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Nina in New York

Nina Maneul and John Legend

Nina Maneul and John Legend

This just in, Nina Manuel (who goes by Midnight Manuel on Facebook) is clearly living it up, New York style with beau Luv Shah (remember this halloween party?) Can’t believe she even got to hang out with John Legend! He’s awesome. She says she misses Bombay but is loving New York, so don’t expect her back any time soon. Just for fun I asked her what she thinks of her After Hours replacement Amrit Maghera lets see what she says…

Amrit Maghera and Nina Manuel

Amrit Maghera and Nina Manuel

Sooooooo Nina says, “I haven’t seen the show …..so I cant say.”

(I’m sure enough people have told her that Amrit isn’t quite filling her stilettos with the je ne sais qua!
What do you think?


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Welcome Valhalla!

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So as promised I checked out Valhalla last night. The first thing I have to say is, what a step up from Starters & More?! Now don’t get me wrong, I have loads of happy pub-hopping memories from there (one which involved a yeager bomb and another on a fateful night where my very lovely (albeit slightly hyper) jive-partner spun me around so hard that I lost my balance and nearly cracked my skull open on the step leading up to the bar! (He later bought me a helmet as a joke!) Good times.

Anyway Valhalla has several things going for it:

1. South Mumbai has very few lounges to speak of. This could be the new Henry Thams perfectly located at Eros, Churchgate
2. There’s an upstairs, outside smoking section where you can take your drinks (woohoo!)
3. The bartenders are friendly and the tapas is yummilicious (especially those little pieces of pineapple wrapped in ham. I’d like some more please!)
4. Also the open bar party hosted by Shamita Singha had Redbull which is always a good thing.

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So Lets take a moment and talk about this throne. It kinda feels like that elephant in the room (that everybody wants to ride!) Almost every member of the glitterati gave it whirl (and a pose) for paparazzi and friends while others lounged, chatted, giggled, gossiped and guzzled.

I’ll get the whole PR set of pix in a while but here are mine. I missed Kelly Dorji because he was too busy taking a picture of Manasi Scott on that chair! (Love her hair by the way.)

Manasi Scott

Manasi Scott

So the usual suspects (as I Twittered) were Ash Chandler & Junelia Aguira, Shveta Salve, Kelly Dorji, Manasi Scott, sister act Mashoom & Shamita Singha,TC & Nathalie Ressencourt De Sousa (who are hosting singles night at Cafe Goa tonight incidentally), Kim Jagtiani (who had just come from a gig, hence the hat), Anurag Kashyup, Delna Poonawala, Nisha & Adam Bedi, Candice Pinto, Abhishek Kapoor, Apeksha & Sumeet Chopra (happy mommy-to-be) Arshiya Eappen and Amrit Maghera doing her After Hours deal.

Nisha Bedi & Amrit Maghera

Nisha Bedi & Amrit Maghera

Kim Jagtiani

Kim Jagtiani

Mashoom & Shamita Singha

Mashoom & Shamita Singha

Nisha & Adam Bedi

Nisha & Adam Bedi

The DJ

The DJ

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Poona Delnawala

Delna Poonawala and Manasi Scott

Arshiya Eappen (centre) & Apeksha Chopra (right)

Arshiya Eappen (centre) & Apeksha Chopra (right)

Apeksha Chopra

Apeksha Chopra

So would you believe Apeksha Chopra (with a body like that) as TWO children?! Also had a fun chat with Nisha Harale Bedi on the smoking terrace (she’s so fun btw and complimented me for being ballsy on my blog heehee) she revealed that at her beach wedding Goa Candice Pinto caught the bouquet (even though Aanchal Kumar was vying for it!) Candice also confessed that she didn’t know about the white wedding dress code so showed up in rainbow hues and was super embarrassed!

Candice Pinto and Nisha Bedi

Candice Pinto and Nisha Bedi

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GQ Bar Night glitterati turnout…

Pictures! Pictures! GQ’s bar night got the glitterati willing to sweat like horses (and around them) all for a chance to rub shoulders with Gerard Butler on Wednesday night!

Gregory David

Gregory David

Karishma Tanna

Karishma Tanna

Gregory Gerard and Anthony

Gregory Gerard and Anthony

Pratima Bhatia

Pratima Bhatia

Raja Dodhy

Raja Dodhy

RJ Tarana

RJ Tarana

Amrit Maghera

Amrit Maghera

Srinivasan Jain

Srinivasan Jain

Che Kurien

Che Kurien

Shruti Sharma

Shruti Sharma

Yash and Avanti Birla

Yash and Avanti Birla

Ashwin Deo

Ashwin Deo

Narendra Kumar and Chef Max

Narendra Kumar and Chef Max

Yash Birla

Yash Birla

Niketan Madhok

Niketan Madhok

Ashish Raheja

Ashish Raheja

Ramona and Bruno

Ramona and Bruno

Bunty Walia with wife

Bunty Walia with wife

A.D. Singh

A.D. Singh

Gerard Butler

Gerard Butler

Gregory and the princess

Gregory and the princess

Gautam Singhania and A.D. Singh

Gautam Singhania and A.D. Singh

Gregory and Gerard

Gregory, Gerard and Anthony

And here’s the dope: Fantastic turnout. Hosted by AD Singh and Che Kurrien, the event saw the creme de la creme of the city. The highlight however was undoubtedly, Hollywood superstar Gerard Butler (of 300, Phantom of the Opera and Rock n Rolla fame.) Riding in on a motorcycle soon after Gerard was Gregory David Roberts (Shantaram) with wife, Princess (really?) Francoise Sturdza and the third unexpected guest of the evening was Anthony Mandler (renowned Hollywood Music Director known especially for his work with R&B artist Rihanna.) Other guests included Deveika and Suresh Bhojwani (recently spotted on their way back from Goa), Alex Kuruvilla, Gautam Singhania, Yash (that shirt) and Avanti Birla, Ashwin Deo, Raja Dhody, Niketan Madhok, Narendra Kumar, Farokh Chotia, Sreenivasan Jain, Ashish Raheja, Ananya Bannerjee, Pratima and Gaurav Bhatia and Ramona Narang and Bruno and several more from the fashion and entertainment fraternity were in attendance including RJ Tarana Raja Kapoor (love the cutesy half smile), Karishma Tanna, After Hours hostess Amrit Maghera, Shruti Sharma, Vipasha Aggarwal, Monikangana Dutta, Priya Reddy, Inder Bajwa and more. Others who were at the event included Farokh Chotia, Sreenivasan Jain, Ashish Raheja, Ananya Bannerjee, Pratima and Gaurav Bhatia and Ramona Narang and Bruno. The eclectic mix of people, surprise guests and the IPL and Football action enhanced by the GQ glam quotient made for an evening of devilishly haute fun. (Oh and the percussionist was the bomb.)

And guess what? You know how I’m always saying the press kit has all the posed out pictures? Well check it out they’re getting cheeky and I like it!
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GQ Bar Night. The Butler did it.

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So GQ’s Wednesday Bar Night at Olive is turning out to be quite the hotspot! In fact I have to say I’m pretty impressed with how they manage to pull off stylish soirees on a regular basis without ever compromising on class (this also means they always have Redbull at the open bar which I truly appreciate.) Remember the launch party? That was super hip. Plus the magazine has had my heart throb Aamir Khan on the cover (with a pretty well crafted interview inside) and their first bar night was a roaring success. (Maxim eat your heart out. Although I had a conversation with Alex Kuruvilla yesterday and he pointed out that there was actually no magazine (in the same league)  that really compares, I guess that’s fair. Its also true that guys actually read this stuff (when they’re not flipping through Cosmo that is) so they’re clearly on to something.

So here’s my LPC action from the night (Press kit photos to follow…)

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Gerard Butler and Amrit Maghera

Narendra Kumar, Gerard Butler and Ken Chin

Narendra Kumar and Gerard Butler

Gregorry David Roberts

Gregory David Roberts

Bandana Tewari

Bandana Tewari

In a blur of heat (and the distinct aroma of horses) I spotted Gerard Butler (remember I told you he was in town?)  While the boys commented (with some degree of satisfaction) that “he really isn’t as jacked as he looks in 300″ he spent most of his night getting oodles of attention from members of the female persuasion (and clearly loving every minute of it.) Tarana Raja Kapoor had a funny exchange with him about having dubbed for the Queen in the Hindi version of 300 to which he replied with a snarky “So how was I in bed in the Hindi version?” Another popular face at the party turned out to be good ‘ol Shantaram Gregory David Roberts who flashed me a friendly smile unlike the slightly grumpier Mr. Butler! Amrit Maghera pulled of the whole “barbie” ensemble with a straight face and managed her first Hollywood scoop for After Hours with a satisfied grin on her face, (Nina Manuel’s stilettos can’t have been easy to fill!) Meanwhile Narendra Kumar Ahmed looked like he’s been working out although he kept joking with me that he was just holding his stomach in. (Man if you could teach some of us girls to do that we’d never work out!) Uday Benegal also appeared out of nowhere much to the delight of some long time fans and friends and Bandana Tewari zipped around with the kind of dynamite energy I’m praying to God I still possess post parenthood!

P.S. This what the buzz over at www.gerardbutlergals.com is… to surmise: they love him in white and they really want him back!

And Now Say Hello to My Monochromatic Friend!

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Same colors, same party but sadly getting it SO wrong.

Not like I was saving the best for last but just when you thought (based on his relatively normal attire at the last GQ bar night) that Yash Birla had finally retired his futuristic wardrobe and any moment now was gonna do a big fat “gotcha!” on the paparazzi (who remain mystified but trigger happy) perhaps even admitting that he had been kidding all along he shows up in this psychadelic tee shirt which could possible be the ugliest shirt in the world. Challengers?

Yash Birla

Yash Birla

Honorable mention in the fugly department goes to this dress and that belt. (I’m not a fan but I’ll let the experts decide. Ladies?)

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Confessions of a Fashion FOB (Fresh Off the Boat)

designers Karishma Swali and Amrita Shah

designers Karishma Swali and Amrita Shah

Candice Pinto and Deepti Gujral

Candice Pinto and Deepti Gujral

Radhika Ruia (left)

Radhika Ruia (left)

Twinkle Khanna (center)

Twinkle Khanna (center)

Yesterday evening Monica Shah & Karishma Swali of JADE hosted a little champagne soiree to announce the arrival of their boutique on Peddar Road, Mumbai (although I feel like I’ve seen it around for a while so didn’t realise it was new) and smiled most in the presence of significant celebrity (in this case Twinkle Khanna.) On offer – a summer collection of gossamer flowy chiffon dresses,  tops,  spring jackets and a range of separates in pastels and nude with “refined detailing and construction.” Deepti Gujral and Candice Pinto posed and preened in elegant bridal wear (they seemed grumpy but gorgeous.)

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Sonali Bendre and Gayatri Joshi

Sonali Bendre and Gayatri Joshi

Anju Taraporewalla

Anju Taraporewalla

Rashmi Uday Singh

Rashmi Uday Singh

Farida Udhas with her daughter

Farida Udhas with her daughter

Aarti Surendranath

Aarti Surendranath

Akansha Agarwal

Akansha Agarwal

Avanti Birla

Avanti Birla

Amrit Maghera

Amrit Maghera

The glitterati showed up in support (in fact many of them in JADE designs, kinda gaurantees press coverage you know.) Spotted: (monochromatic and matching) Aarti Surendranath, Bijal Meswani, Superna Motwane, Amrit Maghera, Farida Udhas (wife of Pankaj Udhas) walked in with her daughter, Pinky Reddy, Gayatri Ruia, Namrata Barauh with husband Vikram Shroff, Radhika Ruia (wearing JADE creation), Bonita Bulchandani (wearing JADE creation), Anju Taraporewalla (wearing JADE creation), Ninotchka Nagpal (wearing JADE creation) and Shibani Suri. The first wives club Sonali Bendre, Twinkle Khanna and Gayatri Joshi (wearing JADE creation) made an appearance too. Avanti Birla stuck to a sober asymmetric tailored black dress with a (refreshingly) matching silver evening bag and pointy shoes. Rashmi Uday Singh on the other hand was in fiery orange buttoned down shirt complete with dhoti pants and floral clutch and Akansha Agarwal wore an animal print. I also spotted this printed kurta-dress in the crowd which I thought was fabulous…

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When I inquired if the economic slowdown had promoted them to drop their prices, Karishma smiled and said, “No, that would go against our philosophy.” (Ah, clever philosophy.)

The Jade collection encompasses the Jade Couture, Bridal and Diffusion Line (again cool names.) I have to confess (and this may be because I don’t know a whole lot about fashion) that to me most of the western wear seemed an awful lot like the clothes you get at ZARA, only just blinged up (I think that’s what they mean by “refined detailing.”) I really liked the bridal wear though (somehow you can never bling that stuff up enough) especially this size zero mesh blouse with the tattoo to match (a great comment on how far the Indian bride really has come, dontchya think?)

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