Music’s leading ladies turn to red carpet winner Yousef Al-Jasmi

Scherzinger chose a fitted glittering gown in a summery shade of yellow. (AFP)
Updated 23 September 2019

Music’s leading ladies turn to red carpet winner Yousef Al-Jasmi

DUBAI: US singer Nicole Scherzinger was spotted on “Australia’s Got Talent” this week wearing a sparkling gown by Hollywood’s new favorite designer, Yousef Al-Jasmi.

Scherzinger chose a fitted glittering gown in a summery shade of yellow by the Kuwaiti designer, complete with a halter neck top and a thigh high slit.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lookin’ like the golden buzzer #GotTalentAU

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She paired the daring look with orange-hued lipstick, side swept hair and added a number of gold rings for good measure.

Scherzinger wasn’t the only star to be spotted in a Yousef Al-Jasmi creation in recent days, however.

Canadian superstar Celine Dion teased the cover of her soon-to-be released album “Courage” — and she just happens to be wearing a dazzling design by Al-Jasmi in the photo. Dion even performed in a similar outfit by the designer — a copper toned, form-fitting number with a skirt that curves away to only cover one leg.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

جسميكو مشعللها ومولعها مع سلين ديونيكووو

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And those singing legends aren’t the only celebrities to step out in a design by Al-Jasmi as of late — US actress Keke Palmer rocked up to the MTV VMAs in Los Angeles in August wearing a sunny yellow column gown by the king of all things sparkly.

Popularized by the Kardashian clan Al-Jasmi shot to fame for his mastery of form-fitting eveningwear.

In April, the Kardashian family celebrated eldest sister Kourtney’s 40th birthday and Khloe collaborated with the designer.

Khloe and her stylist Janelle Miller worked with the designer, known for his extensive use of Swarovski crystals, to create a dazzling column dress with a high collar and matching headpiece.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@khloekardashian كليوي كردشيان تتألق من جسميكو ميكو

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Al-Jasmi spoke to People magazine about the head-turning outfit and valued the gown at $6,500.

 “Both Khloe and Janelle were very involved, sending over screenshots from my Instagram and inspiration photos to work off of. They knew the exact look they wanted to achieve, so we worked very closely to perfect the design, from the color to crystals.”

And he seems to have fans across the Kardashian-Jenner clan, as Khloe’s half-sister Kylie Jenner has been spotted in Al-Jasmi’s creations on numerous occasions.

The queens of reality TV aside, the Kuwait-based style guru has won over many more leading ladies — Naomi Campbell wore a daring minidress by Al-Jasmi to a Halloween party in New York in October 2018 and  singer Mariah Carey chose a black, embellished dress from his collection for last year’s American Music Awards. If those stars aren’t enough to prove Al-Jasmi is a force to be reckoned with, he has also dressed the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.


‘The Sky is Pink’: Priyanka Chopra disappoints, Zaira Wasim shines

Farhan Akhtar and Priyanka Chopra Jonas star in the film. (AFP)
Updated 13 October 2019

‘The Sky is Pink’: Priyanka Chopra disappoints, Zaira Wasim shines

CHENNAI: Director Shonali Bose may well be termed the “mistress of misery.” Her characters, invariably women, have been suffering souls.

Whether it be in “Amu,” set in the aftermath of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, or “Margarita with a Straw” and its story of a teenager with cerebral palsy, Bose’s protagonists have been largely unhappy.

Her latest feature, “The Sky is Pink” — unnecessarily long at 159 minutes — is based on the real-life tale of a girl who dies at an early age from complications arising out of an immune-deficiency illness. Aisha (Zaira Wasim) tells us not only her own sad story, but also that of her parents, Aditi (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) and Niren (Farhan Akhtar).

Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Farhan Akhtar attended "The Sky Is Pink" premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. (AFP)

When Aditi falls pregnant, she has already lost a child to the disease, but religious compulsion pushes her to go ahead. Predictably, the baby girl, Aisha, develops the same problem. The parents, who live in New Delhi, rush her to London. Since they cannot afford the treatment, which involves a bone-marrow transplant, Niren broadcasts a plea from a radio station that raises a large amount of money.

But years later, the bubbly Aisha falls seriously ill, and the effect of her decline on her brother, Ishan (Rohit Saraf), and her parents makes up rest of the plot.

“The Sky is Pink” essentially explores the way marriages fall apart after a child gets sick. But Bose weaves into this storyline several distracting features, including Ishan’s budding love affair, which is rocked every time there is crisis in Aisha's life.

Bose’s film could be compared to Mehdi M. Barsaoui’s debut, “A Son.” Set in Tunisia in 2011 after the “Jasmine Revolution,” it also deals with a couple’s turmoil after their son is shot and wounded by a sniper. Barsaoui intelligently scripts how the couple crack under the pressure and their relationship begins to totter. There is not a single scene that is at odds with the plot.

In contrast, “The Sky is Pink” digresses into marital jealousy and a string of dramatically charged moments, diluting the core theme.

Akhtar, who is an excellent actor, seems out of sorts in this setting, while Chopra Jonas fails to convey a mother’s emotional pain and seems far too dolled up to adequately portray a character in torment. In fact, the only high point is the fine acting by Wasim.