Menswear takes a mystical turn at Dubai fashion show

Menswear designer Varoin Marwah will return to Fashion Forward Dubai on Friday. (Supplied)
Updated 01 November 2019

Menswear takes a mystical turn at Dubai fashion show

DUBAI: Five years after launching his first label, menswear designer Varoin Marwah will return to Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD) with his latest collection on Friday.

Marwah's Mystical Shangri-La collection will offer complete wardrobe solution for men, ranging from daywear to beachwear and formal wear.




Varoin Marwah's collection has a strong green color palette and features embroidered leaf pattern motifs. (Supplied)

“My Mystical Shangri-La is an unknown world of the forest. A place where one can desire for anything and achieve it,” he said.

“I hope this collection proves that we need not dress down for summer because I have created  silhouettes that are comfortable enough to be worn in summer and look chic at the same time.”




Marwah studied fashion in New Delhi. (Supplied)

Marwah studied fashion in New Delhi, his home city, before moving to Dubai to launch his label. His designs mix Indian handicraft and textile traditions with this region’s love of luxury.

“As the world moves closer, creativity can no longer be limited to one culture.  The lines of inspiration are blurred and more fluid,” the designer said.

His collection has a strong green color palette and features embroidered leaf pattern motifs.




The designer launched his label in Dubai. (Supplied)

Marwah has dressed young Bollywood actors such as Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, and is known for his love of extravagance.

Now a Dubai resident, he was nominated by the Dubai Design and Fashion Council to represent the Middle East region at the International Woolmark Prize two years ago.

“Dubai has always been home for me as part of my family have been based here for years. All my visits as a child made me realize that the city has a great mix of people and talents. I cannot imagine being anywhere else.”


Archaeologists unveil possible shrine to Rome’s first king

Updated 21 February 2020

Archaeologists unveil possible shrine to Rome’s first king

  • Possible shrine to Romulus is found at the heart of Rome, on the site of the old Roman forum
  • The founder of Rome was abandoned by the banks of the river Tiber, before being nursed back to health by a she-wolf

ROME: Archaeologists said on Friday they had discovered an ancient cenotaph that almost certainly commemorated the legendary founder of Rome, Romulus, buried in the heart of the Italian capital.
The small chamber containing a simple sarcophagus and round stone block was originally found at the start of the last century beneath the Capitoline Hill inside the old Roman forum.
However, officials say the significance of the find has only just become clear following fresh excavations and new research.
Alfonsina Russo, the head of the Colosseum Archaeological Park, said the site probably dated back to the sixth century BC, and was located in the most ancient part of the city which was directly linked in historical texts to Rome’s first king.
“This area is highly symbolic. This surely cannot be Romulus’ tomb, but it is a place of memory, a cenotaph,” Russo told Reuters TV.
The shrine is buried beneath the entrance to the Curia, one of the meeting places for Roman senators which was subsequently converted into a church — a move that protected it from being dismantled for its stones as happened to other forum buildings.

The underground chamber was also located close to the “Lapis Niger,” an antique slab of marble that was venerated by Romans and covered a stone column that was dedicated to “the King” and appeared to curse anyone who thought to disturb it.
Russo said the Roman poet Horace and ancient Roman historian Marcus Terentius Varro had related that Romulus was buried behind the “rostra” — a tribune where speakers addressed the crowd in the forum. “The rostra are right here,” she said.
No body was found in the sarcophagus, which was made of volcanic tuff rock, but according to at least one legend, Romulus vanished into the sky following his death to become the God Quirinus, meaning that possibly he never had a tomb.
According to the myth, Romulus and his brother Remus, the sons of the god Mars, were abandoned by the banks of the river Tiber where a she-wolf found them and fed them with her milk.
The brothers are said to have founded Rome at the site in 753 BC and ended up fighting over who should be in charge. Romulus killed Remus.