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    Summer vacations and the blistering heat may be the main topics of conversation, but this week’s social scene showed no sign of things slowing down. Almost on cue, we found ourselves being invited to sample trends for summer by the big names in fashion, together with breezy hats and cocktails on the beach. Friday saw Phoenix MarketCity, in association with Cosmopolitan magazine, hosting their Spring Summer fashion show, with the latest from their high street brands. In what has now become a regular offering, models worked the escalators, gliding in and out of sight, with ease. Flouncy and frilly seem to have been replaced with a more androgynous look, with the guys and girls making room for interchangeability. As promised, the crowd got what they came to see — Aditi Rao Hydari as the showstopper in a fun one-piece jumpsuit. The actress also made her entrance via an escalator.
    The fashion trail also found us at Satya Paul earlier in the week, for a sari draping workshop with Kalpana Shah. The celebrity stylist was happy to impart useful tips along with demos, presenting the sari in multiple sexy but wearable avatars. Meanwhile at Evoluzione, Poonam Bhagat interacted with a select group at the showcase of her latest collection, Taika. The designer shared her inspiration behind the line, while helping the ladies choose from the range of jewel tones — oranges, yellows and corals, embroidered with burnished gold and silver, an ode to the Mughals in all their glory.
    My weekend wound up at the Madras Motor Race Track with the Pulsar Festival of Speed finale. The nationwide speed biking contest drew enthusiasts from across various levels, who did not seem too affected by the heat or the long drive. Seemingly, all that mattered was who would take home the trophy. The race itself saw loads of support for the Chennai boys, but that wasn’t all that was on offer — everything from skate boarding and BMX displays to stunt biking, all by the best crews from across India. The highlight was the bungee jumping, with a massive crane set up, and an equally long queue of adventure junkies signing up to take the plunge. On the mainstage, it was Junkyard Groove and Benny Dayal entertaining the crowds, ending with the three winners on the podium.

    Paloma Rao
    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

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