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Amit Aggarwal styles Kalki Koechlin as a dreamy queen in this new shoot

Thursday, December 14 2017

Amit Aggarwal styles Kalki Koechlin as a dreamy queen in this new shoot

Amit Aggarwal styles Kalki Koechlin as a dreamy queen in this new shoot Amidst billows of smoke By Shweta Gandhi December 14, 2017 SHARE "Kalki is a ray of hope — a vision beaming through the haze; fresh, akin to a new wave," says designer Amit Aggarwal, who has styled the Ribbon actress for his latest shoot with Aza. Shot amidst billows of coloured smoke, Kalki looks ethereal, bedecked in intricately embellished and handwoven ensembles that are fit for a modern-day bride. "A modern day woman can style these with contemporary jewellery and all her confidence. She can wear it to her cocktail soiree, sangeet or even formal dinners," suggests Amit. Kalki wears a golden embellished lehenga choli and dupatta set with shoulder dusters. Staying true to his aesthetic, each structured silhouette is detailed with handmade embellishment and strips of recycled polymer on silk, lace and handwoven fabrics. Vintage Banarasi saris play a major role, too. Kalki's structured look is completed with a statement neckpiece with feathers. "‘Kalki’ is (the name of) the future avatar of Vishnu and my clothes always talk about the future with a strong inspiration from history," says Amit. "The idea was to depict the emergence of a new wave — almost like a vision of hope appearing through layers of coloured smoke." 10 designer-approved choli styles for the wedding season: The structural blouse The off shoulder ruffle blouse The frill and tassel blouse The box pleated peplum blouse The pearl embellished blouse The cold shoulder cape blouse The high-low blouse The one-shoulder asymmetrical blouse The sheer embroidered blouse Amit Aggarwal introduced a structural peplum blouse with exaggerated sleeves that will serve as a statement piece however you choose to style it. This one will appeal to all the non-conformists out there. Amp up your traditional blouse with a long shirt worn over your shoulders for a fresh take on your sari. Seen at Anavila Mishra. Take it from Masaba Gupta—off shoulder ruffle blouses are talk of the town. They're cute and flirty, and work perfectly for a sangeet occasion. Arpita Mehta's off-shoulder blouse with frilly sleeves and playful tassels will ensure all eyes are on you. Seen at Sailesh Singhania, this full-sleeved blouse with a one-sided collar and peplum with box pleats will give a refreshing take to your lehenga. The best part? No cumbersome dupatta. Ridhi Mehra's pearl embellished sheer bralette blouse is an ideal pick for brides who want to add some glamour to their ensemble. Nachiket Barve reinvented the cold shoulder blouse by adding long cape sleeves that literally reach the floor. While we're not sure how practical that is, you can reinterpret the blouse in your own way to suit your needs (like eating). We saw a loosely-fitted embroidered blouse with a high-low hemline at Anushree Reddy. So you still get to bare your midriff while avoiding a body-hugging fit. This one-shoulder blouse with an asymmetrical hemline lends an interesting touch to your lehenga. As seen at SVA. Dare to bare? Then this sheer blouse with an embroidered neck by Sanjay Garg should be your go-to pick. Its neutral and minimal look makes it perfect for day occasions like a mehendi ceremony. The structural blouse Amit Aggarwal introduced a structural peplum blouse with exaggerated sleeves that will serve as a statement piece however you choose to style it. The layered blouse This one will appeal to all the non-conformists out there. Amp up your traditional blouse with a long shirt worn over your shoulders for a fresh take on your sari. Seen at Anavila Mishra. The off shoulder ruffle blouse Take it from Masaba Gupta—off shoulder ruffle blouses are talk of the town. They're cute and flirty, and work perfectly for a sangeet occasion. The frill and tassel blouse Arpita Mehta's off-shoulder blouse with frilly sleeves and playful tassels will ensure all eyes are on you. The box pleated peplum blouse Seen at Sailesh Singhania, this full-sleeved blouse with a one-sided collar and peplum with box pleats will give a refreshing take to your lehenga. The best part? No cumbersome dupatta. The pearl embellished blouse Ridhi Mehra's pearl embellished sheer bralette blouse is an ideal pick for brides who want to add some glamour to their ensemble. The cold shoulder cape blouse Nachiket Barve reinvented the cold shoulder blouse by adding long cape sleeves that literally reach the floor. While we're not sure how practical that is, you can reinterpret the blouse in your own way to suit your needs (like eating). The high-low blouse We saw a loosely-fitted embroidered blouse with a high-low hemline at Anushree Reddy. So you still get to bare your midriff while avoiding a body-hugging fit. The one-shoulder asymmetrical blouse This one-shoulder blouse with an asymmetrical hemline lends an interesting touch to your lehenga. As seen at SVA. The sheer embroidered blouse Dare to bare? Then this sheer blouse with an embroidered neck by Sanjay Garg should be your go-to pick. Its neutral and minimal look makes it perfect for day occasions like a mehendi ceremony.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s new hairstyle makes a debut with a bodycon LBD

Thursday, December 14 2017

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s new hairstyle makes a debut with a bodycon LBD

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Bibhu Mohapatra in Mumbai Image: Instagram.com/iprernaarora Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Bibhu Mohapatra in Mumbai Image: Instagram.com Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Bibhu Mohapatra in Mumbai Image: Instagram.com Although Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is not as social as some of her peers, once in a while, the star likes to get out of her hibernation to remind the world who she really is—the ultimate star. At producer Prernaa Arora’s party, the actor was seen in a curve-hugging black number with cold shoulder cutouts from Bibhu Mohapatra’s spring 2017 collection. The strategically placed chevron pattern of the dress brought out the best in Rai Bachchan’s silhouette and was a stark contrast from the simple kurta sets and jeans she is known to favour on most days back home. The actor’s only accessory of choice—save the pair of basic black pumps—was her new hair do over. With fresh new layers and a shocking red for colour, Rai Bachchan proved that there is no beauty look she can’t work to her advantage. The easy palette of the dress accentuated her new hairdo without clashing with it. If you want to make a mark on your next date night, here’s the perfect look for you to try. Do like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and celebrate body confidence in the perfect party dress with a side of dramatic red hair. Scroll through our gallery for a closer look at the star’s style. Keep up with celebrities and what they wore here. 1 /15

A peek inside Massimo Bottura’s exclusive dinner at Gaggan, Bangkok

Thursday, December 14 2017

A peek inside Massimo Bottura’s exclusive dinner at Gaggan, Bangkok

Gaggan's awards and plaques at the entrance of his restaurant Massimo and Gaggan at the after party Massimo Bottura at Gaggan, the special menu Mediterranean Sole Raaj Sanghvi with Massimo Bottura and his sous chef Takahiko Sometimes Mallard, Sometimes Partridge and Even Bollito The Crunchy Part of the Lasagna There are many ways to describe the chefs that put together the gastronomical experience I was fortunate enough to have had in Bangkok. One of them is a skinny Italian chef, born in Northern Italy. Massimo Bottura is perhaps the world’s most influential chef today, rated world number one last year on the prestigious World’s 50 Best List. His restaurant, Osteria Francescana in Modena, has managed to retain its three Michelin stars, awarded only to the best of the best, or to quote the guide, ‘exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey’. The other is a not-so-skinny, but large-hearted genius Indian chef, who had humble beginnings in Kolkata, and worked his way up to become Asia’s most famous face in the gastronomic world. Gaggan Anand proudly displays his enviable array of awards and recognition plaques at the entrance of his eponymous restaurant in a small alley off Bangkok’s Soi Langsuan. These include the title of Asia’s reigning number one best restaurant (three years in a row), the World’s number seven best restaurant and the newest addition, two glittering Michelin stars (which he was awarded only a few days ago), which makes him the only Indian chef to have that honour currently. I have known Gaggan for a long time; having eaten his food over five times this year alone and perhaps I’m biased. But for what it’s worth, I don’t think any Indian chef is in the same league in terms of imagination and creativity. No one thinks out of the box or on the same scale as him. But there is another side to Gaggan, one that people don’t always see. He is exhaustingly magnanimous in his nature and extremely humble. He invited Massimo Bottura to cook at his restaurant for one night only, benignly taking the back seat and converting his 14-seater state-of-the-art gastronomy lab into Massimo’s personal kitchen. Massimo, fresh from his own tryst with India, where he did a dinner service for top jeweller Nirav Modi last month, was full of praise for India when we chatted before the meal. “India inspires me in ways that I didn’t think possible,” he said as he rushed to check on the first course of the special menu he had created for the evening. Compared to many of the world’s other great chefs, Massimo is slightly different in his approach because the experience is only partly about the beautiful final product presented on the plate. Equal attention is given to the ingredients, personal memories, his influences and the special story behind each dish. Attended by top chefs and food influencers, all eager to see Massimo at the top of his game, the meal began with a dish described as ‘An Eel Swimming Up The Po River’. This was a 36-hour slow-cooked fresh water eel from Massimo’s hometown, inspired by memories of the time he spent by the river as a child. A few courses later, he presented a new dish that saw its debut on this menu, ‘Autumn in New York, Winter in Bangkok’ and narrated the story behind its making, “I was listening to the music of Billy Holiday, walking around Union Square in New York and created this specially for chef Dave (David) Chang,” (Chang is the chef behind the influential Momofuku group of restaurants). Roasted eggplant, mozzarella and confit tomatoes served with buffalo milk Tom Kha broth, Thai basil, lemongrass and ginger. It was a bowl of warmth that gave you a hug and prepared you for what was to come. Next up were Italian black truffles on buttered blinis that accompanied a delicately flavoured, chocolate-hinted partridge, an unusual pairing that only a great chef could make-work. His final main course was, strangely enough, a salad. ‘Caesar Salad in Bloom’, a rainbow-coloured assortment of chrysanthemum petals, elderflower vinegar, and dried cherries. The final flourish was a chamomile-honey dressing that he carried in a 50ml perfume bottle and went from table to table, spraying it on each plate. (When I asked him what he was spraying he asked me to open my mouth and gave me a playful spritz!) The meal ended with his signature dessert, documented extensively in his Chef’s Table episode on Netflix, “I want people to know that it’s okay to make mistakes, a three-star Michelin restaurant made a mistake, and now serves the mistake, isn’t that incredible? Imperfection creates more emotions than something engineered perfectly!” he explained passionately. ‘Oops I Dropped The Lemon Tart’ was the best broken lemon tart a human hand can prepare. The dish was born from a comical accident, when his sous chef dropped a lemon tart while plating it during dinner service. As there wasn’t enough time to create another one, Massimo improvised quickly and instructed him to drop all the other tarts, till they looked similar. For Massimo, this isn’t just a lemon tart any longer; it stays on his menu, as a reminder, a message for young chefs, that it is acceptable to make mistakes, “Sometimes good things can come from them,” he states. (It helps that people fly in to his restaurant from all over the world just to taste this signature dessert!) The experience lasted over two-and-a-half hours and Massimo gave me a signed copy of his latest book, Bread is Gold , a philanthropic initiative in collaboration with the world’s greatest chefs to teach readers how to make economical and delicious meals using waste food. When I asked him why India wasn’t represented in the book, his eyes lit up, “Gaggan is collaborating with me in Paris in March, we are doing another special project to help Paris. We should do ‘Rice is Gold’ in India after Paris. You have given me an excellent idea!” he exclaimed. Assuming this wasn’t just party talk, I might just play a small role in a Massimo-Gaggan collaboration in India (you can thank me later). So how does a gastronomical experience of a combined five Michelin stars (Massimo’s three and Gaggan’s two), fine wines and extraordinary cuisine end? With classic rock music and bhangra dancing of course. The coffee hadn’t even been served, when Gaggan brought out his Marshall speakers, and played loud rock music. “It’s a party to celebrate Massimo, my Michelin stars and celebrate great food and even better people,” he said. So I stayed on, surrounded by the likes of chefs David Thompson, the Sühring twins, Gert De Mangeleer, Renzo Garibaldi, Thitid Tassanakajohn and other big foodie names. Soon the party moved to the street outside the restaurant, where Meenakshi, the backbone of the Gaggan’s operation, had got the city’s best street food vendors to set up stalls. There was an open bar with beer on tap and soon over 150 of the city’s best turned up to party with the stars of the culinary world. Massimo stood on top of the bar making gin and tonics, and Gaggan taught his bemused non-Indian peers the correct bhangra moves: “close the tap, screw the light-bulb”, as Malkit Singh’s “Gureh Nalon Ishq” blasted in the background. No description will really do justice to the experience. And yes, a five star Michelin meal with two of the world’s greatest chefs might break the bank, but dancing the night away with culinary legends, that’s priceless.

23 Bollywood celebrity looks to help you decide your mehandi outfit

Thursday, December 14 2017

23 Bollywood celebrity looks to help you decide your mehandi outfit

Sonakshi Sinha Image: Instagram.com/mohitrai As one of the first functions on the wedding itinerary, the mehandi often sets the tone for the revelry to follow. A laid-back event to get the festivities rolling, the mehandi is also the perfect event for brides to the skip the expected ornate route and experiment with their ensembles instead. Curating a winning bridal wardrobe is a mammoth task, so we don’t blame you if you’re in a fix over your mehandi outfit. Vogue style-stalked our favourite celebrities and their go-to festive looks to put together just the guide you were looking for. Who better than bride of the moment, Anushka Sharma , to take a cue from? The actor who broke the Internet with her recent wedding in Tuscany decided to go bright and boho for her mehandi. A graphic fuchsia pink and Indian orange lehenga with a floral blouse by Sabyasachi Mukherjee was her outfit of choice, and is the ideal choice for the bride on the lookout for a fuss-free, comfortable look. For brides who can’t get enough of twirl-friendly creations, lehengas are the obvious way to go. But play with contemporary versions that you wouldn’t be able to wear for your other functions like the sangeet or pheras. Get inspired by Alia Bhatt and opt for a modern cropped shirt blouse with a traditional Benarasi or Lucknowi lehenga. Mehandis and cape lehengas are a match made in sartorial heaven—the outfit is trendy, doesn’t come in the way of henna application, and allows for easy movement. Let Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Katrina Kaif in their Anamika Khanna lehengas lead the way. A pop-hued lehenga with a fringed blouse minus the dupatta as seen on Sara Ali Khan won’t disappoint either. If you’re not shy of unconventional silhouettes, then add some drama to your mehandi look by way of drapes. A colour-blocked palazzo sari as seen on Jacqueline Fernandez is sure to score you the title of the coolest bride in town. Mira Rajput Kapoor’s tulip pant and asymmetrical cape set is what you need when hosting an intimate mehandi ceremony at home. Don’t write off sharara sets either. Turn to Esha Gupta for the ultimate inspiration. As far as mehandi prints are concerned, florals always work like a charm. Follow Jhanvi Kapoor’s lead and team a voluminous floral skirt with a sheer blouse. Or do like Kriti Sanon and team an off-shoulder blouse with a geometric print skirt. Mehandis are licence to play with stop-and-stare hues, and no shade is off limits. From pastels to neon, choose one that ties in with your personality and function theme. And if you’ve decided to forego bridal red for the pheras, wear it for the mehandi instead, by choosing a belted draped creation like the one worn by Deepika Padukone. Factor in practicality as well. Swap the full sleeves for short or elbow-length ones, and keep any dupattas belted, as they are bound to come in the way. If you plan to apply henna on your feet during the function, choose a raised hemline, such as the cropped Anita Dongre anarkali worn by Parineeti Chopra. Scroll through our slideshow for a closer look at our celebrity mehandi edit. This story is a part of the Vogue Wedding Shopping Guide , a series that is a must read for every bride-to-be In This Series : Vogue Wedding Shopping Guide

Kareena Kapoor Khan’s best style moments from 2017

Thursday, December 14 2017

Kareena Kapoor Khan’s best style moments from 2017

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Between jaw-dropping red carpet gowns to relaxed travel separates on the airport, Kapoor Khan’s love for all-things-fashion cements her high rank on best dressed lists in the country. From making her way back to a film set after the birth of son to getting back in shape, 2017 was a big one for the actor. After taking a short break after her delivery, Kapoor Khan started shooting for Veere Di Wedding in 2017. With constant travel to the Delhi set and back, the actor showed us just how to nail comfort with style while on the go. Often spotted with baby Taimur and her favourite travel companion, her Hermès Birkin, the actor was on point every time with her airport looks. In her down time, Kapoor Khan was often spotted in understated-yet-impactful separates like denim jacket, leggings, comfy T-shirts and midi dresses. While stepping out for dinner dates with husband Saif Ali Khan or attending parties with her girl gang , the actor dressed up in an array breezy dresses. “I think most of my fans see me as the girl that is casual yet stylish, yet the working woman of today. That, is key and I cater to that—I do. That’s why you’ll never really see me dressed over-the-top,” she said in an interview . While her everyday style might be relatable, the actor doesn’t shy away from pulling out the stops on the red carpet. From a glittering Falguni and Shane Peacock gown for the Zee Cine Awards to the most recent statement-making Rami Al Ali Official number , the actor made some scene stealing appearances in 2017. Her love for Indian ethnic wear, too, stays strong: while attending Diwali parties this year, the actor was spotted in exquisite sharara sets and saris by Tarun Tahiliani, Bloni Atelier by Akshat Bansal and Rimple and Harpreet Narula. The year also saw the actor introduce Pakistani designer Faraz Manan to her ethnic wardrobe. Another highlight from her year was her body transformation. Juggling back-to-back shoots for her upcoming movie and spending quality time with little Taimur, the actor made sure she gave herself as much time, with regular yoga sessions with her trainer to gain strength and muscle tone. She was often spotted after her rigorous workouts in classic leggings, oversized jackets and slogan T-shirts. Flaunting the results of her transformation, Kapoor Khan was recently spotted in elegant bodycon dresses and sheer gowns. From Gucci T-shirts to elegant sharara sets, there’s hardly a boring style moment in Kapoor Khan’s life. Go through our gallery and check out our favourite looks seen on Kareena Kapoor Khan in 2017.

Shobhaa De on celebrating 70 and coming to terms with ageing

Thursday, December 14 2017

Shobhaa De on celebrating 70 and coming to terms with ageing

You have read of 10 stories this month 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! LET’S GET PHYSICAL Forty is so in-between and annoying. It is an age where panic sets in for no reason at all. Women get hyper sensitive at 38, avoiding any reference to the significant birthday, even though it is just two years away. Something changes six months from the date. It’s called defiance. They announce in a slightly exaggerated, shrill voice, “Hey guys! The Big F is happening. Partaaaay…” Nobody is convinced. But what the hell, the Big F is only going to get bigger. There is 50 to reckon with, remember! By 60, you’re finally getting somewhere. People seem to enjoy reminding you about your senior citizen status. You look at your taut, toned arms, your firm butt, neat boobs, well-groomed hair and wonder, “What are these idiots even talking about? Me, a senior citizen? No way.” But at traffic signals, the same kids who called you ‘didi’ start addressing you as ‘auntyji’ and ‘maaji’. You catch glimpses of yourself in the rear-view mirror and hastily look away. The neck—all those folds. And what happened to the nose? Why is it suddenly jutting out of your face? The focus remains steadfastly on the physical changes, till one day you discover another you (hiding behind the expensive anti-ageing creams and serums that have done nothing for those lines around the mouth but lots for your self-esteem) and she turns away tiredly from the makeup mirror and says, “At least I tried.” LINES OF CONTROL Seventy is a different ball game altogether. Sure, you have your lines, and the bags under the eyes, and the paunch that no longer responds to a hundred daily crunches…but wait, that’s not all. You wake up one morning and notice you have also sprouted wings! The same wings that disappeared between the ages of 14 and 50. The same wings that allowed you to soar, explore and fly as a teenager. The same wings you had either clipped yourself or permitted someone else to—well, they are back. You can take flight again. And you must. I’m enjoying my wings with all the fervour and passion of a teenager. I’m ready to try just about anything that appeals to me and even a few things that don’t. My lines are like reluctant friends. I can’t honestly say I love them and am proud of them. Of course, I wish they’d disappear. I do want my old skin back—the young one. I would love for my hair to cascade down my shoulders like it once did, with a life and personality of its own. My lips have lost their fullness, my eyes their sparkle. Yes, I feel the loss. But not in a way that emotionally scares me. I still feel good when I dress up to go out and receive compliments. I experiment with my wardrobe, accessories and makeup. In some areas (makeup) I stick to the “less is more” motto. I am far more liberated in my choice of outfits. Vanity gets redefined in strange ways at 70. Now, I take pride in showing off my shoulder blades; at 30, I overlooked them totally. ALL YOU NEED IS RED LIPSTICK The first step towards attaining a more wholesome attitude towards yourself at 70 is to make peace with the number. Once 70 stops scaring you, the rest is relatively easy. People say it’s important to soul search and look within when you hit your seventh decade. I say, why wait for 70? This is one discipline you should cultivate much, much earlier. If you start looking for answers within your mind and heart at 20, 30, 40, 50…by the time you hit 70, you’ll be a far more evolved person, having gradually come to terms with life’s myriad challenges. Don’t wait. Question constantly. Push yourself till it hurts. Try stuff you haven’t “dared” to—it doesn’t have to be as intimidating as rock climbing; it can be trying a red lipstick (oh, how it works when all else fails). These days I am asked a lot about the guts required to take on critics, trolls and frenemies while holding tight to my sanity and sense of humour. Since I am not Rhett Butler (too bad!), I can’t shrug and claim, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Well…I do. And I don’t. I value my, well, values. No compromise there. As for the rest, the flak and criticism that used to bother me earlier, I no longer let it. For every spiteful invective, there is abundant love out there. At 70, my biggest single discovery has been the unbeatable power of love. It wins always. No matter what the odds. Shobhaa Dé’s Seventy…And To Hell With It (Penguin Random House India) released yesterday In this story: Accessories, Dress, India Now Playing: How to spend 5 hours in Pune

Falguni and Shane Peacock create a T-shirt with a strong message

Thursday, December 14 2017

Falguni and Shane Peacock create a T-shirt with a strong message

Delna Poonawala, Jaya Raheja and Michelle Poonawala Farah Khan Ali Nisha Jhangiani Shane and Falguni Peacock Otherwise associated with their sparkling couture and celebrity clientele, designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock of their eponymous label have designed a special T-shirt which was launched at The Bandra Project in Mumbai. Carrying the message ‘Fearless Strong Positive’ (the acronym for which matches the brand initials) the duo’s latest offering celebrates the spirit of giving back. To further the cause of women’s empowerment, all proceeds from sales of the T-shirt will go to non-profit organisation Srujna, which aims to create employment opportunities for underprivileged women. The event coincided with the launch of the third edition of the brand’s in-house book, Peacock Magazine . To support the ‘Fearless Strong Positive’ campaign, guests attended the launch event in FSP T-shirts. Some of the people spotted at the event included Pooja Hegde, Anusha Dandekar, Farah Khan Ali, Michelle Poonawalla and Ujjwala Raut.

5 events in Mumbai you can’t miss before the holidays begin

Thursday, December 14 2017

5 events in Mumbai you can’t miss before the holidays begin

You have read of 10 stories this month 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Image: Slink and Bardot For the tech geek Two tech entrepreneurs, Sahil Kathpal and Anil Dukkipatty, come together tomorrow at Todi Mill Social to tell us all about bitcoins: from its history, to how to make transactions, its utility, and more. If you want to be able to tell your block chain from block height, you shouldn’t miss this one. Tomorrow from 4pm-6pm For the music lover Whether you’d like to catch a live music gig by Natural Streets for Performing Arts Foundation or tap your feet to Western covers by Royston Pereira, the Museum Plaza at Bhau Daji Lad Museum is your spot. Every first and third Sunday of the month, they host a series of live shows for you to pick from. Time: 4pm to 6pm For the shopper The Farmer’s Market, Chowpatty, held at Birla Krida Kendra is having yet another organic food fair this Sunday. You can pick from a range of organic goodies—from veggies, syrups, millets to grains and some beauty products for skin and hair too. Time: 9am to 2pm. For the kids Those with children, shouldn’t miss out on NCPA’s Christmas party tomorrow. Complete with carol singing by The Symphony Orchestra of India, an interactive dance performance by Shiamak Davar’s Victory Arts Foundation and then some gift distribution, all tied up with four NGOs from across the city. Time: 3 :30 pm to 5:30pm. For the foodie Monday onwards, try out ‘Christmas in Koliwada’, a unique menu designed by the team behind Slink & Bardot. Taking inspiration from what’s local and what’s around, but also keeping their French culinary aesthetic in mind, they’ve curated a new menu. Expect dishes such as sunchoke soup and winter vegetable tourte. The meal ends with strawberry four ways with coconut dacquoise and pistachio tuile. Time: 7pm to 1am

6 relaxing spa destinations that also make perfect romantic getaways

Thursday, December 14 2017

6 relaxing spa destinations that also make perfect romantic getaways

You have read of 10 stories this month 30 day free access to digital issues worth INR 400 Get it now ! Image: Shutterstock A couple that spas together stays together. Okay, this may not be a universal truth but even if you are part of the top percentile of top notch relationships, some precious ‘we time’ can be a relationship booster. Especially when you are thrown together with all devices switched off. Whether you are on a honeymoon , celebrating a milestone or on a staycation to get away, take time out to hit the spa together. Most spas have couple’s rooms that are quiet and luxurious. You can expect treatment beds side-by-side, a shared bath tub and shower space, all in a private suite in many of the large spas, so you don’t have to use common changing rooms. Hamams, Jacuzzis and ice-water pools are often part of common areas, so make time for them too. Therapies can range from 90-minutes to three hours, to some week-long packages. Begin with 90 minutes—it’s a good sampler especially if you haven’t tried a couple’s session before. Chocolate, coffee, red wine , red roses add a touch of pleasure as star ingredients in the treatments. Pick from an immersion in a tub of red wine or chocolate-infused oils and coffee scrubs to enhance the mood. Destinations add zing to the experience. There is something to be said for being in a traditional hot tub as the Northern Lights play out in Iceland. Or heading to the world’s highest spa in Lhasa. Or free floating in the Dead Sea. Location aside, a range of superbly designed hotels create experiences without having to step out. The right treatment may make you forget the destination or the property as your energies rebalance. Yes, there are great city day spas and hotels which are more easily accessible but for the full experience take a weekend off, at least. Choose a simple therapy over more elaborate rituals. You don’t want to get stressed while trying to destress. Aromatherapy and water therapies are an ideal way to relax while chakra healing chambers and colour therapy rooms are for more calming meditative benefits. Here are a few luxury picks to trigger some spa ideas of your own: 1 /6 A mountain in Oman With its desert, mountains and valleys, well preserved culture, a history of fragrances like frankincense and myrrh (yes, they came from here) Oman has become a hub for travellers looking for an offbeat experience in the Gulf. Head to Alila Jabal Akhdar in the Al Hajar mountains where roses and juniper berries grow wild and make up rejuvenating treatment oils. Indulge in conscious living—yoga at dawn, starlight meditation at night and days of hiking and cycling in between. Inspired architecturally by Omani fortresses, the stone and wood resort is considered one of the most exciting new designs in Oman. Spa Alila offers you a chance to design your own spa therapies. While they don’t have a specific couple’s therapy or ritual the Mystic Sunrise seems easily tailored for two—it includes morning tai chi, a hot stone massage, a foot scrub, coffee scrubs, a red lay facial and a healthy natural breakfast. Image: Alilahotels.com Cliff top pampering Perched on a steep cliff top in Bali with dramatic bird’s eye views, the Bulgari resort offers a Bali experience fused with all the luxury Bulgari trappings and opulence. The spa designed like a traditional Indonesian home offers a number of rituals but the Royal Lulur or traditional bath is a signature ritual. Designed for couples it is based on royal Javanese rituals using turmeric, pandan leaves and fresh florals. A three-hour session includes massages, scrubs and baths. When done, you can opt for a session of spiritual cleansing, another Balinese ritual, or take a steep ride down the cliff to the resort’s private beach. Image: Bulgarihotels.com Discover each other eight metres under Totally distracting and totally indulgent—a spa eight metres under water is one of those bucket list things that you must do. Huvaven Fushi in the Maldives has the world’s first underwater spa. Set out in the ocean, Lime spa has treatment rooms underwater and they go down deep. Someone wrote, it was like being in a Nat Geo underwater film as you watch flora and fauna of the Indian Ocean go by. Experience the Lime signature ritual which includes long massages of coconut oil and Maldivian botanicals on water beds. The relaxation rooms have an ice room, a rain mist room and a traditional Maldivian sea mineral water bath. If you find being underwater a bit unnerving even when you are glassed in and safe, there are overwater rooms with the unending Indian Ocean to enjoy. Image: Huvavenfushi.com A Taj Mahal romance The Taj Mahal may be a romantic cliché but it is the greatest monument dedicated to love and two kilometres from the real thing is India’s largest spa—ITC Mughal’s Kaya Kalp. Generous spa space is a wonderful way to experience being in a ‘palace’ of your own. ‘A Taj Mahal Romance’—yes, that is what the three-hour couple’s treatment is called. It includes a gemstone tension releasing massage, a pearl illuminating face massage, a sensual foot massage and then a bath tub for two. Head out to see the real Taj Mahal by the light of the Agra moon to complete the romance. Image: Itchotels.in Chakra balancing for romance The two level ESPA spa at the Leela Palace, Delhi has private VIP rooms with a specially customised couple’s treatment menu and makes for the perfect day date. The Essence of Leela is one of their signature treatments which includes a cooling scrub and a relaxing head massage with chakra balancing, focussing on the seven large energy meridians of the body using hot stones for revitalisation. Double steam showers and a private relaxation area add to the bliss. Image: Theleela.com Red wine exuberance, Mumbai style At Mumbai’s Myrah spa in a stand-alone bungalow in the heart of Old Bollywood (Juhu), couples are spoilt for choice with six journeys custom-designed for reconnection, balance and romance with names like Love’s Mystic journey and Reconnect. The Royal Wine exuberance based on vinotherapy gives you a heady anti-oxidant boost as well. Start with an aromatic vinotherapy candle wax massage in candlelight, a relaxed reflexology treatment, then drift off in a bath tub filled with red wine. Image: Myrahspa.com

What we learned from Kangana Ranaut and Barkha Dutt at Shobhaa De's book launch

Thursday, December 14 2017

What we learned from Kangana Ranaut and Barkha Dutt at Shobhaa De's book launch

What we learned from Kangana Ranaut and Barkha Dutt at Shobhaa De's book launch When three powerful and fiesty women take the stage, you better pay attention By Abha Bakaya December 14, 2017 SHARE This high-profile book launch was eagerly anticipated — no-holds barred writer Shobhaa De joined by the non-conformist Barkha Dutt and the feisty Kangana Ranaut. And yet, the conversation was not so much about the book 70 & To Hell With It (which is Shobhaa’s 21st and encapsulates her life journey to 70) as it was about issues that women deal with — and have battled — throughout their lives. Like whether the passing of time really changes anything. At what age do you really let go? At what point in life do you stop being afraid of setting your own path? Shobhaa, clearly revelling in the freedom of being 70, spoke of how at her age, there was nothing to lose anymore. And how after a lifetime of being a granite rock for her family in her roles as mother, daughter and wife, she felt like she could let her guard down and be herself. "It’s beautiful to have your weaknesses.. And after a while, it’s about liberating yourself from yourself.” Kangana was adamant that we have to change our thinking for the future. “It’s my right to choose when I want to talk about my experiences," she said, adding, "What’s important is that I do talk about them. Because the only way we’ll see change is if there’s awareness of what’s happening around us." "Right now, the most wanted thing in the country is my apology, which you’ll never get!” she said with a laugh, the audience completely on her side. "You got to have the conviction that your stand will be respected. If not now, then in the long term.” To which Barkha added, “It takes courage not to care about being disliked.” \ Barkha Dutt and Kangana Ranaut at Shobhaa De's book launch While it was great to hear stories about women with indomitable spirits who broke cultural and societal barriers to forge their own path, I was taken aback at Shobhaa’s answer to Barkha’s question, “What would you tell your daughter today if she said she didn’t want to get married and just wanted to have lots of sex?” At first, the author elaborated about the importance of having responsible sex, until she finally just admitted, “I’m not that liberal yet.” Personal opinion and expression aside — it didn't answer Barkha’s question about societal conditioning and putting people in boxes. So have things really changed in the last 40 years? Especially when we see survivors of sexual harassment today being trolled, sued, shamed and accused of inviting unwarranted behaviour? Employers are now adding possible sexual harassment claims to the long list of reasons they should avoid hiring women. While Shobhaa was of the view that an Indian Harvey Weinstein scandal was unlikely as no one would speak up, Kangana was confident of change. “No one harasses me anymore because they know I’m capable of saying anything anywhere," she responded cheekily, no hint at all of any of the painful experiences she has had to deal with to get where she has at the ripe old age of 30. To which Shobhaa responded, “You need to live a lot to die well.” Agreed.

Salvatore Ferragamo opens eco-friendly workshop

Wednesday, December 13 2017

Salvatore Ferragamo opens eco-friendly workshop

| Wednesday, 13 December 2017 Italian luxury label Salvatore Ferragamo has opened a cutting-edge artisanal centre featuring a new design and prototyping lab for men’s and women’s leather goods in Osmannoro (Florence), as it looks to safeguard its design heritage and skillset. The workshop, which has been designed to save energy and use environmentally sustainable materials, houses an additional twenty artisans to the current team of master leather workers, expanding the design lab, as part of Salvatore Ferragamo’s vision to pass “indispensable artisanal expertise down to future generations,” while also preserving its “heritage and know-how”. Eraldo Poletto, chief executive officer of Salvatore Ferragamo Group, said: “In keeping with the brand’s philosophy, focused on the development of artisanal products that highlight the expert skills behind made-in-Italy production, the new leather goods atelier is a space for our artisans to cultivate their professional skills and passion for innovation and research, while upholding our long-standing values of tradition and craftsmanship. “Not only does this project celebrate Ferragamo’s leather crafting know-how, but it will also provide additional opportunities for the development of new products, as it enables us to test innovative materials and improve the quality and efficiency of various development processes.” Salvatore Ferragamo aims to safeguard heritage and skillset with new design lab The workshop will also be used as an “open forum” for technical excellence and creativity with the aim of promoting research into materials, the creation of style and the crafting of products that meet market demand, said the brand. The building was improved as part of a redevelopment project to increase safety and seismic stability, as well as reconfigure it to save on energy consumption and emissions, optimise energy absorption and use energy from renewable sources, including the installation of a new solar power system. Salvatore Ferragamo is also in the process of construction of a new logistics hub with automated warehousing in Osmannoro that is slated for completion in 2018. The logistics hub will also be designed according to the latest energy and resource consumption standards in order to qualify for LEED Platinum certification. Images: courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo

Now, Linen Club focuses on own premium apparel line

Thursday, December 14 2017

Now, Linen Club focuses on own premium apparel line

| Thursday, 14 December 2017 Jaya Shree Textlies, the force behind fabric brand Linen Club, will now focus on its own apparel range through retail stores. Jaya Shree Textiles is a part of the Aditya Birla Group company Grasim Industries. ‘Linen Club Studio’ offering pure linen clothing are already available across Linen Club exclusive brand outlets. Incidentally, Linen Club Studio branded apparels is positioned in the premium segment and priced upwards of Rs 2,500. It is also sold through the group’s online platform, abof. Satyaki Ghosh, CEO, Domestic Textiles, Aditya Birla Group, points out the company is planning to work on its back-end processes before initiating discussions with modern trade/organised trade. He says the company plans to launch branded apparels across modern trade soon. Right now, it is there across 150-odd exclusive brand outlets and currently, Linen Club Studio offerings have been introduced at one “Central” store in Bengaluru. The buzz is the company has already ramped up its apparel manufacturing facility at Karnataka. Incidentally, Jaya Shree Textiles has already invested close to Rs 400 crore over the last few years at its yarn and fabric production unit at Rishra in West Bengal. Jaya Shree Textiles has a share of about 70 per cent of the pure linen fabric market in India and is said to be suppliers to major international brands such as Marks and Spencer, H&M and so on. It is also a supplier (of linen) to many domestic players.