Couture, bling and bubbly all went hand-in-hand nicely this week, with the city’s fashionistas finding themselves spoilt for choice. Wendell Rodricks unveiled his Spring Summer 2015 collection, Yoga Calm, at an exclusive evening at The Park. Instead of the usual setting, the show was moved to the foyer of the hotel, using a familiar space in a completely different way.The entire area was transformed, and the perfect weather completed the setting. Models skirted the ramp in flowy dresses, shifts and a variety of deconstructed drapes in Wendell’s signature white. Add to that bare-chested male models in yoga pants and the ladies were more than happy.
Also in town, showcasing her latest collection of jewellery, was another Chennai favourite,
Farah Khan Ali. Evoluzione saw a huge line up of ladies, who were as excited about the designer as they were the jewellery. Farah modelled a few pieces herself, quick to point out that there’s something for everyone, and in every price bracket. She also shared a few tit bits on the painstaking process of crafting each piece as well as how to care for precious gem stones. The popular items seemed to be statement earrings and cocktail rings, in gold and rubellite, perfect for the festive season.
The shopping continued at Tifara, at a showcase of bridal trunks by Puneet Gupta along with winter wear by Purvi Doshi. Chennai’s swish set proved that they could chat, browse for antiques and enjoy a cup of tea with ease, as the hand crafted pieces continued to fly off the shelves. And winding up the retail therapy for the weekend was ‘A New Dress? Oh Yes’, a specially curated exhibition by Urmilla Agarwal. The swarm that descended showed off both our hostess’ prowess as a stylist and her ability to draw a crowd. Crop tops, palazzos, pencil skirts and stylish kids clothes found favour with the ladies, all of whom are ready and waiting for round two.
Meanwhile, ITC Grand Chola hosted a tasting of fine wines and champagnes to kick off the festive season in style. Guests were introduced to the art of Sabrage, which is the technique of popping a bottle of champagne with a saber or a sword, a practice usually reserved for ceremonial occasions. It was an education of sorts, along with which everyone got to enjoy a four course meal carefully paired with a fine selection of spirits.