Fashion Forward Dubai introduces beauty element to its April edition

The three-day event will take place from April 2-4 at Dubai Design District. (Supplied)
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Updated 10 February 2020

Fashion Forward Dubai introduces beauty element to its April edition

  • The compelling themes driving many of the brand conversations, activations and collections include seasonal Ramadan edits and sustainability

DUBAI: Fashion Forward Dubai will return to the UAE with its 2020 edition in April, this year introducing a beauty element to the festival.  

“Fashion Forward Dubai’s April 2020 edition is evolving to include our new beauty element to complement the fashion and retail we have always had. Beauty is so inherently tied to fashion and we have a lot of talent in this region from this sector,” Bong Guerrero, CEO and co-founder of the festival, said in a released statement.

The three-day event, taking place from April 2-4 at Dubai Design District, will feature a lineup of regional and international designers, showcasing their latest collections.




The festival will feature a lineup of regional and international designers, showcasing their latest collections. (Supplied)

The compelling themes driving many of the brand conversations, activations and collections include seasonal Ramadan edits and sustainability.

“We have always been a place for people to come and discover the latest and greatest designers and brand offerings and now we are extending that to include even more exciting experiences. We look forward to welcoming fashion consumers of all ages as well as industry professionals,” Guerrero added.

Visitors at the 12th edition of the event can expect an immersive, curated experience of shows, talks, entertainment, shopping, pop-ups and activations from a curated selection of indie brands as well as global fashion and beauty labels.


Film review: Great storytelling makes for fascinating watch in Netflix’s ‘Yeh Ballet’

“Yeh Ballet” is no rags-to-riches story, but one of sheer fortitude and a bit of luck. (Supplied)
Updated 24 February 2020

Film review: Great storytelling makes for fascinating watch in Netflix’s ‘Yeh Ballet’

CHENNAI: Sooni Taraporevala gained immense fame by writing for Mira Nair’s films, such as “The Namesake,” “Mississippi Masala” and the Oscar-nominated “Salaam Bombay.” In 2009, Taraporevala stepped behind the camera to helm a small movie called “Little Zizou” about the Parsi community. It was a hit, and three years ago, she took up the camera again to create a virtual reality short documentary about two boys from Mumbai’s slums who became renowned ballet dancers. 

Taraporevala converted her documentary into a full-length feature, “Yeh Ballet,” for Netflix, and the work, though with a somewhat documentary feel, is fascinating storytelling — a talent we have seen in her writings for Nair. 

Happily, “Yeh Ballet” is no rags-to-riches story (of the kind “Gully Boy” was), but one of sheer fortitude and a bit of luck. The film begins with a breathtaking aerial shot of the Arabian Ocean on whose shores Mumbai stands — an element that points toward the director’s background as a photographer. 

The film chronicles the lives of Nishu and Asif Beg. (Supplied) 

A story inspired by true events, “Yeh Ballet” chronicles the lives of Nishu (Manish Chauhan) and Asif Beg (newcomer Achintya Bose). The two lads are spotted by a ballet master, Saul Aaron (British actor Julian Sands) who, driven away from America because of his religion, lands in a Mumbai dance school.

Nishu and Asif, despite their nimble-footed ballet steps, find their paths paved with the hardest of obstacles. When foreign scholarships from famous ballet academies come calling, they cannot get a visa because they have no bank accounts. And while Asif’s father, dictated by his religion, is dead against the boy’s music and dancing, Nishu’s dad, a taxi driver, feels that his son’s passion is a waste of time and energy.

Well, all this ends well — as we could have guessed — but solid writing and imaginative editing along with Ankur Tewari’s curated music and the original score by Salvage Audio Collective turn “Yeh Ballet” into a gripping tale. It is not an easy task to transform a documentary into fiction, but Taraporevala does it with great ease. Or so it appears. Of course, the two protagonists add more than a silver lining to a movie that will be long remembered — the way we still mull over “Salaam Bombay” or “The Namesake.” But what I missed was a bit more ballet; the two guys are just wonderful to watch as they fly through the air.