Fact: Ugly sneakers are having their moment in the sun

By Sujata Assomull

As anyone in the UAE knows, the days building up to Ramadan are all about dressing up. In the past two weeks alone, British fashion designer Alice Temperley hosted a sit-down dinner, co-founder of Moda Operandi, Lauren Santo Domingo, organised ‘A Night at the Museum’ for an evening of ‘desserts and decadence’ at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and Delpozo’s Josef Font took some of us to the Dubai Opera to watch a performance of Romeo and Juliet. Continue reading Fact: Ugly sneakers are having their moment in the sun

How the film Vertigo set a dizzying bar exactly 60 years ago

By Sushmita Bose

I’ve often wondered why Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo — that completes its 60th anniversary in a few days (May 9, 1958, was when the film released) was never remade. I’ve always put it down to being too much of a tough act to follow. It’s perhaps Hitchcock’s most complex, nuanced film — yes, even more, much more than Psycho — and definitely his most “sensory” one, and that’s not just because of the vertigo factor. Continue reading How the film Vertigo set a dizzying bar exactly 60 years ago

Why Rain Room in Sharjah is a perfect place to people watch

By Nivriti Butalia

Unpredictable things can happen when people are in a dark room in which it is ‘raining’. They move cautiously. They look around, smile, take selfies, lots of selfies. Some couples even conduct a photo shoot. There is, of course, no manual for how to behave when it is ‘raining indoors’, when you’re, in fact, in Rain Room, an art installation first seen at London’s Barbican in 2012, now permanently housed in Sharjah (in a cool grey building: stunning corridors, narrow, high, concrete — catacomb-ish minus the claustrophobia). Continue reading Why Rain Room in Sharjah is a perfect place to people watch