Fashion once again found itself at the centre this week with attentions divided between the India Couture Week in Delhi, the Indian International Jewellery Week (IIJW) in Mumbai and our very own Chennai International Fashion Week. While in Delhi, it was all about artistry, Mumbai continued to unabashedly put Bollywood front and centre. The former showcased all our favourites from Sabyasachi to Manish Malhotra, whereas the latter saw fabulous pieces perhaps slightly eclipsed by their wearers. Sridevi, along with Sonam Kapoor, were all anyone was talking about.
In Chennai, the buzz was at the Hyatt Rengency, spread over three days, with a mix of national designers and home favourites. Rocky S on the opening day saw quite a crowd, many hoping that Bipasha Basu would make an appearance. Sadly, it was not be, as ‘Bips’ was busy walking the ramp for PC Jeweller at IIJW. Their disappointment was quickly forgotten, with a fun collection that was light and easy to wear. The showstopper turned out be actress Raai Lakshmi in a slinky black gown. Following up quickly was more star power with Dhansika for John Tyson and Andrea Jeremiah for Chaintanya Rao. And don’t even get me started on the number of celebs walking the ramp for Sanjana Jon. I think I counted almost two dozen, all of whom were brought on with grand introductions and matching ‘filmi’ music.
Meanwhile, Distil at Taj Connemara was packed to the rafters for Radhika Vaz’s stand-up show, with everyone from Evam’s Karthik Kumar and actor Anuja Iyer in the crowd. Elsewhere, doughnut fans across the city were celebrating the launch of Krispy Kreme. It came as no surprise that the soft opening at Express Avenue saw a huge crowd waiting to order boxes of these delicious treats. The menu contains all of our favourites including the signature ‘original glazed’ with a few special additions for India, like the mango doughnut and even some filter kaapi. And as added incentive, the very first customer in line to buy a dozen doughnuts of any variety, gets a year’s free supply.
-Paloma Rao (firstname.lastname@example.org)