The Fendimania Bracelet Watch for men
This signature watch by Fendi for men (there’s a women’s model too), has a modern bracelet accented by the iconic FF-logo shaped bezel, for a structured yet elegant aesthetic. It’s 40 x 40 mm, with a black coloured steel case, with polished FF logo bezel, a black ray sundial, and yellow gold-coloured minute track. It has a Swiss-made quartz movement and is 50 m water resistant. Price on request. Available in Fendi boutiques and on www.fendi.com
A Toast to Taste
Elegant glassware is a popular gift option, and Beyond Designs Home offers exceptional choices. These dual tone champagne glasses and wine goblets are perfect décor accessories that are functional and beautiful. Price on request. www.beyonddesigns.in
Shine like an Angel
The joy of Diwali gives you the perfect reason to dazzle under the light of crystals, and what better than jewellery from Swarovski, crafted for you with love and care. Vibrant and trendy, these Angelic Rectangular Pierced Earrings in green bring radiance to your look. Price: INR 7,090. Available at all Swarovski stores and on the web boutique www.swarovski.com
Queen of Hearts
Win her over with this Queen print blue sweatshirt from Benetton’s Fall-Winter 2020 collection. Price on request.
Link of Love
Make her shine in this bracelet crafted in pink tourmalines and emeralds by Aisshpra Gems and Jewels, a 60-year-old heritage jewellery brand from Uttar Pradesh. Price on request.
A Stag for all Seasons
For the genuine lover of single malts, Glenfiddich, the World’s Most Awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky introduces the Limited Edition Gift Pack for 2020 with their iconic 12-year-old expression. Embracing change since 1887 is the genesis of the pack design. The pack design showcases the indomitable stag coming out stronger through transitioning times backed by a layered pattern, and contour lines which emphasize on the underlying message of change being the only constant. The layered pattern highlights the pace of change which is gradual, inevitable and perpetual. The contour lines on the packaging illustrate the necessity of embracing risk and uncertainty for meaningful growth. The limited-edition pack is now available pan-India. Price on request.
All Eyes on You
Just for Diwali, Emporio Armani eyewear presents a special project dedicated to the Indian market. The brand has crafted two unique eyewear pieces, a pair of sunglasses (shown here) and an optical model. Both styles have matt black rectangular frames with gold detailing, and the sunglasses lens is in bright canary yellow. The words ‘Celebrating India’ and ‘Special Edition’ feature on the glasses, while the Emporio Armani logo is imprinted in gold. Prices: Sunglasses: INR 11,990; Optical: INR 9,790.
Cocooned in Comfort
This Bano Fauzia Doshala from Good Earth Sustain’s Raat ki Rani evening wear collection, is a richly festive, loose shawl crafted in plush velvet, with zardozi embroidery, metallic sequins and delicate mirrorwork. Price: INR 65,000. www.goodearth.in
No Diwali party can be complete without the perfect pair of earrings. Just in time for the festive season, Jaipur-based 100-year-old jeweller Rambhajo’s has introduced a special festive jadau collection which cleverly mixes traditional with contemporary. These jadau jhumkas are pretty and feminine, and are sure to become favourite heirlooms. Price on request.
Elegant and powerful: Montblanc’s first-ever Smart Over-Ear Headphones offer luxury in every respect – stylishly ergonomic design, with the finest leather finish, supremely comfortable on the ears and head, and with the latest functionality that includes noise cancelling and Google Assistant. Price on request.
An Ode to Pashmina
This one’s for the connoisseurs of pashmina! Anjul Bhandari, known for her couture chikankari, has just introduced her latest collection Pashmina – e – Awadh, that blends delicate Awadhi chikankari hand embroidery with Kashmiri handwoven pashmina for Fall-Winter 2020. Choose from shawls, phiran style suits and even sarees, to wear at an intimate gathering, just working from home, or reading a book on a sunny day. Price on request.
Put a Ring on It
For the urban millennial who’s always on the go, this ring from Raniwala 1881’s Ready-To-Wear collection fits the bill. With a spirit that is spirited and modern, in the richness of 18k gold, pure jadau and polki with a gorgeous palette of emeralds, blue sapphires, rubies and corals, these jewels go from morning to an elegant soirée with ease, and reflect the heritage of Jaipur. Price on request.
Plush and Posh
For the exacting homemaker, choose from Sarita Handa’s Festive Collection 2020 – a plethora of sophistication and chicness. The splendid collection has been designed especially keeping in mind the vibrancy and liveliness of the occasion. Pieces include soft furnishings, table linen, accessories, upholstery, furniture and exclusive décor products that mark Sarita Handa’s signature style. Price on request. https://saritahanda.com
With Korean skincare all the rage, this one is for the beauty lovers among us. Sulwhasoo’s Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream is the product of 50 years of research that has transformed ginseng into an innovative skincare solution. Sulwhasoo has not just used just the ginseng root which is known for its exceptional efficacies, but also its leaves, stems, flowers and berries that others have overlooked. The pinnacle of their findings is in Sulwhasoo’s Concentrated Gingseng Renewing Cream, a potent anti-ageing cream. Price: INR 17,000 for 60 ml. Available on www.nykaa.com
The perfect gift for that fastidious someone. Always appreciated, this is something she will wear for years to come. This Tennis Deluxe Mixed bracelet by Swarovski combines the crystal-making prowess of this iconic Austrian brand, with the refined beauty of fine jewellery. A winner every time! Price: INR 19,900.
Homage to an Explorer
This one’s for the adventurers among us! The Montblanc 1858 Geosphere is a new way of displaying worldtime with two recognizable turning discs representing the northern and southern hemispheres. The timepiece is linked to the Seven Summits theme featuring explorer Reinhold Messner’s challenge referred to as ‘Messner’s List’ – a route of four variations of how to climb the highest peaks on each of the seven continents – the most difficult version of all. Limited to 262 pieces, the 42 mm Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Messner harmoniously combines a bronze bezel, shiny blue ceramic, and rose gold-coated elements, giving it a true vintage aesthetic reminiscent of the mountaineering exploration tools from the past. Four engraved cardinal direction points are coated with Super-LumiNova, while the dial comes in a gradient blue color with rose gold-coated and beige elements, delivering a warm effect with harmonious contrasts. Inside is the MB 29.25 movement with Manufacture worldtime complication, with a frequency of 28,800 A/h (4 Hz), and power reserve of 42 hours. It’s water resistant to 100 m. The blue luxury NATO strap has a bronze-coated stainless steel pin buckle. Price on request.
A truly unique work of art for those who appreciate top-notch design. Yasanche by Yashesh Virkar, a Mumbai-based product designer, is a celebration of exquisite artistry, originality, and fascinating treasures of the world around us. The inspiration behind Yasanche's sensational ‘Water Series’ is the purity and kinetic form of water. Shying away from predictable materials such as wood and metal, Yashesh has used translucent resin and merged it with age-old hand processed methods to create path-breaking décor objects, inspired by droplets, ripples, splashes, and bubbles created by water. The ‘Magic Bubble Flower Vase’ is evocative of the playful shape of a soap bubble we have enjoyed playing with as children. Even though this flower vase weighs around 2-3 kg, it looks like it’s floating above the table because of its unique form and appearance. No part of the vase looks alike, and the circular holes for dry flowers are in different directions, resulting in a rare and striking vase. Price: INR 20,000 (plus GST). Tel: 9769770004.
Put ‘em in the Shade!
The festivities are just around the corner and Michael Kors is launching a special eyewear collection that includes three unique pieces, a pair of sunglasses and two optical models. This is the very first time that the fashion house has crafted these distinctive styles, specifically for the Indian market. Each of the three styles feature the words ‘Celebrating India’ printed on the inner temple tips and offer universal fitting, ensuring an easy fit for all face shapes. Price: INR 11,390 (sunglasses); INR 8,290 and INR 11,290 (optical styles). Available at Sunglass Hut and LensCrafters.
Flaunt a touch of Europe this holiday season. As Diwali approaches, online boutique AiSPi has curated a collection of its finest, handpicked pieces to offer an exclusive selection of European clothing, handbags, and accessories to treat yourself or a loved one. This circular L’ailingi Pearl Luxury Designer Clutch adds the right touch to a chic holiday wardrobe. Choose from niche designers like L’alingi, Outline, Rosantica, and A Better Feeling and invest in statement accessories that will elevate your attire and uplift your fashion spirit. Price: INR 35,000 (approx.). Available at www.AiSPi.co
For a man of good taste and infinite style, Good Earth Sustain’s festive collection for men, Abeer Man, takes you to the golden sand and bright north African sunlight of Marrakesh. The collection features vintage paisley motifs, geometric patterns, and floral ajrakh block prints embellishing the softest handspun cottons and lush mulberry silks, designed for informal festive evenings of quiet pleasure and togetherness. This Marrakesh Jacket is priced at INR 38,000. Available at Good Earth stores, and www.GoodEarth.in
Diwali is a special celebration, and a piece of jewellery made by the master craftsmen of Ahmedabad-based jewellery maison Harit Zaveri Jewellers, truly becomes an heirloom to be passed from generation to generation. Their new collection Gaatha – which means verse of a poem in Sanskrit – is like a story told through jewellery, where each piece of jewellery transports you to that moment in time when your grandmother opened her velvet potli and unveiled her precious jewel for you, as you looked on enchanted, anticipating a treasure from the family trove. In time, you too, do the same to your progeny, and pass on this opulent necklace and earrings set in kundan and polki to the next generation. Price on request.
Now, you can feel good about the environment, while looking sharp! Good-looking, warm and eco-friendly: this new Eco-Recycle puffer jacket from United Colors of Benetton has padding made from recycled plastic bottles. It takes 65 to make a kilo of this warm, light material that provides protection from the cold and wind. This women’s jacket descends to the hips, the men’s version is characterized by stitch patterns, and the Kids collection has bright colours and details that recall the history of the Benetton brand. This red women’s jacket comes with a coloured canteen - to use in place of plastic bottles – as all puffer jackets do, and aims to reduce the use of plastic and raise environmental awareness among adults and children, with an eye on recycling and on sustainability. Price on request.
A Collier to Covet
Kickstart your upcoming festivities with classic and timeless necklaces by Falguni Mehta that are sure to add splendour to your look. Inspired by the Mughal era, the set of neckpieces include chokers, layered necklaces, and more. This piece in polki diamonds, and emeralds is perfect as a bridal set as well! With its classic heritage design, it will add serious cred to any outfit, festive or bridal. Price on request. By appointment only. Tel: 9820050007.
Bedazzle a loved one this Diwali with Swarovski’s eclectic capsule collection for Home; turning every moment into a cherished memory. Capturing the sparkle of this iconic brand, each piece has been crafted with brilliance, artistic innovation, and timeless beauty. This Waterlily Candleholder can be your table’s centrepiece, and definitely a conversation starter. Price: INR 11,900. Available at Swarovski boutiques.
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