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

Treasure Trove: Alchemy De Luxe

Alchemy De Luxe brings to the table a full spectrum of stylish, inspirational and original silverware items which echo glamour and class. Alchemy De Luxe uses various metals/materials like copper, silver, gold, guilding metal, semi precious stones, precious stones, and precious wood. Poonam Gupta, CEO and head designer says: ” The silverware from Alchemey De Luxe is symbol of luxury, panache, elegance and style which has been created by experienced silver smiths who put in their efforts to create such exquisite masterpieces.” Alchemy De Luxe launched its flagship store on Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, New Delhi last month. Apart from the tableware the brand also glistens your personal space with their hand carved metal curtain, silver temple, chic door handles and anything which can be reincarnated with silver, silver plated, copper and bronze. Besides silverware, the collection of Alchemey De Luxe includes God idols available in Italian composite marble.

Alchemy De Luxe, www.stylecity.in

Alchemy De Luxe, www.stylecity.in

Alchemy De Luxe, www.stylecity.in

So hop into the store soon to get Decorative pieces for your home with the collection of Alchemey De Luxe.
Address: The Gallery on MG, 13 Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, New Delhi
Tel: 011-41662500

Ishana: A Holistic experience

The appeal of a complete Indian holistic and spiritual experience is no longer just restricted to Indians, in fact it is as much if not way more popular with foreigners. A lot of people come to India to seek such spiritual experiences, and in response to this shift in lifestyle, Ishana has been conceived by The Spa Group as an ‘experiential’ retail destination that brings together several aspects of Indian heritage, spirituality, arts and crafts, conscious living and lifestyle encapsulated in an enchanting ambience under one roof.

Healing Pool- Ishana Experience Center,T3, IGI Airport, www.stylecity.in

Regal Cafe, Ishana Experience Center, T3, IGI Airport, www.stylecity.in

Even though I must have passed by the Ishana experience centre at the T3 departure terminal, IGI International Airport at least 10 times in the past 2 and half year, I never really ventured into this store. The overtly Indian products on display and the Indian music playing in the background was not too much of an attraction for me, as I felt it is another retail store catered to attract foreigners as they return from India. Such an misconception that was, as besides being a retail store, it provides services like Ayurvedic consultation, Astrology readings, live dance & music performances, Mehandi application, live craft demonstrations and even express spa treatments and a small café so you can have a complete Indian experience before you board your flight. My experience began with first having a glass of “Aam Panna” at the Regal Café, a traditional Indian summer drink or original mocktail if you would like to call it, this is supposed to be excellent to keep the body cool in the summers. In fact all the drinks and the few snacks served here are kept as healthy and fresh as possible, keeping in mind with the theme of the experience. There are live musicians that play Indian music throughout the day and are often accompanied by Dancers who perform to Indian folk dances. The Ayurvedic section is the next section I visited, unfortunately the in-house consultant was on leave that day else you can get complimentary Ayurvedic consultation from the Doctor and can buy the prescribed medications or oils from the store. They also have a lot of Indian sweets and spices which you can carry with you to gift or simply take home with you.

The Nature Spa,  Ishana Experience Center, T3, IGI Airport, www.stylecity.in

From here I sat down to get my palm read, which is again a complimentary service, so it is a quick 5 minute read. How true it will be or not only time will tell but one thing she did tell me was I used to have a managerial job (Well yes, being a Style Editor and team leader is more managerial that creative) but have now quit it and have moved to something in writing or studying (My Blog, and now teaching) Anyway, this will be my chosen profession now and I will get a lot of name and fame (Fingers crossed) but I will never make that much money from this profession. As in I will never have shortage of money but it will always be other peoples, namely my father, my partner etc. But the bright side, I will be very content and will do lots of great work and reach out to a lot of people (Yaay!). My partner himself will not be born in the same place as me, and in 2015 I move to live in another city for a while possibly to study. I then moved on to check out their spa service at The Nature Spa, which at the airport they have kept as express services and dry massages all for less that 60 mins. They do have a proper Spa in the city, which I will review and let you know about. The express service was brilliant. So firstly the massage chairs are placed such that you can see the hangar and planes taking off, I went in the day but I can just imagine how amazing it would look at night. As for the treatments, I first tried “Padma Vrinda” the foot massage for 30 mins (Rs.1,435), the only massage which uses oil, it is the perfect treatment if you are like me and are normally in heels, as it concentrates on your calves and sole of your feet. It is also an amazing treatment for the airport, which lets be honest are super exhausting. The next treatment I tried was “Prana Prasanga” the back massage for 30 mins (Rs.1,635). This is a dry massage done over your clothes. Again it is extremely relaxing and just the perfect thing if you have a hectic travel schedule or just don’t have time to go in for a proper spa treatment. I assure you, this is just the thing you need and you will have a restful flight. Finally before leaving the store I stepped into the healing pool for 5 mins, which is an ankle deep pool with a copper base and energized water, to remove pranic energy blocks from the human system. This water is energized by a lingam created through a process of yogic alchemy and consecrated by Sadhguru – Spiritual Master and founder of Isha Foundation, Coimbatore. It is the only other such structure in existence other than the ones at the Isha Yoga Centre, Coimbatore. I don’t know much about the power of the pool or if it actually affects you as my spiritual beliefs are more inwards than outwards but when I got back from this experience I slept like a baby till my mother woke me up for dinner. So next time you are flying out from Delhi you know exactly what you need to do while you await your flight.

Stylish or just absurd? ‘Monaco Yacht’ by Yacht Island Design

Owning a yacht is a dream for most people, it is an ultimate luxury and a great passion for some people, so some would love to make their yacht even more exclusive and personal. That is where Yacht Island Design comes into play. Yacht Island Design is a team of designers who create themed yachts. Yacht Island Design’s first proposal is a 155m SWATH vessel that takes the principality of Monaco to the ocean. In order to showcase its capabilities, Yacht Island Design has set about developing several concept proposals. The first of these is ‘The Streets of Monaco’

Monaco oasis, yacht island design, www.stylecity.in

Monaco VIP, Yacht Island design, www.stylecity.in

‘The Streets of Monaco’ is the focal point of the story and the anchor for the themes that run throughout the yacht. On the upper deck is ‘Casino Square’ featuring a large glass bottomed fountain situated in a tranquil garden setting. Heading past the Casino you arrive on the roof of the ‘Loews hotel’ which extends to the bow. This area features a small swimming pool, large Jacuzzi and expansive sun decks with BBQ facilities. Moving after we arrive at the main swimming pool which represents the Port Hercule harbour with a maximum depth of 3m incorporating a swim-in Jacuzzi/bar. Continuing to the stern we pass into an area focussed on sports. The multi-use court can be configured to a variety of activities including tennis and basketball. Completing this floating city is the Prince’s Palace which as you would expect, houses the owners private apartment in a prime location on the port bow. `The Oasis’, located aft, acts as the main boarding point for the yacht, an expansive area modelled on the gardens just outside the Monaco Casino.Located forward on the lower level is the Spa, with manicure and hair salon, private massage suites, sauna/steam rooms and a large relaxation lounge featuring a spa pool with bar. To either side of the spa entrance are located grand marble staircases and elevator access to the mezzanine, with a cafe bar and magnificent views of the gardens below. Nestled between the feature portholes and the Gym is an art lined hallway which acts as the entranceway to `The Grand Atrium’.`The Grand Atrium’ is the central hub of the yacht, linking the upper and lower living areas.The seven guest suites are located off of the lower atrium level and vary in size, from the more modest 135 m2 suite to the grand 356 m2 VIP suites. All include their own reception room, bathroom, dressing room, bedroom and balcony. The VIP suites have the added luxury of a private office. On the same level and located centrally to the guest suites are the Library, Communal Office, Communal Balcony and Cinema. The upper level of the Atrium leads to the main entertainment areas and the Owners suite. The entertainment areas comprise the Main Saloon with separate Havana room and adjoining wine cellar, the Dining Room, Casino and Dance Hall. At the farthest end of the Atrium lies the Owners Apartment.  As well as the usual lounge with a feature fire place and double height ceiling, office, bedroom, bathroom, his/hers dressing rooms, the apartment also benefits from a listening room, private courtyard, sunroom, numerous balconies and private sundeck with a Jacuzzi/swimming pool. Two large tender garages to store all manner of launches, offshore power boats, jet skis etc. Multi configurable sports court sized to championship tennis regulations also doubles as a Heli-Pad. Ample crew quarters including a gym and private sun terrace.Crew can access all areas of the yacht via a network of corridors allowing for maximum guest privacy.

So what do you think? Amazing or simply ostentatious, would you get such a yacht made? If yes, what theme would you follow? I think I would like a Fashion themed yacht maybe.
Yacht Island Design
Tel: +44 (0)1909 511224
Email: enquiries@yachtislanddesign.com

Bring in the Monsoon Decor

Well Monsoons are in full flow all over the Indian sub-continent, except Delhi it seems which is getting just erratic sprouts. Either way I think Monsoons are a great excuse to do up the Interior Décor of the house. Like I have mentioned before redoing the décor of your home does not have to be an expensive affair, but with a few simple tips can change the look of your home and make it Monsoon friendly.
Monsoon Decor, www.stylecity.in

Colour me bright
Colourful cushions for monsoon decor, www.stylecity.inThe dull outdoors with constant grey skies can be real mood dampeners. Hence, bright interior accents have the effect of uplifting the mood. But you don’t need to go in for a drastic change in the décor like changing wall colours or buying new sofas. Simple tricks like getting new colourful fabric colours for your sofa, or nice bright bed sheets for the bedroom or even simply bringing a range of colourful cushions can help uplift the Interiors of the house. The range of cushion covers could span from solid colours to retro prints to India-inspired motifs.

Fabric Trails
Do away with heavy curtains like jacquards and velvet or even cottons instead opt for sheers which help the light in during rainy season. Also fabrics like Wool and Velvet and cotton soak in moisture, try and avoid using them along with silk or woollen bed covers and carpets as they tend to attract moisture. Opt for furnishings in polyester and nylon instead. In terms of floor covering, first thing get a coir mat for to place outside the front door, and replace all the carpets in the house with rugs and dhurries that can be machine washed.

Kelly Hoppens

Scent of rain
ladylimoges-tumblr-com-post-45591837100We all have to agree, as amazing as rainfall smells in the nature and outdoor, with our over populated cities and pollution the smells accompanying the rain is not always pleasant. Trust me, in the 4 monsoons spent by me in Mumbai, the one thing that used to get to me most was the smell, there is an easy solution for that, place scented candles all over the house, they are also practical as electricity tends to go a lot during the monsoons. Of course fresh blooms are always a great option all year around as they make the house smell great and brighten up the space.

Furniture Design
In terms of furniture, that is not something which we can change, unless you have the option of putting it in storage and get out Monsoon furniture, so though simple solutions like Sofa covers can help prevent expensive sofas from getting dirty, wicker furniture is a great option for areas such as the patios and well as areas near big open windows. Mirrors are great to incorporate on walls to reflect the nature outside (if you have a good view) and also increase the light.

Luxe and Stylish: Forest Essentials Store, Khan Market

I love it when beauty brands recreate an era or tell a story, not just through their brand philosophy but also through the decor and styling of their store.The new Forest Essentials store at Khan Market simply surpasses expectations in both accord. Forest Essentials is an authentic traditional, luuxury Ayurvedic skin care brand endorsing beauty. A pioneer in this segment, it is the quintessential Indian Beauty Brand where secrets of ancient Ayurveda have been brought to life through pain-staking research and made available to modern day consumer.The décor of the new flagship store at Khan Market looks like a Palatial room or the queens dressing room with rows and rows of beauty products.

Forest Essentials, Khan Market, www.stylecity.in

Forest Essentials, Khan Market, www.stylecity.in Forest Essentials, Khan Market, www.stylecity.in

Forest Essentials, Khan Market, www.stylecity.in

Recreating an exotic retail experience, the store decor features traditional Indian aesthetics reminiscent of a princely past. Classic Indian architecture and design with a fusion of natural materials become an interpretation of artisanal skills depicting Indian colors, vibrancy, form and structure.The era of Raja Ravi Verma’s works of art depict the simplicity and beauty of the Indian woman, stunningly interpreted into a series of photographs with fine attention to detail.The Store has beautifully inlaid marble flooring, mirror encrusted ceilings and intricate lattice work in a contemporary setting.n order to arrive at this visionary look of Forest Essentials Khan Market store and all upcoming stores, the Brand collaborated with Peter D’Ascoli and Nomita Sawhney for design input and Ashish Chawla for his ethereal imagery.

Review: Mia Bella, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

As you know I rarely do food reviews myself, I usually leave that to my self proclaimed foodie brother or Style City contributors. There is no particular reason for that actually, like there is no reason for why I chose to review Mia Bella on my own, maybe it was the Italian name (I have a soft spot for Italian food, places, language and men) or maybe it was because it was situated in Hauz Khas Village, one of my few loves in Delhi, either way one fine Thusday evening I decided to give this quaint place a try. Even as I drove towards the restaurant I was having a hard time trying to contain my excitement for I have always had a great time at Hauz Khas village and from the pictures I had seen, I knew Mia Bella would be my kind of place, I am so glad I wasn’t disappointed one bit.

Mia Bella, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Mia Bella, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Firstly I don’t have the problem most ‘Delhites’ seem have with Hauz Khas becoming too commercial and pseudo, I don’t feel it has plus I feel no commercial place can remain your little haven forever, it is better to accept that and move on and enjoy the place in its new popular form, or well sit at home. Secondly, so far inside the village away from the hustle and bustle of the market which is where Mia Bella is situated, you can’t help but feel at peace, especially with the lovely view of the HKV monument if you are seated at the terrace. Thirdly, unlike the name suggests ‘Mia Bella’ actually does not serve only Italian food but has a wide variety from African to Lebanese which had me excited as I love trying out different cuisines.

Mia Bella, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

The décor of the place reminded me of an old Portuguese villa, very well thought out and executed the colour pallate includes balmy hues of yellow, green and brown, all shades that make the place look warm and inviting. Besides that, enchanting curios such as vintage wall clock, mirrors and hand-painted cupids adorn the walls and if you sit on the terrace it actually looks like you have travelled away from the city and are sitting in your little holiday home. So from the moment you enter and take that first sip of the deliciously made cocktail, which is definitely not void of alcohol, you feel like you are on a well deserved vacation. Finally the food arrives and not enough can be said to do complete justice to the actual taste of the food, it is actually divine. Not one dish is a disappointment be it Spit Roasted shell prawns, the Peri Peri chicken or Chicken Dhoka each dish was better than the last and finally to be served with the perfect Lemon cupcake, made it an absolutely memorable experience. So despite what people may say about Hauz Khas or the millions of places that have opened there, this is one place I can definitely vouch for, but don’t take my word for it alone, go ahead and try it, I guarantee you will not be disappointed either!

Price: Meal for two Rs.2,000 minus alcohol
Address:50, 3rd & 4th Floor, Hauz Khas Village, Hauz Khas, New Delhi
Tel:011-26566220

Trend Alert: 1990’s Metal and Grunge

Fashion to Décor: Trend 1990’s
While the Fashion world in the 1990’s saw a variety of looks from Grunge to Goth to Leather and Punk, the world of Décor also took a huge leap from the era of retro and pop. Suddenly Computers were seen in everyone’s homes, and the colours in focus in décor were blues, greens and whites with metal becoming prominent. There was a lot of emphasis on Futuristic minimal décor and design. And this year Summer 2013 has seen a revival of the 1990’s in both Fashion and Home Décor.

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1. Rose Chair, Edra at Strot
2. Ankle High Boots, Metro Shoes
3. Archibald, Poltrona Frau
4. Mini Girotondo Aperitif Set by King-Kong,
5. Juicy Salif Citrus-Squeezer by Philippe Starck
6. Drowning-Girl–Serigraph, Roy Lichtenstein, Museum of Modern Art NY

Snaaan Surfaces

While doing research for a clients bathroom and kitchen tiles, I came across these tiles from SNAAAN, which I think look gorgeous and offers something for everyone; from subtle and elegant to kitschy and colourful, from ornate to bling or precious materials to something as basic as moss. The wide variety and amazing designs are quite an attraction for anyone wanting interesting tiles for their homes.From companies such as – Lithos Design, Petra Antiqua, Studio Art, Aparici, Benetti, Apavisa and many more, SNAAAN Surfaces offers a variety of innovative, rich and latest Surface options for walls and floors. The range includes-Wall & Floor Ceramic Tiles, Fabric Claddings, Stone Surfaces, Wallpapers, Hard Wood Flooring, Environment Friendly Surfaces (including Live Moss Surfaces), Outdoor Surfaces etc. Their USP is that they have a keen sensibility and understanding for offering the most splendid luxury options for every kind of customer requirement.

Range8 by Aprici at Snaan, www.stylecity.in

MEGAN CUADRO by Aparici at Snaan, www.stylecity.in

Vanguard by Aparici at Snaan, www.stylecity.in

The collection highlighted is from Brand APARICI

I love the different styles varying from retro to vintage and even tiles that look like paintings on the wall. So if you are doing up your kitchen, bathroom or even living room I recommend you visit the showroom and have a look, for a truly exclusive look.

SNAAAN-Farm No. 2, Road Zero, Silver Oak Road, Opp. Metro Pillar No. 147
Khasra No 564/1, Opp. BSF Camp, Ghitorni, New Delhi 30
T: +91-9999093589

Bentley Home Collection

British Luxury carmaker Bentley, enters the world of home decoration and design with the new Bentley Home collection. Combining Bentley Motor’s iconic penchant for traditional craftsmanship with Club House Italia’s slick design aesthetic, the collection will comprise furniture and accessories which are traditional with a contemporary twist, designed to adorn the interiors and offices of “discerning customers” of each brand.

Bentley-Home-Collection, www.stylecity.in

Following the example of the Bentley suite at the St. Regis Hotel in New York, it is characterised by the use of leather, precious wood veneers, metal, steel, silk and glass.While a preview was on display at last month’s furniture fair in Milan, the complete collection will be revealed in January 2014 at Paris’s Salon Maison et Objet. Frankly, I like it but I don’t love it but will reserve final opinion till the entire collection is revealed.