Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Will Didi inaugurate the 2nd Kolkata Fashion Fair 2011?

The Second Kolkata International FAshion Fair will start at Kolkata Ice Scating Rink on 21st June 2011. Just three weeks ahead.

Apparel and Clothing will constitute the main objects of exhibits.

A part of sales promotion.

Apparel and Clothing industry is very labor-intensive. We can expect it to generate substantial real employment.

Kolkata is a heavily populated city, facing extreme unemployment. We should welcome similar Fashion shows more and more, if these are going to help Kolkata to cind a niche in International Garment Markets.

The Organisers may invite the new Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms. Mamta Banerjee to inaugurate the Show. We need not say that she will be very enthusiastic to cut the green ribbon. The Industry also may expect some sops from her. She may probably agree for anything except rural lands for establishment of SEZs.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

BEER MAN RUNS THE RAMP

HBIMFF
Haywards Black India Men's Fashion Fair took place at Bangalore in Oct. 2007.
There was a dumping of cosmetics, garments, and ornaments for males, including nose rings.

BRANDS UNDER SHOW
Adelchi, Allen Solly, Dockers, Levi's, Louise Phillippe, Van Heussen etc.
Bare Body Essentials. etc.

INTERPRETATIONS, OBSERVATIONS, COMMENTS
The beerman decides what Indian males have to wear.

If male nose rings have come, how can males lag behind in wearing flowers?

WHAT ACTUALLY ADORNS AN INDIAN MALE?

The 7th Century Sanskrit Poet Bhartrihari answers this very forcefully. Of course it may not have any value today. :

Real beautifiers are not: necklaces shining like moon;
Baths with cosmetics and flowers;
Hair dressing and styles;
Only a purified language and speech adorns a person.
All other ornamentation will degenerate and perish.


Keeyuuraan` na bhuush`ayanti purusham haaraa na candrojjvalaa
Na snaanam na vileepanam na kusumam na alamkrutaa muurdhajah
Vaan`y eekaa samalamkaroti purusham yaa sanskrutaa dhaaryate
kshiiyante khalu bhuushashaan`anii satatam vaag bhuushan`am bhuushan`am

Thursday, October 25, 2007

NOSE RINGS

Hitherto, wearing nose rings and ear rings is by and large a female bastion.

The Deccan Chronicle, Hyderabad, Print Edition, published a photo of a male model wearing a nose-ring on his left nostril. The ring was fastened to an ornament on the left ear, by means of a chain running along the cheeks. The chain has some tiny bells also. The ornament is white in color presumably either of Platinum or silver.

Place: Men's Fashion Fair 2007, Bangalore.
Date : Oct. 24, 2007.
Designed by: Shri Rohit Bal.
Cost/Price: Not known.

The photo is very amusing. With a strong urge to a give a link to our readers, I made a long search on the Net for an electronic edition of the news. Unfortunately, I could not trace.

COMMENTS
We cannot find fault with the designer because he works in a competitive environment. But the designer is said to be a seasoned veteran, with his photo featured in TIME Magazine.

NO NORMATIVE CRITICISM
I do not want to indulge in a criticism involving "NORMs" of what fashion should be or should not be.

PROBABILITIES OF WORLD MALES WEARING NOSE RINGS
We see on TV, not only male models, but also film heros, cricketers, et al wearing ear rings, on both the ears or on a single ear. Late N.T. Rama Rao, screen idol and Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh used to sport an ear pendant studded with stone. Whatever the heros and the Cricketers do, the Indians copy more or less blindly.

CUMBERSOME
Whether fashionable or not nose rings are cumbersome to wear. Thousands of women in India discontinued using nose ornaments, particularly nose rings linked to ears. Only rich women wear them on ceremonial occasions.

HISTORY OF SLAVERY
Even today, in India shrew cattle and rams are quite often fastened with a rope running through their nostrils and pulled, so as to control them and make them move. In the early years of Indian history, human slaves both and female might have been fastened through a nasal rope and ring. Over hundreds of years, it might have developed into metalic ornaments. Traditionally, women were considered the property of the men, and most of their ornaments have the central element of CHAIN AND RING.

MALE NASAL ORNAMENTS IN MYTHOLOGY
Lord Krishna serves as the best model for a wearer of a nasal ring. He used to wear a pearl, as per the following Sanskrit verse.

Kastuurii tilakam lalaat`a falakee
Vaksha sthalee kaustubham,
Nasaagree nava mauktikam
kara talee veen`um, karee kankan`am ...


CONCLUSION
Nose piercers, ear piercers and goldsmiths will get some work to do.