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    Minal and RiniHALLOWEEN is when we start rooting through our closets, pulling out face paints and using every ounce of our resourcefulness to put together a costume. I will say that I was blown away this year by  the serious thought and creativity put into some of the costumes I came across. No surprise that the team from MAC wins the prize for the best make up, with some fabulous ‘face art’. At Chipstead, the crowd had gathered for Ma Faiza, the queen of EDM in India. It was more about the star DJ than the outfits, although Ma Faiza herself did the evening justice with a scary Dracula look. At Rhapsody it was DJs Ali and Ceaser staying in a musically neutral zone, while guests battled it out for best costume. House of Chase also hosted their own party, turning their sophisticated venue into a haunted mansion. Spooky lighting, themed sweet treats and lots of young people, ensured a rocking party.
    We had our fashion fix for the week with on KNK Road. Payal Singhal presented her Lakme Fashion Week collection at Evoluzione. The designer’s first visit to Chennai saw quite a crowd, not too surprising, considering her soaring popularity with celebs and brides-to-be. Besides putting together looks for the ladies, she also had kids wear on offer. Down the road, Language launched Collezioni Language, an exclusive line of hand-crafted leather accessories for men and women. Leggy models showed off totes, hold alls and backpacks in the season’s colours. Of course, the rains made us wish we were in Goa where the Gionee India Beach Fashion Week was underway. Names, like Shilpa Reddy, Sangeeta Sharma and Mohit Sachdeva, showcased their resort, beach and bridal wear with stars such as Rana Duggabati, Neha Dhupia and Shibani Dandekar.
    The week ended with the second edition of the Hyatt Culinary Challenge, where participants were paired with children from the SMILE foundation to present their favourite recipes. Tommy Ekstrand from ABB Ltd, made the winning dish, chateau briande with mushroom sauce. Also, internationally renowned Indian conductor Zubin Mehta and the Australian World Orchestra gave a long list of lucky people something to dream about at The Music Academy.

    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

    Paloma Rao

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