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    It’s that time of the year again. The temperatures continue to rise as the IPL kicks off and Chennai goes crazy supporting its boys in yellow. Amidst the matches at home and the scramble for box seats (and I’m not sure if I should say because of or in spite of) the weekend saw quite a few launches, parties and heavy celeb presence.
    Minnie Menon got the party started, launching her semi-precious jewellery brand at Isadore on Friday, with her latest line, The Lyrical Collection, that has 102 creations. When asked about the significance of the number, Minnie says since it was post World Cup and the start of the IPL season, she had to hit a century. The evening saw a fashion show, showing off a range of statement necklaces, bold cuffs and cocktails rings, teamed with slinky dresses. Which means the ladies got to see how the pieces worked ‘in action’ while getting to try them on later. In an interesting twist, Minnie also announced her foray into designing pieces for style conscious gentlemen. A pair of silver cuff links with semi-precious stones were unveiled and quickly picked up by Achim Fabig, the Consul General of Germany.
    Some of the crowd headed to their next location for the evening, to celebrate the birthday of one of Chennai’s much loved personalities, AK Tareen. His lovely wife Sanober was responsible for much of the planning, a lot of it clandestine, hoping to give the birthday boy something of a surprise. From customised invites to choreographed dancing, she made sure the night was one to remember. Guests did a fabulous job of following the theme of black and gold with a dash of red.
    Also taking place over the weekend was a photo exhibition by Sharad Haksar at Art Houz titled Red, White and Blue, showcasing some of his finest travel photos. Red and white for the flag colour of Japan, white and blue representing the national hues of Iceland. The exhibition not only showcased a different side to the photographer, but also rare glimpses of the stunning natural beauty of both locales. Quickly following and winding up the weekend was the launch of Rehane’s new store at Abhiramapuram. Actors Gautami and Pooja Kumar did the honours, followed by a fashion show with signature pieces from her latest collection.

    paloma@newindianexpress.com

    Paloma Rao

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