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Plastic waste has now infiltrated all parts of the ocean

A new WWF report warned that tiny fragments of plastic have reached even the most seemingly-pristine regions of the planet and called for urgent efforts to create an international treaty to tackle the issue

In this file photo taken on 21 January, 2020 a man paddles on a boat as plastic bags float on the surface of the Buriganga river in Dhaka. WWF sought to bolster the case for action in its latest report, which synthesises more than 2,000 separate scientific studies on the impacts of plastic pollution on the oceans, biodiversity and marine ecosystems.
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In this file photo taken on 21 January, 2020 a man paddles on a boat as plastic bags float on the surface of the Buriganga river in Dhaka. WWF sought to bolster the case for action in its latest report, which synthesises more than 2,000 separate scientific studies on the impacts of plastic pollution on the oceans, biodiversity and marine ecosystems. (AFP)
This file photo taken on 15 September, 2019, shows a scuba diver collecting plastic and other waste from a bay during a 'clean-up day' campaign of the ocean off the coast of Goree island. Plastic has infiltrated all parts of the ocean and is now found in the smallest plankton up to the largest whale, wildlife group WWF said on Tuesday.
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This file photo taken on 15 September, 2019, shows a scuba diver collecting plastic and other waste from a bay during a 'clean-up day' campaign of the ocean off the coast of Goree island. Plastic has infiltrated all parts of the ocean and is now found in the smallest plankton up to the largest whale, wildlife group WWF said on Tuesday. (AFP)
In this file photo taken on 19 January, 2021, a wave carrying plastic waste and other rubbish washes up on a beach in Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. According to some estimates, between 19 and 23 million tons of plastic waste is washed into the world's waterways every year, the WWF report explains.
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In this file photo taken on 19 January, 2021, a wave carrying plastic waste and other rubbish washes up on a beach in Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. According to some estimates, between 19 and 23 million tons of plastic waste is washed into the world's waterways every year, the WWF report explains. (AFP)
In this file photo taken on 19 April, 2021 a man collects garbage, including plastic waste, at the beach of Costa del Este, in Panama City. Single-use plastics, still constitute more than 60 percent of marine pollution, although more and more countries are acting to ban their use.
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In this file photo taken on 19 April, 2021 a man collects garbage, including plastic waste, at the beach of Costa del Este, in Panama City. Single-use plastics, still constitute more than 60 percent of marine pollution, although more and more countries are acting to ban their use. (AFP)
This file photo from 7 June, 2020 shows a view of waste at Santa Lucia beach in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico on the eve of World Oceans Day. In a 2021 study, 386 fish species were found to have ingested plastic, out of 555 tested. 
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This file photo from 7 June, 2020 shows a view of waste at Santa Lucia beach in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico on the eve of World Oceans Day. In a 2021 study, 386 fish species were found to have ingested plastic, out of 555 tested.  (AFP)
In this file photo taken on 5 June, 2020, Police Environmental Protection Division officers take part in a beach clean-up effort at Mount Lavinia on the outskirts of Colombo. WWF is calling for talks aimed at drawing up an international agreement on plastics at the UN environment meeting, from February 28 to March 2 in Nairobi.
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In this file photo taken on 5 June, 2020, Police Environmental Protection Division officers take part in a beach clean-up effort at Mount Lavinia on the outskirts of Colombo. WWF is calling for talks aimed at drawing up an international agreement on plastics at the UN environment meeting, from February 28 to March 2 in Nairobi. (AFP)

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In Paris, Vivienne Westwood brings kink and art together

Andreas Kronthaler gives a grungy twist to an aesthetic from the medieval era 

Kronthaler took inspiration from the clothing of medieval and renaissance nobles and peasants to create drape-heavy silhouettes. 
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Kronthaler took inspiration from the clothing of medieval and renaissance nobles and peasants to create drape-heavy silhouettes.  (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Georgia May Jagger presented a frilly dress from the Vivienne Westwood ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2023 fashion collection, which had a more gothic vibe.
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Georgia May Jagger presented a frilly dress from the Vivienne Westwood ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2023 fashion collection, which had a more gothic vibe. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
The show looked more like a theatrical performance than a fashion show, with models walking to the middle of the room to present a creation.
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The show looked more like a theatrical performance than a fashion show, with models walking to the middle of the room to present a creation. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
The high-heel footwear, whether in the form of gladiator sandals or chunky glam rock boots, was the highlight of the show.
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The high-heel footwear, whether in the form of gladiator sandals or chunky glam rock boots, was the highlight of the show. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

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A dance of fashion to celebrate Issey Miyake

Designer Satoshi Kondo paid tribute to the brand's late founder at Paris Fashion Week with a choreographed dance show and collection of light, sculptured silhouettes

The show began with models presenting sober monochrome outfits. A portrait of Miyake, who died last month at the age of 84, was projected on the walls.
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The show began with models presenting sober monochrome outfits. A portrait of Miyake, who died last month at the age of 84, was projected on the walls. (REUTERS)
As the show went on, models started presenting lighter outfits that allowed freedom of movement, reflecting the label's trademark style.
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As the show went on, models started presenting lighter outfits that allowed freedom of movement, reflecting the label's trademark style. (AFP)
In the collection, the house has introduced ‘vegetable polyester’, which does not use petroleum products.
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In the collection, the house has introduced ‘vegetable polyester’, which does not use petroleum products. (AFP)
The sculptural clothes had three-dimensional silhouettes.
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The sculptural clothes had three-dimensional silhouettes. (AP)
Models presented a fashion dance show—a concept Issey Miyake pioneered— wearing creations by designer Satoshi Kondo as part of his Spring-Summer 2023 Women's ready-to-wear collection show for the house Issey Miyake on 30 September, in Paris.
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Models presented a fashion dance show—a concept Issey Miyake pioneered— wearing creations by designer Satoshi Kondo as part of his Spring-Summer 2023 Women's ready-to-wear collection show for the house Issey Miyake on 30 September, in Paris. (REUTERS)

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Photos: 66 years of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra's iconic dance drama

As Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra gets set to present the 66th edition of its annual dance drama, ‘Shri Ram’, here is a look back at its evolution through the years

The 66th edition of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra's annual dance drama, ‘Shri Ram’, is going to be presented in the open air lawns yet again this year. There is something enduring about the appeal of this musical showcase, which was first staged in 1957
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The 66th edition of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra's annual dance drama, ‘Shri Ram’, is going to be presented in the open air lawns yet again this year. There is something enduring about the appeal of this musical showcase, which was first staged in 1957
The first ever presentation of ‘Shri Ram’ in Ferozshah Kotla was choreographed by Narendra Sharma, who went to establish Bhoomika Creative Dance Centre in the capital. He also essayed the role of Ravana, while his wife played Sita
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The first ever presentation of ‘Shri Ram’ in Ferozshah Kotla was choreographed by Narendra Sharma, who went to establish Bhoomika Creative Dance Centre in the capital. He also essayed the role of Ravana, while his wife played Sita
The 1957 showcase was attended by many dignitaries including Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
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The 1957 showcase was attended by many dignitaries including Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Over the years, the dance drama has witnessed many changes, including the shift in the venue to the Kendra open-air lawns. Shobha Deepak Singh, director and vice chairperson, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, changed the narration from Awadhi to Hindi in the early 2000s to make it more accessible to public. 
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Over the years, the dance drama has witnessed many changes, including the shift in the venue to the Kendra open-air lawns. Shobha Deepak Singh, director and vice chairperson, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, changed the narration from Awadhi to Hindi in the early 2000s to make it more accessible to public. 
The choreography has also evolved to include performing and martial art forms such as the Mayurbhanj Chhau and Kalaripayattu. Staged over two hours and 40 minutes, the dance drama presents 28 key scenes from the Ramayana
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The choreography has also evolved to include performing and martial art forms such as the Mayurbhanj Chhau and Kalaripayattu. Staged over two hours and 40 minutes, the dance drama presents 28 key scenes from the Ramayana
Today the production is put together entirely in-house. According to Singh, for years, the Kendra students have been involved in the pre-production of the show, However, this time around they will actively participate in the show. ‘It is commendable that our costumes and jewellery are also taken care of internally by our costumes and ornaments Incharge Laxmi Kohli and Sohan Lal,’ she adds
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Today the production is put together entirely in-house. According to Singh, for years, the Kendra students have been involved in the pre-production of the show, However, this time around they will actively participate in the show. ‘It is commendable that our costumes and jewellery are also taken care of internally by our costumes and ornaments Incharge Laxmi Kohli and Sohan Lal,’ she adds

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Our favourite looks from New York Fashion Week

From Prabal Gurung to Tom Ford, designers presented garments that were all about celebrating the present

Big hair and a lot of shine perfectly sums the Tom Ford show. Bella Hadid showcases one such look here from his showcase.
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Big hair and a lot of shine perfectly sums the Tom Ford show. Bella Hadid showcases one such look here from his showcase. (REUTERS)
To find inspiration for his collection, Prabal Gurung said, in his show notes,  he ventured into New York City's outer boroughs, where ‘the style, the confidence, the nightlife and these younger generations evoked a familiar but new sense of unabashed authenticity that reignited the same fire my mother gave me as a boy.’ What emerged were stunning colourful garments that were all about celebrating life.
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To find inspiration for his collection, Prabal Gurung said, in his show notes,  he ventured into New York City's outer boroughs, where ‘the style, the confidence, the nightlife and these younger generations evoked a familiar but new sense of unabashed authenticity that reignited the same fire my mother gave me as a boy.’ What emerged were stunning colourful garments that were all about celebrating life. (AP)
How to give workwear a resort-style twist? The Michael Kors collection at the fashion week has a good answer. 
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How to give workwear a resort-style twist? The Michael Kors collection at the fashion week has a good answer.  (AP)
The Proenza Schouler showcase had several gorgeous ensembles with cascading ruffles, either spilling down the back of a dress or ‘dripping’ down a long sleeve. 
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The Proenza Schouler showcase had several gorgeous ensembles with cascading ruffles, either spilling down the back of a dress or ‘dripping’ down a long sleeve.  (AP)
After three years, Tommy Hilfiger returned to the runway with a new monogram and an edgier look.
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After three years, Tommy Hilfiger returned to the runway with a new monogram and an edgier look. (AFP)
Carolina Herrera's collection of lush florals inspired by ‘The Secret Garden’ inside Manhattan's Plaza Hotel was about celebrating the simple joys of life, 
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Carolina Herrera's collection of lush florals inspired by ‘The Secret Garden’ inside Manhattan's Plaza Hotel was about celebrating the simple joys of life,  (REUTERS)
Christian Siriano brought the elegance of old Hollywood glamour to the runway.
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Christian Siriano brought the elegance of old Hollywood glamour to the runway. (AP)

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Jean-Luc Godard: Champion of New Wave cinema

Director Jean-Luc Godard, who died yesterday at the age of 91, leaves behind a legacy of inventive and influential cinema

Jean-Luc Godard, the French-Swiss director whose movies heralded the radical New Wave film movement of the 1960s, passed away earlier this week. Photo: Reuters/Christian Hartmann
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Jean-Luc Godard, the French-Swiss director whose movies heralded the radical New Wave film movement of the 1960s, passed away earlier this week. Photo: Reuters/Christian Hartmann
Flowers at the home of the late filmmaker in Rolle, western Switzerland. Godard was hailed as one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century. Photo: AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini
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Flowers at the home of the late filmmaker in Rolle, western Switzerland. Godard was hailed as one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century. Photo: AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini
Godard at the press conference for his film, ‘Detective’ at the 38th International Film Festival in Cannes in 1985. A New York Times article by Vincent Canby, published on the film's release, stated: ‘Detective’ is pure Jean-Luc Godard, which means that it's a movie with its own distinctive look, and that it makes demands on its audience that will probably send a lot of people screaming into the night. Photo: AFP/ Ralph Gatti
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Godard at the press conference for his film, ‘Detective’ at the 38th International Film Festival in Cannes in 1985. A New York Times article by Vincent Canby, published on the film's release, stated: ‘Detective’ is pure Jean-Luc Godard, which means that it's a movie with its own distinctive look, and that it makes demands on its audience that will probably send a lot of people screaming into the night. Photo: AFP/ Ralph Gatti
‘Breathless’ was considered a pathbreaking film for the new techniques that it brought to fore and for its novel style of storytelling Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ www.affichescinema.com
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‘Breathless’ was considered a pathbreaking film for the new techniques that it brought to fore and for its novel style of storytelling Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ www.affichescinema.com
Godard with French actress Nathalie Baye during the presentation of his film, ‘Sauve qui peut (la vie)’ at the 33rd Cannes International Film Festival. Photo: AFP/ Ralph Gatti 
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Godard with French actress Nathalie Baye during the presentation of his film, ‘Sauve qui peut (la vie)’ at the 33rd Cannes International Film Festival. Photo: AFP/ Ralph Gatti 

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Old Hollywood glam rules Emmy red carpet

From Amanda Seyfried to Zendaya, the stars went all out for the 2022 edition of the event in Los Angeles

Actor Jean Smart, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for ‘Hacks’, opted for a simple, chic Christian Siriano gown.
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Actor Jean Smart, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for ‘Hacks’, opted for a simple, chic Christian Siriano gown. (AFP)
Zendaya, who won an Emmy for 'Lead Actress in a Drama' for her portrayal of Rue Benett in ‘Euphoria’, wore a glamorous Valentino gown at the after-party. 
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Zendaya, who won an Emmy for 'Lead Actress in a Drama' for her portrayal of Rue Benett in ‘Euphoria’, wore a glamorous Valentino gown at the after-party.  (AFP)
Amanda Seyfried, who wore a strapless Armani Privé gown, took home an Emmy for ‘The Dropout’.  
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Amanda Seyfried, who wore a strapless Armani Privé gown, took home an Emmy for ‘The Dropout’.   (AFP)
British actor Hannah Waddingham wore a pair of sparkly Dolce and Gabbana sneakers under a pink tulle gown by the Italian fashion brand.
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British actor Hannah Waddingham wore a pair of sparkly Dolce and Gabbana sneakers under a pink tulle gown by the Italian fashion brand. (AFP)

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