Fashion consciousness has grown in a big way in the last 3-4 years, a fashion analyst told me. And judging by the crowds that throng the week-long Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, it would seem that most middle class citizens, given a chance (or a day pass) want to have a piece of the fashion fraternity tag on their chest, whether they have any clue about couture or not.
The question of affordability or even wearability of the sometimes outlandish designs for the common man on Indian streets is another question.
Twelve contemporary artists including Dilip Sharma, Farad Hussain, Satish Gupta and Nitin Bal Chauhan lent their creative touch to a charity initiative by handpainting ten autorickshaws which will be auctioned at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.
(Flip cam video by Urvashi Sibal) <object classid=”clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000″ codebase=”http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0″ width=”416″ height=”312″ id=”mbox_player_a499ddb61e1ee4c72c”><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.motionbox.com/external/hd_player/type%253Dsd%252Cvideo_uid%253Da499ddb61e1ee4c72c” /><param name=”allowScriptAccess” value=”always” /><param name=”allowFullscreen” value=”true” /><embed src=”http://www.motionbox.com/external/hd_player/type%253Dsd%252Cvideo_uid%253Da499ddb61e1ee4c72c” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” pluginspage=”http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer” width=”416″ height=”312″ allowFullscreen=”true” allowScriptAccess=”always” name=”mbox_player_a499ddb61e1ee4c72c”></embed></object>
Pulitzer prize winning film critic Roger Ebert says he can’t remember a year when it was easier to pick the Oscars.
Iraq war drama “The Hurt Locker”, which has picked up key awards in the run-up to the world’s most prestigious movie awards, is the favourite to bag the Best Picture trophy, with all-time box-office king “Avatar” the other contender.
India’s ruling Congress party and main opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have found themselves on a common platform after Gandhi family scion Rahul Gandhi slammed the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for their tirade against ‘outsiders’ – mainly north Indians – in Maharashtra.
Earlier, BJP president Nitin Gadkari invoked the constitutional right of every Indian to live anywhere, in a snub to erstwhile political ally Shiv Sena, whose agenda is to promote the interest of Marathis, sometimes with violent effect at the cost of non-Marathis, especially those living in Mumbai.