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Promenade Issue 2

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Colour Blocking Nida Mahmood explores spring 2012’s

hottest trend

Coloured Denims How to get pop art in your wardrobe Chic eyewear Irresistible pieces in white and much more

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The best buys at DLF Promenade

The Editor’s Letter

The Spring/ Summer 2012 issue of Promenade taps into the biggest trend of the season – colour blocking. We have got on board Nida Mahmood, Delhi’s young and eclectic designer, to turn celebrity fashion stylist for us

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hese are exciting times at DLF Promenade. Having received an overwhelming response for the first issue of Promenade, we are now moving ahead. Welcoming Spring/Summer 2012, this issue is all about a splash of colour. Designer Nida Mehmood taps into the biggest trend of this season – Colour Blocking – through her young and eclectic sense of style. Follow our Fashion Feature to find out Nida’s take on Colour Blocking and pick some great cues on how to add colour to your wardrobe. She plays around with colours, textures and silhouettes for a look that spells glamour, style and a sense of everyday comfort, and effectively captures the mood and the look of spring. Promenade will also take you through some of the other big trends to sport this season along with some fabulous buys available in the mall right this minute. Our other trend features, which also revolve around spring colours – from colour blocked shoes to coloured denims, pop art inspired fashion, eyewear, make-up, bags, accessories and more, will help you find out how to wear colour without looking mismatched or over-the-top. Indians have an innate ability to colour block their ethnic ensembles; all we need to do now is bring that sense of colour to our western wear. Flip through the issue to know all about the colours of spring and various ways to wear them.

Elsewhere in the magazine, we look at the summer menus at our restaurants, as they draw up special dishes, which are light on the stomach but equally delicious on the palate. And to round off the summer experience, our intrepid travel writer takes you through life on a vineyard in the heart of France. Enjoy the spring in style with Promenade at DLF Promenade.

Dinaz Madhukar Vice President & Mall Head, DLF Promenade

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Anniversary & Love Carnival

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Pop Art is bright, bold, bizarre, exaggerated and splayed

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Behind the scenes

Our two models explore DLF Promenade dressed in fashionable threads

Pop Art

Mall Update

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Indian Chic

High street brands reinterpret traditional embroideries and textiles

MEDIASCOPE PUBLICITAS EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief — Deepali Nandwani Assistant Editor — Kriti Sharma Client Service Manager — Reshma Malvankar Art Creative Director — Faruqui Muhammad Jaan Art Director — Sanjay Rane Senior Designer —Shamkant More Image Editor — Atul Jangam Production Manager — Elidio Fernandes Marketing Manager Ritcha Verma ADVERTISING SALES Mumbai (022-22850188 / 61377200) Lamont Dias, Mallika Jamsandekar Delhi (011-23730873/74) Asha Augustine, Nikhil Mehrotra Ahmedabad (09898002522) — Madan Menon

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Fashionista

The mood on the location of our Spring/Summer 2012 shoot was electric

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Features Read my lips

We profile the fashion bloggers who are turning down front row seats at major global events

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People

Kareena Kapoor on her style statements, Delhi’s style quotient and Saif Ali Khan

Lip colours are all about playful pastels, with an interplay of bright oranges, pinks and reds

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Epicure

Restaurants and cafes at DLF Promenade are ready with their summer delicacies

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Vineyard Tales

Life with a vintner’s family at a vineyard in the beautiful region of Rhône

Bangalore (080-25592714/82514) — Yogeesha A Chennai (09841091288) — J V Naveen Jaipur (09828150706) — Peeush Gupta Kerala (0484-2354867/2381417) — Hari M Das Kolkata (09831131395) — Subrata Mazumder Lucknow (0522-2780560/754) — P P S Marwa Pune (09850086865) — Shailesh Amonkar Secunderabad (8978866599) — Sheetal Petkar ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT Manager Mktg. Services — Salim B Sr. Manager - Accounts & Admin. — Girish Sharma Accounts Executive — Ashwin Makwana Credit Controller — Girish Joshi Delhi Asst. Manager - Accounts & Administration Raj Bhushan Singh CORPORATE CEO & Managing Director — Marzban Patel Executive Director — Anita Patel CFO — Manish Mehta COO — Indu Joshi

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Team DLF Promenade Cover Photograh: Manish Mandanna; Orange top and green skirt: Zara

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The Travel Guide

Tulip Garden Festival Srinagar – April Situated at the foothills of the Zabarwan range on the banks of the calm Dal Lake, the Tulip Garden of Kashmir is the biggest tulip garden in Asia. The festival is held annually when the tulips are in full bloom and the garden looks like a silken carpet of beautiful tulips in myriad bright hues. There are nearly 60 varieties of the flower, spread over five hectares of land, which remain in bloom for just 15 to 20 days. It is also a great time to sample the traditional cuisine, buy local handicrafts and experience the folk culture of the stunning Valley.

Globetrotting for the must-experience events in the coming three months The World Shakespeare Festival London – April 23 onwards A celebration of William Shakespeare as the world’s playwright, the festival is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with the leading arts organisations and Globe to Globe, a major international programme produced by Shakespeare’s Globe. The months-long, country-wide celebration witnesses theatre companies from all over the world, congregating to present their own unique interpretations of the works of Shakespeare. This year, it is also one of the flagship events of the Cultural Olympiad in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The centrepiece of the whole festival will be Globe to Globe at Shakespeare’s Globe, in which 37 theatre companies from around the world will present 37 of Shakespeare’s works in 37 different languages.

MiArt Milan – April 13 to 15 The international modern and contemporary arts festival lies at the heart of the Fiera Milano city, covering a broad spectrum of artworks and attracting thousands of visitors from across the world. This year, the fare will have four sections: Established, for galleries with a consolidated history concerning modern and contemporary art; Emergent, for galleries featuring cutting edge artists; Solo/Double, for galleries showcasing monographic exhibitions or comparisons between two artists from the past or from very recent times and Special Project, for galleries that want to develop curatorial projects.

International Shimla Summer Festival Shimla – May/June Infused with cultural performances from across India, the annual festival is celebrated on a grand scale and attracts local and global visitors alike. Apart from the performing arts, there is also a sports tournament, offering a variety of activities for both children and adults; a flower show; a photography competition and a fashion show featuring the talent of local designers.

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Formula 1 Grand Prix Witness the action and experience the madness of the mega motor racing event: UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 15, Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir on April 22, Gran Premio De Espana Santander in Catalunya on May 13, Grand Prix De Monaco in Monte Carlo on May 27, Grand Prix Du Canada in Montreal on June 10 and Grand Prix of Europe in Valencia on June 24.

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The Talking Points

By Shalini Seth much more. Women need to be limited to black or floral, but have choices in red, blue and green leather, which make for perfect accessories. Check out Puma and Nike stores.

Ritu Kumar

7. Handbags Androgynous bags are the way to go. Magazine-sized bags, satchels, case clutches, chain bags are all kind of square. Floppy bags, which have women rooting inside for the right stuff are passé, thankfully. Ladies, get organised. Look at Ritu Kumar, Calvin Klein, Bebe, s.Oliver and Claire’s.

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3. Conference chic There used to be office wear and leisure wear. India, of course, has wedding wear. But now, we are seeing a proliferation of knowledge events. While that’s all good, for those who carry their knowledge easy but consider their day well-planned once they know what to wear, this is about clothes. The new look is about outfits that last the day, look glamorous but not glitzy and showcase you at your working best. It also means heels which are comfortable, no matter how high they are.

A complete lowdown on the coolest things to eat, wear, think and read this season

4. The end of black nails Phew! Please stop painting them black, navy blue or parrot green. It’s over. This year, the biggest statement on many catwalks has been minimalist colours. Look at your next door neighbour who keenly watches styles like your mom watches soaps. She is probably flaunting a French manicure. The way to be one up is with creamy shades of grey, white, pale pink and soft beige. Fabindia

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1. Crinkle, etc Get an extra swish in your step. Not only are the crinkled dupattas and skirts back with a twirl, they have new twists in them. You can see accordion-pleated skirts, flamenco-style and tiered ones. 2. Hot yellow If there is a colour this season and nude is not one, count yellow in. The brighter-than-canary yellow has made its appearance on everything – skirts, shirts, socks, jeans and handbags for women. Men should take a trip to Rajasthan and wear a bright yellow safa or headgear and shoes.

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5. Mercurial shoes After Hermes put wings on his, heels have never been so creative. From diamante to little blocks of colour, to mimicking the toes, it’s all there. When you’re buying a shoe, check the heel – clogs, wedges, tennis balls, jewels, twists and turns – there is a lot of action under your sole. 6. Laptop bags When the neighbourhood street vendor starts stocking them, you know the trend has come and gone. The good news is that laptop bags have graduated from fashion experimentation to practicality. Not only can you sling one on your back but you can also choose stylish sleeves which are easy to handle, or you can get a handbag which can look smart and hold

8. We like f lawsome Earlier this year, trendspotting.com gave us a word: flawsome. Think Rahul Gandhi after UP elections, think the biggest five-star hotel after a negative online review, think empathy, generosity and transparency. The Japanese ethic of wabi-sabi or the celebration of imperfection is one answer. Go asymmetrical or wear mismatched earrings. A sense of humour rather than stuffiness will take a brand a long way. Like they said, if a GM of a five-star hotel can come online after a guest complains of mosquitoes and leaves a thoughtful reply, readers will be forgiving. 9. Hair accessories Butterflies, barrette, bananas, bobby pins and u-clips – hair accessories are back like never before. Expect deals, mix-matched colours and styles in a mixed bag. After decades of hair left artfully untied, some styling is back. Have fun! Claire’s and Zara have a colourful collection of headwraps, hairbands and clips.

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13. Baby names Yes, name them by your initials. After the nation heaved a collective sigh at the rumours that Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s daughter is called Abhilasha, the name Aaradhya has brought back unusual and long baby names, all beginning with ‘A’. But as India gets more multinational, don’t be surprised to see parents testing the name on expat colleagues. Quite a tongue twister. 14. Baby bumps Vidya Balan – everything she touches, multiplies. While India is still smitten by Silk, she moved on to playing an NRI mom-to-be on the mean streets of Kolkata, making baby bumps fashionable. We have had long months of Lara Dutta sporting one, quite fashionably, followed by Shilpa Shetty’s sudden love for salwar-kameezes. No thanks to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for this one – she hid hers very well, even if mostly it meant she stayed in hiding. 15. Very local Have you had nachni bread, ragi muffins or jowar chips? Of course, it’s fashionable to worry about organic food. But that is so last season. Now you must also find it in your head and heart to think of the farmer. And the carbon footprint that you leave when someone imports food grains for your consumption. If you didn’t care, you will, since chefs from India are learning to be local.

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11. Married and alternate Marriages are back in vogue. Our television is celebrating all sorts of them – widow remarriage, second marriage, child marriage and everything in between. The era of the mother-in-law is not over, but certainly husbands are getting more footage. With Sakshi Tanwar flaunting a mangalsutra and not much else, married love is back, too. 12. Tribal, ethnic Ethnic in 2012 is not about jhumkas and bindiya. In a step forward from personalisation, Indians are now rediscovering the cool quotient in tribal wear. Good thing is that armed with Craftmark, Handloommark and Silkmark, the weavers and designers are focussing on presenting styles which are perfect for the global village. So scarves from Bhagalpur and tunics from Lucknow with prints and colours that are perfect for many tastes are all being seen and not just among the jhola clad.

17. Epic tales Rediscovery is in. You don’t get more personalised than making up your god. Indian authors are delving deep into myth and legend and presenting souped up versions. The latest in news in Ashok Banker’s retelling of the Mahabharata, which followed close on the heels of two of Amish Tripathi’s Shiv trilogy.

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10. Not straight, wearable hair Another nail in the coffin of uniformity. Catwalks have seen a proliferation of hairstyles this year. Whether you have straight hair, curls or waves, there is something for everyone – from a simple middle-parted look to a bouffant, blow dried, jelled or tied neatly into a bun with a fabulous hairclip. It does not mean that you have to keep your hair the way it is; what are the products for? Use Forest Essentials Mashobra Wild Honey and Vanilla hair conditioner for smooth and glossy hair; L’oreal’s Ever Creme suphate-free moisture assistance for dry and fizzy hair, availabe at New U at DLF Promenade, Elnett Satin hairspray, EverStyle Volume Boosting mousse for thin hair and L’oreal Studio Line styling products.

16. Eco-effect Holi has never been as organic as it was this year. By the time Rakhi and Diwali come around, everyone from television starlets to film heroines would have jumped this bandwagon. We approve and hope that the trickledown effect reaches everywhere, so that festivals stay safe and healthy.

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promenade recommends

Spring/Summer’s coolest picks

By Kriti Sharma

The Get It Now List

`6,200 `4,400

Aldo

`5,500 onwards

The brand has both platforms and heels in the colour of the season — pretty pink and vibrant orange. The colour block heels in orange and red will work well with monotone dresses. For the men, Aldo has a new range of weaved mojris, ideal for the summer months.

Lacoste

The trendy Spring/Summer 2012 colleciton includes T-shirt dresses, reminiscent of the 1920s trendy sweatshirt jackets and casual bags in delicious fruity colours.

`3,150 onwards

`2,400 onwards `2,100 onwards

`6,800

`4,600

`5,000 `3,250 onwards

`6,000 `3,990

Mango

The black and white combinations make for completely no-fuss office wear for an understated classy look. Make your evening interesting with the red skirt.

`3,690

`3,990 `3,790

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Zara

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The party peep toes and glitter ball bag are fabulous for a fun evening, while the Tulip dress makes for a lovely summer outfit.

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Bebe

The self-sequinned party wear dress with a sensuously deep-cut front neck will add oomph to your look, while the trendy red shirt dress is elegant for officewear. The uber cool textured white tote is a perfect accompaniment to daywear.

`4,599 onwards `4,099 onwards

Charles & Keith

The glamorous square shaped sunglasses with a decorative temple will spice up your understated look. The collection includes brightly coloured heels and chain bags.

`8,850

`5,999 onwards

`8,250

`10,750 onwards

`3,699 onwards

`4,999 onwards

Steve Madden `6,999 onwards

Spring’s colour palette is made of bright, striking hues as far as footwear is concerned. The high heel wedges with a bold tribal print are for worshippers of the offbeat.

`5,999 onwards

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`1,999

Marks and Spencer

Team the casual check shorts with a tee and a pair of sneakers. Checks never go out of fashion. The collection also includes graphic print tees and dresses in pop art colours, like the lovely Jackie stripe dress (left), trends that are a rage across the world.

`1,799

`5,999 onwards

`5,999 onwards

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French Connection

Brushed cotton tee in soft fabric will go best with a pair of indigo denims and sneakers for a day off. The lace dress is a perfect evening outfit. The casual beige khaki pants and check shirt are ever stylish.

`1,990/-

Latin Quarters

`2,290

Face the sweltering heat of summer with refreshing flower print dresses and tunics. You can wear them to work, a day out in the sun, or for an evening with friends. The fashionable brown one-shoulder dress is an interesting evening alternative.

`1,499

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`4,299

`2,799

Giovani

The drape dress in midnight blue colour references the trend of drapes in contemporary silhouettes. For those who love bright colours, the floral dresses are lovely additions to the wardrobe.

`5,000 onwards `3,990

`1,599 `3,990

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Esprit

The casual jhola-style bag will look ubercool when teamed with kurtas and jeans. The summer dress in delicious two-toned colours is trendy, while the red one follows the colour trend. You can also wear them as tunics.

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`2,600

`3,000 onwards

`3,000 onwards

La Senza

Hello Sugar ruched chiffon merrywidow (left) has lightweight foam padding, which gives you an extreme cleavage and doubles your cup size. It comes with a ruffled mesh trim, lace accents, centre and strap bows. La Senza also has a range of pretty lingerie and camisoles.

`11,000

Ritu Kumar

The designer-cum-revivalist references Indian prints and textile traditions for her collections. For her eclectic Spring/ Summer 2012 collection, Kumar has taken inspiration from continents as wide apart as India and Africa. While her bags and jewellery sport an ethnic print, the beautiful waistcoats can be teamed with a pair of denims, formal pants or even with flowing maxi dresses and long skirts.

`2,990

`7,000 onwards

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`2,490

Sayta Paul

Breezy patterns in striking colours are all smeared across these light saris, which you can easily carry off both during the day and at night.

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Bloom

The super skinny, mid-rise legging contours the body, creating a flattering silhouette and a smooth slimming profile for the day. Pair them with a par of heels or flats and Bob’s Your Uncle. The mushi mushi T-shirts in fun prints are funky and just what the boys and girls below 20 years of age are looking for.

`11,363

`11,363

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Printed sarees `7,000 onwards

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Nike

Nike Free Run +3 features new customisable fit system, upper construction and modified arch, providing the strengthening and natural gait management benefits associated with barefoot running. It offers ventilation, comfort and skin-like fit. Trainers for women are in vibrant shades of red and blue.

Celio

Light and breezy, this semi-casual are made from 100 per cent cotton. On a hot summer day, wear these unusual white pants with a casual blue shirt and a tan belt.

`1,899

`890 onwards

`690 onwards

`5,995

`5,999

Fab India

Dupattas and stoles in vibrant hues are musthaves when you are wearing Indian. Choose from cotton, chanderi, maheshwari, organza and silk ones in plain solids with zari work, multi-coloured with tassel work, tie-and-dye, etc. Fabindia’s Spring/ Summer 2012 collection also includes cowlshaped tops in bright colours.

Indian Terrain

`5,995

`5,795

The new Mixology collection is about pairing unusual clothes together for an unconventional look. Team a pair of regular fit shorts in a bright colour with a collared tee and a formal jacket.

`2,699

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Chemistry

A red belt adds vibrancy and a slight formal touch to this zigzag pattern tunic dress. A smart choice for a day out with friends or for Fridays at office. The khaki and printed tie-up shirts will look cool with white or pink -coloured pants.

`3,999

Add colour to your denims with this pair of pink jeans. Team it with breezy tops in contrast or shades of white for an impeccable day look. Calvin Klein also has a range of denim shirts, patterned tops and bright bags in unusual shapes, like this messenger bag.

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`1,499

Calvin Klein

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`6,299

`1,699

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Punk Clothing

The brand has interesting graphic print T-shirts that you can sport right through a harsh summer.

`195 `18,500

`4,250

Guess

A pristine mother-of-pearl dial looks gorgeous with the crystal setting surrounding it in this Moon Beam watch. Opt for either a polished stainless steel bracelet or a genuine leather croco-grain strap. Guess also has a new jewellery line.

Iraya

Well-structured and sturdy, the red satchel with French grain textured calfskin is the absolute accessory for the modish bourgeoisie. Team it with a figure hugging cocktail dress and a pair of sling back platform pumps. Or even with these bright red or gold-coloured flats, which work well in the summers.

`175 onwards

DKNY

The natural handmade soaps are infused with the goodness of honey and almonds, which work wonders for a dull and dry skin. Iraya also has a range of creams and lotions for the feet, to keep them soft. and for the skin, to keep it glowing.

`899

`1,299

`1.299

`5,300

`18,500

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Clarks `8,999

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This pair of Olbia Prince Light Tan Leather sandals carries the charms of ancient Roman footwear. It will team well with shorts, casual dresses and capris. Clarks’ other range includes trainers, formanl men shoes and sandals.

Swarovski

`2,999

The Regency necklace is a fusion of contemporary style with vintage aesthetics. The lilac colour of the ribbon reflects the shades of chaton-set crystals and bejewelled flowers linked between them.

`3,999

Adidas

The Adizero Trainers are designed with individual shoe stalls, which mimic the natural motion of the foot. An anatomically rounded outsole ensures extra protection and traction. The Street Diver jacket (left) is made from sustainable fabric, and has three stripes that run down the arm.

`4,999

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`4,000 onwards

`8,999

`25,000

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D&A

The gold-coloured wedges are comfortable and formal enough for work wear.

Kaya Skin Clinic

Non-irritant Insta Brightening MicroMask uses Micropatch technology, which improves a tanned and dull skin. It contains mulberry, grape and strawberry extracts, which work on the skin by reducing its melanin production and further exfoliating it.

`550

`1,650

Claire’s

Team the beaded bracelet with a casual attire for a bohemian touch and a dash of colours. Claire’s also has gorgeous accessories, from hats to bags to bright earrings for Spring/Summer 2012.

Reebok

Wear Your Game tees are a fun way to show how much you love your sport. Combine them with distressed denims and these blue and red RealFlex trainers

White pocket square `1,490

`1,699

Puma

Forest Essentials

Lovely graphic print tees, reminiscent of the pop art trend, are Puma’s biggest offering this season. Team them with denims and this lovely white-coloured belt with a diamante Puma icon.

`1,399

Pure sandalwood blended with fresh turmeric paste polishes the skin and leaves it incredibly smooth and buffed. It is a must-have to protect your skin from getting dull and lifeless in the sweltering sun.

`5,999 `34,990

Tie `2,990

The quintessential Woodland for all men who love to rough it out. Candy coloured tees for women who love to add a fun element in their casual dressing.

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`1,899

Boggi

Workwear gets a makeover with shirts in prints, cheques and horizontal stripes teamed with bright ties in funky prints.

Shirt `3,990 onwards

Belt `3,990 onwards

Shoes `13,490 onwards

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These printed colettes can be teamed with solid coloured T-shirts for an offbeat summer look.

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Woodland

`1,395 onwards

`2,695

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`899 onwards

s.Oliver

This chic jumpsuit in rich royal blue colour with a pristine white belt, is the ultimate party attire. Also pick up the graphic print tees and cool halter neck dresses in pop art colours.

Levi’s

For men (left), the pair of straight fit denims sit below the waist level, has a zip fly and a straight leg cut. You needn’t worry about the footwear; loafers, sports shoes or suedes will all look good. White is one of the hottest colour for women this Spring (top).

`3,999 onwards

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Gaurav Gupta is the master of drape. In his new collection, he introduces a drape that makes the dress resemble a Grecian gown. CellDSGN, on the other hand, is known for its structured dresses as is obvious from the red number.

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`7,800

Mall Update

Attractions at DT Cinemas

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Celebrate your birthday bash with DT Cinemas‘ wonderful packages

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Celebrate your birthday at DT Cinemas even as you enjoy a film and some lip-smacking food. For a gathering of minimum 15 kids, tickets are booked in regular movie shows and a complimentary ‘Happy Birthday’ slide is played on the screen during the entry and interval. You can choose a meal with popcorns, Coke, and burger/sandwiches, offered at a special discounted price and served right there, at your seats in the cinema hall. The cake cutting ceremony takes place in the lobby. For a minimum of 75 people during the weekdays and a houseful show during the weekend, special movie screenings can be organised. To make the birthday girl or boy feel like a princess or prince on their special day, the auditorium is decorated for the party, a complimentary service offered by DT Cinemas. On a bulk purchase of 100 tickets, ten tickets are offered absolutely complimentary. DT cinemas also offers a minutely planned special kids menu with treats like crispy French fries, savoury nuggets, pizzas, garlic breads and truffle, with options like jalapeno garlic bread, pastas and chocolate truffle cake to choose from.

About macaroons and creamy eclairs You know you are near L’Opéra when delicious aromas waft out of the sweet little bakey that recently opened on the second floor of the DLF Promenade mall. The glass frontage of the patisserie, which reminds one of all those French cafes that Paris is famous for, offers a tantalising look into the world of goodness — a world of exotic pastries, flavoured macaroons, croissants, baguettes, tea cakes, pastries and other delicacies, cooked in an authentic French style. The lovely blueberry and coconut macaroons are absolutely mouthwatering. Also, try their unusual Matcha Green Tea and Coffee Eclairs, stuffed with just the right amount of flavoured cream for moistness. This delightful French bakery is the recipient of the prestigious The Hindustan Times, HT City Vir Sanghvi’s Award of Best Bakery 2011 in Delhi; NDTV Good Times Food Award 2011 for Best Dessert and Coffee Menu in India and The Times of India Food Award 2012 for Best Confectionary in Delhi. All the ingredients that go into their treats are sourced from France.

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Live it up at DLF Promenade

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This will turn out to be one of the most exciting, fun-filled months for shoppers at DLF Promenade. As we flag off the summer holiday season, several fabulous travel packages to exotic destinations await you the entire month of May. This is also the month when DLF Promenade hosts its special Spring/ Summer fashion extravaganza to showcase the exquisite collections at different brands. There is special news for all the moms and dads — get your little ones along for an exclusive kids fashion show that we will host at DLF Promenade in May.

Summer is holiday time, a time you spend with family and friends. It is also the time of celebrations and fun at DLF Promenade. The best destination where you can spend time this summer is at DLF Promenade, which is getting ready to entertain and enthrall you with a grand Summer Carnival. We promise you a blast!

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Just concluded – Celebrate Womanhood, an event that celebrated International Woman’s Day all through the month of March. Women enjoyed exclusive offers, discounts, prizes and a lot more. On purchases of ` 7,500 and above, women patrons got a chance to spend a day at The Claridges Spa, Surajkund, a blissful experience that began with a sauna and spa session followed by a relaxing back massage. On every spend of Rs 5,000, they walked away with an exclusive skincare hamper by Iraya. Women diners also enjoyed a 10 per cent discount at all partner restaurants.

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ver the last three years, DLF Promenade has redefined the way we shop. Offering world-class fashion brands under one roof, together with fine dining restaurants and a state-of-the-art theatre, the mall creates a holistic shopping experience for its discerning patrons and avid buyers. “There are only two words that describe DLF Promenade – creative and trend setting. Ever since the inception of the mall, we have tried to do things differently and create a very up-market atmosphere for the shoppers. Today, we enjoy a mix of customers who are loyal, fashionable and high spenders,” says Pushpa Bector, ex Sr. VP & Mall Head, DLF Promenade. On February 9, 2012, DLF Promenade completed three successful years as a preferred premium fashion destination in Delhi. The grand event was marked with the launch of the all-new fashion magazine of the mall – Promenade – by actress Kalki Koechlin. The glitzy fashion and lifestyle quarterly brings you the hottest trends of the season, apart from insightful interview with the stars of Bollywood, the best travel destinations and lifestyle advice. The glitzy fashion and lifestyle quarterly brings you the hottest trends of the season, apart from insightful interview with the stars of Bollywood, the best travel destinations and lifestyle advice. It was followed by the launch of the first edition of the Retailer Awards 2011-12 for the Best Customer Service and the Best Visual Merchandising, which were won by Zara and Mango respectively. “The Awards Ceremony was an effort to recognise the support our brand partners have been offering us over the years. This will be an annual ceremony and we hope to see some healthy competition between our retail partners,” said Ms Bector DLF Promenade has been experimental in its marketing initiatives, which exclsuive events like Fashion Focus, Fashion Hitlist and The Christmas Cheers, where a Harley Davidson was given away as the Mega Prize, have been the first in the market.

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Valentine’s Month DLF Promenade Celebrates The high-end fashion mall raised the bar for rewarding its discerning patrons this February, by offering couples who spend `7500, a chance to win free return tickets to any romantic destination in Europe with Turkish Airlines. Dr Vigya Garg, an enthusiastic winner of the Love Carnival, says, “I never used to participate in these promotions, thinking they are not real. But this time I did and my myth was contradicted. A big thanks to DLF Promenade and Turkish Airlines.” Ruma Majumder, another winner adds, “From the time it has opened, DLF Promenade has been one of my favourite haunts, be it for shopping, watching movies or just eating at the food court. It has always been my dream to go on a trip to Europe and I am thrilled to have won the tickets to travel to my favourite destination.”

1. The vibrant Kiddyland decor attracted attention; 2. The Love Carnival installation went on to become a much-loved photo oppurtunity for the shoppers ; 3. The lovey-dovey danglers, spreading romance in the mall; 4. Thousands of love messages were posted on the love wall; 5. Many couples filled in their entries for the DLF

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Coloured denims are an easy, affordable, and versatile way to incorporate spring’s big colour trend into your wardrobe. You can dress it up with a blazer, or go casual with a T-shirt. You can also pair the bright denim with a colourful top — an equally bold blouse creates a fun colour-block effect. But if you want to play it down, you can also team it with beige, white or a black top. Accessorise it with a hat (absolutely the hottest trend right now) or an equally colourful scarf. You can also give the coloured denims a formal twist by teaming them with a neutral-coloured blazer, like indigo blue or black. The men, however, need to stick to a more understated look by combining coloured denims with just the basics.

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wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity — all I hope for in my clothes.” These words were once immortalised by designer Yves Saint Laurent. I often wonder how he would have reacted to the idea of coloured denims that has taken street-style by storm across the Upper East Side and the rest of the lesser world. Historically speaking, denims are, perhaps, the most successful example of the trickle-up theory in fashion, moving from miners to the runways. Even today, the streets affect denim trends more than the hallowed halls of high-fashion. While Lady Gaga has been the champion of colour, this particular trend owes its popularity to another musical genius — Rihanna. Having kicked-off the cargo-denims trend, this bodacious diva has been seen sporting denims in a plethora of colours. One look at Fifth Avenue or the crowd waiting outside Bryant Park, and the impact of this trend and Rihanna herself becomes crystal clear. Available in a mélange of pinks, reds, blues and greens at Zara, Mango, Esprit, Marks & Spencer and Calvin Klein, you might not be incorrect in proclaiming it as the most caught-on trend of the season. Even white, a colour unseen in denims since the ‘80s, has caught-up with CK Jeans’ Whitewash series. Whoever said that white isnt’t a colour obviously never laid eyes on these ones. s.Oliver also has a range of coloured denims and pants for men. “Coloured denims can instantly take a look from day to night with the most minimal of accessories. Also, it is said to be an instant mood uplifter — from a usual pair of blue denims to something more naughty and young,” says Aaradhana Baruah, Fashion Editor, Cosmopolitan magazine. Whether it’s the freshness in character or the rebellion in fashion acting out, embrace these wonders of dye in all fits, and when in doubt, avoid other hues and pair them with white tees or shirts. Metallic accessories reflect colour well, so keep a bunch handy. From the looks of it, this trend is here to stay and perhaps for the better, so be ready with your own pantoneblocked denim wardrobe this season.

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on most body types. Team it with bleachedd or dark denims, a pair of beautiful shorts in colours like pink or orange or flirty skirts. Finish with bright patent peep toes for a rush of colour from Guess, Zara, Steve Madden or Woods from Woodlands. Another wardrobe must-have has to be the eternal Little White Dress. A cutesy ruffled one from Esprit or Calvin Klein spells holiday; team with bright ballet flats from Aldo. Nothing quite reads summer like a skirt. An adorable one from Zara with delicate embroidery is another must-have. But if you aren’t really a skirt gal, try the classic white trousers from Marks & Spencer. Don’t limit this superlative colour just to your clothes; try getting your hands on an allbling watch with white details like a cool one from Esprit, or retro sunnies from Ray Ban at Sunglass Hut, or even sparkly baubles like the clear crystal drop earrings from Swarovski. And for the men who are feeling a bit left out, bring in the white through a judicious use of white shoes (try those glamorous formal shoes from Clarks) or a white jacket worn strictly over a white-coloured tee.

Lace spells feminine beauty and grace. Try a lace textured white top from Zara with a high neck and gorgeous embroidery on the hem, which ensures that you look ice cool. Team it with an up do and chunky wedges in a splash of colour like the block ones. Lace also makes a comeback in the Spring/ Summer 2012 collections through the gorgeously beautiful kurta at Biba and the stunning draped lace dress from Giovani.

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Menswear

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When worn the right way, white pants will make you look dapper and absolutely with it in summer. Combine your beautiful white pants with a basic blue or black shirt, and loafers. Celio and Zara have interesting white pants options. For those who like to experiment, coloured denims and chinos from brands like Indian Terrain and s.Oliver are interesting add-ons to the wardrobe.

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They are simple, summery and casual chic. Linen shirts and cottons are hot this season, both in crisp and crinkled forms. While white is a classic option, powder blue and light yellow also look very striking. Pair them with shorts as lounge wear and with trousers for a semi-formal look. While Marks & Spencer has some interesting linen and cotton shirt options, s.Oliver has a range of shorts in summer shades like lime green.

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Cotton chinos are both stress-free and welltailored. Besides the staple khaki colours, they come in myriad bright colours such as cobalt blue, sunshine yellow and brick yellow. You can pair them with a casual tee, a vest, or a button down shirt for a relaxed weekender look. Zara has some great chinos in a lot of unconventional hues such as teal and rust.

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A deconstructed jacket is a simple jacket without lining, which makes it totally fuss-free and easy to carry. Pair it with a crisp white shirt or a psychedelic printed one, or lightweight options in pastel linens. It makes you look suave and adds an instant edge to any look. Colour block your jacket with your shirt and trousers for an eclectic look. Designer Anand Bhushan says, “The key to stylish dressing is to combine your formal jackets and coats with casual basics – shorts, t-shirts and informal shirts, and add accents with scarves and pin-ups.” To find great deconstructed jackets, look at Zara, Celio and Tommy Hilfiger. 1, 2 & 3. s.Oliver; 4. Deconstructed jacket, Celio

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Besides the summer wardrobe, stock up on some basics. Like check and stripe shirts and jackets from Marks & Spencer; T-shirts available from brands like Zara, Calvin Klein and Woodland, and formal black and brown shoes from Woodland, Clarks and Charles & Keith. Designer duo Shivan and Narresh advice, “Quirk up the basics of your wardrobes by adding a splash of colour through accessories. Try a pocket square or a scarf or even an iPad case.”

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The oversized clutch The clutch still continues to be in vogue, but it is no longer small and hoity-toity. It is being reinvented for a

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Texture trove Textured bags are back with how! Look out for a mix of snakeskin and leather, a bit of luxurious fur and fancy laces for evenings. Stylist Surbhi Gupta says, “If not a completely textured bag, look for details such as a wooden handle, a lace pocket or faux fur hanging from the chain.” Kaleidoscopic colours While tan and black are classic colours, they do tend to be a bit boring if you carry them all the time. Sunshine yellows, bubblegum pinks, vibrant reds and fiery oranges are the colours to go for this season, preferably in patent leather. Even pastel hues like mint and baby coral can look very chic. For the extreme daring, a bag with a pop of neon colour is a head turner. Look for them in brands like DKNY.

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Tiny fold-overs Compact and cute, fold-over bags are hugely popular because of their convenience factor. When you’re just going out for a movie or coffee, and don’t want to lug a huge bag, fold-overs come in handy. The best bets DLF Promenade, with its cornucopia of high-street brands, has all the styles translated straight from international catwalks at much lesser price points. Look at Zara for amazing textures. DKNY has stuff that looks straight out of glossy pages of a fashion magazine. Forever New has interesting box bags in different shapes like stars and hearts, and some really nice nautical ones, and if you’re looking for vivid colours, Ritu Kumar, Aldo and Zara are brands to go to. Check out Bebe and Calvin Klein for shoulder bags in bright hues, Esprit for browns, Ritu Kumar for ethnic prints and Claire’s for those with a fun beachy vibe. Lacoste has a good collection of bags in bright and pastel colours. Visit Nike for backpacks and s.Oliver for striking floral prints. Esprit has a range of beautiful totes in shades like white and tan.

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• Match your handbag, belt or neckpiece with the colour of your shoe. Stick to matching just two items to ensure that you don’t look over-the-top. • Team a pair of coloured heels with a basic looks like jeans and a white tee, or a neutral dress. This is the simplest rule of the colour matching handbook.

• Wear a top in the colour of your shoes, or match one colour from your top with your shoes. • Experiment with shoes in colours that may not match with your skin-tone. For example, green tops and dresses may make you look dusky, but green shoes will give you a bold look. • If you’re not confident of colourblocking with your clothes, use the trend on your shoes.

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danglers and oversized stone studs. Tassels look lovely with basic dresses in neutral colours. Hoops spruce up the most casual of outfits and add an element of fun. Chandelier earrings are perfect for celebrations, parties and red carpet events. Feather earrings are the newest addition to street style. Check them out at Claire’s, which also has a range of traditional peacock feather earrings. Fabindia stocks Amna, which has a range of fruity-coloured stone earrings studded in silver that are go easily from day to evening. Swarovski’s shimmering statement earrings are a blend of sky blue, lavender and emerald green shades. Zara has funky star fish and feather pieces, while Aldo’s gorgeously beautiful leaf-shaped earrings have a delicate mesh-like feature or have feathers studded in metal. Wear your hair up in a bun or a pony if you want more attention to be paid to your earrings.

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f one were to believe in the ye olde maxim that the eyes are the doorways to one’s soul, then the current wave of eyewear across the globe reinforces it even further. Accessorising your eyes, as easy as it may seem, is perhaps one of the most important finishing touches, one which even the keenly watched fashionista ends up ignoring. Every season, eyewear is given a new makeover by the stalwarts of fashion — in essence of materials, shapes, sizes, colours and textures. From cat’s-eye to butterfly, to bumblebee, to nerd-square, the runways have seen every possible shape being sported. This season though, quite a few shapes ‘glared’ out. Oversized rounded squares from Salvatore Ferragamo in nude plastic, butterfly shapes with animalistic patterning at Dior, and classic aviator styles from Ray Ban are the go-to pieces this spring. Each of these luxury brands is available at the Dayal Opticals store. While classic in their approach, they add the necessary finesse to any day look. For a more evening approach, a classic wayfarer style with minimal encrusting from

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Bvlgari and Tiffany & Co., available at Sunglass Hut, are foolproof. Chanel’s slick and mature approach to fashion translates seamlessly into their eyewear line with black and white offerings, agan available at Sunglass Hut. Spring 2012, however, is not just about the classics. For the younger professionals with an eye for the quirk, Armani’s Gandhi-esque circular sunglasses are perfect eye-candy. For events during the day, I would recommend a pop of color in Perspex and metallic frames. When going for Perspex, pick large geometric shapes, and be sure to apply the right amount of the right make-up — nothing too glittery or dark, as it projects a deep set in the eyes. Another material that’s grabbing eyeballs is wood, in varnished or non-varnished finish, in aviator, wayfarer and bumblebee styles. . The cat’s-eye glasses reference the 50s, when it was popularised by Marilyn Monroe (left), Scarlett Johansson in its new avatar

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The first of the celebrities who sported the cat’s-eye were Scarlett Johansson and Rihanna. And the world was hooked. The cat’s-eye glasses are the hottest trend this side of the Atlantic. It references the 1950s trend of horn-rimmed glasses with flared outer edges, where the arms join the frame. Back in a more contemporary avatar, from neon panther-plastered sunglasses to reading glasses — these alluring glasses are what you need to combine with that fabulous jumpsuit or the short dress. Look for the quirky cat’s-eye glasses from brands like Salvatore Ferragamo and Dior at Dayal Opticals and Sunglass Hut.

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f you take a cue from international fashion runways, there is only one word that can effectively define the Spring/Summer 2012 make-up palette – flamboyant. Think orange-tinted lips; think pale blue eye shadow; think autumnal yellow nail colour. The Spring/Summer 2012 runway shows around the world saw an avalanche of looks inspired from tribal cultures, historic muses and street style looks. The colour palette is bright and beautiful. Make-up expert Clint Fernandes, who works with the fashion and film industry, recommends the the blue eye shadow. “Only make sure you choose intense shades to pull off your smoky eyes.” M.A.C’s paint pots (a long-wearing highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense vibrant finish) are in delicious shades of frosty blue and lovely purples. Lancome’s spring collection, designed by the brand’s artistic director Aaron De Mey interprets the spring look in the juicy shades of spring fruits, barley sugar and macroons. The Roseraie Des Délices collection has lipcolours in fresh shades of transluscent pink, orange and fuschia. Here is a quick and a handy guide to the hottest make-up trends to sport the spring.

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To create this timeless look, step away from the trends. The matte complexion look is an inspiration from the ‘80s and the ‘90s, when a glossy face was considered a fashion faux pas. For this look, you need to apply a foundation very close to your skin colour to make it appear natural. According to international celebrity make-up expert, Napoleon Perdis, whose claim to fame includes television series, Australia’s Next Top Model, “Steer clear of illuminators and opt for muted colours for eye shadows or nail lacquers. The matte look is best suited for spring, as it is hassle-free and easy to create. But you must remember to pick a powder-based foundation, which is best suited for this look.” M.A.C’s Mattene lipstick range is available

in fashionable two tone shades like Delectable (an unusual merging of orange and beige) or in single tone like Potent Fig (deep blue grape) and hibiscus pink.

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You can ditch every other eye tool in your make-up box; for this, all you need is mascara and an eyelash curler. This ‘60s-Twiggy-inspired, bare-eyed mascara look is a hit with celebrities, and it’s only fair that you include it in your daily ritual, too. While the bare-eyed mascara trend is about the lashes, the secret is to keep them natural. Give the eye shadow or the eyeliner a much-deserved break. Try M.A.C’s Pure Creation, a mid-tone frosty blue potent pot or an intense eye liner.

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M.A.C’s Colourizations is a collection of eye shadows and kohls that offer daring combinations. Caroline Donnely, senior makeup artist and also a M.A.C Pro team member, who is very closely involved in the Indian fashion weeks, created some stunning looks for spring during the recently concluded WIFW Spring/Summer 2012. From a tribal look with chocolateshaded eyes for designers Ashima & Leena Singh, to glowing skin with neon lips for James Fereira, the fresh peachy look for Tanvi Kedia to the strong brow and lip combination for Rehane, clearly this spring is high on colour. But a wise call would be to emphasise one area rather than going too colour crazy.

The cold war between nude and red lips is a never-ending saga. Bright stained lips have had enough publicity and Napoleon says this fall, the pout needs a warm nude shade. “A pop of colour on a dreary winter day is a classic, but we can change things around. Everyone will be making a statement with their eyes this spring while toning down the lips,” Perdis says.

Roses and cream

Now this is the ultiamte spring look – fresh, beautiful and ever in trend. Try Lancome’s La Roseraie blush, which evens out and illuminates skin with a sheer veil. A blend of two shades, the rose colour brightens the complexion, while its peachy tone warms the

face. Here is the right technique on how to get it right, courtesy Mey: Use a broad brush to blend the two shades together and apply generously to the cheeks, chin and pronounced areas of the forehead. Then use a blusher brush to apply the pink shade to the upper cheekbones or just below the eye to disguise dark circles. 4

1. Vibrant hued nailpolishes, Inglot; 2. Posh Paradise Paint Pot, M.A.C; 3. La Roseraie rougue, Lancome; 4. Tinted lipglass, M.A.C

Fresh tones: Les Yeux Doux

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From tribal cultures to a street style look, from vibrant fuchsia to a cool blue, bustling energy from the global fashion weeks around the world has given us make-up colours we can dust our skin with

Dare to colour

Lancome’s new collection, Les Yeux Doux, is inspried by nature. The make-up artists at the brand have taken inspiration from fresh rosebuds, shades of fuchsia and the green in mother nature. There are two different colour palettes — one goes from tender green to fresh pistachio and hues of mint; the other includes pink tones and vibrant fuchsia for a more sensual look.

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of, a common problem resultant of a sudden weather change, try the Nutrix Royal Body Deeply Repairing and Nourishing Cream by Lancôme, which hydrates and keeps skin moist for several hours after usage. And finally for the biggest side-effect of the harsh summer sun — skin tanning and discolouration —use the new Nivea Whitening Cell Repair and UV protection lotion, which not only promises to get rid of the pesky tan but also even out your skin colour. The best time to moisturise the skin and apply body lotions is post a bath, when it is still damp. The rich constituents seep in giving you maximum mileage from your product. A good idea is to complement your hydrating process with a moisture rich bath itself. Forest Essential’s rich Butter Soaps in Sandalwood, Vetiver and Saffron-infused milk, nourish you with their dense foam. Unlike most soaps, these richly lather up but do not dry the skin, thus making it supple with its essential oils and traditional ingredients. While soaps are good for daily use, once a week, a

great way to remove the grime is to use a body scrub. Clarin’s Smoothing Body Scrub for a New Skin with Bamboo Powders softens, smoothens and firms the skin, while ridding the body of dead skin and ensuring the moisture gets to them. Sometimes, soaps and body scrubs are just not enough and you need those essential oils, just the way they are. These are also good to treat extreme dryness and to relax your nerves. L’Occitane offers a shower oil that is a quick-heal to silky smooth skin. Infused with Almond oil, the shower oil gets instantly absorbed by wet skin and also easily washes away, without leaving a sticky feeling. Herbal remedies like bath and massage oils from Iraya ensure that no matter what your skin type, you have an oil perfect for you. For the feet, an often neglected area, VLCC puts together a Foot-Care Kit with everything you require to slip into those summer sandals. A scrub, a massage cream, a foot spray and a foot cleaner will work their way to ensure that next time you can walk out with your best foot forward.

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So this spring, remember to stock up on luscious body products, which will ensure that you look your best from head to toe. Our hands are often the earliest targets for signs of ageing. Protect them from the harsh sun and drying soaps and sanitisers with a lush coating of a moisture rich hand cream. The Neutrogena Norwegian Hand Cream, available at New U, is ultra absorbent and locks in the softness. Just like the hand cream, every part of the body needs its own product that targets specific problems your skin may be facing. For instance, Shiseido’s Firming Body Cream, at Parcos, guarantees brilliant instant firming results. If it is dryness that you need to take care

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By Saisha Suri

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Citrus frenzy by day and seductive deep by night, there is a fragrance for every moment

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Fragrances we recommend: From fresh florals to spicy exotics, we bring you some fragrances that will see you through, from day to night...

Day fragrances

Calvin Klein Forbidden Euphoria: Ease into summer with this fruity floriental scent that has notes of raspberries, peach blossom, jasmine, cashmere wood and skin musk. It lets you enjoy the beaches and the bikinis with the freshness of nature.

Diesel Fuel For Life, Denim Collection: An emblem of youth, the denim packaging takes us back to the time of rock n’ roll. The scent, however, is every bit modern and sexy with raspberry, jasmine, dry wood and amber gris. Escada Absolutely Me: Packaged in an elegant bottle, this fruity fragrance embodies all things luxury. A vanilla finish adds the much needed warmth to the sweet raspberry top notes, making it a classic pick for the summer. Clinique Happy Heart: Nothing matches the glee of being in a field of blooming flowers. However, the Clinique Happy Heart fragrance does come a close second with its fresh floral notes of white freesia, mimosa and white wood. A drydown of amber brings in a feminine grace to this unpretentious fragrance. DKNY Pure: Made in partnership with CARE, this relaxing perfume opens with notes of Ugandan vanilla, ethically sourced from Uganda. With middle notes of jasmine, freesia and orchid, the fragrance concludes in a soothing base of white amber and the tranquil scents of sandalwood. Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia: Be at one with nature with this energetic scent for the free-spirited modern woman. Blending rainwater and notes of sea spray, brown sugar, labdanum and cedarwood unleash the bohemian goddess within. Prada Infusion D’Iris: A fresh nostalgic fragrance reminiscent of decadent powder rooms and oozing classic Italian charm. With Iris Pallida sources from Florence at the heart and sensual cedar, and benzoin in the base, this feminine perfume is woody and intimate – viva La Dolce Vita.

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Burberry Body: Touted by Burberry as its most sensuous fragrance, Body was one of the most awaited releases. This is one fragrance that has a charming personality of its own. Kiehl’s Original Musk Oil: An age old blend that is very popular among Hollywood celebrities including Charlize Theron, the Musk Oil was once called Love Potion for its sensual quality. Lancôme Magnifique EDP: With saffron, caraway, sandalwood and vetiver as the main ingredients in the

fragrance, it is hard for it to be anything but magnificent. Estée Lauder Youth Dew EDP: Created in 1953, Youth Dew is one of the oldest fragrances by Estee Lauder. This is one spicy scent that continues to hold attention of the women worldwide with its timeless appeal. Britney Spears Radiance: Created by Elizabeth Arden, this fragrance is both innocent and girly. With delicate notes of tuberose, jasmine and orange blossom enveloped in soft musk it’s a must-have for those who seek simple pleasures. Gucci Guilty: A gleaming bottle made of metal and glass makes a perfect case for this edgy fragrance. Opening with rich citrus and oriental floral notes, it moves onto a dark peppery realm only to dry down in the comfort of patchouli. In short, it’s sensuality in a bottle. Guess Seductive Women: This perfume spells tantalising charm from start to finish. At the heart of Guess Seduction is Florentine orris — a floral note harvested in Florence and a base of alluring musky cashmere wood, vanilla and spicy olibanum. It’s a perfume made for the wild at heart.

The Guide How to make your perfume last longer: • For the full effect, try layering your scent by having a bath or shower using soap, shower gel or even shampoo of your desired fragrance. • According to beauty expert Jamuna Pai, perfume also lasts longer on your skin if it’s oily, so add a little baby oil to the areas you’re going to spray. • Spray fragrance on pulse points, such as the temples, base of the throat, the wrists and the bend of the elbow, which are the areas that produce heat to release the scent of your perfume. • When you spray perfume on your wrist, never rub your wrists together because it compresses the scent, which then won’t develop naturally. • For an extra long-lasting scent, hold the spray about 12 inches away and step into the fragrance cloud.

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aster perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain had once said, “Everyone’s skin fragrance is as individual as his or her fingerprint, and the alchemy of how a perfume will work on your skin varies; it will even change according to what you eat or drink.” It is, indeed, a mystery for the lay man to figure out what perfume suits them best. The process can seem confusing and complicated, especially considering how many types and brands of perfumes are currently available. To add to the woes of finding the perfect fragrance, one also needs to keep in mind perfumes that are apt for day and night. Now, we all love the idea of having a signature scent, but many fragrances don’t transition well from day to night. And that’s where we help you out. Internationally acclaimed master perfumer Michael Edwards has devised “The Fragrance Wheel” that holds the key to one’s fragrance likes and dislikes. It lets you see, in a glance, the relationship between the 14 different families. Each family leads to the next. Florals become soft florals when blended with sparkling aldehydes and balanced by a powdery drydown. Soft florals are transformed into floral orientals by adding the scents of orange blossom and sweet spices. According to Michael, “The fragrances that one would enjoy the most will probably belong to just one or two fragrance families.” If you head to Parcos at DLF Promenade, the perfume assistants will let you find your scent of glamour. Offering luxe international brands like Azzaro, Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Elizabeth Arden, Escada, Gucci, Issey Miyake, Versace, Yyes Saint Laurent et al, Parcos provides an international shopping experience to Indian consumers. It is undoubtedly the only destination store for fragrances, cosmetics and skincare within New Delhi.

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What compelled you to write the book? The discovery of my grandmother’s diaries in a second-hand bookshop came as a big surprise and also triggered the drive in me to write about it. A stranger had put the genealogy on its cover and that’s how it landed with me. I also realised that the centenary of the Delhi Durbar of 1911, where King George V was proclaimed emperor before the Indian masses, was approaching. The book was published to commemorate the grand event. I always had the photographs, which she had clicked during her visit to India and maintained in an album. It took me 18 months to complete the book. Particularly, last year was intense. So how did your grandmother Lilah Wingfield get to attend the Royal Durbar? She had a wild, independent and wonderfully Irish upbringing, until her father Mervyn Wingfield, the 7th Viscount Powerscourt died in 1904. After that, her brother Mervyn

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Wingfield, the 8th Viscount Powerscourt was made the heir and she had to leave their home in Powerscourt along with her mother and siblings. As a 16-year-old, London reflected a restricted, Edwardian lifestyle, where she was chaperoned to every event. It was a narrow life for young Lilah. At 23, when she received the invite through her brother, it was her ticket to freedom. Her mother Julia was a disciplinarian and agreed to her trip only if two chaperones accompanied her. When you read through her diary, did her personality came across as very different from what you had perceived in your personal life? I was impressed by her writing. Earlier, I didn’t see her as a particularly brilliant person but as somebody who was very emotional. When I read through the pages documenting her journey, it was a very calm, measured and good writing.

What was the most interesting bit of her entire experience? Her friendship with the Begum of Bhopal led her escape from the British way of life into the lives of Indians. She had travelled so far to see and experience the real India and not the British in India. After the Durbar, she stayed with the Begum for about 10 days. She developed a close friendship with Prince Obaidullah, the son of the Begum of Bhopal, who took her to picnics and sight-seeing, and later became infatuated with her. Apart from your grandmother’s experience, does the book have a strong historical context? I did a lot of research in all the big libraries on that period in Indian history and also travelled to Delhi and Jodhpur, where the real hard work was done in collecting relevant information. It was interesting for me as a writer to bring the historical context of the 1911 way of life. The

creation of the imposing tented city complete with its own farms, railways, telegraph and post offices, which was erected in just two weeks with much cleverness and efficiency, fascinated me. It was a brilliant joint venture between the Indians and the British.

impressed her the most. Also, she was more sensitive to life in a colonial country due to her Irish upbringing and she understood the Indian sensibilities, longing for independence and the love for the mother country, unlike her English friends.

How do you think Lilah Wingfield’s journey through India might have been? Her journey was artistic. The vibrancy, colours and the unhindered beauty of India

If you were to be transported back in time, who would you want to be at the Durbar? When I read through my grandmother’s

account of the Durbar, I fell in love with all the maharajas who attended it. They were extraordinary. The Begum of Bhopal, who was a very clever ruler, was also intriguing to me, but she was in purdah all the time… which is not a good thing. Well, the Maharaja of Udaipur was the most impressive. He stood by his principles and did not bow to the Emperor during his coronation, like other maharajas. It was a brave thing to shake him by the hand and go home.

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Three books to read on Delhi Delhi Noir

Edited by Hirsh Sawhney Publisher: Harper Collins Price: Rs.399/Fourteen writers unveil the Delhi of sordid corners and beguiling conversations. Stories of dirty cops, murderous servants, sex in parks, jaded journalists and soulless corporate dons are set in distinct parts of this sprawling metropolis. Here opulence and poverty, and old world values and information age are constantly battling against each other. The book is India’s first edition of New York’s award-winning noir series, based in Delhi. Read it for some gut-wrenching tales, entertainment and, of course, an education on the city that you may be encountering for the first time.

Delhi: 14 Historic Walks

Glittering Decades

Swapna Liddle Publisher: Westland Price: Rs.495/-

Nayantara Pothen Publisher: Penguin/Viking Price: Rs.499/-

For antiquarian fans, historians and explorers, the book will prove to be very useful. It maps the well-known walking routes of Delhi including heritage sites like Qutub Minar, Lodhi Gardens, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb, the historical and architectural significance of the monuments and also sharing some interesting anecdotes from history. The text is crisp and comprehensive and is accompanied by detailed maps of the sites. The book is a musthave for tourists and locals who want to know the city beyond the obvious.

The book paints a picture of New Delhi in the final years of the empire and the first heady years of independence. In the prime of the British Raj, strict social and racial hierarchies governed the social life of the city’s ruling elite. During the period of transition (1930s to 104s), the political shifts associated with India’s journey to freedom were echoed in the social codes of conduct adopted by the elites. Undermining the Raj’s pomp became a legitimate means of challenging its authority.

1. The Tented City; 2. Wingfield’s first sight of Bombay Harbour; 3. Bombay waterfront; 4. Wingfield’s visit to Chandni Chowk in Delhi; 5. Wingfield in Colombo; 6. Khyber Pass; 7. The King Emperor and Queen Empress; 8. The Maharaja of Jaipur’s elephant which he had lent to Wingfield

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Jessica Douglas-Home

Lilah Wingfield, a 23-year-old AngloIrish aristocrat visited Delhi to attend the Royal Durbar of 1911, where King George V was proclaimed the Emperor and the capital of British India was shifted from Calcutta to Delhi. She met some of the foremost Indian princes, travelled to the dangerous Khyber Pass on the Afghan border and to the gory sites of the Mutiny, and stayed with the country’s only female ruler – the Begum of Bhopal. Jessica Douglas-Home’s A Glimpse of Empire is based on her grandmother’s diaries and features a collection of some rare historical photographs taken by Wingfield.

Om Book Shop at DLF Promenade is the perfect haunt for booklovers.

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he two Delhi boys, sarod players Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash are back with a solo album which explores Sufism and Sufi music. Rang – Colors of Sufism was launched by director Karan Johar, who described the duo as “the youth icons in the musical industry”. He says, “I liked the album, the way they have played the sarod, composed the music and presented the song. Every year, there is more and more demand for Sufi music, but through Amaan and Ayaan, if the music reaches the people, the impact is much larger and greater.” The album is a confluence of six tracks: ‘Mann Kunto Maula’, ‘Aaj Rang Hai’, ‘Bahaut Din Beete’, ‘Main Nizaam’, ‘Zihale Miskin’ and ‘Kaahe Ko Byaahe Bides’. The sarod duo reinterprets most old Sufi poetry like ‘Mann Kunto Maula’ in new ways. “We were always inclined to Sufi music. We wanted to take it to the lounge space… already much work is being done on Sufi music on a broader scale,” says Amaan. “But we wanted to take it to lounge space and get rustic singers do justice to the music.” — Radhika Singh

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Director: Sajid Khan Cast: The dirty dozen, including Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Asin and Jacqueline Fernandez Khan is known for his bawdy sense of comedy. The film, about four angry conmen, will have you rolling in the aisle, or so the director promises. The four marry superhot women and have four father-in-laws to deal with. Confused? That’s how Khan derives his laughs – his largely situational comedies are high on repartee, facial expressions and ridiculous situations. Watch it if you are looking for a fun experience, without getting much in terms of good cinema. Especially recommended for Akshay’s incredible sense of comic timing.

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Music director: Jeet A quintessential Bhatt film has lovely music. Blood Money, however, has not created the storm that most of their other movies manage. The comeback album of composer Jeet (of Jeet-Pritam fame) focuses on seven rehashed Bengali rock tracks including special compositions by Sangeeth Haldipur and Pranay. Considering the winning musical aesthetic of Bhatt’s movies, the album is credited with talented vocals of Mustafa Zahid and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. From the soulful and classically synchronised voice of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in ‘Chaahat’ that can best be described as Sufi-rock, to the rather gloomy ‘Gunaah’, with a metal base, there is much to listen to. In ‘Gunaah’, guitar riffs blend with the series of mellowed piano drills, mandolin and violin notes. The winning streak is hit by ‘Jo Tere Sang’, in which the composer has moved away from the Sufi-rock inspiration to hard metal. — RS

Band: Cranberries Cranberries lovers have waited for this album for about eight years now. Originally planned for release during 2004, the recorded tracks for the album ‘Roses’ by the Cranberries were shelved after the band split up. So, Roses is their first studio release in ten years. ‘So Good’ and ‘Schizophrenic Playboys’ are most likely to become hits. ‘So Good’ will tug at your heartstrings, while Schizophrenic Playboys will have you overcome with nostalgia as Dolores O’Riordan voice takes you back to the day when the band’s hit ‘Zombie’ played everywhere. ‘Conduct’ is full of soul and so is ‘Raining in My heart’, which is very catchy. ‘Waiting in Walthamstow’ and ‘Fire & Soul’ break away from the

hardly-gentle style of music that The Cranberries is most famous for. ‘Show Me the Way’ and ‘Roses’, on the other hand, are a little too slow and slightly monotonous. ‘Tomorrow’s upbeat tune’ is a happy reminder of ‘Just My Imagination’ and ‘Losing My Mind’s’ first-slowthen-powerful pace reminds me of ‘Linger’. For those who loved The Cranberries better together than apart, grab this one! — Carol Saldanha

Buy the music at New Planet at DLF Promenade.

Titanic now in 3D

Tomahawk Technique

Musician: Seal Paul Like almost every Sean Paul track, ‘Got 2 luv U’ has probably been buzzing in your ears since its release last year. Much of Sean Paul’s fifth studio album, Tomahawk Technique promises to have just the same “right tactics to turn you on”. ‘She Doesn’t Mind’ has the potential to get you winding and grinding within 10 seconds from its start, as does ‘Dream Girl’, which could well become the next big clublove-song. ‘Body’ is good for grooving and while it might not get you to the dance floor right away, it has great potential to grow on people. ‘Won’t Stop’ breaks away from Sean Paul’s style, and is too slow. It sadly lacks the soul that Sean Paul brought to ‘Hold My Hand’ in his last album Imperial Blaze. When you hear the beat dropping in ‘Hold On and Put It On You’ and a bonus track by Tal, featuring Sean Paul, you just know that these are probably going to become club hits. Being the namesake of Bee Gees hit, ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ featuring Kelly Rowland commands great expectations and meets them, too — top-of-the-charts potential. Paul appears to have given in to mixing in techno/house beats in ‘Touch The Sky’ featuring DJ Ammo and does well with it. ‘Roll With Di Don’ is the only song in the album that comes close to being as scorching hot as Paul’s early hits like ‘Get Busy’, ‘Temperature’ and ‘We Be Burning’. Nonetheless, got to love it! — CS

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The hottest movie to release this summer combines a beautiful love story with cutting-edge technology

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he biggest movie to hit movie theatres this summer is James Cameron’s iconic hit, Titanic, but in the 3D form. The amazing, three-dimensional reconstruction of the famous but ill-fortuned ship that sank on its maiden voyage 100 years ago, will once again have Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet serenade you. The movie is a faithful, three-dimensional recreation of the centuryold ship…with the addition of state-of-the-art technology. Titanic, for its time, was actually a technically advanced film. Many of the interior and exterior shots were completely computer-generated, as was much of the water. That offered the animators better options while re-processing the film for 3D because were artists are working with digital imagery instead of live scenes. “Titanic 3D cranks up the experience of watching the movie,” says Cameron. “The 3D enriches all of Titanic’s most thrilling moments and its most emotional moments. More than ever, you feel you’re right there going through all the jeopardy that Jack and Rose go through.” Much has obviously changed since Cameron’s epic movie premiered in 1997 and on VHS in 1998; now, it is the 2012 digitally remastered release of Titanic 3D.

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Director: Priyadarshan Cast: Mohanlal, Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Boman Irani, Kangana Ranaut, Sameera Reddy and Zayed Khan Tezz’s biggest claim to fame is its action sequences. The stunts, reportedly, is choreographed by Gareth Milne, the stunt coordinator of Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and National Treasure: Book of Secrets. The movie’s biggest USP is its actors, the biggest action heroes this side of the Atlantic, from Mohanlal to Anil Kapoor and Ajay Devgn. See it, if action cinema sends you in a frenzy.

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Director: Kunal Deshmukh Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Randeep Hooda, Imran Zahid and Esha Gupta After The Dirty Picture, Emraan Hashmi is a huge star. He has been delivering box office worthy performances for the past couple of years, but this is the first time that both the masses and the classes, the critics and the fans, have doffed their hat to this consummate performer. So much so that Hashmi now is finding the best of directors – from Yash Chopra to Dibakar Banerjee wanting to work with him. For this one, however, Hashmi returns to the Bhatt camp, who backed him when not many believed in his star power. The movie focuses on Delhi’s illegal arms trade, and is about a cop and his snitch. Watch the new releases at DT Cinemas in DLF Promenade.

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The Colour Extravaganza

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On Arshia: Red shirt dress, BeBe; Printed scarf, Promod, Rs1,450; Blue shoes, Melissa at Evolv; Clutch, Evolv; Sunglasses, Vogue, `4,890 On Manu: T-shirt, Lacoste; Trousers, Benetton, Rs ; Belt, Aldo; Yellow trainers, Lacoste; Sunglasses, Ray Ban, `6,690

Our two models explore DLF Promenade dressed in fashionable threads in a prism of colours that make their transition from runways to wardrobes, and will see you through the new season in style Photographs: Maneesh Mandanna

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On Manu: T-shirt, Zara Collection, `1,690; Trousers, Zara Man, `2,790 On Arshia: Top, trousers `2,790 and jacket `4,790, Zara Basic; Shoes, Zara, `2,790 onwards

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“Spring is associated with flowers, which is why I have used so many corsages strung loosely in the hair. Also, in this heat, flowers offer a wonderful visual respite. Most fashion brands have floral prints in their Spring/ Summer 2012 collections.” — Nida Mahmood

Location: L’occitane On Arshia: Tunic, Promod, `1,450 onwards; Belt and trousers, Mango; Scarf, Satya Paul; Bangles, Promod; Shoes, Aldo; Bag, Claire’s; Flowers, Nida Mahmood On Manu: Shirt, Tommy Hilfiger; Trousers, Calvin Klein; Shoes, Aldo; Hat, Claire’s

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Location: L’opera On Arshia: Dress, Esprit; Shoes, Mango; Scarf, Satya Paul; Cluth, Evolv; Sunglasses, clip worn as a wristband and earrings, Claire’s On Manu: Shirt, Tommy Hilfiger, Shoes, Aldo, Hat, Claire’s; Belt, Aldo

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On Arshia: Dress, Gaurav Gupta; Belt, Mango; Bag, Aldo; Shoes, Steve Madden; Hair accessories, Claire’s On Manu:T-shirt, trousers and shoes, Lacoste; Sunglasses, Ray Ban

Location: Harley Davidson store On Arshia: Top and trousers, Promod; Shoes, Lacoste; Bag, hair accessories and suspenders, Claire’s; Helmet, Harley Davidson On Manu:Shirt and bermudas, United Colors of Benetton; Cap, Harley Davidson; Belt, Aldo

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On Arshia: Top, shorts, and jacket `4,690 onwards, Zara Basic; Shoes, Zara Collection On Manu: Shirt `2,790 and trousers `3,790, Zara Man

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Location: Keya Kainoosh On Arshia: Dress, Zara; Belt, Zara Accessories, `1,990; Bag, Zara Basic, `2,990; Shoes, Zara, Rs4,790; Neckpiece, Zara On Manu: T-shirt and bermudas, Zara Man; Scarf, Zara, `1,990; Shoes, Zara Collection, `4,790

Location: Keya Kainoosh Book, Play Clan at Evolv; Hat, Zara; `1,390 Sunglasses, Ray Ban, `1,390; Bag, Zara, `2,990

On Arshia: Dress, `2,350, belt, `990 and shoes, `5,000, all from Mango On Manu: T-shirt, Benetton, `2,499; Trousers, Calvin Klein; Shoes, United Colors of Benetton, `899

C r e d i t s Models: Arshia Ahuja, Elan; Manu Bora, Anima Creatives Hair: Looks Salon • Make-up courtesy: Inglot • Base: AMC foundation MW 101; MW 102; cream to powder 84 Concealer: 27, 28 • Loose powder: 15 • Eye shadow: AMC 51; 428 • Contouring: AMC 51 • Blush: 29, 31 Eyeliner: AMC 101 • Mascara: Volume and waterproof • Lip Colour: 03, 23, 24 [ The make-up products are available at Inglot, at DLF Promenade ]

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The mood on the location of our Spring/Summer 2012 shoot was electric – clothes laid out in a mélange of colours, styles and patterns, in a happy mix of bohemian fashion. While Nida Mahmood, the designer who doubled up as our celebrity stylist, dextrally put the looks together, Manish Mandanna, our fashion photographer pushed us to get the models to change quickly to catch the fading light. In between the chaos, we produced a fashion shoot that speaks style, glamour, colour and vibrancy.

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Fashionista By Shalini Seth

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thesartorialist.com Spotting a well put together look on the street, outside fashion week and in world capitals, on people walking to work, sartorialist has found himself a place on the first rows of all major fashion weeks across the globe. Many years, an anthology and much fame later, he still retains a neat turn of phrase and an eye for the aesthetically pleasing.

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fashioning.com He made being a fashion curator a lifestyle choice. The blog says, “Late one Oxford night, Daniel P Dykes set about creating a fashion publication that would go some way to being an arbiter on fashion as it appeals to the emerging power generations: those who don’t remember a world without the internet and for whom work plays second fiddle to pleasure.” The blog has other contributors and allows participation. Expect to see a complete guide on how to wear a crop top, sleeve tattoos and the day’s most popular photo shoot. It’s so structured, it’s a magazine.

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n the road in a Mumbai suburb is an autorickshaw – pink hood, yellow body with a leaf green trim on wheel guards. On the pages of the lookbook of a fashion brand is a model striking a pose in a pink jacket, yellow top and leaf green trousers. You can trust fashion blogger Manou Tyagi of wearabout.com to not only notice the similarities but to put a photo of the two on his blog. He says, “Anything that I think is important for the sake of documentation or would make sense later if not now,” is his mantra for selecting posts. Calling himself “a photographer documenting streets and fashion in India,” Tyagi, the blogger is no more and no less than that. Staying far away from ramps and first rows, he will, through diligent application of his eye, be the first to know if a skirt on a fashionista is made of the same material as the cover on a suitcase spotted at a railway station. Tyagi is one of the fashion bloggers gaining prominence in India with his news, views and trend reports on the fashion industry. Schoolgirl blogger, Arushi Khosla of Bohemianlikeyou.com confesses to being clubbed with the media and gets invited to not only the Lakmé Fashion Week and Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week in India, but also to some events in New York, since she has readers there. If nothing else, she is certainly a shopper of the products she is talking about. Pune-based software engineer and fashion blogger Smrithi Rao of vintage-obsession.com has to give invites flooding her inbox a miss because she has a day job. The need to connect and comment has been the starting point but as with all writing, content is king. Blog how-tos are full of information on how to increase readers and make an impression. Ironically, the best and the most popular ones remain focussed on their voice. Rao, whose latest update, Geometrify, documents local inspiration on wearing ikat style textiles, says, “I haven’t done anything aiming particularly at increasing readership because I have always thought if people identified with me, they will read and come back again. There is no point forcing me or my blog on somebody.” While she got hooked to blogging after a surge of attention thanks to an article in a magazine, Tehelka, three months after she launched the blog, initially it was the projects that got her readers. “Initially I took up a lot of DIY projects like, for example, I made a pair of suspenders from suitcase straps. Most of my DIY projects went viral and a lot of people got hooked on to the blog because of that. I was called ‘the DIY Queen’ in a publication – my favourite title,” she says. Khosla, whose profile indentifies her as “17, student, style blogger and fashion writer,” says, “I started with fashion news blog writing

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runway reviews because I was interested in articulating my opinions on the mélange of clothing we see every September, but I quickly realised that why would someone want to read a review by a 14-year-old, when they could be reading The New York Times piece by Cathy Horyn? So, I started experimenting and playing around with personal style posts interspersed with the occasional opinion piece. That’s the model I follow for the most part now.” The turning point for bohemianlikeyou. com came when she wrote an impassioned defence of fashion in a response to what she calls a “demeaning and unfounded piece” in The Guardian. Khosla’s blog is all that she says – you can read about how she is not blogging because of her board or pre-board exams and surprisingly educated details of what make-up she uses and why. Brands as varied as Revlon, Chanel, Sephora, Kerastase and Fekkai find mentions on her pages. While Tyagi is all about observing the world, Khosla comes as an articulate young lady with strong opinions, which she backs with information and facts. Rao is a healthy mix of personal style and observation. Like all other journalists, the value in the written word is only as long as it is perceived

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as honest. Rao says, “Advertising requests do come, but I’m very selective about the kind of things I want to associate my blog with. There was a make-up brand that wanted to advertise on the blog. After some research about the company, I found out that their products were tested on animals. I decided to stay clear.” Tyagi says, “Blogging is not a job for me. I’ve only been working on my blog for the last two years but there is no concept of fulltime as such, despite the pressure of blogging every day. I blog very irregularly, but yes, it’s the only medium I make money through. I get paid for collaborations and other projects that I get through my blog and I don’t advertise on it.” Invitations to events, freebies, promotions and being paid to write for other publications are some of the perks, but the bottom-line is that fashion blogging is fun. Khosla says, “It’s absolutely not my full-time job. I am graduating from high school this month and hope to go to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York next, and work in luxury marketing. I will continue to blog because it has opened countless valuable doors for me and helped me forge priceless connections, while being really fun, but it’s definitely not something I see myself doing as a sole day job.” 1., 2., 3., & 4. bohemianlikeyou.com 5. Arushi Khosla

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Cupcakesandcashmere.com Armed with a Nikon d300s, Emily records the world around her even as her fiancé records her for the blog. She works fulltime on her blog, which has “several partnerships, design collaborations and web consulting”. Her first book will be out in August 2012. While she started her career at Teen Vogue and Domino magazines, the blog was, she says, “a way to document the things I loved and over time, I was able to turn it into my career”. She has worked with brands including Coach and designed a bag for them in 2010, modelled and styled a lookbook for Forever 21, done videos with Juicy Couture and is currently the guest blogger for esteelauder.com.

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How To Get It Right

Text: Deepali Nandwani • Photographs: Faruqiu M. Jaan

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ay hello to colour. Welcome the spring palette of the bright and the bold. Splashes of high-voltage colours and juicy shades are everywhere — on the runways, the streets, the mannequins… Obviously, the traditional summer trend of sun-kissed skin with neutral shades has had a makeover. However, transparent glossy lips, the like sported by actors Frieda Pinto and Katrina Kaif, still find takers. On the other extreme are the bright red lips sported by stars like Malaika Arora Khan and Bipasha Basu. Basu, always a fan of bright red shades, says, “They are perfect even for a day look. Just make sure that you do not wear bright or fluorescent shades that will clash with them.” Besides the classic red, the lipstick wardrobe is sporting shades of maroons and berries. Celebrity make-up artist Daniel Sandler says, “Red lipstick or darker

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The shades of spring Coral: The flamboyancy and attitude that accompanies this colour is hard to be missed. From arresting orange to a whisper of coral, your lips are bound to speak for themselves. Hot Shades: Pumpkin yellow-orange, sunset orange and petal coral. Product Picks: Sheer Mandarin, Korean Candy and Fashion City by M.A.C, and Rouge A Levres and AMC lip gloss by Inglot. `900

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Pink: Girly it may be, but there’s no denying that a shocking pink lipstick will make your eyes pop. A colour best associated with flirty spring, a pink lippy can be made to look sexy despite its much-ridiculed Barbie-doll image. Hot Shades: Pink orchid, hot pink, rosy petal and fuchsia. Product Picks: Blossom Culture, Tea Ceremony and Happy Hibiscus by M.A.C, Sugar Honey by Lancome and Sleeks lip gloss by Inglot. `560

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Red: A classic red lipstick with loose, voluminous curls epitomises Hollywood glamour. If you’ve ever looked at Marilyn Monroe and wondered how she manages to look so glamourous, then your answer probably lies in her lip colour. Hot Shades: Cherry red, watermelon, deep 4 blood and tomato-red. Product Picks: Colour Fever gloss, Red Rose and Le Rouge Absolu Bordeaux by Lancome, and Pure Passion by Maybelline (available at New U at DLF Promenade).

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Purple: Not a traditional lip colour, at least in the conventional sense, purple has warmed its way up the fashion ladder, and works well with the colour blocking trend that continues to enthrall the world. Hot Shades: Deep violet, rich plum and pale magenta Product Picks: Royal Azalea, Asian Flower and Rebel by M.A.C.

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shades help create a dramatic look. Lipsticks are more popular than lip glosses, as they work through the day. Red lips are better suited for a starry night or a red carpet event.” Go beyond the regular lipsticks by adding glosses in various shades of berries and pinks, and lip stains like orange and mango to your lipstick wardrobe for that extra moisture pep. Ace makeup artist Clint Fernandes shares, “For statement lips, add a hint of glam. Lipstick looks very trendy. Outline your lips with a lip pencil for that perfect shape. Add lip gloss for the shine so that you stand out during the night-outs.” With evening poolside parties and brunches offering up the perfect testing ground, Promenade has sifted through the season’s best lip colours. Prepare to smoulder.

family member of the ‘red’ family, the berry shades are richer and permit you to join the risky-business club. Hot Shades: Wine red, mulberry, raspberry and allkinds of berry. Product Picks: Inglot and M.A.C have some fantastic shades of berry for wine-kissed lips.

It’s time to make your lip colour count. Opt for shades like bright red, coral, pinks and purples, or perhaps a berry shade. Whatever you choose, make sure it is vibrant and bold.

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Six steps to the perfect pout Prep-up your lips: The lips are your canvas so you need to create a base before slapping on some lipstick. Never apply any product to dry, flaky lips. It would crack-up the colour. To treat dry lips, dab some lip conditioner or a non-shiny balm with your fingers, preferably a colour-free one. Try M.A.C Prep+Prime for lips; its light texture and fragrance-free formula will soften those chapped lips.

the centre, draw an outline, then colour your entire lips with the pencil. This is a perfect trick to maintain longevity of the bright colour. The lip brush is your best friend: A grandmother’s make-up weapon that’s been kept under wraps for years, it’s time we brought back colour to the bristles. Forget the joy of putting on a lippy directly from the stick and get yourself a lip brush. Treat it like you’re painting your lips with a colour (your lips are your canvas, remember?). It will help get the colour inside the deepest crux of the lips. Reminiscent of a vintage bonafide, it would be unfair to carry on without this masterpiece.

Colour selection: When you are stepping out of the neutral makeup zone, keep your skin tone and hair colour in mind. Darker hair complements fresh, perky colours like cherry red and citrus orange. For lighter locks, a watermelon coral or cool pink would be ideal. Deeper plums, violet and magenta shades are not for the faint-hearted. Whichever shade ultimately ends up in your shopping basket, the key is to ensure it doesn’t wear out your face. The colours are there to enhance your facial features and not drain them down.

Blot for even coverage: After applying the first layer, gently blot with a tissue to maintain an even coverage. You don’t want your lips to feel heavy with a lipstick overdose.

Define the lips: Use a nude lip pencil or a colour that perfectly matches your selected shade to line and fill the fuller parts of the lips. Start from

The final layer: Add another layer of lipstick (using a brush) for a longlasting opaque look. Voila!

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Shades of orange segue seamlessly into a palette of bright pinks and beautiful berries. Classic reds interplay with vibrant berry shades. Lip colours are all about playful pastels and candy floss-like hues

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Pop art

By Akanksha Agarwal

From artist Andy Warhol to high street brands, pop art has surrendered its seriousness for the razzle-dazzle of candy colours

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Pop art poster boy of the pop art movement, once said, “Art is what you can get away with”. His words seem prophetic going by the pop art influences that are creeping on to the radar of Indian fashion. The glam ’60s are back but in a more individualistic manner. Graphic designer Nidhi Chopra of Pop Goes the Art says, “Pop fashion can be a remix of anything in your wardrobe that is either funky or bold. What I love most about pop fashion is that it is highly individualistic.” Here are some easy ways of bringing a piece of ‘Swinging London’ to your wardrobe.

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In the world of pop fashion, colour is clearly the official black. Let the sunlight enter your summer wardrobe with bright pops of colours. “Pop Art is a very colourful and vibrant art form. It lends itself extremely well to fashion, as brands can play around with colours,” says Chopra. A pair of bright-coloured denim with a tucked-in white shirt is always a great wardrobe hit. For an intense pop hue, wear pop-coloured accessories in patent leather. The one colour at the top of the charts is orange and its variations. From bright blood orange to fresh citrus, a pop of orange instantly adds some spunk

Pop Art is bright, bold, bizarre, exaggerated and splayed — everything to get you noticed to your look. Look at brands like Promod, Mango, Latin Quarters, Ritu Kumar, Satya Paul and Marks & Spencer for the brilliant pops of colour.

Groovy graphics

Pop Art is all about animated visuals and avant-garde prints. T-shirt prints ranging from soup cans to graphic prints make for a good collection of dressed-down chic. Blown up graphics and cartoon bubbles are the most symbolic prints. Wear a dress with an all-out print for an artistic uptown chic vibe. United Colors of Benetton, Tommy Hilfiger, Zara and Jack & Jones have some must-have graphic T-shirts.

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It could be a Warholesque graphic print on the wedge of your shoe or a bag with a graphic print. Go to Aldo, Steve Madden and Zara for pop colour-blocked shoes. Pop fashion could also simply be an outfit with striking colours and jaggedly black lines, or a graphic dress with bold black lines bringing it to life, like the ones from Ritu Kumar, Zara and s.Oliver. Carry a big canvas bag with a comic strip running through it. The thing with art-influenced fashion is that it rarely looks striking if it is served to you on a platter. The true spirit of art comes out when you channel it in an individualistic way.

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he thing about ethnic Indian wear is its adaptability. You can wear a Patiala salwar with a short kurta, a tunic or a long kurta. You can team a lovely long skirt from Ritu Kumar with a trendy waistcoat from brands like Zara, Esprit or French Connection. You can use that sensuous scarf or stole you just bought at Satya Paul with an ubercool look that includes a pair of denims and a white t-shirt, or even formal black trousers and a shirt. 1 Ethnic Indian is not just about `2,800 the silhouettes (from anarkali to onwards angrakha, and also weaves, prints and patterns from different states that find their way onto clothes). If classic silhouettes take us back to our past, textures and textiles reveal the sheer diversity of Indian fashion. Designers like Ritu Kumar and a host of highstreet brands have turned revivalists with Indian fashion.

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1, 2, 3,4 and 5. Ritu Kumar’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection is a bright blend of colours, prints and textures

Designer Anju Modi, who works extensively with Indian fabrics and weaves, says, “Many brands have begun using fabrics like khadi, textured cotton, raw silk, etc. in their collections. It is important to retain that Indian quotient in fashion creations, as that’s what makes clothes stand out.” Fabindia, among the country’s biggest high-street brands that started out as a little co-operative to help India’s talented weavers to find a market, is famous for its kurtas, tunics and tops designed using exclusive handwoven and hand-printed fabrics. Fabindia’s kurtas, scarves and pants are a must-have in every fashionista’s wardrobe – they are Indian chic all the way. The brand also offers a range of printed salwars, Patialas, dupattas and stoles apt for the summer season.

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delicate silk crepe, flat chiffon, dupion, poplins and cottons with intricate metallic embellishments. The hues tend towards midnight black, dusky beige, exquisite indigo and striking silver along with some electric prints. Across the Spring/Summer ramps, these styles have emerged as a strong option for all body types. A simple overlap in most cases, the present form of the angrakha dates back to the Mughal period, though the tribal versions are still found in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. Stylist and shopping consultant, Natasha Bahl says, “To look slightly different, team an angrakha jacket with a voluminous skirt. For a more

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Among its newest range is the vibrant, colourful Rang Barse collection – a mélange of Indian and Western garments in a range of colours, motifs and prints in fabrics as diverse as chanderi, maheshwari and textures like ikat. Fresh flowers and sunshine, the two leitmotifs of spring, form the undertones of the colour palette that goes from red, magenta and blue to yellow and green. While for women, the collection offers long, mini and short kurtas, tunics, tops, camisoles, skirts and harem pants, men can choose from a stylish collection of kurtas, shirts, bush shirts and more. The clothes have details like multi-colour trims, box pleats, halter and cowl neck, and display traditional craft techniques such as tie-and-dye, appliqué, soof embroidery, hand-painting and mirror work. Much like Fabindia, W and Biba have a range of kurtas, salwar kameez and interesting dresses in traditional Indian prints and fabrics. Sunaina Kaul, a freelance stylist, says, “Once considered ‘too old-fashioned’, everyone’s now

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embracing fabrics like khadi, silk and cotton. Besides you find Indian prints being used on Western garments, which is what makes them so global.” Like Ritu Kumar’s collection that’s a happy mix of traditional embroidery and textiles, and Western silhouettes. Kumar often borrows inspiration from the closets of erstwhile begums while designing kurtas in anarkali or angrakha silhouettes. “When it comes to depicting royal fashion, nothing spells chic better than a voluminous anarkali suit. It’s an evergreen silhouette and also one of the most celebrated ones this season,” says designer Amrish Kumar of LABEL by Ritu Kumar, which has some of the most gorgeous pieces on the shelves. Kumar’s high-end prêt collection is bold and sexy with chic metallic accentuations. The intrepid feel of the collection is contrasted with the sense of romanticism that flows through it; a reflection of the new age woman, the collection speaks of a spirited lady, who exudes femininity. Structured dresses are a major part of this collection, and the fabrics range from soft and

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Casual Indian For a daywear look, opt for cotton or khadi kurtas with clean structured silhouettes. Team them with leggings or printed Patiala salwars to go desi chic. You can accessorise your look with bold neckpieces with plain kurtas and chandelier earrings with printed ones. If you’re looking at work wear, keep it minimal with elegant diamond jewellery like solitaire studs or hoops. Choose a big bag in which you can stock up all your stuff like a tote or a sling bag. `4,000 onwards Complete your look with comfortable flats like thong sandals, slip-ons or open-toe flats. For a touch of quirk, 14 add on an animal-motif ring or brooch from Karigari or Aldo. 11 `5,000 onwards

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daywear look, cotton anarkali or angrakha kurtis and maxis are also a good option.” If you’re looking at occasion-wear, head straight to Meena Bazaar or Biba for their heavy embellished georgette or chiffon kurtas, or sheer ones with intricate detailing. Nothing works better then a bit of bling to perk up your evening out. But if the understated is your thing, look for kalamkari prints, ikat patterns and lovely flowy angrakhas to add to your wardrobe.

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areena Kapoor is leaning against her vanity van in a Mumbai film studio, her shoulders slumped, her slim figure clad in a flowing red gown. Her boyfriend, actor Saif Ali Khan is standing next to her, animatedly speaking with her. What are they discussing? Perhaps, the pair of sexy boots that he just got her? Or, perhaps, a movie they are considering together? Her porcelain face does not betray what she is thinking. “She has the attitude of a natural born star,” says a photographer who is hanging around to do some pictures. “She looks through you most times unless, of course, she wants to talk to you.” ‘ For Kareena, life beyond movies is unfathomable. Considered among the most stylish women in India, the actress says she loves “dressing up”. She’s obviously worked those inches off. By all accounts, Kareena is in the best shape today. “My trainer, Yasmin Karachiwala, has designed a fitness programme that combines weight training, power yoga and pilates. We train every day. It’s weights one day, and yoga and pilates the next. Yasmin has seen me from my fattest to my skinniest.” Here is her take on style, on the right weight to be and on everything else she can think about:

Her formal look includes beautiful cocktail saris, gowns and dresses. “But I also wear nice looking kurtas with jeans. I like colour in my wardrobe --- orange, pink, turquoise, the more vibrant, the better.” A proponent of using very little make-up, she says, “when I do, it is always M.A.C products or YSL. I am very careful about my beauty regime. I take good care of my skin and wash my face at least four or five times a day. After that, I apply a moisturiser. On most days, I just put on a hint of lipstick and dash of eyeliner when I am going out.”

On style Like the ultra-thin Victoria Beckham, whom Kareena admires, the actress is considered the ultimate style icon. Look at her old pictures – once, she almost always wore kurtis with jeans or salwar kameezes, even to the most high profile 4 events. Now, it is about glamorous gowns, beautiful watches, Hermès Birkin bags and sequinned saris. “I like Posh Spice’s look and style,” she admits. “I like that lean body and the chiselled face. She has got style and she’s got the attitude.” Kareena often combines high street brands, like Zara, among her favourite, with her haute couture pieces. “I dress for comfort at most times, but when I am stepping out and know all eyes will be on me, I make sure that I am dressed well,” she says. On the days when she is just lounging at home or lunching with her girlfriends, Kareena wears her all-time favourite faded blue denims. “I am so fond of my old jeans that when I do pick up a new pair, I store them in my closet for a few years, or at least till I feel that they are old enough to wear.”

On cinema Among one of the biggest actors in India, she, along with Vidya Balan, commands a over ` 2 crore pay packet for each film. “I charge what I deserve,” says Kareena. “When you sign me you get glamour and performance.” Though she comes from a film family, the actress says she had to struggle a bit to get where she is today. “You think only girls, who come from outside Mumbai to make it big in the industry, have to struggle for their existence? Remember all those times when my films flopped and everyone wrote me off? There is this constant pressure to deliver. People love underdogs who make it big, but I hope they understand that it’s not easy for star kids.”

On Delhi’s style quotient “It is interesting in its own sort of way, though not experimental. Women really dress well in Delhi,” she says, “especially the younger girls, who have the body and the attitude. I find a lot of interesting styles flaunted on the streets of south Delhi.” How thin is too thin Over the past year, Kareena has gone from her previous size zero to a rather respectable size now, though she is obviously much slimmer then what she was when she first started out in the movies. “I have been working on putting on some weight,” she says. “I am a Punjabi girl, I like my food. Now, I am a size 4. I think the weight loss suits me. My features stand out sharper, especially in photographs.”

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By Alyssandra Mendonca Photograph by Harsh Man Rai

On Saif Ali Khan “Our relationship is one that exists between equals. Saif is mature, he has seen much more than me. What I like is his honesty. And his sense of humour. I’ve always been emotionally insecure. I crave affection.”

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Epicure By Saisha Suri

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Restaurants and cafes at DLF Promenade are ready with their appetising summer delicacies. We take a peek into their gourmet menus

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rom exotic curries to tantalising salads and delicious parfaits to cool smoothies, diners at DLF Promenade will be delighted this summer with exotic condiments adding a unique flavour to dishes. Smoke House Deli has introduced a special menu for the season offering delicious salads, designed specially by Executive Sous Chef Samshul Wahid. “The menu combines the classics with a touch of European essence and leads you on a path of paradise with its unique taste. You will find a magnificent blend of elegant surroundings, exquisite cuisine, pleasing décor and satisfying service that indulge all your senses,” says chef Wahid. The Salad Affair from the menu offers classics like beetroot, feta and gin salad; strawberry and arugula salad; chermoula spiced grilled chicken salad with tobasco; oak ash chevre and grape salad with passion fruit vinaigrette; artichoke and poached pear salad, along with an array of cold soups like cucumber and dill with white balsamic; beetroot and mustard soup with sour cream and mascarpone and many others.

Mocha Arthouse; strawberry slush (inset)

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Smoke House Deli; strawberry and argula salad (inset)

Keya Kainoosh; cucumber caprioska (inset)

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Celebrity chef Marut Sikka’s bar and restaurant Keya Kainoosh promises sophisticated evenings with a beautiful synergy of innovative cocktails and culinary delights. Sikka envisioned this space as a restaurant that’s a confluence between traditional and modern India. Considered one of India’s leading culinary authorities, he brings artistry to life in his new offering. Kainoosh is a labyrinth of culinary art, age old traditions, creative vision and elegant presentation. Talking about summer specials, an executive from the restaurant says, “The extraordinary bar menu offers innovative cocktails created specially for Keya by Sikka’s gourmet palate and fertile imagination. With the Keya Signature Cocktails, one may go down the memory lane with the bubble-gum flavoured bubblicious daiquiri, or relive the sour tongue-tickling memories of aam panna with a

T.G.I. Friday’s menu has also got a makeover and is celebrating the new season with a renewed enthusiasm. They have special festivals like the Mardi Gras at Friday’s, Fiesta Mexicana and Super Foods, during which you can savour everything from appetisers to authentic dishes and salads to desserts. You also get to choose you poison from T.G.I. Friday’s special menus for the day. After exploring all the berries in the best and healthiest way possible, Cocoberry has now discovered the goodness of cocoa. This premium frozen yoghurt chain has introduced the fascinating coco element to its menu with an all new chocolate flavour this summer. Enriched with chocolate and caramel Chimichurri sliders at T.G.I Friday’s sauces, cocoa-

flavoured Cocoberry yoghurt is sure to entice all with a sweet tooth. You can also add some scrumptious toppings to your yoghurt. Other offerings include frozen yoghurt in waffle cones, sundaes, granola, and fresh fruit parfaits and smoothies. Veda, another Indian restaurant, takes you on a culinary adventure that most diners will appreciate for the quality and variety of appetisers and entrees. While the cuisine is tantalising, what sets Veda apart is the lightness of the meal. For all those who think Indian food is heavy and oily, the specials at the restaurant will come across as a welcome

Veda; crispy spinach chaat (inset)

change. Try out the scrumptious innovations by the chef and his team that make Veda truly stand apart from other restaurants. Some of the must-haves are batter-fried crispy spinach chaat, crispy potato chips with lotus stems and curry leaf, boneless pieces of chicken in three flavours – fenugreek, garlic and cheese – or the sinfully succulent berrah lamb tandoor chops. The dishes are rich, aromatic and filling. Gelato Vinto, too, has a variety of sorbets, yoghurts and gelatos on offer. Some of the enticing flavours are vanilla pod, chocochip, rich Belgian chocolate, Alphonso mango, Oreo cookies, Ferrero Rocher, along with other coolers. For your sweet cravings, Smoke House Deli has mango cheese cake and fresh fruit with Lemon sorbet at Gelato Vinto philly on offer.

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classic desi cocktail, a must-try for the curious and the fearless.” He adds, “We also have narial brandy and cucumber caprioska, typical thirst quenchers for hot summer nights. The ‘Keya Magic’, which aptly is a blend of paan and vodka is a sure shot winner!” As the mercury begins to climb, a growing number of restaurant chains are rolling out new smoothies, slushes and other chilled beverages. If you are looking at them to quench your thirst, then Mocha Arthouse has some great options ranging from cold coffees to fresh fruit smoothies and mohitos.

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Travel

Text and photographs by Lalit Sultan Farzdan

Life on a

Meet the clan

Romain said “just bring your motivation”, when I asked if I should get anything along with me and my labour. I had offered to volunteer on the farm and help with the million little chores of an agrarian life, in

exchange of staying with his family and being familiarised with the cultural life of France. He came to pick me up at Belleville-sur-Saône, young Jo Anatole (10 months) in tow, and we made our way in a rustic Renault trailer to the vineyards. Romain spoke good English peppered with common French phrases — having spent a significant time abroad in places as varied as Brazil and Nepal — and we drove over the mild undulations of the Beaujolais countryside. The yellows, the browns and the crimsons of autumn were all sprayed over the leaves of the vines, and with the breeze sending them into feverish flaps, a veritable dynamism swept over the whole countryside. In 20 minutes we were at the maison, where he lives with his artist wife Perrine and three children, Shankar (12), Samjhana (10) and Tabajara (9) — not present for the weekend — from an earlier marriage. Perrine had a successful career in installations and mixed media in Brussels, and her pieces adorned the kitchen and other spaces. There was another visitor, Marc, who was doing a stage (apprenticeship) with Romain, while being enrolled for agronomy classes at a university in Toulouse in the south.

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Beaujolais Farm

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very November, a great excitement marks the arrival of the Beaujolais nouveau (the same year’s vintage). In the Rhone-Alpes region, which contains part of the Beaujolais geographic area besides Bourgogne, restaurants proclaim this novelty aloud and people sit for hours over pots of local wine. Made from a single grape Gamay, and engineered to ferment in a quick cycle, winemaking in Beaujolais is a series of rituals and time-tested techniques, which need to be observed at a close distance to really appreciate the passion that goes into the metamorphosis of fruit into liquor. I thought of this as I called Romain, a ninth-generation vintner, to spend a weekend at his farm around an hour’s drive from the nearest city of Lyon.

A stay with a vintner’s family at a vineyard in the achingly beautiful region of Rhône, leaves me with a heady feeling after being treated to endless glasses of wine, organically grown food and lots of good conversation

Magnolia vineyards

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Ready Reckoner How to get there: Domaine des Grottes is around 65kms from the nearest airport (Lyon St. Exupéry) and around 10kms from the nearest train station (Belleville-sur-Saône). The airport is connected to most major European destinations, though there is limited connectivity with other parts of the world. For Indians flying out of New Delhi or Mumbai, changing at Brussels or London might be a better option. From Lyon, the administrative capital of Rhone-Alpes region, it takes about half an hour by train to arrive in Belleville-sur-Saône. You can pre-arrange the formalities of your arrival, and Romain can pick you up from the train station in his trailer.

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Perrine and Romain believe in the principles of bio-dynamic agriculture, which is a method of organic farming that follows a holistic approach to land and its replenishment, and often includes rituals that border on the mystical or the occult. Based on the teachings of Rudolph Steiner, they are a growing community of farmers who are seeking to break out of the traditional mould of winemaking towards a more rooted approach to reaping the fruits of the earth. Indeed, Romain is hardly embarrassed in admitting that his yield is perhaps the lowest among the surrounding farmers because he refuses to use the chemical weed killers that make mobility easier within the rows of the vines. He jokes how the hunters looking for pheasants often end up in his vines as the shelter of grass makes it very attractive for the game birds. We had a breakfast of good bread from a baker in a nearby village, a man who is as passionate about his boulangerie as this household is about wine, and set off in the trailer in our work boots. The first morning’s agenda included planting tubes around the young vines to give the little creepers some support, and also planting new saplings that would hopefully sleep over and survive the winter. Marc insisted, relaying Romain’s advice, not to break the leaves of the plants as they are enclosed in the plastic cylinder. It was evident that for these bunch of agriculturists, grapes are not merely something to press for profit, but a gift to harbour and reflect their hard-cultivated expertise. In the evening, we dabbled in a different world. Romain had the wonderful idea, borrowing from Steiner, of spraying a cow dung emulsion onto his fields. For one hour, Marc and me whipped up whirlpools in oak casks, trying to make the dark chunks of excrement dissolve in the agitated water. Romain assured me this is not conventional practice.

However, the use of cow dung as compost is not unknown to farmers in the countryside.

The weekend supper

Perrine and Romain generally abstain from meat, but Saturday night was a different affair. While Romain amused himself with the piano and young Jo Anatole fiddled with his toy accordion, Marc had it upon himself to make Gratin Dauphinois. A typical French bake, the easy recipe makes it a legend among students and other young people short of time. At its most elementary, it consists of layers of thin potato slices alternated with garlic chunks and rivers of fresh cream, all topped with generous slivers of a melting cheese such as Emmenthal. It goes brilliantly with a roast, and Perrine bought a couple of poulet (chicken) done with provençal vegetables from a food boutique in a nearby town. All was washed down with a generous supply of this year’s Beaujolais from the house cellar and with Romain’s sister Olga joining in on the mouth organ, and Marc trying his practised hand on the guitar, the melody lit a gentle fire to the night, otherwise in a severe grip of an autumn chill.

Chateau tales

Sunday in these provinces is a day of nothing. Gone are the days when the patriarch would have headed to the nearest church in his best hat. For everyone who cares about a quality of life, toiling in the sun is slightly out of order. In the morning, I helped Perrine pick young spinach leaves for lunch in the kitchen garden. The cats stretched themselves in the sun, and the hotness of the rays was offset by a piercing, whimsical breeze flowing over the rustling yellows of the landscape. I finished the chicken from the previous night and then we sat for a number of hours talking of

our impressions of the various worlds we have travelled to. In the early hours of the evening, I accompanied Romain and young Jo Anatole to the family chateau of Lacarelle. One of the biggest landholdings in the area, the chateau is currently owned by Romain’s grandfather whose family took it over in 1750. Romain is one of the 13 farmers working for his grandfather, and the chateau possesses one of those grand old cellars with machinery from the previous centuries. Even the French Revolution could not offset the luxury these chambers were ensconced in, and Romain recounted a legend of revolutionary authorities, who sold off their land to a third party threatening them with destitution. One of his ancestors had the simple but effective idea of attacking the convoy with the money for the deal. They then bought over the chateau from the same cash. These stone walls have stayed with them ever since.

The next week

A storm had swept over the canvas of the sky by Monday morning. Dark grey bundles hung saturated on the horizon. A bunch of young people had arrived to spend a week in this isolated setting and to discuss profound concepts such as the meaning of life and the nature of strength. Perrine got busy with arranging supper for them. The cats disappeared to some secret warm corner, and waited for the next round of refuse to arrive for them. I helped Romain and Marc with planting some more vines and by the afternoon, as the time for my departure came nearer, we exchanged contacts and reminisced over these three days in the Beaujolais countryside. It was Perrine’s turn to drop me at the administrative capital of Villefranche-sur-Saône. Jo Anatole sat in the back seat of the car as I waved goodbye. Perrine had a long day ahead.

Stay safe: Life on a farm is highly practical and you should expect a certain flexibility in norms of hygiene. Usually common sense should do the trick. A sturdy pair of shoes is a must. So are comfortable clothes to match the season, and a sleeping bag to keep you warm, should the temperatures dip to freezing extremes. Most importantly, do not hesitate to ask the owners if you have any concerns, and they shall clear all the doubts for you. Formalities: Romain and many other organic farmers are registered with the organisation WWOOF France. To access the list of contacts, you need to register on the website (wwoof.fr) and pay the yearly subscription charges of Euro15. To Buy: If you would like to take some cases of wine as a souvenir, you can pick them up at the Domain des Grottes cellar, or order them online at domainedesgrottes.com

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Clockwise: The wine cellar; the mountains fringing the vineyard; Romain (left) and Marc at the end of another session in the vines; the beautiful vineyard landscape; fuel for keeping warm in the winters, and the sumptuous breakfast spread

Where to eat: If you should want a change from the food at the farm, take a trip to the restaurant Les Quatre Saisons (Tel: 00 33 4 47 03 53 11) at Belleville. Romain recommends it for the extensive menu, which includes unlimited local wine, and also for the fact that the chef grows his own vegetables. Try some of the regional specialities such as andouilette (a tripe sausage), salade Lyonnaise (poached eggs, lardons, croutons and greens among other ingredients) or the chef’s version of pannacotta.

Address: Domaine des Grottes, Grange Masson, 69460 St Etienne des Oullières, Tel: 00 33 4 06 85 18 15 02, email: info@domainedesgrottes.com

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