Celebrated designer Ambar Paridhi Sahai’s brand, Mine of Design, has made great strides on fashion platforms in India and abroad. “The pandemic just precipitated a process I was silently working on for a full year—to restructure my brand on the sustainability model, to take the tradition of jewellery-making to its ‘age of innocence’ where both the world and its people are treated with dignity,” she shares.
Soft-spoken, a vision of zen, and armed with a sharp, aesthetic mind, Ambar, a topper of the batch of 1999 for the Accessory Design course at NIFT, is a known name in the realm of jewellery design. Her brand is well patronised for both precious jewels and fashion accessories created for whimsy. Part of the young and creative crop of the FDCI, who break old bastions and play with newer pastures, Ambar is now exploring a realm no other in the business has bothered about—sustainable jewellery.
She shares, “2020 has been a real wake-up call for all of us. It has made us realize the fragility of it all. For me, it has also been a moment to value human life. Hence, I have restructured my work as per what I call ethical and fair practice.” To begin with, she has taken the manufacturing of her jewels to the process of slow fashion, where there is limited intervention by chemicals and only the most natural of metals and stones are adopted. “More importantly, health and safety protocols are followed and the kaarigars are ethically employed and paid their due wages,” she explains. Realising that people today are afraid of exposing themselves to strange surfaces, Ambar also ensures that each of her pieces is virus-free and sanitised before the eyes of the consumer.
Ambar’s design oeuvre is steeped in heritage. Her past exploration with elements like vintage coins, trinket bells, and tribal medallions set in rows of shiny garnets made her a big hit in both India and abroad. She plays with shapes and sizes to combine the depth of drama with a touch of the subtle.
From crafting dramatic neck pieces that combine heritage iconography of the sat lada with vibrant inclusions of multi-coloured beads and shiny medallions, to creating delicate strings and charm bracelets to be worn with power suits, and blending the realm of traditional bridal jewellery with beads and baubles, Ambar’s fashion jewels are a discovery for the adventurous fashionista. Mine of Design can be found on the shelves of leading stores like Carma, Ogaan, Aza, Fuel, Anantam, Atosa, Kyra and Pernia’s Pop Up. Mine of Design is present in more than 13 countries with presence in Museums like Victoria & Albert London,
In reverse, her precious jewels are true classics, a rejig of forms and shapes worn by past generations. It is like a dip into grandma’s closet or a trip down regal memory boulevard. She admits, “My heart lies in the real stuff. I get compelled to recreate the glorious past the moment I find myself immersed in gold, polkis, emeralds, diamonds and rubies of the finest facet.”
She is on the panel of MMTC (Metal and Mineral Trading Corporation of India, Government of India Enterprise) and WGC (World Gold Council) and her jewels have been worn by Bollywood stars like Karishma Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Neha Dhupia, Raveena Tandon, Jacqueline Fernandes, Soha Ali Khan and Huma Quereshi. “However, nothing gives me a bigger high than finding my jewels on a stunning real woman of resilience,” she says.
A globe-trotter, she has also shown in FDCI shows and many private platforms within India. She was also invited to Premiere Classe, Who’s Next, Paris, which is a true ground for global protégés, the Bridal Fashion Week, Canada, the VOD in Dubai, and the Schenzen Fair in China, besides many others. A spiritual soul and a thinker, she adds, “Jewellery is part of our collective memory. It is what binds generations together. It is the silent crown in every woman’s persona. I am glad I have been able to create this crown for so many powerful women.”
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TOM HOLLAND TO RETURN FOR ANOTHER ‘SPIDER-MAN’ TRILOGY
WASHINGTON: It seems like the upcoming film ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ will not be actor Tom Holland’s last outing as Marvel’s neighbourhood web-slinger. According to Variety, longtime ‘Spider-Man’ producer Amy Pascal has stated that Holland is expected to return as Spider-Man for at least three more movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “This is not the last movie that we are going to make with Marvel — [this is not] the last Spider-Man movie,” she told movie ticketing site Fandango on Monday. Pascal added, “We are getting ready to make the next SpiderMan movie with Tom Holland and Marvel, it just isn’t part of… we’re thinking of this as three films, and now we’re going to go onto the next three.”
AS AN ACTOR, IT HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY BEING ZARINA, SAYS RICHA
MUMBAI: Inside Edge season 3 is almost upon us and the excitement and hype is real. The game behind the game gets to a whole new level and season 3 promises to be filled with more drama and surprises than before. Richa Chadda who plays Zarina in the show has had her say on season 3.
Richa Chadda shares, “It feels surreal to know that we are already on the third season. As an actor, it has been an incredible journey being Zarina, a layered and nuanced character, non-trapped by conventions that have kept it relevant over the seasons. As the game behind the game thickens into the third one, so does Zarina’s urge to claim what is rightfully hers in this man’s world. ‘Inside Edge Season 3’ is replete with similar elements of drama, suspense and excitement that have defined the series for the audience. But the stakes and proportions are higher, this time.” Recently the ex-Indian cricketer/coach, Ravi Shastri got the fans amped up as he showered some serious praise on Vayu, who is all set to lead his team in ‘Inside Edge season 3.’ Created by Karan Anshuman and directed by Kanishk Varma, Inside Edge will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on December 03.
SARA VISITS MITHIBAI KSHITIJ TO LAUNCH HER NEW SONG ‘CHAKA CHAK’
MUMBAI: The unforgettable noon of the 29th of November marked the arrival of Sara Ali Khan at the Santaokba Sadan Hall at Mithibai College, to launch her new song, ‘Chaka Chak’ from her upcoming movie ‘Atrangi Re’.
Her lively personality was reciprocated by Team Kshitij’s enthusiasm when she requested for one on one interaction, and the team shared a moment with her as they enacted an iconic pose from this awaited movie. Team Kshitij also made a life-size rangoli of the title of her film ‘Atrangi Re’. During her visit, Sara performed live for the audience and when her lively performance received a ‘once more’ request from the overjoyed crowd, she did not hesitate to call upon some exhilarated students who then danced alongside her. This fun-filled episode was followed by a tremendously interactive conversation where the talented personality answered some questions with utmost courtesy. Sara shared about her memorable college experience that led to her taking up acting as a career, as well as some inspiring advice for young aspirants.
‘83’ TRAILER IS A PERFECT BLEND OF CRICKET, UNITY, PATRIOTISM
MUMBAI: Get ready to go on a nostalgia trip as Ranveer Singh-starrer ‘83’ will give you a chance to relive India’s first cricket World Cup triumph all over again.
On Tuesday, the makers of the film unveiled the trailer, which is a perfect blend of cricket, unity, and patriotism. The trailer begins with the commentator mentioning how the Indian cricket team must be recovering from the double thrashing they received from West Indies and Australia at India vs Zimbabwe 1983 match. What follows is the journey of how team India emerged as champions at the 1983 World Cup despite several hurdles.
Helmed by Kabir Khan, ‘83’ stars Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, who led the World Cup-winning team, and after watching the trailer, it’s safe to say that the actor has paid minute attention to Dev’s mannerisms. Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jiiva, Saqib Saleem, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinker Sharma, Nishant Dahiya, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk, Addinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa, R Badree and Pankaj Tripathi are also part of the sports drama.
The trailer also gave us a glimpse of Deepika Padukone as Kapil Dev’s wife Romi. Now, the audience will be able to relive the historic moment via ‘83’, which is scheduled to release in theatres on December 24.
NICK, PRIYANKA ENJOY DATE NIGHT AT BRITISH FASHION AWARDS 2021
LONDON: Ahead of their third wedding anniversary, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra took social media ablaze with their recent pictures from their stylish appearance at the 2021 British Fashion Awards in London on Monday night.
Nick took to his Instagram handle and shared a series of pictures with his wife who wore a grand flower-print ensemble from London-based designer Richard Quinn, as per E! News. “The star of the show,” Nick captioned the post.
For the event, Nick sported a sleek suit with shoes from Maison Margiela and Reebok, as per E! News. Priyanka and Nick shared the fashion platform with several bigwigs in the global fashion industry including Tom Felton, Gillian Anderson, Gabrielle Union and more.
The couple attended their last event together in May when Nick hosted the 2021 Billboard Music Awards. Priyanka supported her husband who was recovering from a cracked rib at that time. Priyanka recently participated in the Netflix special ‘Jonas Brothers Family Roast’ and poked fun at her husband alongside Sophie Turner, Lilly Singh and Pete Davidson.
SUSHMITA OPENS UP ON SHOOTING ‘AARYA 2’ IN MIDST OF PANDEMIC
Created by award-winning director Ram Madhvani, Aarya 2 co-produced by Endemol Shine India and Ram Madhvani Films brings to light Aarya Sareen’s journey from being powerless to fearless.
After emerging as one of the most gripping thrillers from India with an International Emmy nomination for best drama series, Aarya is set to hit the digital scene with Season 2will be available only on Disney+ Hotstar on 10th December 2021.
Ahead of the release of the second season of Aarya, Sushmita Sen has opened up on her experience of shooting for the show in the midst of a pandemic. Sushmita shared, “We’ve become lockdown specialists now! We either release during a lockdown or shoot during it, that’s our new thing! When we completed the shoot for Aarya 2 , on our farewell, we said how blessed we were to be working during the pandemic. There were so many people who had to sit at home, but this is also a nice culmination of teamwork. We had Disney+Hotstar, Ram Madhvani film, the entire crew and the cast together. Everyone just pulled in following the rules and making it possible.”
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