Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier
The city - sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce
To love and to hold
Nonita Kalra's job as editor of Harper's Bazaar India might have her put up in New Delhi, but her heart belongs to Bombay. So when it came to picking a venue for her wedding celebrations, she chose 'home'. Fashion was all heart on Friday evening as this diarist saw the fraternity come together at the US Club to celebrate Kalra's marriage to longtime partner Bhriguraj Singh. We hear she browsed Sanjay Garg and Ekaya's luxe Banarasi collections but ultimately wore a black and gold saree that belonged to her mother.
One of India's only women editors to have headed two major fashion titles - Elle and Harper's Bazaar - Kalra's stylish ex-squad from her previous place of work danced to a Bollywood medley, with some good ol' Elvis Presley thrown in.
It perhaps spoke of her reputation for nurturing talent. Jaspreet Chandok, head of fashion-IMG-Reliance and wife Sajal; Aki Narula; Payal Khandwala; Nimish Shah; Colston Julian; Clint Fernandes, and AD Singh with wife Sabina couldn't stay away from the dance floor either. Rajesh Pratap Singh, Narendra Kumar with partner Kadambari, Ensemble's Tina Tahiliani-Parikh, former Lakmé Lever CEO Anil Chopra and wife Sabina, Fahad Samar and Simone Singh, and Roohi and Chetan Jaikishan cheered on.
And then there were more… It was a party where everyone who has worked in Indian fashion, be it as stylist, editor, make-up artist, photographer, public relations executive, choreographer, international brand representative, art director, model and designer, came together to raise a toast to Mr and Mrs Singh. Congratulations.
Time to look west
Fifteen years ago chef Jaydeep Mukherjee aka JD introduced Mumbai to the delights of European cuisine with Indigo. Now he's starting a new chapter. He has collaborated with old buddies, Anand Raj Pawar and Ajit Dhumal to start Millhouse, an all-day dining restaurant in Ahmedabad. "Fifteen years were spent in a wonderful environment.
Jaydeep Mukherjee aka JD
However, a sense of creative fatigue had set in. The time to upset the quintessential apple cart had arrived," he says. Explaining why he picked Ahmedabad, Mukherjee says, "It's a city where life revolves around food, so that worked for us."
After scanning the Paris Fashion Week (PFW) schedule, Rahul Mishra's 16-year-old nephew curiously asked the designer, "How old is Hermès?" There was a reason for his question. Mishra, 37, is scheduled to showcase at PFW on the same day, March 3, as the titanic heritage French institution. "My show slot is between Ellie Saab and Comme des Garçons, followed by Hermès at 8 pm. All the important media will be there. And it happens to be a Saturday, considered the most important day in the PFW calendar," says Mishra about his eighth outing.
His accelerated tone vacillates between joy and anxiety, as he adds, "I'm quite emotional, happy, but also facing pangs of pressure. Every time, I showcase there, there's immense pressure to justify my presence in that sacred space".
This time for his Autumn/Winter 2018 collection titled, Reflection, he will address the urban reality of metros growing skyward and losing their identity. He hopes to explore the architectural duality of hard and soft via pleating, controlled volume play, and subtle juxtaposition of coarse fabrics against buttery chiffons and georgettes. And slowly, the purist is warming up to the idea of "shine". "That apart, I'm also showcasing brocade at PFW for the first time, and trying to explore the gender fluid clothing territory."
Resident at the art fair
As part of Art Dubai's 12th edition next month, the international art fair has launched Residents, its first residency programme cum gallery section for international artists. The inaugural list of Residents features one from Mumbai, a young artist named Poonam Jain, 28.
Represented by 1x1 Art Gallery in Dubai, Jain tells us that she is set to begin her residency this week, with a theme on building temporary settlements. Jain works with several mediums, but specially with drawings and books. For this residency, she is choosing objects that are elements of the home, and some which are drawn from her neighbourhood of Malad and Goregaon.
Jingling around the world
IT'S been nearly two years since children's writer Sakshi Singh received a thank you note from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, for gifting her book of children's poems, Jalebi Jingles, to their kids. Now, we hear, Singh has translated the book in French and Spanish, and published a Braille version, so she can reach a wider group of readers.
While the translated collection of 47 poems is currently available at the bookshop in CSMVS and on Amazon, it will also be making it to the book fairs in France this year. "Poetry is the carrier of culture and to reach a wider audience across countries, one needs to use the beautiful tool called language," says Singh. The response has been encouraging, with schools all over India ordering it. Next, she plans to publish the book in Marathi, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, and Sanskrit.
Fir for Stripes
If that toned back isn't a giveaway, the famed tattoo on the nape assures Deepika Padukone's presence. The actor dropped in at an awards ceremony organised by the Italian Consulate at a Juhu five-star on Friday. Pic/Atul Kamble