Fashion, fun and family time
I found myself using more hashtags than usual this weekend, thanks to a Goa girls trip, that included a few of my favourite things. Think sun, sand, beach and lots of great food! Throw in a bunch of noisy ladies, and you have the ingredients for a more than an entertaining holiday. My sister Rochelle, who is quite the Goa expert, made sure both the newbies and the veterans in the group got to have a well-rounded ‘Goa experience’. Massages and lounging on Morjim beach, sunset scenes at Chronicle, dancing at Tito’s, authentic Goan soul food at O’ Coqueiro, and lots of pool time at our gorgeous villa.
Meanwhile, back in Chennai, the ‘it’ crowd had gathered for the much-awaited launch of Palladium at Phoenix MarketCity. From what I saw on everyone’s Instagram feeds, I missed quite the spectacle and a stand out event on Chennai’s cultural calendar. Many of the same faces were also seen at Tina Vincent’s boutique earlier in the week for the launch of her son Kiiran Valentine’s debut collection. The eighteen-year-old is following in his mother’s creative footsteps, with a line of clothing for men and a promise of more to come for the ladies. It was great to see the camaraderie within the fashion fraternity with Chaitanya Rao and Sidney Sladen as guests of honour. Both were sporting pieces from the new line, as was proud father Vincent Asokan, and several close friends. And those who came in to have a look didn’t leave empty-handed.
Just around the corner, more retail therapy was underway at Buva House for Wild Orchids — a festive pop-up, featuring brands from across the country. Curated by Biju Jeyadevan and Mathangi Srinivasamurti, the event saw an eclectic mix of shoppers over the two-day span. And, ending the week, was Savera’s Golden Jubilee celebration, attended by the who’s who of Chennai. Making it extra special was a little stand-up comedy by Anu Menon giving us her unique take on the pressures of being a young parent, and the pressures she put her mother Minnie Menon under by marrying a Gujarati, and a vegetarian to boot. She also got nationalistic and did a set on the father of the nation’s ‘Dandi March’.