Fun with Pharell
Superstar Pharell Williams’ ongoing collab with adidas has resulted in a collection of elevated wardrobe essentials. Envisioned as staples for everyday wear, the Pharrell Williams Premium Basics collection introduces premium design and comfort for all with genderless and inclusive sizing (3XS to 2XL). Created with premium, heavyweight cotton, the collection consists of T-shirts, crew-necks, hoodies, pants, shorts, and socks in 14 striking colourways. This PW Basics Hood in Tech Purple is priced at INR 7,999. Available online at shop.adidas.co.in and at select adidas Originals stores.
Green with Envy
The oval Bella XL openable bracelet in 18 k white gold by Hazoorilal Legacy has rose-cut diamonds and pear-shaped Zambian emeralds, set along on either sides of a line of round brilliant-cut diamonds. Price: INR 1,84,900. Available online at shop.hazoorilallegacy.com
Snug as a Bug
Uniqlo’s Fall Winter 2020 LifeWear collection is all about clothes that are useful, long lasting, and valuable. Clothes that fits people's new lifestyle with beauty, simple designs, high-quality materials, and attention to detail deliver comfort and make everyday living better. They also minimize the environmental impact of clothing while catering to the daily needs of people. This (Outdoors) Fleece Jacket incorporates recycled polyester and is great for strolling around streets and parks. The jacket employs a windproof film that keeps the cold out and the warmth in to enhance outdoor enjoyment. Price on request. https://online.uniqlo.in/
The Table is Laid
This festive season is about luxury you can invest in and not an object for one-time use. Semi-precious stones such as onyx and malachite have a timeless appeal which is worth spending on. Gold-trimmed crockery sets, opulent centrepieces, and gilt vases by Casa Paradox come with a refined malachite touch that take your dinners to whole new level of glamour. Price on request. Available at Casa Paradox.
A Radiant You
Swiss luxury skincare brand Glutaweis has unveiled their first line up called the Glutathione Radiance Range, with a rejuvenating cream, repair serum and recovery cleanser. With master anti-oxidant glutathione and 16 actives, you can now tackle pigmentation, spots, wrinkles and scarring, the Radiance Range offers indulgent solutions, dermatologically tested for effectiveness. Available in gorgeous, travel-friendly, spill-proof packaging, Glutaweis is suitable for sensitive skin, vegan and animal cruelty-free too! Light and fast-absorbing, with a gentle self-fragrance and zero oily residues, and excellent in-built tools, Glutaweis is designed to be delightful. The chrome-finish product packs are ideal for gifting (and look out-of-this-world in any vanity case or dressing table). Price: INR 12,240. Available online at www.glutaweis.com
A Regal Affair
Founded by Archana Kumari Singh, who combines her aristocratic lineage and her evolved sense of design to create spectacular gifts and collectibles, the House of Badnore is a heritage driven brand that reflects a gracious past inspired by royalty, Raj-era memorabilia, and the colour and craft of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. This festive season, dress up the man in your life in the colours and pomp of erstwhile royalty, with these dual-tone enamel and silver bandhgala buttons in shades of the peacock. Price on request.
Holiday in the Big Apple
Kiehl’s, the original New York apothecary at the corner of 13th and 3rd, brings the holiday festivities to celebrate the season of joy with a selection of beloved skincare products encased in whimsical, limited edition designs created in collaboration with the Lyon-based illustrator, Maite Franchi, who is inspired by Art Deco. The Crème de Corps Whipped Body Butter is a luxurious whipped body butter with Shea Butter and Jojoba Butter absorbs quickly to nurture and moisturize skin. With rich hydration, this body moisturizer is also infused with Soy Milk and Honey softens the skin with 24 hours of hydration. Available at all Kiehl’s stores.
No festive look is complete without a statement piece that adds the right bling to your ensemble. Orra has handpicked a few jewellery pieces to add a dash of beauty with a dash of sparkle to this festive season for a lasting impression! This filigree cocktail ring by Orra will add sparkle to any outfit, Indian or Western, with its classic yet contemporary appeal, for that final, magical flourish. Price on request.
Go with the Flow
The Winter Festive 20/21 ‘Flow’ collection by Mumbai based luxury menswear label Sarah & Sandeep (Previously SS HOMME) represents future-forward festive ensembles for men. These futuristic designs created by Sarah & Sandeep represent the ever-changing neoteric man, playing on minimalism mixed with fluidic geometry, epitomising poetry in motion. Inspired from symmetric mobility and steady interconnected streams of natural elements, this meticulously designed collection comprises tuxedos, bandhgalas, sherwanis, shirts, trousers and kurta bandi sets. Intricate signature design details like fabric manipulation, pintucks and beadwork can be seen on the styles that are meant for grooms. Price on request. Available at the Sarah & Sandeep Flagship Store in Khar West. It will be available online at www.sarahsandeep.com from December 2020.
Uniqlo’s Fall Winter 2020 addresses the issue of urban living, while at the same time finding innovative solutions for the environment. At Uniqlo, the belief is that the power of clothing can be turned into a force for good. By designing, making and selling good clothing, they make the world a better place. Good clothing means simple clothing, high in quality, and built to last. It's clothing that enriches the lives of people who wear it by giving them comfort, protection and pleasure. Recycling, upcycling, reducing waste, and using resources fully are vital for social sustainability. This Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater from the LifeWear collection is lightweight and sumptuously soft, and inspired by preppy styling and Paris in the 1970s. Price: INR 6,990. Available online at https://online.uniqlo.in/
Lady in Red
A quality timepiece makes for an ideal gift for any occasion. Combining style and uber-luxe aesthetics, Panerai brings to you a unique array of watches perfect for gifting on all occasions as well as to add a dash of panache to your own festive wardrobe. Be it Diwali, Christmas or weddings, there is always a Panerai novelty seamlessly blending for all occasions. Statement dials, innovative materials, eco-conscious collaboration and a wide selection of strap colours, the festive special list of watches offers a selection for all moods, vibes, age and gender. The 38 mm Panerai Luminor Due in polished Goldtech case and bezel, is substantially thinner while completely respecting the classic design. With its automatic mechanical movement and P.900 calibre, it beats at 28,800 alternations/hour. Its power reserve is three days, and it’s water resistant to 30 m. The dial is white with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Date is at 3 o'clock and small seconds hand is at 9 o'clock. The back is in see-through sapphire crystal. The strap is alligator shiny red, with tone on tone stitching. Its power reserve is three days, and it’s water resistant to 30 m. Price on request.
French Joie de Vivre
This holiday season the fresh Happy Diamonds collection by Chopard weaves the magic spell on a leather goods line also named Happy. Expressed through a handbag collection, dancing motifs frolic between two sapphire crystals fitted on a gold-plated clasp. They involve the same process as the dancing diamonds that transform Chopard watch and jewellery items into authentic talismans distilling their joyfully light-spirited touch. An original variation now joins this leather collection: a shoulder bag made from an innovative 100 percent Seaqual® denim canvas fabric, with a precious clasp at its centre graced with five dancing mother-of-pearl cabochons. Seaqual® yarn is the result of a collaboration between non-governmental organisations, fishermen, researchers and scientists to recover and recycle plastic waste found in the oceans. This upcycled and traceable material is thus entirely in harmony with Chopard’s vision of ethical luxury. Price on request.
This holiday season, pick a statement diamond piece that adds the right bling to your ensemble. Orra has handpicked this diamond and gold necklace that will leave others with a lasting impression of you. Price on request.
Frozen in Time
Inspired by the grace of the eagle and the majesty of the Alps, Chopard's sporty-chic collection welcomes the Alpine Eagle Small Frozen timepiece. Crafted in ethical 18 k white gold, its 36 mm diameter case, bezel, and integrated bracelet are entirely set with diamonds. The richness of its diamonds magnificently highlights Chopard’s art of gemsetting. This expertise is faithfully cultivated by the in-house Artisans, who have patiently paved the entire 36 mm diameter case, as well as the bezel, dial and each bracelet link with 765 diamonds (totalling 8.28 carats), a challenge that requires no less than 20 hours of meticulous work for each timepiece. This is the first entirely gemset watch in the Alpine Eagle collection, which was successfully launched in 2019 based on the legacy of Chopard’s iconic St. Moritz model. Endowed with technical expertise entirely on a par with its impressive aesthetics, this jewelled version of the watch for "contemporary eagles" is equipped with the Chopard 148-component 09.01-C movement with automatic winding and a 42-hour power reserve. The hours and minutes can be read off on the dial by day and night thanks to facetted hands and rhodium-plated Roman numerals enhanced with Grade X1 SuperLuminova®. Thanks to its abundance of diamonds, reminiscent of tiny snowflakes glistening on Alpine peaks, it shines with an ethical and responsible aura. Price on request.
This winter, stay comfy and on trend with this PW Basics shirt from the Premium Basics collection, a collab between adidas Originals and Pharell Williams, with the human form in mind, that is genderless and comes with inclusive sizing. Price: INR 2,999.
Dancing in a Red Dress
Chopard's Happy Diamonds collection honours the colour of feelings with a watchmaking variation in diamond-set ethical 18 k rose gold paired with a red dial and red alligator leather strap. True to the spirit of the collection, it sends five dancing diamonds twirling around its textured mother-of-pearl dial. This exquisitely curvaceous, quintessentially feminine 25.8 mm watch adorns the wrist with inimitable refinement thanks to an ingenious composition. Here, the main case framing the time indication is encircled by a halo-like second bezel – likewise in diamond-set gold – separated by a void graced with five dancing diamonds held between two sapphire crystals. Whirling with carefree abandon, they echo the two diamonds set on either side of the case at 12 and 6 o'clock. With their usual brilliance, the Artisans exercising their craft in the Chopard workshops have provided a case-back pusher for setting the time, thereby avoiding any need for a crown and making the watch seem lighter than ever while preserving its perfect roundness. This Happy Diamonds model can thus give free rein to the stunning performance of an endlessly joyful waltz, based on a choreography that Chopard has been continuously orchestrating since the creation of its dancing diamonds in 1976. Price on request.
Winter in Venice
With the 30 mm Happy Sport Sun, Moon & Stars timepiece crafted in stainless steel and 18 k ethical rose gold, Chopard choreographs the heavenly bodies in an incessant ballet set in Venice. A tribute to the Piazza San Marco, the vibrant heart of Venice, this new interpretation of the Happy Sport collection evokes the famous clock tower that has dominated the square since the 15th century. From the midnight blue of the spangled lacquered dial to the leather strap and the five dancing emblems sliding across its dial, every detail of this watch recalls the emblematic decor of the monument. Caught between two sapphire crystals, the Happy Sport Sun, Moon & Stars stages an encounter between a dancing moon and three dancing stars in diamond-set ethical white gold and an equally freely whirling smiling sun in ethical rose gold. The fascinating celestial vault appears to be infinitely reflected in the inky waters of the Grand Canal. It is powered by a Chopard 09.01-C mechanical movement with automatic winding crafted by the Maison’s watchmaking Artisans and ensuring a 42-hour power reserve. It’s water resistant at 30 m. The strap is in Navy blue alligator leather with a stainless steel buckle. Price on request.
Get ready for chilly days ahead! With Uniqlo’s Ultra Light Down Jacket from its Fall Winter 2020 collection, it’s easy to feel warm, look good, and feel content that the jacket worn fulfils sustainable goals! Price: INR 4,990.
Have a Heart!
After having made settings vanish by inventing dancing diamonds and the magic setting technique, as well as by using coloured titanium that creates the illusion of floating precious stones thanks to the chameleon-like virtues of this ultra-light metal, the Chopard workshops have achieved the masterstroke of making this setting an ornamental element. For the first time in the history of the Maison, it is no longer considered a technical process, but instead becomes a decorative element in its own right within the jewellery composition. No longer driving the gems into metal prongs, but instead nestling them into the soft lobes of a heart representing the source of love and life: such is the feat achieved in these resolutely romantic creations. Fastened in place by the sides of a white gold heart thus created, the diamonds are further enhanced by the feather-light touch of gemsetting that enables light to pour through their facets. This heart set Haute Joaillerie ring from the Chopard workshops, is crafted in ethical Fairmined-certified 18 k white gold. The brilliant-cut diamonds (7.10 ct) were purchased from suppliers certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council. Price on request.
Teeing Off in Style
Born into the culture rich state of Pratapgarh in Avadh and married into the family of Badnore in Rajasthan, Archana Kumari Singh of the House of Badnore designs products that symbolize the rich past. Near ethereal collectibles, fashion knick-knacks, travel jewels and art objects, House of Badnore resonates with Archana’s rich family legacy dating many centuries. A legacy where, “The clash of swords, blood, sweat and tears in the tough terrain was juxtaposed with a life of refinement lived within palaces. Where Rao Jaimal ji’s heroic bravado and Mira Bai’s divine ardour co-existed.” Featured here is a stellar style statement for the golf aficionado! Pocket square Tiger woods in pure twill silk with matching cufflinks in silverplate and enamel. They come packed together in a stylish box and make for a perfect gift option. Price on request.
With its regal lineage and extraordinary sense of aesthetics, this delicate pink enamel patterned salver in silverplate from the House of Badnore, works as serveware and a puja plate. Size: 10”. Price on request.
Humanity above All
This festive season, Pharrell Williams and adidas Originals return with the latest iterations of their collaborative PW HU NMD silhouette. Building on the thematic elements of the season’s first two drops, Pharrell Williams brings his creative vision to life through monochromatic colourways and linguistic references. For the third PW HU NMD sneaker drop of the season, Pharrell and adidas Originals present a monochromatic yellow vivid colorway featuring a yellow knitted upper, a tonal stitched graphic which reads ‘Human Race’ in Hindi, a yellow midsole, and black accents.
The sneaker is constructed with an engineered adidas Primeknit textile upper, matched with a BOOST midsole and rubber outsole. Completing the look, co-branded sock liners and additional lace options. Price: INR 21,999.Festive Hampers - The Lodhi
This holiday season spread happiness and love with bespoke Gift Hampers from The Lodhi Bakery! Take your pick from a thoughtfully curated assortment of gourmet delights, handpicked sweet and savoury treats ,and delectable confectionaries crafted especially for the occasion. Featuring artisanal chocolates, cashew nut tarts, gluten-free breads, flavored nuts and more, the hampers can be further customized keeping in mind dietary preferences as well. Customization option available. Price: INR 5,500 onwards. Available at The Lodhi, New Delhi.
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