Fine fashion, food and cars. This week had the best of all three. The buzz was centered on the Fashion Premier Week at Crowne Plaza, of course, featuring a mix of both local and national designers. I happened to get a front row seat at the opening show on Friday night, when city-based Osman Abdul Razak showcased his collection of bespoke fashion, with its first-ever fashion show. Despite the late start, the crowd was upbeat—all cheers for the young entrepreneur and the dramatic video of him that opened the show. We were given a little taste of everything, from pastel linens for summer, to intricate threadwork bandis, with interesting choreography by Priya Manikandan who made good use of the entire space. On Sunday, the silver screen brigade was fully represented with Vikram Prabhu for Osman Abdul Razak, Neil Nitin Mukesh for Sharad Krishnan and actress Namitha for Shane and Falguni Peacock. The hall was transformed with flowers, which served as a backdrop, complementing The Peacock Bride collection of opulent saris and lehengas.
Meanwhile, Saturday saw us at the WCC Vintage Car Rally, where we got to see beauties like the 1949 Buick (pre-owned by Jim Corbett) and ride in some as well, thanks to the Madras Heritage Club. Some lucky ones took home boxes of chocolates from Zuka, after cruising through the car quiz.
We also caught an interesting collection of repurposed saris at Maalgaadi, thanks to the efforts of White Rainbow Project — an NGO aimed at giving new life to the widows of Vrindavan. Another boutique that is becoming adept at curating unusual events is Kingsley. On Saturday evening, guests snacked on kuzhi paniyarams before settling down under the mango tree in the courtyard, where Bharatnatyam exponent Malavika Sarukkai proceeded to dance like a dream.
I got to extend my weekend a little bit with a scrumptious dinner at The Park, as part of the Goût de France celebration of French gastronomy. At 601, the city’s foodies dug into a special menu curated by chef Ashotush Nerlekar. The five-course meal included fois gras with grilled figs and, my personal favourite, a guinea fowl with sausage stew.