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VOGUE LOVES

31 everything we heart this month

VOGUE SHOPS

59 new year, new start—with our resort report, pastel beauty picks, unusual pairings and laid-back separates for every occasion. plus, watches for every sport and jewellery for every mood

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IN VOGUE

92 Gold standard Vogue meets four super-achieving sporting sweethearts 98 sole sister an international sportswear brand found an unexpected star in an 86-year-old nun. by renee Jacques 100 Written in the stars Jitish kallat on his exhibition this month at the nGma. by anindita Ghose 102 Between the lines Writer mark haddon’s literary proclivities are as visceral as his fiction. by shahnaz siganporia 104 Why I’m moving to the mountains swapan seth shares with Vogue why he’s leaving the cacophony of delhi

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106 soul seeking designer, mother of

two and philanthropist rachel roy shares with us the secrets of approaching personal change 108 Bigger picture liza Golden-bhojwani tells Vogue about finding a (curved) path to success 110 The poetics of craft the sanctity of weaving traditions and artisanal aesthetic is seeing a renaissance of sorts, finds bandana tewari 116 a stitch in time designer aneeth arora tells Vogue how upcycling isn’t just another buzzword in her studio. by shahnaz siganporia 118 upward curves the latest crop of bombshell models is reshaping the fashion industry. by lynn Yaeger 122 Zen vs hyper from the yoga brands that act as catalysts for social change to bodysculpting fabrics that combat muscle strain in runners, these are the names to know 128 People are talking about… conscious jewellery using raw materials that heal or creating an ecosystem of artisans, there’s more to baubles than meets the eye. by malika dalamal 132 art and combat the principles of martial arts have inculcated lifelong

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GOLD STANDARD principles for jewellery designer Anjali Bhimrajjka, finds Rachana Nakra 134 Making waves What do you get when the free-spirited vibe of Goa meets the urban aesthetic of a quintessential New York label? Vogue finds out. By Neharika Manjani

RSVP

136 The scoop on the most happening soirées

WELL

140 Shiny, happy People As Hrithik Roshan and Lisa Haydon up the ante as far as health and fitness go,

our eternal New Year resolution gets a much-needed boost. By Sheree Gomes Gupta 150 Vogueathon We rounded up 21 women (and one brave man!) to undertake the survival of the fittest. From designers to actors, to a chef, all our participants were singular in their determination—to get fit. Welcome to Vogueathon 174 Follow suit The new-age suit is going antiestablishment and breaking all the rules 182 The wellness gene Tanya Dubash tells Aparna Pednekar

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189 #fitgoals Let’s be real and create an ambitious (and achievable) fitness checklist to kick-start the new year. From a headstand to a pull-up, these awe-inspiring skills are definitely within your reach— just follow our simple plan. By Emily Abbate 192 Age wise Own every decade— exercise and eat right through the ages. By Sheree Gomes Gupta 194 Fuel up Fine-tune your food plan according to your fat-burning obsession 198 The road to recovery When an unexpected injury threatens to derail your workout, it isn’t your fitness expert you need for your next move. Our physiotherapists come to the rescue. By Geeta Rao 200 Bey or night Try Queen B’s powerful workout or take your

On Hrithik: Cotton shorts, Y-3. On Lisa: Tank maillot with ring detail, Michael Kors Collection. Dual-sphere ring, Misho. ‘FourC’ ring, Melorra. ‘Caribe’ sandals, Gianvito Rossi. Hair: Gabriel Georgiou/Anima Creative Management (Lisa); Aalim Hakim (Hrithik). Makeup: Rosario Belmonte/ Anima Creative Management (Lisa); Vijay Palande (Hrithik). Production: Temple Road Productions; Divya Jagwani. Creative direction: Jolie Wernette-Horn. Photographer’s assistants: Ankit Sharma; Abhishek Golecha. Assistant stylist: Ria Kamat. Photographed by Errikos Andreou Styled by Anaita Shroff Adajania

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sun salutations for a night shift—we’re guaranteeing equally satisfying results! 202 The pleasure principle Is a good sex drive a must for good health? Joanne Chen reports on the testosterone factor in the feminine mystique 204 Not just for the boys Begin the new year with a fresh perspective, and these breezy unisex spritzes 208 The beauty myth Inner beauty and outer beauty are concepts that may have become advertising clichés but authors Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder make a strong case for this as our true state in their new book, Radical Beauty. By Geeta Rao 210 Beauty Bulletin The Vogue guide to your beautiful month 212 Pain & gain Trainer Tehsin Ratna busts the myths and tells you how to get fit when you’re feeling down. By Chandni Sehgal 214 Middle Eastern delight Dr Lamees Hamdan’s all-natural homegrown brand will give you a feel of Arabia’s ancient beauty traditions. By Sujata Assomull

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VOGUE P.S.

242 Upward curve Here’s looking at some of the most beautiful Vogue muses, and what keeps them inspired

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ERRIKOS ANDREOU

WHO: Photographer, ‘Shiny, happy people’, page 140 “One of the lifestyle changes I’d like to make is to take care of myself the same way I take care of my work. It is very easy to lose the balance and I had lost it for quite some time.”

LIZA GOLDENBHOJWANI

WHO: Writer, ‘Bigger picture’, page 108 “I want to strive for happiness rather than the yearly ‘physical perfection’ obsession the media often promotes as something we should strive for. I want to travel the world, eat good food, enjoy my life, love myself and all my flaws unconditionally, and make memories with loved ones.”

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WHO: Writer, ‘Soulseeking’, page 106 “Teaching young people, now more than ever, to use their voices for being the change they wish to see in the world.”

GEETA RAO SHILARNA VAZE

WHO: Writer, ‘Health in a handbook’, page 229 “I want to start planting things. I want to get my hands into the earth… planting seeds, harvesting, being in rhythm with the seasons.”

WHO: Writer, ‘The road to recovery’, page 198

“I am contemplating challenging myself to go fully vegan and partially raw. It won’t be easy but nobody said resolutions were!”

WHO: Writer, ‘Why I’m moving to the mountains’, page 104

“I’d like to give up smoking.”

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Bringing Vogue to you

Vogue has always been about the aspirational, about taking you, dear reader, to places both real and fantastical. But as we celebrate our 10th year, we are keen to make it accessible as well. We want to bring a touch of Vogue to you. Pay a home visit of sorts. We plan to do it in different ways with every issue this year. This month, we kick things off with Vogueathon. We got our volunteers—from chefs to designers, actors to Vogue staffers themselves—to sign up for an organic overhaul of their diet and fitness regimes. Before we knew it, we had created a movement. While you’ll see their fitness goals and notes from the experts they worked with in these pages, to track their individual journeys do visit Vogue.in.

WE ARE ON

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With the renewed optimism with which we tend to approach the new year come our vows to ourselves to be fitter, healthier and generally new and improved versions of ourselves. It’s time we upgraded these resolutions and made them work by retrofitting them in our lives. One must realise they don’t work in isolation but in tandem with school runs, board meetings, date nights, dinners with the in-laws, nail appointments… you get the drift. That was the idea behind Vogueathon—a massive initiative we kicked off last July with 22 volunteers. And who better to stand in as icons of this movement than our cover stars Hrithik Roshan and Lisa Haydon, both of whom have fought many battles, physical and social, to achieve their peak fitness. Do read our interview with the corporate heiress Tanya Dubash, who has fitness on her mind and a new line of health foods on the shelves. In the beauty pages, we give you specifics on post-injury workouts as well as foods that will bolster fitness at every stage of your life. If you think it’s too late for you, or that it’s not for you, meet the incredible Indian sportswomen who’ve fought all kinds of odds to hit gold. And of course, the very inspiring, very angelic 86-year-old Sister Buder, whose Ironman training should give you serious body envy. My personal journey with fitness and health has commenced with this issue, and this is one relationship I would like to stay committed to. I can only hope that yours is for keeps, too. Happy 2017!

PHOTO: ERRIKOS ANDREOU (HRITHIK AND LISA); FARROKH CHOTHIA (PRIYA). ON HRITHIK: VEST, JOHN VARVATOS. TRACKPANTS, DHRUV KAPOOR. NEOPRENE SNEAKERS, PRADA. ON LISA: BRA TOP, SKIRT; BOTH MATICEVSKI. ON LEFT HAND: DUAL-SPHERE RING, MISHO. ‘FOUR C’ RING, MELORRA. ON RIGHT HAND: SPIRAL RING, PIPA + BELLA. ‘WHITE-COLLAR’ RING, MELORRA

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I’ve been a fan of Deepika Padukone since her debut in Om Shanti Om in 2007. The cover story featuring this Bollywood star was beautiful in the most classic way. Draped in some of the hottest Sabyasachi ensembles of the season, she has inspired me to rethink my wedding wardrobe. Mahima Chaddha, Delhi

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As a fashion student, I’ve developed a fascination for traditional Benarasi designs that Sabyasachi Mukherjee has been incorporating in his garments. Impeccable styling by Anaita Shroff Adajania. What also caught my eye was the feature on cleansing juices in the Beauty section—I can’t wait to indulge in them. Purvi Shah, Ahemdabad

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After waiting to buy the very first issue of Vogue back in 2007 from a local news stand, I’ve now switched to the digital version of the magazine. Now I look forward to getting my dose of fashion online. Anusham Naidoo Ray via email

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Neelam Gill is one of my favourite models, so it was great to see her in ‘Clash Course’, a beautiful feature that merged winter athleisure and glamour. I loved the pairing of a Vetements sweatshirt with sequinned Michael Kors trousers—a dream pairing for the upcoming party season. Team Vogue made browsing through the story a million times over totally worth it! Nitya Sinha, Mumbai

Eepsita Banik (@Eepsitabanik) @deepikapadukone and @sabya_mukherjee are giving me major #fashiongoals in @VOGUEIndia’s newest cover!

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Apart from fashion, Vogue has always been my go-to for all things beauty. As I am tying the knot this year, the bridal beauty guide couldn’t have come at a better time. I was also happy to read the Art supplement, which was an eye-opener for me. It introduced me to everything from Sudarshan Shetty’s assorted paintings of Gandhiji to Subodh Gupta’s spellbinding massive skull sculpture. Nidhi Kapur, Delhi


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EVERYTHING RYTHING WE HEART THIS MONTH It’s that time of year again—and we’ve drawn up a list of resolutions that we vow to live by (yes, really)

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Move past the white sneaker this season and embrace your new neutral: metallic!

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UNITED WE RUN Connecting like-minded people from all around the world, this is more than just a runners’ club. adidas Runners is a global movement to bring sprinters together like never before, by addressing the paramount statement #WhyIRun. Here’s a peek inside the lives of two athletes, each unique in their own way, but with one common thread: a love for running

Why they run, what gets them going and their love for the revolutionary movement adidas Runners—in rapid conversation with Alisha Abdullah & Ayesha Billimoria. On your marks, get set, GO! ALISHA ABDULLAH With a need for speed running in her veins, Alisha is the only woman on the national car racing circuit today, going up against a field of all-men. Taking off from the age of 9, from go-karting competitions to formula car racing and bike racing, Alisha has always been a go-getter, accomplishing many feats along the way. Now, as an adidas Running athlete, she is currently prepping for her first ever Dubai Marathon… Your first run: When I was very young Why you run: To be better at my sport, which requires a lot of stamina Your motivation: It definitely takes a lot to tie up your laces and head out for a run. But the one thing which keeps me going is the reason I started running in the first place—to overcome the struggles and hurdles— which I have crossed to get to where I am A runner’s state of mind: I think of my rivals on the race track, it makes me push harder Marathon milestones: I will be running my first 10k at the Dubai Marathon on Jan 20th. Never stop is my mantra Records and reach: I keep trying to outdo every last run and for that I am constantly working on my fitness and stamina. I plan to touch the Half Marathon mark next year Gear you swear by: The adidas PureBOOST X. It makes me run more than I usually do. It’s like you are running on air. I’ve had a huge collection of sports shoes, depending on the different kind of training. But my most preferred and favourite brand is and always will be adidas, most definitely. The runner’s network: Before adidas Runners, I used to only run by myself. This network, of likeminded and motivated runners has definitely been enriching to my life


AYESHA BILLIMORIA She’s a force to reckon with, an athlete of national and state fame, having represented Maharashtra, for over 15 years. Now better known as Fitgirl.India, her Instagram and YouTube channels inspire women and girls to discover the best version of themselves through motivation and training. An adidas Running athlete, Ayesha is currently training for her first distance race… Your first run: I started in 1999, when I was 12 Why you run: To represent my country at the Olympic Games one day Your motivation: I am a self-motivated person . For me, running is breathing. I am incomplete without it A runner’s state of mind: Ideally, I try to think of myself dancing on the clouds when I’m out for a run Marathon milestones: Switched from the

tracks to road running recently. I am excited to be running the 10k at the Dubai Marathon on January 20th Records and reach: I have run over 70kms in the last three months. My driving force to keep breaking my records is my inherent love and enjoyment for running. My goal—2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast Gear you swear by: I love running in the adidas PureBOOST X and Ultra BOOST. My most trusted brand without a doubt is adidas. In the past, I have worn many shoes which haven’t suited my foot type—and that is crucial. With adidas I have been guided well to pick the right shoe for the right kind of training The runner’s network: In 2016, I have hugely been supported by adidas. They have not only helped me grow in the field of fitness, but they have also given me the responsibility of being a team leader in the form of adidas Runners Mumbai – Captain

RUN, RUN, RUN – WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? adidas Runners – now LIVE in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai & Bengaluru. Enrol now at www.adidas.co.in/adidasrunners

Meet your running mate – introducing adidas Pure Boost XPOSE

Designed ground-up exclusively for women, and not merely a ‘men’s shoe adaptation’, the Pure Boost XPOSE is instantly recognisable through its ‘adaptive fit’ arch, which is intentionally decoupled from the midsole, to give the woman’s foot, a specific, supportive fit. With a full length BOOST midsole, the energy return per stride, is best-in-class. Priced at `11,999/- this will be available to all runners like you from Feb 1st onwards on shop.adidas.co.in & adidas Performance stores nationwide.


HOUSE OF OPULENCE


Ajay Chaudhary , CMD ACE Gr oup

At the pinnacle of luxury, ACE Group has redefined the way we live with their revolutionary residential projects in Noida. And now ACE Parkway, the brand’s latest project is all set to make new waves in the world of stylish living

Built on the pillars of innovation, creativity, quality, perfection, reliability and sustainability, ACE Group is a force to reckon with in the world of real estate. Over the years, the group has showcased developments that reflect engineering and design excellence, state-of-the-art technology and uncompromising luxury. Their latest project, ACE Parkway, is no different. Aimed at the international community of buyers and investors, this new property on the Noida Expressway has been built to perfection. Designed for the discerning, the luxe 3-side corner property will feature spacious 2-, 3and 4-BHK apartments, with amenities that will be built to match the worldwide transitional lifestyle. It’s spread over a lush green landscape, offering a fine balance between an ecofriendly environment and inimitable luxury. Every stunning apartment comes with breathtaking views of the 42-acre Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park. The ACE Group also ensures that location is a top priority for their properties. It’s no wonder then that they chose Noida as the destination for ACE Parkway – one of the most in-demand areas for home buyers due to its close proximity to shopping malls, metro stations, hospital, malls and educational institutions. Owning a home here combines comfort with convenience in a way that is hard to resist. Perfectionists in every endeavour, the attention to detail at ACE Parkway is impeccable. From stunning interior décor to modern and fully equipped kitchens, from the

usage of quality materials to contemporary layout design – it offers the full package. Racing ahead of the rest of the real estate players in the market, the movers and shakers at ACE Group continue to adhere to the strictest production standards. They believe in building long-term relationships and cater to every client’s needs and dreams. They tap into applying a human approach to the world of property that other builders often choose to ignore. It’s no wonder then that some of the country’s most favourite celebrities and Bollywood stars are endorsing ACE Group. And while Deepika Padukone is ACE Group’s brand ambassador, Ranbir Kapoor, Harshali Malhotra and Kriti Sanon have also been closely associated with the Group, promoting the amazing endeavours the Group has to its credit. The project will be constructed in an area that is approximately 2 lakh sq mt. Expected to start in December 2016, this project much like the others by ACE Group will see the light of day much before its delivery date. Corporate Office Address: Plot No 01B, Sec-126, Noida – 201303. Call: 1800 11 9999 toll free or sms: ACE 54242


e u g o LOVES OVES V _____________ FOUNDRAE N E The bold p pieces T pack in a heavyy p dose of nostalgia d stalgia aand d celebrate old-world craftsmanship. Valerydemure.com ___________ SWAPNA MEHTA The designer has a knack for bringing together the best of different eras through her jewellery. Bungalow 8, Mumbai

LOOKING BACK Drawing from heirlooms or vintage art, these designers continue to be inspired by the past

__________ AARYAH Indian tribal communities serve as inspiration for pieces that make for the perfect everyday statement. Aaryah.com

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FOR THE MILLENNIAL MIND: With stickers and highlighted pages, the ‘I’m Very Busy’ agenda book will add fun to work, Onceuponaflutter. com, 2,240

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FOR THE PETAL PUSHER: The 2017 Midnight planner is plain pretty. Rifle Paper Co at Propshop24. com, 2,500

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Dolce & Gabbana’s spring/summer 2017 runway show at Milan Fashion Week was peppered with prints of everything that Italian cuisine is known for. Here’s what we are craving this season

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GELATO AT AMORINO: Your Italian meal isn’t complete without artisanal gelato from New York’s ice creamery. Our pick is the Sicilian orange one. Amorino.com

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JEWELLERY

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_____________ SILVER FISH The designer takes her cues from the exquisite detailing on her grandmother’s vintage jewellery. Shopnimai.com


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‘Irving’ shirt jacket, Rag & Bone, 20,240

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FITNESS

HANDY TOOL

Fitbit’s newest Charge 2 fitness band is nothing short of a Batmobile for your wrist The Fitbit has been our go-to gadget when it comes to meeting our #fitnessgoals. In its new avatar, the Charge 2, also available in a leather finish, makes for a fashionable fitness accessory. Manisha Sood, country general manager, tells us more about this smart arm candy:

It breaks it down for you: “Fitness bands are known to track footsteps, but this ninja on your wrist gives you a detailed breakdown of what activities you indulged in today. From running, cycling and yoga to others, it summarises workouts at the end of the day, so you can make instant adjustments in your regimen.”

It helps you breathe right: “Water, food and calorie tracking is old news, Fitbit Charge 2 tracks the amount of oxygen you inhaled today. It also guides you on how much O2 your body needs and the best way to consume it. Its ‘relax’ mode features breathing sessions and cues to help align your breathing.”

You can wear as per your mood: “You can pick from a sober plum or a rose gold band to wear to a working lunch, you can pick from teal and black to match your gym wear. While its bands can be changed to suit every mood, the pedometer remains constant. It’s fitness and fashion rolled into one.” Fitbit.com/in

BEAUTY

Bomber jacket, Ganni at Net-a-porter.com, 10,915

Jacket, Off-White, 1,02,950

Kate Bosworth

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PART THIS WAY

Twisted, with a hint of rebellion and just plain cool, the new part is anything but ordinary. And that’s exactly why you need to get on this braid-wagon. For Kate Bosworth’s middle braid section, celebrity hairstylist ROD ANKER gives you a quick #DIY 1. Spritz some sea salt spray on blow-dried hair for a little grit, then divide your hair into a Sonam centre parting. Kapoor 2. Start braiding a small section at the crown, very tightly, in a straight line towards the front. Sonakshi Sinha 3. Once you reach the front centre of your hairline, lightly spray with a firm-hold spray. 4. Combine the three braid strand sections into one, then divide it into two halves. Slant each half and move them behind each ear, Cara Delevingne securing with bobby pins.


FUEL THAT BURNING DESIRE Sexy in its appeal. Sizzling in its style. The new Mercedes-Benz CLA is all set to fire up your every desire


Those secret thrills. That inner passion. The infectious desire. Don’t shy away from expressing it as you embrace its very embodiment—the new Mercedes-Benz CLA. It is an extension of everything that drives the thunder within you. From the moment its wheels hit the road, it puts on a show that ignites everyone’s imagination. With its aesthetic approach, which is sexy as hell and its luxurious offerings—heads turn, jaws drop—as one of the hottest sedans rolls out in blazing style. The new, stylish CLA exudes a chic form like never before. It’s pert, taut, rounded, and crushingly seductive—this really is something that’s been born on a runway rather than a production floor. A supermodel, that’s made for the discerning who only know how to arrive in style, wherever they go. After all, it’s got the looks to kill.

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PROMOTION


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STORE: The tank BUY: The bralet. This summer essential is not only for rock-solid abs and the beach. This season, designers paired it with everything from shirts and tees to dresses!

STORE: The satchel BUY: The mini bag. All good things come in small packages— don’t restrict yourself to just one!

LISTEN: While you wait for season three of Sarah Koenig’s addictive podcast, Serial, to return this year, we suggest you plug into Limetown. A fictional crime caper that revolves around the mysterious disappearance of over 300 people from a small town in Tennessee, this goth-inspired series is dark, dreadful and downright delirious. Limetownstories.com

CULTURE

ATTEND: An annual affair for fans of whodunit, the 2017 edition of Crime Writers Festival will feature authors like graphic novelist Arjun Raj Gaind, bestselling author Ashwin Sanghvi, Australian journalist Caroline Overington and Norwegian noir writer Hans Olav Lahlum, among others. On January 28 and 29 in Delhi; Crimewritersfestival.com

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THRILL FILL Three ways to live on the edge this month

WATCH: M Night Shyamalan’s latest film, Split, is a chilling story of a paranoid schizophrenic. The Guardian described it as a “masterful blend of Hitchcock, horror and therapy session.” Releases January 20

STORE: The midi BUY: The mini. It may be January but we are all about the tiny thighskimming skirt. Pair with over-theknee boots or go bare if the weather permits.

STORE: The flatform BUY: The kitten heel. From classic to OTT, there was a small heel for every kind of person on the runway.

BOOK MARK

In celebration of Coach’s 75th anniversary. the new book spans the history of the storied label, showcasing its evolution from classic to inherently cool. Available at Coach stores

CHILL PILLS

It will always be sangria time with Kim Crawford’s limited-edition Wine Gems. Cut from fluorite crystal, these multi-hued stones maintain a pre-chilled glass of wine at cellar temperature for an hour without diluting your drink. With this new bar accessory, to wine or not to wine is not really a question. Kimcrawfordwines.com

INDIGITAL DESIGN; MARA DESYPRIS

ROBERTO CAVALLI

STORE: The Kimono jacket BUY: The robe coat. Take it out for cocktails or to run errands—the sensuous separate is no longer restricted to the bedroom.

KENZO

will have you summer-ready

SPRING CLEANING These key swaps in your wardrobe

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WELLNESS

ON AN ALL-NEW HIGH A powerful sculptural statement, The World Towers by the Lodha Group will not just change Mumbai’s skyline, but it is poised to transform your lifestyle, health and sense of well-being

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aws literally drop at the mention of this residential development. Whispers of its majesty are heard, even in the quietest corners of the world. Crafted for perfectionists, designed for the discerning and built for the glamourous, The World Towers ushers you into a universe of unimaginable style and luxury. Never before has there been and perhaps ever will be a structure of such monumental significance in the heart of Mumbai city. The World Towers is unlike anything you’ve ever seen or even imagined. An architectural marvel ensconced within a 17-acre estate, it comprises three curvilinear-shaped towers. And the 117-storey World One, the first of this trinity, is all set to become the world’s tallest residential tower. Not only does it outdo preconceived notions of architecture, technology and

interiors, it is a space that aims to transform your body, mind and soul, so that you can become the best version of yourself. From Armani/Casa, one of the world’s best-known names in interior design to Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, world-renowned architects. From LERA, globally-acclaimed structural engineers to Ken Smith, internationally awarded landscape designers. From Six Senses Group, global legends in hospitality services to Quintessentially, the concierge service of celebrities worldwide. This global icon represents a ground-breaking confluence of some of the world’s greatest legends who have come together to shape a living space that will eventually shape you. Wherever you go, whatever you do, you will be doused in luxury, beauty and gorgeous surroundings all designed keeping your well-being in mind. Allow us to elaborate:

LUXURY INDULGENCES OF SIX SENSES After pampering the world’s swishest people, the legendary Six Senses Group will indulge residents of The World Towers, every single day. Comprising a fully-equipped gym, a clubhouse and spa spread over 10,000 sqft, it’s pegged as the largest wellness space in the city. Surpassing international standards, it features state-of-the-art equipment, a temperature-controlled pool, eco-friendly walls and a separate studio with areas earmarked for Yoga and Pilates. While its interiors are designed to motivate you towards your fitness goals, you can choose from a wide and varied option of health programmes, which will be tailor-made just for you. Better still, the country’s best nutritionists and personal trainers will keep you in shape. Offering residents the perfect balance of


recreation, rejuvenation and relaxation, the Six Senses Spa & Club at The World Towers is undoubtedly at par with the world’s best. Imagine lazy Sunday afternoons, lounging by a temperature-controlled pool, while a white-gloved butler serves you a refreshing cocktail. Or better still, having some of the best therapists custom create a unique spa treatment exclusively for you. With unparalleled hospitality and impeccable service, which is the hallmark of Six Senses Spas across the world, you can expect to strike harmonious chords with the best of fitness, recreation, rejuvenation and calm here. It’s like living at a luxury resort that you can call home. MADE FOR CHAMPIONS For those who are drawn to sports, The World Towers has an extremely specialised sports pavilion that’s perched 175ft above the ground. Spread across 80,000sqft, it is truly one-of-a-kind and provides exclusive access to residents only. Comprising a squash court, a cricket ground and pitch on the podium level,

a rock-climbing wall, a putting green for golfers, an athletics field, a jogging circuit and a floodlit tennis court, multipurpose courts for volleyball, basketball and badminton, the sports pavilion at The World Towers can very well host any kind of sports event if the need arises. GARDENS IN THE SKY If you thought living in Mumbai is like living in a concrete and steel jungle, think again. An oasis of beauty and tranquillity, the stress of urban living melts away the minute you walk into The World Towers. With more than 500 trees in private elevated landscapes, carefully crafted by Ken Smith, it’s easy to forget that you’re living in the heart of one of the world’s busiest cities. Curving and dipping around the towers, colourful blooms, verdant milieus and quiet woods, come together in a stunning, surprising and

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harmonious design. The World Towers has an Outdoor Gym with a beautiful Exercise Lawn for those who want to include nature in their fitness endeavours. If you are drawn to the freshness of exotic flowers and fruit, the Garden Pavilion and Organic Gardens with secret groves, lotus pools and juice bars, will offer much respite. You can even relax with a book or watch a movie on your tablet while lounging in the Reading Garden. If that wasn’t enough, every other nook and cranny has intricately designed flower walls to ensure that you are surrounded by foliage as much as possible.


A KID’S OWN WORLD To give your little heirs and heiresses a world of their own, The World Towers has a fabulous Kids’ Zone. With one of the finest playgrounds in the world, it’s replete with tree houses, arched bridges, water wheels, sand pits, indoor play areas and more, all designed to keep them pleasantly occupied for hours on end. There’s also a special Infant Play Area that introduces your toddlers to butterflies, grasshoppers, squirrels and other magical little creatures of our planet. Almost like a page out of a fairy tale book, these spaces will make you want to be a kid all over again. HAVEN OF SAFETY So that you’re not riddled with worry, The World Towers goes the extra mile to ensure that you and your family are always safe and secure. To begin with, it is designed and tested to withstand storms, extreme weather conditions and earthquakes. The fire safety systems surpass local requirements and comply with the International Building Code. They even have India’s very first

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fire evacuation elevators. Their advanced security systems, designed by experts from Israel, ensure the highest and most discreet levels of electronic and manual security. From RFID-controlled car entry and visitor scanning to controlled floor access and CCTV monitoring—the security of your loved ones

is always paramount. With some of the best security and environmental norms in place, The World Towers offers responsible and sustainable luxury. Think rainwater harvesting, 100 per cent water recycling, solar energy, motion sensor-driven lighting to reduce energy consumption and more.


AESTHETICS FOR PEACE OF MIND When you hear that Armani/Casa is part of creating the stunning interiors of The World Tower residences, you rest assured in the knowledge that your home will have a rich design language and will be intuitively crafted for sophisticated comfort and subtle extravagance. It’s where everything from furniture and fabric to lighting and accessories has been handpicked for its understated elegance. It’s where intimacy, a sense of relaxation and wellbeing is omnipresent. It’s where you can live like royals and feel like you’re on top of the world. The World Residences come with wrap-around viewing decks and every luxury you can dream of. There are also lavish World Villas with private

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pools and the luxurious World Mansions with a personal pool, gym and private elevator. Each tower has a special level of extraordinary luxury, appropriately termed the Signet Floor. Imagine being transported from the airport to The World Towers in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce. Think about being whisked up to the exclusive Signet Floor lobby and being ushered into your residence by a personal butler, ready to cater to your every whim. Enter this new world of unsurpassed luxury. It’s a dream come true. For more information, visit Theworldtowers.com, call 022-61131112 or SMS WORLD TO 52424


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_________ Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Offset sporty basics with distressed denim or feminine skirts Athiya Shetty

Victoria Beckham

________ If there’s one thing that Victoria Beckham taught us it’s that trading in your stilettos for sneakers is always a good idea.

______ Strike a balance between fashion and function. With bold prints and hues, leggings are as at home in a coffee shop as they are in spin class.

Gigi Hadid

_________ Whether it’s gamechanging sunnies or the season’s It bag, a statement add-on breaks monotony when working the trend from head-to-toe. Kendall Jenner

CALENDAR

CULTURE FIX Refresh your monthly culture diet with Vogue’s pick of things to do

MUSIC: GOAT, a new music and arts festival in Goa, has very little to do with the cloven-hooved creature it’s named after. It’s only a mascot for the beach festival which will feature performances by British DJ Gilles Peterson, folk jazz composer Sarathy Korwar and jazz duo Yussef Kamal, among others. January 27-29; Goatmusic.co.uk PHOTOGRAPHY: As the girl with a giant mask, Princess Pea is our favourite art world mascot. This month a series of photographic works of the anonymous artist flaunting her peashaped head will be on display for an exhibition titled Sunrise Ceremonies, which is part of the Mumbai Gallery Weekend. At Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai; January 21-February 23

GAME ON

As athleisure continues to reign supreme, we show you how to nail the trend from studio to street

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HOT SPOT

Located in tech entrepreneur Trevor Traina’s mansion in San Francisco, the Hirst Bar is the new drinking den for Silicon Valley visionaries, power brokers and cultural leaders. While the drinks are free, it couldn’t be more exclusive—you’ve just got to be invited to this Damien Hirstinspired bar that has hosted the likes of Jony Ive and Marissa Meyer.

GETTY IMAGES; REX FEATURES

‘GG Supreme’ Boston bag, Gucci, price on request

We’re obsessing over Gucci’s Indiaexclusive collection of accessories. This elephant motif bag is high up on our lust list. Available at Gucci stores


YOUNG INDIA’S

RISING STARS

Millennials who are making big changes, student entrepreneurs, and other bright young things

INNOVATIONS IN EDUCATION A new breed of start-ups

is changing how (and what) students learn

COIMBATORE COOL How this southern city

is attracting—and nurturing—fresh talent

UNVEILS A SPECIAL ISSUE ON

YOUNG INDIA


PHOTOGRAPH: PANKAJ ANAND

A PREVIEW OF THE MAKE IN INDIA (YOUNG INDIA) MAGAZINE

Indian millennials are ‘digital natives’ that are culturally affected by the vast canvas of technology. They are also adventurous and value-driven, along with being socially and environmentally conscious. Make in India magazine—now in its third edition—attempts to profile some of the young, dynamic and creative minds of the country, while shedding light on what drives them. You can also look forward to stories written by game changers along with features on Coimbatore as India’s start-up hub, a breed of student entrepreneurs and the urgent need to develop skills in the country, among others, that promise a fascinating read.


ADITI GUPTA

Founder, Menstrupedia Challenging the “culture of silence” that surrounds the subject of menstruation, Aditi Gupta launched Menstrupedia— an online platform and comic book to educate adolescent girls. Menstrupedia registered 50 lakh users through their online and offline engagements. The comic book has been translated into 11 languages to create a future where menstruation is a welcome change and not a matter of confusion.

TARUN MEHTA & SWAPNIL JAIN

Co-Founder & CEO; Co-Founder, CEO & CTO, Ather Energy As fuel prices continue to rise, Ather Energy by Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain, is poised with their S340—India’s first-ever electric scooter, which is due to launch shortly. While they’re in the midst of creating an eco-system around it, the founders are looking to sell 10,000 units of the S340 in the first year of its launch.

PREETA SUKHTANKAR

Founder, Thelabelife.com With an aim to marry content and commerce, and give users a personalised shopping experience, Preeta Sukhtankar set up thelabelife.com in 2013—India’s first-ever editorial-led, e-commerce brand. Breaking conventional ways of doing e-commerce, her website inspires urban Indian women to make informed shopping decisions. After battling hardships, she has emerged as a forerunner in her business.

THE FINEST UNDER 40 RAHUL SHARMA

Co-Founder, Micromax & Yu Televentures The idea of creating a phone with a long-life battery came to Rahul Sharma’s mind when he visited a village that received electricity only for a few hours. He set up Micromax and in 2008 introduced 10,000 units of a 30-day battery phone. It was a sell-out. Today, with 1,045 employees, Micromax is the only Indian brand in the list of top 10 handset makers in the world.

“MY MISSION IS TO MAKE MY CUSTOMERS HAPPY AND LOOK AFTER MY STAFF. THE AKSHAY NARVEKAR REST WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF.” -Kainaz Messman

Founder, Bombay Shirt Company Stemming from his own appreciation for immaculately constructed shirts, Akshay Narvekar launched the Bombay Shirt Company. While India has always had a thriving bespoke apparel market, this company creates shirts by combining technological efficacies and haberdashery skills. With three manufacturing units in Mumbai, Narvekar prides himself on offering a world-class product that’s entirely Indian and plans to go global.


AYUSH CHOUDHARY

Founder & Creative Director, Cocoon Fine Rugs In 2009, Ayush Choudhary founded Cocoon Fine Rugs to give domestic consumers access to this ‘made-in-India’ luxury brand, which was born out of the family-run export business. He says, “As a country, we have always been fascinated with imported goods. What we are slowly realising is the potential India has.” Cocoon Fine Rugs is about bringing the highest international standards of luxury.

“AS A COUNTRY, WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED WITH IMPORTED GOODS. DIVYA PALAT WHAT WE ARE SLOWLY REALISING IS THE POTENTIAL INDIA HAS.” -Ayush Choudhary

MD, Balancing Act Films; Founding Partner, Balancing Act Productions Incredibly active, despite living with Multiple Sclerosis, Divya launched Balancing Act Productions in 2003 to make theatre more accessible. After several performances, in January 2016, she launched Balancing Act Films to promote video content. She even has a non-profit Balancing Act Trust, which supports numerous causes with funds collected through theatre and film.

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PROFILING MORE THAN 50 YOUNG INDIANS (UNDER THE AGE OF 40) WHO ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

KAINAZ MESSMAN

Founder & Head of Production, Theobroma Kainaz Messman launched Theobroma (which means ‘food for the Gods’) in 2004 with a dream of introducing all things delicious. Today, Theobroma has 500 employees and 12 outlets across Mumbai. Her goal? To double the company’s turnover in the next five years. She says, “My mission is to make my customers happy and look after my staff. The rest will take care of itself.”

NIKHIL BHANSALI

Co-Founder, Akaar While the custom-manufacturing market is on the rise, there is still a missing link between customers and manufacturers. To bridge that gap, in October 2015, Nikhil Bhansali launched Akaar—an online platform delivering custom-manufacturing—3D printing, laser-cutting and more. His mission is to empower India’s next generation so that they can create world-class Indian products.

JAI SINGH & VIKRAMADITYA BARKANA

Founders, Polofactory At a time when quality polo equipment wasn’t available in India, Jai Singh and Vikramaditya Barkana launched Polofactory. While they manufacture polo equipment and polo-inspired fashion wear and accessories, they also cater to polo clubs across the globe.


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In rohtak, it’s easy to find Sakshi Malik’s village even without knowing its name—her name’s enough to guide you to Mokhra khas. Malik’s journey from rohtak to rio is one of life’s greatest ironies—once fighting the entrenched patriarchy to pursue a sport dominated by men, today she is the face of the state’s ‘Save the daughter’ (Beti Bachao) campaign. “Living in haryana, there was a lot of opposition from the neighbours but my family was very supportive. Today, the same neighbours come to my house with flowers, sweets and gifts,” adds Malik, who took to the mat at age 12. > —Megha Mahindru

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The first Indian archer to become World No 1 With the heroics of pV sindhu, sakshi malik and dipa karmakar fresh in our minds, it’s refreshing to talk to deepika kumari, who is so focused on her game, she doesn’t even know when she’s making news! the daughter of a rickshaw driver, kumari practised archery using stones and homemade bows, breaking ranks to become the World no 1 archer in 2012. “i was so focused on my game that i didn’t even realise i had become World no 1!” she recalls. of the 30 major tournaments in which she’s participated, india’s ace archer has won 23. currently ranked World no 5, the gateway to success is clear for her; it’s about “single-minded focus and pushing the limits”. —Meghna Pant

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The first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympic Games If there’s ever a real-life hero, it’s Deepa Malik. At age 29, a spinal tumour left her paralysed from the chest down. But at 45, despite being the oldest sportsperson in her group suffering from a neck injury, she became the only woman from India to win a medal at the Paralympic Games. Apart from Olympic sports like javelin, shot put and discus throw, Malik is also a swimmer, biker and car rally driver. Though the adrenaline junkie feels she became a newsmaker only after “riding a special bike on MTV Roadies S5,” she was also the first person to receive a license for a modified rally vehicle, and subsequently became a navigator and driver in the Raidde-Himalaya 2009 and Desert Storm 2010. > —MP

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Mithali Raj 34, cricket

mithali raj is a lot like us. while most sportspersons pride themselves on their disciplined lifestyle, raj concedes that the snooze button is her guilty pleasure. “i hate waking up early,” says the captain of the indian women’s cricket team, who’s also the brand ambassador for sports brand zevenworld. as one of india’s best female batters, raj, often called the ‘Female sachin tendulkar’, has enjoyed a storied international career that is 15 years and counting. like most cricketers, raj took to the bat at age 10 while playing with her brother. By 17, she was picked up by the indian team and by 2004 took on the role of captain. “captaincy has its own pressure but more than anything it is a huge honour,” says the arjuna and padma shri awardee. n —MM

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At 82, Buder won the wor ld record for th e oldest pers on ever to finish an Ironman triathlon

For their latest campaign, an international sportswear brand found an unexpected star in an 86-year-old nun. By RENEE JACQUES

At 86, Sister Buder runs every day. And that’s not it. She also swims across a lake, and then she bikes a lot

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responds, “I don’t think so.” Put simply, Sister Buder is awesome. Nike is jumping on a fast-growing trend of women paying no heed to age when it comes to being athletes. If you kept up with the gymnastics coverage at the Olympics in Rio, you may have noticed Oksana Chusovitina, a 41-year-old gymnast from Uzbekistan who holds her own against gymnasts who are often no older than 20. And Chusovitina didn’t just compete; she performed one of the hardest moves on the vault, a move reigning American champ Simone Biles won’t even try. Known as “the vault of death,” the move involves getting onto the vault via a handspring and then attempting two somersaults before landing. Even though Chusovitina didn’t win, she is enthusiastic about returning to the summer Olympics in 2020, when she’ll be 45. Kudos to these older women for breaking stereotypes and staying insanely fit. ■

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Last year, Nike did something rather revolutionary with its campaign. Instead of using a well-known athlete like Serena Williams or a super famous hip-hop artist like Chance the Rapper, the sportswear behemoth decided to feature a decidedly different kind of star: Sister Madonna Buder, an 86-year-old nun. She is not your ordinary nun. Dubbed the ‘Iron Nun’, Buder is more active than most twentysomethings. Nike’s campaign film, titled Unlimited Youth, shows Buder praying in church and then immediately cuts to the earlymorning run that she does every day. And that’s not it. She also swims across a lake, and then she bikes a lot. Want to know why? Because she’s training for an Ironman triathlon that she’s been competing in since 1985, when she was 55 years old. Seriously, this nun is not playing games. When the narrator asks her if she wants to take a nap, she promptly

Known as the ‘Iron Nun’, Sister Buder has been competing in the Ironman triathlon since 1985


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“I didn’t want a chronological show,” says Jitish Kallat. We’re in his studio in Bandra, a charming two-storeyed bungalow that belonged to a movie magnate and is marked by the attendant glamour of the movie industry of ’70s Bombay. A few hundred thumbnail images are scattered on a table; blueprints are plastered on a wall with pins to indicate artwork placements. Kallat frowns as he moves a few pins around—all evidence to the fact that there is little glamour when it comes down to the pins and bolts of mounting an exhibition. Kallat is deep in preparation for his opening at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in Delhi later this month. The exhibition, Here After Here, brings together his vast oeuvre spanning painting, photography, drawing,

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CENTrE STAGE Kallat in front of his painting Untitled (Stations Of A Pause, 2010-2011); and (left) Rain Study (2016)


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art HIstOrY From top: 22000 Sunsets (2001); Aquasaurus (2008); Covering Letter (2012)

“Those early works [such as a self-portrait called I Am My Only Problem] hold clues to areas I later developed”

video and sculptural installations, with some works dating as early as 1992. It will be spread across two buildings of NGMA— the ornate Jaipur House, originally built as the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1936, and the museum’s new wing constructed in 2009. Over 100 works will be exhibited not in a chronological but a thematic fashion, with works from different points in his career brought into unlikely juxtapositions to source new meanings. It was something both Kallat and his French curator Camille Morineau agreed upon instinctively. “The word ‘retrospective’ implies a passage of time but my work hasn’t evolved like that. Even if you take my installations Public Notice 1, 2 and 3, there’s a gap of four years between each,” he explains. With bureaucratic changes at the NGMA, putting together the exhibition has been a harrowing process for someone like Kallat who is prone to getting involved in details like the placement of dehumidifiers. But he has a close ally in Morineau, a renowned figure in the international art world who was until recently a senior curator at Centre Pompidou in Paris. “Her energy is quite similar to mine. I like to make sharp, intuitive, quick decisions and then completely leave them alone,” he says.

Kallat graduated from the Sir JJ School of Arts in 1996 and had his first solo show in 1997. Here After Here marks two decades of his practice, and there’s been a conscious effort to pull out unseen student works from the early ’90s. “Those early works [such as a self-portrait called I Am My Only Problem] hold clues to areas I later developed,” says Kallat, adding that several works have been loaned from individuals as well as institutions. New work includes his Rain Study series, all created late in the night on the terrace of this very studio. Kallat would carry a piece of paper to the terrace and let the rain water fall on it. Then he’d run back down and spray it with black epoxy paint. The paper would take on the paint where it was wet and dry differently. While Kallat has continually engaged with the ideas of time and sustenance, this aspect of submitting to the natural elements is one of the strongest threads in his work—from his Wind Study series to his work on moon cycles. He found traces of this back in experiments in 2001 when he was accompanying his wife, artist Reena Saini Kallat, to a residency in Canada. “I was working with heat-sensitive fax paper back then... I’d forgotten about that album and found it only recently while shifting studios. Its links to Rain Study are apparent.” Looking back at his archives has brought up other links: his 2002 drawings in response to the Gujarat riots of destroyed vehicles were what led to his iconic ‘bone sculptures’ of rickshaws and other vehicles such as Autosaurus Tripous (2007) and Aquasaurus (2008).

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Here After Here will have not one but two publications to mark it. A short, handy anthology will bring together writings by curators and art writers such as Peter Nagy and Ranjit Hoskote. And a more exploratory monograph, edited by curator Natasha Ginwala, will bring together writers as out of left-field as the celebrated metaphysicist Bernardo Kastrup. Kallat is already thinking of what’s next. “A rain study with a long, continuous scroll of paper perhaps?” he ponders. The important thing for him is that this retrospective has forced him to see certain patterns in his work that might provide suggestions for the future. The word ‘retrospective’ has its roots in ‘retro’ and ‘prospect’—it is about looking back and looking ahead both at once. Which is exactly what Kallat intends to do. n Here After Here opens on January 14 at the NGMA, Delhi; Ngmaindia.gov.in www.vogue.in Vogue india january 2017 101


in Jaipur Literature Festival this month, he shares with Vogue the other writers and books that have inspired him along the way. The books that made me want to write I vividly recall the early Picador paperbacks of the early ’80s. Many of them were short-story collections. Clive Sinclair, Adam Mars-Jones, Ian McEwan (when his writing was genuinely shocking)… They had white spines. They were displayed on their own designated carousel! It was, I think, the first time I had seen novels that looked sexy, as if they wanted to be read.

Mark Haddon is one of the lead speakers at the 2017 Jaipur Literature Festival

The book I first fell in love with Origins Of The Universe by Albert Hinkelbein (1972) was an illustrated guide to cosmology for younger readers. Much of the content is now hopelessly out-of-date but it remains a talismanic book for me, the one which made me realise that the world was unimaginably big and unfathomably mysterious.

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Between the lines

My favourite coming-of-age books Adolescence is a time when everything is so much brighter and louder and more meaningful. It’s no surprise that so many writers are drawn to it. Some of my personal favourites include Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier (1913), Father And Son by Edmund Gosse (1907) and The Girls by Emma Cline (2016).

He judges books by the spine and has a fascination with death. Whitbread Award-winning writer MARK HADDON’s literary proclivities are as visceral as his fiction. By SHAHNAZ SIGANPORIA

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SHORT CUT Haddon’s first collection of short fiction was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the world’s richest prize for a single short story

The book I wish I had written The books I admire more than any others are Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse (1927) and Bleak House by Charles Dickens (1853). There are countless passages in both that seem to have been touched by the hand of God. But you can’t write like Dickens without having servants to perform the menial tasks that make life possible. So, I’m going to say To The Lighthouse. The book I’m currently obsessed with I have been sketching out a family tree of the main characters in The Mahabharata. I recently re-watched the TV production of Peter Brook’s stage adaption and I’m now reading RK Narayan’s condensed version. I’ll get around to reading the “complete” text one day. ■

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The book almost everyone knows Mark Haddon by is The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (2003), in which a teenage boy with Asperger’s discovers a murdered dog. It wasn’t the author’s debut; his first, a children’s book, Gilbert’s Gobstopper, was published in 1987. But it was 15 children’s books later that Haddon published his award-winning bestseller that is already on its way to becoming a contemporary classic. Surprisingly, it wasn’t coming-of-age tomes but Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice and its empathy for the mundane that found its way into his imagination while he wrote his first adult novel. And his authorial affair with empathy continues in his most recent and first collection of short fiction, The Pier Falls (2016), an insightful collection of nine stories on loneliness and the human condition. As Haddon prepares for his India debut as one of the headlining speakers at the 2017

The book that taught me about death In the most literal sense, I learnt about death from How We Die by Sherwin B Nuland (1996). It’s gruesome and gripping. And very useful if you write about death as often as I do. Interesting, too, to find that the least unpleasant way to depart this life is as the victim of terrible physical trauma, on a wave of endorphins.


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While the rest of the world was busy putting together their bucket list, I began putting together my ‘f*ckit’ list

The plan was made some three years ago, up in the hills. And since it was made after four devious G&Ts, we all thought it wouldn’t last beyond that evening. We were in Sitla. It was ten years ago that Barkha Dutt had introduced me and my wife to this estate tucked away in Uttarakhand. (Back then, Sitla had hot water for just a few hours in the morning. There was no cellular signal. And Wi-Fi was unheard of.) The plan was christened: THE END 2017. There is no one more fickle than me. Yet, THE END 2017 remained with me like a light at the end of the tunnel called career. In the American drama series Billions, Bobby Axelrod says, “What’s the point of having f*ck-you money if you never say f*ck you?” The trick, I concluded, lay in arriving at what was “f*ck you” money.

How little we need

Years in advertising had built up a belief in focus groups and market research. So I first went around asking friends how much money I

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would need to not work or work as I chose to. And then, early last year, I bumped into a TED talk by the mercurial Rahul Sen who spoke about it with a cunning twist. He spoke about how little one needs. He arrived at a number on the basis of comfortable living costs. Not lux living but good, gracious living. That did it for me. While the rest of the world was busy putting together their bucket list, I began putting together my ‘f*ckit’ list. Last July, on turning 49, I started reading two life-enhancing books: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. Kondo talks about how our lives are filled with the superfluous. How we need to cap our desires. How we need to scatter and not gather. Subtract and not multiply. I decided to give away all that was superfluous in my life: art that we had collected and loved for years, precious books, CDs that made for charming evenings. I put up a post on Facebook and gave it away to my friends.

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After balancing a shot of moringa with a dose of exercise, the urban fit are increasingly looking for bigger moves to keep their mind in shape. Advertising entrepreneur SWAPAN SETH shares with Vogue why he’s leaving the cacophony of Delhi


Someone once said, “giving is the greatest luxury.” I firmly believe in that. Scattering is much more fun than gathering, I think.

A CHANGE OF PLACE

Last year, I decided that come July 2017, upon turning 50, I’d stop living in a city and move to the hills. My fiftieth wasn’t the only reason I wanted to make the move. In 2017 both Swapan Set h my sons will be in college and away from home. In 2017, I will also complete 30 I was also sure of years in advertising. I was also sure of where I’d like to move. Cerwhere I’d like to move. Certainly tainly not Kasauli—Kasauli has more of Delhi than Delhi does. Sitla is an obscure place in Utnot Kasauli... tarakhand. There are no airports. The nearest Kasauli has railhead is Kathgodam. And the only form of bustle nearby is Nainital. more of Delhi Vikram Maira, who runs Sitla Estate, is most than Delhi does particular about who he allows to stay here. My family and I have been going up to Sitla every year for the past decade. My wife and children love it. Last year, my sons and their friends came with us to Sitla and confessed that they had a blast. We are familiar with every curve and bend of the roads there. There is just one hole-in-thewall store that sells basic groceries. It is circled with forests and orchards. The tiger visits occasionally. At night, the sky is as clear as a saint’s conscience. And for morning alarms, there are always chickadees around. Many people have asked me whether I will be able to live in Sitla. Those who know me are acutely aware of how socially challenged I am. I’m in bed at 9.30pm every night. I step out in the evenings about 14 times a year. But the estate’s fabulous social filter ensures that there will always be wonderful people to bump into. You’ll find former ambassadors, musicians, writers and television anchors. Conversation in the evenings can range from the composition of the Sudanese army to genome mapping. Arnab Goswami is not discussed. Plus the Wi-Fi now sizzles here. Which means, my music and movies are taken care of. Client meetings will continue to be conducted over Skype. Life won’t be dramatically different. Except that I can write a campaign sitting in a meadow. Or even my blog. At 2,285 metres above sea level, I will have a reasonably decent view of life. I can pick herbs for my pasta at night. And pluck plums and blackberries for breakfast. And if I really miss TV, all I have to do is open my window and hear some hyenas scream. ■

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While not everyone can make a permanent move to greener pastures, get a whiff of the good life with these experiences If you have a weekend: Situated in Kodaikanal, Cinnabar is a family-run farm that offers a cheese-making course for inhouse guests. Learn to make everything from cream cheese, cheddar to blue cheese in an extensive two-day course. Cinnabar.in

The tents at Chamba don’t compromise on luxury

If you have a week: It’s nomadic, set in Ladakh and peppered with luxury. The Chamba Camp Thiksey offers a camping experience where you can live the outdoorsy life without compromising on the frills. A day here starts with lunch made using vegetables from the adjoining organic garden and ends at Fish Pond Deck with spiced local trout. Tutc.com

A WWOOF volunteer at work

If you have a month: WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. The website links volunteers with organic farms and growers across the world—from Canada to China and Norway to Nepal, take your pick. Wwoof.net

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STYLE, TRENDS, PEOPLE, NEwS AND OPINIONS

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In my opinion, fashion is a very strong motivator for personal change. My goal is to help women design the life they wish to live, and fashion was a large part of how I got there myself. A big part of that is staying true to yourself, your values, what you stand for and why you do what you do. My personal style doesn’t revolve around trends. It revolves around my love for the classics, but done a bit differently. Whether that’s a trench that doubles as a dress or a whimsical print that brings me joy incorporated into a top that I can wear with both trousers and denim. It takes experimentation and an openness, and a knowledge of what makes your heart sing and smile and knowing that it can take a risk or two. Truly everything, not just fashion, starts with an inherent understanding of who you really are.

DIVERSE HERITAGE

At the moment, fashion feels more exclusive. I particularly love the groundswell of change in the acceptance of different cultures, body types and individuality. It feels as though the rule book has been thrown out of the window due to such access of voices. As a daughter of an Indian immigrant and a Dutch mother, I grew up with different cultural ways of life that shaped me into who I am today. Looking at the world through such a narrow lens—be it in politics, religion, economics or fashion—just doesn’t work.

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These are lessons I carry into my own home. My two daughters have been around fashion their whole lives. I let them be who they are. My 16-year-old has a more effortless classic teen approach to her style. My eight-year-old loves the process of getting dressed and could spend hours picking the right look, complete with shoes and accesso-

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ries. For her, like many of us fashion creatures, the fun is in getting ready! I did a shoot with them where they got to pick out what look I wore. Both looks they selected for me really spoke to who they were from a style perspective. Ava (the older one) chose for me ripped jeans, a concert tee and leather jacket—so reflective of her! Tallulah dressed me up in an off-the-shoulder top, to-the-floor mermaid skirt, big earrings and heels— just how she likes to dress and how she likes to see me dress! My lessons to them are simple—always practise kindness, always be grateful, and always continue learning. The trio leads us to things greater than what we can even imagine for ourselves. And when making big decisions, remember; in that pause, elegance lies. When conflicted on what to do or what to say, pause—there is power in the elegance of not rushing.

ADDING VALUE

In all my years in the industry, creativity and curiosity continue to motivate me. I believe they go hand-in-hand. Whether I’m designing, simply observing life, working with young entrepreneurs or on philanthropic causes, I look to find the “why”. Why am I de-

Inside ABC Kitchen in New York

signing this piece? What value will this add to her life? Can she put this piece on in the morning and still look and feel amazing after a long day? When working with young designers, helping them define their “why” helps strengthen their point of view and their commitment to being who they are, not who a retailer wants them to be. With philanthropy, “why” helps find the root of the challenge. Philanthropy is something that I’m deeply passionate about, both personally and professionally. I want to be a voice for women and children who have no voice. It’s been a pillar of our company DNA since I started over a decade ago. We’ve always tried to focus our efforts where there is the greatest need—from relief projects for the Pakistan floods and the Haitian earthquake to helping artisans in developing nations build sustainable incomes through handmade products. This past holiday season we curated handmade artisan goods from Afghanistan, Kenya, Swaziland and Dallas into a Gifts For Good digital boutique where you can feel proud that the gift you are purchasing is supporting honest, safe work and give back to this world. Twenty per cent of the proceeds from our Gifts for Good programme are donated to an amazing organisation, the Rescue Foundation. This organisation has saved over 8,000 girls from sex trafficking in India and gives them safe haven and life skills training. The Gifts for Good digital boutique also makes it easy to make donations to other organisations that are doing important work, like World Of Children and Children’s Hope India. The digital age has changed everything. The number of choices we have in any category—health, beauty, food, fashion—grows exponentially every day. We all want to feel like a part of something. ■

EAT AND DRINK • ABC Kitchen: I love the chef (Jean-Georges) and mix-and-match china. • The Polo Bar is chic, elegant and makes for an ideal NYC night. • Burgers at Lure are among the best I have had.

SHOP • INA in Nolita has awesome well-edited second-hand designer pieces. • Barneys uptown has by far the best shoe selection in the city!

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BIGGER PICTURE

At one point model LIZA GOLDEN-BHOJWANI was consuming only 500 calories and exercising four hours a day. But an “aha” moment led her to examine how far she would go to fit in. She tellsVogue about finding a (curved) path to success

Golden-Bhojwani is in a happier space now

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I started modelling at the age of 17. Even by fashion industry standards, I was thin. But in barely a year, my body started to change. I developed curves where I never had them. The extra inches started piling on. I was becoming a woman, but in my choice of career that was not something that was necessarily celebrated. Clients started to complain about my inability to fit into the tiny sizes they produced. They would tell my agents that I had gained too much weight. To save my career from stalling before it had really even taken off, I had to start taking charge of my body. It was the beginning of a slippery slope. One that consisted of gruelling diets— eating only lean protein, steamed vegetables and healthy fats. At one point, I was only eating a measly 500 calories a day and taking up to 20 different vitamins. My social life suffered—meals with friends became an issue. All it took was one meal to send me into the spiral of binge eating followed by periods of fasting. I was weighing myself obsessively, working out four hours a day, which had me in a state of permanent exhaustion. I was run down—I didn’t have the energy to keep going


Golden-Bhojwani just shot her first ‘curve’ gig

“I KNEW I COULDN’T CONTINUE SABOTAGING MY BODY, MY HEALTH AND MYSELF, DAY IN AND DAY OUT” tom and realise they need a new, fresh perspective. Things had to change. I knew I couldn’t continue In Vogue India, sabotaging my body, my March 2015 health and myself, day in and day out. I was done. Frustrated, I decided to take some time off, do some soul searching and focus on my inner happiness rather than my calorie count and numbers on a scale. I took nearly two years off, putting my career on the back burner. As fate would have it, I met my now husband at this time and was swept off my feet. For the first time in my life I felt and understood what “true” happiness was. I started to enjoy life, indulging in things I wouldn’t dare to in the past, and yet felt no guilt. I was still an avid exercisAt her er, so even though I was gaining weight skinniest in I still had a good shape. Slowly, as I New York was becoming curvier, a realisation began to dawn upon me—I felt sexier than ever. I felt good about myself, I but I had no choice. I was supporting felt like a woman instead of a hungry myself, so I had to do whatever was coat rack. I was happy with myself, necessary to ensure that I got work. with my life, and with the world again. I was miserable, moody, bitchy, unhapToday, I embrace my body. I have py with myself and everything around learned that you can be healthy even if me. No amount of work or money was you have some meat on your bones. fulfilling. I felt empty. But by no means have I let myself go. I Everyone has experienced this— do my yearly blood work to ensure I that moment when they hit rock bot-

am in a good place, I work out five times a week with my trainer, doing two days of reformer Pilates and three days of functional training where I use a mixture of weights, body weights and resistance bands, while still maintaining a healthy diet that covers all food groups. But I have also incorporated previously forbidden foods; I eat carbs, not daily, but in moderation. I do indulge in my favourite treats such as pizza, cheeseburgers, french fries and ice cream. We eat out on weekends and I don’t hold myself back. Because there’s really only one life to live, and I don’t want to live it in fear of food or how big my booty may get. I am in a more positive place now than I ever was at my most successful. I am finally back to working, and I am currently shooting my first “curve” model job in New York after a two-year sabbatical. When I walk into castings now, I am not the curviest but nor am I the thinnest. And, in a strange twist of fate, I am getting a better response now than I did earlier. I feel sexy, I feel strong. My body is just coming to its natural form. The industry is changing, too—the days of needing to be a size 2 to be considered beautiful are over. We are all perfectly imperfect and accepting that is the way forward. ■ www.vogue.in VOGUE INDIA JANUARY 2017 109


view When did you decide to only focus on handmade fabrics? When I saw the hard work of the weavers going to waste, I made a decision to collaborate with them and create an ecosystem in the craft clusters. I want to increasingly bring crafts to the centre of the fashion scene. What would you like to see changed or encouraged in the relationship between mainstream fashion and artisanal involvement? Any relationship flourishes whenever it is collaborative. I would like to see bustling clusters with Weavers’ Service Centres that host forecast seminars for the weavers; designer participation, where trend mood boards and inspirations are shared; and, eventually, design interventions. Design students could align themselves with certain weavers and their research work based on the potentials and loopholes of collaborative work. My dream is to create dynamic clusters.

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Weaving dreams with AnAvilA It’s largely thanks to Anavila Misra and her relentless experiments with yarn that linen entered our current discourse. After developing a signature centred on languid linen saris, the designer also branched to ready-to-wear recently. Misra speaks to Vogue about the thread of consciousness.

In what ways is your brand sustainable? For us sustainability equals minimal waste and hygienic working conditions. All our fabrics are 100 per cent hand-woven, which involves creating the fabric from scratch and generates sustainable employment in the clusters. We reuse and recycle leftover fabrics, we use natural dyes. Our design process is a collaboration with various artisans in a variety of crafts—block printing, batik or khatwa work. What does ‘mindful fashion’ mean to you? Knowing who made my clothes and how they were made. It also means buying more intelligently and creating a wardrobe that is classic and not easily disposable. Tell us a little about your latest A/W 2016-17 collection. The collection is called Folk. We have used an entire community of weaves and artisans. All the fabrics have passed through many hands. There is a lot of layering—printed petticoats, linen jackets or knitted slips teamed with the saris. Tel: 09820814910

photo: prabhat shetty. stylist: priyanka kapadia. hair and make-up: sonam chandana. on priyanka: blazer, blouse, sari; all anavila. necklace, en inde. cuffs; both amrapali. on anavila: sari, blouse; both anavila

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Beyond the warp with BRIANA BLASKO AND NEST

Meet Briana Blasko, the photographer behind the book Dance Of The Weave, which captures the captivating connections between dancers and handloom textiles. This time Nest, a nonprofit that does exemplary work in the social and economic advancement of global artisans, has collaborated with her to produce a stunning collection of photographs that go “beyond the warp”, showcasing the mastery behind India’s luxurious textile traditions. To bring the story to life, Blasko spent days amidst rainstorms in Andhra Pradesh during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, photographing the ikat weavers of Ereena in Koyyalagudem and Puttapaka, and the master craftsmen and women at Bina and Kesav Rao’s natural dye farm, Creative Bee. At Creative Bee, Blasko had the rare opportunity to photograph the

“IN THE SAME WAY THE FASHION COMMUNITY HAS REVERENCE FOR THE CRAFT TRADITIONS OF EUROPE, THERE SHOULD BE APPRECIATION FOR THE LUXURY ARTISANS OF INDIA...” —REBECCA VAN BERGEN

Handspun silk yarn left to dry in the sun after a marigold flower dye bath

marigold dyeing process—the symbolic yellow being of great significance in ceremonies and rituals from the time of the Indus Valley Civilisation. “Returning to AP to photograph weavers and the making of the colour yellow was an absolute joy. I continue to be inspired by the work of Nest, as well as the artisans. I am in awe of how graciously the weavers and craftspeople open up their homes and workspaces to share their mastery with all of us,” says Blasko. Nest is at the forefront of working across the world with businesses like Ereena and Creative Bee, providing them with increased transparency and business development services. To Weavers tying bands of rubber counter the demise of traditional pracaround the yarn tices in an increasingly mechanised for dyeing with world, Nest continually celebrates the the first colour global expanse of master craftsmen beyond the renowned ateliers and maisons of Europe. “In the same way the fashion community has reverence for the craft traditions of Europe, there should be appreciation for the luxurious artisans of India. We are thrilled to foster this by partnering with Briana Blasko to use photography as a powerful medium for demonstrating the talent and skill behind India’s luxurious A weaver in Andhra Pradesh craft traditions,” says Rebecca van adjusting silk Bergen, founder of Nest. Brianabyarn on the loom lasko.com; Buildanest.org > www.vogue.in VOGUE INDIA JANUARY 2017 111


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The collection highlighted the farm-to-fashion journey of Merino wool

Clean lines and colourful weaves formed the basis of the creations

Grassroots to global with RAJESH PRATAP SINGH, BHUTTICO AND WOOLMARK

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Rajesh Pratap Singh, one of the most sophisticated minds in the Indian fashion industry, recently joined Woolmark to highlight the farm-to-fashion journey of Merino wool, part of The Woolmark Company’s ‘Grown in Australia, Made in India’ initiative. Singh collaborated with a Kullubased handloom company, Bhuttico, to present two prolific collections for men and women. Bhuttico has been keeping alive the Himalayan traditions of handlooms since 1944 with 675 weavers and 25 master weavers. The inspired collaboration to promote the versatility and trans-seasonal benefits

of Merino wool culminated in a mesmerising show in the Valley of the Gods. True to form, the collection had the spartan brilliance of the Himalayas. With clean lines and colourful weaves, Singh played with the two pillars of his design oeuvre—minimalism and construction. In his hands, wool, sometimes perceived as being stuck in a time warp, became the plaything of sartorial dexterity. “I am extremely passionate about the handloom industry as it is the primary source of my inspiration. I love the versatility of Merino wool, especially since it’s so easy to work with and supports various techniques and blends,” says Singh. Taking design cues from the Kashmir Valley, each garment paid tribute to man’s visceral relationship with nature—woollens that are not mere clothes but refuge; clothes that ‘house’ bodies and keep them purposeful and aligned to nature; after all, in the mountains, nature tests the edges of one’s comfort. There were voluminous jackets cinched and pin-tucked to give them structure and character that’s reflective of the spirit of the people that inhabit the valley. It really is a story of respect. Woolmark, a non-profit enterprise owned by more than 24,000 Australian woolgrowers, brings Merino wool to the extraordinary Bhuttico weavers in Kashmir; and Singh, the design conduit between product and craft, seals this circle of love with his creativity. Rajeshpratapsingh.com;Woolmark.com ■


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Handmade crochet flowers from Forbidden Garden, Péro’s S/S ’17 collection, liven up the classic Stan Smiths

n itio n ed bee ro’s d s ite ha Pé s lim mith sing c trim e i Th an S led u fabr St cyc ure up nat sig Artisanal crafts, including embroidery, patchwork and appliqué, are used to upcycle vintage garments

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Péro’s oneof-its-kind upcycled denim jacket

by Péro began. “I realised there are some pieces of clothing that you fall in love with, even with the way they age and fade. But you might want to upgrade it, make it wearable, even special again,” says Arora. Soon heirloom saris were patchworked and healed with lace and chikankari, while old lovers had secret notes embroidered into the jackets they wore on their first date. It is as much a memory project as it was a way to conserve and protect fashion from unnecessary wastage. Upcycling is now an integral part of each collection, furthering the idea of slow fashion. “I found this shop in Florence that sold vintage Levi’s jackets, military shirts and jeans. I decided that we should give these old clothes a second chance, so I began upcycling them into one-of-a-kind limited-edition pieces.” As the concept of upcycling keeps evolving at the Péro studio, she’s even started collaborating with brands like Adidas, recently upcycling the iconic Stan Smiths with crochet flowers made by Afghani refugees, for her spring/summer 2017 collection. Taking fashion classics to the next level, Péro has begun to play storyteller as it stitches into the vintage a bit of itself. ■

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From Pippi Longstocking to master French painter and botanist PierreJoseph Redouté’s watercolours of flowers—Péro by Aneeth Arora’s references are as whimsical as the detailing on her garments. You can expect anything from secret embroidered messages to appliqué hearts when it comes to the label’s aesthetic. Péro’s upcycling story begins with Arora’s official travel companion—an old Ralph Lauren denim jacket. First,

This vegan patent leather hybrid is a cross between the classic brogue and the laid-back loafer

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a few pins were tacked on, then a trim from her first collection, an embroidered patch from the second, a button or two from the third. And before she knew it, her favourite denim jacket became her first upcycled garment. Photographer Dayanita Singh fell in love with the personal narrative that Arora’s jacket had become and came back to her with an old black trench that she wanted to make new again, and that’s how the sub-brand Upcycled

GOOD SOLES Live and let live in Bourgeois Boheme’s vegan shoes

If you’re the sort of person who checks labels for words and phrases like “no animal testing”, “Rainforest-Alliance”, “GMO-free” and “crueltyfree”, Bourgeois Boheme is definitely becoming part of

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your must-shop-from list. Think British classics and everyday utilitarian pieces—brogues, derbys and Chelsea boots alongside tributes to all-time shoe favourites Stan Smiths and Vans—in a dark autumnal colour palette and subtle

contemporary detailing, completely free from animal-derived materials, ethically produced in Portugal from eco-friendly Italian vegan leathers. These feel-good shoes are as chic as they are conscious. Bboheme.com


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Upward curves The latest crop of bombshell models is reshaping the fashion industry—literally and figuratively. By LYNN YAEGER

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Sometimes change comes slowly, tiptoeing into the room, and sometimes it comes crashing through the barricades, as brazen as a flower bomb exploding on a catwalk. One day—or one season—you wake up and see, instead of a line of ashen teenage waifs, an explosion of voluptuous beauty, a delectable, curvy carnival of real women beginning to make its way down at least a few fashion runways. “I see things happening now that would have never happened in the past,” says model-of-the-moment Irina Shayk. “We are living in such a different time, and America is embracing a more expansive idea of beauty.” The slender but undeniably shapely Shayk, who counts Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci among her fans, thinks “the internet and reality television really changed things—nowadays, anything goes.” Shayk knows whereof she speaks. Everywhere you turn, from pop culture to fashion, from the music industry to the entertainment world, from TV to the red carpet, the verdict is >


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“IT’S A MAGICAL TIME.... THERE ARE SO MANY PLATFORMS WHERE YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE BEING REAL, LOVING THEMSELVES”

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in: We’re in the midst of a movement that celebrates diverse shapes and sizes, that demands a more accurate depiction of women in the larger culture. If the eye has to travel, it has lately found itself gazing approvingly at a shifting landscape, where our ideas of attractiveness are rapidly expanding, both literally and—if you will pardon the pun—figuratively. Gorgeous celebrities are turning to Twitter and gleefully shaming the fatshamers; Kim Kardashian West’s astonishing proportions have garnered mainstream acceptance. The developments extend way beyond national boundaries—in France, a law to ensure that models are healthy is on the books; in London, Mayor Sadiq Khan has banned advertising images that promote unrealistic body images from the city’s transit systems. And in a coup that would have been unthinkable a very short time ago, the plus-size model Ashley Graham graces the cover of Sports Illustrated’s latest swimsuit

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issue. “It was like a miracle,” she recalls. “I am still pinching myself. It felt like finally something is changing, opening up a door—somebody was doing something!” This burgeoning movement has undeniably been fed and fueled by the rise of social media. Think about it— not so long ago, beauty and fashion dictates came down from on high, the consumer consumed them, and that was that. Now anyone from the model to movie star to middle schooler can weigh in—posting pictures of themselves, offering aperçus, applauding, critiquing. If this opens the floodgates to the inevitable mean-spirited comments, Graham merely shrugs. “Haters gonna hate—there’s always someone who’s going to call me fat or even say, ‘How can you be a model?’ Without social media, my career wouldn’t be what it is—a place where people who look like me have a voice.” Candice Huffine, another larger model breaking down barriers, has

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been waiting for this moment to arrive for at least a decade. “It is a magical time,” she says. “There are so many platforms where you can see people being real, loving themselves. A young girl seeing me on social media can think, I can just be, I can be happy—why am I spending all this time to lose 20 pounds?” And if Huffine posts a pic of herself in a bikini on Memorial Day weekend and some anonymous freak in cyberspace leaves an ugly message, does she care? What do you think? But you don’t have to be a plus-size (a term that is, by the way, rapidly being consigned to the linguistic dustbin) to be part of the revolution. Slim-butsexy bombshells like Taylor Hill and Anna Ewers are the latest shining stars in the fashion firmament, and Gigi Hadid has answered faceless bullies on Instagram by boldly stating, “Yes, I have boobs, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I’m not asking for special treatment…. your mean comments don’t make me want to change my body, they don’t make me want to say no to the designers that ask me to be in their shows, and they definitely don’t change the designers’ opinions of me.” Imaan Hammam, who has walked runways from Prada to Fendi to Dior, thinks that the broadening definition of beauty “has definitely taken over the fashion and beauty industries. You can actually see changes in the advertising, runway shows and the clothes and beauty products being sold.” Because this is a young movement, inextricably linked to social media, it stands to reason that younger designers have embraced size diversity. It is also, with the exception of Tisci and a few other trailblazers, a frankly

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American phenomenon—maybe because we struggle so openly with issues of identity politics, individuality and social change. Look no further than the autumn/winter 2016-17 runways of hot labels like Hood by Air and Gypsy Sport, or talk to people like Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs. “All kinds of women aspire to dress a certain way, to put their body on display and have it positively accepted,” Cushnie says, adding that it’s not really about the male gaze any-

more—it’s about dressing for your own pleasure (which, when you think about it, is a pretty radical notion). Likewise, the designer Becca McCharen-Tran of Chromat has always put an extremely diverse cast of characters on her saucy runways. “So many amazing women are not size 0,” she says. “The whole definition of a supermodel is expanding.” Prabal Gurung—at 37 the elder statesman in this crowd—has just signed on to do a line for Lane Bryant,

an exercise in inclusiveness he says he has been longing for. “On a skinny 14-year-old model, even a sock looks good,” he says. “My challenge as a designer is to make women of all sizes look good! I want to be on television talking about this! I want to be in the forefront of this conversation.” Then again, maybe the revolution is already here. In the wise words of Ashley Graham: “The rest of the world is not looking at the number in the back of your pants.” ■

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Birds of Paradise make their way from the tropics to summer’s statement pieces BY THE WAY

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ZEN VS HYPER

Sportswear spans a dual spectrum—one that is all about mindfulness, the other super-charged. From brands that are catalysts for social change to body-sculpting fabrics that combat muscle strain, these are the names to know

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LULULEMON

Lululemon is a yoga-inspired brand that has captured the imagination of celebrities (like Kendall Jenner, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Donna Air and Bip Ling). It not only offers sexy leather leggings that can be worn in the gym, office or a cocktail bar, Lululemon also uses yoga as a tool for social change. Check out their Africa Yoga Project. Lululemon.com

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The world is in a flux. So being Zen is the need of our times. And yoga is at the forefront of helping us achieve higher consciousness that allows us to live a life of mindfulness, within and without. Apart from the health benefits, choosing yoga comes from the realisation that we need to shift gears, that we need to move counter-clockwise, slow down, breathe and engage in activities that are energy begetting, not energy consuming. Jeremy Hunter, founding director of Executive Mind Leadership Institute, explained in a conference in Montreal that we exist in a state of constant VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity). According to him, 47 per cent of the time our attention is wandering. “It’s very easy for many of us to feel out of control,” Hunter said in his presentation ‘Manage Your Mind First: The Promise of Mindfulness in the Age of Disruption’. “We live too much on gas pedal, too much on brake.” We need to find the middle ground of calm. And, hence, yoga is accepted as an accessible, engaging and inspiring practice for ‘mind management’. Yoga—today’s hip and ‘modern’ practice—is rooted in over 5,000 years of ancient Indian cultural history. World over, yoga wear is allowing wearers the benefit of clothes that not only stretch and breathe like their bodies in asanas but also allow them to be fashionable and trendy. Sure, the workout will give mental clarity and physical fitness, but the clothes are also taking urban yoginis on a delightful journey from ashram to astral chic. Here is the Vogue list. >

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YOGASMOGA

Are you a Smogi? Yogasmoga has built a community of yoga enthusiasts who live in their clothes for workout and play. The brand prides itself on design innovation. Case in point—sports bras with zari mesh vents strategically placed to cool you down. You can buy their handwoven bracelets made by women in remote Himalayan villages. Yogasmoga’s Namaskar Foundation uses the proceeds to look after the health and education of women while facilitating micro loans. Yogasmoga.com

UNDER ARMOUR

Under Armour used to be a brand that appealed to football jocks. But now, with yoga in the picture, The Studio collection, especially, has a warm, feminine touch. Their ads now feature female gymnasts, ballerinas and the world’s most recognisable model—Gisele Bündchen (her husband, the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, is also represented by the brand). The Studio wrap is a must-have for a yoga session or a long-haul flight. Underarmour.com

BANTU WAX: The vibrant, free-spirited brand works solely with local artisans, enabling them to make a living and hone their skills. Bantuwax.com

SWEATY BETTY

British brand Sweaty Betty is coveted by the likes of Pippa Middleton and Reese Witherspoon, women who go from running to dance to yoga while they pick up a Starbucks on the way wearing a colourful Sweaty Betty athlete vest or stamina bra. Pippa’s favourite is orange and Reese’s favourite are the very flattering Pump It capris—with scalloped edges. Sweatybetty.com

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VIVOLICIOUS: The South African label gives a percentage of its sales to the Flower Conservation Valley Trust, an organisation dedicated to the conservation of the fynbos. Vivolicious.co.za

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KOKO CELESTE: Each season, Koko Celeste partners with a different Nigerian charity and donates a portion of its proceeds to worthy causes. Kokoceleste.com

Bella Hadid was spotted arriving at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills wearing the Lush bra and Airbrush high-waisted leggings, both by Alo Yoga, and suddenly it became the name to know. This ultra-sleek Los Angeles-based athleisure brand is so cool, it’s worn more outside the studio. What’s on the popularity list? The Moto leggings. Aloyoga.com

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GOOD FIT

These activewear labels prove that giving back never goes out of style


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SPIRITUAL GANGSTER

True to its name, Spiritual Gangster is all about urban bohemians who love music, surfing, yoga, travel and a big dollop of spirituality. This LA label also believes that “in order to get, you must first give,” partnering with Feeding America, Make a Wish, and the Cambodian Children’s Fund. Spiritualgangster.com

PRANA

If you are the outdoorsy type practising Vinyasa on mountain tops, then prAna is the gear for you. The designs are meant to make you break free, go anywhere, do anything (even hitting your neighbourhood watering hole). Rooted in mountain climbing, it now has designs that bode well for both yoga and spontaneous travel jaunts. Prana.com

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Sustainable is the USP here. Soybu’s activewear collection is made from soy, organic cotton, bamboo and recycled materials. If responsible living and healthy lifestyle are your mantras, this label supports both your ideals. Soybu.com

HYPER

BY PRIYANKA KHANNA

‘This is the sports bra Kate Hudson would wear on a date’, ‘Cara Delevingne just made a sports bra look edgy’, ‘Kendall Jenner in her most fashion-forward airport look yet’ (read Tom Ford trackpants, sports bra and heels, no less)…. Some of the most popular recent stories on fashion sites, all reference everybody’s latest wardrobe obsession—athleisure. Notch it up to clickbait or the fact that we’re all looking for multitasking separates, but whether you’re working out or not, as fashion followers we can’t seem to get enough of this trend. Leave it to Merriam Webster to sum it up best: “Athleisure refers to casual clothing—like yoga pants, sweat pants and hoodies—that are designed to be worn both for exercising and for doing (almost) everything else. Athleisure is everywhere these days, and the term is too...” At the autumn/winter shows, labels

like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Carven and Balenciaga, to name a few, referenced sportswear in their collections—from ski parkas to leggings, bombers to scuba detailing. July saw the return of the Juicy Couture tracksuit, that noughties phenomenon that heralded the original days of athleisure. The likes of Prabal Gurung and Cushnie et Ochs have created capsule collections for Bandier. And even Oscar winner Hilary Swank has thrown her hat in the ring with Mission Statement, a line that is being heralded as the antidote to athleisure. In a similar vein, Vogue.com heralded a new movement with a feature on the label Paskho (‘Finally, a take on activewear for those who don’t like activewear’). So let’s just take stock here. There’s a whole slew of new activewear labels that promise hightech, high-performance pieces— there are the sporty separates that draw heavily from street wear; and then there are the labels that are redefining activewear for the millennial wardrobes. Here are the newest labels on the block. > www.vogue.in VOGUE INDIA JANUARY 2017 125


THE UPSIDE

When it comes to being active, few can top the Aussies. Naturally, some of our favourite labels are from Down Under. Like The Upside, started by former model and founder of swim label Tigerlily, Jodhi Meares, who needed clothes that worked for both fitness and afternoon meetings. Theupsidesport.com

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VIMMIA

If you’ve been watching the Kardashians’ workout Snapchats, chances are you’ve spotted this label known for its mesh, lace and leather inserts and for its compression and thermoregulating pieces. Vimmia.com

LUCAS HUGH

With high-compression, bodysculpting fabrics engineered to combat muscle strain, their separates are for the serious athlete. Lucashugh.com

BANDIER X PRABAL GURUNG

The Nepali-born New York designer recently unveiled his nine-piece collection that brought his hard-soft duality to workout wear. Bandier.com

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Who can resist this UK label’s motto of exercise in elegance, especially if it translates to ballet-inspired pieces and sleek, après-sport separates. Pepperandmayne.com

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Anything Rihanna touches turns to gold. Case in point: her collaboration with sportswear giant Puma. We’re talking slides that adorn the feet of very It girl, and sexedup Japanese-inspired pieces (like wide-cut kimono pants) that promise to add an urban edge to wardrobes across the world. Puma.com

REACH FOR THE STARS

Meet the celebrities lending their names to athleisure lines FABLETICS BY KATE HUDSON Not only is the actor a major source of fitspiration, she is also co-founder of Fabletics—a label known for its on-trend gym wear at accessible price points. Fabletics.com Rihanna

UNRAVEL PROJECT

Ben Taverniti and his partner, the celebrity make-up artist Joyce Bonelli, wanted to disrupt the fashion order and redo the classics with their super-luxe hoodies, lace-up pants and cool bombers that LA it girls can’t get enough of. Bentavernitiunravelproject.com

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IMPACT BY JILLIAN MICHAELS When a soughtafter personal trainer launches an activewear line, it is guaranteed to hit all the right spots. Jillian Michael’s Impact is your one-stop shop for all things fitness. Jillianmichaels.com

The label’s been anointed Korea’s version of Vetements by Vogue.com for their cool graphics on sweatshirts, athletic socks and hoodies, all appealing to the underground youth culture. Adererror.com

PASKHO

For Patrick Robinson, who honed his skills at Giorgio Armani, Perry Ellis and Gap, this line falls somewhere between activewear and readyto-wear. Paskho.com

CALIA BY CARRIE UNDERWOOD With playful prints and pockets optimised to fit smartphones, the line strikes the perfect balance between glamorous and functional. Caliastudio.com CAELUM BY BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET The former Dancing With The Stars co-host has appeared in several workout videos and on the covers of fitness magazines, and her line transitions smoothly from studio to street. Caelumlifestyle. com ■

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DY John Hardy, an avid environmen talist, moved from Canada to Ba namesake jewelle li and established his of the use of natury brand in 1975. An advocate practices, though ral materials and sustainable the brand, he re Hardy is no longer involved in m Local artisans us ains the soul of the company. in alongside contem g traditional techniques work in Mambal, Bali, porary designers in a compoun d wh centre as well as ich serves as the production a an organic farm living and gathering space with . To stocked in high-e day, John Hardy’s designs are Hollie the world as well nd department stores around Bonneville ‘Cobra’ triple as Barden coil bracelet in Hong Kong, H their own flagship boutiques slogan remains ‘ ouston and New York, yet their G that their ultimat reener Every Day’—a reminder e neutral and give goal is to become carbon something back communities that to the indigenous down with new cr helped build the brand. We sat Barden, formerly eative director Hollie Bonneville head designer at De Beers. As a company , how do you re committed to main th artisanship an e local community, d The company wa sustainability? authentic collect s originally founded as an ive gather daily to sh with local artisans. We still workshop. We ar are organic meals at the Ubud e the surrounding deeply committed to preserving USING RAW MATERIALS THAT HEAL OR CREATING AN culture for future employing local generations by ECOSYSTEM OF ARTISANS, THERE’S MORE TO THESE ar traditional crafts tisans, using and developing BAUBLES THAN MEETS THE EYE. BY MALIKA DALAMAL manship in the cr jewellery and co eation of our nt artisans. The Jo inued vocational training for hn Hardy Ubud Design Studio and Workshop is and set among 40built from low-impact materials paddies and farm 0 acres that include rice returned to rice s. The property can be fields within thre e months. Can you tell us m ore about the ‘Wear Bambo o, and other way Plant Bamboo’ campaign s carbon footpr you work to reduce your int? ‘Wear Bamboo, Pl renewal initiative ant Bamboo’ is an environmenta th l planted nearly a rough which we have million bamboo seedlings in Bali. Customers ta time they purcha ke part in this initiative every se a piece of jewe llery from the Bamboo collect The daily ion. organic meal at bamboo seedlin A certain number of gs John Hardy’s purchase, which are planted with each is Ubud workshop of each piece. W inscribed on the inside e bamboo that we then build with the plant. ‘Cobra’ diamond Among all the m necklace the company ha indful practices what are you m s in place, os Each working da t proud of ? ‘Naga’ ‘Macan’ y locally sourced pr our kitchen cooks diamond diamond and cuff employees. Our oduce to feed over 600 gemstone tassel earrings mindful momen ‘long table lunch’ is a t thankful and to to come together, to be share. Johnhardy.c om >

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New York is Mor’s base

ALEXANDRA MOR

New York-based haute joaillerie designer Alexandra Mor finds inspiration in her clients’ personal narratives. Mor uses fine gems and an impeccable eye to crystallise a significant moment in time for the wearer.

What inspires your design aesthetic? I can clearly say that my collections have become a tangible reflection of my journey as a woman. My work is a true juxtaposition of an appreciation for history, the significance of old-world craftsmanship and the pursuit of contemporary aesthetics and technology.

Alexandra Mor

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‘Snowflake‘ signature black diamond cufflinks

How do you go about turning your client’s personal narrative into a piece of bespoke jewellery? First we find a stone that speaks to both mine and the wearer’s heart. I meet with the client or have a phone conversation to gather as much information as possible and collaborate on the final design. Finally, the finished piece is presented with a personalised storybook that includes images that tell the unique story of the creation of the piece from start to finish. What makes jewellery so empowering? A jewel is a statement. Whether big or small, silver or gold, mass-produced or haute couture, it is a statement of one’s personality, mood, aspiration and life story. A piece of jewellery is like the mise-enscène of life. Jewellery is symbolic of who we are and gives the world a clue about who we are inside. Alexandramor.com

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Asymmetrical bicolour ametrine and diamond three-stone ring

How did you first become interested in the connection between jewellery and the art of storytelling? I visited an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston showcasing jewels from the beginning of time. Every piece represented a different era—there was a wooden pendant given to boys after their maturing ceremony; a Nubian conch shell amulet from the 24th century BC; a platinum, diamond, ruby and sapphire flag brooch that honoured the sacrifices of American soldiers in World War I. That exhibition resonated with me.


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‘Spearhead’ diamond and white gold earrings

‘Tara Goddess’ diamond, tsavorite and gold ring ‘Khephera’ diamond, lapis and gold necklace

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PURSUING HER DREAM

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The tenets of martial arts have inculcated lifelong traditions that keep the soul nourished for jewellery designer Dr ANJALI BHIMRAJKA. By RACHANA NAKRA

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Her stunning and exclusive pieces are on the lust list of many brides-to-be today, but as a young bride herself Anjali Bhimrajka didn’t know that she would someday launch an eponymous fine jewellery brand, have a doctorate and secure a black belt in mixed martial arts. “After a few years I reached a phase in my life where my children were growing up. I thought I would like to work on growing myself too and took on the various opportunities that came my way,” smiles the 44-year-old, as we chat in her office in Mumbai about her journey from getting a PhD to becoming a jewellery designer.

Bhimrajka was married even before she completed her graduation. “I used to be a science student, so the first thing I did was complete my graduation by correspondence,” she says. With her children all grown, she decided to pursue a PhD, researching alkalinity and healing in the human body through the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines. Bhimrajka conducted clinical trials to understand how the human body survives better in an alkaline environment. “My father is a businessman by profession but a doctor by qualification, and a cousin is among the top 10 doctors in orthopaedic oncology research in the world. So I always had the support and inspiration around me.” It was her interest in health that motivated her towards a PhD, but a gruelling training in close-quarter combat happened by chance. “I was at a point where I really wanted to get fitter. I tried going to the gym but hated it, so my instructor suggested I try kick-boxing. But I realised I had ended up at an institute that was all about the armed forces and combat,” she says. Although challenging at first, eventually she was drawn to the programme upon discovering its universal approach of training the mind, body and spirit. “In combat arts, the mind and body have to constantly work in tandem. Training beyond one’s physical limit helps the mind think logically in crises, which translates into our judgment, decisions and actions in life.”


A design in progress

Yellow sapphires and diamonds set in 18K white gold floral bracelet

Ruby, diamond and pearl tassels set in 18K white gold necklace

TREASURE CHEST

As a child the one constant in Bhimrajka’s life were the summer vacations spent at her maternal grandmother’s home in Raipur. Always well turned out in beautiful saris and traditional jewellery, her grandmother was a lasting influence and is also the inspiration behind her foray into design. “They were given the title of the Rai sahabs by the British. My grandmother would have beautiful ancestral jewellery lying around and cane baskets of jewels and gold chunks in a room that was called the safe. As a child it was fascinating for me to see large rubies the size of a baby’s fist. The pieces were very traditional, with big gemstones, basra pearls, hammered gold and Mughal etchings,” she says. After studying at the Gemological Institute of India she launched her label to create modern interpretations of traditional Indian jewellery. As a brand they believe in responsible trade and only use ethically sourced diamonds. While her upbringing had exposed her to the best of traditional styles, she had by now been trained to think out of the box. “When I started this creative journey, I knew I would not do anything standard or something that has been done before,” she adds. Whether it’s a regal hasli or a traditional gokhru, the jewellery designer has lent her unique aesthetic to every piece.

Diamond earrings

Diamonds and briolettes set in 18K white gold floral brooch

OUT OF THE (JEWELLERY) BOX

Bhimrajka says her training in alternative medicine and combat arts led her to follow her passion in jewellery design and the creative arts. “I grew mentally, physically and spiritually, and my entire perspective changed. You have so much more discipline and are able to think on your feet.” It’s been a decade since she received her black belt, but the principles of her

training have stayed with her and are her guide till this day. “Various personal experiences and external influences inevitably lead to the growth of the mind, body and soul, which, in turn, changes one’s perspective to see the world differently and brings them in balance with the universe. “I realised that if I stick with these virtues I am okay,” she says. “I also recognised that real happiness comes from simple things and good health. People count the money they have, I count the number of hours I have slept,” she laughs. ■ www.vogue.in VOGUE INDIA JANUARY 2017 133


‘Wanda’ dress

‘Zaya’ dress

Babi and Sachin Ahluwalia’s capsule collection draws from the vibrancy of the beach state

Tell us a little about the collection and the inspiration behind it. SA: There’s nothing subtle about Goa, and our collection captures that. The vibrant contrast piping draws inspiration from the stunning architecture of Portuguese churches. The pom-pom detailing is reminiscent of marigold flowers used widely at celebrations in the region. We also looked at an old Vogue shoot that took place in Goa with the model Lakshmi Menon.

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It’s been a year of firsts for designers Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia. After the debut of their bridal line, the duo joined forces with W Hotels to create a capsule collection for the brand’s firstever Indian property, W Goa. The couple talks to Vogue about the collaboration, their creations and how they like to recharge. How did this come about? Sachin Ahluwalia: The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)

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approached us and mentioned that W Hotels was looking for a crossover brand of Indian origin to make a capsule collection for the Goa property, their 50th. Obviously, we were thrilled because we are familiar with the W brand and what it stands for. We have always felt that W properties give the sense that they break rules. They are inventive, exciting, creative and sexy— basically, everything that also makes for a great fashion collection. It was an easy marriage.

Do you have a favourite piece from the collection? Babi Ahluwalia: The turquoise dress is one of my favourites. It’s a pop of colour and really fun. SA: I love the straw tote and the white lace tunic with the contrast piping. Since your collection takes its cues from Goa, what are some of the places you love to visit there? SA: One of my favourite childhood memories was at this place called Tito’s. I was in college when I went there and I had an exceptionally memorable time. Also, the food in Goa is just so good. You can walk into a little shack and have the most amazing meal. How do you recharge? BA: Sachin’s birthday is always a precursor to take time off. That’s when we run off to St. Barts or some other place. It’s important to get away from New York and its madness every third or fourth month. ■

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WHAT: Trunk show and auction of Prabal Gurung’s spring/ summer 2017 collection, co-hosted by Vogue India WHERE: Le Mill, Mumbai

After taking over fashion hubs across the globe, New Yorkbased Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung made his retail debut in India with a trunk show and silent auction. The event saw the finest of the fashion world bid on Gurung’s creations while sumptuous treats and cocktails made the rounds. Proceeds from the initiative went to Shikshya Foundation Nepal.

Prabal Gurung, Cecilia Morelli Parikh, Condé Nast’s Alex Kuruvilla, Gayatri Rangachari Shah and Namita Kuruvilla

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Vogue’s Bandana Tewari with Shaana Levy Bahl

Victoria Parker

Nikhil Mansata, Shilarna Vaze and Pravesh Gurung

Nirali Mehta Vinod Nair

Gautam Vazirani and Deveika Bhojwani Sujal Shroff

Manish Mishra Priya S Ranjan

KEDAR NENE

Vogue’s Anaita Shroff Adajania

Kaykasshan Patel

Cary Fukunaga

Vogue’s Priya Tanna

Samantha Nayar

Ishna Byramjee, Mansha Khosla Mittal and Perin Bharucha

Diva Dhawan Rashi Lodha Mallika Tarkas Parekh and Rohan Parekh

Devita Saraf

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HAPPY PEOPLE She’s a sensual yogini, he’s a focused gym buff. There could be no better ambassadors than LISA HAYDON and HRITHIK ROSHAN for our health and fitness goals in the New Year. By SHEREE GOMES GUPTA Photographed by ERRIKOS ANDREOU Styled by ANAITA SHROFF ADAJANIA

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On Lisa: Rainbow dress, Mugler. Sneakers, Adidas. On Hrithik: Heat-welded jacket, jersey trousers; both Prada


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or someone who has struggled with body image issues for as long as I can remember, the mental transition from wanting to be thin to striving hard to get fit happened only two years ago, when my husband fell seriously ill and I was hit with the realisation that I need to be the ‘healthy parent’ to our 12-year-old son. Everyone needs a kick-start, and this was mine. So, I made three wise investments—I signed up with nutritionist Suman Agarwal (who doubles up as my counsellor when needed), downloaded seasoned marathoner Jeff Galloway’s ‘Easy 5K’ app on my iPhone (a run-walk programme I follow diligently thrice a week) and bought a fitness tracker to push myself to hit a minimum of 12,000 steps a day. Being overweight for the better part of my teen years wasn’t the easiest—I still have my ‘fat days’ despite losing over 20 kilos and being in the best shape I’ve ever been post-pregnancy. Learning to love one’s body takes years of un-conditioning. While confidence, sex appeal and curves (remember Sridevi in Chandni?) are what set our idols apart for the longest time, the noughties saw the idea of ‘size zero’ become all the rage. Everyone wanted to be like Kareena Kapoor in Tashan—incidentally, the

actor has vowed never to get that thin again, for a movie role or otherwise. This decade, thankfully, has been, for the most part, about embracing health. ‘Skinny’ may not be out just yet and fat-shaming is still an evil we’ll have to deal with, but at least we have many more fitness role models to look up to, people who make you want to get off that couch and achieve your health and fitness goal. Which is why Vogue India’s January issue, with its focus on stories that inspire and empower you to be in your best physical shape, has always been a favourite for me. And this year is no different. Our cover stars represent what hard work looks like. Hrithik Roshan stammered through most of his childhood (“I still can’t watch King’s Speech,” he says when asked about that painful period). Add to that his body shape as a young adult (“I was very short, had thin arms and legs but a huge waist... you could tug at my love handles!”) and the many health scares—six slipped discs and, more recently, a broken ankle—over the years that threatened to put an end to his career. Then there’s Lisa Haydon, who’s had her share of growing pains. As a teen, the model and actor was ridiculed for being too thin. “‘Toothpick’ was the favourite taunt,” she recalls. It’s not easy being in the public eye. If someone like me could get so overwhelmed with the unrealistic standards of beauty set by society, I can only imagine what it’s like for those who need to be in great shape because of their choice of profession. As I watch Roshan and Haydon shoot for the Vogue cover at Mumbai’s Mehboob Studios, however, one thing is clear—the bar may be set high but neither is willing to settle for anything less than the standards they’ve set for themselves. >

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On Hrithik: Denim jacket, Dsquared2. Trackpants, Dhruv Kapoor. On Lisa: Mesh swimsuit, Melissa Odabash. On right hand: ‘WhiteCollar’ ring, Melorra

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“Lisa’s got a rare quality of just ‘being’… something I’m sure we’d all like to possess”

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Greek God with a mission HritHik rosHan wants to get stronger than he’s ever been. He shares his strategy to stay fit and focused

Superman was his first fitness role model “It started in the fourth grade— despite being a very unfit child, I was fascinated with the human body. I had a small newspaper cutting of a body builder in my cupboard that I looked at every day. Then there was Superman (1978). It was the first movie I had ever watched, and like most kids I was blown away by the physical strength of the character played by Christopher Reeve.” He bought a bullworker at age 11 “The first fitness equipment I owned was a bullworker I got through mail order when I was 11. I was obsessed with it. Of course, my dad [filmmaker Rakesh Roshan] was happy I was using it, for other reasons… he was concerned I’d stay stunted and every few days he’d ask what my height was. But the bullworker doesn’t help you grow tall—that’s largely genetics!” Krrish 3 (2013) was make-orbreak for him, health-wise “I had a double slipped disc—I could not sleep, I was on heavy muscle relaxants, and my waist had gone up to 37 inches… Krrish 3 was due to start filming in two months. My dad was ready to shelve the film as the doctors told him I’d no longer be able to do action scenes. I knew then if I let that happen I would never recover. So I went all out till I found someone—fitness trainer Kris Gethin—willing to fix me. Some people may find it ridiculous that I spent so much money on him [media sources claim as much as `20

lakh] on him, but this is my body, my priority, and as long as I have the resources I’ll continue to do what I can.” Physical pain is no deterrent “I work out at least two hours a day. The days I can’t, I do at least 10 minutes of stretches and push-ups even if I get home at 1am. I don’t believe in taking the easy route. I have bad knees, a bad back… I still work out. You may not always be able to give it your all, but you have to be consistent if you want to see results.” Running gives him a high “I love the feeling of running on the beach. Currently, I am also obsessed with calisthenics—it not only pushes you to challenge yourself, it also teaches you patience, because to achieve those big, crazy moves you have to start slowly. When at the gym, I intersperse weight training with functional moves.” Old Hindi classics are his workout music “It’s quite funny actually. I am a huge fan of techno, trance and electronica otherwise, but at the gym I like listening to soothing tracks. The fierce expression on my face while weight training is in complete contrast to the music playing.” He is against steroids “I give this impression of being a big, tall guy, but people are often surprised by how thin or short I am when they see me in person. You have to understand that it’s not about size but pro-

portions. Anyone who says you can achieve a body like Hrithik Roshan with steroids wants you to take a shortcut. By all means take health supplements, but certainly not steroids, especially if, like me, you want to find your body’s true potential.” Broccoli is his superfood “I’ve been having it every single day for the last five years and, while I can’t explain the connection, I feel great. When I am in my transformation phase, I get off all carbs (except the fibrous kind) for seven to eight weeks. My five meals comprise 90gm of chicken or fish or six egg whites with one yolk tossed with a lot of broccoli and beans with different seasonings so it does not get monotonous.” He loves Indian food and dark chocolate “I am a huge foodie—while prepping for my role in Guzaarish (2010), for which I had to gain weight, I ate samosas and vada pavs every day for two months. People still get shocked when they see me eat a whole box of chocolates. I don’t psyche myself out—I know how to balance my meals even when I am not on a strict diet.” He uses affirmations as motivation “My intelligence says magic does not exist, but my spirit believes in it. I’ve never let myself give up because I believe in myself. I want to get stronger than I have ever been and I will continue to tell myself that I can do it, no matter what the odds.” >


On Lisa: Sequinned fishnet gown, Hasan Hejazi. On right hand: ‘White-Collar’ ring, Melorra. On Hrithik: Cotton trousers, Christopher Raeburn. ‘Ignite EvoKNIT’ sneakers, Puma

LISA ON HRITHIK ROSHAN

“Hrithik’s professional drive is very inspiring— he’s disciplined, focused and has an all-round positive attitude”


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Dress, Versace. Sneakers, Adidas Hair: Gabriel Georgiou/ Anima Creative Management (Lisa); Aalim Hakim (Hrithik) Make-up: Rosario Belmonte/Anima Creative Management (Lisa); Vijay Palande (Hrithik) Production: Temple Road Productions; Divya Jagwani Creative direction: Jolie Wernette-Horn Assistant stylist: Ria Kamat Photographer’s assistants: Ankit Sharma; Abhishek Golecha

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Lisa Haydon discovered the joys of working out rather early in life. Looking good as a result of her healthy lifestyle is just a perk She looked “quite funny” as a kid “I went through an awkward phase with my body and was often ragged for being too thin. I didn’t understand then why people were being so unkind, but I used it to make myself mentally stronger. Very often what makes you the underdog when you are younger becomes your USP later. What made me so different then has set me apart now.” She started exercising when she was 11 “All credit to my mother who, despite having to look after eight children, always made time for exercise. She’d work out to Jane Fonda and later Kathy Smith and Cindy Crawford in between managing us. I soon joined her, as I loved aerobics and its accompanying music and the gorgeous swimsuits these women wore, showing off their super-fit legs that I desperately wanted. Then at 17, when I hit adolescence, I took to running for both the adrenaline rush and to blow off steam. I started with 10 rounds, then 20, and before I knew it I was running in professional marathons.” She had an Atkins phase “During my years in mid-west America, I had gained a lot of weight. I was eating a lot of country food like fried chicken biscuit. For someone who has always been skinny, and even bullied because of it, I wasn’t used to all the weight and was looking for a quick fix. My sister convinced me to try Atkins… I lasted for all of three days!” Yoga is her go-to exercise “I discovered yoga in Sydney during my ‘chubby’ phase at this school on the beach that taught ashtanga-hatha flow. I gradually moved towards ash-

tanga, going beyond the primary level, which is a feat in itself, and even did an internship as I thought I wanted to become a yoga teacher. But I was way too wild then to lead such a disciplined life. Today, yoga for me is an ancient Indian practice I find very useful, especially the breathing techniques. It’ll always be a part of my fitness regimen.” Eating healthy comes naturally to her “Today I ate fruits and eggs for breakfast and now I’ll have a chicken salad for lunch. I don’t think of it as a “diet”; that’s just how it is. Having said that, very often I’ll replace my dinner with dessert—pancakes are a favourite— and I love cheese!” A green (kale, spinach with a dash of apple) juice a day is a must “It’s the only way I manage to consume greens, and I think the vitamins you get from this food group are extremely important. While I do end up taking a lot of supplements (fish oil, folic acid, zinc, iron, D3, B12—all twice a day), I strongly believe the best way to get nutrition is from actual, fresh food.” She wakes up at 6am to exercise “This is the only way I can be consistent—by 9am I’m ready to go about my day as needed. So I do Pilates at Namrata and Samir Purohit’s Pilates & Altitude Training Studio thrice a week, run at the race course the other two days, do yoga at home once a week and give myself a break one day. I don’t work out for a shoot or a movie. For me, it’s a lifestyle. That one hour a day really pumps me up. I exercise because it makes me feel good… looking good as a result is an added bonus.” n

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On Saiyami: Printed swimsuit, Jeremy Scott. Beaded cuffs; both Fiona Paxton

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42km run 25, Actor Goal: Inch loss, always. And to compete in Ironman. Fitbit meter: Average: 14,000 steps. High: 38,000 steps. how i Sweat: I’ve always been an athlete. Last year, I ran the full marathon. I play badminton twice a week. how i eat: I love pizza and chocolate. I eat a big breakfast, and lots of fruit. I don’t smoke or drink. biGGeSt challenGe: My ultimate dream is Ironman. I’m still too unfit for it. I’m hoping to compete in the half Ironman in the next two years. VoGueathon liFe: I did a duathlon in Lavasa. It was a 10km run, 30km cycle and 5km run. the terrain is tough because it’s very hilly. I’m also enjoying weight training. FaShion hiGh: I’ve moved from basketball shorts to bodysuits!

On Saiyami: ‘Make Love’ swimsuit, la Perla. ‘Airmax thea’ shoes, nike. Beaded cuffs; both Fiona Paxton

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41, actor, mother Goal: Getting muscular. Doing a split again after injuring myself. Fitting into skinny jeans. how i sweat: I like pushing myself. I do Pilates, dance, weight training, Bootcamp. I’m really glad I did Bootcamp because now I feel I can kick a man’s ass. how i eat: I live for biryani. I eat everything. I don’t skip meals, I don’t diet. If I’m craving a slice of cake, I’ll have it. For some people rice and starch doesn’t work but I’m fine with that. aha MoMent: What you can do at 25, you definitely can’t over 40. age takes its toll. to actually be able to see results and keep your body a certain way—that’s the biggest challenge. VoGueathon effect: I recently did a 12km hike. I couldn’t believe it when I hit the peak! fashion hiGh: I am hip-heavy, so when I get into a pair of skinny jeans it feels great. traInInG

usP: I am the founder of cindy’s Bootcamp and I adopt a holistic approach. I was a professional athlete, so people come to me because they know I have tried everything myself. GaMe Plan: malaika has positive energy. She’s very focused in class. She has always shied away from weight training, which we added in. BiGGest surPrise: malaika’s general technique is pretty spot-on. Break the Myth: not eating won’t get you thin. the body needs fuel to function. You can’t stop eating. You need to educate yourself on the right and wrong foods. insider tiP: Find your happy goal. once you’re in a happy place you can take on anything. contact: cindyjourdain.com; Instagram: @cindy_jourdain; Facebook: Facebook.com/ cindysbootcamp

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GAYATRI RANGACHARI SHAH

5kg lost

PARAS MODI

30, DESIGNER GOAL: To be fitter and to lose weight. FITBIT METER: Average: 6,500 steps HOW I EAT: Pizza is my ultimate cheat. I start my day with eggs, in the afternoon I have roti rolls, in the evening I have a salad and for dinner it’s usually a sandwich. VOGUEATHON LIFE: Managing to follow a routine and finding a new outlet in Pilates.

SONAM MODI

29, DESIGNER, MOTHER GOAL: My son is now nine months old, so I wanted to lose the pregnancy weight and build strength. FITBIT METER: Average: 6,000 steps HOW I SWEAT: Thrice a week at the gym, and cardio on other days. HOW I EAT: My meals are carb-heavy, and I love desserts. It’s usually a sandwich for breakfast, dal with roti for lunch, fruits

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or sprouts in the evening, and a sandwich or a pasta salad for night. VOGUEATHON LIFE: I am down 5kg. Working out religiously actually gave me more energy through the day. I Iove my Pilates workouts. FASHION HIGH: Pre-baby clothes! TRAINING AND NUTRITION

RADHIKA KARLE

USP: Pilates and getting clients to a nice combination of flexibility and strength. GAME PLAN: Initially I wanted to see results but I changed it to incorporate a lifestyle change as well as a blend of stability, strength and coordination. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: To get them to move slowly—the slower you move in Pilates the more your are in control and the more strength you have. BREAK THE MYTH: There’s no such thing as spot reduction. CONTACT: Instagram: @radhikasbalancedbody; Tel: 022-26138588/89

TRAINING

MEGHA KAWALE

USP: Rehab Pilates. It helps a lot of people who are dealing with injuries and pain lead a normal, functional life. GAME PLAN: Gayatri came to me and told me, “I want a bikini body,” to which I said, “Okay!” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: To build her strength. BIGGEST SURPRISE: I never expected her to understand Pilates but as the journey started she fell in love with it. BREAK THE MYTH: There’s no such thing as a diet; it’s called healthy eating. CONTACT: Meghakawalepilates.com; Instagram: @meghakawaleofficial

HAIR AND MAKE-UP: ELTON FERNANDEZ. ASSISTANT STYLIST; RIA KAMAT; ARADHANA BARUAH. FASHION ASSISTANT: NAHEED DRIVER

5kg lost

On Paras: Reversible bomber jacket, Kenzo x H&M. T-shirt, joggers; both H&M. ‘Superstar’ sneakers, Adidas Originals. ‘Alta’ activity tracker, Fitbit. On Sonam: Biker jacket, Dhruv Kapoor. Metallic dress, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand. ‘Track Pump’ platforms, Mulberry. ‘Alta’ activity tracker, Fitbit. On Radhika: Knit shift dress, Missoni. Jacket, Adidas Originals. ‘Careen’ suede sandals, Malone Souliers

43, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, VOGUE INDIA, MOTHER GOAL: To be bikini-ready. HOW I SWEAT: Reformer Pilates thrice a week, treadmill run twice a week and barre Pilates once a week. HOW I EAT: I love birthday party food. I love a good bowl of pizza and pasta. I like a glass of wine. I try to be vegan. I don’t do dairy and milk. VOGUEATHON LIFE: It’s very important, as a mother, to be fit and healthy. Exercise helps keep me well. My biggest challenge is when I go out. FASHION HIGH: I’ve really worked on my upper arms. I like to show them off.


On Gayatri: ‘Lani’ layered performance bra, ‘Kei’ performance leggings; both NO KA’ OI. ‘Maddye’ stilettos, Steve Madden. On Megha: ‘Sugar Ray’ crop top, P.E Nation at Mytheresa.com. Leggings, Nike. Crinkled lambskin leather and canvas pumps, Dior


On Masaba: Knit minidress, belt; both Balmain. Sandals, Zara


10kg lost

MASABA MANTENA

HAIR AND MAKE-UP: ELTON FERNANDEZ. ASSISTANT STYLIST; RIA KAMAT. FASHION ASSISTANT: NAHEED DRIVER

28, DESIGNER GOAL: To lose 10kg, deal with hormonal issues, to feel energised. FITBIT METER: Average: 8,000 steps HOW I SWEAT: 45-minute morning walks, alternate days functional training. HOW I EAT: I love fries. I love chicken and biscuit. I love Dominos garlic bread. But I try and eat before 7.30pm and have eggs, fish, avocado and some healthy form of dessert. VOGUEATHON LIFE: I love walking now. I’ve understood my body, how to pick the right foods and get back on track when I slip. FASHION HIGH: I’ve missed wearing shorts!

On Farah: Sports bra, drop-crotch leggings; both Reebok + Les Mills. ‘Waho’ jacket, NO KA’ OI. Shoes, Nike. On Divya: Racerback bra, Prabal Gurung Sport. Camo-print bomber, Ivy Park. Tights, shoes; both Nike. ‘Alta’ activity tracker, Fitbit. On Viddhi: Multi-print silk dress, belt, scarf; all Monse. ‘Tubular Defiant Primeknit’ shoes, Adidas Originals

DIVYA JAGWANI

31, BOOKINGS EDITOR, VOGUE INDIA GOAL: To get down to 57kg in time for my brother’s wedding. FITBIT METER: Average: 10,000 steps HOW I SWEAT: A specialised cardio and weight training programme. HOW I EAT: I Iove chips, burgers, fries, pancakes and chocolate. I stay out late and eat junk. Now, I eat healthy fat and carbs like eggs and whole-wheat toast, lunch is besan chilla, vegetables and dal, and dinner is protein and salad. VOGUEATHON LIFE: I’m 10kg and 10 inches down. Being around others on the programme motivated me to not quit. TRAINING

FARAH VOHRA

USP: As the co-founder of F2 Fitness, I encourage a mix of workouts. GAME PLAN: 4-6 sessions a week of weight training, cardio and flexibility-

10kg lost

based workouts. We did weight and resistance training and TRX suspension training. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Consistency and remaining injury-free despite Divya’s busy work and social schedule. BREAK THE MYTH: Women don’t get bulky doing weight training. CONTACT: Farah@f2fitness.com NUTRITION

VIDDHI DHINGRA

USP: Customised plans. I would never ask a client to chug glasses of tasteless juices or eat bland boiled food. GAME PLAN: Get Divya off junk food, plan pre- and post-workout meals. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Overcoming her 5pm junk food indulgence! This is the most crucial meal in any diet. BREAK THE MYTH: People think brown rice is better than white. It’s not. CONTACT: Instagram: @viddhidhingra;Tel: 09820543469

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On Farah: Blouse, The Editor’s Market. Skirt, Zara. Wedges, Charles & Keith. Bangle, Hermès. On Anaita: Mesh bralet, Chromat. Bomber jacket, Philipp Plein. Trackpants, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand. ‘Donna’ metallic sandals, Malone Souliers. On Priyanka: Varsity jacket, Off-White at Mytheresa.com. Sports bra, Adidas. Metallic shorts, Ivy Park. ‘Ultra Boost Uncaged Low’ shoes, Adidas. ‘Charge HR’ activity tracker, Fitbit. On Sohrab: T-shirt, trackpants; both Zara. Sneakers, Nike. ‘Surge’ activity tracker, Fitbit

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On Kinita: Wraparound blouse, Alexis Mabille. Knit midi skirt, BCBG Max Azria. ‘Wehe’ performance jacket, NO KA’ OI. On Rujuta: Text-patch hoodie, Dhruv Kapoor. Patent leather skirt, Isabel Marant. Shoes, Adidas. ‘Alta’ activity tracker, Fitbit. On Vishisht: T-shirt, Armani Exchange. Joggers, Zara. Graphic jacket, ‘Gazelle’ shoes; both Adidas Originals. On Neha: ‘Ola’ sports bra, ‘Kala’ leggings; both NO KA’ OI. High-top sneakers, Nike

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44, FASHION DIREcTOR, Vogue INDIA; FILM cOSTUME DESIgNER; MOTHER GOAl: To reach my pre-baby weight of 57kg, to feel more energetic, and to sleep better. Fitbit meteR: Average: 10,000 steps. High: 15,000 steps. HOw i SweAt: Shopping is my cardio! I walk around all day carrying bags. Standing all day at shoots helps. HOw i eAt: I love biryani, mutton curry and rice, baked dishes, and dessert. I started to introduce carb substitutes like quinoa and moong dal, and cut out carbs and sugar post 4pm five days a week. The elixir of life is Organic India’s tulsi tea. I swapped desserts for dry fruit and dark chocolate. VOGueAtHOn liFe: I still face a lack of motivation when it comes to exercise. But I also realised how a change in diet can affect my body and mind. FASHiOn HiGH: Wearing a tank top, and shorter shirts. NUTRITION

FARAH bARiA PARAkH

uSP: I am a yoga and Ayurveda therapist. I provide each client with a customised therapeutic blueprint to heal and balance the body and mind. GAme PlAn: An in-depth initial consultation identifies the client’s unique Ayurvedic constitution and diagnoses any underlying imbalance. This is followed by a personalised Ayurvedic diet plan, specific lifestyle routines and recommendations, remedial yoga and mind-body therapy. biGGeSt HiGHliGHt: Watching the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda and yoga work in the 21st century—every time! bReAk tHe mytH: Many think health is just a quick fix or magic bullet away. It takes daily effort and commitment! COntACt: 1108 Arcadia, NcPA Lane, Nariman Point, Mumbai-400021. Tel: 9821354329

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30, SENIOR FASHION EDITOR, Vogue INDIA GOAl: To feel good in basic jeans and tee, lose 15kg, being fit post-30. Fitbit meteR: High: 25,438 steps HOw i SweAt: Weight training, cardio, functional work, high-intensity interval training and swimming. HOw i eAt: I love crisps. And there’s nothing like a big bowl of mac and cheese. But Sohrab made me cut out anything out of a packet or processed. I followed a high-protein diet with paneer, eggs, veggies and lentils, while cutting out rice, wheat and refined sugar. And easy swaps—I swapped rice with cauliflower rice, wheat-flour roti with bajra or nachni flour rotis, fried snacks became dry fruits, cheese was replaced with paneer, etc. And no alcohol. VOGueAtHOn liFe: I am 15kg down. I love to run. The gym is my happy place, and I plan my day around my workout. A hundred snooze alarms later, I’ve now become a morning person, just to fit in my workout. FASHiOn HiGH: I have a waist now and can show off my midriff. I went back to the basics—a classic tee and jeans looks and feels so good now! TRAININg AND NUTRITION

SOHRAb kHuSHRuSHAHi

uSP: Being a buddy more than a trainer. It’s about having fun. GAme PlAn: Mix it up, from running to weights to gymnastics to playing sport and swimming. When Priyanka started, her idea of fitness was running on a treadmill while chatting on the phone. We had to start slowly, understand what worked for her and up the tempo. biGGeSt HiGHliGHt: More than the weight loss, just seeing her strength, stamina, fitness levels and muscular memory improve was satisfying. biGGeSt CHAllenGe: Instant gratification. From the start, all I wanted to do was change her idea of working out. Achieving that with someone who has no attention span or appetite for patience whatsoever was challenging. bReAk tHe mytH: Women don’t bulk up by hitting a gym. In fact, it aids fat loss way better than just running. COntACt: sohrab.khushrushahi@gmail.com

RujutA VAidyA

26, FASHION WRITER, VOgUE.IN GOAl: To get rid of my skinny fat, improve posture and remind myself to eat what I need and not what I want. Fitbit meteR: Average: 10,000 steps HOw i SweAt: crossfit HOw i eAt: I love bread and alcohol. I swapped that for hot water and cinnamon followed by an omelette, fruit and green tea for a mid-morning snack, brown rice and veggies with salad for lunch, a sandwich in the evening, and bajra roti and fish or chicken for dinner. VOGueAtHOn liFe: Eating healthy was new. But losing 3kg, being able to do a push-up, burpees, and have more energy has been great. FASHiOn HiGH: Wearing the leather skirt that I did in the shoot! NUTRITION

kinitA kAdAkiA PAtel

uSP: I am a sports nutrition consultant. GAme PlAn: To start with a complete mixed-nutrient plan followed by making changes in the ratio of the macronutrient profile to complement the exercise routine. getting Rujuta to come to the clinic for changes was challenging. bReAk tHe mytH: People think that if you exercise you can eat anything, which is not true. COntACt: Mealpyramid.com TRAININg

neHA AGGRAwAllA, ViSHiSHt kAPOOR

uSP: coaches and co-owners of 303 crossfit Drive GAme PlAn: We know when to push a trainee’s limit. We track every member’s progress. crossfit is very communitybased. The gPP programme can be supplemented with a sport or cardio depending on your needs. biGGeSt CHAllenGe: “I remember Rujuta couldn’t even air squat but I saw her progress to adding weights and other movements,” says Aggrawalla. COntACt: 303crossfitdrive.com

HAIR AND MAKE-UP: ELTON FERNANDEz. ASSISTANT STYLIST; RIA KAMAT. FASHION ASSISTANT: NAHEED DRIVER

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On Vishakha: Metallic jacket, Zara. Cropped blouse, Intrinsic by Muskaan Goswami. Ruffled trousers, Miuniku. Two-tone leather sandals, Fendi. On Chandni: Striped dress, Miuniku. Buckle belt, Vero Moda. ‘Tetrus 110’ sandals, Jimmy Choo. On Bandana: Floral bomber jacket, H&M. ‘Elevate Elastika’ tank top, Nike. Running shorts, Dhruv Kapoor. ‘Pearl’ metallic platform sandals, Jimmy Choo

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DR VISHAKHA SHIVDASANI

USP: I am a qualified family physician. I work on correcting the nutrition status based on what the blood tests reveal. GAME PLAN: To wean Chandni off her simple sugars ‘addiction’ and switch to complex carbs instead for sustained release of energy and to reserve the simple sugars only pre-run/workout. Also, to keep her motivated. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: To change her mindset. To make her believe that she would be able to run more than the 5km mark, and more importantly for her to understand how simple dietary changes would help her achieve that. BREAK THE MYTH: Carbs are not the enemy. Not only do you need them for energy, you can actually use them to help you get closer to your fitness goals. CONTACT: vishakhashivdasani@gmail. com; Instagram @doctorvee; Tel: 02222164000, 09821436857

CHANDNI SEHGAL

27, SENIOR COPY EDITOR, VOGUE INDIA GOAL: To lose 7kg and run 10km. FITBIT METER: Average: 12,000 steps HOW I SWEAT: 3 runs a week—two short, one long. Yoga twice a week. I used the Jeff Galloway app, and at the end of 13 weeks I was able to run 10km. HOW I EAT: I love greasy Chinese, pizza and chocolate. I cut out processed sugar, ate fruit only before workouts, swapped evening snacks for spinach soup, and lunch and dinner was roti, vegetable and dal. And only two clear drinks a week (if I was desperate). VOGUEATHON LIFE: Finding energy for three runs a week. And finishing that 10km. Having an end goal made all the difference and being surrounded by fellow Vogueathon soldiers really kept me going. FASHION HIGH: Crop tops and shorts. Running has really helped shape my legs.

BANDANA TEWARI

45, EDITOR AT LARGE, VOGUE INDIA, MOTHER GOAL: To gain physical and emotional strength and peace of mind. HOW I SWEAT: 1.5 hours of Vinyasa yoga with my teacher Levi Banner at the Yoga Barn, Ubud, and 30 minutes of meditation daily. HOW I EAT: I love coffee, cheese, wine and vada pav! I gave up meat and wheat. I had fruit and juice till noon, and a vegan lunch with organic vegetables, brown or red rice. No carbs or sugar after lunch. VOGUEATHON LIFE: 3kg lost but it’s more about self-discovery.


On Radhika: Dress, alexander wang. On Simeen: Sleeveless shirt, zara. ‘rebound’ leggings, Pe Nation at mytheresa. com. On Puja: ribbed knit dress, Prabal Gurung

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Radhika NaziR

USP: Flexibility. Customising a food plan according to an individual’s needs, lifestyle and tastes. Game PlaN: to introduce healthy food options into Puja’s diet slowly and substitute with healthier choices. She wanted to keep her weight constant but feel more energetic, improve skin and hair. BReak the myth: there are no shortcuts or magic pills for good health and weight loss. CoNtaCt: tel: 09820599346

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SimeeN ColaBawalla

USP: i have been in the industry for over 28 years. i work one-on-one to customise workouts—which are a mix of 30 per cent cardio, 30 per cent functional training, 30 per cent pilates and 10 per cent de-stressing. Game PlaN: the idea was to improve Puja’s stamina, so we introduced cardio like running, kickboxing, high-intensity interval training, strength workouts with weights, kettlebells, trX and reformer and chair Pilates for a strong core. BiGGeSt ChalleNGe: Correcting her posture and making sure her upper body doesn’t bulk up. Puja is surprisingly strong and likes to push herself. BReak the myth: there are too many. Don’t follow the herd and, most importantly, be in tune with your body. CoNtaCt: tel: 09821207508

PUja BilimoRia,

40, ADvertiSinG DireCtor, VOGUE inDiA; mother Goal: not to lose or gain weight. to get ‘fit’ and healthy, have more energy, sleep better, be more balanced. how i Sweat: Yoga twice a week, fitness training twice a week and a brisk walk once a week. how i eat: very flexible. A lot of carbs, not enough fruit and vegetables. Low iron. i don’t eat desserts or chocolate, only biscuits. VoGUeathoN life: i started feeling and sleeping better. my iron levels increased. i actually gained 2kg, but i loved maintaining the routine.

hAir AnD mAKe-uP: eLton FernAnDez. ASSiStAnt StYLiStS; riA KAmAt; ArADhAnA bAruAh. FAShion ASSiStAnt: nAheeD Driver

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On Ritu: Shirt, carrel. On Vesna: ‘Knockout’ sports bra, yoga stretch pants; both Victoria’s secret

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Ritu Dalmia

44, chef, eNTRePReNeUR Goal: Maintain a routine, strengthen my legs, and climb Machu Pichu next year! Fitbit meteR: Average: 15,700 steps How i sweat: Movement training with a small ball, thera band, weighted balls to strengthen core and leg muscles, Pilates and naturopathic ointments for healing. How i eat: I’m a chef! But I’m eating healthy. I’m prone to midnight snacking. VoGueatHon liFe: There’s an improvement in my walking, and I lost the 4kg I had gained. biGGest acHieVement: Right when we started I had gained 4kg in three months, but after a sarcastic remark from Vesna I lost it again!

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Vesna Jacob

usP: A combination of body, mind and soul. I’m a qualified physiotherapist, clinical hypnotherapist and intuitive healer. I’m also a former athlete who suffered serious injury and was told I would never walk again without limping. Game Plan: To stimulate Ritu’s muscles and gain confidence in her body’s ability to move well. biGGest cHallenGe: Getting organised and getting things done in spite of her crazily busy schedule. She is travelling all the time on work. bReak tHe mytH: You can and you will! Your body has an amazing ability to heal and move better. Listen, find the way and respect the speed. contact: Vesnajacob@gmail.com; Vesna’s Alta celo, 202 Kailash hills, Delhi 65; Tel: 09818260645


On Hemal: ‘Equip’ dress, Karen Walker. ‘Savannah’ lace-up sandals, Malone Souliers. On Ketan: Printed T-shirt, Armani Exchange. Graphic bomber jacket, Hugo Boss. Joggers, Selected Homme. ‘Mexico 66’ shoes, Onitsuka Tiger. On Priyanka: Mesh-panelled dress, ASOS. ’Wai’ jacket, NO KA’ OI. ‘Montana’ leather pumps, Malone Souliers. On Benaifer: Sports bra, Ivy Park. Graphic print leggings, Nike. Knit sweater, Rag & Bone. Shoes, Skechers. On Shaan: Mesh-panelled dress, ASOS. Scuba jersey pullover, DKNY. ‘Superstar’ sneakers, Adidas Originals. On Ameeta: ‘City Stripes Outline Medusa’ sweater, Versace. Ribbed midi skirt, DKNY. ‘Maureen’ mules, Malone Souliers. On Nitya: T-shirt, Gap. Slogan leggings, H&M. ‘Mea’ dress (worn on shoulder), NO KA’ OI. ‘Lillian’ sandals, Malone Souliers. Choker, Fiona Paxton. Chokers; both Valliyan by Nitya Arora. On Sagar: T-shirt, jacket; both Zara. Joggers, Tommy Hilfiger. ‘Stan Smith’ leather trainers, Adidas Originals

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priyanka parkash

27, fashion coordinator and stylist, Vogue india Goal: to have a workout routine, lose 15kg and generally feel fit. FiTBiT METEr: average: 10,000 steps how i swEaT: altitude training is the only thing that works for me. i alternated cardio and cardio plus vibro machine training at a fixed time of 6.30pm everyday for 30 minutes in an atmosphere-controlled room. how i EaT: i dream of rice in any form. But was put on a two-hourly schedule. it was two eggs for breakfast, followed by fruit, dal and vegetable for lunch, nuts in the evening, and vegetables and salad for dinner. hemal gave me fun recipes like zucchini spaghetti to avoid boredom. VoGuEaThon liFE: i can run now at higher speeds and for longer. i also lost 4.5 inches all over. Fashion hiGh: clothes always motivate me. i can’t wait for the day when i can wear a white tank and denim shorts!

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29, Brand and EVEnt consUltant; BloGGEr, sPicy sanGria; foUndEr, nEtWorKinG noW Goal: Getting to the gym regularly, losing 20kg and feel more energetic. FiTBiT METEr: average: 9,000 steps how i swEaT: altitude training, cardio and vibro machine in an atmosphere-controlled room. changing up my workouts. how i EaT: My prescribed diet is low in carbs, and comprises vegetables and roast chicken, eggs and dal. there were no restrictions on eating out as long as i followed the guidelines. VoGuEaThon liFE: Working out with a friend makes all the difference. i’m much more positive now when i get a workout in. Fashion hiGh: i’m still conscious of my arms, but am open to new styles and shorter dresses!

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kETan ashar, BinaiFEr Marawalla, hEMal GhEDia

usp: our Melt Program aims to achieve excellent weight-loss results. our superior technology, a hypoxic chamber, includes Vibrogym technology, which enhances calorie burning, increases muscle fibre recruitment and metabolism. GaME plan For priyanka: to reduce the percentage of carbs and increase percentage of healthy fat and protein in her diet. With her workouts, we wanted to increase her stamina. BiGGEsT ChallEnGE: Priyanka works long hours, so it was often difficult for her to reach her desired step count for the day. GaME plan For shaan: to reduce her overall calorie intake and balance her macro-nutrients. We wanted shaan to start enjoying her workouts and fit it into her lifestyle but once she started, even when she was unwell, she would come to the gym. she also reached her step count every day. BrEak ThE MyTh: fitness is not just about looking lean, but also about how fit/healthy you feel. insiDE Tip: When it comes to food, don’t avoid healthy fats—they are essential. ConTaCT: Melt at Qi Gym; tel: 09930275668


NItyA ARoRA

29, FOUnDEr/CrEaTiVE DirECTOr, VaLLiYan GoAl: To stop bingeing and starving. To enjoy working out and achieve balance. How I SweAt: a mix of cardio, strength training and conditioning, both in the studio and outdoors, four times a week. How I eAt: i crave my mum’s parathas with white butter. i eat out often, so i follow a green diet with juice, fruit, vegggies, no meat, sugar, wheat and dal to balance my hormones. VoGUeAtHoN lIFe: i had lost control of my body, and my lifestyle. i’m never letting go again. FASHIoN HIGH: i haven’t got there yet but my ultimate goal is to wear tiny high-waisted ripped shorts, rihanna style.

nUTriTiOn

AmeetA SHAH

nUTriTiOniST USP: Live naturally, heal naturally. raw living foods detoxify the body and balance hormones. GAme PlAN: To motivate nitya to follow a natural, healthy lifestyle, transition her to green juices, fruits, nuts and seeds, and then get on a raw food and occasional liquid diet for weight loss. i also wanted her to continue her workouts. BIGGeSt SURPRISe: She changed faulty food habits, ate less cooked food, and made a lifestyle change despite a busy schedule. BIGGeSt ACHIeVemeNt: nitya inspired her parents to follow the natural food plan. BReAK tHe mytH: Cooked food doesn’t help you lose weight. CoNtACt: Tel: 9820000460

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SAGAR SINGH PRABHAKAR

USP: Focus on getting faster, stronger, with speed, endurance and agility work. GAme PlAN: To increase her cardio endurance as nitya is already strong, prescribe basic travel workouts and monitor them over video calls, and introduce suspension exercises like roman rings and TrX bands to develop upper-body strength. BReAK tHe mytH: no workout is better than the other. it’s all about framing smart and effective training programmes. INSIDeR tIP: Train to be happy and relieve stress. Do whatever it takes to fall in love with being healthy. CoNtACt: Email: info@xert.fit; instagram @xert.fit; Tel: 9167357811

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IshI Khosla

NutritioNiSt UsP: We need to redefine our concept of healthy living. Game Plan: Making the best food choices for a busy lifestyle. BIGGest challenGe: We worked with her thyroid issues and low metabolic rate. BreaK the myth: our ideas of how much to eat are skewed. contact: 425, 4th floor, Dlf tower B, Jasola Vihar, Jasola District Center, Delhi - 110025. tel: 09910233614

GaUrI KohlI

38, Luxury HeaD, Pr PuNDit; MotHer Goal: Getting back to my pre-baby weight. i live a hectic life and had begun to neglect my own health. FItBIt meter: High: 17,000 steps how I sweat: traditional hatha yoga and basic cardio. how I eat: Grain-free. i eat before 7.30pm. through the day, i munch on five nutrient-packed meals comprising vegetable juices, coconut water, salads, soups and protein. VoGUeathon lIFe: 5kg down! Sticking to my diet with all the parties and festivities. FashIon hIGh: Wearing lighter colours instead of slimming black.

On Ishi: Crystal-embroidered sweatshirt, hemant & nandita. Leather skirt, Zara. ‘Superstar’ sneakers, adidas originals. On Gauri: Gym scuba crop top, superdry. Leather midi skirt, Zara. Zebra-print trench, emanuel Ungaro. ‘Lagoula’ t-strap pumps, christian louboutin. On Sanjeev: Sweatshirt, h&m. trackpants, shoes; both nike

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sanjeeV KUmar

UsP: We follow a mind-body-soul approach. Game Plan: increase metabolic rate through muscular contractions, holding and repetitions. BIGGest challenGe: Stamina and breathing. Gauri can now plank for up to two minutes and repeat and hold asanas for over 20 repetitions. contact: tel: 09999665062


On Karishma: Crop top, printed jacket; both adidas originals. trackpants, Zara. ‘Circus City’ pumps, Christian louboutin. On Ravinder: trainers, puma. trackpants, shirts; both nike

On Noopur: Crystal embroidered trackpants, hemant & nandita. sports bra, shoes; both adidas originals. On Mehak: sports bra, shorts; both Forever 21. neoprene bomber jacket, prabal Gurung sport. ‘ultra Boost uncaged low’ shoes, adidas

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Karishma Gupte

34, PR Consultant, PR Pundit Goal: to drop to 60kg and enjoy working out. Fitbit meter: average: 8,000 steps. High: 33,520 steps how i sweat: daily strength training for an hour plus 35-45 minutes of cardio in the evening. how i eat: i love butter chicken and chocolate. i switched from three big meals to five to six smaller meals in a day. VoGueathon liFe: i dropped 2 dress sizes, 5 kilos, 2.5 inches. Eating right and working out twice a day was an achievement. Fashion hiGh: Bardot and crop tops. By next summer, i’ll be back in shorts! tRaining and nutRition

raVinder YadaV

usp: no excuses. lack of traditional weights or a full-scale gym is not an excuse to avoid working out—you can get a great workout in anywhere. Game plan: Focus on lower body work, as well as adding in a healthy eating plan. biGGest surprise: Both her knees are injured, limiting the exercises. But she was always ready to push herself. breaK the mYth: People think carbs are bad and supplements necessary. they’re not. ContaCt: Ravinder.singham@gmail.com. tel: 09810226520

noopur sharma

33, PR Consultant, diRECtoR – ConsumER liFEstylE, PR Pundit Goal: to come down to 55kg and tone up. Feel good. how i sweat: a mix of yoga, calisthenics, plyometrics and strength training along with meditation. how i eat: my diet was modified every week as per my fitness levels. it was based on the ayurvedic concept of making combinations of sattvic, Rajasic and tamasic foods VoGueathon liFe: i lost 10kg and went down from a uK 12 to uK 8. i jogged 10km at a stretch. it helped me achieve balance in my life. Fashion hiGh: i can show off my abs! tRaining

mehaK puri

usp: my approach is holistic, where you believe in a ‘yoga mat simulation’. Everything you experience during your sessions—be it physical strength or mind relaxation, the confidence or the willpower—it all needs to manifest in your daily life. Game plan: We stayed focused on the process rather than the goal. We crossed our targets even without realising it! biGGest ChallenGe: this is a mental game. noopur’s life is super busy and super stressful, so we had to keep her constantly motivated. breaK the mYth: Weight loss is not important. drop the emotional baggage—physical lightness is a natural by-product. ContaCt: tel: 09818230260

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DEEPTI J VERMA

33, CO-FOUNDER, PITARA, HOME GIRL NETWORK GOAL: It began with wanting to get in shape, but it is now about being kick-ass! HOW I SWEAT: 4-5 times of cardio a week, along with dancing, jumping and squats on a trampoline. HOW I EAT: Vegetarian. I love to eat, and always over-order. Now I’m on a lowsalt, high-protein, low-carb diet. AHA MOMENT: Crossing 30. I didn’t want to take my body for granted any longer. TRAINING AND NUTRITION

5kg lost On Sumaya: ‘City Stripes’ pencil skirt, Versace. Sports bra, Asics. Jacket, H&M. On Nandini: ‘Mickayla’ striped dress, BCBG Max Azria. Metallic coat, Dhruv Kapoor TRAINING AND NUTRITION

SUMAYA DALMIA

USP: Customised and individualised training, no generic workouts. GAME PLAN: Nandini had moved to Delhi recently from New York—she’s severely asthmatic and the pollution wreaked havoc on her respiratory system. So our plan was to challenge and work with her, to make her adopt a healthy lifestyle, while re-educating her on posture, building her core and empowering her! BIGGEST CHALLENGE: To get her to give herself an hour every day and not feel guilty about it! BREAK THE MYTH: Mums need time for themselves too! CONTACT: C-75 Shivalik, near Panchsheel Park, S Block, Delhi–110017; Tel: 011-26685657/41011878

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NANDINI SINGH JHABUA

36, ART CURATOR, MOTHER GOAL: Getting rid of post-pregnancy weight gain, taking care of myself. HOW I SWEAT: Four times a week doing a mix of workouts, concentrating on the upper body. Last month we focused on the core. HOW I EAT: I love alcohol and junk. But I’m on a no-wheat, high-protein, one-grain diet. VOGUEATHON LIFE: I’m on a Whatsapp group with my trainer Mukul Nagpal and nutritionist. I can now run on the treadmill for 12 minutes straight. And I’ve managed to sustain eating healthy while out. FASHION HIGH: A Calvin Klein dress from my closet after a decade!

CO-FOUNDER, STUDIO 60 BY CLUB XCELL USP: Making fitness fun. GAME PLAN: Deepti had never worked out before. Our first class was just about getting her to move. The idea was for her to achieve core strength through fun workouts. BIGGEST SURPRISE: I think she’s open to experimentation—whether it’s martial arts or a marathon. INSIDE TIP: Keep it realistic, fun and different. CONTACT: Studio 60, F6, East of Kailash, Delhi. Tel: 08826430674

*Vogueathon participants were given a Fitbit Alta fitness tracker each in order to measure their steps per day over the course of the challenge. Project managers: Priyanka Kapadia; Priyanka Khanna; Ria Kamat. With inputs from Shahnaz Siganporia and Neharika Manjani

HAIR AND MAKE-UP: ELTON FERNANDEZ. ASSISTANT STYLIST: ARADHANA BARUAH. FASHION ASSISTANT: NAHEED DRIVER

ZOE MODGIL


On Zoe: Tights, Adidas Originals. Sports bra, Forever 21. On Deepti: Sleeveless logo body, Ivy Park. Jacket, Adidas Originals. Shoes, Nike


follow SUIT

The new-age suit is going anti-establishment and breaking all the rules. A structured silhouette gets a fanciful makeover—think dandy colours, quirky surface textures, bold prints and accents Photographed by ELINA KECHICHEVA Styled by FABIO IMMEDIATO

TIE DOWN

A canary-yellow suit is a standout for sure, but it’s the old-school broad knot that takes it to a new level. Viscose jacket, matching trousers; both Roberto Cavalli. Cotton shirt, Nino’s London. Silk tie, Neal and Palmer

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PURPLE REIGN

Dense surface textures, wide collars, quirky detailing— Prince would be proud. Astrakhan faux fur coat, Kenzo. Vintage blouse, Jersey Masters at Rellik. Vintage brooch, Kenneth Jay Lane for Gillian Horsup at Grays Antique


OFF KEY

More hipster than high society, ruffled hemlines add a sense of ease. Cotton mix coat, faux leather trousers; both A.W.A.K.E. ‘Millicent’ suede shoes, Charlotte Olympia

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DOUBLE FEATURE

Pretty and powerful are rarely uttered in the same breath but this sharp suit, complete with painterly blooms, brings together the best of both worlds. Silk blouse, cotton jacket, matching trousers; all Anna Sui


PETAL PUSHER

What’s black and white with a hint of blush? A lush bloom and a plunging neckline take this from corporate to insanely chic. Cotton blouse, wool tweed jacket, cotton toile trousers, jersey belt; all Chanel. Silk flower brooch, Gucci at Mytheresa.com


TRIPLE THREAT

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the WELLNESS gene Updating our pantry with global flavours, TANYA DUBASH is building an empire to satisfy the evergrowing breed of MasterChefobsessed Indian gourmands. Now with a new health focus, she tells APARNA PEDNEKAR about her plans to take Indian kitchens from hype to health

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A Harvard alumnus, Dubash has been a part of the Godrej business for over two decades now


S teering India’s most respected conglomerate to new horizons is a formidable challenge by any standards. But Tanya Dubash, executive director and chief brand officer, Godrej Industries, has turned the curve with aplomb. The Brown University and Harvard Business School alumnus’ masterful rebranding of the 119-year-old family business is headlined by her chairpersonship of Godrej Nature’s Basket. As we speak, it seems evident that turning it into the urban Indian’s go-to gourmet destination was a natural extension of the svelte 48-year-old’s personality; and that her professional outlook is drawn equally from both parents— her father Adi Godrej and her mother, the late Parmeshwar Godrej. Peers and employees describe Dubash as humble, soft spoken and a keen listener—she admits that she would have been a teacher or counselor in another life. These are qualities that have catapulted her to the top of the list of the country’s most powerful businesswomen. Along with her father’s indefatigable work ethic, she’s also inherited his discipline and fitness-conscious lifestyle, marrying the two with her love for food. Capitalizing on the growing focus on health food, and the need to dissociate

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the words ‘healthy’ and ‘bland’, Godrej Nature’s Basket’s newly-launched Healthy Alternatives brand is a specially curated wellness range comprising a selection of products such as super grains and flours, natural fruit chips, roasted high-protein snacks, gluten-free super-grain pastas, black, red and forest elephant rice, and more. Dubash shares that gourmet experiences, travel and books—Eat, Pray, Love is an all-time favourite—form a troika in her list of pleasurable diversions. Vogue catches up with the eldest of the Godrej siblings for her guiding notes on work, life, family and the need for baked lotus seeds. On making the first move “We take pride in how we have nurtured the gourmet retail space in India. Today, Godrej Nature’s Basket is the country’s largest gourmet retailer—in terms of the number of stores, sales revenues and sales. We have experimented over the years and lead from the front; we were the first gourmet retail chain to be set up, the first to expand to multiple cities, and the first to partner with world-class chefs and bloggers across platforms. We were also the first brick-and-mortar retailer to bet big on online as a platform back in 2013, when we started retailing through our website. Today, we are the only omni-channel player with stores, website, mobile apps and phone-in deliveries. We owe much of our success to our strong customer-centric approach.

“The Indian palate has evolved over recent years to become much more discerning and less bound by conventional choices... we don’t shy from experimenting anymore”

Our many interactions with our customers and experts in the world of gourmet cuisine also offer us ongoing insights into evolving trends. These insights translate into what you see on our shelves. We also place tremendous emphasis on the quality of our products, from picking the right ingredients to packaging, everything has to follow strict quality-control guidelines. This has helped us not just grow our brand but also become synonymous with high quality.” On the globetrotting urban Indian’s gourmand cred “The nouveau urban Indian is fast becoming a global gourmand. I notch it up to experimentation, global travel and exposure to different cuisines and styles. The Indian palate has evolved over recent years to become much more discerning and less bound by conventional choices. Television shows like MasterChef and access to information through social media have paved the way for this change. We don’t shy from experimenting anymore, whether in our own kitchens or while eating out. We’ve noticed that our customers have become more aware of flavours, ingredients and trends. They are able to specifically point out what they want and are leaning towards unique and sharply differentiated flavours. The demand for wines, cheeses and meats has had an upward graph for the longest time. In terms of cuisines, Italian and Thai rule. And organic, low-fat and high-fibre are the most sought-after labels.” On her personal philosophy on wellness and healthy living “I have always believed that you are what you eat, and if you want to be fit and healthy, you need to eat accordingly. That said, I also believe in living life to the fullest, which, for me today, includes eating everything that I feel like but with an overlay of moderation! We are a foodie family that enjoys travelling and eating well but I do understand nutrition and know what one


“In my opinion, it is quintessentially Indian ingredients and food items that will take our country by storm... we have observed many customers trending towards options like buckwheat flour and amaranth (rajgira)”

Dubash has helped steer Nature’s Basket to a new health-focused direction with the new superfood range, Healthy Alternatives

needs to do to stay balanced. But while I’m extremely conscious of what I consume, I can’t do with just baked and non-fried labels. Thankfully, we’ve all evolved to a wider category that includes organic ingredients, gluten-free, vegan food and lifestylespecific products for weight and diabetes management. The new specially curated wellness range at Godrej Nature’s Basket, called Healthy Alternatives, is in sync with my philosophy of food that is good for you. From super-grain pastas to canola oil and high-protein snacks, it’s a range that is perfect for a healthy lifestyle. My personal favourite from the Healthy Alternatives range though is the Fruit Crisps. It is a must-try for the multi-tasking Vogue woman, along with some detox tea and the baked makhanas (lotus seeds), which are unique for their lowfat and high-carb concentration.”

On the penetration of alternative eating habits beyond the metros in India “When we launched our pan-India e-commerce delivery service last year, we were rather confident that it would do well. But what took us by surprise was the way cities other than the ones where we had our stores responded. Today, we receive regular orders from cities like Kanpur and Ahmedabad, which just goes to show that it’s not just the tastes of people in metros and tier-I cities alone that are changing. Increasing, digital penetration and influence and the popularity of television food shows is greatly shaping the way people think about gourmet cuisine. We’re excited, but also judicious about our plans to expand Nature’s Basket beyond its current footprint. We plan to expand in cities where we are already present—Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad—by opening more stores, especially in areas that are helping a city move beyond its existing boundaries.” On the worldwide shift towards eating the local and seasonal food that our mothers and grandmothers cooked and ate “The beauty about a market like India, which is so varied and diverse, is the fact that multiple trends can co-exist. While there is a definite shift towards regional food and a growing consciousness about eating right, the need for labels like ‘organic’, ‘gluten-free’ and

the like has become necessary due to changing lifestyles. Becoming vegan, for example, is a worldwide movement that is slowly finding acceptance in India. Many of our products are locally sourced superfoods, including quinoa flour and buckwheat.” On the superfoods that are poised for stardom “In my opinion, it is quintessentially Indian ingredients and food items that will take our country by storm. We have observed many customers trending towards options like buckwheat flour and amaranth (rajgira).” On the influence that her family has had on nutrition and fitness “My parents have always been great fitness role models, which, I am sure, has subconsciously influenced me. My husband (Arvind Dubash) and I have taken our boys, Aryan and Azaar, on plenty of holidays where they can be out in the open indulging in sports that they enjoy. In addition to all the regular sports they do in school, they have been taught water skiing by my dad and they are advanced PADI scuba divers, off-piste snow skiers and hold black belts in judo.” On what she considers her biggest achievement within the entire group, as its chief brand officer “I’m personally satisfied about evolving our organisation into a more customer-focused and brand-centric one and strengthening the reputation of the Godrej brand.” Her advice for the modern Indian woman on making the right lifestyle choices “Make time for yourself. Find a form of exercise that you enjoy doing and begin today. Make the most of the options available today for healthy eating—there is plenty of food out there that is both enjoyable and healthy.” Her guilty food indulgence “Biryani and steak.” n

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make-up, HaIR, fRagRances, HealtH, fItness AnD wellness

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Everyone has her own hashtag-worthy aspirations: career goals, relationship goals, vacay goals. At Vogue we have those, plus a slew of—yep—fitness goals. You know, those landmark physical feats that are the culmination of strength, balance and all-around badassery. (They’re also perfect for social media posting.) What’s on our fitness bucket list? A headstand, a pushup, a pull-up and our best-ever mile time. This month, we’re turning “Maybe someday” into “It’s go time!” and nailing these milestones thanks to one-month plans from top-notch trainers. Choose a goal (or try all five!), then build your strength using the prep exercises on these pages. Be sure to snap your master moment and tag #Youcandoit. >

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#fitgoals Let’s be real and create an ambitious (and achievable) fitness checklist to kickstart the new year. From a headstand to a pull-up, these awe-inspiring skills are definitely within your reach— just follow our simple plan. By EMILY ABBATE

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How to grip bar with hands just wider than shoulder-width apart, palms out. Draw shoulder blades together, engage core and pull yourself up, driving elbows toward ribs. lift chin over bar; pause. slowly lower for 1 rep. it works the back, shoulders and arms. PRo tIP “the best way to get comfortable with pull-ups is to do the moves below as well as the actual attempts,” says Ben sweeney, coach at the CrossFit gym Brick new York. “even failed pull-ups have a payoff. they help develop the strength and mobility that you need. work upward until you can get your chin over the bar.” tHe PReP eight-pound dumbbells, plyo box, pull-up bar. Do three sets, two times weekly. tHe MoVeS Hammer curl stand with feet hip-width apart, a dumbbell in each hand, elbows bent 90 degrees, palms in. Curl dumbbells to shoulders. lower for one rep. Do 10 reps. Bent-over row stand in a gentle squat with feet hip-width apart, leaning forward, back straight, a dumbbell in each hand, palms down. inhale, then exhale as you lift dumbbells to ribs, squeezing shoulder blades and keeping elbows close to body. lower for one rep. Do 10 reps. Negative pull-up stand on a plyo box, gripping a pull-up bar with palms out. Jump off box, bringing chin above bar, forearms close to body and core tight. slowly lower, hanging from bar until arms are fully extended, for one rep. Do 10. Chin-over-bar hold stand on a plyo box, gripping a pull-up bar with palms out. Jump off box, bringing chin above bar, forearms close to body and core tight. hold 10 seconds, keeping core engaged, for one rep. Do three reps.

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Push-up

Lowering your body weight all the way to the ground—and back—is the epitome of full-body strength. How to start in a high plank, hands slightly wider than chest. Bend elbows, lowering yourself until chest almost touches ground. push back up for one rep. it works the arms, chest, back and core. PRo tIP “in the beginning, it’s best to build your strength base by dropping your knees to the ground, where you’re better able to lower all the way to the floor and access the full range of the movement,” says adrienne Felder, lululemon ambassador and owner of architect studios in Montclair, new Jersey. “as you get stronger, you can lift your knees.” tHe PReP ten-pound dumbbells. Do three sets, three times weekly. tHe MoVeS Progressive plank start in a low plank. straighten right arm, shifting weight onto right hand. repeat with left arm, coming to a high plank. return to start without bending knees. repeat, starting with left arm; continue for one minute. overhead crunch lie face-up with legs together, holding dumbbells with arms overhead on ground. Contract abs and lift shoulder blades as you reach arms and legs to sky. lower for one rep. Do 10 reps. Chest press lie face-up, feet flat, holding dumbbells up with arms out to sides, elbows bent 90 degrees. push dumbbells over chest until they touch. slowly lower for one rep. Do 10 reps.

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Your fastest mile ever

Slash seconds off your best mile time without constantly pounding the pavement. MuScLeS IT WORkS Legs, core, cardiovascular system PRO TIP “To quicken your pace you need to awaken your posterior chain,” says David Siik, creator of Equinox Precision Running in Los Angeles. That’s the group of muscles, tendons and ligaments on your backside— like the glutes and hamstrings—which many runners neglect. “A sleepy posterior chain puts undue stress on your joints,” he says. “It also diminishes the power on liftoff as you propel yourself forward.” Strengthening these muscles will increase power, maximise your stride efficiency and lower your risk for injury. Try combining the strength training moves below into a circuit, running half a track (200 metres) between each one. “This method will build the strength and endurance needed to absolutely crush your mile time,” Siik says. THe PReP Space to run. Do three sets, two times weekly (plus regular runs). THe MOVeS Hopscotch jump Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulderwidth apart. Imagine a 1ft square in front of you. Quickly hop feet together to centre of square, then spread feet as you hop back. Hop to centre, then spread feet as you hop forward. Continue for one minute. Fly girl Lie face-down with arms in front of you. Lift right arm and left leg at least six inches for one count. Lower, switch sides and repeat for one rep. Do 10 reps. Single-leg glute bridge Lie face-up with feet flat, arms at sides. Lift hips and extend right leg to sky. Keep leg extended as you lower and lift hips for one rep. Do 12 reps. Switch sides; repeat. knee-tuck jump Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. Squat, keeping knees over toes and arms at sides. Jump, bringing knees to chest and landing in a squat for one rep. Do 10 reps.

Headstand

Holding this challenging yogi-favourite inversion requires major core and shoulder strength. HOW TO Start with hands and knees on a yoga mat. Lower head and forearms to mat, shoulders over elbows. Clasp hands at top of head. Push into forearms, lifting shoulders and pushing head down. Balance on balls of feet, then engage core as you then slowly kick right leg up, followed by left. Hold 30 seconds. PRO TIP “When you set up for a headstand, think of yourself as a triangle,” says Nina Marchione, creator of the Sculpt and BarreBreak classes at Solace in New York City. “Your head is the top; your hands or elbows are the bottom two corners. Keep your body weight distributed to all three points to protect your head and neck and maintain your form.” THe PReP Ten-pound dumbbells, yoga mat. Do three sets, three times weekly. THe MOVeS Overhead press Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding dumbbells at shoulder height, palms forward. Press weights overhead until biceps are at ears. Slowly return to start for one rep. Do 15 reps. Leaning toe tap Start with hands and knees on a yoga mat. Bend elbows 90 degrees as you lower head between hands. Extend legs back, balancing on toes. Lift right leg, then lower, tapping toes to ground, 25 times. Switch sides, repeat. Downward Dog push-up Start in a Downward Dog on a yoga mat. Lower chest to ground, keeping elbows close to ribs. Push through palms back to start for one rep. Do 10 reps. n www.vogue.in Vogue india JanuaRY 2017 191


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age wise

I turned 40 last year, and while the ageing jokes didn’t get to me, what did was the way my body started responding (or rather, not responding) to diet and exercise regimens that once held me in good stead. It should not have come as a surprise—if the twenties had me battling acne and PCOD, the thirties saw me struggle with sluggish metabolism and hypothyroidism. Every decade comes with its set of physical, mental and emotional challenges. The trick is to tweak your health goals every decade. Fitness guru Samir Purohit and nutrition expert Dr Vishakha Shivdasani show you how.

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Own every decade—exercise and eat right through the ages. By SHEREE GOMES GUPTA


20s 30s 40s 50s THE TWENTIES

BUILDING & EXPLORING Your twenties are the best years to lay down the foundation of good health for life. What you do here is what will finally pay rich dividends (dependent, of course, on how good you’ve been) in the decades to follow. WORK IT “Building muscle and bone density are most important for this age group,” says Samir Purohit. Pilates, weight-training and cardio exercises like zumba and aerobics are ideal workout options. He suggests including compound exercises that work more than one muscle group at a time. “For example, when you do a chest press you are working your chest, shoulder as well as the triceps—this is a more efficient method of training,” he adds.

EAT RIGHT Get plenty of calcium, says Dr Vishakha Shivdasani, as the twenties are peak bonebuilding years. Aim for 700mg a day—that’s a 200ml glass of milk, a 30gm matchbox-sized piece of cheese and a bowl of yoghurt. Avoid crash diets and watch your ‘alcohol calories’, not to mention the appetisers that go with it. “Women, especially, should include foods like lean red meat, beans, leafy greens and dates to avoid anaemia caused by iron deficiency. Add an iron supplement if needed,” she says.

THE THIRTIES

FINDING BALANCE Remember the twenties, when anything and everything you ate could just as easily be torched at the gym? Not so easy now? We all know our metabolic rate slows down as we get older, so find your groove here and now.

WORK IT Continue with weight training (thrice a week for at least 30 minutes per session) but ensure you have around 1 to 1.5gm of protein per pound of your weight per day (approximately 30-60gm of protein per meal, four to six meals a day). “This will slow down your muscle mass loss,” says Purohit. The focus should now be on flexibility—include stretching both before (dynamic warmups) and post-workout (static stretching). “This is also the time you’ll experience a drop in your aerobic capacity—include interval training (30 seconds sprinting and one-minute walking) three times a week for at least 20-30 minutes,” he suggests. EAT RIGHT Work life tends to take over this decade and it’s easy to skip meals or grab something on the run. Set aside time for regular meals and healthy snacking. “Do a blood test to obtain baseline levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar as well as vitamins B and D as these results can impact the weight loss or weight gain process,” says Dr Shivdasani, adding that women trying to conceive should include a folic acid supplement and eat folate-rich foods such as kale, spinach and broccoli as folic acid prevents neural tube defects in the child.

THE FORTIES

STAYING STRONG Older and wiser, here’s where you need to consolidate on the hard work you’ve put in over the years.

WORK IT The focus should be on slowing down muscle loss as well as maintaining your cardio vascular strength. Strength and resistance training, Pilates and yoga are very important for this age group, says Purohit, adding that a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio (preferably walking or running) three times a week are a must. “If you are starting your exercise routine at this age, avoid exercises that have too many jumps and fast weightlifting movements,” he adds. EAT RIGHT Add a calcium supplement for bone health as well as a good probiotic, as digestion begins to change this decade. “Start with Omega 3 as it helps reduce inflammation, which starts in the forties,” says Dr Shivdasani, stressing the need to get both a Dexa scan (to check bone health) as well as a mammogram done at this age.

THE FIFTIES AND BEYOND

KEEPING IT REAL It’s now more important than ever to stay active and also watch what you eat. Every move you make should count. WORK IT Consult your doctor before you start any exercise routine, stresses Purohit. “Know your target minimum and maximum heart rate while engaging in a cardio workout—this will ensure you don’t over-exert,” he advises. While your exercise routine should focus on cardio, strength, flexibility and balance, don’t ignore any pain you may experience while exercising. “Warm-ups and post-workout stretching should be done for a longer period of time,” he adds.

EAT RIGHT Have foods (or supplements) high in estrogen to combat symptoms of menopause, advises Dr Shivdasani. “Get the recommended amount of calcium and Vitamin D, too, as this is when bone density loss is at its peak,” she says. Limit intake of foods high in sodium as well as canned goods and processed meats. “Your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers are most important now—learn to season food with spices like garlic and ground mustard instead,” she suggests. Other must-haves include essential fatty acids like Omega 3 found in fish, walnuts and flaxseeds (to keep your brain sharp, nerves lubricated, eyes healthy and joints from cracking) and natural anti-inflammatory supplements such as garlic, turmeric, green and matcha tea. “Also, eat the ‘rainbow’ as the carotenoids and other pigments help fight oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases,” says Dr Shivdasani. ■

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fuel up

Fine-tune your food plan according to your fat-burning obsession. By SNEHA MANKANI or push-ups you practise in a day, if you want to stay on top of your fitness game. Whether you like to sweat it out with multiple burpees and squats or prefer the Zen route, Rashi Chowdhary, nutri-

BEFORE (1.5 hours prior) Your pre-workout highcalorie count should be broken down into 40 per cent carbs, 40 per cent fat and 20 per cent proteins. Cook up some sweet potato fries or wedges in coconut oil or butter with a handful of nuts; fill yourself with a lean meat like half a tuna; or go for two whole eggs with some greens.

BEFORE (45 minutes prior) Stick to a lowcalorie meal—an apple smeared with almond butter; or a power smoothie with 1/2 avocado + berries + almond milk or 1/2 banana + raw cacao + peanut butter + almond milk or 1 fruit + coconut milk.

HIGHINTENSITY WORKOUTS CIRCUIT TRAINING, INTERVAL TRAINING Carbs, carbs, carbs (simple ones)! And proteins to help those sore muscles.

tion and metabolic expert and founder of Protein Bake Shop, charts out a customised meal plan to go with every calorie-burning move out there. (And it includes hamburger and fries!)

AFTER (15 minutes post) Replenish muscle glycogen level with fast carbs and micronutrients. Have coconut water with a whey isolate and a banana, or a mashed potato with three eggs and orange juice for muscle gain, or a magnesium 500 to relax burned out muscles. If it’s your cheat day, you’re lucky! The fast carbs in your hamburger will actually help reload muscle glycogen levels.

AFTER (Within 20 minutes) If you’re looking to burn fat, focus on proteins post-workout: 15 almonds with two dates or one whole egg with mixed veggies will suffice.

LOWINTENSITY WORKOUTS YOGA, TAI CHI, PILATES, WALKING, SWIMMING Watch your calorie intake and hydrate with healthy fluids to keep energy levels up.

BEFORE (30 minutes prior) Indulge in a fat-based meal, as fat allows sugar levels to rise slowly and gives you energy for a prolonged period. Spread two to three tablespoons of nut butter or a butter coffee with one tablespoon unsalted butter over half an apple; or have a combination of three tablespoons of peanut butter with one whole avocado.

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CARDIO WORKOUTS RUNNING, CYCLING, DANCING, KICKBOXING Expend energy in a sustained way with easily digestible complex carbs before, energy fluids during and fast-absorbing proteins after.

AFTER (Instantly) If you’re looking to lean out, a bowl of your favourite fruits with chia seeds or mixed nuts will replenish all micronutrients. Or make yourself a chia seed pudding with three tablespoons of chia seeds soaked in almond milk with honey, orange rind and cinnamon powder. ■

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The road to recovery

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YOGA AND PILATES

THE EXPERT: Tamara Zweck, director, sports and manual physiotherapist, 206 Optimal Movement; medical director, Indian Premier League THE RISK: Myth—practising a minimalimpact style like yoga or Pilates will not cause injury. Repetitive strain injuries due to faulty movement patterns are common. In yoga, knee pain is aggravated by padmasna, standing warrior poses, or crossed-leg poses. It is linked to a stiff back and restricted rotation and extension of the hip. In Pilates, lower-back pain is often caused due to bracing abdominal muscles (the core) around an already stiff back.

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Women also tend to initiate movements by bracing their head and neck muscles, causing acute neck strain. THE RECOVERY PLAN: Give the injured structure “relative rest”. This does not mean bed rest or total rest. Often there are ways of continuing a workout in a modified form so the rest of your body can maintain certain fitness while other areas heal. We use a variety of techniques (taping, manual therapy, deep tissue release, dry needling) to aid the natural healing process of the injured structure. You need to progressively load the healing tissue. This makes tissues heal better in the first place. It’s absolutely necessary for you to be able to optimally load a tissue

before recommencing your full workout. Work with your physiotherapist to figure out why this injury happened in the first place. Is another part of your body creating too much strain for that structure? Are there imbalances in your body that are adding pressure to a certain area? Learn to relax your neck and let your legs do the work. Your pelvis and legs are big muscles and can take a great amount of load and pressure. Always find your neutral spine position when doing Pilates—an ideal position that will never damage your back. Consciously maintain a good posture after a workout, as keeping your muscles in alignment will help your body recover faster. www.facebook.com/206optimalmovement

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THE EXPERT: Priyanka Talreja, musculoskeletal and sports physical therapist, certified dry needling practitioner, The Alchemy Life

THE RISK: Stress fractures and ankle ligament sprains, especially in women with decreased bone density and muscle mass, poor diet and improper landing technique when jumping, running or sprinting. Anterior knee pain is also very common in women runners due to a tight IT band (which runs between thigh and knee) and weak glutes. THE RECOVERY PLAN: It depends on the tissue structure involved and extent of injury. For stress fractures, the rest period can be up to eight to 12 weeks. Once inflammation/injury has subsided, a customised rehab prescription coupled with a good warm-up and cool-down programme including dynamic stretches is essential. When getting back to anything that involves acceleration/deceleration, stretches are integral to avoid re-injury. Blood tests for vitamins D3 and B12 and calcium every six to eight months can help predict internal risk factors. Injury risk is also higher in women with a weekly sedentary lifestyle with high-impact workout regimes on weekends—maintain balance. Manage your diet, as highly acidic diets can contribute to osteopenia and osteoporosis. Cryotherapy or ice baths and sports massage to flush lactic acid formed during exercise will speed up physical recovery. Alchemylife.in

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THE RISK: Rotator cuff injury of the shoulder, wrist tendonitis and muscular spasms are often caused due to excessive or incorrect lifting. While weight training, a good fitness expert must factor in the nature of the muscle fibres in women and smaller muscle size versus men or else there is a greater chance of injury.

THE RISK: High-intensity routines put almost anyone at a higher risk of injury. A lot depends on the workout design but women are likely to experience a high incidence of ligament tears or tendonitis in the Achilles tendon, supraspinatus tendon (shoulder) or the ACL and patellar tendon (knee). Women are more prone to these injuries because of an imbalance between quadriceps and hamstring muscles and fluctuations in ligament strengthening hormones like oestrogen and relaxin.

THE EXPERT: Dr Rameshkumar Ranganathan, senior consultant, manual therapy, paediatrics; ergonomist, pelvic floor dysfunction, The Recover Clinic Pain and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Centre

THE RECOVERY PLAN: Rest and icing are best done during the early stage of shoulder and wrist injuries. The rest of the treatment will vary from normal physiotherapy, sports massage, dry needling (for managing pain) and immobilisation. A complete rehabilitation under the guidance of a health professional is essential to get you back to your original level. Always follow a fitness expert when you train—correct form is essential. Increase the weight gradually. Don’t concentrate on a specific body part while doing workouts. Rotate muscle groups and allow for enough recovery or rest periods between workouts. www.facebook.com/therecoverclinic/

THE EXPERT: Shayamal Vallabhjee, sports scientist and EQ consultant; founder of HEAL Institute

THE RECOVERY PLAN: Tendonitis could have you back in action in a few weeks whilst a complete tear requires rest for three to 12 months. Recovery requires physiotherapy, rehabilitation and progressive functional loading with treatment over a course of time. Consult a physiotherapist and undergo the rehab programme under supervision. Ensure you strengthen both the agonist and antagonist muscles involved in a movement pattern. Applying the principle of progressive overload will ensure that you are strengthening over a period of time. Eccentric loading exercises (lengthening and lowering movements) will increase tendon strength. As a rule of thumb, do five sets of 30-40 seconds of eccentric holds at least twice a week to reduce your risk of ligament and tendon injuries. ■ Thehealinstitute.in

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active lifestyle can put your skin through a workout, too. FIT-GIRL FIXES AnOutsmart these common obstacles. By KARI MOLVAR THE ISSUE: You work out and wash your face a lot, so it’s tight and itchy. THE FIX: A high-tech, low-lather cleanser. “The new ones remove oil but minimise damage to the skin’s upper layer,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner. Try 1. Avène Gentle Gel Cleanser ( 1,400).

Swipes ( 1,250) are soothing and hydrating. THE ISSUE: Your outdoor adventures make you prone to sun damage on spots like your neck, shoulders and chest. THE FIX: Layer on a sunscreen with physical filters like titanium oxide and zinc oxide. A cream, like 3. La Roche-Posay Dry Touch Gel Cream ( 1,500), will adhere through sweat better than spray-on formulas.

THE ISSUE: A regular make-up-and-sweat mix is causing pore congestion. THE FIX: Take your makeup off first. Try a no-rinse cleansing wipe when there’s zero time or no access to a locker room. 2. Clinique Pep-Start Quick Cleansing 1

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Beyoncé gets tough by boxing and swinging big, weighted ropes. “You run out of gas fast; by pushing through [that fatigue], you develop a ton of endurance,” says Borges. An equipmentfree option: explosive push-ups. Get in a push-up position, bend elbows, and lower chest toward floor. Press back up, pushing off your hands at the top to “pop” an inch above the ground. Do four sets of eight to 10 reps.

2. TO RUN FASTER

“Sprints are ideal for building stamina and explosiveness, which B needs to move across the stage,” says Borges, who has her alternate a one-minute sprint with two minutes of brisk walking for 30 minutes total.

3. TO BUILD STRENGTH

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is the kettlebell squat-and-press. “It hits all the major muscles. If you did nothing else, you’d still get a great workout,” he says. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a dumbbell (or a full laundry detergent bottle) at chest, elbows tucked in at sides. Squat down until elbows touch knees. Drive hips forward to stand up, lifting weight overhead. Do four sets of 15 reps.

4. TO IMPROVE YOUR BALANCE

Wondering how Beyoncé pulls off that choreography in sky-high heels? She does exercises for balance. Try her single-leg step-ups: Step up onto a sturdy chair or bench with your right foot, bring left knee up to your chest, and return to start. Do four sets of 15 reps, switch sides, and repeat.

5. TO BOOST FLEXIBILITY

“I stretch B at the end of every workout,” says Borges. “It’s key for range of motion and helping to prevent injury.” Grab a towel and lie on the floor. Bend and lift right leg, looping towel over arch of foot. Straighten leg, gently pulling towel down with both hands. Hold towel with right hand and drop leg out to the right. Switch to left hand and bring leg across to the left. Hold each for 30 seconds. Repeat with other leg.

WHAT BEYONCÉ EATS AFTER A WORKOUT

Borges makes sure his fitness queen gets plant-based protein, like a smoothie made with pea protein powder, almond milk, frozen fruit and spinach. “It helps her muscles recover,” he explains. The rest of her diet is mostly plant-based too—lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains. She steers clear of unhealthy fats, added sugar and processed foods as much as she can. Says Borges: “It’s about staying as close to nature as humanly possible.” You don’t have to go vegan—lean protein (like chicken or fish) works too.

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Beyoncé makes a lot of things look effortless. But the two-hour performances she does night after night are anything but easy. So before setting off on her Formation World Tour, she turned to her trainer, Marco Borges, to build endurance. “We worked on speed, power, strength, balance and flexibility—five things that create optimum performance,” says Borges. Do her full routine three times a week to see (and feel) results in six weeks.


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It’s important to time your evening workout, dinner and sleep times to get the most out of this regimen. “Give yourself enough time after your training session to eat and unwind,” says Jourdain, whose usual nutrition routine includes some pre-workout fuel like a green shake, BCCAs as intra fuel, an egg or protein shake post-workout and a main meal consisting of lean meat and vegetables.

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You’ve hit snooze seven times already, you’re manically jumping out of bed, pulling on the first thing that falls out of your closet and rushing to work while mentally promising yourself that you will (definitely, maybe) make it to the gym tomorrow. Nod if you relate to this situation. “But the ‘I don’t have the time’ philosophy is simply not an excuse,” says celebrity fitness expert and former ballerina Cindy Jourdain, who believes people should include a workout at night if they don’t have time in the morning, “because working out [at any time] is better than not working out at all.” The key “is to train regularly, at the same time if possible, with similar eating habits throughout the day to ensure metabolic efficiency.”

DARK SECRETS

While morning sessions get much of the glory, there’s plenty of science to back up the benefits of working out after hours. YOU WORK OUT HARDER. If you’re groggy and dazed at your AM

class, there’s nothing driving you to push harder and faster. Research from England’s University of Birmingham shows that performance peaks 11 hours after waking for late risers and intensity increases by 20 per cent. The correlation is straightforward: the more you can push yourself while training, the faster you’ll see results. ● YOU’LL SLEEP SOUNDLY. People worry that evening training sessions will turn them into insomniacs. “It might be a problem for some, who may experience the flux of hormones posttraining a bit tricky to manage as the adrenaline rush keeps them high and awake for a while,” says Jourdain. But most set themselves up for a good night’s sleep after training. “The extra energy expended late at night makes the body want to shut down naturally after a long day,” she says. ● YOU’LL MAKE BETTER LIFESTYLE CHOICES. According to Jourdain, a set routine may stop most people from going out too often during the week, to dinners and parties, which usually involve excess calories and late nights. ● YOU’LL FEEL CALMER. When you have the right training matched with

the right intensity based on your individual needs, Jourdain explains, levels of stress hormones drop, while endorphins (natural, feel-good chemicals) and serotonin (sleep-inducing hormone) get a boost. If you go to bed happy, there’s a good chance this mindset will carry forward to the next day too.

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT

1. Start with some foam rolling— a self-massage to release muscle tightening—going over hot spots through the body. “Don’t rush this process,” she insists. 2. Get in some mobility work next. Use a PVC pipe to open up the body and prep it for a good range of motion. 3. Warm up the body with a series of surya namaskars. 4. After that, try a few activation exercises. Jourdain recommends the Bird Dog exercise to strengthen your core, improve balance and “get that body and mind connection going,” and the single leg Rainbow Pass to develop motor skills. 5. To finish, spend some time in shavasana before moving into development stretches (where you hold each for 30 seconds). ■ www.vogue.in VOGUE INDIA JANUARY 2017 201


There is an unseemly side to being a health reporter, a side that entails more than press releases on the latest cancer findings and samples of the newest running shoes. There is the side that involves sex—sex masquerading as sexual health and, as such, sex that assumes the right to assault the bleary eyes of unsuspecting editors, innocently going through the morning mail, with such packaged goods as ridged condoms (size X-tra large), and, at least once, a vibrator in a velvet pouch. Such items are then quickly dispatched to the office giveaway table, in the hopes that, when they are discreetly hidden amid reject piles of novels, no one will suspect who put them there. After all, while sex, in the context of disease, contraception, crime, or politics, hardly makes anyone blush these days, sexual pleasure—how often you want it, how good it is once you have it, given that everything is in working order—is still a private matter, best left discussed between close friends or, of course, in that other intimate forum, between talk-show host and studio audience. Viagra jokes notwithstanding, certain publicists and sex therapists may want you to believe that boring, uninspired sex is public-health-enemy number one, but the consensus has always been that hearty sex drives and terrific orgasms either happen or they don’t, depending on your personality, skill and whether you and your partner like each other much. Recently, however, doctors are suggesting that this is worth examining. It is not healthy not to like or want sex. Rather than being considered a pastime, subject to personal preference, like wine-tasting or stamp collecting, sex, they say, is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. When sex does not interest you, then it might, just might, be a problem—a medical problem. And according to new findings from laboratories around the globe, it’s a problem that may be treated with a drug: namely, testosterone.

The T Theory

Testosterone (as well as other hormones in its class, called androgens) is already administered in pills, creams and injections to treat bone and muscle

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the pleasure principle Is a good sex drive a must for good health? JOANNE CHEN reports on the testosterone factor in the feminine mystique ailments; it has also been combined with estrogen in capsules to alleviate hot flashes; and superhuman doses of it have long been abused by athletes. But doctors in the US have increasingly been using it in very small amounts, under carefully monitored circumstances, as a cure for women with low libidos. There is also something called the testosterone patch, which is generating interest. While it’s not risk-free, it

promises to be more practical. Testosterone is being called the female Viagra. But, in fact, testosterone seems to be more than that: it broadens the parameters of how we define a medical condition. Men taking Viagra for erectile dysfunction have a physiological malfunction. Women with androgen deficiency syndrome (ADS), in contrast, are technically capable of doing their part during sex; they just

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don’t like doing it. So when doctors write a prescription for testosterone they are, in fact, acknowledging the need for a “lifestyle” drug.

“DARLING, I HAVE A HEADACHE”

The condition is a very specific one if testosterone is to be a cure. It is more than just not wanting to have sex with a certain person, in a certain situation, or at a certain time—it’s not liking sex at all, even when the sex is “good” and it’s with someone you love. As commonly assumed, a change in testosterone levels doesn’t only occur in postmenopausal women but can plague younger women, too. To understand why low levels of testosterone can wreak havoc on a woman’s sex life, one must do away with the notion of testosterone’s being a man’s hormone and estrogen’s being a woman’s. Men and women produce both estrogen and testosterone; it’s just that men produce a higher ratio of testosterone than women, and women a higher ratio of estrogen than men. But the amount of testosterone we produce is hardly negligible. On average, premenopausal women produce 20 to 60 nanograms of the hormone per deciliter of blood in their ovaries and their adrenal glands—that’s four times the amount of estrogen. Most of it is bound up to something called sex-hormone-binding globulin and the protein albumen; the rest (about 1 per cent) is a free agent. It is this 1 per cent that floats to the brain and turns our world upside down when we’re struck by a romantic crush or consumed by an object of desire.

NOT A MAGIC POTION

This does not mean, however, that testosterone is the solution for anyone with a poor sex life. In fact, when given to women with already normal levels of testosterone, it could cause acne and facial-hair growth and, in pregnant women, birth defects. Some scientists even fear a cancer link. Unlike Oberon’s juice in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, testosterone will not create passion where it doesn’t already exist, nor will it make good sex great. While there are no statistics as to how many women are affected by low testosterone levels, most women, espe-

cially healthy premenopausal women, have more probable causes to their problem. It could be painful sex because estrogen is depleted. It could be making bad choices in men. It could be stress. It could be fatigue. It could be performance anxiety. It could be depression. And on and on. What causes testosterone to diminish? Damage to the ovaries and adrenal glands (the manufacturing plants for testosterone)—and, alas, age. What people don’t realise is that there is no abrupt drop in testosterone across the menopausal transition. Instead, there’s a gradual decline with each passing year. By the time a woman reaches her mid-forties, she may have half as much testosterone as she did in her mid-twenties. There are other reasons for testosterone dips, however, even in healthy women in their twenties and thirties. Certain birth control pills, ironically, may be a problem. Antidepressants, too, can pose problems. Having a reputation for being a downer for your love life, these otherwise mood-enhancing serotonin-reuptake inhibitors can also be adjusted. Whether testosterone is the best treatment or not, the fact that there’s a medical solution at least gives women permission to look for help. In fact, as one case study points out in the book Restore Yourself: A Woman’s Guide To Reviving Her Sexual Desire And Passion For Life, it’s the difference between watching television in black-and-white and watching it in colour. Drugs like Viagra—though it ultimately proved less helpful for women than for men—were nonetheless a breakthrough for all of us, if only because they brought sexual medical issues into the public forum. And even though the patch, if approved (some say a few years from now), would be most widely used by postmenopausal women, doctors say it would also have an impact on those who are younger, simply by allowing them to recognise the importance of sexual pleasure—and to feel comfortable about seeking it out. But until then, that copy of the Kama Sutra on the giveaway table? I have no idea where it came from. ■

READY FOR TESTOSTERONE?

Dr Kiran Cohelo, celebrity gynaecologist and head of department of gynaecology at Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, tells us about testosterone therapies in the Indian context Are testosterone patches available in India? In India, patches don’t always work because of our climate. It’s always humid and they are likely to come off. Instead, I would suggest a lubricant, local hyperemic drug or gels for an increase in libido. Who needs it the most? Perimenopausal women—that is women who are either going to enter menopause, those in it and those in a post-menopausal phase.

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From Tony Parsons’ 100-point guide to achieving success to profiles of influencers that cover style, health, work, relationships and family; from affairs of state and marriage to a healthy bank balance— this month, GQ India brings you the commandments of success, which every man should live by.

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Inner beauty and outer beauty are concepts that may have become advertising clichés but authors DEEPAK CHOPRA and KIMBERLY SNYDER make a strong case for this as our true state in their new book, Radical Beauty. By GEETA RAO Beauty in today’s world is a complex construct. On one level the beauty industry finds multiple ways and means to keep us hopelessly addicted. (Full disclosure I am a happy, addicted beauty junkie.) Yet there is a powerful undertow that speaks to us from within, a yearning to live in a state of constant wellbeing, to make natural, healthy, holistic choices and pick ingredients that feel right and light. That’s the zone Radical Beauty hits. “Radical Beauty has nothing to do with trendy make-up, fleeting fads or insecure comparisons with other women,” say the authors. That can be toxic. Instead they offer six pillars—Internal Nour-

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ishment, External Nourishment, Peak Beauty Sleep, Primal Beauty, Beautiful Movement and Spiritual Beauty— as the foundation. Each pillar is extensively explained with tips and examples, but it is a way of life rather than an instant transformation. For the Indian reader there will be much that is familiar because Chopra’s work rests on principles of Ayurveda. There are also familiar echoes from his earlier books. Kimberley Snyder is the well-known clinical nutritionist whose book The Beauty Detox Solution was on the New York Times bestseller list. Her GGS or Glowing Green Smoothie (see recipe) is what Hollywood A-lis-


ters swear by. The book has Radical Beauty salads and soups, skin and hair care recipes that you can whip up, and even natural cleaning solutions—remember those household cleaning solutions are big paraben-infested culprits and hormone disruptors. While I am not giving up my Chanel Sublimage and Vichy sunscreen just yet, Radical Beauty had me nodding in vigorous agreement as I went through the chapters—Spiritual Beauty and External Beauty were my favourites. The real challenge lies in the daily practice that gets us to the stage where “the True Self becomes our only Self”. Here, Deepak Chopra shares his radical views and philosophy.

Radical Recipes we heaRt

GLOwING GREEN SMOOThIE (four servings) 500ml filtered water 1.5kg chopped spinach l 450gm chopped Cos lettuce l 2 stalks chopped celery l 1 pear cored and sliced l 1 apple cored and chopped l 1 ripe banana l 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice l 25gm fresh coriander (optional) l 15gm chopped parsley (optional) l

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“Radical beauty means more than just natural beauty or holistic beauty. It means changing the context, meaning and experience of beauty. In the most fundamental form, beauty is a feeling. As Tagore said, ‘When I feel beauty, I know it as truth.’ If you don’t feel beautiful you will never look beautiful, particularly to yourself.”

add the first three ingredients to blender and mix until smooth. add the rest of the ingredients. Blend on high until smooth. make it part of your daily routine. mix and match greens depending on seasons. RADICALLY TIMELESS BEAUTY MASk l 1 tablespoon raw organic honey l 1 teaspoon almond oil l 1 teaspoon rosewater

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FAMILIAR BUT DIFFERENT

“This book is different because of my partnership with Kimberly Snyder, who is not only a certified nutritionist but also a beauty expert to many Hollywood celebrities. She contributed elements to this book, such as primordial beauty and external nourishment with specific details. Moreover, we unfurled specific interventions that expanded on previous books, particularly when it came to nutrition, supplements and natural skincare. There is also a section on spiritual beauty, which is an expansion and evolution of my previous insights on higher states of consciousness.”

REAL BEAUTY

“All of the messages that you get from society are a result of the hypnosis of social conditioning, including media. As a result, everyone is in a rush to conform to very superficial ideas about what is beautiful and desirable. The beauty business is a multi-billion-dollar business promising instant gratification by temporarily changing your appearance. Feeling good

combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. apply for 15 minutes and rinse off.

about yourself by living up to someone else’s idea of beauty is the real over-promise. In fact, it is impossible. The only real way to achieve a meaningful and lasting sense of beauty, love and desirability is to discover it within yourself.”

BABY STEPS

“Do what feels easy and practical and when you incorporate a little into your life, such as sleep or meditation, move on to something else. Don’t stress yourself or feel it is a ‘duty’ to incorporate the six pillars.”

GOODBYE BOTOX

“There is a lot of evidence that surgical enhancement with silicone and introducing chemicals to the body can be a risk for autoimmune diseases and cancer. For those considering it, I would advise them to avoid it. As people get older, enhancement procedures from the past as well as implants can turn a person into a grotesque mannequin. Surgical enhancements aren’t necessary. Discover the beauty in who you are right now; celebrate your uniqueness and enhance it through gratitude and love.” n www.vogue.in Vogue india JanuaRY 2017 209


beauty Foreo Issa Hybrid Electric Tooth Brush, 13,600

PAMPER YOUR BRUSHES, LIKE YOU WOULD YOUR FACE

Nina Ricci Légère L’Extase Caresse de Roses, EDP (80ml), 5,900

Because you’re already guilty of leaving your tool-cleansing ritual for another day, we give you that extra push to bathe those bristles. Get the Brushampoo because 1) it’s made with the most caring, ethically sourced ingredients (virgin coconut and palm oil) to condition the fibres 2) it prevents future bacterial growth, increasing your brush’s shelf life, encouraging you to procrastinate on that shopping spree a little more.

FASHION MEETS BEAUTY

Nina Ricci’s new L’Extase is inspired by the emblematic Calisto bracelet that debuted in their first RTW collection. From the delicate dangling chains on the pink flacon to the heady floral bouquet of roses, peony, violet and musk, the scent is like a sparkling accessory for your skin. It’s light yet intensely sensual, soft but also transfixing.

Sigma Sigmagic Brushampoo, 1,025

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Because it’s the most effortless curve you can achieve, and Foreo’s beauty tool will make it bright and shiny. The soft silicone bristles are devised to gently massage your gums, while the PBT polymer vigorously brushes off plaque buildup for pristine teeth. Just how effective is the hybrid compared to the good ol’ drugstore brushes? Only that in 60 seconds, 11,000 high-intensity pulsations are given out for micro-sweeps. Also, just an hour of charge lasts 365 uses.

FLOWER FRESH

Its star ingredient is a flower that never fades—immortelle millésimée. Its essence—all 5,000 micro-drops of it—are blended in a water-based gel enriched with jania rubens, a red alga that has the ability to regenerate. Plant extracts give it a crisp green fragrance, while its lightweight formula seeps into skin instantly, giving you a nourished glow.

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Clinique Gelato Body Cream, 2,750

A GUILT-FREE TUB OF SWEETNESS EXISTS

Clinique has packed in your favourite smells into nourishing body blends. Soothe flaky winter skin by slathering on Happy, a creamy rendition of the brand’s cult scent, or give your skin a burst of fruity freshness with Berry Blush.

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L’Occitane Divine Harmony Serum, 12,000

You’ll see it once, and you won’t rest till you touch it. Everything about M.A.C’s eight metallic shadows is hypnotic. The loose powder pigments—dark, sexy and worthy of the most mysterious smoky eyes—come magnetically pressed in a wave-like pattern. Whether it’s the grown-up glitter colour palette or the creamy powder finish, these pots are sliding right into our party purses.

M.A.C Spellbinder Eyeshadows, 1,500 (each)


A HAIR SPA APPOINTMENT WITH AYURVEDA

Forest Essentials Hair Thickening Spray, 1,250

A DEEP UNDERSTANDING OF ‘CITY HAIR’ Kérastase’s new Specifique range targets the root of all your tress troubles— the scalp—to relieve urban hair woes (read weak, lifeless strands further damaged by environmental aggression). We like that apart from its threestep ritual, which includes a bath (to purify and detox), a masque (to calm and nurture) and a treatment potion (to cure and prevent), a special preshampoo clay is used in salons to shed layers of city trauma your scalp has faced and gathered. The range has a personalised solution for every scalp problem. We give you their tailor-made low-down. PROBLEM: DANDRUFF

PROBLEM: HAIR LOSS

SOLUTION: Bain Anti-Pelliculaire Shampoo ( 2,000) + Hydra Apaisant Masque ( 3,100)+ Cure Anti-Pelliculaire ( 4,000)

SOLUTION: Bain Prevention ( 2,000) + Hydra Apaisant ( 3,100) + Aminexil Cures ( 4,000)

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Anti-fungal properties of zinc piyrithione soothe flaking, salicylic acid exfoliates, and rhamnose stimulates scalp.

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SOLUTION: Bain Divalent ( 2,000) + Hydra Apaisant ( 3,100)

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The natural oil—calophyllum—calms and heals, while piroctone olamine’s anti-bacterial action prevents itchiness. Menthol provides cooling respite. COMPILED BY SNEHA MANKANI

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The scalp cells are well oxygenated, and antioxidants stunt its ageing process.

We’re avid fans of Forest Essentials’s hair care range—it’s gentle yet super effective and smells divine. And with new assortments added to the list, we’re banking on these ancient remedies to start the new year on a happy (hair) note. Cleansers, conditioners, a hair thickening spray and hair vitalizer will be shelved, but we’re itching (pun intended) to try the hair repair masque. This pre-shampoo treatment—a first for the brand—is giving due credit to the ritual of pre-cleansing. Enriched with banana pulp and fresh herbs like methi, brahmi and nagarmoth, it works extensively to repair, restore and rehydrate your lifeless mane. Forest Essentials Intensive Hair Repair Masque, 1,425

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD, AND IT’S ON YOUR LIPS

Taking space on L’Oréal’s star-laden shelf, next to its Pure Reds and La Vie En Rose collections, are their creamy lipsticks in a glittering new avatar. The Star Golds come in seven signature shades, each manifesting its celebrity’s persona in the form of their favourite colour. Think a vibrant scarlet for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a rosy pink for Sonam Kapoor and a brick plum for Eva Longoria. The lipsticks are infused with 24-carat gold-coated particles, but what will really catch your attention is their standout piece: the gold lipstick. Eccentric as it may seem, you can adapt it to your level of crazy. Use it on your lips if you’re an explorer of unfamiliar territories (or you can layer it over your lip colour for a 3D shine), sweep it over your lids to replace your metallic shadow, or dab it L’Oréal Paris on the inner corners Gold Obsession, of your eyes and Le Gold, cheekbones for some 1,025 (each) heavy-duty radiance.

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“Life goes on and on, even in pain.” When Mumbai-based trainer Tehsin Ratna talks to you about working out while in agony, you listen. With a career that dates back to 2001 and includes working with renowned hotel chains, private gyms and, finally, as a personal trainer, he’s trained a lot of people—from regular Joes to expatriates to soldiers on break from war. Armed with a specialisation in fitness for older adults from the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) and a course from the Pilates Institute of America (PIA), he now specialises in training people with chronic health issues. He highlights three of the most common problems— and tells us how we can fight them.

OBESITY

CAUSE: There’s a reason Ratna’s course choice was a specialisation in fitness for older adults—he observed a steady rise in lifestyle-related issues. Kids have health problems sooner and adults suffer from all sorts of lifestylerelated problems, including obesity. He blames a hectic lifestyle for weight gain—we don’t eat the right food, in the right amount at the right time, or workout right.

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SOLUTION: While portion-control theories and obscure diets are aplenty, Ratna believes obesity begins at your mouth and that humans are designed to eat ‘minimum’ food. How to eat right? Chew your food, eat it without distractions like the TV, and wait for 20 minutes before you eat more (that’s how long it takes for your brain to register that you are truly full). WORKOUT: Don’t overload joints; if you weigh more than 100kg, you shouldn’t lift heavy weights at all. If walking hurts, swim—water cuts down your weight to 10 per cent. Once you’re comfortable swimming, add weights to use water to your advantage! Once you feel your joints are mobilised, move to seated and lying-down exercises, like seated shoulder press, back pulls, lying-down back pulls, or lying-down Pilates exercises.

CHRONIC BACKACHE

CAUSE: Bad posture, bad footwear, incorrect walking style, overloading the back on a regular basis and ignoring the problem when it is in the early stages. SOLUTION: First, pinpoint what is causing the backache and remedy the problem. Often, a simple answer to all back issues lies in your core—if your abdominal muscles are weak your back will hurt, so strengthen your core. WORKOUT: Before you can work out, make sure you see a doctor and undertake physiotherapy. We tend to

ignore fledgling problems, making them worse, so work out only once you’ve been given the go-ahead and avoid any exercise that requires forward bending, side twisting and strain on the affected area.

KNEE TROUBLE

CAUSE: Walking incorrectly is one of the main causes—your feet need to be properly aligned or the uneven weight distribution puts pressure on the knee joint. People who use cars, cabs and flights find their legs in awkward positions, which leads one to walk incorrectly. And while it may seem inane, bad posture, walking incorrectly and in the wrong footwear are the biggest causes of knee trouble. SOLUTION: Fix the root problem— see a doctor and get diagnosed even if the knee ache is just about starting up. Runners, on feeling an ache, go for the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method, and if that doesn’t worksee an expert and stick to shorter runs when given the go-ahead. WORKOUT: Reduce the load; get to the pool (it quickens improvement) and make yourself more flexible with physiotherapy and using foam roller exercises. Once you’ve got your mobility back, restart with lighter versions of your workout and focus on kneestrengthening exercises. ■ Trfitness.in

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Tehsin Ratna

Chronic injuries and illnesses are a part and parcel of our lives today. Does that mean we stop working out? Trainer TEHSIN RATNA busts the myths and tells you how to get fit when you’re feeling down. By CHANDNI SEHGAL


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middle-eastern delight This all-natural homegrown brand will give you a feel of Arabia’s ancient beauty traditions. By SUJATA ASSOMULL

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Dr Lamees Hamdan

and spas throughout America. In fact, Shiffa’s use of the highest quality rose oil has made it a favourite in spa treatments. It’s been 12 years since Hamdan launched her brand, and today it is one of the few ‘Made in the Middle East’ skincare brands to gain international recognition. In an exclusive interview with Vogue, Hamdan talks about how it all began. How was Shiffa born? When I was pregnant, I was terrified of getting stretch marks since I am prone to them, and also more aware of what I was putting into my body as well as on it. I started to look at natural and organic options. As a doctor I always look at ingredients, and I was disappointed with what I saw. So I was forced to create my own product. And although I had a baby who weighed four kilos, I didn’t get any stretch marks. I kept making batches and giving it to my friends, and that’s how Shiffa was born—with a pregnancy oil! Which is your star product? The healing balm—Shiffa means ‘healing’ in Arabic. It is an organic blend of

The Shiffa product line contains a blend of ingredients from land and sea, and Hamdan mixes each product with care. The three star ingredients of her products are date ferment, red seaweed, and thermal marine ferment. 1. DATE FERMENT EXTRACT: Dates are one of the oldest fruit crops grown in the world, and are rich in minerals and vitamins. Date extract contains seven compounds that act in synergy to help delay visible signs of skin ageing. The extract has also been proven to help eliminate toxins from the skin and increase collagen, keeping skin plump and firm. 2. ECO-FRIENDLY RED SEAWEED: Red algae has been shown to help revitalise stressed skin in just three days. Algae is harvested from the rich ocean waters and handpicked for optimum selection. The seaweed is then sun-dried and an extract is obtained. 3. THERMAL MARINE FERMENT: The benefits of thermus thermophilus ferment extract are almost countless, from targeting age spots to blemishes and wrinkles. It is a true “super” booster in the world of beauty. It is also a natural sunscreen.

16 herbs and extracts that work wonders on any skin, especially mature, acne-prone and sensitive skin. It is especially good for people with rosacea.

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Having your first child is always about starting a new chapter in your life, but for Lamees Hamdan—a medical doctor by training who later specialised in dermatology—it was also a time when she gave birth to a new business. Her fear of stretch marks inspired her to create a natural organic pregnancy oil that is now used by many celebrity mothers, including Kim Kardashian. A graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, she shuttles between Dubai and Los Angeles. This way, she is able to blend the best of the East and West, including some principles of Indian Ayurveda, in her products. The Middle East has always been known for its obsession with beauty, and with the UAE having the highest per capital spend on cosmetic and skincare products globally, every international brand is looking to be a part of its burgeoning industry. Shiffa products are available throughout the Middle East and Australia via Sephora, as well as around the world, in stores likeSelfridges in London, Isetan in Japan, beauty e-retailers like Lookfantastic.in

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The Middle East is one of beauty’s most vibrant markets—especially when it comes to Botox, fillers, etc. But yours is an all-natural product… ...and organic, and the bestselling skincare line in the Middle East, so that says something. Being organic and natural does not mean you have to compromise on results. I make the products for myself, so they have to be up to my exacting standards. I am vain; I don’t want to age and neither do my clients. Natural products are more effective (when formulated properly and in therapeutic concentrations) because they are absorbed and assimilated better by the body. This region is known for its love of dates. What are the healing properties of dates, which are a key ingredient in your products? Dates have nourished desert people for centuries, and they are full of nutrients and minerals, with many medicinal uses. A great antioxidant and rejuvenator, it soothes skin, has anti-inflammatory properties and helps remineralise.

What are the latest additions to your product range? Ampoules, which target specific concerns. I have seen many clients with pigmentation issues, so I formulated my brightening ampoule, which has the consistency of dewdrops and contains skin-lightening ingredients along with extracts and herbs that further enhance brightening effects. How often do you add a product to the range? I always add what I need. I am 41 years old, and I don’t want to get bogged down with too many products—I have a life to live! So I formulate multi-functioning products that truly work on all aspects of ageing. What is the secret behind your own glowing skin? Shiffa, of course! Also I don’t drink or smoke, and I have really tried to cut out sugar. Sugar is a major ager, not just for skin but the entire body. And always use a good sunscreen.

You are a mother to two daughters. What’s your advice to them when it comes to beauty? Love who you are first; don’t change your features, skin colour and so on. I want them to appreciate the beauty in everything in this world. I spent too much time in my younger days obsessing over my imperfections. ■

PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT

VITAMIN INFUSIONS The newest way to provide your body nutrition—through your arm. By JERUSHA RATNAM CHANDE

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If you really want great skin, you might have to get over your fear of needles soon. Vitamin infusions are the current big thing for those looking to allay the effects of ageing. They involve hooking up your arm to an IV drip filled with a saline solution

containing a customised cocktail of vitamins. They’re quite painless, or so we’ve heard, and Rihanna is a fan. Dermatologist Kiran Lohia recommends them too. “Vitamin infusions are a fabulous way of rapidly delivering needed nutrients directly into the circulation,” she says. Popping a daily pill isn’t enough, she explains, “Taking vitamins orally means that you have to have great intestinal absorption, and it takes time for enough dosages to accumulate to achieve good results. By giving an infusion, you bypass those time-consuming and sometimes problematic steps and instantly

provide your body and skin the nutrition it needs.” If you’re ordering off the menu, Lohia suggests glutathione and Vitamin C to increase glow and fight pigmentation, and B complex vitamins and Vitamin B12 for an energy boost and to treat dullness and hair fall. Can a regular regime of infusions replace traditional skincare practices? Not all doctors agree. While an infusion will give you quicker results—you’ll see clearer, brighter skin in 24 hours—it’s a short-term fix. For fantastic skin over the long term, stick to the basics till the next alchemic solution is discovered: slather on that sunscreen, moisturise, moisturise, moisturise, and don’t forget the eightglasses-a-day rule. www.vogue.in VOGUE INDIA JANUARY 2017 215


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PARAdise Found

Globe-trotting CNN anchor ANDERSON COOPER takes refuge from the 24-hour news cycle in a heavenly tropical compound nestled in the postcard-perfect Brazilian town of Trancoso. By MAYER RUS

Photographed by SIMON UPTON Styled by ANITA SARSIDI

Cooper enlisted fashion designer-turnedhotelier Wilbert Das to build his vacation home

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Cooper’s writing corner, with Mexican votive paintings, is a study in antiques

Cooper and his partner Benjamin Maisani on the pool terrace, which Wilbert Das lined with tatajuba planks and a UXUA Casa pierced-metal sconce

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It wasn’t convenience that inspired Anderson Cooper to build a home in the Brazilian town of Trancoso. Situated on the Atlantic coast in the state of Bahia, the village is a 14-hour schlep—including a flight change and a healthy car ride—from the CNN anchor’s base in Manhattan. Cooper first visited the idyllic hamlet in 2013 on a holiday with his partner, nightlife impresario Benjamin Maisani, and their friend Andy Cohen, the television personality and Real Housewives sire. “Within a day I was fantasising about buying a house there,” the well-travelled journalist recalls. “Ben thought I’d lost my mind, and Andy, who is encouraging about almost everything, thought I was nuts, too.” Still, Cooper describes that inaugural sojourn as an intoxicating reverie.

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The living room features a vintage Bahian cocktail table with pequi wood stools from Das’s UXUA Casa home collection

“I put my bags down in the bungalow where we were staying, I walked out onto the porch overlooking the Quadrado, the town square, and I just watched for a couple of hours. In the late afternoon, the kids started playing soccer, the horsemen began to return from the fields, and the lights came on in the little fishermen’s cottages. It’s hard to explain the attraction, but I just sat there, spellbound,” he remembers. That romantic narrative might sound like a passage from an Isabel Allende novel, but Cooper is the first to acknowledge the poverty of language in capturing a scene of such unaffected

beauty and soul. “People often talk about what a magical place this is. That word always irks me—I don’t trust it somehow,” confesses the 60 Minutes correspondent and co-author of The Rainbow Comes And Goes, the shared memoir he recently penned with his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. “But I’ve


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Bespoke pieces crafted by local artisans are an important part of the decor

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The kitchen showcases a framed Ghanaian Asafo flag, concrete countertops and reclaimed wood cabinet fronts

worked in 70 countries and travelled to even more, and I’ve never seen anything like Trancoso. It’s a real place, not a Potemkin village for tourists.” Bordered on the north and south by one-level houses dating back some 500 years, and to the east by a 16th-century Catholic church set on a precipice above the ocean, the Quadrado is the social and spiritual heart of Trancoso. “Most people want homes on the beach, but you can find beautiful beaches all over the world. The Quadrado is what

makes this place so singularly compelling. I had to be there,” says Cooper, who, on that first visit, soaked up the scene on the square from his perch at UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, a resort made up of 11 discreetly fabulous guest cottages. To immerse himself in Trancosan life, Cooper found the perfect cicerone, designer and local real-estate expert in Wilbert Das, the co-owner and mastermind behind UXUA. Das arrived in Brazil seven years ago, after resigning from his role as creative director of the clothing brand Diesel. “A friend in Italy had mentioned this place, and when I got here, I somehow felt like I was home,” says the fashion fugitive, echoing Cooper’s tale of enchantment. With Das’s guidance, Cooper secured one of the Quadrado’s rare vacant lots—a long strip of land peppered with a lush assortment of mango, cacao, jackfruit, banana and açaí trees. Das devised a compound of four pavilions set along a meandering path that begins on the border of the town square

and terminates in a stunning efflorescence of rain forest. The first cottage— colonial in style—contains the conjoined living and dining rooms, a kitchen and a verandah for alfresco meals. The two centre buildings are guest bungalows—one of brick, the other built using pau-a-pique (or “wattle and daub”), a process whereby clay is layered over a wood frame. The last structure, tucked away near the pool, is a two-storey tree house of reclaimed timber planks that comprises a master suite above and an outdoor living room and bar below. Per local custom, the estate is known simply as Casa Anderson. “We weren’t obliged to build in a purely historical style, but we felt it was important to create something attuned to the local culture,” Das explains of the compound, which was constructed largely of materials salvaged from an abandoned Bahian farmhouse. The decor—a mix of vintage finds, items from Das’s UXUA Casa collection, and bespoke pieces crafted by local artisans—reflects his and Cooper’s predilection for unpretentious, authentic furnishings tied to the rich traditions of the region. Likewise, the artworks that adorn the walls include a collection of antique > www.vogue.in VOGUE INDIA JANUARY 2017 221


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Mexican votive paintings and a group of Bahian shrines. There’s not a Damien Hirst or an Anish Kapoor in sight. “I didn’t want the place to look fancier than the other buildings in town,” Cooper says of his sublime retreat, which he describes as an ecosystem unto itself. “I’m not a big beachgoer, as you can probably tell from my pale skin, so I really enjoy moving from spot to spot on my property.” As for how often he is actually able to make the trek to Trancoso, the jaunty journalist remains sanguine: “I don’t get down there as often as I’d like,” he admits. “In my New York office, though, I keep a picture of the Quadrado, which I find very meditative and calming. Just knowing that my house exists makes me happy.” ■

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CLEAN EATS, NO CHEATS

The new healthy is a delicious combination of what’s hip and what’s tasty. SONAL VED calls out to new pantry staples, breakfast toppings and trends that take centre stage in 2017

GET A TASTE

EDIBLE CHLOROPHYLL

So far we’ve eaten plants in the form of fruits and vegetables; now it’s time to eat plant pigment. “Chlorophyll is high in antioxidants, the most important component in greens. But it gets lost while heating,” says chef Phuong Tran of Ellipsis in Mumbai, which is one of the few restaurants in the country to use it. (Woodside Inn in Mumbai has also introduced it in their lasagna.) “I use pure chlorophyll extracted from plants to flavour house-made yoghurt served with edible flowers,” says Tran. Ellipsisrestaurant.com

NAME TO KNOW

VANI HARI

INSTAGRAM: 128k followers TWITTER: 102k followers FACEBOOK: 1,141,738 likes Vani Hari is the bestselling author of The Food Babe Way (2016). “I started my first investigation with a yoghurt chain, moving on to file petitions against food corporations like Kraft, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, Subway, General Mills, Kellogg’s and Starbucks,” says Hari. The US-based food activist crusades against misleading food labels and advertising and has been pledging for clean labels since April 2011. Last year, she was on Time magazine’s list of the ‘30 Most Influential People on the Internet’ and in the ‘100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness’ list by Greatist in 2014.

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WORDS TO KNOW

Drynuary

(noun): A courageous struggle to go off alcohol for an entire month of January is drynuary. (It’s a very popular Twitter hashtag.) Get going and make up for the over-indulgence in the holiday season, will you?

Nooch (noun): Expect to see this vegan ingredient topping everything. Nooch, also known as ‘hippie dust’, is nutritional yeast that is rich in Vitamin B12. It has a complex nutty, cheesy and creamy flavour and can be dusted on pasta, soups and mashed potatoes.


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Instagram stars have been impressing us with their picture-perfect bowl meals. Join the #powerbowl brigade with these three cookbooks _________________ WHOLE BOWLS BY ALLISON DAY: Everything here is gluten-free and powerpacked. Play with ideas such as a citrus bowl with orangepomegranate salsa and lemon cream or a carrot cake bowl with cream cheese and candied carrots.

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Looking for a 4pm pickme-up? Let Yoga Bar be the answer. The health bar is enriched with tons of natural protein (whey, lentil protein and almonds) and is available in non-boring flavours such as Chocolate Chunk, Almond Fudge, Orange Cashew and more. 330 for a box of 10; Yogabars.in

__________ VEGAN BOWL ATTACK BY JACKIE SOBON: Filled with over 100 recipes, this book is brimming with vegetarian goodness. It has ample ideas that cover everything from breakfast to snack bowls and entrée to dessert bowls.

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QUINOA PASTA SALAD: Pasta made of quinoa flour is low on glycemic index and, thus, low in carbs. “Quinoa pasta is cooked and served just like regular pasta, but suits diabetics and weight watchers,” she says. Add this to your salad instead of the whole-wheat variety for a filling option. CAULIFLOWER RICE: Made by grating florets, cauliflower rice is low in calories and is an apt substitute for regular rice. “Add it to salads or sauté with extra virgin olive oil and vegetables for a healthy side dish,” says Ghosh. YAM MASH: “Yams are fibre-rich and when cooked with homemade cream, milk and olive oil, they can be a healthy way to incorporate good fat into your diet,” says Ghosh.


___________________ THE NEW CHEESE: THE ANTI-CHEESE BY THE ORANGE BOWL “Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it should taste like cardboard”—this is the belief that led brother-sister duo Tushar and Shamita Gogia to start The Orange Bowl four months ago. They specialise in anti-cheese, a dairy-free, vegan cheese made by blitzing fermented, mineral-rich Sindhudurg cashew nuts. The spreadable goodness is available in garlic, lime-pepper, scallion and cumin flavours. Tel: 09820178917

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Give your pantry staples a healthy makeover. Add these suppliers to your speed dial

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_________________ THE NEW MILK: PLANT MILK BY SVA Get over nut or preservative-laden soy milk, for ‘milk’ made from oats and quinoa is the way forward. “Contamination and allergies are common and so is lactose intolerance. Plant-based milks are pure, and high in protein and minerals,” says Aditi Gaur, founder of Sva Foods, which specialises in alternative milks. To use, add it to shakes, coffee, smoothie bowls and more. 105 a bottle; Svafoods.com ___________________ THE NEW FLOUR: BANANA FLOUR BY GO GO BANANAS Want to go gluten-free but fear missing flour-ey bakes and cakes? Experiment with banana flour. Made from green bananas, this can be used to make everything from chapattis to pancakes. “What’s more, it’s rich in minerals and promotes digestion and weight loss,” says Somnath Chatterjee, spokesperson for Go Go Bananas. 400 for 1kg; Gogobananas.in www.vogue.in VOGUE INDIA JANUARY 2017 227


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It’s healthy. It’s superfood-y. It even has avocado in it. Maybe that’s why we can’t get enough of this (no-cook!) bowl of chocolate indulgence CHOCOLATE-AVOCADO PUDDING Scoop flesh from two large avocados into a blender and scrape in seeds from one vanilla bean (split lengthwise). Add 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, 1/4 cup agave nectar, 1/4 cup fresh orange juice and 1/2 tsp kosher salt and blend into a coarse purée. With motor running, gradually stream in 3/4 cup hot (but not boiling) water and blend, adding more orange juice as needed, until smooth and creamy. To serve, whip 1 1/2 cups heavy cream in a medium bowl to form soft peaks and spoon over pudding. You can top it with 1/4 cup cocoa nibs and chopped hazelnuts.

PLATED GOODNESS A perfect combination of delicious, stylish and healthy, here are three cafés to grab a quick bite _________________ GREENR, DELHI Order the ‘earth bowls’ at this café for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Go for the one filled with bits of tofu, amaranth, beans, peas, pumpkin seeds and brown rice, all doused in a Thai-inspired coconut sauce. Tel: 07042575339

________________________________ FRESH PRESSERY, BENGALURU The chia seed pudding here is better than any decadent dessert. The clean treat is made from overnight-soaked chia seeds and a spoonful of honey. The pressery also does cold-pressed juices; take home Black Magic, an activated charcoaland alkaline-water-based drink. Freshpressery.com

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___________________ SEQUEL, MUMBAI Expect all things organic and gluten-free—from Peruvian quinoa to organic baby kale. Also try their super food-ey Piece of Cake—its oven-roasted roundels come with a helping of salsa sauce made of organic tomato and Provencal herbs. Tel: 07506477710


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MOINA OBEROI, MO’S KEFIR Want to be one of those uber-cool, spin-class and hot-yoga women sipping their probiotic drinks from their sipper while juggling a baby in an Ergobaby carrier, a MacBook air and a plan for world domination? Moina Oberoi’s kefir is the way to go. Kefir is a fermented dairy drink that contains 90 per cent more probiotics than yoghurt and is crucial for a healthy gut. It is also incredibly delicious and can be added to smoothies, soups and cereals. Mossuperfoods.com VINOD KUMAR, NATURALLY YOURS Dreaming of starting your morning with a superfood, organic-certified chia seed, goji berry, cacao nib and coconut sugar smoothie but have no clue where to start? We have a solution. Run by husband-wife duo Vinod Kumar and Priya Prakash, Naturally Yours has been my saviour on multiple occasions for numerous healthy ingredients. They specialise in

When she isn’t playing chef, caterer or television host, she is filling up her pantry with all things healthy. SHILARNA VAZE lists her favourite health-food suppliers in the country India-inspired superfoods, from organic coconut oil and liquid jaggery to black rice rawa. Naturally yours.in BELLA SOFIA CARLSTROM, BELLA’S BOOCH Twenty-four-yearold Bella Sofia Carlstrom can’t stress enough on the importance of healthy gut bacteria. Kombucha (my new favourite) is an effervescent, fermented probiotic drink that also detoxes, builds protein and aids digestion. Carlstrom supplies to IBar in Bandra, Mumbai, and offers flavours such as strawberry, lemongrass-ginger and beetrootapple. You also get a discount on your next round of kombucha if you return the bottle, so she gets brownie points for recycling too! Tel: 09867931831 Apart from being an entrepreneur, Carlstrom also dabbles with modelling

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ACHINTYA ANAND, KRISHI CRESS When Cordon Bleu alumnus and Delhi-based chef Achintya Anand realised there was no direct farmer-chef relationship taking place in his city, he decided to grow microgreens from his Chhattarpur farm, which he sells directly to restaurants and home chefs. Achintya grows 18 kinds of microgreens, including radish, mustard, red amaranth and basil. We say you give them some prior notice to get the best batch of greens. Tel: 09871015500 DAVE GOWER, AMBROSIA Dave Gower or

‘Salad Baba’ Dave is a legend in Goa not only for his vintage Enfield but also for starting one of the first organic salad farms in the country, way back in 1995. By 2005, he had added a few grocery items like wild honey, jaggery powder and rock salt, to the delight of the evergrowing ‘conscious’ community of Goa. Our personal favourites are his organic honey muesli and granola, flower honey and the rice cakes made with amaranth, ragi and buckwheat and three different varieties of whole rice. Other popular items are his organic homemade peanut butter, seeds and a whole range of millet and glutenfree flours. Tel: 09822139967 SINHAAR RODRIGUES, GET BAKED Born out of a mother’s concern for her son’s (Sinhaar’s) terrible eating habits at work, especially around snack hour, Get Baked offers healthy options for snacking. I routinely buy their crunch rocks from Nature’s Basket, which are made

of pumpkin seeds, oats, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and maple syrup. Getbaked.in DIVYA RANGLANI, HEALTHY TREATS When Sonam Kapoor is one of your fans, you usually don’t keep quiet about it. Most of the marketing for Divya Ranglani’s healthy treats is done by Bollywood actors on serious diets who are looking for decadent desserts minus the fat. So you have your whey protein flourless cake or quinoa zucchini gooey chocolate cake as well as a whole range of muffins, cookies, biscotti and granola bars. A good option is to serve these at ladies’ lunches, as well as kids’ birthday parties, to trick them into eating zucchini. Divyashealthy treats.com GAYTRI BHATIA, VRINDAVAN FARM I first heard of Gaytri Bhatia while looking for fresh farm produce to do a farm-totable dinner for a

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high-end designer brand. What I did discover is a kind of wonder woman with roots in environmental sciences, who later started working with environmental protection agencies and eventually decided to take over stewardship at her family’s farm in Wada. She supplies her gorgeous tisanes (hibiscus-jasmine, anyone?) and preserves to all Indigo Deli outlets in Mumbai as well as online platforms like All Things Organic, ShopHop, Gourmet Delight and GoNutrio. Vrindavanfarm.com

Bhatia’s produce ranges from moringa flowers to mango-ginger

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The first rule of an Ayurvedic meal is to make it a meditative experience. To languidly savour each meal—smell the tartness of tamarind, stare at From left: Health industry the coarse edges of freshly innovators Carol Singh, ground pepper, hear the Ashmeet Kapoor, Vivek crackle of nuts and seeds, feel Sahni, Nikhil Mehra, Misha Grewal Soni, Preah Narang the ghee melt into fluffy rice and Anita Bajaj at café Food and finally taste the burst of For Thought at Zehen spa flavours of perfectly combined ingredients. It’s not a From Korean beauty tricks to locally sourced food munch-mindlessly-on-the-couch sort supplements, healthy living secrets spill over a slow sixof vibe; Ayurvedic cuisine is meant to be a sensual and slow exercise. course Ayurvedic feast at Zehen, a quiet spa in the capital. Chefs Manish and Shantanu MehroBy SHAHNAZ SIGANPORIA tra (of Indian Accent fame) are notorious for introducing haute Indian cuisine through their experimental py and amaranth to rise above the each dish, and so on and so forth,” innovations with traditional food. But buzz of chatter. Over an all-Ayurvedic explains chef Shantanu. With a menu recently they went back to the drawing brunch that started off with fruity packed with gluten-free and vegan alboard for a special Ayurvedic menu smoothies made with coconut milk and ternatives, the duo created innovative, they created exclusively for the healthy went on to include a crescent thali healthy and clean eats, mixing Medigourmet food café Food For Thought packed with spiced superfoods, holistic terranean, Indian, French, Thai and at Zehen, a spa and wellness retreat at living secrets soon spilled out. Japanese flavours with the traditional The Manor Hotel (which also houses Preah Narang, chef and brand amAyurvedic meal plan. Indian Accent) in Delhi. “We had to rebassador for Halcyon Days India, relies learn our approach to food, flavour on “the black food group” like black SECRET SAUCE combinations and ingredient choices, beans and rice, the antioxidant-rich When like-minded folk (directly and based on the tenets of Ayurveda. and high-fibre ingredients that pack in indirectly involved in the health and There’s no garam masala, you can a punch of protein, vitamins and minwellness industry) come together, exchampion only one main protein in erals. Anita Bajaj, who works at the pect words like aquafaba, aromathera-

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United Nations, has recently begun to use spirulina as a dietary supplement that she sources from an island in Italy, where she spends her summers. Ashmeet Kapoor, founder of food venture I Say Organic, likes to keep it local, swearing by his homemade calciCarol Singh and um supplement of two teaspoons Ashmeet Kapoor are of sesame seeds soaked in a glass both advocates of an organic way of life of water. This, while Vivek Sahni, founder of Kama Ayurveda; Carol Singh, the more sensual delights of beautifulwhose brand of raw and cold-pressed ly presented and delicately flavoured juices, Antidote, has become the go-to food, a table packed with various wellalternate for a quick healthy pick-meness innovators indulges in an Ayurveup; Misha Grewal Soni, wellness coach dic feast that seamlessly pairs a Thai and co-owner of The Altitude Café and pomelo salad with an uttapam pizza Deli (India’s first fully organic restauand some patrani fish in an unexpectrant); and designer and sports enthusied and delicious harmony of tastes, ast Nikhil Mehra are busy swapping sounds and smells. All this as we contheories of clean-gut living by Dr Mark tinue to exchange notes on everything Hyman (of Eat Fat, Get Thin fame) from Korean beauty secrets (a sheet and exchanging tips on food as prevenmask a day keeps the blemishes at tive medicine. bay!) to which breathing mask works best to survive Delhi’s apocalyptic and toxic pollution calamity (Vogmask SLOW TURN was the hot favourite, followed by With chef Shantanu at the helm guidthe N99). ■ ing us into slowing down and enjoying

By chef Manish Mehrotra for Food For Thought, Zehen calories – 50kcal; protein - 1.5gm; carbohydrates – 10.7gm; fat - 4.3gm; dietary fibre – 1.3gm; sodium – 603mg INGREDIENTS: 1 cucumber; 30gm broken cashew nut; 15gm red rice (cooked); 2gm ginger (finely chopped); 2gm green chilli (finely chopped); 2gm coriander leaves (finely chopped); 5gm onion (finely chopped); dash of lemon juice; 2gm mustard seeds; 5gm urad dal; few curry leaves; 10ml olive oil; chaat masala as per paste; salt and pepper as per taste METHOD: 1. Put lemon juice in a bowl, whisk in olive oil, salt and pepper. 2. In a pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. On crackling, add urad dal and curry leaves. When dal turns golden, drain. 3. Soak cashew nuts overnight and blitz to make a thick paste. 4. Mix onion, green chilli, ginger, coriander, salt, lemon juice and chaat masala with the cashew paste and transfer into a piping bag. 5. Cut the ends of the cucumbers. Using a scooper, scoop out the centre and pipe cashew nut mixture into the cavity. 6. Cut the cucumbers into thick slices and arrange on a platter. 7. Drizzle lemon vinaigrette over the cucumber and temper with the South Indian tadka.

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GREEN HOUSE EFFECT Get ample early morning sunlight and fresh air. While large windows and sheers will ensure the former, Adrienne Thadani, founder of Fresh & Local, throws light on new research by NASA. “According to the study, 10 plants per person per room can help clean up pollutants as a result of traffic from the streets, household chemical emissions and so on,” says Thadani. The study suggests a combination of four areca palms, four snake plants and two money plants, “all easily available in India”, as a magic mix. “While the former releases large amounts of oxygen through the day, the latter emits oxygen through the night, while money plant is one of the best air filters,” says Thadani.

ORGANICALLY SPEAKING Make organic the key word when it comes to picking candles and floor sanitizers. “Use soy candles for bedrooms, pure essential oils in diffusers instead of synthetic ones and organic floor and crockery cleansers… these won’t trigger allergies and you can reduce your carbon footprint, stay away from carcinogenic elements and support local artisans in one go,” says Prerna Gupta of The Conscious Collective.

POSTURE PERFECT “A low dining table promotes flexibility and aids digestion,” says Kuldeep T, cofounder, Bent by design. He also insists on a bed height not more than 18 inches from the floor and low-backed chairs. “Low-backed chairs support the lower lumbar of your spine,” he says.

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FIT FOR YOUR HOME

You are what you eat, goes an old adage. Turns out, you are also how you live. Your lifestyle choices can impact everything from your posture to your mood, says SONAL VED

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COLOUR GAME “From our eyes to skin, ears to nose, research proves that we are constantly absorbing the colours around us,” says artist Amisha Mehta, who specialises in colour therapy. She recommends neutral shades such as light brown or white, enhanced with fiery tones for balance. “Too many bright colours can raise blood pressure and heart rate,” adds Mehta.

MATERIAL GIRL The material of your furniture affects your well-being too. “Wood protects you from negative vibrations (that’s why we say touch wood),” adds Kuldeep.


______________ FINISH LINE In tune with our active lifestyle, e-store Bent Chair’s polyresin Jet Set Go table will always have you raring to go. Modelled after a runner’s pose, here’s the one inspiration you can’t escape even while lounging at home. 38,999; Bentchair.com

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Admit it, the ultimate nudge to take a trip comes via the internet. These three Instagram accounts will inspire you to start planning your action-packed fitness holiday today

3 MINUTES WITH SHONALI SABHERWAL

The macrobiotic nutritionist, whose book The Detox Diet (Penguin Random House) is out this month, shares her key notes That gut feeling: ‘Gut health’ is the new buzzword. “Unlike what most people believe, the gut is not just a part of your stomach; it begins at the end of your mouth and its health has a tremendous impact on your well-being,” she says.

Detox tips: From secrets on how to make a detox diet work for you, to how to do it correctly, the book reveals it all. “It’s divided into a raw juice detox, a cooked meal detox and a master detox plan.” High on sun and sand, the Nariyal Paani music festival Clean eats: From (January 21-22) at Alibaug brings chlorophyll-rich together Indian and international green smoothies, talent. Catch homegrown bands fermented pickles like Parekh & Singh alongside to drinks such as world music acts like Mabassa kefir, Sabherwal in a breezy setting. shares her healthy Nariyal-paani.com recipes too.

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@ravivora: This Los Angeles-based traveller will give you serious trekking envy. A photographer by profession, Vora journeys through snowy mountains, dense forests, deserted woods and more.

@theblondeabroad: She is the modern day Alice in Wonderland. Follow her outdoorsy posts that cover her adventures in Iceland or a day out on the Pink Beach in Indonesia.

@treyratcliff: From hot-air balloon rides in New Zealand to swimming in the blue waters of Bali, this handle will push you to take that fitness holiday right away.

BUZZ HOW TO LIVE IT UP THIS JANUARY

__________________________ BLUE IS THE NEW GREEN The next big thing in the green juice trend, might be…. well, blue. Ranking high on the superfoods list and winning over clean eaters across the world is blue majik, a skyhued ingredient derived from blue-green algae that is said to contain 22 times more iron than spinach. The next time you’re travelling to NYC, make sure you try Juice Generation’s Holy Water, a blue coldpressed juice that also contains coconut and pineapple. Juicegeneration.com www.vogue.in VOGUE INDIA JANUARY 2017 235


living ____________________________ MASHPI LODGE, ECUADOR Set in the heart of the Ecuadorian cloud forest, Mashpi Lodge is a glassfront sustainable luxury resort right in the lap of nature. The surrounding Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve is teeming with wildlife and the resort offers guided excursions. A fun way to experience the forest canopy up close is to rent the Sky Bike and pedal your way along a cable stretched between two points in the forest, 655 feet apart. Or, take the resort’s newly introduced rainforest gondola, the Dragonfly, for a two-hour journey through the forest, with pitstops at waterfalls and swimming holes. In the lodge’s wellness area, soak in the wooden hot tub while taking in forest views or head into the rainforest for waterfall baths and openair massages with bamboo sticks and indigenous herbs. Mashpilodge.com

Mashpi Lodge offers the goodness of nature with a hint of luxury

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BEATING RETREAT

Reclaim yourself with these health-inspired holiday ideas from around the world. Travel writer PRACHI JOSHI shows us how to usher in the New Year with luxe experiences that will leave you feeling rejuvenated

BEST FOR ADVENTURE Sign up for an adrenaline-fuelled holiday that includes hiking and horseback safaris

The lodge supports a variety of animals, fish, birds and plant life

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Holidays are no longer about sightseeing (hello, we are all travellers-not-tourists!) and gorging yourself silly. We are increasingly looking at maintaining our healthy lifestyle even while on vacation—chia bowls for breakfast, AcroYoga by the infinity pool, and a herbal bath to end the day. Whether you’re looking for a detox regimen, adventure activities or a more holistic wellness experience, these upscale downtime destinations tick all the right boxes.

__________________________________ BELMOND EAGLE ISLAND LODGE, BOTSWANA The luxury Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, located on a private island in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, gives you a glimpse of the world’s last true remaining wilderness through their recently launched unique helicopter and horseback safaris. Adventure and wildlife lovers will find these sky-and-earth safaris exhilarating— step into the open-sided helicopter at sunrise and get a bird’s-eye view of the magnificent delta landscape teeming with game, then jump on horseback to ride among the mighty beasts themselves. Later, head out in the lakelands in a typical mokoro canoe, or simply unwind at your private rim-flow plunge pool. Belmondsafaris.com


BEST FOR DETOX

Covering spacations and purifying Michelin-starred cuisine, these destinations provide the detox you need

For a relaxing detox experience, head to the property’s Finnish Sauna arena

______________________ LE GRAND BELLEVUE, SWITZERLAND The oldest palace hotel in the celebrity haunt of Gstaad, Le Grand Bellevue is a stylish and contemporary boutique hotel and spa. The hotel’s new winter package, Le Grand Detox, combines pampering spa treatments and yoga with delectable and detoxing Michelin-starred cuisine. The gourmet detox menu served at the restaurant Leonard’s showcases a selection of the finest seasonal and local produce. The extensive Le Grand Spa offers several healing temperature therapies—the Finnish Sauna to tackle muscular tension, the Ice Grotto to boost the immune system, and the Laconium Room, which is a dry sweat room to help detox and purify your body. Bellevue-gstaad.ch

BEST FOR HOLISTIC WELLNESS Set amidst nature’s bounty, these wellness escapes help you find a balance with their alternative therapies covering sound healing, mystic massages and more

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___________________________ SONEVA FUSHI, MALDIVES Nestled in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi is an award-winning resort that combines detox therapies with barefoot luxury. In the peaceful environs of the Six Senses Spa located inside the island’s natural beachfront jungle, experience the Yogic Detox programme, which uses the techniques of hatha yoga to cleanse the internal organs and achieve harmony within the body. Indulge in their signature facial that moisturises and improves your skin tone, or in their stress-relieving massage. Nourish your body with a specially prepared cuisine that sources produce from the resort’s very own organic garden. Soneva.com/soneva-fushi Farm-to-tabl e fa can be sampl re ed at the resort

____________________ KEEMALA PHUKET, THAILAND The one-year-old Keemala Phuket offers an enchanting, all-pool setting for a bit of R&R. The retreat offers traditional therapies as well as yoga, Pilates and meditation. The resort also receives regular visits from world-renowned practitioners who specialise in holistic and alternative therapies, including sound healing, shiatsu, traditional Chinese medicine, Mayan massage, vibrational attunement, Maori healing and more. We recommend the Integrative Thai Bodywork therapy with the holistic therapist Nok Cholatee, which includes a traditional Thai massage, Chi Nei Tsang (Taoist abdominal massage), acupressure, chakra balancing, pranic healing and more. Keemala.com ____________________________ ITC GRAND BHARAT, INDIA The all-suite ITC Grand Bharat in Gurgaon is a sanctuary for holistic wellbeing. The hotel’s internationally acclaimed spa, Kaya Kalp, is housed on a dedicated floor of the main palace building. Indulge in a customised therapy package that includes an array of mystic massages, exotic body treatments using natural products, yoga and guided meditation. The Swasthya Cuisine experience includes a combination of foods designed to promote wellness and to restore and energise you. Itchotels.in/itcgrandbharat ■

Hidden in the rainforest of Kamala, the resort overlooks the Andaman Sea

Spa therapies are suggested post a consultation with an ayurvedic doctor

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URBAN UTOPIA

The good life gets better at PS Group’s The Reserve, located in the heart of Kolkata. Featuring both 4 and 5 BHK apartments, the homes come with modular kitchens, Italian flooring, double glazed glass windows and the option of a plunge pool or garden in select apartments. What’s more, when you own a home here, you have access to The Club—with concierge services, a business centre, world-class sports facilities, a mini-theatre, a party deck and more. For more information, visit Psgroup.in

Shine in nostalgia

Inspiration designs masterpieces at Renu Oberoi Luxury Jewellery. This New Year, Renu has derived an eclectic collection which is a wistful affection for old world charm. Bringing out the enigmatic serenity of the season, the collection showcases the best of designs in lucent shades and lambent hues. Crafted to be transcendent, with emeralds, rubies, sapphires, turquoises and aquamarine, it is perfect for anyone who adores regal, princely designs and jewellery. Price on request. For more information visit Renuoberoi.com or follow on Facebook and Instagram @RenuOberoiluxuryjewellery

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Immerse yourselves in nature’s bounty with Mana Tropicale—award-winning green apartments in Bengaluru by Mana Projects. Built around a beautiful central spine, 50ft above dense tropical trees, Mana Tropicale offers a magical lifestyle with 2, 2.5 and 3 BHK apartments. Each space offers sylvan views, treehugging balconies and private backyard gardens. It also features amenities like: 16 Tree Nirvana Zone, Open to Sky Gym, The Tropicale Tree House, and more. For more information, visit Manaprojects.com

Expo of interest

India’s first holistic beauty, wellness and style expo, Allure at VR Bengaluru, the integrated lifestyle destination at Whitefield was a massive success. Visitors arrived to avail free scans, consultations and styling tips as well as browse through several beauty and wellness technologies from around the world. Spread over two days, it was truly a one-of-a-kind expo with a series of unique workshops and treatments for the beauty and wellness-forward minded. For more information, visit Allureexpo.com


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Developed by Kolkata’s Mani Group, presenting Vivara—a spanking new tower with premium living spaces made for the one who appreciates the finer things in life. Bringing you magnificent serviced residences with lavish amenities and select state-of-the-art Marriott services—Vivara will blow your minds. Soaring into the sky, 28 storeys high, it features 52 beautifully designed 4 BHK units with incredible views of the city. For more information, call +91 9831841169

DESIGN HAVEN

Set in the quaint bylanes of Chimbai Village, Payal Khandwala’s second Flagship Store is a magnificent two-storey bungalow designed to impress. Payal herself has designed the space, featuring carbon stained cement walls, Wenge flooring and custom-made furniture. The space houses the label’s complete range—classic colour blocked silhouettes, brass and leather accessories from their sister brand, tachi, limited-edition hand woven brocades, handwoven silk saris and bridal and festive wear. For more information, visit Payalkhandwala.in, facebook.com/ payalkhandwalaclothing or Instagram.com/payalkhandwala

Reader’s enclave

Book collectors, readers and enthusiasts, Knock on Wood brings you the perfect storehouse to hold you precious collection of novels. This piece of art is a sight to behold. The doors have been painstakingly created by joining small pieces of turned wood. The brass body and the specially created “distressed” red surface on the inside adds to the charisma of the charming façade. For more information, visit Knockonwood.in

For the love of lace

The legacy of centuries of lacemaking finds a new voice in beautifully designed Indian wear, comprising both traditional and modern silhouettes and structures by Intrika. The brand focusses on creating an original look through a fusion of not only Eastern and Western aesthetics, but also through a meeting point of skill sets from the past and a chic modern India. Understanding the nuances of lace through the design, Intrika showcases how it can transform its wearer with a delicate balance of style, elegance and timeless quality. For more information, visit Intrika.com

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Adidas: palladium, mumbai 022-40045525 (www.shop.adidas.co.in) Aldo: palladium, mumbai 022-24946522; dlf promenade, delhi 011-32087088 (www.aldoshoes.com) Alexander Wang: london 0044-20-37275568 (www. alexanderwang.com) Alexis Mabille: (www.alexismabille.com) AperlaĂŻ: paris 0033-1-950645951 (www.aperlai.com) Armani Exchange: (www.armaniexchange. com) Asics: gurgaon 0124-4339120 (www.asicsindia.in) ASOS: (www.asos. com) Balmain: paris 0033-1-47205758, london 0044-20-74918585 (www. balmain.com) BCBG Max Azria: (www.bcbg.com) Beatriz Palacios: (www.shop. beatrizpalacios.com) Blumarine: paris 0033-1-45613322 (www.blumarine.com) Burberry: palladium, mumbai 022-40801993, dlf emporio, delhi 011-46529850, bengaluru 080-41738826, london 0044-20-79685559 (www.in.burberry.com) Chanel: mumbai 022-40048534, delhi 011-41116840, london 0044-20-74935040 (www.chanel.com) Charles & Keith: palladium, mumbai 022-24980108 (www. charleskeith.com) Charlotte Olympia: (www.charlotteolympia.com) Christian Louboutin: mumbai 022-43471787, delhi 011-41017111, london 0044-20-72456510 (www.christianlouboutin.com) Christopher Raeburn: london 0044-20-85109689 (www.christopherraeburn.co.uk) Chromat: new york 001-212-8268900 (www. chromat.co) Clarks: mumbai 022-61801307, delhi 011-41220024, bengaluru 08022044000 (www.clarks.in) Delfina Delettrez: rome 0039-0668134105 (www. delfinadelettrez.com) Dhruv Kapoor: (www.dhruvkapoor.com) Dior: mumbai 022-67499091, dlf emporio, delhi 011-46005900, london 0044-20-77589280 (www.dior.com) DKNY: palladium, mumbai 022-43339994 (www.dkny.com) Dolce & Gabbana: london 0044-20-76599000, paris 0033-01-44949595 (www. dolceandgabbana.com) (www.matchesfashion.com) Dorothy Perkins: (www. jabong.com) Dsquared2: palladium, mumbai 022-40043686, dlf emporio, delhi 011-46040753, london 0044-20-74996238 (www.dsquared2.com) Dune London: palladium, mumbai 022-43470436 (www.dunelondon.com) Emanuel Ungaro: paris 0033-1-53570000 (www.ungaro.com) Emilio Pucci: delhi 011-46940000, (www.emiliopucci.com) Erdem: london 0044-20-77397986 (www.erdem.com) Eres: paris 0033-1-55905290 (www.eresparis.com) Ethan K: (www.ethan-k.com) Fendi: delhi 011-46040777, london 0044-20-78386288, paris 0033-1-49528452 (www.fendi.com) Fiona Paxton: london 0044-20-00111284 (www.fiona-paxton. myshopify.com) Forever 21: dlf promenade, delhi 011-41086669 (www.forever21. com) French Connection: mumbai 022-66661377, delhi 011-45784497, london 020-7225-3302 (www.frenchconnection.com) Furla: mumbai 022-40033313 (www. furla.com) Gap: mumbai 022-49127600, delhi 011-41053160 (www.gap.com) Gianvito Rossi: (www.gianvitorossi.com) Giorgio Armani: delhi 011-46060748 (www.armani.com) Giuseppe Zanotti Design: london 0044-20-78389455, paris 0033-1-47200785, new york 001-212-6500455 (www.giuseppezanottidesign.com) Givenchy: (www.givenchy.com) Golden Goose Deluxe Brand: london 0044-2076299951 (www.goldengoosedeluxebrand.com) Gucci: mumbai 022-30277060, delhi 011-146471111, london 0044-20-76292716 (www.gucci.com) Guess: mumbai 022-67439864, delhi 011-40870018, bengaluru 080-67266103 (www.shop.guess. com) H&M: mumbai 022-43473123, delhi 011-71071300 (www.hm.com) Hasan Hejazi: (www.hasanhejazi.com) Hemant & Nandita: mumbai 022-32445293 (www.

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hemantandnandita.in) Hermès: mumbai 022-22717400, delhi 011-43607780 (www.hermes.com) Herve Leger: (www.herveleger.com) House of Holland: (www.houseofholland.co.uk) Hrx: (www.hrxbrand.com) (www.myntra.com) Hugo Boss: palladium, mumbai 022-24912210 (www.hugoboss.com) Intrinsic by Muskaan Goswami: (www.intrinsicindia.com) Isabel Marant: london 0044-2074997887 (www.isabelmarant.com) Isabel Marant Etoile: (www.matchesfashion. com) Ivy Park: (www.ivypark.com) Jeremy Scott: (www.jeremyscott.com) Jimmy Choo: mumbai 022-66152293, delhi 011-46609069, bengaluru 080-41738404 (www.us.jimmychoo.com) Johanna Ortiz: (www.johannaortiz.co) John Varvatos: london 0044-20-37432230 (www.johnvarvatos.com) Karen Walker: london 0044-20-72355000, auckland 0064-93096299 (www.karenwalker.com) Kenzo: london 0044-20-74918469 (www.kenzo.com) Koovs: (www.koovs.com) La Perla: (www.laperla.com) Lanvin: london 0044-20-72355000 (www.lanvin.com) Levi's: mumbai 022-22840722, delhi 011-41757079 (www.levis.in) Louis Vuitton: mumbai 022-66644134, dlf emporio, delhi 011-46690000 (www.louisvuitton. com) Malone Souliers: london 0044-20-74997588 (www.malonesouliers.com) Mango: mumbai 022-67100451, delhi 011-4750 3071, bengaluru 080-22682155 (www.shop.mango.com) Manolo Blahnik: london 0044-20-73528622 (www. manoloblahnik.com) Marco de Vincenzo: rome 0039-0633450971 (www. marcodevincenzo.com) Marni: (www.thecorner.com) Maticevski: london 0044-20-31810950 (www.tonimaticevski.com) Melissa Odabash: (www.odabash. com) Melorra: bengaluru 080-80050505 (www.melorra.com) Michael Kors: palladium, mumbai 022-40048040 (www.michaelkors.com) Misho by Suhani Parekh: mumbai 022-22819880/22819880, delhi 011-64300113, chennai 04442103242 (www.mishodesigns.com) (www.perniaspopupshop.com) Missoni: (www.missoni.com/in) Miu Miu: london 0044-20-74090900 (www.miumiu.com) (www.net-a-porter.com) Miuniku: (www.miuniku.com) Monse: (www.monse.com) Moschino: london 0044-20-73180500, paris 0033-1-42651345 (www.moschino. com) Mugler: (www.muglerusa.com) Mulberry: (www.mulberry.com) Murmur: romania 0040-747-057780 (www.murmurstore.com) Naeem Khan: london 0044-20-72354146 (www.naeemkhan.com) NO KA'OI: (www.nokaoi-apparel. com) Nike: mumbai 022-24174400 (www.nike.com) Off-White: (www.off---white. com) Olgana Paris: (www.olganaparis.com) Onitsuka Tiger: (www.onitsukatiger. com) Only: mumbai 022-43473301 (www.only.com) Paul & Joe: london 044-203621-3500 (www.paulandjoe.com) Paula Cademartori: (www.paulacademartori. com) PE Nation: australia 0061-2-80802008 (pe-nation.com) Pepe Jeans London: mumbai 022-24985020, delhi 011-23311304, bengaluru 080-70783513 (www.pepejeans.com) Philipp Plein: (www.philipp-plein.com) Pipa + Bella: mumbai 09022614455 (www.pipabella.com) Prabal Gurung: (www.prabalgurung. com) Prada: london 0044-20-76475000, new york 001-212-3274300, milan 0039-027-6020273 (www.prada.com) Preen by Thornton Bregazzi: london 0044-20-89649995 (www.preenbythorntonbregazzi.com) Puma: (www.in.puma. com) Rag & Bone: (www.rag-bone.com) Reebok: (www.shop4reebok.com) Roger Vivier: paris 0033-15-3430085 (www.rogervivier.com) Rupert Sanderson: (www.rupertsanderson.com) Ryan Storer: (www.ryanstorer.com) Saint Laurent: (www.ysl.com) Selected Homme: (www.selected.com) Shivan & Narresh: bengaluru 080-41121088, delhi 011-26536072, london 0044-20-7984-0155 Stella McCartney: (www.stellamccartney.com) Steve Madden: high street phoenix, mumbai 022-66345014, delhi 011-40587013 (www.stevemadden.in) Superdry: palladium, mumbai 022-40223790/1 (www.superdry.com) Swapnil Shinde: (www. swapnilshinde.co.in) Swarovski: mumbai 022-24813320, dlf promenade, delhi 011-46060924 (www.swarovski.com) Tabitha Simmons: (www.tabithasimmons. com) Tommy Hilfiger: palladium, mumbai 022-30728807, dlf promenade, delhi 011-46075608 (www.global.tommy.com) Topshop: london 0044-8448487487 (www.topshop.com) United Colors of Benetton: oberoi mall, mumbai 022-64566121, delhi 011-43751177 (www.world.benetton.com) Valliyan by Nitya Arora: mumbai 09322797331/022-22676388 (www.valliyan.com) Vero Moda: palladium, mumbai 022-43473780 (www.veromoda.com) Versace: dlf


Delhi 011-24526167 (www.therose.in) IWC Schaffhausen: Rose The Watch Bar, Mumbai 022-23620277, Johnson Watch Co, Delhi 011-41513121 (www.iwc.com) Jaipur Jewels: Mumbai 022-61399999 (www.jaipurjewels.in) John Hardy: (www.johnhardy.com) Moksh: (www.mokshjewellery.com) Omega: Mumbai 022-30602002, Delhi 011-41513255, Bengaluru 080-40982106, Chennai 044-28464092, Hyderabad 040-23331144 (www.omegawatches.com) Renu Oberoi Luxury Jewellery: Mumbai 022-26559000/1/2 (www.renuoberoi. com) Rolex: DiA, Mumbai 022-22042299, Kapoor Watch, Delhi 011-46536667, The Helvetica, Chennai 044-28490013, Luxury Time, Ahmedabad 079-26469797, Meena Jewellers, Hyderabad 040-44767758 (www.rolex.com) Sunita Shekhawat: Jaipur 09929777005 (www. sunitashekhawat.com) TBZ: Raipur 0771-4022001 (www.tbztheoriginal. com) Tissot: Mumbai 022-24940954, Delhi 09873765282, Bengaluru 080-67266283, Chennai 044-28464093, Kolkata 09830294955, Hyderabad 040-55629605 (www.tissotwatches.com) Ulysse Nardin: Watches of Switzerland, Mumbai 022-26402512, Johnson Watch Co, Delhi 011-41513121, Rodeo Drive, Bengaluru 080-22271977 (www.ulyssenardin.com) Vacheron Constantin: DiA, Mumbai 022-22042299, Delhi 011-46662822, The Helvetica, Chennai 044-28490013 (www.vacheronconstantin.com) Zoe & Morgan: New Zealand 0064-93663073 (www.zoeandmorgan.com)

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Emporio, Delhi 09828194443 (www.versace.com) Victoria's Secret: New York 001-212-3568380; London 0044-20-73181740 (www.victoriassecret.com) Vince: (www.matchesfashion.com) Vita Kin: (www.matchesfashion.com) Vivienne Westwood: London 0044-20-74391109 (www.viviennewestwood.com) Y-3: (www.y-3.com) Yoox: (www.yoox.com) Zara: Palladium, Mumbai 022-61801562, Select City Walk, Delhi 011-41057414 (www.zara.com)

JEWELLERY & WATCHES

Alexandra Mor: (www.alexandramor.com) Anjali Bhimrajka Fine Jewels: Mumbai 022-22022417 (www.abfjewels.com) Anmol: Mumbai 022-61333444, Delhi 011-40823366 (www.anmoljewellers.in) Audemars Piguet: Time Avenue, Mumbai 022-26515757, Kapoor Watch, Delhi 011-46536667 (www. audemarspiguet.com) Aurelle by Leshna Shah: Mumbai 022-40053333 (www.aurelle.in) Azva: (www.azvavows.com) Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers: Jaipur 0141-2576517 (www.bgjewellers.in) Breguet: Johnson Watch Co, Delhi 011-41513121, Ethos Summit, Bengaluru 080-41130611, Horology, Chennai 044-28464096, Exclusive Lines, Kolkata 033-22820626 (www.breguet. com) Bulgari: DLF Emporio, Delhi 011-40538623 (www.bulgari.com) Cartier: Rose - The Watch Bar, Mumbai 022-23620277, DLF Emporio, Delhi 01146788888, Ethos Summit, Bengaluru 080-41130611, London 0044-20-73126930, Paris 0033-1-58182300 (www.cartier.com) Entice: Mumbai 022-28706464 (www.entice.in) Farah Khan Fine Jewellery: Mumbai 022-66149090 (www. farahkhanfinejewellery.com) Gc Watches: Mumbai 022-24940956, Delhi 01140767017 (www.gcwatches.com) Gehna Jewellers: Mumbai 022-61201234 (gehnajewellers.com) House of Rose: Mumbai 022-23685287, DLF Emporio,

Anatomicals: (www.nykaa.com www.koovs.com) Atelier Cologne: (www.ateliercologne.com) Calvin Klein: (www.calvinklein.com) Chanel: Palladium, Mumbai 022-40048534, Delhi 011-41116844, Oasis Lifestyle, Bengaluru 080-32020770 Clinique: Palladium, Mumbai 022-43473774, Ambience, Gurgaon 011-40870064 Foreo: (www. foreo.com) (www.lookfantastic.co.in) Forest Essentials: Palladium, Mumbai 022-66150356, Select Citywalk, Delhi 011-42658464, Bengaluru 080-42110481 Frederic Malle: (www.fredericmalle.com) Hermès: Mumbai 022-22717400, Delhi 011-43607780, Shoppers Stop, Bengaluru 080-40485517, Kolkata 033-22830434 Jo Malone: (www.jomalone. com) Kérastase: BBlunt, Mumbai 022-65980301, Bella Madonna, Delhi 01140536969, Oryza Day Spa, Bengaluru 080-41328320 L’Occitane: Palladium, Mumbai 022-40043884, Select Citywalk, Delhi 011-41096368, Shoppers Stop, Bengaluru 080-40485500 L’Oréal Paris: Mumbai 022-24910044, Lifestyle, Delhi 011-46098300, Bengaluru 080-41796565 M.A.C: Palladium, Mumbai 022-43473771, DLF Promenade, Delhi 011-46696060, Bengaluru 080-41126844, Kolkata 033-22830869 Nina Ricci: Parcos 011-46102988 Nyah: (www.nyahbeauty.com) Shiffa Beauty: (www.lookfantastic.com) Sigma: (www. sigmabeauty.com) SkinYoga: (www.skinyoga.in) Tom Ford: DLF Emporio, Delhi 011-41033059

LIVING

Ambrosia: Goa 09822139967 Bella’s Booch: Mumbai 09867931831 Bent Chair: (www.bentchair.com) Fitbit: (www.fitbit.com) Freedom Tree: (www.freedomtree. in) Foodhall: (www.foodhallonline.com) Get Baked: (www.getbaked.in) Go Go Bananas: (www.gogobananas.in) Healthy Treats: (www.divyashealthytreats. com) Juice Generation: (www.juicegeneration.com) Kim Crawford Wines: (www.kimcrawfordwines.com) Krishi Cress: Delhi 09871015500 L’aviva home: (www.lavivahome.com) Mo’s Kefir: (www.mossuperfoods.com) Naturally Yours: (www.naturallyyours.in) Once Upon a Flutter: (www.onceuponaflutter.com) Propshop24: (www.propshop24.in) Riva 1920: (www.riva1920.it) Rubberband: (www.rubberbandproducts.com) Sanctum: (www.sanctumstore.com) SVA Foods: (www.svafoods.com) The Orange Bowl: Mumbai, 09820178917 Vrindavan Farm: (www.vrindavanfarm.com) Yogabars.in: (www.yogabars.in)

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Lakshmi Menon brings sexy back, October, 2007

“I do yoga everyday for an hour-and-a-half”—Samara Chopra, January 2011

“I eat healthy; only home-cooked vegeterian food and salads”— Angela Jonsson, January 2012

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“I work out every morning. I do yoga and Pilates five times a week.”— Lisa Haydon, November 2014

“The right fragrance can instantly put me in ‘sexy’ mode”— Huma Qureshi, May 2015

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“The less you try and disguise, the better”—Rachel Reuben, August 2009 “I don’t smoke, I drink a lot of water, I am determined not to let things slip”— Cindy Crawford, October 2010

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“If you want to become successful, you must believe in yourself and in what you are doing, be committed, focused, professional, and kind and respectful to all people” —Gisele Bündchen, September 2009 “I think of running as meditation in motion” — Namrata Joshipura, January 2014

ABHAY SINGH; BRUNO DAYAN; TARUN VISHWA; FARROKH CHOTHIA; MARK SELIGNER; SIGNE VILSTRUP; PATRICK DEMARCHELIER; MARC HOM; PRABUDDHA DASGUPTA

Ranveer Singh gets raw for Vogue Empower, October 2014

Isabeli Fontana, the supermodel who defines the Brazilian way of beauty, September 2012


Reine de Naples Collection

in every woman is a queen

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Vogue - Jan 2017 IN