Cinema’s Good Guy

One of the greatest stars of the classic Hollywood era, Gregory Peck effortlessly blurred the lines between real and reel. More than a decade after his death, he still fails to disappoint. In fact, he’s everything that the world needs today. (Click on the image below to read the piece in full)
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This piece was originally published in the June 2015 edition of Signé

Fashion’s Genius: Sir Paul Smith

This piece was originally published in the September 2015 edition of Signé, a luxury magazine published in the UAE. Hope you enjoy the read! A true pleasure this was. (Click on the image to read the piece in full)S-14_Paul smith-2-1S-14_Paul smith-2-2

Fresh and luminous — Makeup trends for the season

Sorbet-hued lips and sun-kissed skin are trending big right now. Brush up on these beauty trends and more, gleaned from the freshest looks of the season

M.A.C Eyes x 15 Eye Shadow Palette in Cool Neutral (Image courtesy M.A.C)
M.A.C Eyes x 15 Eye Shadow Palette in Cool Neutral (Image courtesy M.A.C)

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A feature on makeup trends for the monsoons, published in Promenade (for DLF Promenade, New Delhi)
A feature on makeup trends for the monsoons, published in Promenade (for DLF Promenade, New Delhi)

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Bombay Shirt Company and Payal Singhal collaborate on a shirt collection for women

Payal Singhal's Capsule collection of women's shirts for Bombay Shirt Company
Payal Singhal’s capsule collection of women’s shirts for Bombay Shirt Company

You most likely already know and love Bombay Shirt Company. Launched in 2012, the bespoke shirt company for men and women, based in Kala Godha, Mumbai, was just what the city had been lacking. Because something as simple as a well-fitted shirt ranks high when it comes to getting your look right. Bombay Shirt Company also got its packaging right, down to its labels, tags and delivery boxes, from the very beginning.

You just know you're in for an outstanding product when its design and packaging is as attractive as this!
You just know you’re in for an outstanding product when its design and packaging is so clean

While the Bombay Shirt Company had already been offering bespoke services for women, it has now diversified to offer ready-to-wear shirts for women. The store has collaborated with acclaimed fusion-wear designer Payal Singhal to launch a capsule collection of shirts, which include both wardrobe staples and standout pieces.

Women's capsule collection designed by Payal Singhal for Bombay Shirt Company
Women’s capsule collection designed by Payal Singhal for Bombay Shirt Company

The line includes 12 easy-to-wear long shirts, with a choice of rolled-up and long sleeved styles that are perfect for the summer months ahead. that blend the sensibilities of the Bombay Shirt Company with Singhal’s well-established aesthetics.

Comprising a delicate mix of pastels in both solids and prints, this capsule collection for women is further enhanced with thoughtful detailing on the buttons, plackets, collars and cuffs.

Bombay Shirt Company founder Akshay Narvekar and fashion designer Payal Singhal
Bombay Shirt Company founder Akshay Narvekar and fashion designer Payal Singhal

Speaking about this curiously cool collaboration, the Bombay Shirt Company’s founder Akshay Narvekar said, “The idea behind this initiative is to have various creative personalities display their unique take on fashion and styling. We are thrilled to present our women customers a chance to wear special pieces designed by Payal Singhal herself.”

We also love the fact that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this and all future collections will be donated to an NGO of the influencer’s choice. In this case, Payal has chosen  the Akanksha NGO, aimed at providing children from low-income backgrounds with high-quality education.

This is clearly just the first of many such collaborations that The Bombay Shirt Company plans to enter into with fashion designers.

The queen of diamonds: Varuna D Jani

Varuna D Jani at work

Bedazzling jewellery, a big heart and flamboyance best sum up the queen of diamonds, Varuna D Jani

Varuna D Jani’s life seems to have unfolded exactly as she might have envisioned it. Part of her life philosophy is the belief that every woman is born with a Midas touch that allows her to move mountains and to fly high. The Mumbai-based jewellery designer is, undoubtedly one of India’s best, having transformed what was once a passion into a career.

Jani, who was born into a family of jewellers of Popley Eternal Fame, remembers designing jewellery for fun when she was just eight. But it was only when she returned from Dubai in 2006 to take care of the family business that the Mumbai-based designer realised that jewellery was her passion. It was also around this time that she started to design her own line of wearable wedding jewellery based on the sheer lack of it at the time. Since then, there was no looking back.

Head over to India Art n Design to read about everything that this jewellery designer adores, from her style essentials to her style icons. Continue reading “The queen of diamonds: Varuna D Jani”

Day 1- Between two guest houses and enough time to spare

Lush view from the lobby/chill-out space of Jati Home Stay
Lush view from the lobby/cafe of Jati Home Stay
I had read so much about Ubud and had even heard about this little town from a dear friend. And here I am, sitting at the cafe of my guesthouse, Jati Home Stay (Wi-Fi is freely available at most cafés), after a long day of walking around and, of course, the press meet for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2014.

The ornately carved entrance to my room at Honeymoon Guesthouse
The ornately carved entrance to my room at Honeymoon Guesthouse
I arrived last night and was booked for a night at Honeymoon guesthouse, one of the many properties owned by the festival director Janet De Neefe. Staying in a traditional Balinese villa, although just for a night, was such a treat. I find it a bit daunting to arrive at a new destination in the dark of the night when travelling solo. I took a little walk outside and chanced upon Nick’s Pension, where I devoured a meaty club sandwich after travelling for hours from Mumbai. Yes, the adventurous side in me was dulled. But I knew I had plenty of time to sample Indonesian cuisine at its best.

Each room has a huge, ornately carved patio—something that I only noticed once I woke up. It was here that I thoroughly enjoyed a strong cup of Balinese coffee and felt much better, ready to take on the day. The rooms are clean and the bathrooms rustic, while breakfasts are as perfect as can be. I had to check that day as their rooms were already pre-booked but all went well as I would soon come to see.

I’ve been meeting many new people, mostly writers, many of whom are from Australia given its proximity to Ubud, as well as journalists from Jakarta and Bangkok. The town is a small one, so you can walk around if you have time to spare. But since I’ve to be at festival venues, some of which are over 15 minutes away, I’ve decided to take a ride every morning.

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Sensory Revival

Image: Courtesy the designer
Image: Courtesy the designer

Stepping inside Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s new store in Mumbai is akin to a privy peek into the aesthetically heightened realm of India’s most notable fashion designer. The Indian fashion designer describes his approach to design as a “personalised imperfection of the human mind”. His flagship store reflects not only his design philosophy but also his vision of Indian luxury, The outcome  is yet another beautiful and successful execution of revivalism by Sabyasachi.

Take a peak into this beautiful store in a piece that I wrote for India Art n Design, an Indian website and ezine that celebrates art, architecture, design and creativity.