September 25th has a magical quality to it in Mumbai. The rains have petered off,the Ganesh festival has ended,Durga Puja has begun and as if on cue the festive season goes full throttle and continues until February of the next year encompassing everything including our biggest festival- the wedding season.
From haute watches to haute couture to a celebration of the new fashion democracy there is something for everyone in the next ten days.
Check out the funky and clever Manish Arora for Ammrapali jewellery at the equally quirky Bombay Electric store. I saw beautiful ear cuffs ( still on trend) with pineapples! I also spotted very clever Persepex brooches by Little Shilpa. The nice thing about Bombay Electric (Just opposite the Taj at Colaba) is that you can browse, check out stuff and take your time without feeling crowded by the staff or being hustled into buying anything.
Luxury house Hermes is launching its autumn winter magazine in store this Friday.It is Hermes so its very exclusive but the store is always worth a vist on any other day. Now that scarves are enjoying a new moment in the sun its worth investing in a Hermes scarf – I love the dramatic modern prints. You can check them out at wwww.hermes.com (La maison des carres)
Prices start at Rs 15000 approx and move up.
Ethos and the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie bring watch lovers and collectors an unmissable opportunity to see all the watches nominated for the Geneve Watch Grand prix including Bregeut’s Claasique musicale, Bulgari’s repeater and nominees from LV, Hublot, Harvey Winston and more as Ethos brings the travelling exhibition to India for the first time.
For the haute horlogerie experience travel to the Imperial hotel, Delhi this weekend (26th and 27th Sept) or check out all the watches on display and their specs at www.gphg.org
Sahachari foundation and Tarun Tahiliani are presenting Modern Moghuls a couture collection at the Taj Mumbai, 28th September. It is a by- invitation event as many couture shows are. The foundation is a well known fund raiser and supports very reliable NGO’s including Muktangan ,Nanhi Kalhi, and the BSPCA ( they have funded a cardiac and ICU unit for animals besides other things). They have been collaborating with the NCPA for some time now raising funds through cultural events as well.
Online fashion store Myntra http://www.myntra.com is launching a ticketed fashion weekend at Palladium with a Vogue bazaar, a Style cracker hub and runway shows for everyone to enjoy the ‘fashion week’ experience and indulge in huge amounts of retail therapy. Its 2-3 October at the Palladium hotel which is becoming a nice midtown hub for fashion events. Besides having lounge bar Li bai and night club XO that gets in the party peeps. Buy your tickets on http://www.bookmyshow.com.
Online stores continue the democratization of fashion making it easy and accessible. It is a good thing. When fashion is so accessible and available it forces you to develop your own style so you don’t look like a clone and the more I go to events and retail destinations the more I see fabulous personal looks that women are putting together.
The current look I am hearting is the the belt over scarf look innovated by Olivia Palermo and seen on fellow Mumbai scribe Gayatri Rangachari applying the same principle on a saree pallu.