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    Aircel Chennai open fashion show in Chennai Express/ Albin MathewAfter a crazy December, it looks like most of Chennai chose to take a break and go the ‘R and R’ route for the New Year. Being able to sit around and do nothing has become a luxury all on its own. Those who thought 2015 would be off to a mellow start, were sorely mistaken. As usual we were all thrown straight into the deep end with the Aircel Chennai Open and all of the festivities that surround it. With the fun, both on and off the court, the city’s party peeps are working hard to fit it all into their schedules. As is tradition, the opening party at the Hyatt Regency kicked things off this year with a fashion show featuring clothes by Reliance Trends.
    We saw the usual mix of pretty faces, our favourite tennis players and a mad dash for the front row. Opening the show was actor Shriya Saran, followed by models and of course, the stars of the evening, the players themselves. MC for the evening, Vijay Amritraj, was in top form, getting the boys to loosen up and have some fun. From taking their shirts off, to fending off a variety of questions, the audience was kept thoroughly entertained between sequences. The show was choreographed by Sunil Menon, and a chat with the backstage crew reveals that the players were fuss free and more than happy to follow instructions. The after party included more celeb spotting, with Leander Paes and Stan Wawrinka making a quick appearance.
    Also kicking off the New Year were multiple launches across the city this week. It started off with The White Brunch at GRT Grand launching the 2015 collectors’ edition of the Foodie Calendar. Mouth watering signature dishes of the group’s different restaurants were featured, which guests got to enjoy over a specially-put-together meal.
    Next in line was the shopping fest at Express Avenue and a fashion show presenting the latest from Lifestyle. If predictions are being made, it looks like fashion will continue to occupy pride of place this year as well. Karun Raman and team put together fun sequences, where everyday clothes were taken up a notch. Dresses and anarkalis were paired with intricate hand crafted jewellery from Terramart Bhoomi by Sumathi Sanjay. A live band, games and lots of give aways completed the show.

    Paloma Rao

    paloma@newindianexpress.com

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