Sunday, September 30, 2012


Every sportsman is passionate. And every sport has its own uniqueness. A certain dress code needs to be followed while playing a particular sport as the outfits are different for every game that you play.
Note: This is only a look created for the sport; protection gear needs to be worn depending on the intensity of the game.

There is no doubting the fact that cricket is the most popular, most watched and played game in our country. Whether you’re playing the game on a cricket ground or enjoying a Sunday afternoon match in your galli, you will have to dress right for it. The gentleman’s game beckons you to come dressed as a gentleman. The best outfit for this sport would be a polo shirt or a woven shirt with a sweater over it. Your essential colour of choice should be white and can be combined later with other colours. That or a V neck sweater with comfortable cotton tracks will make look like one our own stylish cricketers.

Golf is a sophisticated sport and your attire needs to match that level of refined superiority. While dressing for a golfing day out, two things need to be kept in mind: keeping your cool and comfort while you’re playing. This means your clothing needs to keep you from perspiration and should be stretchable to keep you comfortable. A perfect pair of flat-front pants teamed with a polo shirt would be ideal for golf. A V-neck soft wool sweater would also look great with a pair of cool shorts or plaid pants.

Tennis on the other hand, requires a lot of room for movement and hence, your outfit needs to be loose and airy too. A polyester shirt is good as it keeps the moisture away from the skin and makes sure it does not go below your waistline. This can be paired with chinos that are loose enough to let those legs move swiftly.

For football, you need to get down and dirty! The dirtier this game gets, the more it is enjoyable. So, whether it is played on the beach or a rainy afternoon, be ready to roll over the muck trying to score that goal. For this sport, I suggest wearing comfortable shorts and a jersey shirt that lets air come in. Your shoes need to be strong, reliable and comfortable at the same time- opt for sneakers or football boots.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


Sultan of Brunei's Daughter's Wedding May Cost $20 Million, is Going on for a Week

Possibly the most lavish wedding the world has ever seen happened Friday, in Brunei, where the Sultan's daughter Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah, 32, married a 29-year-old civil servant. The ongoing week-long celebration is estimated to involve 2,000 guests and will end this Sunday night when the newlyweds are presented at court. The ceremony itself, according to the UK paper The Daily Mail, took place in the Istana Nurul Iman Palace, a 1,700 room palace that's home to the Sultan and his family. The princess's older brother, heir to the throne of Brunei, married in 2004 at a speculated cost of $5 million, reports say, but wedding planner Maya Kalman, founder of Swank Productions in New York City confirmed Yahoo! Shine's suspicion that this wedding might cost much more than that. "The rule of thumb for our average luxury wedding is $1,000 per guest," Kalman says. "I would guesstimate that a no-holds-barred event like this could easily be $15 to $20 million." Those figures include only wedding itself. Additional celebrations throughout the week could be an additional $15 to $20 million, Kalman speculates. --Valerie Isakova

In this photo, Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah attends a ceremony ahead of the wedding. In Muslim countries like Brunei, "A wedding is a reflection of your family, culture and values," says Saukok Tiampo, founder of the 57Grand line of bridal wear and editor-in-chief of "It's different from an American wedding, which reflects more on yourselves and your love for each other." The princess is the fifth child of the Sultan and his wife, Queen Saleha.

The cost of clothing for such a series of events is enormous. Here, the groom, Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini, wears a formal outfit that Tiampo says "cost $10,000, off-the-cuff." The fabric, she says, appears to be pineapple fiber woven with golden thread. "The pineapple fibers are a bit sheer," she says, "and in warmer climates people want to wear something that's cool but formal. With the gold thread it would be in the hundreds of dollars a yard."

The Sultan and his wife look happy. With 12 children from three wives and at least one already married, the Sultan, 66, may be looking forward to a day when he'll be done hosting weddings. This week's affair, despite being by no means budget, did away with a traditional procession through the capital in an open gilded Rolls Royce that was costly in terms of crowd control and security.

The princess's dress in this photo, Tiampo says, could cost around $20,000. Considering that the bride will change outfits around three times a day during the week of ceremonies, that could be up to $420,000 in wardrobe. This dress uses around 20 yards of custom, elaborately beaded lace. The lace alone would cost between $100 and $200 a yard and the fabric appears to be custom dyed. The tulle veil and tiara (presumably property of Brunei) are not traditional, and show a Western, modern influence.

See all those guests? They're "a huge planning challenge to move around," Kalman said. Heads of state do not ride shuttle busses. If you needed only 1 car for every four guests, at a typical rate of $200 a car, it would be $100,000 in cars alone per event. The Sultan also might be sending private planes for important guests, which can cost about $10,000 per person.

Muslim weddings require many different ceremonies throughout the week, event-planner Kalman says. In the one pictured here, Brunei's Queen, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, applies ceremonial paste to Princess Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah's hands. Price for additional events? Another $15 to $20 million. 

It's not all expenditures for a wedding in Brunei, however. This picture shows a ceremony in the Throne Hall, where the wedding was held today. Kalman notes that it does not appear to be traditional to use flowers--there aren't any in any of the photos--(a big expense for American weddings) and that "They're going to save a lot of money on alchohol! It's going to be a dry wedding!"

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