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A candle for L'Wren Scott

“I was shocked to hear of L’Wren Scott’s untimely death,” said Geeta Rao, beauty & luxury blogger and former Beauty and Health Director at Vogue India about the statuesque stylist and designer, partner of rock legend Mick Jagger who was found in her Manhattan home on Monday after committing suicide. Rao had met her in 2010 in Paris when the designer had launched a capsule make-up collection for the French luxury brand Lancôme. “She seemed to have everything, a career as a successful model, a career as a well-established designer, collaborations with make-up and jewellery brands and a partner in Mick Jagger,” says Rao saddened at the memory of one so young and glamorous meeting with such a sad end. “I remember she was in a beautifully designed outfit of her own creation in a metallic grey that was similar to her metallic eye shadow. She wore her own make-up collection flawlessly — it was dark silver flecked metallic eye shadow and a blood red lipstick and grey nail polish,” says the style writer.


Designer L’Wren Scott with her boyfriend Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger

“She was very tall— six feet three but wearing heels, so it was like having a Glamazon in the room. What stayed with me was her statuesque composure and elegance. When you meet someone so striking the image stays with you. We chatted very briefly because her collection wasn’t going to be launched in India,” says Rao, explaining that the piece never got written, as the collection did not come to India.


Geeta Rao

“She was stunning in the sense you couldn’t miss her in any room. Just this February memories came back when I read she had collaborated on a very feminine, summery, happy, make-up collection for Bobbi Brown. It was called Amnesia Rose after the Queen of vintage roses that L’Wren grew in her own Loire Valley chateau,” said Rao, adding “It is really sad that she gave up on life,” says Rao.

The unimaginable pressures faced by those who live gilded lives.

As sharp as a scythe
“We’d like to invite you to join us for Nirbhaya — Breaking the silence, a play that has opened to rave reviews in the UK and is showing in India for the first time,” wrote South Mumbai MP, avid rocker Milind Deora and his attractive film producer wife, the feisty Pooja Shetty.


A still from the play Nirbhaya —Breaking the silence

“We are proud to support it for its opening show along with Teamwork’s Arts,” said the couple. “It is a play based on the performers’ real life experiences and the violent incident that shocked Delhi and the world.” But whatever they might have said, nothing would have prepared us for Nirbahya. Stark, staggering, sharp as a scythe, it captured  the audience that evening at the Tata theatre with its searing honesty and the power of its performances.


Milind Deora and Rahul Bose, who attended the play

Nirbhaya — Breaking the Silence one of the most powerful voices to have arisen from that unfathomable atrocity that occurred in Delhi on December 16, 2012.

Lionesses and a tiger
We caught up with Delhi’s fashion maven Rohit Bal, just back from Mauritius where along with one of his close friends Aarti Surendranath, he’d got up close and personal with a pride lionesses. What did it feel like we asked the stylish designer. “Exhilarating to say the least,” he replied. “It just makes you respect magnificent animals that much more.

They are so majestic and regal. True symbols of strength and unparalleled  beauty. Born to rule. It was a truly humbling experience.”  And why the sticks, we asked the cherubic designer? “The sticks are a symbol of authority for the lionesses!” he said. And when we asked if his feline company inspired him, the designer with much feline grace replied, “Yes! To create more magnificence.”

Kallat at the Chemould
Along with husband Jitish, Reena Kallat (in pic) is part of the contemporary art world’s trio of successful husband-wife teams (the other two being the Dodhiyas and Gupta-Kher) and this week will see the opening of her newest show ‘Aesthetic Bind: Floating World,’ the last of the five exhibitions curated by Geeta Kapur for Chemould’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

“I’m recreating a piece which was shown at the Goteborg Biennale in 2011,” said the charming artist whose works have been exhibited in venues as prestigious as Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Kennedy Centre, Washington; Saatchi Gallery, London; SESC Pompeia and SESC Belenzino in Sao Paulo and the Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland. 

Holi nostalgia
Say what you want, but no one celebrates Holi quite like the film legends of yore used to. Raj Kapoor playing the dholak with a cigarette rakishly dangling from his lips, Sitara Devi dancing with abandon to its beat and friends like Pran and Shammi Kapoor joining in the fray. 

Pran’s daughter Pinkly Bhalla has been reminiscing about the good old days a lot during the Holi week. “It used to be a grand affair,” she told us. “The road outside our home at Union Park in Pali Hill was blocked and covered with a shamiana. Huge drums were filled with colour at the entrance. There were musicians playing the bagpipes and dholaks and lots of dancing, singing, bhang and good food. And the likes of Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Kishore Kumar, Shammi and our neighbour the actor Maruti,” she said. “Today’s festivities are not a patch on the fun and merry making of those days,” she said. We agree.

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