Store Watch: InV Home

Started by Mr. Nitin Jain & Ms. Ritika Jain, InV Home redefines luxury living by combining time honored artisan techniques with precise state-of-the-art detailing to present luxury living solutions. InV Home opened its first store in New Delhi in Greater Kailash 1 market and now have a second store on MG Road, over an expansive area of 18000 sq ft. The store houses a timeless collection of home textiles, furniture, lighting, dining and accessories.

INV Home

The whole idea on which InV Home was built was to bring unique and rare pieces made worldwide to the modern urban retail Indian market. High quality material, styled with understated elegance, lends a unique richness to their relaxed home furnishings. In addition to home textiles, the store has collaborated with some of the most premium brands from all over the globe like Zwiesel, Archipelago, Platex, etc to name a few for furniture and lighting. With alluring designs tailored for today’s modern lifestyle, be it entertainment, dinning, conversing, working, playing, rejuvenating, relaxing, or sleeping – you’re invited to come and express yourself.

Review: Cavalli Caffé, DLF Emporio, New Delhi

There are some days when you just want to dress pretty, meet your girl-friend for a drink, bitch about your job/ boss/ significant other and have a delish meal. Most days you deserve an award for not being jailed after assaulting someone for annoying you, but on those odd days when you want to dress pretty and have a great meal, you go to Cavalli Caffé. At least I did, one Tuesday a few weeks back.
CAVALLI CAFFE INTERIOR
The Cavalli Caffè situated next to the Roberto Cavalli boutique, at the ground floor of DLF Emporio located in Vasant Kunj is as stylish and fashionable as anything with the name Cavalli on the door should be.The Caffè experience finds its roots in the historical Cavalli Caffè Giacosa, located in Via Tornabuoni in Florence, an antique shop founded in 1815, which was a meeting place for a refined and noble Florentine clientele, which Roberto Cavalli brought back to life, preserving the elegance of the setting. The one in Delhi has been decorated in true Roberto Cavalli style with elements created personally by Cavalli himself; the Cavalli Caffé is a true reflection of his style, complete with the animal print upholstery and animal print lampshades hung upside down all along the ceiling with prints of Roberto Cavalli with various celebrities covering the wall.
Bar, Cavalli Caffe, www.stylecity.in
Anyone who knows me knows my love for a great tasting drink, especially if it is vodka or wine based, well I was spoilt for choice with, Cavalli red wine, Cavalli Premium Italian Vodka and Grappa all available as drink options. Conceived to stimulate and inspire every moment of the day, the Cavalli Caffè offers an elegant and refined menu and the atmosphere enables its clients to savour different tastes in an intimate and classic setting where the cuisine proposes a wide range of traditional Italian products and flavours. We were lucky to try the new menu which incorporates a few not so Italian flavours as well. Before I begin on the food, a special mention to the styling by Chef Kapil, it literally broke my heart to spoil the presentation. We started with Crema Di Pomodoro which came in a bun and looked gorgeous but tasted just as it should, warm and soothing down the throat. We then moved on to Parma Ham and Melon appetizer and Rucola and Goat Cheese Salad with Pine Nuts and Oranges. The mains were Mellanzane Alla Parmiggiana, Burrata Ravioli in Burnt Butter and Sage Chili Caramel Basa with Wilted Spinach and Wok Tossed Noodles. Again those of you who read the blog regularly know my absolute love for fish, that is the one thing I try on every menu in almost every part of the world and trust me when I say, I wasn’t disappointed one bit. Finally for dessert we had a huge variety to choose from; Red wine Poached Fig and Apricot Crumble, Hot Chocolate Foam with a Rum Granita and Chocolate Marquise, ending with Cavalli chocolates. Available in eleven delicious flavours of Walnut, Peanuts, Dark Gianduja, Coconut and Vanilla, Crunchy Almond Praline, Coffee, Cinnamon, Gianduja, Almonds and Hazelnuts, Mint, Chili Pepper, the chcolates truly exude the Roberto Cavalli experience.
Cavalli Cafe, www.stylecity.in
So the next time you want to dress up pretty, have a great cocktail and some delicious food, or even step out for a cup of coffee with your girlfriend, you know what we recommend and trust me you wont be disappointed.
For reservations:+91 11 46950000

September Style Picks

1.Elegant White Floral Gift Box, India Circus
2.901 Tequila, Justin Timberlake
3.Ogam Servomuto, Vissionaire Home
4.Pure Colour Cello Shots, Estee Lauder
5.Princess by Takashi Murakami for Shu Uemura
6.Trinity Condiment Server by arttd’inox
7.Votive Clarity Candle, Ishana
8.Jaguar Print Tote, Gucci
9.Limited edition furniture by Maria Pergay for Fendi
10.Borobudur Sculptures, Viya Home

LACOSTE celebrates its 80th anniversary with Maisons Francaise

There are collaborations and then there are collaborations. I for one have not seen such amazing products on display from so many brands that it is tough to select a favourite. For its 80th Anniversary, Lacoste has invited nine French houses to join the festivities, the names include Hermes, Baccarat, Bernardaud, Boucheron, Christofle, Fauchon, Goyard, S.T.Dupont and Veuve Clicquot. Each top end guest will treat the crocodile with An exclusive gift. These unique objects are symbols of the craftsmanship, expertise And know-how of some of the greatest names in French Luxury and are a tribute to 80 years of an extraordinary homage to Lacoste’s sense of innovation and excellence.

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Baccarat
The Crocodile’s anniversary party will be enlightened by an exclusive Baccarat creation — a crystal vase inspired by the tennis and golf trophies that René Lacoste, his wife, daughter, and all of the LACOSTE champions ever since, held high above their head. The design of this work of art is reminiscent of the prevalent shapes of the 30s. It stands as a tribute to the era where the Crocodile was ruling the tennis courts, while his wife was mastering golf courses.
Bernardaud
To celebrate LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary, Bernardaud presents the Crocodile with 27 colourful porcelain golf tees reminiscent of the family- shared passion. The 27 different colours are directly inspired by the joyful palette of the LACOSTE polo-shirts. Until the 50s, the LACOSTE polo-shirt was only produced in white, but today, about 60 colours are available every season — an extension of the brand’s famous «joie de vivre»
Boucheron
In order to pay tribute to LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary, Boucheron created two exclusive brooches inspired by the legendary Crocodile. Boucheron is very famous for its animal-inspired creations. Made out of diamonds and emeralds, these exclusive jewels add up to Boucheron’s famous bestiary, now hosting two new crocodile guests. It also reminds us of a romantic move from tennis champion René Lacoste who gifted his wife a Boucheron brooch.
Christofle
As René Lacoste was married to golf champion Simone Thion de la Chaume, golf represents an essential part of LACOSTE’s DNA. Their daughter — Catherine Lacoste— herself having embraced golf as a career reinforced this special relationship to that sport. Intrigued by these hereditary skills, Christofle drew its inspiration from that unusual family feature and pays tribute to LACOSTE on its 80th anniversary by producing the most exclusive silver golf club for the most exclusive players.
FAUCHON
LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary is the chance for FAUCHON to pay tribute to the crocodile brand using its signature pastry: the éclair. Specially created for this event by the Maison’s pastry chefs, the FAUCHON éclairs for LACOSTE are green, magenta and white and come in four unique gourmet versions. The centres of these éclairs ooze elegant flavours, just like the LACOSTE collections. Food lovers will be able to choose between the truly creamy green tea, almond, vanilla, lemon and strawberry versions. These high fashion éclairs are bedecked with moulded chocolate shells that echo the texture of the famous LACOSTE piqué cotton polo shirts for the monochrome versions and glossy almond paste for the striped version. The legendary crocodile made from marshmallow adds the finishing touch to these creations.
Goyard
For its 80th anniversary, LACOSTE is getting a very special gift from the French luxury trunk maker. In fact, Goyard is treating the Crocodile to an exclusive travel bag. It is indeed a perfect match considering the Crocodile’s universe, tinged with elegant journeys all around the world. This gift is also a tribute to the worldwide and well-established LACOSTE values. Mixing the two Houses’ codes — the Crocodile and stylized chevron-patterned monogram — this bag stands as a flawless illustration of Goyard’s traditional know-how.
Hermès
Hermès pays tribute to LACOSTE’s tennis history with a unique gift conceived as a wink to the Crocodile’s birth. In the 1920s, tennis champion René Lacoste made a bet with his team captain about whether he would win a match he was about to play. The champion was given his nickname after the stakes of that bet — a suitcase made of crocodile skin — and soon started embroidering a crocodile on his legendary polo shirt. 80 years later, Hermès offers LACOSTE a crocodile tennis bag.
S.T. Dupont
For LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary, S.T. Dupont is presenting the iconic crocodile with a very special gift. The purposely mysterious case contains a beautiful lighter, two candles, a notebook and two pens: Elysée and Classique. Both functional and elegant, it’s the ideal kit for any chic sportsman on tennis courts or golf greens, before or after play. LACOSTE’s essential values, elegance and fair-play, also represent the core values of every champion. LACOSTE is deeply rooted in the sport values through its DNA, and with this gift, S.T. Dupont pays homage to that authentic heritage.
Veuve Clicquot
Since its foundation in 1772, the Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin House has remained true to its motto : «Only one quality, the finest». That is a simple way to sum up the essence of the brand. As one of the figureheads of French Champagne, Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin is obviously designated to bring the famous bottle to LACOSTE’s anniversary party. The brand manufactured a special trolley for that matter, paying tribute to the brand’s golf heritage. On the night of the anniversary, the popping cork should echo the noise of a golf ball dropping in the hole on a golf course.Nicknamed «the great lady of Champagne» in 1805 when her husband passed away, the Veuve Clicquot became the first woman to lead a champagne house and one of the first businesswomen of the modern era.

Art Fest by SVK Art

Celebrate the last leg of Delhi Monsoons the way Delhi knows best; with Cocktails and Art. Suryaveer Kohli and Avantika Sujan invite you to their preview of Paintings by Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Nayanaa Kanodia, Irena Vezin, Salman Toor, Komail Aijazuddin ; Photography by Jeffrey Robb & Avantika Sujan.

Irena Vezin, Spring in St. Petersburg . 59" x 59" . mixed media on canvas . 2007
Irena Vezin, Spring in St. Petersburg . 59″ x 59″ . mixed media on canvas . 2007
Nayanaa Kanodia, My Hobby . 21.5" x 15" . mixed media on paper . 2012
Nayanaa Kanodia, My Hobby . 21.5″ x 15″ . mixed media on paper . 2012

Feroz Khan, Jal Jeera . 39" x 48" . oil on canvas . 2012

Preview- Thursday 22nd August
C-56, Mayfair Gardens, Hauz Khas Enclave, New Delhi
This exhibit will be on view till this Sunday, August 25th, by appointment, at the same venue.

For more details log on to:
www.facebook.com/svkartgallery
www.svkart.com

August Style Picks

1. Sérum Advanced Génifique Blanc, Lancôme, Rs.5,000 upwards
2. F-Dita Sofa, Christopher Guy at Ace Maison Experience Center, Rs. 6,29,760
3. Classic 3 Arms Candleabra, Address Home, Rs.1,490
4. Diwan Luxury Living by Royal Koas, price on request
5. Glasses and Mats, India Circus
6. Malika Wine Goblet, Address Home, Rs.2,890 (set of 2)
7. Ritu Kumar Collection, Oriflame, Rs.1,090 upwards
8. Shower Curtain, http://www.simplecastle.com, Rs.1,681
9. Emerald Earrings, Tara Jewellers, price on request
10. Tudor bench by Manika Chopra, Rs.28,000

Review: He said she said, New Delhi

By Avni Wadhwa
Situated at the very alive and kicking Haus Khas Village , He said she said doesn’t promise more than it can deliver. That is, it is a non-pretentious pub with simple décor and introduces the concept of a ‘Shots and Bar Café’ in this populated market which has tons of different cafes and pubs. This on it’s own wasn’t as exciting to me, but clubbed together with a menu offering food infused with alcohol definitely made me want to venture out and try this place with my friends. It is not high strung; the place has no airs about it. It is a modest ,chill out place. We  were made to wait for about 10 minutes before we finally found ourselves a table inside. The murals are definitely interesting but nothing extraordinary, even the seating is simple with high bar stools.The shots menu though was extremely creative and had an interesting variation of shots to offer. ‘I clove you’, ‘aamsutra’ were a few of the shots we tried from the very elaborate shots menu. The shots were tasty, colourful and pretty reasonable at the same time. They definitely aren’t stingy with the alcohol, that I can guarantee.

He said She said, www.stylecity.in

watermelon shots, he said she said, www.stylecity.in

I was most curious as to how the food would turnout. They say “you eat with your eyes first” . We ordered ‘Mutton khurchan’ to start from the Indian Selection. We waited 15 minutes before the food finally appeared on the table. The mutton was served on top of the naan and was accompanied with mint chutney, kurma and onions on the side, it tasted fine and had a smokiness to it thanks to the rum infusion. It was spicy ,tender and seasoned well though I felt something innovative could definitely be done with the presentation. Next in line we had ‘Aphrodisiac garlic chicken. This one was a sure shot winner on my list ,with the correct amount of garlic and oriental spices it definitely tingled my taste buds. Main course was ‘Chilli fish with sliced garlic’ and ‘Lamb manchurian’. We ordered steamed rice and hot garlic noodles as sides. The fish was pretty much the old “desi” version Chinese we had as kids. The sauce was a garlic ,soy base thickened with corn starch(more like a regular Manchurian sauce). I had expected more from the chilli fish. The spice factor was missing as the name suggests, though the fish was tender. Lamb Manchurian was seasoned well, extremely tender.The food all in all was decent ,portion wise it justified the price. The aphrodisiac garlic chicken definitely is worth a try and is perfect on the palette. Also the service of the staff was worth a mention, they were sweet, friendly and accommodating. This place is definitely worth a visit especially to start you night of partying, and if you happen to love shots that just a bonus.

Address: 31 Hauz Khas Village, (Ground and 1st Floor)
New Delhi, India 110016
Tel: +91 9717888945, +91 9717888940
Price: meal for two costs 1500/- (inclusive of alcohol).

New Launch: Pangaea, New Delhi

Tonight Delhi gets to view and party at the much awaited night club Pangaea opened by The Ault Group in partnership with Spice Global, located at Ashok Hotel which I had a chance to preview a few nights ago. Riding high on the success of Pangaea Singapore, the world’s most profitable club per square foot, Michael Ault has designed and conceptualized his vision for New Delhi on a blank canvas, straying from his traditional theme of an exotic African Safari Tent in the 90 clubs across the globe, he has instead set out to capture the lavish and rich Indian culture in this stylish and ostentatious night club.

Pangaea, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Pangaea, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

An international team of experts from the United States to Australia to Singapore have worked tirelessly in tandem with the local execution teams to ensure the flawless launch of Pangaea New Delhi. Accommodating up to 20 VIP tables, and up to 400 guests, Pangaea New Delhi showcases uniquely designed furniture and custom-made dance-tiers within each banquette, literally fabricated to be danced on. Which means you can dance anywhere, around the tables and on the furniture, I can see a glee of delight from my Delhi friends, who love to dance anywhere, especially on furniture. The lounge is an epitome of a grand salon, with sexy opulence and world-class art collection, which will give our guests a window into the decadence of the Renaissance; from the Art-work to the sculptures and Red light.

Pangaea, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Well, if you are going to Pangaea tonight, do write in with your experience, which promises to surpass the current standards of clubbing in New Delhi and redefine high-end partying. From the vibe I have been getting it is focussed on having an exclusive guest list so not everyone can enter, with tables being stated to go as high up as Rs.4,00,000, which includes a personal steward and personalised guards so no one but your friends can be on the table. Other tables are available at much Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 75,000. While the regular people can come in for Rs.1,500 to stand around the tables or at the Bars. (Yes, two bars, Thank god for that!)

Luxe and Stylish: Emilio Pucci debuts in India

A woman, a lifestyle, a tradition. The house of Emilio Pucci evokes a legacy that blends glamour, nobility and luxury.Conceived by Creative Director Peter Dundas, a powerfully reinvented palazzo inspires the brand’s new boutique in New Delhi, located at the ground floor at the DLF Emporio Mall, in partnership with the local luxury authority Infinite Luxury Brands Private Limited.

Emilio Pucci, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Tapping renowned French architect Joseph Dirand to articulate his vision, Dundas’ store concept is a play on contrasts: sophisticated yet warm, formal yet fresh. Informed by the classic codes first drawn by the Marquis, the store offers a youthful spin on the brand’s 65-year tradition of glamour and elegance, washing it with a new attitude and allowing the clothes to breathe freely.The new concept borrows from the fragile beauty of Italian palazzos, yet also boldly redraws it. An abstract 3D interpretation of Pucci’s maze-like Torre print from 1966, pattern unexpectedly emerges through graphic slicing. It is also recreated in the two-tone crushed marble Terrazzo flooring inside the store.From brass-trimmed moldings to hidden brass lighting fixtures, the finishing’s are flawless. A palette of creams and soft greys are classically inspired by the Italian stone, Pietra Serena. Gold Art Deco mirrors hint at the opulence within. Sexy, unexpected twists cut into the refinement, adding a modern sharpness throughout and an aubergine coloured carpet and matching velvet daybed grace the privé area in the rear room.

Emilio Pucci, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Emilio Pucci, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

This store concept represents the beginning of a new era at Emilio Pucci”, says Emilio Pucci President and Chief Executive Officer Alessandra Carra.  “We are taking a 360 degree approach, looking at every aspect of the brand, both from an image and a business point of view.  The evolution began with Peter’s new fashion direction, and then our first ad campaign that debuted in Fall 2012. This has been a starting point for an ambitious development plan which is planned to bring significant growth into our Pucci retail network within the next 12 months, as well as an important expansion of our brand internationally.”

Emilio Pucci Boutique:115 Ground Floor, DLF Emporio
4, Nelson Mandela Road Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110070
Tel: +91-11- 46940000

Emilio Pucci Headquarters
Tel. +39 055 261841
e-mail: info@pucci.com

Project Seven initiated by Zeba Kohli

To celebrate the Spirit of Entrepreurship, Business Acumen and Creativity, Zeba Kohli of “Fantasie Fine chocolate” presents “Project Seven” A Fashion, Lifestyle & Art extravaganza that brings together individuals who share her penchant for enterprise and design. “Project Seven”, inspired by the Seven Chakras; Shakti, Life, Order, Wisdom, Love, Power, Imagination & Understanding, presents the new season collections by Established as well as Upcoming Designers. Such as James Ferreira, Kavita Durazi, Divya Mohta, Kiran & Meghna, Renu Bothra “YOU”, Misbah Mitha, Shaadir Amri, Ex- Model Svetlana Casper, Nalandda Bhandari and many more to present their Pre-Festive Designs while Sonali Dalwani “Crimzon”,  Neeta Parikh, Payal Kothari and Hersh & Malini Kotecha”Stoffa” will showcase their Footwear & Accessories ; Semi precious jewellery by Ameesha Dalmia”TAD” and Kidswear by Coocoo make this a One Stop Shop for stylish, chic designs.

Gurcharan singh at Project Seven, www.stylecity.in salva rasool--jewellery at Project Seven, www.stylecity.in

An interesting highlight that makes Project Seven is the Art Lounge curated by Bina Aziz, including the finest and extensive collection of paintings, ingenious print work, art inspired jewellery and furniture and functional pieces of art. This art exhibition will feature the works of Senior artists such as Gurcharan Singh, Seema Kohli, Badri Narayan, Bhoomika Dange, Laxma Goud, Nishant Dange, Raj More , Nayanaa Kanodia and many more. Art inspired jewellery by Salva Rasool and Shubha Gokhale and inventive home accessories & furniture designed by Rajendra Chaudhari. The exhibition presents  Limited Edition Giclee prints by Jaideep Mehrotra that are on ph-neutral water-colour paper, boasting quality that is accepted as museum standard around the world. They are individually signed and numbered for exclusivity. After the print-run is over the master images will no longer be used.

India Circus at Project Seven, www.stylecity.in

Jaideep Mehrotra at Project Seven, www.stylecity.in

Indiacircus, the contemporary India inspired designcentric label by Krsna Mehta will shocwcase their vibrant home accessories, wall art and funky diaries, mugs & cases while Houseproud, the lifestyle label by Sanvari & Anjorie Alagh will be displaying their home accesories, kitchen & tableware. Making the shopping experience more worthwhile will be a “Pop Up Shop” by “Fizaa” by Zarine Khan, one of suburban Mumbais most sought after fashion destinations, presenting new collections by their designers for the first time in South Mumbai. Also showcasing for the first time a series of photographs by Salamat Husain, MF Husains grandson (a talented photographer based in Mumbai)

Title: Project Seven
Date: August 6th & 7th
Venue: Sunville Banquets, DR AB Road, Worli, Mumbai
Timings : 11am to 7pm