The week following the preview of my summer/resort collection has been personally frenetic with glitzy lunches and conversations to previews of indigenous breathtaking art as well as world-renowned soul-searing sculptures. Birkins and Choos and Louboutins and Pradas–the week has been every fashionista’s delight with the soirées serving as runways. This weekend, in particular, was one of high-octane glamour for the city’s hoi-polloi–night Derby, world-class art, fashion–it’s been simply wow.
At Parvez Damania and Harinder Singh’s private preview of artist Nishant Dange’s solo exhibition, we were privy to stunning art pieces by a very shy and young artist. The banter at the do was all about Nishant’s intriguing work on display, which was extremely creative yet very affordable art.
As the light was bleeding out of the sky in crimson and purple flourishes, Mumbai’s fashionable descended on the greens at the Mahalaxmi race course for India’s first-ever night Derby. With the shadows lengthening over the grass, the intrigue was irresistible. As we waited with baited breath and adrenaline ran high, a spectacular display of fireworks kicked off the first-ever night races. The glare of the night lights didn’t deter the stallions as they thundered to the finish line manoeuvered by the skillful jockeys.
Guests at the members’ enclosure were dressed to the nines. It’s said that a girl’s hemline fluctuates like the stock market. Derby night was no exception with hemlines rising. I too wore a short number–my favourite Clover Canyon dress. A graphic multicoloured kaleidoscopic fan printed neoprene dress, which I teamed with my Italian Altramarea tall electric blue heels and a high ponytail. My silver quilted Chanel bag, my white Bulgari sports watch and simple matt makeup completed my look.
As temperatures soared and ice-filled drinks clinked, conversations centred around the comparison of India’s first-ever night race vis-à-vis international ones like the just-concluded one in Dubai. With the bars set high, the crowd will surely await its next night race.
Sunday evening saw the opening of Gallery Odyssey by Divya and Sameer Gehlaut along with Chhaya Momaya at their ultra-luxe property Indiabulls Blu. A mystical evening with the hypnotising Maha Raas Leela accompanied by rhythmic Vedic chants to a fashion presentation by Raghavendra Rathore gave just the right ambience and sense of occasion to proceedings, as world renowned sculptor Lorenzo Quinn exhibited his soul-searing work.
My good friend Bina Aziz gifted Lorenzo’s wife, Giovanna Quinn, a hand-painted long dress from my recent collection, which she loved and is taking back with her. She leaves behind with us touching thoughts of her husband’s works… Truly a hand of gold!
The murmurs of the city’s arterati and glitterati amidst the scrumptious Maharashtrian and Italian spread were the perfect accompaniment to an evening of very high octane glamour.