Lebanese fashion stylist and filmmaker Pam Nasr shuts down NYFW

Lebanese filmmaker Pam Nasr walks for Christopher John Rogers Fall 2020 RTW. AFP
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Updated 10 February 2020

Lebanese fashion stylist and filmmaker Pam Nasr shuts down NYFW

DUBAI: US designer Christopher John Rogers, winner of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, is one of the most exciting new designers to emerge from North America. With his bold and joyous designs, the 26-year-old has managed to garner a list of celebrity fans, including Rihanna and Tracee Ellis Ross, who have both donned his creations on the red carpet.

So, it was hardly surprising that his Fall 2020 ready-to-wear show— which was only his second catwalk presentation ever— was one of the most hotly-anticipated shows on the New York Fashion Week calendar.

Spanning a full 40 looks, Rogers’s runway featured his signature bulbous silhouettes in vibrant color palettes, which were showcased by a diverse cast of models, including Lebanese stylist and filmmaker Pam Nasr.

The “Clams Casino” director, who is based in New York and grew up between Beirut and Dubai, shut down the catwalk wearing a black, strapless sequined gown that fell just below the ankles. The look was paired with black nylons and red pointed-toe pumps.

She also walked for the Brooklyn-based designer’s spring 2020 runway showcase in September.

With her curly brown mullet, high cheekbones and 70’s-inspired style, Nasr is the ultimate fashion muse, so it’s hardly surprising that she was selected to walk the runway on Sunday. We certainly hope we see more of her. 


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.