Eyes on and off the runway

There's nothing adorable about 'Lemony Snickets’ A Series of Unfortunate Events'.

Written by Shefalee Vasudev | New Delhi | Published: April 20, 2012 12:19 pm

While I may be grazing on new pastures for blog posts,my colleague Afsha Khan is still filing away her remaining notes from Lakme Fashion Week. Read her here.

There’s nothing adorable about ‘Lemony Snickets’ A Series of Unfortunate Events’. In fact,the pseudonymed author urges us,the readers,to put the book down and pursue something with happier endings right from page 1.

The movie didn’t make waves,even though the casting,colours and treatment was spectacularly dark while retaining a charm that would appeal to children and young adults alike. It’s also nice to read,for a change,about children,in this case the Baudelaire orphans — Violet the inventor,Klaus the reader and Sunny the biter — who defy gender stereotypes in their areas of interest.

It also introduces one of the evilest,most vile villains after the Child Catcher in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and Voldemort from the ‘Harry Potter’ series — Count Olaf,played by Jim Carrey in the movie. He’s got a unibrow,a troupe of scary actors who are as shady as him and an eye tattooed on his ankle.

Having read all 12 books of the series I was mildly disappointed that Olaf and the Baudelaires didn’t have a wider influence on young adult culture. Though,it is a sad tale filled with misadventures,patronizing adults and three orphans who find their ray of hope corked by an evil villain before they can even feel the warmth of what it might feel like. Needless to say,I think it’s one of the best children’s tales of our time and it’s a sin that it hasn’t inspired the creative mind after the star casted Hollywood movie by Brad Silberling.

Imagine my surprise when I saw that Eina Alhuwalia’s collection of hand crafted jewellery in the Summer/Resort collection of Lakme Fashion Week. The release said that the collection was an introspection of one’s happy place,where we go to get away from the sadness in the outside world.

Alas,I may have been too bright for the darkness that was exuded through multi-compartmentalised boxes on neckpieces that would make lockets eat their hearts out,intricate designs representative of arteries and veins and real locks on thick chains serving as anklets. But while these came and went I only seemed to have eyes for one motif — the back charcoal eye on a white background.

Used in both broaches and neck pieces that doubled up as monocles,I was transported back to Snickets’ world where the one thing the three Baudelaire orphans dread most is Count Olaf,his eye tattoo and the motif itself that isn’t far off when you’re the protagonist of a 12-book series titled,A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Alhuwalia reportedly said that the eye was a symbol for the inner eye and all things philosophical. But having looked into my copy of the book,save for the pieces for long,curly lashes,I just can’t believe how uncannily similar the artistic styles are. Beautiful too. What do you think?

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