This has to be my favourite time of the year, where the pre-Christmas buzz casts its warm glow on everyone and everything. Almost on cue, this week saw one of the first Christmas parties of the season. (It was also a celebration of Chamiers’ 10th anniversary.) Mathangi and Kiran Rao invited all their loyal patrons, as they opened the doors to the new Amethyst Room, with a special fashion preview. Despite the threat of rains, the venue was packed and looked all ‘Christmassy’, as one of the guests very aptly described it. In keeping with the theme were the delicious finger foods, courtesy chef Mrinmoy—especially the macaroons that no one could stop eating.
People gathered on various levels of the store, nibbling and chatting, waiting for the show to begin. The catwalk preview was of the Abraham & Thakore Autumn Winter 2013 runway collection. Models sported mega-sized bindis and smokey eyes as they made their way across the myriad levels. Designer Rakesh Thakore, one half of the A&T duo, was also present to mark the occasion.
And a few days after the Christmas party, we turned our attention to the New Year with the launch of the annual Sahodaran calendar, held at the same venue. Sunil Menon, whose baby this is, organised an evening for everyone to meet the models from the all-male calendar. For a change, the focus is on male sensuality, said Menon, as he shared a couple of stories including encounters with strong winds, high tides and leeches in the jungle. Kapil Ganesh has shot the calendar, themed The Elements, and the proceeds will go to charity.
Winding up the week was the Adidas Originals Collision, which took place at Dublin, Sheraton Park. This new project brings together some of the most exciting talents in contemporary urban street culture, with everything from rap and b-boying to graffiti. The evening was all about showcasing individuality and it was awesome to see the kind of talent that exists. It started off with a rap battle, where both guys and girls showed off their lyrical prowess with some freestyle, followed by some serious footwork by the b-boys. The DJs then took over with a mix of RnB, funk and hip-hop.
— Paloma Rao (firstname.lastname@example.org)