Saffron Vadher models Ramadan-ready designer collections

Updated 27 March 2019
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Saffron Vadher models Ramadan-ready designer collections

  • The luxury ecommerce platform curated the selection of exclusive capsule collections by the like of Ralph & Russo, Jenny Packham, and more
  • Other fashion houses set to take part include Louisa Parris, Marchesa, Marchesa Notte

DUBAI: British-Indian model Saffron Vadher has appeared in a new campaign by e-tailer Net-a-Porter for its Ramadan capsule collections by 17 international designers.

The luxury ecommerce platform curated the selection of exclusive capsule collections by the like of Ralph & Russo, Jenny Packham, Naeem Khan, Carolina Herrera, Galvan and more.

“The interest in special pieces designed specifically for Ramadan alongside modest fashion in general has increased significantly over the past few years, not only in the Middle East, but globally. Our curation of 17 exclusives capsules purposely tailored to the occasion is our largest edit to date and will no doubt fulfil all our customers’ needs,” Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director of Net-a-Porter, said in a released statement.

Modelled by Vadher and shot by fashion photographer Alex Franco in Marrakech, the images show off an array of elegant kaftans, floaty dresses and Ramadan-ready eveningwear perfect for the inevitable litany of iftar and suhoor gatherings.

The looks were finished off with complementary jewelry by high-end labels Buccellati, Selim Mouzannar and Anissa Kermiche.

Other fashion houses set to take part include Louisa Parris, Marchesa, Marchesa Notte, Safiyaa, Talbot Runhof, Mary Katrantzou, Haider Ackermann and Etro.

Daniela Karnuts, founder of the London-based label Safiyaa, described exactly how the Ramadan capsule collection differs from the luxurious label’s other offerings.

“Our Ramadan capsule collection is a modern take on more covered silhouettes. I love to use capes and trails to accentuate the silhouette and for an elegant nuance,” she said in a released statement.

For her part, Vadher, who has walked the runways for the likes of Giambattista Valli and Hermès, posed up a storm at the poolside location in Marrakesh.

She most likely felt right at home in the array of kaftans and floor-length dresses since she seems to be particularly keen on comfortable fashion, telling Vogue India in May, “My own personal style is definitely anything comfortable.”

The model also spoke to the magazine about her multi-cultural background, saying: “I am very lucky; I get to celebrate both Christmas and Diwali because I come from two cultural backgrounds. Both are days where I can spend the whole day with my family.”


Lefaucheux revolver ‘Van Gogh killed himself with’ up for auction

Updated 17 June 2019
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Lefaucheux revolver ‘Van Gogh killed himself with’ up for auction

  • Van Gogh experts believe that he shot himself with the gun near the village of Auvers-sur-Oise north of Paris
  • The seven-millimeter Lefaucheux revolver is expected to fetch up to $67,000

PARIS: The revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself is to go under the hammer Wednesday at a Paris auction house.
Billed as “the most famous weapon in the history of art,” the seven mm Lefaucheux revolver is expected to fetch up to $67,000 (€60,000).
Van Gogh experts believe that he shot himself with the revolver near the village of Auvers-sur-Oise north of Paris, where he spent the last few months of his life in 1890.
Discovered by a farmer in 1965 in the same field where the troubled Dutch painter is thought to have fatally wounded himself, the gun has already been exhibited at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
While Art Auction, who are selling the gun, say there is no way of being absolutely certain that it is the fatal weapon, tests showed it had been in the ground for 75 years, which would fit.
The Dutch artist had borrowed the gun from the owner of the inn in the village where he was staying.
He died 36 hours later after staggering wounded back to the auberge in the dark.
It was not his first dramatic act of self-harm. Two years earlier in 1888, he cut off his ear before offering it to a woman in a brothel in Arles in the south of France.
While most art historians agree that Van Gogh killed himself, that assumption has been questioned in recent years, with some researchers claiming that the fatal shot may have been fired accidentally by two local boys playing with the weapon in the field.
That theory won fresh support from a new biopic of the artist starring Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate.”
Its director, the renowned American painter Julian Schnabel, said that Van Gogh had painted 75 canvasses in his 80 days at Auvers-sur-Oise and was unlikely to be suicidal.
The legendary French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere — who co-wrote the script with Schnabel — insisted that there “is absolutely no proof he killed himself.
“Do I believe that Van Gogh killed himself? Absolutely not!” he declared when the film was premiered at the Venice film festival last September.
He said Van Gogh painted some of his best work in his final days, including his “Portrait of Dr. Gachet,” the local doctor who later tried to save his life.
It set a world record when it sold for $82.5 million in 1990.
The bullet Dr. Gachet extracted from Van Gogh’s chest was the same caliber as the one used by the Lefaucheux revolver.
“Van Gogh was working constantly. Every day he made a new work. He was not at all sad,” Carriere argued.
In the film the gun goes off after the two young boys, who were brothers, got into a struggle with the bohemian stranger.
Auction Art said that the farmer who found the gun in 1965 gave it to the owners of the inn at Auvers-sur-Oise, whose family are now selling it.
“Technical tests on the weapon have shown the weapon was used and indicate that it stayed in the ground for a period that would coincide with 1890,” it said.
“All these clues give credence to the theory that this is the weapon used in the suicide.”
That did not exclude, the auction house added, that the gun could also have been hidden or abandoned by the two young brothers in the field.
The auction comes as crowds are flocking to an immersive Van Gogh exhibition in the French capital which allows “the audience to enter his landscapes” through projections on the gallery’s walls, ceilings and floors.
“Van Gogh, Starry Night” runs at the Atelier des Lumieres in the east of the city until December.