Category Archives: Fashion

We south Asians should be proud of our in-demand hair

By Sarwat Nasir

If there was only one physical feature of myself that I would have to choose as my crowning glory, it would be my hair.

Don’t brush me off as another self-centred, selfie-obsessed 20-something-year-old brat. I have good reason to believe why most south Asians — Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis — really do have naturally thick, glossy hair. With the right amount of flat ironing, hair serum and styling, we are usually able to achieve perfection.

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Saris vs t-shirts: a no-brainer in the sustainable fashion contest

By Nivriti Butalia

The $2.4 trillion fashion industry is a ringleader when it comes to battering the environment. In a 2018 TED Talk, Canadian fashion enthusiast, Amit Kalra explains how fashion is the gift that keeps on giving — to landfills. Being a part of the industry, he’s troubled by the scenario because when it comes to offences against our lovely planet, fashion is second only to the oil and gas sectors — and those, he says, come as no surprise. You’d expect oil and gas to pollute, more than clothes, surely.

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Why I lined up at a shoe store in a mall at 7.30am

By Alvin R. Cabral

Michael Jordan is widely recognised as the greatest basketball player ever. His achievements — six NBA championships, five MVPs and a further list infinitely longer than those engraved on the sole of the Air Jordan X sneakers — make legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James look like mere mortals.

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Come on out, all ye hat-wearing men

By Keith Pereña

Recently, I came across an article in Esquire Middle East magazine tracing the decline of hats, and the men who wore them. It said, hat wearing was at its peak from the late 19th century until the end of 1920. The story attributed the decline of head gear to the rise of cars with roofs, and to ex-servicemen who associated the hat with their time in the front.

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Thanks, Gareth Southgate! For bringing back the waistcoat

By Maán Jalal

Unlike many of my friends, my interest in football has always been fleeting. However, I do have an interest in all things sartorial. So, it was interesting to stand at the intersection of fashion and sport during the World Cup. The discussion didn’t only revolve around goals, fouls, patriotism, alliance and moral justice, but also one of my favourite pieces of men’s attire: the waistcoat.

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Come now, who got blingy clothes tailored for Eid?

By Kelly Clarke

Walking through the doors of a popular tailors in Meena Bazaar earlier this week, the initial sense of calm struck me. Being one of the busiest shopping districts in Dubai, just days ahead of Eid al Fitr, I was expecting chockfull shop fronts, queues of demanding customers, and a sense of panic among overworked tailors. Instead, at one place, I got two friendly receptionists and a waiting area consisting of three empty chairs.

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Why should curvy women have to pay a fat tax?

By Sujata Assomull

Last week, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph accused UK-based high street retailer New Look of charging a ‘fat tax’. This was after a customer found a pair of trousers from their ‘plus size’ range cost 15 per cent more than ‘normal size’ trousers. The story had such an impact that New Look had to issue a statement: ‘To ensure pricing differences like these don’t happen in future, we are in the process of reviewing the pricing structure of our plus-size collection in a way which works best for our customers and our business.’

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