New York, Feb 15 (AP/UNB) — Fashion Week has ended in New York, leaving a trail of sequins and feathers, worn-out stilettos and blisters and traffic jams. But sometimes, fashion feels good: there were some moments of genuine, happy emotion. Here are a few feel-good moments of the week:
BARRY IN THE HOUSE
No, Michael Kors didn't make that orange bedazzled "Copa" jacket that Barry Manilow wore to perform at the designer's show. We're not sure who did, but it was fabulous.
Manilow, a surprise guest at Kors' '70s runway bash, belted his hit "Copacabana" from a glitzy stage set up near the catwalk as Bella Hadid danced beside him and rock muse Patti Hansen (married to Keith Richards) hopped up for a quick kiss after walking for Kors, an old friend.
Backstage after the show, Kors said he had met Manilow at a concert a year ago and invited him on board. The pop king had never been to a fashion show before, Kors said, calling Manilow the "cherry on the cake."
AGE IS JUST A ... WELL, YOU KNOW
The grand finale of designer Naeem Khan's runway show featured three models, all over age 60, walking the runway in silver sequined gowns.
Karen Bjornson, Alva Chinn and Pat Cleveland were known for working with Halston in the 1970s and were part of a group known as the Halstonettes. Khan was an apprentice under Halston earlier in his career.
But it wasn't the age of these models that was impressive, it was their attitude. These three had such confidence, pizazz and style that audience members were standing, applauding and whooping with joy. These models brought down the house.
THE ORIGINAL SUPERMODEL RETURNS
And then there was famed '90s supermodel Christy Turlington — heck, she's one of the women they coined the phrase for — stunning the fashion world by turning up to walk the Marc Jacobs runway in a voluminous black feathered gown and matching fascinator, closing out New York Fashion Week with an emotional bang.
Taking to Instagram later, Turlington explained that she had turned 50 earlier in the year and "have arrived at a place where 'why the ... not' is the answer that comes up when I ask myself questions." And she said she has "a 15-year-old daughter who I desperately want to see and hear me, and this is a medium that 'speaks' to her."
Her appearance came as Jacobs put on one of his best shows in years, filling the runway with high drama and fairytale whimsy.
THIS ONE'S FOR MOM
In a week that focuses on appearance, it was refreshing to see a moment of pure tenderness.
Brandon Maxwell dedicated his show to his mother, Pam Woolley, who's been battling breast cancer, and to other strong women everywhere. At the end, the designer escorted her down the runway for a final bow, kissing the side of her head as she wiped away tears.
Maxwell called the show "the physical manifestation of, I think, the strength that I saw her display over the past few months."
LAUGHTER ON THE RUNWAY
The Badgley Mischa show featured sleek, fitted dresses with stretch, in sequined metallic, black and green. But the end of the show was a vision in red, when all the models stormed the runway at once, in short dresses made of various fabrics, including lace, velvet and feathers — all in the same shade of crimson.
Usually models remain stone faced when strutting the runway, but this finale had models smiling and clapping and clearly enjoying the hoots and applause from the enthusiastic crowd.
Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) - On the fourth day of 'Amar Bhashar Cholocchitro 1425', Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) honoured the movie 'Komola Rocket', awarding it the Hiralal Sen Padak.
Producer Faridur Reza Sagar received the award on behalf of the 'Komola Rocket' team.
Information Minister Hasan Mahmod handed over the award to Faridur Reza Sagar at an event held at Teacher Student Center (TSC) of Dhaka University (DU).
Hasan Mahmood mentioned that films reflect our lives.
"The injustices of society can be visualised by films. Film can convey message to society for its betterment," he added.
He also said that to establish a positive society film plays a big role, lauding the efforts of the youth.
DU Pro-vice chancellor Professor Dr Nasrin Ahmad wished that students will continue partaking in such creative festivals alongside their studies.
Aamar Bhasha Cholocchitro 1425 is set to conclude on February 15.
Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) - A discussion titled ‘Mrinal Sen, Amjad Hossain and Anwar Hossain: Tribute’ will be held at Bangla Academy premises on Thursday.
The discussion will be organised as part of the month-long series programme on the occasion of Amar Ekushey Book Fair at 4 pm followed by a cultural event.
Film critic Sajedul Awal will present the keynote speech on them while prominent personality Hasan Imam will preside over the programme.
Cultural personality M Hamid, researcher Tapan Bagchi and Bidhan Riberu will also discuss about the three artists and their works.
People still remember the trio for their brilliant and dedicated contribution to their respective fields.
Mrinal Sen who was born on 14 May 1923 was a Bengali filmmaker based in Kolkata. Along with his contemporaries Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak, he was often considered to be one of the greatest ambassadors of Bengali parallel cinema on the global stage.
The filmmaker died on 30 December in the last year.
Amjad Hossain who died on 14 December 2018 was a film director, actor, scriptwriter and lyricist. He won the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Director twice, for the films Golapi Ekhon Traine (1978) and Bhat De (1984).
Prominent photographer Anwar Hossain who was born on October 6, 1948 graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) with a degree in architecture and completed his higher education in film studies at Pune University.
Since starting his career as a photographer in 1967, Anwar Hossain had solidified his legacy as one of Bangladesh's all-time greats in the field with 5 national awards and more than 60 international awards.
Beijing, Feb 13 (AP/UNB) — The latest film from famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou has been dropped from the Berlin film festival for what the festival described as technical reasons.
A notice on the official Weibo microblogging service account for the movie "One Second" apologized but gave no details other than to say it was not possible to show the film at Berlin.
The festival said the film was pulled because of "technical difficulties encountered during post-production." It said the movie would be replaced at its scheduled Friday and Saturday showings with Zhang's action epic "Hero," which premiered in 2002 at the Great Hall of the People, the seat of China's legislature in the heart of Beijing.
Possibly China's best-known filmmaker, Zhang has oscillated between big-budget extravaganzas favored by the ruling Communist Party and edgier fare touching on sensitive political and social topics.
"One Second" is set amid the chaos and violence unleashed by Mao Zedong during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, a period rarely discussed in history books or portrayed on film.
The party is hyper-sensitive to all direct or implied criticism and its control over the arts includes deciding what films are released based on largely secret criteria. Regulators routinely order what can and can't be shown, with special scrutiny for content pertaining to sex, criminal activity, social dislocation, and perceived questioning of the authority or reputation of the party.
Another Chinese film had also been pulled for Berlin for similar reasons. "Better Days," which portrays alienated youth was "withdrawn for censorship reasons," the trade magazine Variety reported, citing unidentified sources.
Dhaka, Feb 12 (UNB)— The five-day screening of Iranian films and exhibition of photos in the city ended on Tuesday.
Iranian Cultural Centre, Dhaka and Bangladesh National Museum jointly organised the film screening at the main auditorium of the museum from Feb 8.
It was organised marking the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution (National Day).
Two films were screened at 11am and 3pm on the final day. Nine films were screened during the festival which drew big crowds of movie lovers.
The inaugural session was held at the main auditorium of the National Museum. Mohammad Reza Nafar, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Bangladesh and Touqir Ahmed, eminent actor and film director, were present as special guests.
A discussion programme titled ‘40 years of Islamic Revolution in Iran Achievement and Potentials’ was held as part of the programme. State Minister for Health and Family Planning Md Murad Hasan was present as the chief guest.
Executive Director of Amadersomoy.com Rashidul Islam delivered the keynote speech.
Acting Cultural Counsellor of Iran Cultural Centre Dr Seyed Mahdi Hosseini delivered the welcome speech while Bangladesh National Museum Secretary Abdul Mazid presided over the session.