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Ladies who Brunch

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Harper’s BAZAAR managed quite a feat this Thursday afternoon getting all the glitterati girls (and women) to show up and scarf down a delectable luxury buffet at Café Prato & Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai. Sujata Assomull (Editor, Harper’s BAZAAR India) zipped down from Delhi (where she’s now based) and played perfect hostess to every size and shape of “Mrs. Socialite” including
Rita Dhody, Rhea Pillai, Akanksha Nanda, Ramona Garware, Pinky Reddy, Anju Taraporewala, Prerna Goel, Devieka Bhojwani, Malavika Sangghvi, Gauri Pohoomul, Monica Vaziralli, Simone Singh, Shefali Khanna,  Paulomi Dhawan, Chaya Momaya, Zeba Kohli and Sharmila Khanna over vino, salmon and sea bass. (Vineeta Trivedi who loves sea food was trying desperately to figure out what you’d call this fish in Hindi so she could score some at the local market. Anyone know?) Aarti Surendranath (clearly not keen on sabotaging her diet) asked that the chef rustle up a little spinach delight but confessed that her strategy would depend entirely on what was for dessert (which I’m told was divine and one of the ladies, I wish I knew who, even ate four!)

I also got the skinny on “fashion politics” from Divya Mohta who’s tell-it-like-it-is company is rarely unexciting. Everyone had a giggle over the fact that given it was a “work day” people were perhaps tied up and therefore coming in (fashionably) late but then again how many of this ladies actually work?!

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Nina Manuel’s heavily accented replacement host Amrit Maghera got the once over (many times) from everyone and looked decidedly nervous amid such critical company. Oh and incise you were wondering how they put together all those clever “people mingling” montages I finally figured it out. This adorable waiter even managed to serve drinks (with a straight face) and a camera on his tray!

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Meanwhile the edgy ladies Lilette Dubey and Shobhaa De seemed to be getting along famously over cigarettes and secrets on the patio and were definitely the “cool kids” at the party. Eventually everyone went home happy with a little goody bag of macaroons, diamante studded gold pencils and of course a copy of the magazine. Ah the good life!

(The “posed” pictures  and a peak at this month’s issue coming soon!)

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Fashion Week Day 4: Manish Malhotra

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Last night I made the rookie mistake of lingering a tad too long in the sponsor lounge and ended up having to watch the show from in there since the crowd for Manish Malhotra’s shindig was swelling way past seating capacity. I’ll get to the show in a second but I assure you there’s always loads of entertainment lingering in the hallway if you keep your eyes open!

Shehnaz Treasureywala and Kim Jagtiani

Shehnaz Treasureywala and Kim Jagtiani

Divya Mohta

Divya Mohta

Narendra Kumar and Devraj Sanyal

Narendra Kumar and Devraj Sanyal

Kim Jagtiani (sporting a shock of purple hair) was catching up with Shehnaz Treasurywala, Divya Mohta (carried off a funky combination of accessories with style, I guess it helps if you design them) Anaita Shroff Adajania looked comfy but classy in a flowy white dress, Narendra Kumar looked pretty pleased with how his men’s show had gone, live band and all. He was telling me how the guys looked really spiffy like you’ve never seen them before, bow ties, tuxedo’s and jeans. (I have to agree, mostly male models end up looking like a bit of a caricature of themselves in the outfits they’re given but Nari appears to have rectified that for at least one show.) Bandana Tewari was racing around happily and when I asked her how she manages to do it considering it was now day 4 of non-stop activity (and late night partying) she laughed, “This is nothing darling, I’ve just done Paris, Milan and London Fashion Week.” (And all this without Redbull? How?) Then of course I spotted a familiar face and was just about to do the obligatory “Hey, how’ve you been?’ *kiss* *Kiss* when a friend of mine reminded me why he looked  so familiar. Ali holds the distinction of being the only male stripper in Mumbai who bachelorette after bachelorette has had the (somewhat queasy) pleasure of witnessing perform. But I guess we have to give him props for holding the monopoly in the biz.

a Manish Malhotra creation

a Manish Malhotra creation

Kajol

Kajol

Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan

peek-a-boo!

peek-a-boo!

The buzz about Shah Rukh Khan arriving, getting his make up done, and that the show wouldn’t start for another half hour made the rounds and then suddenly there was music as the first of the golden girls strutted down the stage. Manish Malhotra’s design skills are unquestionable however the show seemed awfully short for all the hoopla around it. The camera crews were torn between panning up the model’s endless legs to micro mini gold boy shorts and focusing on a dishy front bench made up of Gauri Khan, Kajol & Tanisha Mukherjee, Hrithik & Susan Roshan, Karan Johar, Arjun & Meher Rampal, Tusshar Kapoor, Sophie Chaudry, Ritesh Deshmukh, Raveena Tandon and Sridevi & Boney Kapoor. Shah Rukh made an appearance in a black and gold ensemble with a matching sling for his recovering shoulder and proceeded to do a 5 minute stand up act. There’s no denying the fact that he could pretty much do anything at all and still steal the show. A few inside jokes with his celebrity bench followed by a global diss on all male models “I hope Gauri still respects me in the morning” and he was whisked off to the after party where there was a VVIP section within the VIP section and a some excellent strawberry martinis.

Tushar Kapoor

Tusshar Kapoor

Karan Johar

Karan Johar

I felt mildly bad for Tusshar Kapoor who seemed lost puppy like as the last celebrity standing when SRK and his entourage slipped out. (I’m not sure how Sophie ended up part of that pack.) I’m guessing there was an after party to the after party we’ll never see pictures of. Kjo meanwhile seemed absolutely comfortable hanging out but perhaps there is more under the surface than meets the eye since Hrithik Roshan appears to have dethroned him as Shah Rukh Khan’s current BBF.

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Mrinmoy

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Honorable mention to the paparazzi who do this night after night hoping to capture that money shot. I also met the charming Mrinmoy who runs a fantastic deli called Table of Contents in Khar, Mumbai.

Oh and here’s yet more proof that male models deserve all the Zoolander flack they get. These boys (one in a wife beater) seriously thought I was taking their picture because I’m a fan.

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male models

And yet somehow the guy in the Ed Hardy gear seems even further down the food chain. (Can someone please explain to me what the obsession is?) The only explanation that comes to my mind is that perhaps they got it free and its shiny so hey why not? But who gets dressed up thinking I look really hot in these gold shorts, pimp hat and kolhapuri chappals, all I need is to do is pop the collar on my Ed Hardy tee shirt to finish me off!

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P.S. I was told by an ardent follower that perhaps I’m not bitchy enough, I’m trying to keep it within reason and avoid flaming for the sake of it but I hope you enoyed the meow factor in the post 🙂

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