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    Deepika Pallikal (left), At the Haagen Dazs launch (top), Sudha with Joshis (middle), Chef Willi with Marika (bottom)

    From launches to parties, it was a tough squeeze trying to fit them all in last week. International Women’s Day contributed to a big chunk of the festivities. Naturals, the salon chain, went the awards ceremony way with the Extraordinary Women Awards. Role models from various fields were honoured.  The evening was meaningful, without being pretentious. Awardees spanned multiple generations, with the line-up including some of the usual suspects, as well as those lesser recognised individuals. Not missing out on the opportunity to show off the latest trends, Naturals interspersed the awards with a fashion show, presenting avant-garde hairdos.

    The futuristic theme continued at the launch of Essensuals by Toni & Guy on OMR. Models sported big hair, coloured bangs and a variety of extensions as part of this year’s spring-summer look. Officially launching the new venue was actress Pia Bajpai, who’s been missing in action, but is back in town for a new project.

    Adding to the long list of launches was the opening of the Haagen Dazs luxury lounge at Phoenix Mall. An extension of the limited ‘Sunshine concept’, the space successfully replicates the feel of the brand’s customised venues around the world, with designer lighting and velvet sofas. The party crowd turned up in large numbers, happy to sample the latest, and models added to the fun, matching their outfits to the flavours.

    Last week, the Queen’s Birthday Party was a fitting occasion to also welcome the new British Deputy High Commissioner, Bharat Joshi, and his lovely wife. Some of the city’s celebrated names in arts, education and business marked their attendance at the residence on Anderson Road, and Carnatic music’s leading lady, Sudha Raghunathan, sang the Indian national anthem. The food was delicious, with cherry liqueur fruit pie offering a satisfactory end to the might.

    -Paloma Rao (paloma@newindianexpress.com)

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