THE social butterflies had their task cut out for them with celebrities raining down on the city this week. My weekend started off at Le Meridien, with Transparence, an annual collegiate architecture competition hosted by Saint Gobain. The highlight was the presence of world-famous architect, James Law, the pioneer of Cybertecture and Hong Kong’s golden boy. Meanwhile, at the Hyatt Regency, the spotlight continued to be on design, with Absolut Art Bar presenting Lekha Washington and her magical thematic installation series titled Old Love. Her guest list had an eclectic mix of actors, directors, artists, poets and musicians. I must mention the trippy range of cocktails served in teacups.
Saturday evening, the limelight was on achievers with special needs at the Cavinkare Ability Awards. AR Rahman’s Sunshine Orchestra performed soulful instrumentals, while actor Vikram, Revathy and others gave the awardees their undivided attention.
Elsewhere, at the Aqua, The Park, we caught up with city fashionista Sneha Nair, who launched her own luxury line at a show choreographed by Karun Raman, and with Cary Edwards as one of the hosts.
Sunday was far from lazy with the Stay Fabulous pop up at The Rutland Gate Yoga Studio, with a huge queue forming before the doors could open. I was lucky enough to catch Nilisha Bhimani during a free moment, as she showed me around the specially-curated collection. And just down the road, CaratLane launched Ornati, a collaboration with jewellery designer Farah Khan Ali. Farah, who has a strong Chennai connection, was there to meet her loyal fans. Needless to say, there was much excitement over selfies with the celebrity designer.
A similar frenzy was to be seen at the FICCI FLO annual women achiever awards, where guest of honour Shobhaa De had the ladies in a tizzy. The evening saw awards being given out to distinguished women from different spheres, along with a hard hitting speech by the novelist on the topic of women’s empowerment. It wasn’t all serious though, with a very patient Shobhaa happy to oblige all selfie-takers.