dearest Preity Zinta has been busy with IPL and is judiciously present at all the King’s XI Punjab’s matches. She relegiously dons custom-made Kings XI logoed tops and salwar-kameezs. But at one of the recent matches I discovered that PZ has let her belly grow. Must be relieved after PVR agreed to distribute her Ishq In Paris, Preity must be indulging in Punjab’s butter-chicken and dal-makhani. In the picture here PZ’s belly-bulge is very prominent. Poor girl wasn’t aware of the camera on her or else she would had taken a deep breath and sucked in her tummy.
Before media go all crazy about the red-carpet spotting on the grand steps of the Met for the Met Gala at New York tonight, let’s remember the reason it’s all happening: to benefit the Costume Institute’s “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibit, opening to the public on May 9 and goes on until August 14.
Judging by these just-released pictures, the exhibit looks like it’s going to be just as exciting as tonight’s big party. The exhibit looks at punk’s influence on haute couture and ready-to-wear and examines how designers have borrowed the movement’s iconic symbols like safety pins, studs, leather, and rips. The exhibit shows more than 100 designs, from original 1970s punk garments to recent fashion pieces.
Designers featured in the exhibit include Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, John Galliano, former Balenciaga designer Nicholas Ghesquiere, Karl Lagerfeld, Christopher Kane, Miuccia Prada, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Gianni Versace, Yohji Yamamoto, Helmut Lang, Hedi Slimane, and Vivienne Westwood. The exhibit’s galleries are dedicated to the different “heroes” who define the genre. Sid Vicious, for example, is represented in the D.I.Y. gallery, while Malcolm McClaren and Vivienne Westwood are the focus of another area.
Foremost for the uninitiated I should explain the term – ‘Jugaad’ or ‘Jugaadoo’. ‘Jugaad’ is basically manipulation and the person who indulges in ‘Jugaad’ – the ‘Jugaadoo’ in that sense is the manipulator. Delhi is the infamous capital of Jugaad. Everybody is a fixer and they can ‘Jugaad’ you a free VIP seat at IPL Matches, admission in top-notch schools and colleges, and so-on-and-so-forth. This is one of the reasons not many ticketed music shows happen in Delhi as 80% tickets are given out on Jugaad quota and the promoters hardly make any money.
Last week while traveling back from Mumbai to Delhi, I found one such top-notch Jugadoo. It is a well-know gentleman - VC Burman, the Chairman of Dabur Group. I was amazed to see a ‘Sarkari’ Identity Card hung from his neck and sneaked close to see what it was. To my utter surprise, the ID Card was that of ‘Bureau of Civil Aviation Security’. I wondered what VC Burman got to do with Civil Aviation since his company is into food products, Ayurvedic products, insurance (Aviva) and investments. Dabur Group has not even remotely got anything to do with civil avaiation and I am not aware of any expertise that VC Burman posess on security matters.
So why was VC Burman a Member of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security? To enjoy the privilege of sailing through security checks??? I don’t understand why men of such repute need to do ‘Jugaad’ for such trivial benefits. VC Burman is also the Honorary Consul General of Nicaragua, yet another ‘jugadoo’ position that Delhi big-shots clamour for.