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    And another year begins’ is what I thought as I received an invite to the first fashion show of 2016. I suppose some things never change. And judging by the crowd and vibe at the Palam Silks fashion show, I wasn’t off the mark at all. It was the usual mix of celebs and fashion industry folk, and a suitably ‘grand’ show to kick-start the year. As always, Palam impressed with an array of silk saris that are surprisingly light, paired with vintage style cholis and hairdos. Jayasree Ravi, owner of the brand, introduced her daughters Sunita and Vineeta, the next gen of Palam, at the show.

    Models Pearl, Mitha, Dolly,  Veena and Samena at the launch of the JJ Diamonds store.

    Models Pearl, Mitha, Dolly, Veena and Samena at the launch of the JJ Diamonds store.

    Meanwhile, Evoluzione also saw a member of the family join the designers’ club, with the launch of Naya, fine jewellery by Ananya Malhotra. Yes, this is Atul and Tina Malhotra’s daughter, newly engaged and all set to take her brand places. Inspired by the healing power of chakras, her jewellery drew a mixed crowd, from the regulars to a surprisingly younger bunch. Most of the pieces (she had 60) were sold out at the end of two days, with guests talking about both the jewels and what was served—health treats like smoothies and beet chocolate pops.
    At the launch of JJ Diamonds’ flagship store in T Nagar, the mood was much the same as at the Palam affair, with the ladies lining up for a peek at the new range of diamonds. The all-woman audience didn’t have to wait till the end of the show, with them being invited to try on pieces and model them on the ramp.
    Did I mention that last Friday, at IIT Sarang’s EDM night, DJ Candice Redding blew our minds with her sets.
    Elsewhere, at Amethyst, Rajiv Menon, in association with Prakriti Foundation, screened a documentary on mridangam player Dr Umayalpuram Sivaraman. Afterwards, the musician joined Menon and Ranvir Shah, founder trustee of Prakriti, to discuss the film—which traces his career—while guests, including dancer Alarmel Valli and singer Unnikrishnan joined in.
    My week also included the wedding of a childhood friend, Priya Pantham to Nikhil Shyam Sunder, in a whirlwind East-meets-West series of celebrations. Both the couple and the families managed to find the perfect balance, while ensuring we had a blast. I will admit this included my first ever 6 am muhurtham, but no one minded considering the stunning setting just as the sun rose at Taj Fisherman’s Cove. Here’s wishing the couple all the happiness in the world.

    —  paloma@newindianexpress.com

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