ART & CULTURE SUNdAY, FeBrUArY 11, 2018 8 Tom Ford puts ‘Pussy Power’ center stage at NY Fashion Week Tom Ford on Thursday put female empowerment center stage at NY Fashion Week, kicking off the global Fall/Winter 2018 season with models prowling the runway as cat women, very much wearing the trousers. If the biannual style fest battles an identity crisis as top-name labels flee to Europe, the 56-year-old Texan-born designer turned movie director was not one to let the #MeToo movement pass him by. On the first day of New York's first women's fashion week since the sexual harassment watershed exploded, the Ford woman of Fall/Winter 2018 is an alley cat, a superwoman with a "Pussy Power" purse. With barely a skirt in sight, the pant suit ruled. Models prowled the catwalk, their legs enveloped in tight pants, leggings or opaque tights of red, orange, yellow and green leopard print -- messy hair kept off their forehead protest-style with black headbands, owning the streets. If pink pussy hats were the uniform of women demonstrators against the Trump administration -- a reference to the president's use of a vulgarity on a leaked Access Hollywood tape to refer to women's genitals -- then Ford's cat theme took the play on words to another level. Even without the animal print pants, there were jaguar and zebra print kitten heels, tight lame leggings, a riot of sequins, patchwork and snakeskin on oversized coats, and boxy blazers -- belted for business. All eyes were on the models' pins; apart from daring cut-out backs barely skimming the top of the seat and cut-out waists, there were few flashes of flesh. Dresses were restricted to highnecked minis. In a throwback to hip-hop models wore silver ball hoop earrings, and there were lashings of black -- the color actresses opted to wear at the Golden Globes to protest against harassment. "Every single thing you design, at least in the luxury sector, has to be potent," Ford told Women's Wear Daily in an interview. "It has to be the most amazing thing. No one needs just another black skirt." "I get calls from our store managers all the time saying we need more things that are more expensive. When (they) say more expensive, they mean more special," he added. His models, led by 16-year-old Kaia Gerber, daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford, debuted a new collection of cosmetics called Extreme and were watched by the likes of Julianne Moore and Zayn Malik. - Red carpet empowerment - Tadashi Shoji tapped into the post-Harvey Weinstein world by offering women a sleek, powerful red carpet collection oozing 1940s Hollywood glamour, modernized with cut outs, pleating and plenty of black. Women, he said, must never apologize for what they chose to wear or for wanting to look seductive -- regardless of how male harassers may choose to excuse predatory behavior given a woman's looks. Justice League deleted scene shows Superman’s black suit Bottega Veneta immersed New York Friday in the art of Italian living, transforming the American Stock Exchange Building into a chic home with a roaring fire, as models sashayed down the runway in pajamas and sipped wine, reports BSS The Italian luxury label's Big Apple show, to celebrate the opening of its largest boutique in the world on Madison Avenue, was one of the most coveted tickets in an otherwise flailing Fashion Week as top US talent decamps to Europe. It was the first runway show in the historic Renaissance Revival building, the exheadquarters of the American Stock Exchange, reimagined as a cozy chic luxury apartment that advertised understated Italian elegance -- precisely the wares now on sale on Madison. "The Italian art of living begins and ends in the home," advised the program notes. Guests were given a fake newspaper feting the new store, referred to as "Maison," just to make sure they got the point. The set was complete with fireplace, easy chairs and elegant dining room, where at the end of the show, models poured into the living area, chatting and sipping wine. The show itself pulled out all the stops, sending out 65 models in different looks, headlined by Kaia Gerber and Gigi Hadid. Actresses Priyanka Chopra and Julianne Moore sat front row, Moore making it a fashion hat trick Bottega Veneta at home on New York runway after attending Tom Ford and Tory Burch. The fall/winter 2018 collection was very sleek, sophisticated and luxurious -- a masterclass in understated European elegance at the expense of headline- grabbing bling with not a puffer coat in sight. There were silk pajamas in sumptuous jewel colors worn under exquisitely tailored winter coats. There was animal print and patchworks of color blocks, yet it was never gaudy, never kitsch. It was an explosion of color -- warm tones for winter, yellow, red and orange, with pointy ankle boots and a copious amount of bags to highlight a mainstay of their global business empire. Justice League was one of the most expensive movies of all time, and sadly for fans and the studio Warner Bros, the returns were nowhere near they had hoped. This movie for the first time brought together DC's most powerful superheroes, but various factors made it a mess, albeit an enjoyable one. Critics brought up weak villain, uneven tone, and poor CGI, reports BBC. One of the reasons Justice League was doomed to fail was that it was a vision of two vastly different directors. It was being directed by Zack Snyder first, but after he had to drop out of the project after a family tragedy, Joss Whedon, who was already writing the movie, was invited to direct. The resulting movie was neither a purely Zack Snyder movie, nor a Joss Whedon one. Zack Snyder fans have been clamouring for a 'Snyder Cut' of the film for a while now. They believe that Zack Snyder would have made a perfect Justice League movie, and it was Joss Whedon who ruined it. While not exactly a Zack Snyder cut, these fans may get a few deleted scenes in the movie. A scene, that is shorter than a minute, and that is available on the internet shows Superman's fabled black suit. Henry Cavill, who played the role of Superman in the film, had teased a black suit on his Instagram account. But the finished product did not have anything to do with the suit. The clip (above) answers the question. Whether Warner Bros and DC had intended anything more than a glimpse of the black suit, we do not know. For those who do not know, black Superman is canon. He wore the black suit after his resurrection in the series The Death of Superman. Avengers: Infinity War is still more than two months away from release, but the hype is already building. Infinity War is the beginning of the end of the giant story that began with Iron Man in 2008 in Marvel Cinematic Universe. Currently, Black Panther, Marvel's latest film that will hit theatres on February 16, may be dominating the headlines, but it is Infinity War that is on everybody's minds, reports Reuters. Meanwhile, Marvel may inadvertently have spoiled what will happen in the upcoming film in a video they released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the video, there is a fleeting shot of Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet that shows four gems or stones inlaid in it. The Mad Titan will probably acquire all or at least most Infinity Stones in the film, but the shot may have revealed that he will have acquired four stones by the end of the film. The gauntlet shows Power Stone, Space Stone, Reality Stone, and Mind Stone. Because of the trailer, we know that he will have Power Stone and Space Stone, but Reality Stone and Mind Stone are new. Avengers Infinity War video shows Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet is missing only two stones Only two stones are out of his grasp now. Time Stone, that is safe with Doctor Strange (we hope), and Soul Stone, that has not appeared in Marvel Cinematic Universe till now. For those who do not know, Infinity Stones have immense power and their creation predates the creation of the universe. Reality Stone, for example, allows its wielder to bend and reshape reality, create a new, alternative reality, and so on. If Thanos gets all the gems, one thing is clear that even the combined might of Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and others will not be able to stop him. Avengers: Infinity War will release on April 27. H o r o S c o P e ArIeS (March 21 - April 20): If others go out of their way to pick holes in your arguments today just ignore them. Having said that, it could be there is something you have overlooked and at least one kind person will try to warn you, so don't be too eager to be rude. TAUrUS (April 21 - May 21): Your main task today is to resist the temptation to look at the world as if everything that happens is a disaster or a tragedy. Focus only on good news today - there is still plenty of it if you care to look. It's about attitude, not events. GeMINI (May 22 - June 21): Check the small print carefully before putting pen to paper today because you could have been misled into thinking that you have got the best of a deal when, in fact, others will profit a lot more than you do. Details are always important. cANcer (June 22 - July 23): The more others want you to do something you don't think is in your best interests the more you must resist. Your arguments for giving it a miss may not sound convincing but what matters is that you stick to your guns. They can't force you. Leo (July 24 - Aug. 23): Cosmic activity in your fellow fire sign of Aries has filled your head with no end of big ideas but not all of them are practical, so don't get carried away. You are under no obligation to hurry, so bide your time and think things through. VIrGo (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23): Someone who usually has only nice things to say about you will go right the other way and say something hurtful today, but you must not let it get to you. Sometimes you can be too sensitive for your own good. Don't take yourself so seriously. LIBrA (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23): You have nothing to prove and lots to gain and everything to look forward to. That is the message of the stars today and even if you don't quite believe it what happens over the next few days will bring a smile to your face. It's about time! ScorPIo (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22): If someone you don't know very well tells you what a great guy you are it's a sure sign they are after something. That something is most likely to be your money, so act cool and don't give them a thing, no matter how nicely they ask. SAGITTArIUS (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21): Your current run of good fortune is sure to come to an end eventually but there is no reason to suppose it will be any time soon. The planets indicate there are plenty of good things still to look forward to, the first of which will arrive today. cAPrIcorN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20): For some strange reason you can see enemies in every direction at the moment but most if not all of them exist only in your imagination, so get a grip on yourself and get things done. Your only real enemy is your lack of self-belief. AQUArIUS (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19): You tend to believe in yourself to such a degree that you think nothing is beyond you, and that's good, but even an Aquarius has limits and you may need to remind yourself what those limits are. A little bit of realism will go a long way. PISceS (Feb. 20 - Mar. 20): Yes, you should let other people have the last word. Yes, you should let other people lead the way. You may not entirely approve of what they say, still less of what they do, but so long as you don't get the blame why should you worry?
SPORTS SUNDAy, FEBRUARy 11, 2018 9 India bat, Iyer comes in for injured Jadhav. Rangana becomes the leading left-arm wicket-taker in Test history DHAKA: Sri Lanka veteran spinner Rangana Herathtouched another milestone on Saturday as the orthodox spinner has overtakenthe legendary Wasim Akram's tally of 414 scalps to become the highest left-armed wicket-taker in Test history, reporst BSS. Herath obtained the record, during the 2nd test match between Bangladeshand Sri Lanka, as Taijul Islam's attempted slog-sweep failed and wentstraight into the hands of Danushka Gunathilaka at the boundary. The wicketcompleted a fourwicket haul for the 39- year-old spinner and was his 415thTest dismissal. Herath is now the 12th highest wicket-taker in history of Test, two wicketsbehind India's Harbhajan Singh and four wickets behind South Africa's DaleSteyn. Among currently active cricketers, only James Anderson (523) and Steyn havepicked up more Test wickets than the former Sri Lankan skipper. Just last week, Herath became the only third Sri Lankan bowler after SriLankan great Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas to complete 500dismissals across all formats in international cricket. That feat had come inthe first Test against Bangladesh which ended in a draw. Rangana now has 415 wickets from 89 Test appearances for Sri Lanka with anaverage of 28 and a best of 127-9. He has picked up a fivewicket haul in Test, a staggering 33 times over thecourse of his career, while registering nine 10- wicket hauls. Australia v England: Glenn Maxwell hits 39 in emphatic victory. Photo: Internet. BCB name 15-memebr squad for 1st T20 with five new faces DHAKA: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) today announced a 15-member squad for the first T20I against visiting Sri Lanka, reports BSS. The new T20I skipper Shakib Al Hasan is back after recovering from injury and opener Soumya Sarkar has also been included in the squad. The new faces in the squad are Afif Hossain, Ariful Haque, Zakir Hasan, Mahidy Hasan and Abu Jayed Rahi. All these players have been rewarded for their impressive performance in the fifth edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Young star Afif had a tournament to remember in the Under-19, 2018 World Cup where he delivered some amazing all-round performances throughout the tournament. He has scored 276 runs including four half centuries with an average of 46. He also picked up nine wickets with the ball including a five-wicket haul. The first T20I between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be held on February 15 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Bangladesh T20 squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket keeper), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah Riyad, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Abu Haider Rony, Abu Jayed Rahi, Ariful Haque, Mahedi Hasan, Zakir Hasan and Afif Hossain. Football life in China: From caveman Gazza to thankful Pato SHANGHAI: Paul Gascoigne described life in China in 2003 as "like being locked in a cave", but foreign stars in the countrytoday earn among the biggest wages in football and live more like kings than Neanderthals, reports BSS. The most talented English midfielder of his generation, Gascoigne was oneof the first big-name footballers to arrive in China when he made the shockdecision to be a player-coach of second division Gansu Tianma. Now 50 and fighting alcoholism, Gascoigne lasted just a handful of gamesat the tail-end of his career and in a subsequent book the man fondly knownas "Gazza" described a nightmarish existence. "I hated it at first, especially the food. We had duck's head, duck'seyes, chicken feet and a lot of bat," Gascoigne said in the book "Gazza: MyStory". His anecdotes about his stint in Gansu, even now one of the leastdeveloped provinces in China, depicted a backwater where nobody understoodhim and there was nothing to do. It fitted a Western stereotype of life inChina -- strange food, strange language and strange environment. But China -- and Chinese football -- has come a long way since the early 2000s on the back of a booming economy, now the world's second largest after the United States. Shanghai SIPG a year ago shattered the Asian transfer record to sign Brazilian attacking midfielder Oscar from Chelsea for 60 million euros. Shanghai Shenhua at the same time lured Carlos Tevez to China on reported wages of 730,000 euros a week, making him at that time the bestearningfootballer on the planet. Tevez has since returned to Boca Juniors after failing to settle -- acommon theme throughout his career. Now 50 and fighting alcoholism, Gascoigne lasted just a handful of gamesat the tail-end of his career and in a subsequent book the man fondly knownas "Gazza" described a nightmarish existence. "I hated it at first, especially the food. We had duck's head, duck'seyes, chicken feet and a lot of bat," Gascoigne said in the book "Gazza: MyStory". Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba were two other big-name stars who arrivedin China to great fanfare and hefty wage packets but similarly beat a fastretreat, appearing in just over 30 games between them for Shenhua in 2012-2013. Photo: BBC. Mahmudullah disappointed with result DHAKA: Bangladesh stand in captain Mahmudullah said heis very mush disappointed for their massive 215 runs defeat that helped SriLanka to clinch the Test series, reports BSS. He was speaking at a postmatch session at Sher-e- Bangla National CricketStadium at Mirpur. The Bangladesh skipper said,"Feeling really disappointed because we knewthe pitch would get us a result. In this sort of a wicket you should cash in on the first innings. Their bowlers did the job really well, keeping thepressure on us every time we came out." He said, "Our bowlers [only] did well in patches. One positive was theintent from Mominul. He played spinners on the front foot as well as theback." Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal said, "This was a really good series.The first game was a nightmare for the bowlers and this one was a nightmarefor the batters. The guys executed our game plans really well out in themiddle. After the first game we thought the second pitch might be a turningwicket. We were surprised, because we have all the experienced spinners." "Credit goes to Roshen Silva who had an outstanding series-- even KusalMendis and Dhananjaya-- and also all the bowlers, he added." Dananjaya takes five as Sri Lanka clinch series. Clippers deal Griffin his first loss with new team LOS ANGELES: Lou Williams scored a teamhigh 26points as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Detroit Pistons 108- 95,spoiling Blake Griffin's bid to beat his old team on Friday night, reporsts BSS. Montrezl Harrell came off the bench to score 18 points and DeAndre Jordan added 17 rebounds as the visiting Clippers snapped the Pistons' fivegame winning streak. "With the style Doc (coach Rivers) has put into place, we got some prettysolid pieces and we have shown that in the last few games. So far so good,"said Williams. One longtime piece was missing for the Clippers, but it didn't matter.They dealt Griffin to Detroit last month and Friday was his first opportunityto get even, but instead it turned into his first loss. Griffin had re-signed with the Clippers in July with the understandingthat he'd be a 'Clipper for life.' His tenure with the Clippers after inkinga $171 million contract lasted just over half a season. Zlatan nears return as Man Utd vow to keep fighting MANCHESTER, United Kingdom: Zlatan Ibrahimovicis nearing a return to fitness as Manchester United seek to strengthen theirgrip on second place in the Premier League when they visit Newcastle onSunday, reports BSS. The former Paris Saint-Germain striker has struggled to get back to hisbest since suffering cruciate knee ligament damage during a Europa Leaguevictory over Anderlecht last April. He made his comeback in the reverse fixture against Newcastle at OldTrafford in November, a match that Jose Mourinho's side won 4-1, but has notplayed since late December due to concerns over his knee. "Zlatan started training with the team two days ago," said Mourinho onFriday. "So he has been two days with the group and is improving." Mourinho would be extremely cautious about throwing him straight back intoaction on Sunday, although his squad is otherwise in reasonably good health. Defenders Eric Bailly and Daley Blind are both expected to return fromankle injuries before the end of February, although midfielder MarouaneFellaini will not make his comeback until March as he recovers from kneesurgery. Last month's defeat to Tottenham is the only blemish on United's 2018 todate, with no goals conceded in their other six league and cup games so farthis year, all of which have been won. A 2-0 victory over Huddersfield last week, in which new signing AlexisSanchez was outstanding, helped United make minor inroads into ManchesterCity's colossal lead, although the gap was still 13 points going into thisweekend's fixtures. Making up that ground in 12 matches is a near-impossible task but full-back Antonio Valencia has made it clear that United must keep up the fight,even if only to delay the inevitable. Valencia referred to the remarkable title race of 2012, when United led byeight points with six games left but ended up losing the title to ManchesterCity on the final day. - 'Keep fighting' - "We need to keep going," he said. "A few years ago, we lost a title whenwe were eight points ahead and there were only a few games left. Now, we havea lot more games to play and we need to keep fighting." United's best hope of a trophy this season is probably the FA Cup, inwhich United will visit Huddersfield for a fifth-round tie later this month,while they play Sevilla in the last-16 of the Champions League. Islam Slimani is set to make his Newcastle debut on loan from Leicesterafter the Algeria forward recovered from a thigh problem. Rafa Benitez's side are in danger of an immediate return to theChampionship following an eight-game run in the league since their last homewin at the end of October. Failure to beat a Manchester United side who have lost on just one oftheir past 13 visits to St James's Park would see the hosts post their worsthome run for almost 19 years. Slimani is confident his new side can turn the tide by extendingMourinho's six-game winless run in the league on Tyneside. "I'm ready if the manager needs me," said the Magpies' new arrival. "I'vesettled in well and am keen to help the team climb the table." Photo: Internet. Top-ranked Johnson shares Pebble Beach Pro-Am lead SAN FRANCISCO: World number one Dustin Johnsonfired eight birdies in a seven-under par 64 on Friday to grab a share of thesecond-round lead alongside rookie Beau Hossler at the Pebble Beach NationalPro-Am, reports BSS. Johnson, playing on the par-71 Monterey Peninsula course, one of three inuse for the tournament, had just one bogey as he gained ground on overnightco-leader Hossler. Hossler, who played the par-72 Spyglass Hill, had five birdies in a fiveunder 67 that put him on 12-under as well. The leading duo were two strokes in front of Julian Suri, who carded afourunder 67 at Monterey Peninsula to get to 10-under and Troy Merritt, whoshot a five-under 67 at Spyglass Hill. Five-time major-winner Phil Mickelson, a four-time winner in thetournament that teams amateurs from the world of big business, sports andcelebrity with the pros, put himself in the mix for the weekend with a bogey-free 65 at Monterey Peninsula that left him tied for fifth on nine-under par. "I am having fun," said the 47-yearold American, who is seeking a 43rd USPGA Tour title and his first since the 2013 British Open. He hit nine of 13 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation but said heexpected a tougher challenge when he plays the par-72 Pebble Beach Golf Linkson Saturday. "I think Pebble's a little bit tougher because the greens are a littlefirmer and smaller," he said "But if you play well, you can birdie and scorelow on all three (courses)." World number two Jon Rahm of Spain had five birdies without a bogey in his five-under par 67 at Pebble Beach on Friday. That put him alongside Mickelson in the group of six players sharing fifth place on nine-under, which also included former world number one Jason Day who posted a six-under 65 atMonterey Peninsula. Northern Ireland star Rory McIlroy, playing the tournament for the firsttime, was five-under for the tournament through 13 holes of the second roundwhen disaster struck at Monterey Peninsula's driveable parfour fifth -- his14th hole of the day. The leading duo were two strokes in front of Julian Suri, who carded afourunder 67 at Monterey Peninsula to get to 10-under and Troy Merritt, whoshot a five-under 67 at Spyglass Hill. He nearly drove the green and putted his eagle attempt to within 10 feet.But he needed four more putts from there, recording a double-bogey on thehole. He added two more bogeys on the way to a three-over 74. He was one-under for the tournament, with work to do on Saturday to makethe 54-hole cut.