Chennai gets into a pre-festive shopping frenzy as we gear up for Diwali
And just like that, people have already started talking about New Years, making plans to bring in 2020, and weighing the pros and cons to leaving the city for more exciting locales. As always the hills feature high on the list, we’ll continue to keep you guys posted as plans take shape. But first, Diwali.
Pre-festive frenzy continued this week, with the ladies showing no signs of slowing down in the shopping department. Someone said, ‘How much shopping can one person really do?’ The answer is — a lot!
The week began with the launch of The Label Ritika’s festive Autumn Winter 2019 collection Gul-e-Afra, a collection channelling Mughal vibes. After a successful preview at London, the line was showcased to a select group in a more relaxed format. Instead of your usual fashion show, friends of the designer were seen showing off pieces from the new line, though we did spot choreographer Sunil Menon, Ritika’s long-time buddy.
Next up was Stylicious, an exhibition at Buva House featuring loads of festive goodness, from clothes and accessories to food. While I did a quick ‘drop by’ I was glad to be able to catch up with Dhara Chhatbar from jewellery brand Ishhara and also couldn’t resist one of her beautiful choker necklaces that had my name written on it.
The week also included a photo art exhibition by Indiska Magic on the Goodness of Nature Crafted with Care. Featuring an interesting combination of photography and artisanal food, the event drew a mixed crowd. Also present was Egyptian Chef El Sayad, show-casing the brand’s range of Mediterranean and Indian confectionery.
Winding up the week was a concert at Museum Theatre featuring singer Karthik, who attempted to break boundaries and gave the audience a taste of music from across genres and languages. What resulted were one-of-a-kind mash-ups of classical, jazz, rock ’n’ roll and film songs, all performed with serious swag.