Fluidity graced the menswear catwalks in Paris as fall-winter crescendoed through the weekend, with shows from houses such as Jacquemus and Hermes on Saturday.
Here are some highlights of the day's fall-winter 2020-2021 menswear shows in the French capital.
JACQUEMUS GOES FLUID
Simon Porte Jacquemus, 30, produced a show of soft geometry.
Sections of the silhouette — such as the midriff or the top of thighs — seemed to be visually lopped off in a clever show of shape-play by the French designer.
Elongated legs paired with mushroom-shaped and rounded shoulders at the top. Rounded hats or scarves flattened the head.
Soft wools and cottons ensured comfort, while a sculpted gown in white coffee worn by model-of-the-minute Bella Hadid gave the collection some bite.
HERMES' PURE LINES
"Pure lines form ample shapes and generous proportions," Hermes said of its beautiful collection by Veronique Nichanian.
With that mantra, Hermes' veteran designer crowned the fall trend for fluid geometry with 45 thoughtful and accomplished looks.
A loose turtleneck in silken dark vanilla fabric, with a streak of black on the collar, rippled gently on the male model.
The flash-of-color theme reappeared as a blue inset on the lapel of a stylish dark-coffee wool coat.
Hermes has become a byword for simple, unpretentious luxury. With panache, Nichanian proved this again in a classy and masculine showing.
BALMAIN'S HEIGHTENED SUBTLETY
Oliver Rousteing took his foot off the extravagance pedal for a more-understated-than-usual collection of tasteful fluid designs for fall.
Autumnal gold, bronzes and khakis graced the display marked by banding across the torso and draping.
Safari jackets and shimmering desert sandals continued the Lawrence of Arabia theme the 33-year-old designer had toyed with in previous seasons.
But the increased subtlety was a nice direction for the house.
ECOLOGY ESCAPES PARIS FASHION
The art of the chic invite is still very much a staple of Paris fashion.
Houses compete to produce the most eye-catching, inventive — and often plain wasteful — show invitations delivered by gas-guzzling courier to each guest's personal residence.
The little works of art often provide a hint about what the collection has in store.
Louis Vuitton menswear sent out thick packets containing custom clocks for a show about the transitions from boyhood to adulthood. Berluti — the storied shoemaker — sent out blocks of wood while fashion-forward house Etudes sent out metal tags with the show information embossed.
In other countries like in Brazil, fashion invites are often sent by plain old email.
Having thrown her life open for years, it's hard to believe there isn't much the public doesn't know about Paris Hilton.
But wait, there is.
The 38-year-old socialite often described as famous for being famous reveals a private side of herself in "This is Paris," a YouTube Originals documentary premiering in May.
"It's very emotional this movie, it's very raw, it's very authentic," an unusually somber and admittedly nervous Hilton told a TV critics meeting on Saturday. "It's basically my entire life."
In the documentary, she speaks publicly for the first time about incidents from her past and pivotal moments in her life.
Emmy-winning director Alexandra Dean ("Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story") initially turned down the project, having gotten her fill of seeing Hilton on countless magazine covers while living in Europe. Dean changed her mind after hearing a particular story described as "heartbreaking trauma" involving Hilton that is revealed in the film.
Hilton herself was reluctant to take a meeting about the project "because I wasn't ready to show myself."
Eventually, she agreed and the film crew followed her around the world for a year.
"I talk about things that are very hard to talk about," Hilton said. "It was an amazing experience, but also very scary. Watching the film for the first time, I was like, 'Can we cut that out?' I was freaking out but they have total control over the whole film."
The documentary addresses the time a teen-aged Hilton spent at a residential treatment center for emotionally and behaviorally troubled youth in Utah.
Hilton's only sister, Nicky Rothschild, rarely gives interviews but agreed to participate. Their mother, Kathy Hilton, also appears.
"There's so many `yes' people around and Nicky always tells me the truth," Hilton said. "She's my best friend and my other half."
At times, Hilton comes off as lonely in private even as her public image portrays her as the life of every party and club she works as a DJ. She also describes herself as shy "which most people won't believe either," she said.
"Growing up in Hollywood, it's very hard to trust people because you don't know what their intentions are," she said. "I've definitely been betrayed many times in my life. Going through so much, it's made me the strong person I am today. I don't know that I'll fully trust, but I'm really lucky in my life that I now have people in my circle that I really do."
Hilton still feels the effects of the dumb blonde persona she employed in "The Simple Life," the reality show that shot her and Nicole Richie to fame starting in 2003.
"I was in on the joke. People thought that's who I really was," Hilton said. "I've been judged on a character that I created at the beginning of my career and now I feel like it's really time that people see who the real Paris is."
Eminent Indian artist Anjan Dutt, who is perhaps more famous in Bangladesh as the troubadour of troubled love than a prolific filmmaker in Kolkata’s film industry, made his debut at the Dhaka International Film Festival on Saturday.
Unlike Ranjana, his audience didn’t have to hear that he won’t be back.
Anjan’s latest feature, ‘Finally Bhalobasha’ was screened as part of the ongoing 18th DIFF on Saturday afternoon at the National Museum’s main auditorium.
The filmmaker then attended a special Director’s Presentation followed by Q&A session, where he talked about the presentation of the story, his storytelling and several aspects of the film with members of the audience and journalists.
“I want to see my stories of my films being different from others, so I try to play with my audiences with my storytelling and narratives,” Anjan said on his approach to filmmaking at th3e post-screening session.
Talking about Finally Bhalobasha, he said: “The stories depicted in this film are fragmented but connected- so as the stories of our lives. The movie is a compilation of three stories related to three diseases - Insomnia, Arthritis and HIV, so the characters expressed themselves in dark and brooding tone as the victims of these painful illnesses- however, as the stories unfold further and and connections between the characters are revealed we learn how unconditional love can heal people from inside.”
The eminent filmmaker thanked the organizers of the festival, Rainbow Film Society for arranging and inviting filmmakers from all around the globe.
He also thanked them for showcasing Finally Bhalobasha at DIFF, the first time he was participating in a Bangladeshi film festival with one of his films.
It had to wait till the 24th time he directed one. Finally Bhalobasha was theatrically released on 8 February 2019. The movie features an ensemble cast with Raima Sen, Arjun Chakrabarty, Anirban Bhattacharya, Arindam Sil, Sauraseni Maitra and as is often his wont in one of his films, Anjan Dutt himself.
His son Neel Dutt is the music director of Finally Bhalobasha
One of the world's rarest coins, a gold piece bearing the image of Britain's King Edward VIII before his abdication, has sold for 1 million pounds ($1.3 million), setting a new record for a British coin.
The historical oddity shows Edward, the uncle of Queen Elizabeth II, before he relinquished the throne in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
The buyer was a private collector who wanted his identity kept secret. He told the BBC it was a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity.
Rebecca Morgan, head of collector services at the Royal Mint, said the record price was not surprising.
"The Edward VIII sovereign is one of the rarest and most collectible coins in the world," Morgan said Friday.
The 22-carat gold coins were never released to the public. The Royal Mint says only a handful are known to exist.
Veteran actor Shabana Azmi has been seriously injured in an accident on the Mumbai-Pune Express in Maharashtra's Raigad district on Saturday, reports NDTV.
The incident took place near Khalapur, over 60 km from Mumbai, when the Tata Safari car in which they were traveling to Pune rammed into a truck, said Raigad Superintendent of Police Anil Paraskar.
Her husband Javed Akhtar was also in the car but did not suffer injuries, news agency ANI reported.
Photos of the incident show Shabana Azmi being helped out of the rear seats of the SUV, her face and eye swollen.
Such was the impact that the front passenger's side of the SUV was completely destroyed. A photo shows the bonnet of the car crumpled and the radiator and bonnet wrecked.
Sources at the hospital said that Azmi received injuries on her nose and back of her head. The doctors have performed CT scans and MRI scan, and are awaiting the chest X-ray report.
Azmi is scheduled to be shifted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital later.
Shabana Azmi, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998 and the National Film Award five times, is known for her work in several critically-acclaimed movies like Ankur, Arth and Mandi.
She was last seen in 2017's The Black Prince.