British Airways’ film extravaganza, Silent Picturehouse, celebrated the centenary of Indian cinema in Mumbai last week, with Arjun Rampal, Malaika Arora Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Mandira Bedi, Chitrangda Singh, Minissha Lamba, and Sophie Choudry among the red-carpet VIPs.
The event, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai, had Bollywood screenings in three cinemas over the December 16ā18 period, showing Dharma Productions’ Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, among others, hand-picked by Karan Johar, the film director and producer. The films were played in a space that re-created the in-flight entertainment experience. Guests tuned in to the movie of their choice and wore wireless headphones while seated in the environment of a traditional cinema.
Bedi said, āSilent Picturehouse was an exciting and unique experience brought by British Airways. I was curious to know I would travel the world from my seat as the invite said but I must say I quite enjoyed it. Great experience.’ Arbaaz Khan, meanwhile, called it ‘a fab experience’.
Said Malaika Arora Khan, ‘I was quite curious about the concept of British Airwaysā Silent Picturehouse and how it would work. I really enjoyed the experience of indulging in British Airwaysā hospitality whilst watching some of the biggest super hits of Bollywood. This is something we enjoy on our long-haul flights when we travel with British Airways. A unique cinematic experience to remember!’
Kapoor noted, ‘I had a great time at British Airways’ Silent Picturehouse to commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema. It was definitely a unique experience, something I have not experienced or seen anywhere before this. Itās important to keep your audience in mind while introducing initiatives for them and like Bollywood, British Airways does a great job of that. Itās fun to be here tonight.’
Another supporter, former model and Miss India-turned-designer Queenie Dhody, got to showcase her line of jewellery at Silent Picturehouse.
The after-party took place at AER Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel, with teas from Twinings.
The Silent Picturehouse concept was created by British Airways in 2010 and was originally used to mark its partnership with BAFTA.
This week’s stylish Instagram moments include the absolutely stunning supermodel and former Victoriaās Secret “Angel” Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. This shot shows Rosie looking like a 1960s bombshell with big hair, winged lashes and a vixen-like expression: this look really suits her! Another awesome make-up look this week is from Miroslava Duma, who has become a regular in my Instagram fashion round-ups. Fashion writer Miroslava looks effortlessly chic and radiant in a tan sweater with a wavy bob, glowing skin and wine-red lips.
My mani-gram this week is off DJ Bip Lingās Instagram. I have never been a fan of square nails until nowāIām really getting behind these ones, and they look awesome! And in a fabulous powder-pink tone, no less.
Aussie clothing label Friend of Mine posted a vintage pic of Drew Barrymore. The ā90s shot shows Drew looking funky and truly banginā in a black bra with a chunky cross necklace showing off her body. Her smile here is the real winner though, so beautiful and natural. Speaking of beautiful, this week, the Olsen twins’ label, the Row, posted a once-again vintage image from photographer Richard Avedon. The pic shows the model in a ā60s-type pose with a dramatic-sculpted floral dress.
One of my girl-crushes, actress Mila Kunis, posts a pic of herself this week looking utterly stylish in double denim. Mila pairs this with a smoky-eye, a slim gold bracelet and an indie-style black hat. Another stylish lady is shot by Australia’s Lover the Label. The mystery lady wears Loverās limited-edition recut of the Rosebud Halter DressāI want one!
My Instagram pic this week is shot on Lucire publisher Jack Yanās deck. Iām very casual in Dutch label Nanushka boxer shorts, a vintage grey marle T, my usual jewellery, OPI classic red nails and, finally, January 6 plaforms (January 6 is Aussie shoe label Beau Coops’ diffusion range). And thatās a wrap!āAnna Deans
Photographer Cat Garcia is behind a new book, Our Time, which showcases 60 of the UK’s most inspiring people, including pop artist Sir Paul Smith, Bella Freud, Sir Peter Blake, Kate Moross, Fergus Henderson, Polly Morgan, Giles Deacon, Gavin Turk, Beatrix Ong, Julie VerhÅven, Robbie Honey and Gary Card.
Garcia spent a day with each of her 60 subjects, which included designers, photographers, restaurateurs, filmmakers, curators and others, capturing what the publisher calls ‘a flash of insight into the day-to-day stories of Britain’s creative generation.’ Our Time has been curated by Olivia Triggs, founder of the Breed agency, and edited by Anthony Leyton. The words themselves have been provided by Nick Knight, Lulu Kennedy, Dita Von Teese, Tracey Emin, Livia Firth and others. Liz Farrelly served as editorial consultant.
The 252 pp. volume is limited to 1,000 copies, printed by London’s SPM Print on premium, tactile, uncoated paper from G. F. Smith.
Preview pages can be seen at thisisourtimebook.com. The book is released on February 24.
In this week’s fashion Instagram round-up I have first included my new obsession: Australian model Bambi (Steph) Northwood-Blyth. Here Bambi takes a bathroom selfie in super-cute retro overalls and a white sweater underneath. The other model featured this week is Texas-born 17-year-old Binx Walton. The spring ā14 up-and-comer looks airport-chic in a black-on-black outfit.
In European style this week, I have first included my favourite French style icon, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. She looks smashing in a shoot for Vogue EspaĆ±a in a white-on-white ensembleāno doubt my favourite trend of the week. Also included is street-style mogul Caroline de Maigret. De Maigret is posted on the street by Jak & Jilās Instagram which is known to be shot by captivating street photographer Tommy Ton.
Over the ditch in Australia this week, super-stylish Big Brother Australia housemate Tully Smyth looks effortlessly chic in a black T and ā90s-style choker. This is paired with minimal make-up and a pulled-back bun, the classic Aussie style I have come to know and love. Sara Donaldson from Aussie blog Harper and Harley is spotted wearing, once again, white-on-white. She wears a Josh Goot dress paired with simplistic and strappy Windsor Smith heels.
My new label-obsession this week is Spell Gypsy Collective, which is based in Byron Bay, Australia. Spell has posted this shot of a stunningly stylish customer wearing their new Indian Summer Romper. I can’t wait for my Spell Coconut crochet skirt to arrive!
Finally, I have been encouraged to include some of my style from the week, so I have finally jumped on the Instagram bandwagon. Here I am at the Lucire office on casual Friday, wearing vintage Levi cut-offs, a black leotard, Topshop boutique flatforms and a vintage kimono from one of my favourite local shops, Jetsetbohemian. For more of my personal style follow me on annabohemio. And that’s a wrap!āAnna Deans
Carrera y Carrera may have spent a good part of the last 12 months targeting the Chinese market with its snake-themed designs, but it’s also captured the imagination of younger celebrities. It pointed out today to Lucire that Modern Familyās Sarah Hyland chose its Granada ring for the premiĆØre of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire recently in Los Angeles, which we showed in our Lucire TV snippets.
Meanwhile, the British Fashion Council announced that seven of London’s emerging designers will receive sponsorship to show in the autumnāwinter 2014 shows at London Fashion Week (February 14ā18), from Newgen, sponsored by Topshop. They are 1205, Marquesā Almeida, Lucas Nascimento, Simone Rocha (below), Ryan Lo, Claire Barrow, and Danielle Romeril.
In Wellington, a new lingerie brand, Now or Never, has launched, founded by Emma Lodge and Olivia Lacey, using exclusively silk fabrics. They’ve had the good taste to approach Sarah Burton (the Wellington photographer) and model Ella Esau for their launch images (bottom), and appear to be growing organically, with online sales their first retail channel.
In Birmingham, Bohem has launched experimental jewellery for nails, envisaging that a celebrity such as Rihanna might don its latest design, called ‘Nails for the Stars’ (left). No word on whether Rihanna has gone for it, though it’s certainly a clever way to get noticed.
This week’s Instagram round-up first consists of some local posts. Lucireās incredible fashion editor, Sopheak Seng, has outdone himself again this week with a shoot produced by Arcana Imperii for Industry New Zealand’s Men’s Hairdresser of the Year 2014 finalist Michael Beel’s collection. Be sure to check out the shoot. On our Lucire Instagram we have featured the newly crowned and truly stunning Miss France, Flora Coquerel.
Over in LA, blogging mogul Geri Hirsch from Because I’m Addicted posts an image of her eco-friendly and also very chic wrapping technique. Her presents look effortlessly festive in brown paper with ribbon, twine and a sprig of lavender. I myself chose brown paper this year and perhaps I was more trendy than I thought. The fashion event of the week was surely Chanel’s Dallas rodeo club show. I have included two posts from this prestigious event. First, renowned fashion writer Derek Blasberg posts a hot pic with total-babe actress Lily Collins who wore a V-neckline dress embroidered with pink- and grey-painted sequins, a grey suede skirt and grey suede boots, from the Chanel autumnāwinter 2013ā14 haute couture collection.
My favourite style icon, Russian writer Miroslava Duma is spotted in Dallas looking chic-as-hell here in a navy jacket, a pink poofy skirt and a silk scarf thrown over her head in a vintage style.
Another event worth noting was attended by my favourite Italian, Margherita Missoni. Missoni snaps Zac Posen, Uma Thurman and Dita von Teese attending host Posen’s dinner at Mr Chow. My weekly Victoria’s Secret shot consists of stunning angels, Candice Swanepoel, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge and Behati Prinsloo at a Victoria’s Secret party. Posted by my favourite angel Candice, they all look incredible as per usual.
Last but not least I have included a festive and super-cute shot of Mila Kunis with pretty-boy boyfriend Ashton Kutcher. Don’t they look radiant? I will certainly be cranking out the Christmas sweater too this week and so should you, and that’s a wrap!āAnna Deans