Month: October 2019

Month: October 2019

first_imgRoma captain Daniele de Rossi: Retirement ever closerby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma captain Daniele de Rossi admits he senses his career is coming to the end.The 35-year-old has been out since October 28 with a cartilage injury, and is unlikely to be fit to face Juventus on Saturday.“When I was young I’d have signed in any way to play half the Serie A games I have,” De Rossi told DAZN.“I’m a lucky guy, I’ve done the job I love, in the city I love, with the people I love. It weighs on me to look over the ravine, because I know the end is near, especially with this injury.“I’ve tasted what it means to be away from the squad, and I know it’s going to hurt me when I stop doing this job.“Whether that’s six months, a year, or three years, time is running out on my career.“This is the most serious injury of my career, it’s a cartilage problem, I’ve suffered a serious injury. It would be very serious if I were to tear it again at 35.“It takes time, I’ve started running and kicking the ball but I’m still behind.“The future? I have this dream of being a Coach, and if I have to think about all the things a Coach has to do what scares me most is doing 100 interviews a week!” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Molde defender Toivo: What Man Utd players can expect from Dempseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Molde defender Joona Toivo is happy for Mark Dempsey over his return to Manchester United.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-time assistant has followed the Norwegian to Old Trafford and was back helping out at Carrington for the first time this week alongside Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.”He was really enthusiastic in his coaching. As a person, he has this fire in him – everything is done to the full,” Finland international Toivo told the Manchester Evening News.”I think he is great at creating fighting spirit in the team and encouraging players to be the best they can be. He has a lot of knowledge about football and understands the game really well.”There was a lot of concentration on first touches and observing the play with Mark in training: where and how you took the first touch. He played as a midfielder when he was a player and he often said ‘play what you see’. By that, he also meant to keep it simple and to not try difficult stuff.”He was really like a friend. He’s a guy who loves to tell stories and jokes and loves to make people laugh and play pranks.” last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgMan Utd would consider buyout clause for Pogba’s new contractby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United would consider including a buyout clause in Paul Pogba’s new contract.The Times says talks between the two parties commenced on Tuesday morning.However, it’s suggested any agreement would be based on an acceptance Pogba will eventually leave.Tied to United until 2021, the aim for the club would be to maintain his transfer value.And as a gesture of goodwill, United would be willing to include a buyout clause in the new deal so preventing them from blocking a departure. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img


Month: October 2019

first_imgWolves captain Coady: Past week among best of careerby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady says the past week was one of the best of his career.The men in old gold won three matches in nine days going into the international break, including eye-catching victories at Besiktas and Manchester City. Coady told the club’s website: “We won’t forget it. It was an amazing week for this football club, we beat Watford, went to Besiktas and put the effort in with such a small squad, and then went to the home of the champions and put in a brilliant performance.“It was massive for us because a lot of people spoke, saying how we started slow, but we were learning. A lot of players haven’t played in the Europa League before, we’ve had an awful lot of games, and the most important thing was we were listening to the manager after every game and learning. We’ve got a break, which we need, but we’ll move on as soon as possible.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Spain U21 coach De la Fuente happy with attitude of Barcelona whiz Ansu Fatiby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona attacker Ansu Fati could debut with Spain’s Under-21 side against Montenegro on Tuesday.But his national team coach Luis de la Fuente doesn’t want to single the player out.The Barcelona forward replaced Carles Perez in the La Rojita squad, after the latter withdrew due to injury.”[Ansu Fati] was very calm when he arrived and wants to enjoy his football like the others,” De la Fuente told MARCA. “There are players who make a difference immediately, he is not the only case, but he has various qualities for his age and youth.”He has many chances to improve but we have to be cautious.”He is just starting out and we have to help him.”Ansu’s situation is the same as [Iker] Muniain’s in his day.”We have to treat him normally.” last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgMarcus Posley layup wins it for St. Bonaventure.St. Bonaventure defeated No, 18 VCU today, 73-71 at home, in dramatic fashion. The Bonnies’ junior guard Marcus Posley went off the dribble and beat the final buzzer with an off-balance scoop shot off the glass, igniting a wild celebration. Here’s a look at the finish, which was Posley’s second game-winning buzzer-beater of the week.What a win for St. Bonaventure. They led the entire game, only to have VCU tie it up with 16 seconds remaining. Then, you have that finish. Also, check out the beginnings of an epic court rush at the end of the Vine. The Bonnies’ fans absolutely flooded the playing area in a matter of seconds. Quality stuff.last_img


Month: October 2019

first_imgBurak Yilmaz has completed a contentious move to Besiktas after Trabzonspor confirmed that they have agreed to sell the veteran striker for a fee of €1.36 million.The Turkey striker had a previous spell with Besiktas between 2006 and 2008 and has since appeared for Fenerbahce, Trabzonspor and Galatasaray, the three other top clubs in his country.Now 33, Burak returns to the Black Eagles having made just seven appearances for Trabzonspor this season. He was fined and suspended by the club in November after he was seen gesturing and cursing towards their supporters when being substituted during their match with Bursaspor. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Many Besiktas fans are unhappy with the club’s decision to re-sign Burak, but chairman Fikret Orman insisted on completing the deal, citing the players’ admiration for the club and their problems in attack as the grounds for his return.Burak explained his delight at completing a transfer to the club his “heart belongs to” in an Instagram post on Thursday.”Life is understood retrospectively but lived preemptively. While I was trying to live my life preemptively, life has introduced me to the club which my heart belongs to. I believe this reunion has a beautiful and meaningful meaning for which we will look back in the future and realise,” the striker wrote.”I’m already excited and proud for this reunion. I want to thank Senol Gunes [Besiktas head coach], who made me wear the Besiktas uniform again and everyone who believes in me. I will do everything in my power to be worthy of this trust.”Burak Yilmaz TrabzonsporBurak, who has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, was of interest to Besiktas last summer, only to turn down his former side in favour of staying with Trabzonspor.Besiktas fans’ dislike for Burak dates back to 2012, when the Black Eagles were on the verge of beating the defending champions Galatasaray, before the striker appeared to dive for a late penalty which Selcuk Inan converted to see the match end in a 3-3 draw.Since then, many Besiktas supporters have referred to Burak as the ‘thief Burak’.The striker has addressed the supporters’ discontent at the deal by outlining his intentions to fight for the club “till the last drop of his sweat”.”I respect the criticism and praise from every individual of great Besiktas fans. I just want you to know that, from the moment I put on the Besiktas jersey, I will be aware of the responsibility that comes with being a Besiktas player and the values with which it brings. I will fight for Besiktas till the last drop of my sweat.”last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Gary Pallister believes Romelu Lukaku was ‘too heavy’ to succeed at Old Trafford this season. The former Everton striker was sold to Inter before the Premier League season began with the Red Devils shining in his absence as they fired four goals past Chelsea in a 4-0 win. And according to Pallister, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s intended style of play this season meant Lukaku’s size left him on the outside at the Theatre of Dreams.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I think Lukaku is a goalscorer and he will score plenty of goals, but the way they want to play at times, he’s too heavy,” Pallister told AmericanGambler.com . “You look at the pace in the present game; maybe Ole is looking at that and saying he can’t implement that into his game for me. He was surplus to requirements.”He’s a goal scorer, an instinctive goal scorer. He’s not the most clinical but he will get you 15-20 goals a season, but we were looking for a more rounded player.”He plays Lingard, Martial and Rashford, and we caught Chelsea napping on the ball high up the pitch. So when you can do that you’ll have more space to go into and score more goals.”Gary Neville also fired a parting shot at Lukaku’s weight with the striker since hitting the ground running in Italy as he scored four goals on debut in pre-season. In Lukaku’s absence, Pallister pointed out at that 17-year-old Mason Greenwood looks ready to step up this season in front of goal for United. “I think they have Greenwood coming through, and he looks a special talent,” he said.”You don’t like to get ahead of yourself with kids of that age, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen anyone be that comfortable in that environment at that age.”He’s six foot odd, can use both left and right feet, knows how to score a goal and he looks the real deal at the moment. He’s still got a lot of work to do, he has to mature and find his feet at that level.”The fact that Ole has played him a lot in pre-season, and had him on the bench on the weekend suggests he’s ready for the Premier League.” After a strong start to their domestic season, the Red Devils will be hoping to build momentum when they travel to Wolves on Monday.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan have some epic battles on the football field, but that’s not the only place Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh compete. They do a lot of jousting on the recruiting trail, too.Meyer and Harbaugh are two of the best recruiters in the sport. OSU and Michigan have consistently had top 5-10 classes under their respective head coaches.The Wolverines were winning the battle so far this year. There’s still a long way to go in the 2019 cycle, but Michigan had the No. 1 class in the Big Ten – until this weekend.Ohio State has overtaken Michigan for the No. 1 spot with its latest commitment, a pledge from four-star lineman Harry Miller.OSU now has the No. 6 class in the country per 247Sports’ team rankings.The Buckeyes trail Alabama, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Clemson.Michigan sits at No. 14.These rankings will likely look a lot different come signing day in 2019.You can view the full class rankings here.last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgMississippi State got a terrible call against Alabama.Mississippi State has its hands full taking on No. 1 Alabama. The referees aren’t really helping out the Bulldogs either.Trailing 21-0 with less than a minute to play in the first half, Mississippi State seemingly scored a touchdown when quarterback Nick Fitzgerald found running back Kylin Hill for 11 yards. But an illegal block – a phantom illegal block – was called that negated the play.The call was on Deddrick Thomas. In the video below, it’s clear that he didn’t even touch the Alabama player in question.The referee who made the call seemingly had a great angle. He just blew the call – and cost Mississippi State points.@NCAA Alabama bias is getting absurd and RUINING college football #BAMAvsMSU pic.twitter.com/36J12T6Mvd— Scott Todd (@scotttttodd) November 10, 2018That is an absolute horrific call. Should be TD MSU.— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) November 10, 2018That block in the back call against Mississippi State on its TD was one of the worst calls that I have ever seen. The Bulldogs then miss the FG at the end of the half.That is inexcusable, refs.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 10, 2018After the call, Mississippi State seemingly scored again, only to have that play negated by a delay of game penalty. The Bulldogs later missed a field goal as time expired in the first half.Clearly, this was not the best way to end the half for the Bulldogs. They face quite an uphill battle in the second session.It’s 21-0 at halftime.last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgTua Tagovailoa points directions to a teammate.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The new Coaches’ Poll top 25 has been released following the 12th week of the 2018 college football regular season.Week 12 of the 2018 college football season didn’t look that appealing on paper, but we ended up having a pretty crazy afternoon.There was one major upset, with West Virginia falling to Oklahoma State, and several other major programs struggled to pull away. Alabama was tied with The Citadel at halftime and Ohio State needed overtime to get past Maryland.So, there have been some changes to the Coaches’ Poll heading into the 13th week of the 2018 regular season.Here’s the new poll:1Alabama11-01599631–1/12Clemson11-0153512–2/43Notre Dame11-0147003–3/114Michigan10-1138704–4/225Georgia10-1134705–2/66Oklahoma10-1125206–5/117Washington State10-111950927/NR8Louisiana State9-2111501024/249Central Florida10-0110801129/2310Ohio State10-1109108-22/1011Texas8-381601437/NR12West Virginia8-276607-56/2013Florida8-3748016311/NR14Penn State8-374201518/2015Utah State10-1704013-213/NR16Washington8-368701716/1917Utah8-3551019216/NR18Kentucky8-3502021312/NR19Syracuse8-3432012-712/NR20Mississippi State7-4397023314/NR21Northwestern7-43020NR521/NR22Boise State9-2297024217/NR23Fresno State9-21190NR417/NR24Army9-2970NR424/NR25Pittsburgh7-4900NR825/NRThe new AP Poll will be released at 2 p.m. E.T. Stay tuned.last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgA panorama view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during a game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Stop the presses: Alabama football has landed a five-star defensive lineman. Chris Braswell, the No. 1 defensive end in the class of 2020 and a five-star prospect, just committed to play for Nick Saban.Braswell stars for St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. He is the second-ranked Maryland player in the class.247Sports ranks him No. 19 overall among 2020 recruits.Chris Braswell announced his Alabama football commitment today.He made the pledge via Twitter:COMMITED ⚪️? #ROLLTIDE? pic.twitter.com/X9TlUiaiQM— Chris Braswell (@Chrisbras410) November 25, 2018Braswell was in Tuscaloosa over the weekend to take in the Iron Bowl. After his commitment, he discussed the decision with 247Sports:“I have a good relationship with the coach and I feel like I fit will into the system and the history of the school,” Braswell told BamaOnLine as to why he decided on the Tide.With the commitment, Alabama’s 2020 class jumps up to No. 1 in the country, joining the top-ranked 2019 recruiting class.The 2018 recruiting cycle was the first in some time that Alabama failed to finish with the top overall class. With the two classes that Nick Saban has right now, don’t expect that to become a trend.[247Sports]last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_img Lathan Ransom is down to Notre Dame, Texas and Ohio State and plans to make announcement on July 16.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) July 2, 2019Ransom is the No. 4 safety and No. 75 overall recruit in his class, per 247Sports.Ohio State is the favorite to receive Ransom’s commitment according to 247Sports’ crystal ball predictions, with 93-percent of the analysts picking the Buckeyes. He’d be another excellent addition to Ryan Day’s 2020 recruiting class.Both Ohio State and Texas have history developing safeties into legitimate NFL prospects. Perhaps, Ransom would be the next prospect to come from either program.Notre Dame is also a serious contender for Ransom due to its success on and off the field. Ransom spoke to 247Sports about why the Fighting Irish are high on his list, and he spoke highly about their tradition.We’ll find out where Ransom is attending college in two weeks. A closeup of a Nike football on the field during a game.NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 1: A general view of the game football taken during the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas State Wildcats on October 1, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners won 43-21. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)One of the top recruits from the 2020 recruiting class is nearing his commitment very soon. Four-star safety Lathan Ransom released his decision date which is set for later this month.Ransom is considering five elite programs in LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Texas. However, three of those programs have separated from the group.The latest reports on Ransom hint that Ohio State, Notre Dame and Texas are among his top three choices. It doesn’t mean Oklahoma and LSU can’t make a late run to land his commitment, but it does put them at a disadvantage.As for Ransom’s decision date, the four-star recruit will announce his commitment on July 16.last_img read more



Month: October 2019

first_imgVirat Kohli is the greatest-ever ODI batsman, says Michael ClarkeFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke said one has to respect Virat Kohli’s passion for the game and that the India captain’s commitment is unquestionable.advertisement Press Trust of India MelbourneJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 14:32 IST Virat Kohli has already scored 39 ODI hundreds and is on course to break a few of Sachin Tendulkar’s records (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMichael Clarke heaped praise on Virat Kohli, saying the India captain’s passion for the sport is peerlessClarke also said MS Dhoni will be effective wherever he bats for India in ODIsMS Dhoni won his first Man of the Series award in 8 years as India beat Australia 2-1 in ODIsThat Virat Kohli is destined to be among the pantheons of all-time greats is an oft-repeated assertion but for former Australia captain Michael Clarke, the India skipper is already the “greatest ODI batsman to have ever played the game”.Kohli, the world’s no.1 Test, and ODI batsman, led India through a historic tour of Australia, during which the team won the Test and ODI rubbers and drew the T20 International series.Kohli’s India was the first team ever not to lose any series Down Under and along the way, he continued to add to his rapidly-rising count of international hundreds.”To me, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman to have ever played one-day cricket. I have no doubts after seeing what he has achieved for India,” Clarke, himself a former World Cup-winning captain, told PTI in an interview.Kohli has already scored 10,385 runs in 219 ODIs with an astounding average of 59 plus, including 39 hundreds.An unabashed Kohli fan, Clarke said that the 30-year-old Indian’s passion is unmatchable.”You have to respect Virat’s passion to win games for his country. Yes, he has aggression but no one can question his commitment, how much he has achieved. He is the greatest in ODIs,” Clarke said.MS Dhoni knows how to react to any given situation: ClarkeWhile Kohli’s craft continues to evoke awe, his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s current form has the cricketing world divided.Dhoni’s style of batsmanship in ODIs, no longer as aggressive as it used to be, has been a matter of concern but for Clarke, the 37-year-old former India captain should be left alone to play his game.advertisement”MS knows how to react to any given situation. He has played 300 plus ODIs so he knows how to go about his job,” Clarke said.But would Dhoni have been as effective as he was in the third ODI against Australia if the target would have been 330 instead of 230?”I think he would have played differently. It was 230 and he had a particular strategy and it would have been different if the target would have been bigger,” he said.”Look at his approach in the second game in Adelaide and the third game in Melbourne. It was different,” Clarke said.Asked what should be Dhoni’s batting position in the World Cup, Clarke said, “Any position 4, 5 or 6. He is good enough to bat at any position and I believe Virat will use him accordingly.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya will definitely be part of India’s World Cup squad: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Glenn Maxwell should lead Australia at World Cup 2019, says Mitchell JohnsonAlso Read | 2019 World Cup: India looking at Rishabh Pant as backup top-order batsmanAlso Read | Pujara hundreds, Pant banter and Dhoni 2.0: Recapping India’s historic Australia tourAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Michael ClarkeFollow MS DhoniFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India cricket teamFollow 2019 Cricket World Cuplast_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_img Next India’s fashion decadeHow has India’s fashion vocabulary evolved and grown in the last ten years? As we stand at the turning point of this decade, we trace the big style milestones that have shaped how Indians engage with fashion today.advertisement Bandana Tewari April 5, 2019 ISSUE DATE: April 15, 2019UPDATED: April 5, 2019 15:54 IST Model Madhulika SharmaStyled by Smridhi SibalSaree Bodice; Jacket Rahul MishraBangles En IndeShoes Christian LouboutinHair & Makeup Amanender Sidhu. Photograph by BANDEEP SINGHThe last decade has seen the emergence of a unique signature that is sparse on frills but abundant in abstract and academic expressions in fashion. Modern Indian Minimalism-unadulterated by overwhelming embellishments, the hitherto obvious hallmark of most Indian designers-is a language that relies on pattern-cutting, experimentation with yarns, geometry ofThe last decade has seen the emergence of a unique signature that is sparse on frills but abundant in abstract and academic expressions in fashion. Modern Indian Minimalism-unadulterated by overwhelming embellishments, the hitherto obvious hallmark of most Indian designers-is a language that relies on pattern-cutting, experimentation with yarns, geometry of shapes, non-figurative design garnishes and unorthodox traditional techniques.Fashion Of QuietudeWhat makes this movement uniquely Indian is the prominent role Indian textiles play in the minimalist designers’ practice. The resurgence of handmade textiles of India in fashion design-with their invaluable cultural, social and environmental narratives-is what makes this industry exciting today. Indian textiles give designers the tactility to explore the relationship between wearer and weave. These young designers, who graduated from pedigreed design schools across the world, use a unique language of design provocations and interventions, to build their oeuvres. They challenge us to shift our perceptions and constantly question our relationship with clothes. Ruchika Sachdeva of Bodice, winner of the prestigious International Woolmark Prize 2017/2018 has a penchant, for instance, for finding a symbiosis between disparate inspirations and techniques. Her Woolmark collection took on the 18th century costumes of Indian nautch girls but designed them using modern and minimalist menswear tailoring. Using natural fabrics including hand-woven textiles by artisans in Uttar Pradesh, Antar Agni’s Ujjawal Dubey is adept at splicing and draping monochromatic fabrics; and by almost completely eliminating surface ornamentation he achieves an overall look that is reminiscent of zen enthusiasts, but with oodles of swag.Taking the lead from thoroughbred rule-breakers of senior designers like Rajesh Pratap Singh, Abraham & Thakore, Anamika Khanna among others, these designers do not hesitate to imbue their designs with a rich tapestry of thought and passion. Always looking at a labyrinth of esoteric poets, philosophers, architects, etc., that inspire them, they are perched faraway from the brouhaha of Bollywood muses, so now we see a generation of young designers go to great lengths to create authentic narratives of the cloth. They are the realists of today, addressing the form-function duality with much more academic finesse and design precision than their predecessors.advertisementBut here is the interesting part-amidst this fashion of quietude, there also exists a gargantuan wedding fashion industry that spikes up the excess scale, exposing the fashion bipolarity in India today.Excess drowns minimalismThe wedding blitzkrieg that hit India in the last one year with the mega brides- Priyanka Chopra, Isha Ambani Piramal, Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma, and the way they enthralled Indians world-wide, is demonstrative of India’s increasing obsession with cinematic nuptials, in and out of movie theatres. Weddings today feed into the extravagant mix of tradition, aspiration and modern affluence, accounting for the business of marriage to be a whopping $40-50 billion per annum according to a recent KPMG report. Also, with 50 percent of Indians being below the age of 29, the wedding industry is not only a lucrative business, it is also a massive canvas for Indian designers to test their design sensibility for a generation of women who are becoming increasingly liberal, emancipated and experimental. Designers Rakesh Thakore and David Abraham have always been known for their mindful designs. Photo by M Zhazo CULT OF EXCESS? The wedding industry is a massive canvas for Indian designers to test their design sensibility for a generation of women who are becoming increasingly liberal, emancipated and experimental. A model sports a Rahul Mishra jacket rich in craftsmanship and technique. Photo by Shriya Patil ShindeSabyasachi Mukherjee, the retro-revivalist designer, is at the forefront of this bridal extravaganza of design. From sexing-up the bride with Kamasutra-esque deep décolletage to his homage to spectacular traditional crafts-he has women world-over squealing in delight with every collection. When Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas tied the knot in Udaipur, the actress shared some well-orchestrated photos to her 35.7 million Instagram followers, dressed in a bespoke Sabyasachi Kanauj rose lehenga with intricate French embroidery and fine sequin work that took 3,720 man-hours and 110 embroiderers from Kolkata to create. Of course, it went viral.On the other hand, artist-designer Payal Khandwala, is popular among the non-conformists in wedding celebrations, but who want to look, what she calls-‘Indian modern’. In her refined assemblage of blazing colours, she evokes the mantra ‘fierce and feminine’ that pretty much sums up the women who grew up in the #MeToo generation.Rahul Mishra has seamlessly transferred his nuanced Indian craftsmanship, displayed in Paris Fashion Week every year, to the bridal ensembles of India. “We employ our signature 3D hand embroidered, hand-cut and hand-appliqué style. We use a huge bouquet of embroidery techniques like zardozi, French knots, aari, appliqué and the shading on the flowers is done by using ‘Farishe ka Kaam'” says Mishra.advertisementWhat this means, is that bridal-wear is becoming one of the biggest champions of craft in India. However literally they may be executed, the notions of what opulence means is seeing a paradigm shift-from cheap crystals and garish embellishments to culturally rich handicraft, from different corners of India, which become prized heirloom pieces.Fashion through a gender lensFor aeons, gender identity has been at the centre of fashion’s dialogue. And the last decade has seen the complete overhaul of it. It would be an understatement to say that the history of modern Indian fashion can be traced through the gay lens. This incredibly talented community of Indians, marginalised and living in a grey area of don’t-ask-don’t-tell thus far, has nonetheless played one of the most powerful roles in the fashion industry. They have been at the forefront of creating the alternative, the outré, the swag of fashion as we know it today.Fashion has played a particularly important role, in disseminating very personal, yet powerful messages about egalitarianism and diversity through clothes. Whether it was lead via androgynous clothes or gender fluid designs, or through LGBTQ+ models on the ramp-fashion has always been a place to make subtle pleas to uphold the dignity of the rainbow flag.Today, show after show, we see bold tributes being raised to uphold its sanctity. Chola’s head designer, Sohaya Mishra, fearlessly creates a platform on the ramp for those who are not seemingly accepted. Her “Bye Felicia” fashion show had models and LGBTQ community activists dressed as drag queens, wearing Chola’s latest collection. Whether its gimmicky or not, is a matter of opinion. But to have the faces of the LGBTQ+ movement represented visually right up-front on the ramp is exemplary.Global popular culture has played a pivotal role in opening doors and minds. Laverne Cox on the cover of Time, the TV series Transparent and Call Me Caitlyn were paradigm shifting milestones. Gender prejudice is a thing of the past. Huemn plays this out beautifully with their gender-fluid collections. As a luxe-street meets athletic-leisure brand, it is known to play the zeitgeist card well. It’s last collection was a tribute to the blurring of the male-female binary and broadening the playing field for inclusivity. Photo by M ZhazoThe sustainability questionBy far the biggest change in fashion is coming from the global dialogue on sustainability. Just weeks ago, the United Nations announced the launch of UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion in Nairobi, an effort to bring all the stakeholders of fashion, including NGOs, activists and institutions, etc, to create a cohesive blueprint and address the environmental issues festered by fashion. And countries like India are coming under the microscope because of the sheer manufacturing power it wields. So when Lakme Fashion Week joined hands with the United Nations, to launch the first Circular Design Challenge-it was certainly the need of the hour. This was a sign of things to come: sustainable fashion is priority.advertisement Photograph by Shriya Patil ShindeThe “2017 Global Online Consumer Report” published by KPMG surveyed thousands of people in 50 countries and noted that people no longer “go” shopping, but literally “are” shopping every minute online with their smartphones. This shopping frenzy has resulted in 34 million shipping containers (with a standard length of 20ft) being carted around the world every year. Way back in 1915, German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin called this CBD (compulsive buying disorder) aka oniomania or “buying mania”.Designers in India are beginning to question the consumer’s obsession with novelty. The younger designers, especially ones who are studying sustainable design practices, understand that if they continue to follow linear system of “take-make-waste”, their business will not be able to sustain itself, leave alone the environment. While iconic Indian brands like Arvind Mills and Good Earth are leading the way for sustainable business practices, the relatively new brands in India are also jumping onto the green bandwagon. I Was A Sari is a eco-ethical brand that upcycles pre-loved, used sarees, converting them into very hip, contemporary clothes.For Seerat Virdi, founder of Miesu, ‘wear and re-wear’ is crucial not only to her ideology but her design practice. Her clothes made from fashion waste, can be worn in multiple ways, allowing for clothes to sit in your closet longer (if not forever), instead of being dumped in a landfill. Bareek by Aman Singh makes sure his natty button-down shirts, in cotton or khadi, are created on a non-mechanised loom, and always woven by an artisan. Doodlage by Kriti Tula believes in the ‘scrap to fab’ fashion practice that allows her to upcycle fashion material waste into new garments that are worthy to be on the ramp. “Fast-fashion consumerism is a fairly new concept in India,” she says. “We were given hand-me-downs while growing up. We always did something with useless clothing; used loose or tight clothing by altering them. Growing up this way, I’ve always lived consciously.In many ways fashion has come full circle as Indian designers create their own language, drawing on the best of the past and looking to the future.Bandana Tewari is a lifestyle journalist and sustainability activist. She is a columnist for The Business of Fashion website and was Vogue India’s Editor-at-Large for 13 years.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgIPL 2019: Virat Kohli is still learning as a captain, says Simon KatichFormer Australia batsman and Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich said has the necessary attributes that make a good captain. He also pointed out that the India and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper is still learning about himself as a leader.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service KolkataApril 16, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 14:29 IST KKR assistant coach Simon Katich said Kohli has got a strong desire to succeed which is what you need as a captain (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYou can be a great player as he is, leadership is something that can be developed over a long period of time: KatichKohli has got a strong desire to succeed which is what you need as a captain: KatichKKR and RCB will be hoping to return to winning ways when the two teams meet in Kolkata on FridayVirat Kohli is still learning as a captain, feels former Australia batsman Simon Katich ahead of his team Kolkata Knight Riders’ clash with the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens here on Friday.RCB and India skipper Kohli has cut a forlorn figure more often than not in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season as his team slumped to one defeat after the other, currently finding themselves rooted to the bottom of the table with seven losses from eight outings. On Monday night, they lost to Mumbai Indians by five wickets.Arguably one of the best batsman to have ever played the game, Kohli has failed to inspire his bunch and Katich, who is the assistant coach of KKR, feels the 30-year old still needs to develop as a leader.”I don’t know how he operates within the group. He is probably still learning as a captain as well,” Katich told IANS in an interview.”You can be a great player as he is, leadership is something that can be developed over a long period of time. So he is still in a phase where he is learning a lot about himself as a leader,” said the 43-year old former Test opener.Kohli will lead the Indian team to the World Cup in a little more than a month’s time in England and Wales.Katich said while Kohli the batsman cannot be faulted, MS Dhoni’s guidance will be the key at the mega event starting May 30.”He has got everything covered as a player, he is going to go down as one of the all time greats. There is no doubt about that. As a leader, he has got attributes like passion and energy he brings to the team, India and RCB. He wants to win and has got a strong desire to succeed which is what you need as a captain.advertisement”But there is also more to it than that. Getting the best out of players, being able to allow players to feel comfortable playing the way they play to help them be as successful as possible. He is learning from one of the greats (Dhoni). As a player you like the captain backing you and that’s something that Virat is still learning as a captain.”KKR will take on RCB looking for a win badly to snap their three-game losing streak.Asked about RCB’s travails, Katich opined the team may have not been able to gel together as a unit and don’t seem clear in the way they want to play despite having star players in their arsenal.”You look at some of the players they have had, I guess you got to ask the question, are they clear in the way they want to play? Because in terms of what they have at their disposal, they haven’t been able to gel as a unit.”That’s something only the coaches and captain can answer. We can only answer from our position and from an opposition point of view, we try to exploit their weaknesses. And if there is over reliance on any players, you try to exploit that by putting pressure on them.”Katich also backed KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik to bat at No.4 for India in the World Cup after the stumper-batsman trumped Dhoni’s heir-apparent Rishabh Pant to the 15-member squad announced on Monday.”There is lot of talk around that No.4 spot, and he is a guy who likes to spend time in the middle. Once he is set, he is very hard to bowl to at the back end. He has got all the tricks and he does have the timing and power to clear the rope,” Katich said.Karthik hasn’t been among runs so far in the IPL, batting at No.5 or No.6. Katich believes it is down to the lack of opportunities that the 33-year old has got.”He can potentially bat higher. He has done very well as a finisher. There is no doubt he is in good form, he just needs opportunities. There is no doubt that when he has got opportunities, he has done well for India and KKR,” he concluded.Also Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Month: October 2019

first_img Next Reuters ManchesterMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 18:25 IST Manchester United recorded in fall of profit fro last year after a poor season (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSManchester United finished the 2018-19 season in sixth placeUnited will not be playing in next season’s Champions LeagueEd Woodward said the poor season will not affect to next yearEnglish soccer club Manchester United said it would meet its financial forecasts for 2018-19 despite what it called a “turbulent season” that ended with only a sixth place finish in the Premier League.Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the three months to the end of March fell to 41.2 million pounds ($52.8 million), down from 45.7 million a year earlier, the club said on Thursday.That reflected in part the impact of wage costs of 84.8 million pounds, an increase of 9.7 million pounds from a year ago, mainly due to investment in a playing squad which includes French World Cup winner Paul Pogba and Chilean Alexis Sanchez.Calls to rebuild the squad have grown louder after the 20-time English champions missed out on a berth in next season’s lucrative UEFA Champions League competition.”Preparations for the new season are underway and the underlying strength of our business will allow us to support the manager and his team as we look to the future,” Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward said, after what he called a “turbulent season”.Despite a brief upturn in form after replacing manager Jose Mourinho with former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the team stuttered in the last few weeks and ultimately finished in sixth place in the domestic league, a whopping 32 points behind champions Manchester City.The club continues to expect revenue of 615-630 million pounds and adjusted EBITDA of 175-190 million pounds for the year to the end of June.Also Read | Manchester City referred to UEFA judicial chamber over alleged FFP breachesadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Manchester UnitedFollow Man UnitedFollow Ed Woodward Manchester United to meet financial goals after turbulent seasonManchester United Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward said that the club will meet their financial goals and support the manager’s transfer needs for next season.advertisementlast_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_img India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 09:50 IST World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant from Southampton (virat.kohli Instagram)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant and Virat Kohli posed from Southampton ahead of India’s match vs AfghanistanRishabh Pant was added to India squad as replacement for injured Shikhar DhawanPant may make his World Cup debut on Saturday vs Afghanistan in SouthamptonIndia are gearing up for their next ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against Afghanistan on Saturday with some intense training sessions in Southampton. With captain Virat Kohli maintaining there will be no slip in intensity when they take on Afghanistan, expect another complete performance from the pre-tournament favourites at The Rose Bowl.After a hectic first week at the World Cup, Team India players finally got a 5-day break ahead of their Afghanistan match. India had headed into the break on the back of a dominant 89-run win over arch-rivals Pakistan in Manchester.Having clinched one of their biggest wins over Pakistan, Team India players are making sure they are relaxing after the high-intensity encounter.Skipper Virat Kohli took to Instagram on Thursday to post a photograph of himself with Rishabh Pant, who had joined the squad as back-up ahead of the Pakistan match. The two players can be seen taking a trip around Southampton.”Southampton diaries with this champ,” Kohli wrote as caption for the photo.Rishabh Pant is likely to make his World Cup debut in India’s fifth match of World Cup 2019 against Afghanistan. The young wicketkeeper-batsman who was initially ignored from the squad was roped in a replacement player after it emerged Shikhar Dhawan wouldn’t be able to recover in time from the thumb injury he suffered in the match vs Australia.Pant may replace Vijay Shankar who suffered an injury scare after getting hit on the toe by a Jasprit Bumrah yorker in Wednesday’s training session. While Shankar seems to have recovered well, the team management may opt to rest the all-rounder who shone with the ball in his World Cup debut vs Pakistan on Sunday.advertisementPant has played only 5 ODIs for India but the wicketkeeper-batsman has proved his mettle in the shortest format of the game, shining for Delhi Capitals. Pant also scored a Test hundred each in England and Australia during India’s overseas tours last years.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar trains amidst injury concerns in SouthamptonAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli chills out with ‘champ’ Rishabh Pant ahead of Afghanistan matchICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ahead of India’s match vs Afghanistan, members of the Indian cricket team made sure they found time to relax and recover. Rishabh Pant was added to the squad as a replacement for injured Shikhar Dhawan earlier this week.advertisement Nextlast_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_img IANS MumbaiJuly 4, 2019UPDATED: July 4, 2019 12:42 IST Pankaj Tripathi will be seen in the upcoming film 83Actor Pankaj Tripathi, who will essay PR Man Singh in 83, said that he met the manager of the 1983 cricket World Cup’s Indian team, to prepare for the role, and was inspired by his continued passion for the sport.”It was an amazing experience meeting PR Man Singh. He has an incredible love and passion towards the game of cricket even today. He is a very disciplined person. He has created a huge museum in his house in Hyderabad with cricketing memorabilia. We spoke on various chapters of his personal and professional life, and I got emotional couple of times listening to his stories and life journey,” Pankaj said in a statement.”As an actor, I will try my sincere best to portray PR Man Singh to the best of my abilities, displaying his school of thought,” added the National Award-winning actor.The actor is currently in London to shoot 83, which stars Ranveer Singh in the lead role.The film is a real life story based on the historical win of team India in the cricket World Cup back in 1983, when the team was captained by Kapil Dev.ALSO READ | This is why Ranveer Singh stopped hugging Pankaj Tripathi on 83 setsALSO READ | 83: Pankaj Tripathi joins Ranveer Singh as manager of winning World Cup teamadvertisementALSO READ | Ranveer Singh’s 83 will now release in April 2020ALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in ItalyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bynisha Tags :Follow 83Follow Pankaj TripathiFollow Manager Man Singh Pankaj Tripathi on meeting manager Man Singh for 83: Got emotional listening to his life journeyPankaj Tripathi is essaying the role of the manager of the Indian cricket team, Man Singh, in the upcoming film 83. In an interview, the actor shared his experience of meeting him.advertisementlast_img read more