Survival of the Salwar

Salman Khan was not the only reason we sat through Bodyguard,his 2011 hit.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: January 16, 2012 3:26 am

Salman Khan was not the only reason we sat through Bodyguard,his 2011 hit. It was also the return of the pure and pretty salwar that caught the gaze of the fashion industry. Over the years,the salwar was turned into a usually bad clone of sorts — long pockets somewhere,pulled up from the bottom half. The churidar also took over like the superior stepsister and the poor salwar was left alone in the cupboard,taken out on days when there was nothing else to wear. This is set to change in 2012 as the salwar gets prepped up for a come back. Designer Ritu Kumar,the queen of everything traditional says,“The purist salwar is definitely back but with biker shirts or short kurtas with voluminous dupattas. Even the Patiala salwar will do well. I plan to incorporate the plain salwar in my couture collection this time.” From behind the closet its return to the ramp,the salwar’s survival instinct is kicking in this new year.

Mila’s New Role

She’s come a long way from playing the chatterbox Jackie Burkhart on the popular television series That ’70s Show. Mila Kunis,who impressed fans and critics alike with her role as Lily in the award-winning film Black Swan,has added a luxurious feather in her cap. Kunis is now is the new face of French luxury label Dior. The 28-year-old is seen as one of Hollywood’s most notable young stars — in 2010,she won the Premio Marcello Mastroianni for Best Young Actor or Actress at the 67th Venice International Film Festival for her performance in Black Swan and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for the same role. The Ukrainian beauty has been turning heads on the red carpet and will be seen posing with the Miss Dior bag in the label’s new Spring-Summer 2012 campaign shot by New York by photographer Mikael Jansson. She has also just wrapped shooting the Disney film OZ: The Great and Powerful opposite actor James Franco. “I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Dior. The brand is iconic in so many ways. It defines fashion,elegance and sophistication,” Kunis sounds visibly excited with her new role.

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