Wednesday, January 15, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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DUTA to hold dharnas

New Delhi, January 14
Irked by the inordinate delay in the rehabilitation of Dr M N Singh’s family, the Delhi University Teachers’ Union (DUTA) has decided to hold dharnas to register their protest and threatened to boycott even exams. DUTA has called for a two-hour dharna on January 15 at all colleges across the city.

The protest comes in the wake of what they allege is the “insensitive delay” by the university in taking measures to rehabilitate the family of Dr Singh who was shot dead by a former student on the college premises. TNS



Madame Madhuri, the cosmetician
Smriti Kak

Cosmetician Vandana Luthra accepting the Social Accountability 8000 certification in the filed of beauty, health and fitness.
Cosmetician Vandana Luthra accepting the Social Accountability 8000 certification in the filed of beauty, health and fitness.

MADHURI Dixit’s plans for the New Year may not exactly be music to the ears of some herbal cosmetic corps. Encouraged by the response to the Emami cosmetic line and to her new avatar as an entrepreneur, the actress has announced her foray into the herbal cosmetic sector.

The actress will soon launch a second line of products with herbal ingredients for the Emami group. The buzz is that the actress has undergone research in the use of herbs and is using her new-found knowledge to the maximum.

Among the new herbs that were being researched for potential use, Madhuri has discovered a new herb with antiseptic properties. The herb that is found in New Zealand is now being processed for the production of manuk oils. The company has been directed to study how the oil is going to be used in the new cosmetic range.

The actress, who is currently in Denver, is reported to be, “constantly exchanging thoughts with the research team at Emami”. The brainstorming sessions are about the formulations that the actress has read and wants incorporated into her line, ‘Beauty Secrets by Madhuri’.

What’s more the mother-to-be is also conscious of the effects of cosmetics on expectant mother, “so research is being carried out with this section of consumers in mind.”

With the actress getting beneath the skin of her latest role the company, which is eyeing the Indian settled abroad apart from the domestic market is expecting to register a neat sum.

Limelight looks

A stunning sequin from Wills Sports.
A stunning sequin from Wills Sports.

For the winter, Wills Sports has envisaged what they call is the ‘Limelight Look’. The new collection, which comes in after the ‘Radiant Look’, is an ensemble of trendy styles using leather, sequins and crystals.

The collection features Denim Rock Skirts, Rock Leather Jackets and crystal laced scoop neck tees in stunning fits for women. Men can steal the show in stretch party pants and stretch knit shirts in shimmering threads and stylish zig-zag seam stitches.

The collection offers, ‘Stretch Party Knit Polo’, which is fashioned from the finest cotton, rayon, nylon and Lycra. A striking reverse knit on the yoke and bold engineered stripes in Black & Burgundy.

Next in line is the ‘Sequin Embroidered Knit Tee’, a blend of rayon and nylon with sunny stitch embroidery. A boat neck and glimmering sequins are used to make it perfect for an evening out.

Dream designs for men

A model showcasing an outfit of Shashank Devsare.
A model showcasing an outfit of Shashank Devsare.

It is a homecoming for designer Shashank Devsare, who is making inroads into the domestic apparel market. The designer after having sold his creations to consumers abroad is now launching a series of his signature stores across the country.

Says the designer, “It is the day and age of fashion consciousness men in smaller metros look for as much class in their clothes as the residents of Delhi or Mumbai.”

It is for this reason the designer has ventured into cities like Chandigarh, Bangalore and Kolkata. “We look at a lateral growth with stores mushrooming in all India’s metros.”

‘Vaibhav – Shashank’, the brainchild of Shashank is a label dedicated to design clothes that, “fit the connoisseur’s taste palette”. The designer’s philosophy is, “catering to individual tastes with a universal design sense that captures the classicism of yesteryears in a chic silhouette that personifies today.”

A hands on designer who, “crafts dream designs for men”, Shashank received his training in design from NIFT. After apprenticing with leading labels like ‘Villa Appearances and Study By Janak’, he went onto to establish his own label Vaish.

The designer then steeped onto the western shores and placed himself in couture markets in London, New York, Canada and South Africa.

Describing his work as, “eclectic, dramatic, verbose, prolific”, Shashank crafts a myriad looks for the tasteful man. His range includes sporty shirts to club wear, from leather jackets to chic day wear to black tuxedos. The designer also offers trousseaus for the grooms. For the season Shashank has used a host of moods, including the shine of the club range with the colours getting verbose and bright to psychedelic.

The designer has also dabbled with leather; there is a whole range of leather pants for those who care to sport them for the hip look. As for formal wear the look is elegant and classic with beige’s and browns interspersing effectively with bold blacks and blues.

For the grooms the designer offers, “minimalism is of the essence and embroidery just a sutradhar of the look of festive charm. Working on kasab, dabka and diamond glitter the men’s wear look for the groom is elegance personified.”

Jewellery show

Shyla Lopez wears 'The Princess' from Janhavi.
Shyla Lopez wears 'The Princess' from Janhavi.

A jewellery line that has been inspired by the three royal ladies was recently exhibited in the Capital’s Marriot Hotel. Jewellery designer Jahanavi’s ‘The Princess’ Sojourn’ is inspired by Noorjehan, Empress Josephine and Princess Grace.

Reason. The women exemplified beauty and taste. Their jewellery was for posterity and reflected their personality. Taking a cue from the splendour of the blue blood, the designer has crafted pieces that are reminiscent of the Mughal grandeur, the art inlaid work patronised by the Victorians and the contemporary look that finds favour with the Moroccan royalty.

The three-day exhibition in the Capital had models showcasing the glitter of the precious stones. More than a 100 pieces were put on display.

For your lush lips

Elle 18’s new range of make-up, ‘Guesswork’ is for those who wish to spend time, energy and moolah in applying make-up that won’t show. The latest collection claims that, “it will leave people guessing what colour you are wearing”.

Aimed to lure the college girls, the cosmetic range is tagged at an affordable price.

A debutante

A pass-out from Jamia Millia Islamia, Nasreen Mirza is awaiting her debut film, ‘Kaash Hamara Dil Pagal Hota’. The film with an equally weird storyline, is about five tapori girls out to con five mad (read lunatic) Princes.

Nasreen who plays the lead in the movie claims to have done eight different roles in Sanjay Khan’s Mahabharata!


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