MADSAM TINZIN.Four girls from Delhi, with a fresh design perspective. Clearly, the focus was once again on fashion last week, with Collage hosting a trunk show by the relatively young brand that has been catering to a new generation of brides. Despite being a fan, I only recently found out that the unique name is a mash up of Madhuritu, Saumya, Tina and Stanzin, the four young designers in question.Unlike the big names that have their fans lining up (for selfies), too in awe to even ask questions, this meet and greet had Madhu and Stanzin (one half of the foursome), putting their clients at ease, as they walked them through their latest collection ‘Courtyard’. Palazzos, cutaway backs and floaty sleeves in shades of mint and blush, had guests happily trying out their favourites. Brides-to-be also visited the Luxury Expo co-hosted by Wedding Vows, at the ITC Grand Chola over the weekend, sizing up everything from luxury automobiles to wedding services. Multiple performances included an evening of jazz by saxophonist Maarten Visser.
Meanwhile, connoisseurs of wine gathered at the recently rechristened Crowne Plaza hotel, where six Pinot Noirs were savoured and discussed at length under the supervision of wine expert Sanjay Menon. The man behind countless wine tastings and Sonarys, a company that imports international wines, Menon has been meticulously planning the event over several weeks for Terroir-The Madras Wine Club and the hotel. And he was clearly successful, for many among the 30 participants went home besotted with the 2000 Louis Latour Corton Grand Cru. Other events that saw us in high spirits included the jugalbandi concert of sitar maestro Hidayat Khan and raga pianist Utsav Lal at ITC Grand Chola. And the launch of Studio No 1, an indoor and outdoor photography studio by partners Vajiha Anwar, Manoj Joseph and Kamlesh Kothari, attended by celebrities like actors Srikanth and Sakshi Agarwal.