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IIFA goes Bling Bling!

Apart from film, fashion was on the menu at IIFA this weekend. Designer Manav Gangwani and jewelery designer Farah Khan Aqeel showed their latest collections at the IIFA fashion show held in Macau on Friday night.

Diya Mirza, Dino Morea and Manav

Diya Mirza, Dino Morea and Manav Gangwani

Manav Gangwani’s collection “Serenity” was themed in white, green and gold. The show stoppers for Manav Gangwani were Madhavan, Dia Mirza and Dino Morea. (Dia Mirza in a heavily embroidered, lehenga sparkling with Swarovski crystals, teamed with a matching corset with jewelery by Farah Khan. Dino in an ivory sherwani appliqued with ivory velvet and further accented with Swarovski crystals and beads. Madhavan wore gold lame sherwani, artistically embroidered, once again accented with Swarovski crystals and  bead work.

Hrithik and Susane Roshan

Hrithik and Susane Roshan

Sussane wore an emerald necklace with Columbian pear shape emeralds and diamonds. For Hrithik, Farah designed a pendant suspended on a black chord in the form of a soaring falcon, “I envision seeing him like that so that’s why I designed this specially keeping him in mind.”

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Manav Gangwani. Sussane Roshan, Hrithik Roshan and Farah Khan

Sussane Roshan, Sophie Choudry and Diya Mirza

Sussane Roshan, Sophie Choudry and Diya Mirza

Manav Gangwani, Sophie Choudry and Peter Ander

Manav Gangwani, Sophie Choudry and Peter Ander

Peter Andre

Peter Andre

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Raveena Tandon and Anil Thadani

Raveena Tandon and Anil Thadani

Manav, peek-a-boob Sophie and Zayed

Manav, peek-a-boob Sophie and Zayed

Much of the glitterati including Zayed Khan, Sophie Choudry (much prefer her pink dress, too much cleavage for comfort in the white one n’est pas HHC?), Raveena Tandon, Lara Dutta, Dia Mirza (skinny legs and all), Malaika Khan, Sussane Roshan, Mugdha Godse, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anil Thadani, Madhur Bhandarkar made bold and bling statements in couture creations by Manav Gangwani and jewelry by Farah Khan at the IIFA Awards this weekend. (The designers in turn got the best possible piggy back ride down the red carpet!) Even Peter Andre adorned the desi dude look (I wonder where THAT random 6 degrees connect happened but go Slumdog nevertheless!) he showed up in a sherwani, funky embroidered canvas kicks and a bejeweled Peacock brooch all.

Bejeweled: (top Left to bottom right) Raveena Tandon, Lara Dutta, Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra, Mughda Godse and Kangana Ranaut

Bejeweled: (top Left to bottom right) Raveena Tandon, Lara Dutta, Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra, Mughda Godse and Kangana Ranaut

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We are family: Sussanne Roshan, Farah Khan Ali and Malaika Khan

Even Farah Khan walked the red carpet in a dress by Manav Gangwani. While Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu and Kangana Ranaut wore her precious jewelery.

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FYI if you’re wondering what the filmy factor is. Farah Khan Ali (married to Aqeel Ali aka DJ Aqeel) is big sis to Sussanne Roshan (wife of Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan) and Zayed Khan (married to Malaika Khan) so bling runs in the family!

Farah says, ” My designs are flamboyant, ornate and adventurous. I believe jewelery should make you feel like a princess when you wear it, no matter how big or small the piece of jewelery is, it should be eye catching and make the wearer feel special.”

Suzzane and Hrithik Roshan

Suzzane and Hrithik Roshan

Zayed and Malaika Khan

Zayed and Malaika Khan

Aqeel Ali and Farah Khan Ali

Aqeel Ali and Farah Khan Ali

(I guess it makes total sense now why Farah Khan’s doting hubby, DJ Aqeel Ali’s rocking night club at the Leela Kempinski, Mumbai is called Bling right?!)

Celebrities spotted wearing Manav Gangwani creations and Farah Khans jewellery on the red carpet  were  Sussane Roshan in a Swarovski embellished drape gown, Malaika Zayed Khan in an ombre green, black sari teamed with a fluted blouse, Raveena Tandon in a  red sari with swarovski embellished blouse, Mughda Godse royal blue gown. Also Neil Nitin Mukesh in a black suit with royal blue waistcoat, with hubby Anil Thadani in a grey suit with a red shirt, Madhur Bhandarkar in a black suit with navy shirt,
Farah Khan also wore a  black gown by Manav Gangwani.

Zayed Khan and Sophie Choudhury hosted the show were also dressed in Manav Gangwani. Sophie wore jewelelry by Farah Khan.

Serenity by Manav Gangwani

Despite its subtlety it is still extremely striking. A great mix of the Feminine and the Contemporary. Manav Gangwani will make you re-think your stand on “Couture Clothing”. Clothes to last one a lifetime. “The entire collection tells a story and that’s how I want my clothing to be” says Manav Gangwani!!!

Colors and textures here will be Soft and Sensual. The silhouettes will reflect the Era of the Mughals…… …..and the Royal Age… Ravishingly flowing Anarkalis…..Ornate, heavily encrusted Lehengas….…… yet, the cuts stylized to be contemporary enough for the present day….. ……a unique combination of the yesteryears and today…. mesmerizing……enchanting……artfully fashioned drapes cascading gently…..flamboyant saris….. arresting bodices with appealing manuevers where least expected…..a revelation in each garment……. enthrallingly feminine….. shimmery fabrics…..sheers……chiffon shot with gold…. …….soft gauzy fabrics which are so surreal that they must captivate every woman……. filmy gossamer fabrics lightly touched with shimmering gold through this entire dreamlike collection….As though Fairy fingers had entwined the thread

a thousand trembling orbs of sparkling dew spangle the texture of this fairy loom,– So, Evanescent and Diaphanous….… heavy Brocades…..adding Lavishness beyond compare….. encrusted with swarovski crystals…

This is another riveting collection from Manav Gangwani’s endless repertoire of Creativity……… and every Design is a Masterpiece which any women will yearn to own…………..

Manav. Sussane, Hrithik and Farah
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IIFA up close and personal…

IIFA photos courtesy Ankit Vengurlekar

IIFA photos courtesy Ankit Vengurlekar

Some people have all the luck. I mean imagine flying to Macau to cover the IIFA Awards as part of your job! (I guess I shouldn’t complain my life is pretty awesome too but still. Macau!) So my Twitter buddy @ankitv (who describes himself as a mortal/non-chronological creature/TV presenter/dreamer/adrenaline junkie/wildlife enthusiast/amateur photographer/storyteller and is an anchor and correspondent for CNBC TV18) has very kindly let me hijack photos from his Facebook to share with you. Check it out!

P.S. Who wants to tell Aishwariya that she may have gone a tad overboard on the make up? And I lovelovelove Lara new haircut, she looks absolutely fab and pixie like. Must be love eh Dino?

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Sushmita Sen

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan

Amitabh & Aishwariya Rai Bachchan

Abhishek & Aishwariya Rai Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

Abhishek Bachchan

Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor

Larra Dutta

Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta

Dino Morea

Dino Morea

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan and his wax replica

Amitabh and Aisw Bachchan

Amitabh and Aishwariya Rai Bachchan

Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor

Anushka Sharma

Anoushka Sharma

Raveena Tandon

Suchitra Pillai and Raveena Tandon

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Manish Malhotra Post Show Party

In case you didn’t get your fill of filmi photos from my fly on the way perspective from Monday night (and admittedly amature photography skills) The official pictures are now in from Manish Malhotra’s post show party hosted by Pradeep Gidwani, Managing Director, Carlsberg. (Did you know by the way that the whole high energy show was inspired by Shah Rukh Khan’s IPL team the Kolkata Knigh Riders team, ah it all falls into place.)

Preity Zinta and Shah Rukh Khan

Preity Zinta and Shah Rukh Khan

Gauri Khan, Preity Zinta, Suzanne Roshan

Gauri Khan, Preity Zinta and Suzanne Roshan

Hrithik Roshan & Karan Johar

Hrithik Roshan & Karan Johar

Ayesha Thapar

Ayesha Thapar

Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor

Suzanne & Hrithik Roshan

Suzanne & Hrithik Roshan

Twinkle Khanna & Anu Dewan

Twinkle Khanna & Anu Dewan

Vikram Chatwal

Vikram Chatwal

Arjun Rampal

Arjun Rampal

Amisha Patel

Amisha Patel

Tusshar Kapoor and Genelia D'souza

Tusshar Kapoor and Genelia D'souza

Tarun Tahiliani, Fern Mallis and Gregory David Roberts

Tarun Tahiliani, Fern Mallis and Gregory David Roberts

Raveena Tandon with Ravi Krishnan

Raveena Tandon with Ravi Krishnan

Kajol & Tanisha

Kajol & Tanisha

Celina Jaitley

Celina Jaitley

Sophie Choudhury

Sophie Choudhury

Celebrity Spotting: Kareena Kapoor (but why no Saif Ali Khan?), Gauri Khan, Priety Zinta, Tusshar Kapoor, Arjun Rampal with Meher Jessia, Raveena Tandon, Isha Koppikar, Reitesh Deshmukh, Celina Jaitley, Dino Morea, Sridevi & Boney Kapoor with their daughter in tow, Parmeshwar Godrej, hotelier Vikram Chatwal. And further down on the food chain Mumbai glitterati including Nisha JamVwal, Ayaan and Amaan Ali, Amisha Patel, Hrithik & Suzanne Roshan, Delhi socialite Ayesha Thapper, Narendra Kumar Ahmed, Tarun Tahiliani, GM of the Grand Hyatt Ilan Weill, Gregory David Roberts with his wife, the Morani’s, Rita Dhody. Fern Mallis, Lubna Adams, Ravi Krishnan, Bandana Tiwari, Vikram Raizada, Sabina Chopra, and  Manav Gangwani with his arm candy Sophie Chaudry.

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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

Mrinmoy

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.

male models

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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Spa Party – A Cut Above!

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Wine, Cheese, Foot Massage, Conversation and Glamor. (I’m excited that this is what my post Holi plan entails.) I have been on the hunt for a really good hair dresser for a long time. You know how it is, you go thinking your haircut is going to be a spectacular upgrade of your current style and reflection of how far you’ve come in the land of cool and you often return a hat and sunglasses wondering how long it will take to grow out so you can start socializing again! But now I’m sorted. Have you met Carole Robequin? She’s one super stylist at Jean-Claude Biguine Bandra, Mumbai and she’s awesome.

I checked out Jean-Claude Biguine (a French Salon and Spa) in Bandra back in July 2008 and was thrilled to report your bad haircut blues are over. The next time you want a spanking new do make sure you book your face time with Carole (a training manager from France) who clearly knows how to snip and tuck. Bonus points for their funky massage chairs which give you a soothing back rub while you get your hair washed. I’ve also heard good things about their spa pedicure and French massage (very relaxing.) Now the ladies are well aware of this already but I thought I’d let the guys in on it too, while it may be wise to watch your wallet when it comes to indulging in life’s luxuries a pamper session like this is pretty priceless.

Anyway, on Thursday my favorite salon and Shaina N.C. are hosting a spa party for the Mumbai social circuit and a few Bollywood familiars including Raveena Tandon, Priya Dutt, Sonali Bendre, Poonam Dhillon, Simone Singh, Mini Mathur, Poonam Soni, Juhi Babbar, Alvira Khan, Anu Dewan, Raell Padamsee, Larra Shah and Purnima Mhatre. I’ll take pictures.

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Amrita Arora’s White Wedding

Amrita Arora and Shakeel Ladak

Amrita Arora and Shakeel Ladak

Amrita Arora

Amrita Arora

Malaika Arora Khan and Kareena Kapoor

Malaika Arora Khan and Kareena Kapoor

Malika Arora

Malaika Arora

Karishma Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan

Karishma Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan

Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif

Gauri Khan

Gauri Khan

Salman Khan

Salman Khan

Raveena Tandon

Raveena Tandon

Actress Amrita Arora wed longtime boyfriend Shakeel Ladak in a lavish Catholic wedding at the Olive, Mumbai earlier this week. They even had a sangeet choreographed by Bollywood choreographer Farah Khan and hosted by Alvira Agnihotri (Salman Khan’s sister).

Amrita was dressed in an off-white vintage wedding gown designed by fashion designer Ashley Rebello, the actress will have her formal Nikaah today and then the couple will then proceed on their honeymoon.

The wedding was attended by Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Ness Wadia, Urmila Matondkar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Farhan Akhtar, Gul Panag, Karishma Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Kim Sharma, Amrita Arora, Shakeel Ladak, Raveena Tandon, Malaika Arora Khan, Salman Khan, Aftab Shivdasani, Aditi Govitrikar, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Suzanne Roshan Khan, Dino Morea, Neelam Kothari, Alvira Khan, Karan Johar, Sajid Khan and Arbaaz Khan. (Shah Rukh Khan, for obvious reasons, didn’t show up  Salman Khan was there) but Gauri Khan more than made up for his absence. Amrita’s Kambakht Ishq co-star Akshay Kumar and his wife Twinkle were also missing in action.

Amrita’s bridesmaid  and best friend Kareena Kapoor was the first to come and the last to leave. A little birdie tells me Saif was seen holding Kareena very close as if to say ‘Marry me right here, right now, Bebo’. Apparently Wardha and Karishma Kapoor almost didn’t make it to the wedding as the zippers of both their gowns came undone just as they were about to leave home. Fortunately, fresh zips and damage control allowed them to make it, unfortunately they missed they actual wedding.

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When it Rains I love to…

We all have our favourite thing to do when it rains, have you ever wondered how the glitterati like to pass the time when it pours?

Rain Dance

Rain Dance

Raveena Tandon: Take a long drive, enjoy songs on romance and the rain, have hot coffee and bhutta, drive out to the countryside and enjoy the rare greenery…

Chetan Hansraj: Enjoy a nice cup of hot tea with steaming hot bhajiyas with fried green chillis. It goes perfect with the rain!

Arshiya Eappan: sit at home snuggled under a comforter and watch a good movie with Rij. If I’m fortunate enough and have time off I’d love to go to my house in khandala and enjoy the rain there.

Archana Puran Singh: Walk on the mall road back home in Mussoorie, or on the beach in Madh island (my home in Mumbai.) Earlier I would go for a drive but after environmental awareness and to curtail my carbon footprint drives have been replaced by walks!

Shveta Salve: Sit by a quaint little café with a really nice book or just go for a swim!

Yudhistir Urs:
Go for a run in the rain and sit by some seaside place watching the ocean go mad. It would also help if I had some good company once in a while.

Milind Soman: Run in the rain at night, sit on the beach and watch the sea or else trekking in the Sahyadris.

Simone Singh: (If work schedules permit) Fahad and I like to escape to Goa in the rains. It’s a much more enjoyable experience outside the city.

Sunita Rao: Sing.

Nikhil Chinapa: drink adrak chai and watch movies! And if I can manage it adrak chai in Goa, that’s exactly what I’m doing right now.

Anish Trivedi: Listen to jazz. Smoke a cigar. Drink an old whisky.

Tupur Chaterjee: Sit at home, relax, drink tea and feel the rain mist on my face. I really love the smell of rain soaked soil.

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