Wrapping your Wanderlust

As many jet setters will testify, a lace edged Maneesha Ruia wrap or shawl is a travel essential. Cobweb light, incredibly warm and stylish, her wraps, scarves and ponchos are made with a mix of fine cashmere and merino, touches of  fur, suede and lace. They are not available easily in India but you can spot them…

‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ at the V&A

For anyone in the fashion industry, studying fashion design, in the fashion editorial space or fringing it,  visiting this exhibition at the V&A, London  is worth it. Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga , known as the couturier’s couturier, created silhouettes that are iconic and familiar today even if you don’t know who he was. The baby doll,…

Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass #Seattle

American glass artist Dale Chihuly has his work in over 200 museums and has been awarded eleven honorary doctorates for his work in glass. It is difficult to describe his work at  Chihuly Garden and Glass  in Seattle– It is spectacular, phantasmagoric, just plain beautiful and a bit overwhelming. You need a little time to wander…

Travels in Spain : Salamanca

Salamanca is a medieval university town and alums include Miguel de Cervantes and Hernan Cortes amongst others.It is one of Europe’s oldest continuous teaching  universities and I am told has many Indian students on its current rolls. There is an old  wall where 13th century  Phd students had to sign their names in blood when awarded…