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October 23, 2018

For a noble cause


I embarked on a relentless battle against the deadly menace of cancer after I lost my father and brother-in-law to it. Since the cause is so close to my heart and I feel strongly about it, I always give it my 100 per cent and this year too, I plunged into the preparation for my annual fundraiser almost six months ago. Meeting the Hospital doctors, finalising the venue, curating the pieces for the auction took a great deal of time and effort. At the same time, I let my creative freak flag high and worked on an exclusive collection that I would showcase at the fundraiser and also complement the gravity of the cause.

The vision of my A/W2018 collection was clearly etched in my head and I was crystal clear about the imagery I wanted to create. The collection celebrated the idea of wild, free-spirited beauty, unencumbered by any restrictions. And what better than a lush, breathtaking forest to shoot the campaign? Nothing says wild and free than the lovely lap of mother nature and there I was shooting my fearless-yet-fun pieces against the exotic backdrop of verdant greens, soul-searing forest trails, visually sumptuous waterfalls and dramatic rivulets. A two-hours drive away from the rough-and-tumble of Mumbai, my crew and I reached the virgin greens of Badlapur to execute our vision into timeless images.

It was perhaps the most challenging shoot and evoked  an array of sentiments. The whole experience was a far cry from the controlled studio shoot environment and my team and I moved out of our comfort zone to give it out best shot. for-a-noble-cause-01At the end of it, I was happy with the way images shaped up and looked. Once you see your work translating into reality, it’s a high which can’t be explained.

To ensure everyone was on the same page, closer to the event date, I met with Anu Ahuja – my choreographer and Nazneen my decorator. I had already briefed them about the jungle-inspired backdrop that I had desired to complement the animalistic pieces. We discussed at length the layout and the lighting – all of which can make or break a show. Also, an evening of this scale merited a menu, which was out of the ordinary and I along with the hotel staff curated it together.

In the end, we managed to pull off  a breathtaking soiree, which was a visual spectacle at the  Taj Mahal Palace hotel. I was elated to see the glamourati and the cinemarati showing up to extend their solidarity for my cause. The talented Boman Irani helmed the live auction and enthralled the audience with his rip-roaring repartees. Bollywood stars Jackie Shroff and Kunal Kapoor also graced the occasion. MP Poonam Mahajan spoke a few words to open the evenings proceedings.

Fashion for a great cause, MCan was able to raise through donations, cheques and bids around Rs 1.25 crores.


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June 19, 2018

Caviar chronicles


Revisiting my summer holidays spent in London, Sicily and Monaco…

Travel always ends up appearing prominently on my mood-board, no matter what. As a designer, I’m always been drawn to places, architecture, cultures and cuisines which ends up being a part of my design vocabulary.

This summer my husband and I decided to embark on a trip to London. The English capital has always been the citadel of style – be it the classic English aristocratic taste or Soho’s boho movement. This time, we decided to visit the newly refurbished Annabel’s in London’s uber-chic Mayfair, which has always been the metaphor for jet-set.

As expected everything was stunningly done-up – from the English chintz wallpaper to the moodily-lit up tables to the impeccable service. “I wanted to create the idea of a home within a town house that was fresh for the greatest party of the season,” says interior designer Martin Brudnizki, who has designed numerous restaurant and hotel interiors, including the Beekman in New York and Caring’s The Ivy and Sexy Fish in London.

caviar-chronicles1Sicilian sojourn

Next day we left for Sicily – the island which has inspired taste-makers across the board. Not long ago, Dolce & Gabbana were inspired by its cathedrals. Our hotel Belmont Villa Sant’Andrea located in the heart of Taormina was toasty and welcoming. The high-point was our suite, which had a beautiful terrace garden and a private balcony embellished with pretty geraniums overlooking the spectacular garden view. What can I say? I needed Vitamin Sea and it was there in abundance. Nothing is as therapeutic as the sound of the ocean. We went to Mt Etna, some wine yards and the Godfathers village there. After a magical Sicilian getaway we were now off to Monte Carlo – The city of the rich and famous!

The Grand Prix frenzy

Talking about perfect timing! Monaco was always on my must-visit list and I always wanted to visit it during the Grand Prix week. Couldn’t have asked for more! On our first day, we had a reservation for lunch at Elsa, which serves contemporary cuisine inspired by the Rivera’s culinary history. In the night, we were invited to a party at the Monaco Yatch club. The Monaco Grand Prix is the one race of the year that every driver dreams of winning. We were privileged to have been invited among the select VIP guests with the best tickets ever. Overlooking the start to finish line of the race, the private enclosure terrace was just overlooking the best view ever. Seeing the lineup of the likes of  Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel  and Lewis Hamilton seemed unreal.

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April 20, 2018

Let’s play dress up !


Summer to me has always spelled a caviar slurry of sorts – sun-kissed skin, pristine white beaches and a closet which combines effortless style with utilitarian comfort. Travel not only opens your mind but also your heart. If the sunny California is about the sunshine and a gluten-free lifestyle, Bali resonates with boho beads and statement embroideries.
Inspired by my myriad travels over the years, I embarked on creating a collection, which was a pastiche of dainty florals, soft pastels and dazzling sequins.

Titled, A Lemon Wedge, I reimagined summery dresses which take you from a beach party to a night out in town. Adding a hint of toughness to the soft and fluid silhouettes, I also toyed with the now-trending souvenir bomber jackets. The statement exaggerated taffeta bows are having a moment right now and it was hard for me not to fall for their old world charm hook, line and sniker.

On my mood-board was a nomad, who likes to live The Good Life. She’s a bold and confident personality, who’s not averse to rocking ruffled tulle skirts and shimmying the night away in tasseled metallic skirts. Giving multiple options to mix and match, I also thought of peppering the collection with a bouquet of flouncy shirts.
Go bold or go home seems to be the mantra this season. Hence came in the colour blocked asymmetrical hemline dresses and flirty play suits. The voluminous flared skirts with nipped waistlines can also be worked in office scenario with right styling tweaks. Other highlights of this offering are  zipper shirts and knife pleat dresses, which will add fun to any party ensemble.

Don’t be shy to embrace the exaggerated sleeves and go all out and accent your ensembles with statement brooches and appliqués, which I have introduced this season. One couldn’t go wrong with the breathable mul, lace and silk in the unforgiving sun.

As you get set to pack for your Saint Tropez vacay, complete your closet with MM’s bold hues – from citrus lemons to Green Apples and from Lavender to the Millennium Pink.
A Lemon Wedge is an ode to today’s quintessential millennial, who are rule breakers and make their own style rules.

Savour this sartorial cocktail as you plan your summer vacations.


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August 3, 2017

Festive fusionista


With Raksha Bandhan and Ganpati festivities around the corner, it’s time to create a brand new closet, which is contemporary in style and Indian at the core. It’s time to steer clear of the gloomy blacks and greys and embrace a riot of colours like never before. Having toyed with Indo-Western fusion for years now – I see this fusionista dressing as the ultimate sartorial catalyst, which is fail proof. Nothing works on the Indian olive skin tone better than a pop palette of colours, shine-on bling and statement jewellery. This festive season, say hello to the now-trending cape-utta (a hybrid of cape and dupatta) and sharara pants or wide-legged, flowy trousers.

The drama exuded by a cape look is limit-less and will prove to be the ultimate weapon in your festive wardrobe.

Opt for silhouettes that accentuate your body and pick from the timeless and classic Indian textiles. A draped pre-stitched sari or a metallic lehenga are perfect traditional looks with a twist. The trousers or bottoms can make or break your ensemble. The trick is to keep them super casual. For instance, pair a salwar with a sequinned or a digital print T-shirt or gravitate towards a solid kurta style.

Dhoti pants with vibrant peplum detailings and draped tops are making their presence felt across the board. As you entertain your friends and family, make an impression in a geometrical patterned front-slit  shift dress.  Add a pair of chiffon palazzo pants to the look and you’ve nailed the ensemble.


One can’t go wrong with Baroque embroideries, which is also a major runway story internationally, what with the likes of Balmain and Gucci embracing it with great gusto. Invest in a Victorian cropped jacket and a cowl gown. All you need is a hand-embroidered shrug and you’re  good to go.Channel your inner nomad slicker in a boho skirt and team it with a cowl top. The ubiquitous Patiala salwars can be sure-shot sartorial winners when clubbed with peasant tops. Taking of tops, the cold-shoulder crop tops aren’t going out anytime soon and look sensational when teamed with handwoven lehengas.

Finish the look with a power blow-dry, a bold pouch and statement jhumkas. Pick a dramatic but minimal accessory and focus on one feature – either your eyes or the mouth. A sleek pony tail or a messy chignon can never let you down.

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June 27, 2017

My Summer Break

My Summer Break

Summer Breaks are all about heading out for some great R&R to a fun & chilled out destination. It’s also about exploring and opening up to newer vistas. Read my blog for ‘My Summer Break’ story and my shopping indulgences for some of the season’s latest must haves…..

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May 29, 2017

Style took centre stage at the French Riviera


Bringing on their ‘A’ game to the mother of all red carpets, the Indian stars stood their own at Cannes 2017.
The French Riviera is host to a multitude of exciting style moments every year when the stars descend at the Cannes film festival. This year was no different as the sartorial choices of celebs grabbed reams of news print at the ten day long parade of the world’s most fashionable movie stars.
While we saw a host of International celebrities walking the red carpet, the Indian divas too stunned us with their stylish appearances. Some of my favourites at this year’s Cannes were:

1. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

An epitome of beauty and grace, Aishwarya Rai’s sartorial choices every year at Cannes grab as much eyeballs as probably a blockbuster bollywood film would. She looked stunning as she channelled her inner princess wearing a Cinderella-esque couture gown by Michael Cinco. Truly a belle of the ball, I loved her off-shoulder fitted-to-the-waist plunging neckline ballroom gown. Poker straight hair & minimal makeup completed her look.


Her choice of the gorgeous red ruffled Ralph & Russo gown for her second appearance also grabbed headlines as she completely stole the show!


2. Deepika Padukone


Deepika Padukone hardly ever gets it wrong. Making an appearance in a sheer wine-colored one-shouldered Marchesa gown with shimmery floral work Deepika was on the ball completing the look in her Jimmy Choos.


For her second red carpet appearance, Deepika took monotone styling to the next level. The style queen wowed all in a deep green gown by Brandon Maxwell which featured a trail and sexy thigh-high slit! Hair neatly pulled back into a textured ponytail Deepika showed off her neck tattoo in this one shoulder gown.

3. Sonam Kapoor


Sonam Kapoor is a queen at Cannes and she knows it. A constant at the Cannes red carpet, she knows how to win the game — every single time. Sonam yet again slayed the Cannes red carpet in a soft blush coloured gown by Ellie Saab. Loved her radiant look, she definitely knows how to make a statement on the red carpet year after year!


Signing off in style Sonam wore a shimmering gold Ellie Saab gown and was indeed a sight to behold!

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May 4, 2017

Chic Itinerary


Summer spells lazy-yet-luxe holidays! Are you heading to your friend’s pre-wedding bash to the charming Abu Dhabi or planning a South of France getaway or thinking of soaking in the beauty of Capri islands? All of these travels entail comfort, chic and practicality. Needless to say that it’s crucial to pack your travel essentials – your trusty vanity case, swimsuit, a crochet and lace jumpsuit or a mini and of course a resort gown for the night of unapologetic theatricality.

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February 27, 2017

Trend-spotting at Oscars

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Given the current socio-political gloom across the world, staying positive and radiating positivity are the two best things one can possibly aim to do. And the Oscars red carpet reflected this resilient spirit to stay strong and conquer the turmoil with a blizzard of head-to-toe gold looks radiating shine, optimism and happiness. Fringes, embroidery, 3-D beading, sleek polished hair and pink lips were some of the trends which emerged.

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January 11, 2017

Closet confidential 2017


New Year means a brand new closet, a refreshing new personal style and some nifty finds. It’s time to create a new style vocabulary, break away from the trappings of tiring ‘trends’ and de-clutter your already-exploding wardrobe.

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