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Kimono fashion show set to foster UAE-Japan relations

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Kimono, the traditional dress of Japan with centuries-old history, has seen many revivals, and a fashion show for it in the futuristic city of Dubai could well be the latest such attempt.

Organisers hailing from the Far East nation have announced the Look Up Japan Fashion Show which will revolve around the Kimono and will be held on September 10.

In a long but winding room at the Novotel hotel in the backdrop of the World Trade Centre, Dubai’s first iconic building since the UAE came into being, the ironies were plenty.

A troop of Japanese residents in the UAE came along dressed as a pretty ensemble of Kimonos to show support to the organisers. One of them was an extremely shy and awkward septuagenarian in her late 60s and the mother of the Look Up fashion show director Rytshiko Kaneko.

Businessmen from UAE and Japan were instrumental in bringing the show together and summed up nicely by Huzaifa Ibrahim, the chairman of Global Peace Foundation. “Japan is called the Land of the Rising Sun. Dubai is a country with more than 200 nationalities and we are only happy to co-exist here in the Land of the Future,” he said to a rapturous response especially from the Japanese in the hall.

All but one of the Japanese on the dias could barely converse in English but a translator proved to be the busy link between all parties. Mr Ibrahim set the tone by understanding and took pauses for the nervous translator to get to work.

The main brainchild, the designer Yuko Murakami (pictured above), said she chose Dubai as the venue for her Kimono collection because she is trying to modernise folk fashion in a western style and with modern-day materials using nanotechnology.

There were others who were offering moral or technical support by way of their expertise. Leading businessman Yakoob Al Ali, Pakistani model-singer Azeem Tahir and Hollywood singer Persiana Dulo were some.

Another example of the wide range of cultures in the mix for this event was the choice of the show-stopper. Tall Indian model Ayesha Mulla will be the centre of attraction for the Kimono show.

“It will be my first time, not only my first fashion show out of India, but also my first experience with Japanese culture and I am so excited about it,” Ms Mulla said.

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The Kimono is traditionally worn with a broad sash, called an obi, and is commonly worn with accessories such as zōri sandals and tabi socks.

Sporting a bronzed tan and dressed in a suit, Ms Mulla said she did a trial on the morning of the pre-event announcement and she felt “so good” with the obi giving a hidden boost of confidence to some sorts. The way a person wears their Kimono is known as kitsuke, meaning “dressing” in Japanese.

Ms Mulla has featured lately in the remix video of the old Hindi classic “Ghar aaya mera pardesi” (translation – Home comes my outsider/ foreigner).

Given the enthusiastic response and mutual sentiments in Emirati-Japanese relations, expect to see a lot of kitsukes at the Look Up Fashion Show trying to establish an “at home” feeling in the Land of Future.

Journalist for 25 years with leading publications in India and UAE such as The National, Mumbai Mirror, DNA, Indian Express and former Sports Editor of eIndia.com. Now managing editor of Headline.ae, part of MEMc (https://www.memc.co)

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Fashion Fusion at Abu DhabiT10: Cricket Meets Haute Couture in Sustainable Showcase

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Abu Dhabi T10, cricket’s fastest tournament sets the perfect backdrop for some glitz, glamour and exciting cricket as fans get to experience a one-of kind fashion show in between all of the explosive cricketing action. The Abu Dhabi T10 Fashion show features global names such Reshma & Riyaz Gangji, Naz Maer, Alexandra Kononenko, and Marina Klyueva, who will be showcasing their unique collections to enthrall audiences.

Held between November 28 and December 9, 2023, season 7 of Abu Dhabi T10 aims to intertwine the worlds of cricket and fashion, creating an unforgettable experience for all fans to enjoy.

The fashion shows will provide a refreshing blend of athleticism and haute couture. With a commitment to sustainability, the themes revolve around up-cycling to contribute to the circular economy.

Eachdesigner will present creations that not only showcase their artistic prowess but also highlight the importance of repurposing material to reduce environmental impact. This innovative approach aligns perfectly with the global call for responsible and eco friendly fashion practices.

The intersection of sport and fashion creates a dynamic and engaging experience for our audience. With a focus on upcycling, the aim is to not only celebrate design but also promote sustainability in the fashion industry. Every designer participating in the fashion show will bring more than just garments to the runway; they will bring stories.

Each creation will tell a unique narrative, adding depth and meaning to the showcase. From inspirations to challenges overcome, the audience can expect a journey through the creative minds behind the designs.

In addition to the fashion show, the tournament will feature a lineup of entertainment programs to captivate the audience during breaks between matches. From live performances to interactive experiences, attendees can expect a well-rounded and engaging event that goes beyond the boundaries of cricket and couture.

Please find below the show dates, time and designers:

1.12.2023 (8.10PM) – Brand Fama Clamosa, Designer Alexandra Kononenko
3.12.2023 (8.10PM) – Brands: Luna and Kukli_Doll, Designers: Ludmila Kannunik Marina Klyueva
9.12.2023 (7PM) – Brand Naz Maer , Designer: Naz Maer
9.12.2023 (8.15PM) – Brand: LIBAS , Designer: Reshma & Riyaz Gangji along with Ruchi & Aman Gangji

Abu Dhabi T10 2023 edition, will air across multiple continents with a broadcast on CricLife3 available on Etisalat, Elife IPTV, Switch TV, and Starzplay in the UAE-MENA region, and on

Viacom Sports 18 and Jio Cinema in India.

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Xpressions announces super Warehouse sale in Sharjah

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Xpressions Style has announced its highly popular “Back to Home” Warehouse Sale at the Maliha Road outlet in Sharjah. Following the resounding success of three previous events, Xpressions Style will be offering “an extraordinary shopping experience” while catering to the overwhelming customer demand from June 23 to July 9.

The Warehouse Sale will feature an extensive selection of top-quality products, including cosmetics, fragrances, skincare essentials, haircare items, and trendy fashion accessories. The managers of the event have promised exceptional value and savings to the end users as they rediscover the joy of shopping, especially with the long Eid weekend celebrations being a part of it.

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In addition to the Warehouse Sale, Xpressions Style has established over 40 retail outlets across the UAE. There are stores in renowned shopping destinations such as Dubai Festival City Mall, Burjuman Mall, Al Ghurair Center, City Centre Deira, Jumeirah Circle Mall, and many more.

Since its inception in 1998 in Sharjah, Xpressions Style has grown exponentially, solidifying its presence in all seven emirates of the UAE and Oman, and earning a stellar reputation in the beauty and fashion industry. More information and updates are available on the website or their social media (Instagram handle here).

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Abu Dhabi does star turn again with IIFA 2023

Another sizzling weekend at Yas Island cements city’s reputation as amazing hosts

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Abu Dhabi cemented its reputation as great hosts as the 23rd IIFA) Awards came to an end at the Etihad Arena, where the event was held for a second successive time after drawing praise from the creme de la creme of Bollywood.

The International Indian Film Academy Awards is a celebration of the key achievements from the tinsel town in the year gone by, but attempts are made to take the event to different corners of the world even though the popular industry does not have to. IIFA 2022 was a runaway success because of the excellent hosting arrangements by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi and the reputation was enhanced over the weekend.

Sara Ali Khan looked ravishing in red. Mohammed Asif

The Sobha Realty and NEXA-sponsored IIFA saw star performances, a rain of celebrity glitterati, some veteran names honoured and achievements recognised over two nights of fun and glamour. Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences, joined in as the other key, local collaborator.

The first evening focuses on music and fashion traditionally under the banner of IIFA Rocks. Cue exciting performances by Amit Trivedi, Badshah, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhbir Singh, Palak Muchhal & Iulia Vantur, the touted girlfriend of Salman Khan, the show’s superstar representative icon for Bollywood. The evening programme was presented by Farah Khan and Rajkummar Rao.

The musical spectacular began with a dance performance by Palak Muchhal, who was followed by Farah Khan, who also danced her way on to the stage. Rao entered while playing the song Main Hoon Na, and the two recreated a scene from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, in which they both greeted the crowd and engaged in witty conversation about friendship.

Chauhan, Badshah, Jacqueline Fernandez, Rakul Preet Singh and Nora Fatehi gave enthralling performances later in the evening.

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Awards were given out through the glitzy IIFA statuette across various categories, including in the technical aspects. One of the key highlights of IIFA Rocks was a special collection showcased by Bollywood’s favourite designer Manish Malhotra. The collection reflected ‘old world charm meets the new world’ that was breakthrough and imaginative and had Salman Khan and Nora Fatehi as the showstoppers for the evening.

And the award goes to:

  • Best Picture Category | Drishyam 2
  • Best Direction Category| R Madhavan for Rocketry: The Nambi Effect
  • Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female) | Alia Bhatt for Gangubai Kathiawadi
  • Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male) | Hrithik Roshan for Vikram Vedha
  • Performance In A Supporting Role (Female) | Mouni Roy for Brahmastra: Part 1 – Shiva
  • Performance In A Supporting Role (Male) | Anil Kapoor for Jug Jugg Jeeyo
  • Music Direction | Pritam for Brahmastra: Part 1 – Shiva
  • Playback Singer (Female) | Shreya Ghoshal for the song Rasiya from Brahmastra: Part 1 – Shiva
  • Playback Singer (Male) | Arijit Singh for the song Kesariya from Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva
  • Best Story (Original) | Parveez Sheikh and Jasmeet Reen for the film Darlings
  • Best Story (Adapted) | Aamil Keeyan Khan and Abhishek Pathak for Drishyam 2
  • Lyrics | Amitabh Bhattacharya for the song Kesariya from Brahmastra: Part 1 – Shiva
  • Best Debut – Female, Khushali Kumar for Dhoka Around the Corner
  • Best Debut – Male, Shantanu Maheshwari for Gangubai Kathiawadi and Babil Khan for Qala

 

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