Tarun Tahiliani presented an eclectic line at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015

31 Aug

Tarun Tahiliani, designer, Lakme Fashion Week, winter, fashion, ramp, IndianFashion’s darling Tarun Tahiliani showed a line of easy silhouettes that featured kaftans, tunics, shift dresses, capes, capelets, jumpsuits and saris against a backdrop of a very stylish video featuring model and Bollywood actress Lisa Haydon modelling Tarun’s collection.

International model Ujjwala Raut opened the show with a looped black will-powered midi, which was followed by a great mix of black creations with occasional bursts of colour.

Tarun Tahiliani, designer, Lakme Fashion Week, Indian, ramp, fashion, Indian wear, couture The line had exotic prints with a marked Russian influence of vibrant stripes and the tribal gypsy elements. The black and white striped cascading top and the asymmetric kurta with leggings, will-power corset dress, the black dhoti sari and choli brought a great fusion story. A maroon jumpsuit with embroidered printed belt and lungi dress were interesting diversions.

Some interesting variations seen on the ramp were the jumpsuit-sari, which looked easy to step into and and zip up, kedia style blouses with skirts, satin draped lungi cowl gowns, saris with velvet obe belts and printed tees with satin dhotis.

Tarun Tahiliani at LFW WF 2015 (71)Chitrangada Singh brought a glamourous end to the show in a black draped gown and velvet cape splashed with gold embellishments.

Monisha Jaising’s Dazzling ‘Riviera’ collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015

31 Aug
Monisha Jaisingh, designer, dress, gown, glitter, Lakme Fashion week, fashion, beachwear, swimwear

Models in Monisha Jaisingh collection

Monisha Jaising’s “Riviera” collection, took me back to the future at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015 with an inspired glamorous line.

Focusing on the 1960’s and 1970’s Monisha Jaising’s collection offered her trade mark kurtis paired with leather mirrorwork pants and minis, relaxed flared pants and some really wildly printed pop coloured dresses that could move with great ease from beach to brunch. I personally loved the line of gowns, minis, racer back dresses and halters with the heavy zardozi bands. A line of sensuous swimwear and luxuriously body-hugging gowns were the highlights of the show.

Monisha Jaisngh, designer, Lakme, fashion week, swimwear, glitter, ujawala Raut, model, ramp


Monisha Jaising at LFW WF 2015

Monisha’s specialty – the gowns had deep plunging necklines; hip-high slits; lots of backless interest with sexy drapes and gold corsets to add drama to a black gown. The three white long creations with metallic insets in strategic places had a Riviera goddess vibe. Stopping the show was International model Ujjwala Raut who sashayed onto the ramp in a breathtaking sheer net crystal drenched, long sleeved gown.

A line definitely not for the demure wallflower.

Anita Dongre brings crafts and heritage on ramp with Grassroot at Lakme Fashion Week

28 Aug

Anita Dongre, grassroot, traditional, western wear, fusion wear, traditional, designer,  It was a fashion meets craft revival moment when Anita Dongre presented her Grassroot collection at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week.

Bollywood star Dia Mirza made a touching introduction of the theme at the beginning of the show. Anita used precious crafts like Ahir embroidery from Gujarat, ikat from Karnataka and Hyderabad, Gotta Patti from Rajasthan, weaves of Banaras, intricate Warli and hand block prints to create a line of asymmetric striped/solid tunics, shirt waister dresses, cascading poncho tops, capris, slit sleeve capes, summer frocks, batwing ponchos, striped shifts, front buttoned tubes and cross-over multi-print flared dresses. The fabrics were gorgeous khadi and hand spun silk from Bhagalpur.

Anita Dongre, Grassroot, fashion, fusion wear, craftsmen, warli, gota patti, ikat

Anita Dongre Grassroot collection at LFW

The collection used block printing, mirror work, Warli and embroidery to draw attention. I also loved the collection of eco-conscious and functional bags and the natural line of jewellery in semi-precious stones on silver.

Anita Dongre, fashion, grassroot, ikat, emboridery, gota patti, warli Anita moved from the cliched Bollywood showstopper for her finale and instead brought 26 master craftswomen from Gujarat to walk the ramp. The talented ladies are truly the stars of fashion and traditional craftsmanship.

Have you tried the Naan pockets from Go Biryan? I did! And they are delicious

27 Aug

naan pocket, chicken, butter chicken, fast food, Go Biryan, food on the go, Andheri, Bandra Butter chicken is one of my favourite dishes in the world. But you can never have this dish on the go. So I was thrilled to find a easy, delicious, ‘on the go’ version of the dish. My latest culinary find is Naan Pockets from Go Biryan the biryani specialists in Andheri and Bandra.

Tasty treat
What’s not to like about the legendary butter chicken cocooned inside a soft naan? The naan pockets are stuffed with cheese before flipping them in the tandoor. They are then loaded with the filling. The naan is not chewy or rubbery as they are made from a mix of wheat and maida. And since I had the pockets an hour after they left the Bandra outlet they were a little soggy but flavoursome nevertheless.

The Vegetable Lahori pocket (Rs 180) was spicy with a touch of garam masala, green chillies and chopped onions for added crunch. The Paneer Makhni (Rs 200) was satisfyingly creamy. Though the non-vegetarian pockets – Butter chicken (Rs 220) and Bhuna Chicken (Rs 220) were bullied by extra salt they felt fresh and had some depth of flavour.

Mousse, Chocolate, dessert, sweet, Andheri, Bandra, Go Biryan

Chocolate Mousse

While there do try their chocolate mousse (Rs 70). Served in a tapri chai glass it’s dense, rich and smooth, but at the same time airy and light.

Coming back to the naan pockets – they feel at once new and yet familiar. They are ideal for that 6 pm hunger pangs when you want to eat something that leaves you with a ‘filled’ but not stuffed feeling. What more could you ask for?

Where: Go Biryan Bandra and Andheri
Price: Rs 180-240
Tel: For Bandra – 02226048844/ 02269948844.
For Andheri – 02226348844/02265348844

6 Singapore dishes you must try

24 Aug

Singapore is a foodie’s delight. I realised that on my recent visit to the island nation. From hawkers to upscale restaurants Singapore tantalises the taste buds with its variety and unique flavours. While chilli crab, Nasi Goreng and Laksa remain my all time favourites I also like some modern interpretations of classic dishes. I love the straight forward, non-fussy nature of this cuisine and also the dipping sauces – dark soy sauce, chili with garlic, and pounded ginger.

I revisited my favourite Singaporean dishes at the JW Marriott Juhu, Mumbai which is hoisting a 10 day Singapore Food Festival. Singapore Marriott’s Sous Chef, Chef Thanabalan Chandrasekaran has been specially flown down for the festival buffet which comprises of classic dishes, street food and modern interpretation of traditional cuisine. The famous Singapore Sling is served complimentary to every guest.

Chef Thanabalan, food, Singapore, JW Marriott

Chef Thanabalan

So here are some of Singapore’s most iconic dishes (my favourites too) which you ought to try

Singapore chili crab

Singapore, chilli crab, crab, food, spicy, street food, asian food

Singapore Chilli Crab

I couldn’t have enough of this wok fried sweet and chilly crab dish. Justifiably Singapore’s national dish it’s available in numerous variations – black pepper, salted egg yolk, cheese-baked, etc but chili crab is by far the bestseller. It’s messy as hell but I love to get mop up every last drop with mantou buns.

Laksa

Laksa, singapore, food, Asian food, soup, prawns

Laksa

I love this soupy dish of rice vermicelli dunked in spicy coconut milk flavoured with dried shrimp and sambal chilli. Some versions also have bean curd and sprouts. Toppings include boiled egg, chicken and prawns. Eat it or slurp it down, either ways it’s irresistible.

Gado gado

salad, Gado Gado, food, Singapore, Asian

Gado Gado

What’s not to like about a mixed salad with tofu, hard boiled eggs and dressed in a spicy and aromatic peanut sauce? Topped with crunchy prawn crackers it’s a complete one dish meal. By the way Gado simply means ‘mix mix’.

Mutton rendang

Mutton Rendang, Singapore, food, Malaysian, Asian, spicy

Mutton Rendang

There are mutton dishes and then there is rendang. This slow cooked spicy mutton made with coconut is a triumph of flavours with lime leaves, nutmeg and cloves. The crucial reduction process allows the absorption of the spices into the meat yet not over-drying it. The end result is a semi dry dish best had with plain hot rice.

Rojak Petis

Singapore, food, salad, fruits, spicy, Malaysian

Rojak Petis

This sweet, spicy and sour fruit and vegetable salad is a popular street food in Singapore. The prawn based brown sauce dressing, crushed peanuts and grated ginger add a wicked kick to this humble dish.

Mee Goreng

Mee Gorang, Singapore food, noodles, Asian food

Mee Goreng

This simple wok fried noodle dish was my comfort food in Singapore. The fiery looking noodles are tossed in chilli paste, tomato sauce and dark sauce and fried just right – not too dry and not too oily. So what sets a Mee Goreng apart from a regular noodle dish? The dish uses yellow egg noodles and the potent sambal sauce along with fried egg, sliced chicken, minced mutton, squid, spring onions and onions.

What: Singapore Food Festival

Where: Restaurant: Lotus Café, JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu

Dates: 17th August – 31st August 2015

Time: Dinner- 7:00 – 11:00 pm

Pricing: INR 2400 per head all inclusive

Tel: 022 6693 3277.

Singh-iri at Singh is Bling trailer launch

20 Aug
Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Bollywood,  Singh is Bling, film

Akshay Kumar & Amy Jackson

These days trailer launches are all about masti and madness. The first look of Akshay Kumar & Amy Jackson starrer Singh Is Bliing was no different.

It was a typical mela setting where Akshay Kumar drove a tractor on the tune of his hit song ‘Tung Tung’ with Amy Jackson and director Prabhudeva giving him company. Dhol and bhangra dancers added to the revelry.

Akshay looked uber cool in a black suit with black turban and Amy complemented him in a red jumpsuit.

Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Ashvini Yardi, Amy Jackson, Akshay Kumar, Prabhudeva

Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Ashvini Yardi, Amy Jackson, Akshay Kumar, Prabhudeva

Bollywood Via Tollywood – a look at actresses taking the south route to Hindi film industry

20 Aug
Tapsee Pannu, actress, Bollywood,

Tapsee Pannu

Decades ago it was the dream of every south Indian star to make it big in Bollywood. That would be the ultimate stamp of approval. But today that has changed. Now the norm is to make a mark in the south film industry before heading to Bollywood. From Katrina Kaif, Shriya Saran and Genelia D’souza in the past, to latest entrants Ileana D’cruz, Tammana Bhatia and Tapsee Pannu these women have all established their careers first in the south before turning to Bollywood to fulfil their filmi aspirations.

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