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    House of Chase unveiled their flagship store on Bawa Road this weekend with a showing of their 2015 pre-winter collection. The young team behind the brand did a great job of transforming the space, with a runway under a canopy of lights, leading to the store. Guests got to explore the store, over wine and cheese, and check out the range. Sporty dresses, crop tops, fitted maxis and luxurious lounge wear, all of which were shown off in quick sequences choreographed by Prajanya Anand, along with a sneak peak at the upcoming men’s wear line. House of Chase also highlighted other young achievers like cricketer Thirush Kamini, photographer David Weston, RJ Navalakshmi and DJ Arjun Nair who have chased and are living their dream.
    Elsewhere, at the launch of Crowne Plaza on TTK Road, a spread of 101 desserts was prepared for the evening. The hotel’s MD Bharat Goyal and GM Arindam Kumar pulled all stops to ensure their guests, that included several expats, socialites and businessmen, were well entertained.
    Meanwhile, the Kingfisher Ultra Pondicherry fashion week was underway, in a two-day long event at Hotel Atithi. Jules Idi Amin kicked off day one with her blue pottery-inspired collection, a resort wear line with glimpses of Mediterranean blue skies and exotic prints. Manoviraj Khosla’s drapes, digital prints and bling were up next. The finale saw Hari Anand showcase his collection, Tomorrow, with former beauty queen Natasha Suri in a black sweeping gown.
    The week ended with FICCI Ladies Organisation Chennai launching 30 Women in Power – Their Voices Their Stories, by Naina Lal Kidwal. The book is a narrative of 30 of India’s greatest women achievers and answers questions that confront all working women from finding a balance to dismantling gender bias. I also learnt that the author herself is on the list of India’s most powerful women as recognised by Fortune magazine, so it came as no surprise that the discussion that followed was an interesting one. Joining Naina were panelists Sangeeta Pandrukar and Dr Preetha Reddy.

    paloma@newindianexpress.com

      Paloma Rao

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