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INDIA • VOL 12 ISSUE 8 • NOVEMBER 2018

WORLD EXCLUSIVE
HILARY SWANK
SAYS "I DO!"

RE-IMAGINING HERSELF

SOFIYA NABI AZAD


PLAYS MUSE TO
SUNEET VARMA
INSIDE HELLO!
COVER PHOTO: COLSTON JULIAN

46 COVER STORY
SONAKSHI SINHA
TOASTING HER NEW
AVATAR IN A SEASON
THAT’S ALL ABOUT
CELEBRATION, HELLO! GETS
‘SONA’ TALKING ABOUT
ALL THINGS CLOSE TO
HER HEART, INCLUDING
ANECDOTES OF FESTIVITIES
AT HOME WITH FAMILY.
CAPTURED IN RICH INDIAN
COUTURE AGAINST THE
LIBERATING BACKDROPS OF
SEA AND SKY, ON BOARD
A LUXURY CRUISE LINER –
B-TOWN’S INSTA-DARLING
PRESENTS HER TRUEST SELF

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10 BLANCA AND ANGELA AGUADO
ANDRADA-VANDERWILDE The winsome
designer sisters pose in a host of elegant creations in
various parts of their spectacular family mansion high in
the Andalusian mountains
20 ARIA MEHTA The Dubai-based Mehta scion
of the Rosy Blue conglomerate welcomes HELLO! into
her very private world, as she talks about her experience
prepping as a debutante for Le Bal in Paris
26 LETTER TO MY DAUGHTERS While the
girl child is yet to be treated as the Goddess Lakshmi
in most Indian homes, we do have a host of New Age
moms who widely acknowledge that the future is female.
Lisa Ray, a new mom to twins Sufi and Soleil at age
46, and Raveena Tandon who first adopted two girls
when she was just 21, and subsequently had her own
daughter Rasha in 2005, write warm letters to their girls
30 STARRY AUTHORS, STARRY TALES
HELLO! brings you the latest titles by globally renowned
20 authors Paulo Coelho, Mitch Albom and Masih Alinejad.
All three are a culmination of the authors’ understanding
of life, human potential and even rebellion, as in the case
of intrepid Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad
32 PRINCESS EUGENIE WEDS JACK
BROOKSBANK Before their grand wedding unfolded
in front of fans of British royalty, the couple invited
ITV This Morning hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth
Langsford, to Buckingham Palace, for a candid pre-
wedding interview. HELLO! presents the chat along with
memorable portraits from the wedding
36 THE EXCLUSIVE WEDDING ALBUM OF
HILLARY SWANK The double-Oscar winner of
Million Dollar Baby fame opens her heart about marrying
the man of her dreams, social venture entrepreneur Philip
Schneider, amidst a spectacular redwood tree grove
along California’s Pacific coast
56 A TALE OF DELICACIES, DECADENCE
AND DELIGHT The elegant Nandini Modi, welcomes
36 10 friends Gayatri Vachani, Aparajita Jain and Aarti Sekhri –
a cosy coterie of lovely ladies, all connected by the
YPO spouse forum, into her beautiful home, for a festive
reunion and hearty, opulent lunch
62 REGAL REVERIES Enter Ahmedabad, as we
take you through the colourtastic traditional Gujarati
festive celebrations in a spectacular haveli, with the
reclusive royals Riddhiraj and Divyajyoti Singh of Danta,
Kunwarani Padmini Sinh of Chhota Udepur, Gitanjali
Kumari Idar and Vrishankaditya Parmar of Santrampur

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66 SOFIYA NABI AZAD In a spectacular fashion
montage, featuring friend and designer Suneet Varma’s
stunning creations, Sofiya Nabi Azad, daughter of senior
Congressman Ghulam Nabi Azad, talks of her own
fashion design trajectory and more
45 DIWALI LOVE This festival, associated with
good cheer and gifting, inspires HELLO! to curate the
very best in elegant gifts across homeware, accessories,
timepieces, jewels, and other bespoke possibilities… so
take your pick!
80 BATASHA AND SID MATHUR Living in
foodie paradise, this forward-thinking entrepreneur
couple have sought to bring the Indian mithai
centerstage again, reinventing it with organic, healthy
versions for a far more fresh, pure, attractive and
26 gift-friendly package
84 ROYAL FABLES CELEBRATES A
MILESTONE EDITION Khanna Jewellers and
92 Charu Parashar – two brands steeped in royal India’s
aesthetics, showcased their latest offerings for the
season, which includes highly customised jewellery
for today’s woman
86 FASHION The season is redolent with fresh
faces in fashion, and we choose Nushrat Bharucha to
play muse to designer Abhinav Mishra in a rich sartorial
outing. Also presenting a special tête-à-tête with fashion
maestros Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, on their idea of
bridal fashion this season. HELLO! also captures the
most cutting edge trends in the world of fashion, at the
moment, such as silky prints, fringing, leather, pleats and
glitter, among others
100 WELLNESS AND BEAUTY ‘Get the look’
66 this time, of ingenué actress Janhvi Kapoor, engage
with bold, electric blue eyes with super-blogger Chiara
Ferragni, and experience a beauty trend bonanza with
Isabelle Kaif, younger sister to Katrina Kaif

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EDITOR’S NOTE

CONTRIBUTORS
VICTORIA
KRUNDYSHEVA
Victoria
Krundysheva
is a Russian
born, India-
based talent,
whose work

PHOTO: MANOJ KESHARWANI


often calls
attention to
issues. In
India since
2015, she has
established her reputation with
photographic series such as Lost
Goddesses, The Witch Hunt and
The Dark Room. For HELLO! she
has captured Nushret Barucha’s
The number of women

T
he festivities in the air always have a very heart- charms in Abhinav Mishra’s fashion.
warming effect on everyone. Starting off from Says she, “For this festive issue I
who have exposed the Durga Puja to Dussehra to Karava Chauth and wanted to create the atmosphere
big celebrity daddies ÅVITTa ,Q_ITQ \PM UWV\PTWVO KMTMJZI\QWV[ IZM of Diwali magic with a touch of
a great way to inch closer to the year end. I think edginess and surrealism. With great
of many industries, is India is probably the only country in the world which celebrates teamwork, we achieved that vision!”
commendable. Their so many festivals across so many communities, throughout the
year. We should be proud of the fact that we recognise and COLSTON JULIAN
voices give every woman respect every faith and culture with equal fervour. The diversity Julian thrives
today the confidence that of our cultures and festivals makes us more tolerant towards each on the chaotic
mis-en-
other, which is what the world needs most today.
she will be heard scenes and
At HELLO! as well, we take pride in the fact that we celebrate larger-than-
life along with you. Every year we put together a vibrant festival life celebrities
special, which brings together beautiful people from different that are a
part of life
cities, talking about their rituals and traditions. Our cover girl,
in Mumbai.
the beautiful Sonakshi Sinha, who is looking gorgeous in a new
Ruchika Mehta avatar with all the weight loss and a sculpted body, shares with us
Having
trained as a
(GLWRU how the Sinha family – dad Shatrughan, mom Poonam and cinematographer, he went on to
brother Luv and Kush, bring in Diwali together with age old assist the legendary Prabuddha
traditions and eco-sensitivity. Das Gupta, Max Vadukul and Ashok
Salian. For our cover shoot with
In our other features, enjoy a rich spread of festive fashion, and actress Sonakshi Sinha, Colston
a Delhi hostess leading the way for a perfect Diwali table setting. impressed the HELLO! team with
Like always, we have also come up with an exhaustive gifting his easy rapport with the actress,
guide with options in silver, crystal, chocolates and other goodies, who he has known as a fellow
to help you decide upon your ideal Diwali gifts. student at SNDT. “It was wonderful
to shoot with her on the ship with
While we all soak ourselves in the Diwali fever, there is another Shane and Falguni to dress her up!”
fever – the #MeToo movement – which has gripped our nation
these last few days. I am, yet again, very proud to be part of
this generation of modern women today, who have found ROBIN RATHORE
the courage to speak out against sexual harassment and other A Delhi-based
gender-related injustices metted out to them. The momentum photographer,
of this aggression, which has hit India like a bolt from the blue, his journey
is a great sign of things to come. Post this explosion of stories, began three
we hope that Indian women will no longer be treated as objects years ago as
a freelancer,
of lust and recreation, and men in positions of power will think
after having
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number of women who have exposed the big celebrity daddies Charudutt
of many industries, shattering their holier-than-thou image, Chitrak for
is commendable. Their voices give every woman today the over five
KWVÅLMVKM\PI\[PM_QTTJMPMIZL1WVTaPWXM\PI\\PQ[LWM[VW\ years. “It has been a rollercoaster
become a means of vindication and ‘getting even’ with someone ride since then; I enjoy shooting for
one has to settle some scores with. While #MeToo and the likes magazines, fashion shoots, etc,” he
empower women to speak up, it should not be misused. Let’s shares. For HELLO! this month, he
all work towards generating awareness for creating a fair and captured warm portraits of ‘mithai
gender-sensitive work environment. reinventors’ Siddharth and Batasha
Mathur. “It was a fun opportunity;
For now, we leave you with a visual treat of an issue, so enjoy shooting real people was not only
going through our rich pages. Wishing you and your family a very challenging but exciting as well!”
Sonakshi Sinha in an all new svelte avatar Happy Diwali!

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EDITOR’S LOUNGE The Editor’s choice for the best of the month in people, products, parties, places, fashion and style

79 YEARS OF
OM JEWELLERS
OM Jewellers, founded in 1939 as a
small jewellery workshop in Gujarat, has
just completed 79 years in the jewellery
industry. After establishing a jewellery
manufacturing business, the family
expanded into jewellery wholesale on
a global level and introduced the 916
hallmark jewellery in India. Now, the
brand boldly steps into the digital space
with the hope to grow and expand
on this new platform. However, the
philosophy that rrules the brand remains,
“jewels and familly bonds live forever.”

SOTHEBY’S AUCTION
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auction, Boundless India in Mumbai this month. Boundless IIndiaa wiill
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NOVEMBER CALENDAR HELLO! SCANS UPCOMING EVENTS IN INDIA AND ABROAD

Diwali Fireworks Formula 1 Abu` Dhabi Grand Prix

CULTURE the not-to-be-missed event of the the 23rd at the Circuit! There’s
DIWALI Fall. Held at the Grande Halle de no need to imagine what it’s like
WHERE: India La Villette, in the heart of the French to be on the trackside when you
WHEN: November 7 capital, this festival brings to your can watch the sun go down on
This festival of lights has a very ears exciting acts of indie, rock, some of the greatest names in
special place in the hearts of hip-hop, R&B, soul, jazz and much motorsport on the Yas Island.
every Indian, regardless of their more. Get ready for three days
faith. Homes are lit up every of music action in Paris with Bon THEATRE
evening with diyas, lanterns Iver, Blood Orange, DJ Koze PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
and colourful rangoli (patterns and CHVRCHES! WHERE: Majestic Theatre,
made on the floor using coloured New York
powder or rice), fireworks SPORTS WHEN: November 1-17
decorate the night sky and FORMULA 1 ABU DHABI Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom
prayers are offered to Goddess GRAND PRIX of the Opera is a Broadway
Lakshmi. Families and friends WHERE: Abu Dhabi, UAE legend. Its iconic rock music
share sweets and gifts and there WHEN: November 25 and irresistible mix of horror and
is a strong belief of helping Abu Dhabi is a city on the move. romance has enraptured New
those in need. It is traditional Adding another jewel to its crown York audiences for over a century
for houses to be cleaned and is the 5.55-kilometer Yas Marina as this is the longest running show
new clothes to be bought in Circuit, inaugurated in 2009. This in the history of Broadway! One
preparation for this festival. race is the last of the season and of theatres’ greatest spectacles,
that’s what makes it an unmissable with its exquisite costume
LOY KRATHONG DIA DE LOS MUERTOS finale for what has been a great detail and set design, Phantom
FESTIVAL OF (DAY OF THE DEAD) year for Formula 1. Jumpstart this hit the milestone of 12,000
LIGHTS WHERE: Mexico City, Mexico glamourous weekend with The performances and there are sure
WHERE: Thailand WHEN: 31 Oct – 2 Nov Weeknd as he performs on Friday to be many, many more.
WHEN: November 23 Not as morbid as the name
The name of the festival would suggest, this festival is
Day of the Dead
can be translated to mean a celebration of the lives of
‘float a basket,’ which is ancestors who are no longer
derived from an age-old a part of one’s family. On this
practice of creating day people hold candle light
karathongs (decorative
vigils and put out food for the
baskets) and then
releasing them into the
deceased, they believe that
river. Thai people make a the dead would be insulted
wish as they place their by mourning or sadness.
krathongs on the water Celebrations take the form of
and some place a strand parades and parties on the
of hair or a fingernail so streets with an audience of
as to wash away their painted faced sugar skulls that
past sins. Loy Krathong are a reminder that death is
is also observed as a inevitable so it might as well
purification ceremony to
be celebrated.
enlighten the mind. The
most exciting festivities
take place in Bangkok MUSIC
and Old Sukhothai as PITCHFORK MUSIC
you can also witness folk FESTIVAL
dance performances and WHERE: Paris, France
sound and light shows. WHEN: November 1-3
The Pitchfork Music Festival is

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DESIGNER SISTERS WITH A PASSION FOR FASHION

BLANCA AND ANGELA AGUADO


ANDRADA-VANDERWILDE
OPEN THE DOORS TO THEIR BEAUTIFUL HOME
HIGH IN THE ANDALUSIAN MOUNTAINS
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‘Our fondest memories of
growing up here? Being with all
our cousins and playing’

Fashion designer sisters Blanca and


Angela (together left) welcome HELLO!
to their family home in Seville, built in the
1940s by their grandfather José. The
magnificent pool offers a welcoming
place to cool down in the Andalusian sun

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‘The day our grandfather took possession of the estate,


it was snowing. But he fell in love with the views and
decided to build the house up here’

S panish designers Blanca and Angela


Aguado Andrada-Vanderwilde have
something more than a love of fashion as a
bond – they also have a wonderful white
stuccoed farmhouse home that offers
mesmerising views over the Sierra Norte
mountain range north of Seville.
It was built almost eight decades ago by
their architect grandfather José Aguado, say
the sisters, inviting HELLO! inside the
stunning four-storey property, with its oxblood
red trim, lush gardens and family-sized
swimming pool.
José had inherited the land, which had been
in the family since the beginning of the 19th
century, and used to love climbing to the top

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Sitting in the shade of a great cypress
tree, the pool looks out over the family’s
wooded land and is surrounded by
columns salvaged from an old mansion in
Seville. The classical statue once stood in
Blanca and Angela’s grandparents’ house
in the city. A striking bell-gable looks out
over the mountains (below)

of the mountains to admire the spectacular


Andalusian scenery. He thought the spot
would be a wonderful location for a home
so, one cold day in 1940, he decided to level
the land using dynamite and built the
magical villa.

FROM FARM TO FASHION


Named Santa María Magdalena, his dream
is now the centre of a sunkissed working
estate, home to a local breed of cattle,
Iberian pigs and, when work schedules
allow, his two savvy fashion-designer
grand-daughters.
Innovative when it comes to their designs,
the women have left the interiors of the
HELLO! HOME

The wide entrance hall, along with


framed vintage Hermès scarves
featuring equestrian motifs, is both
imposing and impressive. The entrance
into the working part of the estate
(below), where the sisters raise cattle
as well as prized Iberian pigs

family retreat untouched.


“It’s exactly as it was when our
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tell HELLO! as one, showing us
around the beautiful tiled stairway,
hunting trophies and vintage
chandeliers – the scenes of many
happy childhood memories.

VIVA VANDERWILDE
Keen fashionistas, the sisters
launched Vanderwilde in 2013,
naming it after their mother María’s
side of the family.
“We were struggling to come up
with a brand name when we
realised that the best name was
already in our DNA,” they say.
Their move into the world of
fashion is a relatively new one. At
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in her grandfather’s footsteps by
studying architecture, while Angela,
‘As children, we’d ride horses with our
father and he’d take us down to the
river to swim’

who became the Countess del Cid


upon her marriage to Iñigo Antonio
de Arteaga y Pascual in 2014,
studied law.
However, in 2013, their passion
won out; now their Andalusian
heritage shines through in their up-
and-coming brand’s feminine
silhouettes, elegant pure lines and
exquisite materials, all “100% made
in Spain.”
Here, in this joint interview, the
sisters tell us more about their home
and their plans for the future.
What was it about this place that
so captivated your grandfather?
“The day our grandfather took
possession of the estate, it was
snowing. But he climbed the
Blanca and Angela pose on the
mountain where the house is now, patio, with bougainvillea in bloom
fell in love with the views and on the white walls. The sisters have
decided to build the house up here. visited the house all their lives. “We
He actually had to dynamite the love coming here,” they say

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Traditional Andalusian furniture


decorates the bedroom where the
sisters slept as children. Tableware
from La Cartuja in Seville and from
Portugal’s Bordallo Pinheiro awaits
guests at a dining table covered
with crisp linen and chintz (below)

top of the hill to make it level.” actively participated in the design and
And your family has lived here construction of all the buildings they’ve
ever since? put up.”
“Yes. We also farm here and we raise Your careers have followed a
a local breed of cattle as well as different path. How did you end up
Iberian pigs.” working in the world of fashion?
What are your fondest memories “We’ve been in the fashion business
of growing up here? since 2013. We get our entrepreneurial
“Being with all our cousins, playing and streak from our family and we’ve always
building cabins and riding horses with had a passion for fashion.
our father, who also used to take us “We wanted to start our own
down to the river to swim.” company so we initially decided to bring
Do you come here much? out a mini-collection. When we saw
“We love coming here. We’ve 40 how successful that turned out, we set up
cousins, so our family get-togethers can our own brand.
get very lively.” “Our parents have always supported
Has anyone else inherited your grand- us and encouraged us in our efforts.”
father’s passion for architecture? How would you describe your designs?
“Yes, our father and uncles. They’re “Everything, from the design stage to
real estate developers and they’ve always the production, is done 100% in

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‘We’ve 40 cousins so our
family get-togethers can be
very lively’

Red velvet sofas add to the


warmth of the sitting room, which
features a Flemish 17th century
style chandelier

17 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


HELLO! HOME

‘Our mother had one of the first contemporary


art galleries in Seville so we grew up visiting
painters’ studios’

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JIMMY CHOO. MANOLO BLAHNIK. MUSULA. OSB VINTAGE. PURA LOPEZ. STEVE MADDEN. VERBENA MADRID. YANES YOUNG
Blanca and Angela chat on the stairs,
which feature tiles from the famed
workshop of Ramos Rejano in the Triana
quarter of Seville. Antiques from the
18th century greet visitors as they make
their way upstairs (inset)

Spain – here in Andalusia, to be We’ve been working on it for museums, antique shops, the
precise. And we sell in stores all a long time and we hope it’s opera, ballet.
over Spain as well as online. well received. We also plan “Our parents raised us to be
“Each one of our customers on continuing to expand passionate about culture in
is special to us and, of course, internationally. We’re already general. We also love decoration
we love it when famous starting to export in Europe and and music.” H
people here in Spain wear our M^MV [WUM 8IKQÅK Q[TIVL[º
designs, such as Isabel Preysler, Your other passions...
Eugenia Silva…” “Art, because it’s something
Please share with us what that’s always been part of our
TEXT: THE EDITORS (INES
you have planned next... lives. Our mother had one of the DOMECQ AND LAURA VECINO)
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porter bridal collection and Seville so we grew up visiting HAIR & MAKE-UP: MANUEL
we’re really excited about it. painters’ studios, exhibitions, CECILIO FOR GUERLAIN

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HELLO! DEBUTANTE

AS THE DUBAI-BASED MEHTA SCION OF THE ROSY BLUE


CONGLOMERATE AND AVID ARTIST EMBARKS ON HER
JOURNEY AS A DEBUTANTE AT THE PRESTIGIOUS
LE BAL IN PARIS, HELLO! JOINS HER AT HOME TO
DISCUSS FAMILY, LEGACY AND THE FUTURE…

W hat really does the term


‘legacy’ mean to you?
“To me, ‘legacy’ is a set of
humanitarian work that my family has
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“The Mehta family legacy to me is to
values based upon principles give back as much as possible, which is
and beliefs that one has been handed something that is very important to me.
down by one’s ancestors and elders. I hope that in the future, I can carry on
The Mehta family legacy – broadly this legacy while being innovative.”
based upon Jain examples of living
a simple, meaningful, compassionate On the importance of family…
life – has always been shown to us by “Family is everything to me. Family
members of the family leading by comes before anything. To me, family
example, just like my grandfather and means unconditional love, acceptance and
great-grandfather. respect. My family comprises people whom
“I hope to get involved with the Rosy I want to share everything with. My family
Blue Foundation (one of the world’s always supports me and guides me with
largest diamond manufacturers) and my dreams or daily hurdles. My family is
carry on their work. My aspiration is to ultimately my support system. My family
help as many people as possible through has almost always encouraged me
my passion for fashion and art. I hope to to follow my dreams and has supported
carry on the legacy of compassion and me through everything.”

20 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


All set for the Le Bal in
Paris, Aria Mehta stuns in a
sequinned tulle dress from
Alice & Olivia. She is wearing
a white-gold diamond
bracelet with emeralds,
waterfall diamond earrings
set in white-gold and a
diamond ring from
Payal New York
HELLO! DEBUTANTE

The young heiress,


Aria, showcases her
natural style in a
pleated dress from
Carlos Miele, shoes
from Jimmy Choo
and jewels from
Payal New York

22 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


‘The Mehta family legacy to
me is to give back as much as
possible, which is something
that is very important to me.
I hope that in the future, I can
carry on this legacy’

The best piece of life advice you’ve I chose my designer, Georges Hobeika and
received from your father, Dipu (of went to Lebanon, with my family and friends,
the renowned Rosy Blue) and mother, NWZ\PMÅ\\QVOIVLXPW\W[PWW\7V\PMLIaWN 
Payal, (the independent jewellery the shoot, I was sent to Bassam Fattouh for
designer behind the eponymous label, hair and make-up. I was so happy because
Payal New York)? Bassam Fattouh is a great make-up artist and I
“The best advice my father has ever given used his make-up tips almost every day before
me was to pursue my passion and follow my I went to do my make-up with him.
heart. The best advice my mother has ever “After this, I was sent to the Georges
given me was to treat people the way you want Hobeika store and was greeted very warmly
to be treated. I live my life every day based on by the team. They had set out a large food
the advice of my parents. Every day, I strive selection for me before we discussed the
to follow my passion, work hard and be kind dresses and it was the most enjoyable and
to others.” amazing experience I have had till date. The
dresses were amazing and so beautiful that Urban chic never looked so good! Aria in a lace dress from
Tell us about the Le Bal journey… it was hard to just pick one for the Le Bal. Alexie, paired with a fringed jacket and leather ankle boots
“Since I was invited to be a debutante this year, The team was so kind and so warm and I from Balmain. Her ensemble is accessorised by a diamond
I was so excited to embark on this journey. had never had such an amazing experience necklace made with precious amethyst from Payal New York

HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018 23


HELLO! DEBUTANTE

in my life. After the photoshoot we had


dinner with the team at a Lebanese
restaurant. Everybody working on the
team was so amazing and I cannot
thank them enough for everything.
Truly, it was the best experience of
my life.

Couture musings…
“When I went to the Georges Hobeika
store, all the dresses were so beautiful. I
instantly fell in love with two dresses and
I could not pick just one. One of the
dresses is what I am wearing to the event
and I am so excited. When I was sent the
images of dresses, I instantly knew what
I liked. But, it became much harder at
the store because they had given me so
many more options and they were all so
beautiful. Having my mother, Payal, as a
jewellery designer for the Le Bal for the
past two years, the jewellery was easy
to pick. And, it was so special to wear
her jewellery at the photoshoot. I am so
excited to wear it for the actual event – I
could not be more proud of her.”

The look…
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fashion and romantic. Overall, the look
for the event is very romantic and dewy
to go along with the style of the dress.”

Paris je’taime…
“I love Paris because it is the hub of
fashion and art. It has so much history
and the tone of the city is very romantic.
Paris has always been a place where
I love to go to because of the fashion
and food.”

Which moments are you most


looking forward to?
“I am looking forward to the whole
experience because of what it stands
for – fashion and compassion, which
is what I would like to pursue in
the future.”

What’s on your bucket list


for 2019?
“My bucket list for 2019 has me going
to the university, help with as many
organisations as possible, help my
mother with her jewellery label, learn
more about the family business and travel
to many new countries that I have never
been to before.” H

TEXT: FARAH PALIA Aria defines elegance in a classic


PHOTOS: AUSRA OSIPAVICIUTE off-shoulder blazer shirt from L’Agence
HAIR AND MAKE-UP:
EMMA GAMBINO MASTERMAN and slit pants from Intermix. She
STYLING: SONAM POLADIA completes her look with metallic heels
LOCATION COURTESY: from Shultz and white and grey diamond
HABTOOR PALACE, LXR HOTELS feather earrings along with a diamond
& RESORTS, DUBAI ring; both from Payal New York

24 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


isa Ray with
New mom L i and
Jason Dehn
her husband , Sufi and Soleil
rs
twin daughte

LETTER
TO MY
DAUGHTERS
HELLO! TAKES YOU INTO THAT
DELICATE UNIVERSE INHABITED
ONLY BY MOTHER AND CHILD,
WHERE SUNSHINE AND RAIN,
DREAMS AND REALITIES TAKE NEW
FORMS EVERYDAY

26 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


LISA RAY MOTHER TO SUFI AND SOLEIL
My Loves, my Rossogollas, my Mystical Girls,
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When you arrived you were both tiny, like baby birds
slipped out of the nest. Since that moment, your daddy and
I feel we have entered a garden bursting with colour. I had
a stack of baby books by my bed which I’ve thrown away. I
don’t need them; you both every day, teach me who you are.
You are wisdom wrapped in these roly-poly, willful, pooing,
adorable packages.
You both came into the world with your own strong
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determined at three months than your mama at 46, with
oodles of charisma. Soleil; when you gaze at the world
in wonder, you bring me into the same state of wonder.
Because of you I am falling in love with the world all over
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WN  \PM UW[\ LMTQKQW][ IVL aM\ LQNÅK]T\ LQ[PM[ \W M`MK]\M
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by labelling the world anything other than complex. I will
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and explore. You can accomplish whatever you desire. I
know the world will not hold you back because the future
is female. No one can ever hold you back, when you
remember you both carry the qualities of the goddess.
The world will try to tell you who you are – you must
laugh when that happens. You belong to yourself. Pursuing
your dreams and happiness is important but it’s also not
everything. We are all interconnected on this planet. Serve
others. Even small acts of kindness lead to an epidemic
of compassion. And I know you both want to change the
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joys but know there is more. Have a blast, have fun, sample
everything – everything – but know you exist on a scale
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We live in order to strengthen the soul. You will go
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suffering. Know fear and make friends with fear and move
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borders of yourself, by expanding from there, by failing,
by falling.
Laugh my little ones. Buy beautiful things and decorate
your environment with beauty and love. Then leave your
home and travel, carrying this love to share. Respect nature
and the earth. Try to create a little beauty wherever you
go. Stand up against injustice. Always speak out. Never,
ever let anyone diminish your light. You are descended
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remember them and do the right thing.
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garden you both have created. We’ll support you and love
you unconditionally and I’ll probably make some mistakes
cause I’m like that, perfectly imperfect. But thanks for
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receive grace and boundless love through you both.

Love, your Mama Lisa H

PHOTOS: ALI GHORBANI


MAKE-UP ARTIST: JOANNA WORTHINGTON COLLINS

HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018 27


HELLO! FEATURE

RAVEENA TANDON THADANI


DAUGHTERS: RASHA, POOJA, CHHAYA
To my dearest Angels, Rasha, Pooja, Chhaya,

Rasha, from an adorable toddler crawling on all fours,


who looked up to me with such transparent, innocent
eyes and whose laughter lit up my spirits, you stand as
tall as I do today. Nothing pleases me more than seeing
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held high.
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about everything from good manners to achieving
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up with you has been a many-layered journey. Looking
back, I realise I am the student, not the teacher I had
thought myself to be. You three girls have taught me
so much about life, love and forgiveness.
Pooja and Chhaya – I remember how you two little
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and the Chhaya, you were all of eight. You came with
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which I as a wannabe young adoptee mother, ensured
never became a burden. I recall you, Pooja, rebellious
as a child, which, by default taught me patience and
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which has today channelised into your being a strong
successful entrepreneur with leadership qualities.
Chhaya, having undergone trauma and anxiety,
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us. It took you time to adapt to us, our way of life
PHOTO: PAVITRA SHAITH

and imbibe it. With a little guidance, you moulded


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turn, feel like my pillar of strength. You are both
married now and handling your lives, marriage,
family and work so beautifully. I feel such a sense of
pride when I see both of you handling your lives so
sensibly and with evolved maturity.
Rasha when you happened, it felt nothing short
Rasha captured two years ago with her mum at age 11, in a fun, candid moment. Seen of a miracle. Giving birth to a life form is as ethereal
above, Raveena is with all her four children at Pooja’s baby shower in 2013 – Chhaya is 27, as it’s enthralling. You were crying all along when you
Pooja is 28, Ranbirvardhan is 11 and Rasha is 13 in this ensemble photo entered this world and the moment the nurses kept you

28 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


‘You can be everything for
everyone – daughter, sister, wife,
mother – but importantly you have
to be a friend to yourself’

on my chest and I spoke to you, you instantly


stopped crying. That’s what I always want to
be for you, your balm to heal whatever the
world throws at you. I’m there, always. As you
lay, a pure innocent angelic soul in front of
me, all I wanted to do was hide you away,
protect you from this world and its evils. But
the paradox is, I also needed to set you free,
free to make your own choices and also learn
from your mistakes, the way I have. Only in
freedom can you evolve.
I do not wish to sound preachy, but that is how
we mothers are – always concerned. However
much the passing of years pronounce you
‘grown up’, you always remain that vulnerable,
transparent baby, my heartspace. The years I
feel, are also making you my dearest friend.
To quote Albert Camus, “Don’t walk behind
me I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me I
may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my
friend.” Rasha, you can share everything and
anything with your mum-bestie.

PHOTO: VICKRAM SINGH BAWA


Daughters you’ve been precious throughout
delicate if not fragile, unique if not rare. I se
the strength with which you hold and conduc
yourself, I’m happy to see that you are no
scared to pick yourself up after each fall. Yo
don’t fear or begrudge the fall; you simpl
dust yourself up and walk again… and wal
tall. With wisdom coming from experience,
can tell you that you are loved by others, b
you have to love yourself too. You can be
everything for everyone – daughter, sister, Raveena (above) with Pooja and Chhaya, at 17 and
wife, mother – but importantly you have 16, who she adopted when she was just 21 herself.
to be a friend to yourself. You are perfect Both are now married and mothers themselves!
and different, and from head-to-toe lovely Seen below are studio moments with baby Rasha,
(below left) aged six, and trying to be a little diva in
in that beautiful skin of yours, so value and her mom’s shoes at age four (below right)
respect each opportunity, each gift this life
has given you…
Happiness is in the small things which
: UBI SAMUEL

we often see as mundane. I wish for you the


dream that I have often; I see you dancing free
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to the music of love,
being compassionate, kind, strong an
beautiful, taking life as it comes and what
gives you. Accept challenges and sorrow wit
peace in your heart, as you know that this t
shall pass and you shall
overcome. In whatever you do, live li
on your terms with your head held hig
And if you ever need a friend to talk t
dial M-O-M! H

TEXT: SANGEETA WADHWANI


BOOK MARK

STARRY AUTHORS, STARRY TALES


PAULO COELHO, MITCH ALBOM AND MASIH ALINEJAD – ALL INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED
AUTHORS, HAVE REAPPEARED ON OUR BOOKSHELVES IN A SEASON MARKED BY LARGER-THAN-
LIFE INDULGENCES. SO WHAT IF THE FIREWORKS OVERWHELM AND THE FLURRY OF VISITORS IS
UNENDING… THESE BOOKS WILL PROVE TO BE YOUR YEAR-END INSPIRATION
HIPPIE THE NEXT PERSON YOU THE WIND IN MY HAIR, MY
BY PAULO COELHO MEET IN HEAVEN FIGHT FOR FREEDOM IN
BY MITCH ALBOM MODERN IRAN
T he iconic New Age author whose novel
The Alchemist catapulted him to global
T he sequel to the internationally beloved
BY MASIH ALINEJAD
fame, found his true calling after many
misadventures. Few know his parents
committed him to a mental institution all
bestseller The Five People You Meet in
Heaven, reintroduces Eddie and Annie in a
remarkable novel of the unimagined ways
F ew of us in the ‘free world’ can
appreciate the strong rebellion of a
woman in Iran, enjoying the wind in her
our loves and losses connect us all. “No hair, her face uncovered by a hijab. The
story sits by itself. Our lives connect like author, an intrepid Iranian American
threads on a loom, interwoven in ways we journalist well known for her criticism of
never realise,” says the best-selling author Iranian authorities, has committed many
in his seamless way. As the sequel unfolds, such ‘crimes’. As she writes in her book,
we are reminded of the accident that killed “Even now the phrase ‘You can’t do that”
Eddie and how it left an impermeable Q[ TQSM _I^QVO I ZML ÆIO I\ I J]TT 1\ OM\[
stain on Annie’s soul. Eddie died saving my blood boiling.” Masih engineered
Annie’s life, pushing her out of the way as a self-portrait which became her social
an amusement park carriage falls on him. media campaign, titled ‘My Stealthy
Annie herself has a hand severed by this Freedom.’ Currently working as a presenter/
incident, which surgeons stitched back on, producer across mainstream Iranian media
platforms, including the VOA Persian
Service, Radio Farda, Manoto TV and
IranWire, Alinejad found herself exiled
in New York, where she has written this
book. As we read her story, we see how as
a teenager, Masih was arrested for political
activism and discovered she was pregnant
while in police custody. She was released
and married in haste, following her
husband to Tehran, where she was served

of three times before he was released at the


age of 20! The author introduces the story
with the confession, that “the stories that
follow come from personal experiences…I
have used the third person because this
allowed me to give characters unique
voices...”. This book is a vivid recollection
of the author’s quest for self-knowledge.
The catalyst for his ‘Hippie’ adventures
go back to the time when, following his
parents’ wishes, Coelho enrolled in law
school, abandoning his dream to be a
writer. A year later, he dropped out of but she blocks the incident from memory.
law school and lived as a hippie, travelling In this book, after many years of being
through South America, North Africa, haunted by something she cannot recall,
Mexico and Europe, using drugs in the 60s. and struggling with peers who bully her,
His journey began on the ‘Death Train’ to she reconnects with Paulo, her childhood
Bolivia, then on to Peru, later hitch-hiking love. They are set to marry. Annie believes
through Chile and Argentina. Enroute, [PM PI[ ÅVITTa NW]VL PIXXQVM[[ ?PQTM
Paulo met Karla, a Dutch woman in her her wedding is relayed to us as a passage
20s at the Dom Square in Amsterdam. He to earthly heaven, it is but for a matter of divorce papers. She spent close to a decade
joined forces with her, on the hippie trail hours. Eddie awaits Annie in heaven, for a struggling to regain custody of her son
to Nepal, and they hopped onto the Magic fair bargain of life-for-life. She is destined while exiled. The author has won an award
Bus, which went across Europe and Central to die, but it is a death with new beginnings. NZWU =6 ?I\KP¼[  /MVM^I ;]UUQ\
Asia to Kathmandu. Together, they chance She is reunited with Eddie – the man for Human Rights, the Omid Journalism
upon ITQNMLMÅVQVOTW^M[\WZa\PI\I_ISMV[ who gave his life to save hers. And more Award and a ‘Highly Commended’ AIB
them on every level. This is vintage Coelho JMI]\QN]T·PMQ[WVMWN \PMÅ^MXMWXTM_PW Media Excellence award). H
_ZQ\QVOÅTTML_Q\P\PMZI_QVOZMLQMV\[\PI\ will show her how her life mattered in ways
shaped his worldview. she could not have fathomed. TEXT: SANGEETA WADHWANI

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the White Drawing Room, Windsor Castle, with (in the
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Givenchy. In the front row are Mia Tindall, Savannah
Phillips and Maud Windsor
Left: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are pictured
at Royal Lodge, Windsor, ahead of the private evening
dinner, following their wedding. Zac Posen, who designed
Princess Eugenie’s evening dress, was inspired by the
beauty of Windsor and the choice of colour reflects the
blush of an English rose. The silk for the gown comes
from the British Mill, Biddle Sawyer Silk. Princess Eugenie
is wearing a pair of diamond and emerald drop earrings, a
wedding gift from the groom. Princess Eugenie also wore
a hair slide belonging to Her Majesty The Queen

32 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


‘I think you can change
the way beauty is and
you can show people
your scars and I think
it’s really special to
stand up for that’
– Princess Eugenie

Eamonn: “How are the nerves?” Eugenie: “Yes. And I thought: ‘What a silly hat Eamonn: “Jack’s the kind of guy – you know
Princess Eugenie:¹1\¼[LMÅVQ\MTaKZMMXQVO]X [laughs].” And I thought: ‘Who’s that?’ and then when you’re lost at a party and you can’t find
on us now – the nerves.” [looks at Jack] you came over and shook my hand anyone to talk to and you start panicking and you
Eamonn: “No going back now.” IVL1_I[ITTJ]\\MZÆQM[IVLVMZ^W][1\PQVS1ZIVO need help? He’ll walk in and make everyone feel so
Eugenie: “Never. It was love at first sight, my mum that night and said: ‘I’ve met this guy, special. He’ll scoop you up and talk to you and
that’s why.” Jack.’ And that was it, I think, about how it started. make you feel a million dollars and [looks at Jack]
Ruth: ¹?PW[I__PWÅZ[\'º I remember being like: ‘I really, really like this guy. I that’s you. And you’re so humble and generous.
Jack: “We were skiing in a friend’s place out in really want him to like me, too.’ And then you gave “So humble and generous – that’s two words.
;_Q\bMZTIVLIVLCTWWS[I\-]OMVQME1[I_aW]ÅZ[\ me this huge windscreen-wiper wave and that was “And that person you immediately know [that]
didn’t I?” it. ‘Right, he likes me.’” you’ve got a friend…”
Eugenie: “I can’t remember.” Eamonn: “How would you describe each other Eamonn: “So a humble, generous friend?”
Jack: “And we just stared at each other.” in three words?” Eugenie: “Yes.”
Ruth: “So you saw him staring at you…” Jack: “She’s this bright shining light.” Ruth: “You’re the patron of many charities

HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018 33


HELLO! ROYAL WEDDING ‘Eugenie has been
incredible. She has the
ability to do a million
things at once in her brain’
– Jack Brooksbank

actually. How many people have everything to do with the wedding.”


you invited from your charities and Eamonn: “What about the
how important is it for you that they entertainment at the reception? Is
are here?” that secret?”
Eugenie: “It’s very important. The Eugenie: (Looks at Jack) “Well, we
RNOH is a huge charity – the were maybe going to sing, weren’t
Royal National Orthopaedic we?” (Laughs)
Hospital. I’m patron of their appeal Jack: “I actually thought you were
and I had an operation when I was being serious. I was thinking: ‘What
12 on my back. It’s a lovely way to are we singing?’”
honour the people who looked after Ruth: “You looked kind of worried
me and a way of standing up for there, Jack.”
young people who also go through Jack: ¹1_I[\MZZQÅMLº
all this. Ruth: “And how is your dancing?
“I think you can change the way Have you planned a routine or are
beauty is and you can show people you just going to see what happens
your scars and I think it’s really on the day?”
special to stand up for that. So that’s Eugenie: “No, there’s no routine.”
one really important one. Jack: “You’re a very good dancer.
“But separate to that, other I’m a very bad dancer.”
organisations that are there – it’s just Ruth: “We’ve been together for 22
very important they get a chance to years, married. Any advice you
be honoured for the work they do might like from an old married
constantly. So it’s lovely that I can couple like us?”
share this special day with them.” Eamonn: “Anything you’d like to
Eamonn: “In the preparation for ask us? Anything we could impart to
the wedding, was there ever any you that would make your journey
Top: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are pictured in the White Drawing evidence that Eugenie turned into easier from here on in?”
Room, Windsor Castle, with (in the back row from left-to-right), Thomas a bridezilla?” Princess Eugenie: “Oh gosh.
Brooksbank, Nicola Brooksbank, George Brooksbank, HRH Princess Beatrice of Jack: (Smiling) “No, there wasn’t a What’s it like working together and
York, Sarah, Duchess of York and HRH The Duke of York. Seen in the middle row are bridezilla. Eugenie has been being married?”
HRH Prince George of Cambridge, HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Her
Majesty The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Maud Windsor and Master Louis
amazing. She’s been incredible. She Ruth and Eamonn: “Don’t
De Givenchy. Seen in the front row, Theodora Williams, Mia Tindall, Isla Phillips and has the ability to do a million things do it. H
Savannah Phillips at once in her brain, including
PHOTOS: ALEX BRAMALL
Above: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank pictured in the Scottish State working as well as organising
Coach, upon its return to Windsor Castle following the Carriage Procession

34 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


HELLOINDIA @HELLOMAGINDIA HELLOMAGINDIA HELLOINDIA
HELLO! WORLD EXCLUSIVE

EXCLUSIVELY SHARING HER WEDDING ALBUM

HILARY SWANK
THE DOUBLE OSCAR WINNER OPENS HER HEART ABOUT MARRYING
THE MAN OF HER DREAMS, PHILIP SCHNEIDER

Million Dollar Baby


star Hilary and social
venture entrepreneur
Philip with their
beloved pet, Kai and
(left) taking a moment
together to enjoy the
natural splendour of
their wedding venue,
a redwood forest
near California’s
Pacific coast. “To see
all the people we love
together in the middle
of such a profound
setting, it was truly a
dream come true,”
the bride says

36 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


‘I’m on cloud nine.
I have to say this
day exceeded all of
my expectations’

HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018 37


HELLO! WORLD EXCLUSIVE

big day “flanked by my best friend and maid of


honour, Mariska Hargitay and her daughter Amaya,
my goddaughter”, the bride explains, recalling fondly
every special moment

H ilary Swank always hoped her wedding


day would be extraordinary. But as she
stood in an ancient woodland beneath a giant
redwood tree and exchanged vows with the
man of her dreams it was more magical than
she could have ever imagined.
“I’m on cloud nine,” the actress tells
HELLO! in this exclusive interview. “I’m
enjoying the afterglow of a moment with all my
loved ones around me. A lot of the time our
fantasies are often better than how things
actually turn out. But I have to say this exceeded
all my expectations.”
The Hollywood A-lister, who won two Best
Actress Oscars for her game-changing
performances in 1999’s Boys Don’t Cry and then
Å^M aMIZ[TI\MZQVMillion Dollar Baby, married
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Schneider, at the Santa Lucia Preserve in
Carmel, California on Saturday 18 August.
1\ _I[\_WaMIZ[IN\MZ\PMaPILÅZ[\UM\
having been brought together by mutual
friends for a blind date, which, she says,
started with brunch and didn’t end until
after dinner late that night.

THE STARS COME OUT


Clint Eastwood, who had directed Hilary, 44,
in Million Dollar Baby and has a “very special
place” in her heart, and Harry Connick Jr, a
close friend since they both starred together in
P.S. I Love You, as well as actress Emmy Rossum
er writer/ irect r

Dressed in her
backless Elie Saab
gown, Hilary puts the
finishing touches to
her attire (above) and
is laced into her shoes
(right), designed by
close friend Christian
Louboutin. “The
absolute perfect
complement to my
custom dress,”
Hilary says. “Having
him create
something so
thoughtful for our
day made it even
more special”
38 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018
Esmail, were among the 117 guests who
watched the bride walk down the aisle with her
‘My couture Elie Saab
father, Stephen. dress fitted like a glove,
Her exquisite Elie Saab Couture wedding
dress, which comprised of 82ft of chantilly
it was so comfortable’
lace, 26ft of silk chiffon and 19ft of silk
organza, had taken seven people 150 hours to
create, 70 of which were spent on the
embroidery alone.
After a song performance by two friends and
a poetry reading by another, the couple
exchanged personal vows in a service
conducted by Rev. Michael Beckwith, a close
friend of the bride’s. “A lot of guests told us,
‘Wow, his homily and words made me want to
renew our vows,’” says Hilary, who was
previously married to Chad Lowe for 10 years
until 2007.
Her rescue dog Kai, who wore a tailor-
made tuxedo, took the role of ring bearer.
“He is like a little Jedi – so focused,” says his
owner proudly.

FEASTING WITH FAMILY


AND FRIENDS
The reception was held in a 100-year-old barn
decorated with hundreds of globe string lights,
where guests were treated to a wedding feast
of Monterey Bay salmon and a gluten-free,
vegan chocolate cake washed down with
Perrier-Jouët champagne. After speeches the
newlyweds laid on a big surprise: changing
W]\Å\[0QTIZaQV\WIVW\PMZ_PQ\MMV[MUJTM
this time bespoke Dior) they reappeared on the
dance floor to perform a Fred Astaire and
Ginger Rogers-style tap dance to Moby’s In
My Heart.
After a standing ovation and cries of
“encore” they performed it again. Dancing
continued into the night with accompaniment
from The Big Butter Jazz Band, with
considerate revellers switching to wireless
headphones for a silent disco in the early hours
so as not to disturb the neighbours.
Here in this exclusive interview Hilary –
about to be seen here on the small screen in
\PM=;<>[MZQM[Trust, about the kidnapping
of John Paul Getty III, directed by Danny
Boyle, tells HELLO! about feeling like a queen
for a day and how long she waited for the man
she married…
Congratulations on your wedding,
Hilary. How does married life feel
so far?
“Making a commitment for life, in front of
all your loved ones as witnesses, is a
commitment that goes deep into your soul. So
it’s much richer.”
What do you think makes you work
together as a couple?
“We’re both really grounded, and have the
same way of looking at life. We don’t let

Helping the bride get ready,


and watching on in wonder,
are Hilary’s little attendants
– including “my incredible
goddaughter and flower
girl” Amaya (far left)

39 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


HELLO! WORLD EXCLUSIVE

Hilary, on the arm of dad


Stephen, with maid of honour
Mariska Hargitay and “my
adorable flower girls”

\PQVO[Z]NÆM][IVL\PMZM¼[ITW\WN TM^Q\a0M¼[WVM gets old. We were also told – and listen to this – that “Yes, after taking those three years off to look after
of the funniest people I know and he makes me all these trees within miles of each other can sense my dad our relationship deepened. I sat with
laugh every single day. when a tree is weak and will send it nutrients him for about 20 minutes before we made our way
“I waited a long time for Philip and I wouldn’t through its roots. to the redwood grove and it was so emotional, I
[Ia1¼LOQ^MV]XWVÅVLQVO[WUMJWLaJ]\1¼LOW\\W “So we thought it was really symbolic to have all was crying my make-up off. I felt so incredibly
the place where I thought, ‘Well, it didn’t happen our tribe, our village around us like these trees and moved that he was with us and able to experience
as soon as I thought it would.’ So it’s such a good know that there will be times when we need this with me. It was a moving moment for everyone
reminder that things happen in life exactly when support, or to reach out and get that from our as they knew the journey he’d taken to get to this
they should.” people, too.” place and time.”
You had such a beautiful setting for How did you choose your wedding dress? Did you or Philip cry in the service?
your wedding… “I wanted it to be timeless, ethereal and romantic. “We both welled up. I already had my tissue
“Both Philip and I are nature lovers and whenever I’ve known Mr Saab over a couple of decades now because my dad had already started off the tears.
we get the opportunity to be outdoors, that’s where from going to red carpet events and we have a But we were both emotional.”
we like to spend it. So we knew we wanted to get great relationship – it was an honour for him to Which part of the day did you find the
married outside, that it had to be close to home in be part of such a special day. Because it’s couture most moving?
Los Angeles and private. The second we saw this the dress was actually quite comfortable as it was “Hmm, it’s hard to choose. Being with my dad, but
magical redwood grove in the middle of a 20,000- UILMNWZUaJWLaIVLÅ\\MLTQSMIOTW^M1NMT\TQSM also when you walk down the aisle and see your
acre preserve, we knew it had the exact feeling we a queen.” soulmate waiting for you and all your loved ones
were trying to evoke.” How did Philip react when he saw you? who have made the journey and effort to be
Did those ancient trees add a special “I had kept the dress secret so he didn’t know there… Everyone was quiet. We didn’t have any
[QOVQÅKIVKM\WaW]ZJQOLIa' what to expect but his reaction was beautiful – phones at the ceremony so people were really in
¹)J[WT]\MTa·\ZMM[_MI\PMZI[\WZU\PMa¼ZMÆM`QJTM he gasped.” the moment. And then two friends, Karen and
and deep-rooted. And they were a family of trees. You put your career on hold in 2015 to look Willa Griffin, sang and my nephew Brandon
The tree we got married beside was an 800-year- after your father after he had a lung played the guitar. Then Philip’s best friend Misha
old female tree with all her children around her, transplant. It must have been so special Collins read a poem he’d written for us. It was just
supporting her, which is what happens when a tree for him to walk you down the aisle… magic and very moving.”

40 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


‘The second we saw this magical redwood grove,
we knew it had the exact feeling we were trying to evoke…’

Hilary and Philip declare their


love beneath a family of
redwood trees, the one nearest
them being 800-years-old

HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018 41


HELLO! WORLD EXCLUSIVE
‘Philip is one of the funniest
people I know – he makes me
laugh every single day’

The bride and groom’s tap dance routine went down a storm. “I doubt we completely pulled
off the modern-day version of Fred and Ginger, but we had fun, and our family and friends
seemed to enjoy it,” says Hilary, who changed into flat custom Louboutins and a feather-light
frock designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri. “She designed an exquisite dance dress that perfectly
reflected the look I was after. She also custom-made a Dior suit for my ‘Fred Astaire.’ He
looked so dapper,” she adds

Tell us about the dance routine you mine. When I told him that I was getting
and Philip performed after dinner… married he called and asked if he could
“I wanted us to do something fun make my shoes, which is not only every
together. People learn how to ballroom bride’s dream come true but any woman’s
dance, or tango, or swing for their dream come true!
wedding and I liked the idea of doing a “After I got over the squealing I said,
tap dance, Fred Astaire and Ginger ‘Yes please,’ and when I told him about
Rogers-like. Philip was up to the task and the dance he said, ‘Well I’m going to
it is wonderful to learn something and make your tap dance shoes, too.’ He
work towards an end goal in preparation made Philip’s as well, so we had his
for our wedding. We took about 24 and hers.”
private classes over a four-month period, Looking back, what was your
and the dance was a little over two highlight of the day?
minutes long. Nobody knew about it – “Marrying the man of my dreams. But
not even my mom or maid of honour.” also being surrounded by our loved ones
?PWLM[QOVMLaW]ZLIVKQVOW]\Å\' – and I get overwhelmed with emotion
“That was a collaboration with Maria just thinking about it – because life really
Grazia Chiuri of Dior. I had the great is precious.
pleasure of meeting her at a conference “After going through what I did with
in Lisbon and got to know her – I’d been my dad, [I know that] all we have is
a huge fan of hers for so long. So I told our health, and being with one another,
her what I was planning to do and asked so having everyone there that we love
her if she would help create the look. She was spectacular.” H
sent over a drawing and of course, hit it
right on the head. She also custom made
the elegant suit Philip wore. TEXT: ROSALIND POWELL
Cutting the cake (inset), made by friend Marcela Pezet in “My tap shoes were made by Christian PHOTOS: COURTESY OF HILARY SWANK AND
Mexico City. “A brilliant combination of FedEx and creative Louboutin, who has become a friend of PHILIP SCHNEIDER/AUGUST
planning delivered our perfect chocolate cake just in time for
our wedding,” Hilary says

42 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


‘I’m enjoying the
afterglow of a moment
with all my loved ones
around me’

The twinkling reception venue (below);


and sharing a moment at the silent disco (right)
THE INSIDE STORY
FORMER FIRST DAUGHTER
BARBARA BUSH TIES THE KNOT
Former president George W Bush’s daughter,
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screenwriter Craig Coyne, in an intimate
MUMBAI ART ROOM’S ceremony at the Bush family’s Walker Point
ANNUAL BENEFIT DINNER compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.
ON NOVEMBER 19 Barbara’s grandfather, former president George
The Mumbai Art Room – which HW Bush, attended the ceremony while her
\ZIV[Q\QWVMLQV\WIÅZ[\WNQ\[SQVL twin sister, Jenna Bush Hager performed the
Curatorial Lab a year ago – has organised role of the bride’s Matron of Honour.
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supported by trustee and patron Roohi Oomerbhoy
Jaikishan, is dedicated to facilitating artistic exchange and developing
creative practice through exhibitions, mentoring of young curators and
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have designed a limited-edition timepiece, titled ‘The Assurance Clock
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Jha with Devarshi Gohil and Anubhuti Trust, curated by Shaunak
Mahbubani, is inspired by the ongoing #MeToo movement.

PRIYANKA CHOPRA
AND NICK JONAS
TO WED IN
JODHPUR’S UMAID
BHAWAN PALACE?
International star Priyanka
Chopra and her actor-singer
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to tie the knot in November
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Palace. Apparently, the couple
visited Jodhpur recently to
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the wedding date has not been
revealed, the couple is expected
to have an intimate wedding, with
only close friends and family in
attendance. In August this year,
the couple got engaged after
a traditional roka ceremony at
Priyanka’s Mumbai residence.

TINA TURNER’S HUSBAND


DONATED A KIDNEY
TO SAVE HER LIFE
Veteran singer-actress Tina Turner has
revealed in her autobiography, Tina Turner:
My Love Story, that her husband, Erwin
Bach, donated one of his kidneys to save her
TQNM)ÅZU[]XXWZ\MZWN WZOIVLWVI\QWV ARIANA GRANDE AND
Turner’s kidneys were functioning at 20 PETE DAVIDSON
percent by 2016 and she had already survived CALL OFF ENGAGEMENT
a stroke and early stage intestinal cancer. The Popstar Ariana Grande and Saturday Night
songstress, 78, had signed up with an “assisted Live star Pete Davidson have called off their
suicide group” to end her life. But, Bach MVOIOMUMV\)ZQIVIIVL8M\MPILKWVÅZUML
offered to donate one of his kidneys and the their engagement in June. Apparently, the couple
transplant took place in 2017. In the book, felt, “It was way too much too soon” and they
Turner has also opened up about her son, U]\]ITTaLMKQLML\WXIZ\_Ia[;QOVQÅKIV\Ta
Craig Turner’s suicide at the age of 59. Ariana’s former boyfriend, Mac Miller, died from
an apparent drug overdose in September.

44 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


NEW BEGINNINGS...

The very word throws one into a swirl of memories, from


boxes of mithais, exotic gift hampers pouring into one’s home,
to magical bonding moments with family, to children opting for
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home. For most, it is a time to simply cherish those around us,
for others, a time to donate generously to the less privileged. And
yet for others, a time to loosen the purse strings and indulge in
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HELLO! captures this kaleidoscopic sentiment through many
voices and portraits. Our cover star, Sonakshi Sinha, talks about
how the Indian New Year is synonymous with her new personal
avataar. Looking svelte in the season’s hautest Indian festive
couture, on board a luxury liner, she talks all things heartwarming,
including her family’s sincere commitment to eco-aware
celebrations. No noise or air pollution; just joy and togetherness.
In the Capital, the elegant Nandini Modi plays host to a cosy coterie
of friends, all who share the YPO (Young Presidents’ Organisation)
connection through their husbands. HELLO! also brings you
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Riddhiraj and Divyajyoti Singh of Danta, Gitanjali Kumari Idar
and Vrishrankaditya Parmar of Santrampur, among others. The
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X]Z^MaWZ =UIVO 0]\PMM[QVO¼[ \QUMTM[[ haveli, sharing a treasure
trove of festive stories from their historic traditions.
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Welcoming HELLO! into her world, playing muse to friend and
designer Suneet Verma, the young lady creates a dazzling impression
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moment Diwali Gift Guide. This is the time to shop, shop, shop and
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WN NM[\Q^MM`PQJQ\QWV[IVL[WKQITWKKI[[QWV[;W16,=4/-
And a very auspicious Diwali to you all from HELLO!
– SANGEETA WADHWANI
COVER STORY

Sonakshi Sinha stands tall


and graceful on the deck
of ANGRIYA CRUISE in a
cropped blouse and lehenga
with intricate embroidery
and feather detail on the
hem from FALGUNI SHANE
PEACOCK. She is wearing
a stunning heritage teeka
in 18K gold, along with an
intricate layout of uncut
diamonds threaded together
with tourmaline and pearl
drops and a Navratna (nine
gems) earring set in 18K
gold and uncut diamonds
from Raniwala 1881

46 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


Sparkling
SPORTING A DAZZLING NEW AVATAR, THE DABANGG ACTRESS JOINS
HELLO! ON THE DECKS OF A LUXURY CRUISE LINER FOR A VOYAGE TO
REMEMBER HONOURING FAMILY, TRADITION AND LOVE

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October heat. Mumbaiikars know it well. (laughs) Of course, with such a steeped history,
The intense rays can deter the most steadfast the energy on the set is both comfortable yet
amongst us. But not the gritty Ms Sinha, electric. “It’s wonderful to shoot for HELLO!
LQ[XTIaQVO \PM [IUM ÅMZa [XQZQ\ [PW_KI[ML with her – once again, after a long gap – on
by her father, actor Shatrughan Sinha in such an experiential location on the coastal sea
his signature roles. She remains an oasis of route,” Colston adds.
calm under the afternoon sun on the bright As we switch clothes, accessories, hair and
October’s day of HELLO!’s cover shoot. make-up between shots, the young star is
She’s a glittering vision draped in bespoke unfailingly (and unaffectedly) polite, gracious
KW]\]ZM KZMI\QWV[ Ja .)4/=61 ;0)6- and cheerful. Playfully interacting with the
PEACOCK against a backdrop of azure varied teams (it takes a village to make a cover
waters upon the bow of the world class vessel. shoot come together successfully) the actress
Team HELLO! is joined by ace photographer, [XWZ\[ I NZM[PTaUQV\ML \ZQU IVL Å\ XPa[QY]M
Colston Julian D’souza – a close friend and ¹1¼^M JMMV \ZMI\QVO Ua XMZ[WVIT Å\VM[[ I[ I
collaborator of the talented artiste – as priority and am very pleased with the results
he captains today’s fashion-upon-the-seas in achieving my personal goals,” she shares.
IL^MV\]ZM¹1ÅZ[\UM\;WVII[[PMQ[TW^QVOTa With two blockbuster projects on the anvil,
referred to by family, friends and fans) in 2003 Kalank (produced by Karan Johar and with an
when she was studying fashion at the SNDT ensemble star cast that includes Madhuri Dixit,
?WUMV¼[ =VQ^MZ[Q\a ?M IT_Ia[ [\Ia QV \W]KP Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt and Varun Dhawan)
despite our busy work schedules and when we and Dabangg 3 with superstar Salman Khan,
meet – it’s as though we have never been apart. Sonakshi is set for an exciting new innings in
She’s a wonderful person to travel with – we go her career. HELLO! chats with the doe-eyed
diving together and she is tremendous fun! She leading lady, on the eve of a tropical winter,
is truly like family to me – a genuine friend who for a joyful chat that celebrates the best of the
has stood by my side during my worst times and festive season.
I know I can count on her no matter what.”
Offering further insight into their relationship DIVINE DIWALI
he shares, “I love that she is such a grounded The close-knit Sinhas celebrate Diwali in
person, she has not changed an iota since she true Indian patakha style. “We decided early
became an actress – she is still warm-hearted WV_PMV1_I[QVXMZPIX[\PMÅN\PWZ[Q`\P

HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018 47


COVER STORY

‘My parents are the greatest (and most inspirational) love story I know.
They met on a train and have now completed over 40 years together. The
greatest love lesson I’ve learnt is that love flows organically… it cannot be
controlled, it must be left to blossom on its own and that’s when you can
reap all the benefits of it. Of course, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is the
greatest love story I know of on-screen’

standard in school) to celebrate a ‘green’ Diwali am taking the legacy forward with every project.”
as a family. The Diwali we decided to take this What would we be surprised to know about the
decision was a memorable one for us all as we family? “When we are all together, we don’t
contributed to having a positive impact on the LQ[K][[ÅTU[WZXWTQ\QK[ º
environment. We enjoy all the traditions and fun
times associated with the festival, without bursting FASHION
crackers and harming the environment.” As fashion embraces a laissez-faire approach to style,
A treasured Diwali moment? “The Diwali puja – as Sonakshi salutes the ‘anything and everything
it is a time when the entire family gathers together. goes’ philosophy of fashion freedom which are
It is a special time, during which we all come to the new style rules of 2018… “Experimentation
together no matter what we have going on in our is the key word for style in 2018. If it becomes
lives – it is a time to pray, and be thankful, and to ‘fashion’ that’s great, and if it doesn’t? Well you
celebrate one another.” had fun anyway!” When dressing for the festive
Describing her seasonal style, she says, “My go- season, Sonakshi shares, “Personally, I believe,
to festive style is best described as less-is-more. I WVMKIV¼\OW_ZWVO_Q\PI[\ZIQOP\_MTTÅ\\MLkurti
prefer contemporary pieces that are light and easy, paired with comfortable yet stylish palazzo pants
yet glamorous.” And what about the famed B-town for the festivities. I don’t over-accessorise but I
Diwali parties? “I often attend Sonam (Kapoor’s) love to change up my ‘looks’ as well, I’ll try most
Diwali party at home or Ekta (Kapoor’s) big options once.” A stand out ‘fashion moment’ in
annual bash and pop into Twinkle Khanna and her life till date would have to be “the reaction I
Akshay Kumar’s or Aamir Khan’s celebrations. received to the colourful Patiala salwars I wore in
Till date, I have not thrown my own Diwali party Rowdy Rathore, they became such a rage that they
as I don’t play cards (or gamble in general), though were being sold all over the country as ‘Sonakshi’s
I love cash gifts (laughs)… but perhaps someday.” salwars.’ I’ve been enjoying all my recent red-
carpet moments as well.”
FAMILY FIRST Sonakshi’s forever style icon (one that never
Diwali is the perfect occasion to spend time with OWM[ _ZWVO Q[ ]VLW]J\MLTa ¹\PM ÅMZKM IVL
loved ones as the nation celebrates the New Year. fabulous Beyonce.” While accepting different
“Family members are the only ones who are shapes, sizes and colours “is terribly important
always there for you, that stand by you – no matter – and it’s about time fashion included greater
what, and it’s important to have quality time diversity in it’s image,” says Sonakshi. As with
together that celebrates them,” says Sonakshi. a ‘green’ Diwali, she emphasis the importance
“Frankly, blood is thicker than water and family of sustainable fashion, “Frankly, it’s the need of
is all you truly have at the end of the day! They the hour, and something that we, as consumers,
are my ‘rocks’ and keep me grounded.” When it should all be consciously concerned about as we
comes to carrying forward the Sinha family legacy, shop for Diwali, or in our daily lives.”
Sonakshi notes proudly, “Personally, I hold on
closely to the values my parents have taught me. HEALTH AND BEAUTY
Our family believes in respecting everyone and we )[\PMLMÅVQ\QWVWN »JMI]\a¼QV1VLQIIVLITTW^MZ
believe in not taking either success or failure too the world, continues to evolve – Sonakshi (who
seriously – and to treat both in the same manner.” has always been a pathbreaker in the public eye
She goes on to say, “I am said to be blessed with on body positivity since early on in her career)
the best of both worlds – my mom, ex Miss India encourages this movement away from the
Poonam Sinha’s beauty and my dad, politician and conventional – “the conventional beauty that we
actor, Shatrugan Sinha’s talent.” The family has a are ‘told’ is beautiful is now inclusive of more
‘rule’ to spend special occasions such as birthdays shapes, colours and features – all of which are
and New Year’s Eve together, “Even if we spend considered beautiful today, more so than ever
some of our time on our special days with friends, before. And ‘being yourself ’ has never been more
we always make room for quality family time on IKKMX\MLWZNw\ML_PQKPQ[IJ[WT]\MTa_WVLMZN]T º
those days as well.” As for Indian women and their signature
Navigating her career while bearing in mind beauty? “I am amazed by the range of diversity
the family legacy she beams and says, “I believe I of ‘looks’ of women just within the Indian

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Sonakshi sparkles in a
sand-hued encrusted
bustier and lehenga with
geometrically scattered
crystal embellishments
from FALGUNI SHANE
PEACOCK. She adorns a
necklace set with tear-drop
motifs in blue enamel,
studded with uncut polki
diamonds, pearl and
tourmaline drops and an
intricate handcrafted
ring in 18K gold from
Raniwala 1881

50 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


‘Taking care of your mind, is infinitely
more important than taking care of
just your body. Keeping a healthy
mind is paramount as the mind rules
everything – how we think, look and
feel! I prefer to stay calm and not be
deeply bothered by most situations.
I also paint, listen to music… all of
which keeps me on an even keel’

diaspora… we have a varied range of beauty


across the country, each woman unique and
beautiful in her own right.” A beauty tip from
this classic Indian beauty? “This one’s no secret,
but it’s so very important – always remove your
make-up at the end of the day, and before
going to bed and turning in for the night.”
Highlighting just one personal feature as a
beauty trend this season, R... Rajkumar’s Chanda
opts for “‘exaggerated’ eyes, as the centre of
attention.”
Apart from the surface, Sonakshi focuses on
holistic wellness, “Taking care of your mind,
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of just your body. Keeping a healthy mind is
paramount as the mind rules everything – how
we think, look and feel!” How does the young
actress personally practice staying centered
amidst the pressures of her burgeoning career?
“I prefer to stay calm and not be deeply
bothered by most situations. I also paint, listen to
music… all of which keeps me on an even keel.”

LOVE ACTUALLY
Love is the cornerstone of every family
celebration… “My parents are the greatest
(and most inspirational) love story I know. They
met on a train and have now completed over
40 years together. The greatest love lesson I’ve
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be controlled, it must be left to blossom on its
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of it. Of course, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is
the greatest love story I know of on-screen.”
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she shares, this love came into her life at a later
[\IOM I\ \PM \QUM WN  PMZ ÅZ[\ ÅTU \PM Son of
Sardaar actress was initially a costume designer).
“I used to be more interested in sports in my
formative years. I had no idea where life would
eventually take me – that I would be at this
point in my life – facing a camera. Everything
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on the job. My career is at the forefront of my
life, it is what I focus on and therefore it fuels all
my other decisions too. Nowadays, I receive so
much love from my fans, they are really, really
sweet… they always seem to know where I am.
<PMa ÅVL UM [W \PMa KIV XMZ[WVITTa OQ^M UM
handmade cards. I particularly love receiving
any handmade items as it shows the extra
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52 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


‘Kalank is a period film in which
the star cast is stellar, I have a
challenging role… and the story –
it’s incredible! Just to be a part of
the film is surreal. Everyone in the
film is playing a role you haven’t
seen them in before, so it will be
a treat for audiences. I’m very
excited about it!’
Sonakshi strikes a pose in a
garnet A-line gown with tonal
ornamentation and exaggerated
floral detail from FALGUNI SHANE (and personal) effort and care taken to create
PEACOCK. The look is accessorised
by Navratna earrings studded something special just for me. I am always
with uncut polki diamonds and an grateful for the love of my fans.”
intricate handcrafted ring, both in In a time of blatant and freewheeling
18K gold by Raniwala 1881 internet trolling, Sonakshi believes it’s
important to “make a decision, take that
one step… to practice mindful kindness, to
be aware of and acknowledge the effect our
words and actions have on others – people
and animals (Sonakshi is a professed animal
lover and has posed for a PETA campaign
advocating the adoption and sterilisation of
dogs and cats) – on a daily basis.”

LOOKING FORWARD…
As the sun sets under clear skies, the Lootera
(in which she starred along with another
superstar, Ranveer Singh) artiste thoughtfully
ponders her next steps with HELLO! “I’m
in a great space right now – both personally
and professionally. And I’m excited for the
next phase.”
Everything ‘Filmy’… Giving HELLO! a
sneak peak into things to come, Sonakshi says,
“KalankQ[IXMZQWLÅTUQV_PQKP\PM[\IZKI[\
is stellar, I have a challenging role… and the
story – it’s incredible! Just to be a part of the
ÅTUQ[[]ZZMIT-^MZaWVMQV\PMÅTUQ[XTIaQVOI
role you haven’t seen them in before, so it will
be a treat for audiences. Shooting is currently
on and I’m very excited about it!”
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Dabangg series. “The Dabangg 3 shoot
schedule will begin soon and, of course, I
always look forward to returning to the cast
and crew as Dabangg was the beginning of
UaRW]ZVMa_PMZM1[\IZ\MLUaÅTURW]ZVMa
(Dabangg _I[ \PM PQOPM[\OZW[[QVO ÅTU WN 
2010, it ultimately emerged as an all-time
blockbuster and she won the Filmfare Award
for Best Female Debut). It always feels
like a return back ‘home’ – like returning to
your family.”
Personally speaking… Besides a
professional and easy-going demeanour,
Sonakshi’s fresh dedication to health and
Å\VM[[Q[IXXIZMV\°¹8MZ[WVITTa1¼U[\IaQVO
NWK][MLWVUaÅ\VM[[ZMOQUM1¼^MJMMVUWZM
attentive, consistent and have taken it more
seriously than ever before), especially in the
recent past – and the results I believe, speak
for themselves.”
We’re keeping a keen eye on Ms Sinha as she
embraces a fresh and exciting new chapter
in her life’s story...
COVER STORY

SPEAKEASY WITH
SONAKSHI
The family member you
call the most? “My mother.”

Favourite Diwali treat:


“Kaju Katli.”

Insta-love: “National
Geographic.”

Favourite spot at home?


“My bedroom.”

Watching now: “I’ve just


started watching Better Call
Sal. But, as a rule, I enjoy crime
thrillers such as Money Heist and
Peaky Blinders, a lot.”

Turning a page: “I don’t get


to read much except scripts!”
Sonakshi is breathtaking in (laughs)
a novelle cropped blouse
and lehenga with intricate
crystal embellishment On repeat: “I listen to a mix
all over from FALGUNI
SHANE PEACOCK. The
of music genres but my all-time
ensemble is accessorised favourites are Punjabi tunes!”
with uncut polki diamonds
and emeralds earrings
in 18K gold with small A social cause close to my
chand motifs and a flower
shaped ring in 18K gold
heart: “Women’s empowerment
with a setting of polkis and and education for all.”
centered tourmaline stone
from Raniwala 1881
I love to love… “Life!”

Pure joy, to me, is… “It is


hard to define, it is just a feeling
that is hard to put into words.
I like to find joy in the simplest
moments in life… from giving a
good shot to sharing a
joke with my team, as that –
I believe – is the only way to
sustain happiness.” H

TEXT: FARAH PALIA


PHOTOS: COLSTON JULIAN
MAKE-UP: MEHAK OBEROI
HAIR: MADHURI NAKHALE
FASHION DIRECTOR: AVANTIKKA KILACHAND
FASHION EDITOR: SONAM POLADIA
ASSISTED BY: DHAARNA MAKER
WARDROBE COURTESY:
FALGUNI SHANE PEACOCK
JEWELLERY COURTESY: RANIWALA 1881
LOCATION COURTESY: ANGRIYA CRUISE

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HELLO! RENDEZVOUS

A TALE OF
DELICACIES,
DECADENCE
AND DELIGHT
NANDINI MODI WELCOMES
GAYATRI VACHANI, APARAJITA
JAIN AND AARTI SEKHRI – A
COSY COTERIE OF LOVELY LADIES
WITH A YPO DELHI CONNECT
– INTO HER BEAUTIFUL HOME,
DRESSED IN THE GRANDEUR
ASSOCIATED WITH DIWALI.
HELLO! CAPTURES THE WARMTH
AND CELEBRATORY SPIRIT

A s the Diwali spirit spreads its cheer across


the country, HELLO! captures the
zeitgeist in the spectacular home of Nandini
and Abhishek Modi. Hosting a group of women
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of life, was clearly a joy for Nandini. Together
with her coterie, consisting of Gayatri Vachani,
Aparajita Jain and Aarti Sekhri – one could
see a mini-haven of comfort and cameraderie,
which only years of friendship can foster.
With Nandini, Gayatri and Aarti being part of
the same YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization)
spouse forum, the bond is even more special.
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modesty, highlighted her spectacular home with
rose petals and aromatic mogra ÆW_MZ[ [\ZM_V
and intertwined with collector’s silverware all
over. She chose to embrace Diwali traditions,
opting for a formal silver thali setting, serving a
lavish pure vegetarian spread of varied Marwari
delicacies, such as Dal Panchmela, Bikaneri Paratha,
Bajra Khichdi, Meethe Chawal, Paneer Launglata, Kanji
Vada and Masala Tikadia. Her attention to fresh
and authentic recipes and ingredients rendered it
a gastronomical delight!
Nandini has the prestigious role of Delhi
Education Chair Spouse for this year. The theme
has been both edgy and catchy – ‘Fifty Shades of
Grey.’ Explains Nandini, “The human eye can
see 32 shades of grey, so the whole ideology has
been to explore beyond the visible. Hence, we
went one step further to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’!”
Already, the Delhi chapter has had seven to eight
events. Starting with an open dialogue with BJP
honcho Amit Shah, the next one was with the
fashion maestro Sabyasachi in conversation with
Sadhguru (of the Isha Foundation).

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Over a gala lunch, HELLO! celebrates the festive spirit with Gayatri Vachani, Aparajita Jain, host Nandini Modi
and Aarti Sekhri, who exude glamour and grandeur, in Nandini’s richly decorated home

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‘It’s important to ensure the entire family is


together to enjoy the fun and traditions. We
spend quality time together during Diwali,
the morning being about prayers and the
afternoon, an extended family lunch’
– Gayatri Vachani

For the eminent and extended Q[ VW\ I NIV WN ÅZMKZIKSMZ[ PMVKM


family of the Modis, Diwali is it’s more about decorating the
when all unite to celebrate. “We house with lights and indulging in
have been celebrating it the very lots of yummy Diwali sweets and
same way for the last 50 years. mithai. At this stage for Gayatri,
For us Diwali is celebrated over \PM [XQZQ\]IT XI\P PI[ JMKSWVML
two days, with us all dressed up in which is revealed not by her words,
festive attire. The women of the but by the glow on her face. The
house and the children decorate the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism
entire house. For our family, Diwali has enriched Gayatri in many ways.
is a time when there is merriment, Not only does she radiate a sense
celebration and lots of music.” of peace, she also feels joy chanting
for others’ happiness. “A positive
UP-CLOSE AND PERSONAL environment with positive people
is all I need, to be motivated,” she
GAYATRI VACHANI confesses. Gayatri, shares with us
her most memorable YPO trip to
St Petersburg. She and her husband
“Diwali is that one time when it’s Sunil really enjoyed the downtime
important to ensure the entire bonding with each other, and with
family is together to enjoy the fun fellow members. “We explored and
and traditions. We spend quality QUJQJML IVL [WISML QV \PM NIJ]TW][
Clockwise from above: A table setting of mogra flowers, rose petals and silver time together during the festival, culture of Russia,” she smiles, her
aptly capture the spirit of Diwali in all its colourful glory. the morning being about prayers eyes bright with the memory. For
While Gayatri is a picture of grace in a silk organza blouzon and a and the afternoon, an extended /IaI\ZQ PMZ NWZ]U\PM A87Q[TQSM
gotta-embroidered chanderi lehenga, Aarti channels elegance in a short kurta family lunch,” she shares. Gayatri a second family.
with a matching gotta-embroidered sharara – both ensembles by Dabiri Couture.
The lavish desserts spread at the lunch

58 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


130 Delhiites was no small feat
AARTI SEKHRI indeed. “I learnt not only how
to organise effectively, but I was
“Diwali is the most auspicious able to bring a smile to many
occasion for us when the whole faces,” she shares. “The highlight
family gets together, especially of the St Petersburg trip, was
the immediate members,” shares our strategy and ability to have
Aarti. The traditions are closely varied churches and museums
followed, from the morning puja opened only to our YPO group.
to decorating the home with diyas, It has been wonderful to have
KIVLTM[ IVL ÆW_MZ[ <PM NIUQTa YPO members from varied
mandirr is fully adorned. “For backgrounds still compliment us
me,” states Aarti, “The focus and on the St Petersburg trip!” Aarti’s
priority are my two sons. Aditya, YPO forum has been about
my eldest, is 21 and attending sharing, experiencing, learning
George Washington University and imbibing from each other.
in the US. Arnav at 17 is at The
British School and will be going to
college soon.” APARAJITA JAIN
Aarti has found being a YPO
spouse very rewarding and An enthusiastic, dusky beauty,
N]TÅTTQVO QV M^MZa _PQKP _Ia ;PM Aparajta proclaims, “I love
spearheaded one of the most Diwali, it’s my absolute favourite
popular and most liked YPO festival. It’s about family and more
trips, the one to St Petersburg. family. There is a puja done at all
Coordinating and organising for WNÅKM[ IVL \PMV I puja done at

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Our charming hostess Nandini poses ‘The highlight of the St Petersburg trip,
in a multi-coloured thread-work and
pearl embroidered jacket over a tulle was our strategy and ability to have varied
lehenga by Dabiri Couture while her
longtime friend and gallerist Aparajita
churches and museums opened only to our
Jain looks stunning in an exquisite Patan YPO group. It has been wonderful to have
Patola saree. A lavish spread of Marwari
delicacies, which are only only prepared YPO members from varied backgrounds still
during Diwali, served in exquisite
silverware (right) compliment us on the St Petersburg trip!’
– Aarti Sekhri

home.” Her’s is yet another family in India as well as internationally.”


steeped in tradition and culture. Her excitement is contagious.
The decorations are done by “We recently showcased Gauri
the three members in the family Gill at the MoMA, Manhattan
Aparajita, her about-to-go-to New York. In NYC, Nature
college daughter Devashi and her Morte was the premier dinner
sister-in-law. host at MoMA PS1. In Paris,
For Aparajita, “Work is worship. we showcased Subodh Gupta
I am a director of Nature Morte, at La Monnaine De Paris.
and I am the founder of Saat It was a very cool and unusual
Saath Arts,” she shares. Nature dinner that Nature Morte hosted,
Morte was founded by Peter Nagy, on a barge on the famed River
21 years ago. Aparajita became Seine of Paris.”
PQ[ XIZ\VMZ Å^M aMIZ[ IOW )VL Yet, for all the fame and
since then, there has been no fortune, Aparajita is a woman’s
looking back. Today, it is known woman, whose biggest source
to be one of the most noted, cited of inspiration is other women
and relevant contemporary art especially those who have
galleries in India. Acknowledging broken the glass ceilings in their
her superstar success in the art respective sectors. H
arena, she has the most prominent
Indian artists under her umbrella,
like Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher, TEXT: NEEVA JAIN
PHOTOS: ABHISHEK KHANDELWAL
T&T, Jitesh Kallat, Gauri Gill HAIR & MAKE-UP: SONIA CHANDOLA
etc. Her client rooster reads like a FOR NANDINI MODI AND
global who’s-who. Yet, she states GAYATRI VACHANI
PUJA TALUJA FOR AARTI SEKHRI
with modesty, “We have clients who AND APARAJITA JAIN
are geographically well distributed STYLING: AMBER TIKARI

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HELLO! TRADITIONS

HELLO! TRAVELS TO AHMEDABAD TO MEET THE ROYALS OF GUJARAT. RIDDHIRAJ AND


DIVYAJYOTI SINGH OF DANTA, KUNWARANI PADMINI SINH OF CHHOTA UDEPUR,
GITANJALI KUMARI IDAR AND VRISHANKADITYA PARMAR OF SANTRAMPUR SHARE
A TREASURE TROVE OF FESTIVE STORIES FROM THEIR PALACE TRADITIONS
62 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018
HELLO! captures the
festive spirit with Gujarat
royals (left to right)
Yuvraj Vrishankaditya
Parmar of Santrampur,
Yuvraj Riddhiraj Singh
with his beautiful wife
Yuvrani Divyajyoti Singh,
Kunwarani Padmini Sinh
of Chhota Udepur and
Kunwarani Gitanjali Kumari
Idar, as they share tales
of native traditions during
Diwali at textile purveyor
and designer Umang
Hutheesing’s haveli in
Ahmedabad. Kishandas &
Co jewellery and Hutheesing
Couture ensembles
adorn all the royals

HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018 63


HELLO! TRADITIONS

YUVRAJ RIDDHIRAJ also perform the Govardhan puja to Lord


SINGH AND YUVRANI Krishna with an idol made out of cow
DIVYAJYOTI SINGH dung and dedicate bhajans to him. The
long list of festivities end on Day 5 with
OF DANTA
Bhai Dooj, another Nepalese custom in
which my sister-in-law baisa Maheshwari
WHO: Riddhiraj is the son of Rajya Devi performs the ceremony
Maharana Mahipendra Singhji and following typical Nepalese customs.”
Maharani Chandra Kumari of Danta,
Gujarat. Divyajyoti is the daughter of FAVOURITE FESTIVE
Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb MEMORY: “My most enduring festive
and Maharani Lilavati Dei of Puri. The memory is the Dashotan Ceremony (Surya
family runs the Bhavani Villa Palace. puja) of my son Bhanawar Hridayaansh
Riddhiraj has been a cricketer while his Singh Idar, performed on the 10th
wife is an avid painter. day following his birth. It marked the
celebration of my motherhood, his
HISTORY AND HIGHLIGHTS: formal namkaran (naming ceremony)
Danta, a former princely state and, incidentally, also took place on my
of Gujarat has been ruled by the husband’s birthday. The celebrations
Parmar dynasty going back to Raja were like a mini wedding, where
Vikramaditya’s time. The legacy of everyone had to be formally dressed in
\PM 8IZUIZ[ WZQOQVI\ML QV =RRIQV IVL their ceremonial attire.”
travelled among other places to Bhopal, International Trap Shooter
Sind and to Chandravati, now close and an aspiring actor, Yuvraj YUVRAJ VRISHANKADITYA
to the present day Abu Road. The Vrishankaditya Parmar of
Santrampur wears an applique
PARMAR OF SANTRAMPUR
Parmars shifted to Tarsang and,
ÅVITTa \W ,IV\I IJW]\  aMIZ[ IOW and embroidered bandhgala by WHO: Vrishankaditya is the son of
Danta is situated in the Aravalli Hills Umang Hutheesing HH Maharana Paranjayaditya Parmar,
and has lush green forests. A fortunate former MLA and HH Maharani
visitor could even spot a panther, bear, Mandakini Kumari, the daughter of
hyena, wild boar or antelope along the way to was known for its dense forests and a large tiger senior Congressman Raja Digvijaya Singh and
the palace. territory and Gitanjali’s great grandfather HH the Late Rani Asha Singh of Raghogarh.
Maharaja Ramanuj Saran Singh Deo carried the
DIWALI TRADITIONS: The most revered distinction of shooting 1,710 tigers – the highest HISTORY AND HIGHLIGHTS: Santrampur
tradition, which is the highlight of the royal Danta numbers recorded by an individual. The rulers is situated on the north-east border of Gujarat
family, is the privilege of doing the Asthami Yagna of Idar are a branch of the Rathore dynasty of and the state was founded in 1258 by Rana Sant,
at the Ambaji temple, which is situated in Ambaji Jodhpur. In 1901, the third son of HH Maharaja a Parmar chieftain. The rulers claim their descent
that was a part of the former Danta state. After Takhat Singh of Jodhpur became the Maharaja from the Mahipavat branch of the famous Malwa
the Navratras, Diwali is celebrated in Danta at of Idar. Suryavir and his father now run the dynasty – the same lineage as that of the great
the palace with the family dressed up traditionally Dowlat Villas Palace as a heritage homestay. The MUXMZWZ 3QVO >QSZIUILQ\aI WN  =RRIQV ?PQTM
to welcome the festival of lights. One day before family also runs a school, where royal women the men in the family rose to eminence, the
Diwali, the family observes Kali Chaudas, a puja that participate actively in grooming the children. women were not far behind. Vrishankaditya’s
is performed in the palace temple in Danta.” grandmother, the Late HH Maharani Goverdhan
DIWALI TRADITIONS: Being from Jodhpur Kumari started the Gangaur Ghoomar Dance
FAVOURITE FESTIVE MEMORY: and settled in Gujarat, the Idar family also had Academy in 1986 and received a Padma Shri in
Riddhiraj shares, “During the Navratras, as a daughters-in-law coming in from different parts 2007 for the revival of this royal dance form.
family we perform the Pahudi pujan and sewa at of India and beyond – Karauli, Ghabana,
the feet of the goddess, Ma Amba. I’ve been Nepal and Surguja. Diwali in the house is now DIWALI TRADITIONS: Santrampur takes
witnessing this from my childhood, but each year, an amalgamation of many customs and rituals on a festive atmosphere with the onset of
the same ritual has a new and special meaning.” celebrated in all these places. The celebrations Navratri and this continues till the Gujarati
Adds Divyajyoti, “For me the photo-moment for start from Dussehra and go on to Dhanteras, Kali New Year, which is two days after Diwali. Says
the family is when we all sit down to have prasad Chaudas and then Diwali and Bhai Dooj. Huge Vrishankaditya, “Our home, Shri Joraver Vilas,
together. On the day of Dussehra, prasad Q[ ÅZ[\ quantities of some special Idar homemade sweets is lit up with numerous diyas, which creates a
offered to the deity in the old gold and silver thaals and savouries are made for offering to the gods, beautiful, magical atmosphere. In Santrampur,
and then presented to the whole family. It’s a feast which are later distributed as prasad. Dholaniyas on the night of Diwali, a traditional puja is
of a kind with a variety of different delicacies and KWUM [QVO NWZ Å^M LIa[ WN \PM KMTMJZI\QWV[ performed by worshiping a ‘mashaal’ made out
one feels a great sense of being blessed.” -`XTIQV[ /Q\IVRITQ ¹7V \PM ÅZ[\ LIa \PM of a local vegetable/squash. These ‘mashaals’
Rajpurohit does Kuber Sthapana and Kuber puja. are lit up and are carried from the palace to
KUNWARANI GITANJALI On this day, elders present new clothes and a various houses across the town. This tradition
KUMARI IDAR token of gold to younger members of the family. is locally called the ‘Meriya’ and is unique to this
My mother-in-law, who is from Nepal, introduced part of Gujarat.”
WHO: A princess of Surguja, Chhattisgarh, the tradition of worshipping dogs as guardians
Gitanjali is the daughter of Maharaj Jagdeshwar and friends on Day 2. On Day 3, we have the FAVOURITE FESTIVE MEMORY:
Saran Singh Deo and Rani Rajshree Singh Deo Laxmi puja and Chopada puja, with home cooked “My most memorable festive memory is of the
and is married to Rajkumar Suryavir Singhji Idar, specialities offered to the deity. On Day 4, the day Navratri puja, which I performed at our 10th
son of Maharaj Shri Bhagirath Singhji Idar and of Baista Baras, my father-in-law and husband century Bhairav temple. This puja is generally
Rani Saheba Rita Rajya Laxmi Idar. dress up in formal attires and greet guests at the performed by the ruler, but a few years back I had
Mardana Section. The gates of the Dowlat Villas the good fortune to perform this puja on behalf of
HISTORY AND HIGHLIGHTS: Surguja Palace are open to all on this day. The women my father. The Bhairav temple has a tower in the

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‘My most enduring festive memory is the
Dashotan Ceremony (Surya puja) of my son,
performed on the 10th day following his birth.
It marked the celebration of my motherhood,
his formal namkaran and it took place on
my husband’s birthday’
– Kunwarani Gitanjali Kumari Idar

Kunwarani Gitanjali Kumari Idar (above) channels elegance in a saree with a brocade border by Sri
Tabna Bana, while Kunwarani Padmini Sinh of Chhota Udepur poses gracefully at the entrance to the
living area of the haveli, in an ombre dyed saree by Just Chiffons. Avid sportsperson and cricketer
Yuvraj Riddhiraj (left) is joined by his wife, Yuvrani Divyajyoti Singh, who looks like a vision in an
embroidered saree by Just Chiffons

compound, on which a ‘sadhu’ sits in penance DIWALI TRADITIONS: ¹=[]ITTa _M


for nine days, for the peace and prosperity of celebrate Diwali with our family in Chhota
the people of Santrampur. When the sadhu =LMX]Z 7]Z KPQTLZMV ,M^QSI IVL ;PQ^ZIR
climbs up, he does so by putting his right foot (aged 9 and 2), are most upbeat about Diwali
on the shoulder of the erstwhile ruler. This festivities. My daughter helps me with the
Q[I^MZaP]UJTQVOM`XMZQMVKMI[Q\[QOVQÅM[ rangoli and doing up the house for the occasion.
that the praja (people) is always supreme and The day begins with a visit to the ancestral
above the ruler.” temple and paying obeisance to our kuldevi,
Ashapura Mataji. In the evening we perform
KUNWARANI PADMINI SINH Laxmi puja at home which is followed by
OF CHHOTA UDEPUR visiting and paying our respects to our family
elders in the area.”
WHO: Padmini hails from the royal family
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Kunwar Kamakshyaraj Sinh of Chhota “Diwali is my favourite festival as we get time to
=LMX]Z/]RIZI\aMIZ[IOW move away from the city life of Ahmedabad to
the quiet setting in the Panchmahal district of
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is around 60 kms from Agra and the family’s and we celebrate with friends and relatives.
ancestral fort is spread across 108 acres of After Diwali, we usually like to visit places
pristine land, which was built by the Jadon close by – like the tribal fair of Kavat, which is
rulers of the area. The Radha-Krishna temple popular for its silver jewellery, the Ratanmahal
in the fort is famous for its Basant Panchami Sloth Bear Sanctuary and Pawagarh, which
celebrations. Padmini’s great great grandfather, had once been home to our ancestors. The
Raja Balwant Singh, was a philanthropist kids love these excursions.” H
and donated hundreds of acres of land for a
college in Agra. He also helped Rabindranath
Tagore set up Santiniketan. The Kusum Vilas TEXT: SANGHITA SINGH
Palace (which is also partially a heritage hotel) PHOTOS: ANUBHAV SOOD
HAIR AND MAKE-UP: MUKTI VYAS
IVL 8ZMU *PI^IV QV +PPW\I =LMX]Z IZM MAKE-UP PARTNER: FACES CANADA
attractions for visitors, apart from the stunning STYLING: AMBER TIKARI
architecture of the Jain temple situated there. JEWELLERY COURTESY: KISHANDAS & CO

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HELLO! FASHION

DREAMER, CREATOR & MUSE

HELLO! CATCHES THE BUDDING DESIGNER AND DAUGHTER OF


SENIOR CONGRESSMAN GHULAM NABI AZAD, AS SHE BASKS IN
DESIGNER SUNEET VARMA’S STUNNING SEASONAL CREATIONS
66 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018
Sofiya makes a
stunning muse for
designer Suneet
Varma as she poses
for HELLO! against
the backdrop of the
Beyond Design store.
She is draped in a gold
and silver sequinned
embroidered chiffon
saree by Suneet
Varma Couture

HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018 67


HELLO! FASHION

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W the camera with the skill of a


professional model, she betrays the
naiveté of a woman who chooses to stay away
from the limelight. But, the camera courts her
everywhere she goes. Her drop-dead gorgeous
Kashmiri genes are to blame. And combine
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She’s effusive like bubbly poured into a crystal
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snow-capped peaks. Designer Suneet Varma
can’t resist but admire the dreamer, the creator
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muse for my couture. She imbibes the essence
of youthfulness with a sense of mystery and
reserve that I admire. She is beautiful and
her personal style is highly international. She
understands how clothes enhance a person. I
love the way she dresses.”
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beautifully as the camera does. HELLO!
unravels the layers of her personality in her
debut interview ahead of the launch of her
label, ‘Mildly Vain’.

Tell us about your label, ‘Mildly Vain’,


and its inception.
“I plan on launching ‘Mildly Vain’ by Spring
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well! I’ve always wanted to launch my own
clothing line for as long as I can remember.
<PM QLMI KIUM \W UM IN\MZ 1 ÅVQ[PML Ua
Masters in International Relations and
decided to do a short stint at the Condé Nast
College of Fashion & Design. In a world
where fashion either means luxury apparel or
is reactionary and fad-driven, I felt the need
to create a brand that would make casual
yet quirky apparel for real people. The plan
is to collaborate with artists instead of just
showcasing seasonal work with a shelf life.
I feel there is a growing trend to go against
the norm and embrace concepts which
aren’t traditional. Identities are merging and
conventional ideas are giving way to a new
vocabulary that is curated for the millennials. I
would like to promote concepts that challenge
ideas of typical feminine dressing and allow
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the runway-brave but also shy shoppers.”

How did your interest in the fashion


world really begin?
“My love affair with fashion began when
Sofiya looks I was 12-years-old and saw a photograph
effortlessly elegant as
she leans against the of Vivienne Westwood’s iconic ‘Super
backdrop of botanical Elevated Gillie’ heels on Naomi Campbell
print artworks and on the cover of a glossy mag. I just knew
a mirror and brass
fitted cabinet in a tulle
saree embellished
with multi-coloured
resham threads and
mirror-work with an
off shoulder blouse by
Suneet Varma Couture

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Sofiya propped up on
a counter top, turns up
the style quotient in a
crystal halter tunic with
matching sharara pants
by Suneet Varma Couture

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HELLO! FASHION

Sofiya’s effervescent
personality shines
through as her laughter
lights up the room.
She dons a sequinned
crop top with matching
palazzo trousers by
Suneet Varma Couture.
She has accessorised it
with gold chain earrings
from Purab and Paschim

70 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


that I’d been struck by the fashion fairy. I
was a bit of a tomboy, but I really enjoyed
clothes that were utterly feminine yet slightly
boho-sporty. Obviously, I drew inspiration
from my favourite movies and artists of the
time. Sometimes, it was a certain song on
my playlist.”

Who were your early fashion icons –


within the family and beyond?
“My early fashion icon would have to be
Linda Evangelista. I’m such a 90s girl! I
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fun and had a great swagger. Perhaps even
Edie Sedgwick was an icon to some extent.
Growing up, I loved the 60s music and she
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was so boho chic. Within the family, I’d have
to say my dad was my favourite style icon.
He always wore his crisp white kurta pyjama
to work. Also, his immaculately colour-coded
safari suits with the most perfect hair, which
wouldn’t budge all day. He has always been
a serious man and his indomitable work ethic
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he looks picture perfect to me.”

Who are your icons now?


“I have so many favourites now. I like
Diane Kruger’s style – she is so effortlessly
sophisticated and cool. I also enjoy Anna
Dello Russo’s eclectic sense of fashion – it’s
always so unpredictable and fun and keeps
you guessing. Of course, I also enjoy Bad
Girl Rihanna’s rebellious fashion stance just
as much as I enjoy Travis Scott’s brooding,
mysterious demeanor.”

Where do you think your creative gene


comes from?
“Perhaps I get my creative gene from my
mother, Shameem Azad. She has been such
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the radio at the age of eight and she achieved
so much acclaim as a Kashmiri singer. She
has the kindest heart and only sees the good in
people. She dabbled with fashion casually and
created uber-cool, modern Kashmiri phirans (a
traditional dress) to wear at social dos and has
the uncanny ability to turn any simple, subtle
look into something spectacularly elegant and
fresh. I still don’t know how she does it!”

What is the role that your parents have


played in your life?
“My parents raised me to be a free-thinking
spirit. I have been fortunate enough to have
had a privileged life and a great education
abroad, which has equipped me to deal
with the complexities of life and channel
HELLO! FASHION

Sofiya looks statuesque as


she stands in the black and
white marbled foyer of the
store dressed in a bead work
embellished lehenga with a
matching backless choli and
stole by Suneet Varma Couture

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Having always been surrounded by strong
men and women, I hope I get the opportunity
to shine a light on a constellation of issues that
affect the lives of the underprivileged. I want
to champion the cause of women’s rights.”

You are inspired by...


“I am inspired by almost anything that stirs
emotions in me. It could be the weather, it
could be a soulful song, the smell of a new city
or even a kind heart what’s more inspiring
than a beautiful heart!”

Your favourite book…


“I have too many favourites to name. Right
now, I am enjoying Alexandra Shulman’s
Inside Vogue. It’s a brilliantly written secret diary
of sorts offering insights into the workings of
a magazine.”

The top song on your playlist…


“At the moment, it’s I don’t even speak Spanish
by XXXTentacion it’s an ammunition for
mornings. Although it does switch to Pavarotti
when under pressure.”

What is the best thing about waking up


each morning?
“The best thing about waking up every
morning is using a new opportunity to
turn everything around. A fresh canvas means
a new painting and you can go as bright as
you want!”

Beauty to you is...


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societal pressures. We forget to enjoy the
simple pleasures of life. To me, nothing is
more beautiful than living gracefully and
loving unconditionally.” H

TEXT: SANGHITA SINGH


PHOTOS: ABHISHEK KHANDELWAL
HAIR & MAKE-UP: ANU KAUSHIK
STYLING: AMBER TIKARI
LOCATION COURTESY: BEYOND DESIGN,
NEW DELHI
ALL OUTFITS: SUNEET VARMA COUTURE
2018, NAINTARA

HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018 73


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LIVING IN FOOD PARADISE


BATASHA AND
SID MATHUR
HELLO! MEETS THE ÜBER STYLISH GLOBAL COUPLE WHO BRING THE
DIVERSE FLAVOURS OF LIFE TO THEIR HOME AND HEARTH

W e arrive at Batasha and Sid Mathur’s home


smackdab in the midst of Diwali festivities
within and all around us. Inside their home at
for a conversation and we immediately found an
incredible bond. Of course, my idea never took
off,” says Batasha with a smile.
;QL¼[ KW[a WNÅKM VMI\ XIKSM\[ QV NIVKa XI[\MT IVL It’s perhaps the only time when they confess not
pop colours are stacked up in a corner, waiting recalling much of what was on the table. Other
to be used as packaging for Khoya – their range than that, their approach to food is meticulous.
of organic and designer mithais. Two years ago, Almost faultless. Whether it is entertaining at home,
when Sid launched the brand, he didn’t quite with Batasha actually preparing a major chunk of
know he would be setting off a mini revolution in the menu or going out to a Michelin star restaurant
revival. The mithai that was on its way to extinction or just stopping by at a sausage station, the duo
amongst health conscious Indians, is slowly making rarely misses a chance to celebrate food when they
its second coming of sorts. “I was on a ski holiday can. “Nothing is too adventurous for us to try at
in France with a friend, where we were discussing home. Whether it is Soba noodles or a Kiev or
among other things, Indian mithais. We realised baking breads and cakes, we prepare anything and
that the mithai had lost its place in our tradition everything at home,” says Sid making a point of
and culture. People were sending cupcakes with his wife’s skills as a culinarian. Explains Batasha, “I
wedding invites, which was ridiculous. And, we always liked cooking and it came from the fact that
thought to ourselves, what if we were to open a I love eating good food. My mom’s an excellent
really cool mithai place! So, when I came back cook, but she doesn’t really cook anymore – she’s
to India, I worked on the idea and decided to WVM XMZ[WV 1 OW \W NWZ Y]QKS Å` [WT]\QWV[ IVL QV Å^M
launch a range that was to be made with organic minutes, she can decide the entire menu for a party.
ingredients, was fresh, pure and came in the most We always entertained a lot as a family. Even if she
attractive and sophisticated packaging,” says Sid. had to entertain 50 people for lunch and she was
Sid’s wife, Batasha, a former journalist who informed the same morning, by the afternoon she
worked with The Sunday Times in London and would have organised a beautiful spread without
is now a full-time mom and an avid home-cook, much ado. I’ve learnt a lot from her.”
chipped in. “Khoya started in my kitchen. We did Sid’s interest in the kitchen also started young.
about nine months of research – planning and “My mother recently found a menu that I had
ingredient sourcing before we launched formally. I prepared for a sandwich bar, which I set up in our
didn’t really work professionally on this but we both kitchen. I would have different prices for different
love food and bounce ideas off each other and it breads and cheeses. I would take orders from
was natural for me to be part of this,” says Batasha family members and cook it and bring it to them.
about their endeavour. <PI\ _I[ Ua ÅZ[\ NWZIa QV\W NWWLº PM [PIZM[
From meeting halwais to digging into the Perhaps it was that primal instinct that led him
1,000-year-old history of mithais and the ingredients to give up a nine-year old swanky career in private
used in them, the couple set out on an incredible banking and settle for a new business proposition
journey in reviving an active, but fading ingredient in virgin territory! In a way, Sid was also giving
of our cultural fabric. Now, the brand is all set to up on his comfort zone that he found in banking.
rub shoulders with Chanel and Hermès at the ;QOVQÅKIV\Ta PM _I[ LZI_V \W Q\ IN\MZ PI^QVO JMMV
upmarket designer mall, The Chanakya. inspired by his father, Brijesh Mathur, a well-known
In fact, Khoya was a culmination of the couple’s banker in London whose demise in 1989 left such
QV\ZQV[QK QV\MZM[\ QV \PM []JRMK\ WN NWWL <PMQZ ÅZ[\ a dent in the industry that it made headlines in The
WNÅKQIT LI\M I\ ,MTPQ¼[ )UIV 0W\MT _I[ W^MZ I U]T\Q Financial Times, London. “We moved back to India
course Japanese meal. “When Sid and I met, I was after my father passed away, as the rest of the family
thinking of starting a catering business. He had left _I[ PMZM )N\MZ 1 ÅVQ[PML Ua KWTTMOM 1 LMKQLML \W
his job in London and wanted to start something give banking a shot. But, food is something that
to do with food here. It was a great starting point never left me,” recounts Sid.

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Batasha and Sid
Mathur often find
themselves with their
four-and-a-half-year-
old, Leela, in parks,
even while on their
travels. Ex-banker
and entrepreneur
Sid wears an Ashish
Soni creation while
his beautiful wife is
seen in a silk blouse
and jacket by The
Materialist. She wears
vintage Prada shoes

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HELLO! COUPLE
‘Meal times at home were always
a production. I’ve never had
any meal sitting in front of the
television – it was always on the
table, which was set differently for
breakfast, lunch and dinner’
– Batasha Mathur

researcher, who helps him with ideas on life in


business and the business of life.
As avid foodies, they have inadvertently
inducted their four-and-a-half-year-old daughter,
Leela, into their gourmet expeditions. Weekends
at the Mathur home typically begin with Sid and
Leela making breakfast, followed by Sid’s special
Khow Suey or Chicken Coconut Curry (which he
learnt from his Mangalorean nanny). “We usually
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a special technique called ‘low and slow’ – if you
ask my daughter how she cooks her eggs, she says,
‘Low and slow!’” So insistent is their daughter
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she chased a chef when she spotted him at the
lobby to let him know how exactly she wanted
her eggs! Batasha is proud of how her daughter
is learning the ropes early on. And one can see it
comes from her parents’ exposure and interest in
cultural and culinary experiences.
Sid and Batasha were both brought up in
cosmopolitan settings and travelled the world in
their childhood and wined and dined in style.
Sid recalls, “The family is deep-rooted in food.
In those days when I was growing up, hunting
was permitted in London for those who had
their farms. My father would get his partridge
or quail and give it to Lahore Kebab House on
Commercial Street and they would specially

A mother and food aficionado Batasha, who used


to be a model, channels class and sophistication
in a jumpsuit by The Materialist

Sid gives credit to his London upbringing food! Riyaz was the nicest partner. He’s just got
for a lot of who he is today and the life choices the biggest heart and was very generous with
he has made. It all began early in school at the me. He told me to look into the food aspect and
Hill House (also attended by the likes of Prince leave out the complicated areas of managing the
Charles and Lily Allen), where he learnt to fence, show.” And, the rest as they say is history. Sid
swim, ski and wash dishes – all in knickerbockers! now remains the head of Food for Impresario
He came back to India after giving up his job at \PI\PMZ]V[_Q\P)UTIVQIÆMIUIZSM\JIbIIZ
the Citibank in London and decided to meet his in Mumbai, a one-stop-stop for curated, hand-
old buddy, Riyaz Amlani. “We discussed a few picked restaurants, a consulting business that goes
ideas and soon collaborated and started Smoke by the name of Secret Ingredients and Khoya.
House Room, a molecular gastronomy avant- Together Riyaz and Sid’s singular success has
garde cuisine restaurant and a nightclub, called been in running Social, a chain of nightclubs
Shroom. Over time, we started facing some that is expanding at break-neck speed throughout
issues, but that experience was a great training India. While Amlani is the professional partner,
Sid looks dapper in a velvet bundi
ground for me. I learnt it wasn’t easy to just run a who changed the course of his career, at home it
by designer Ashish Soni, against the
restaurant – it was much more than just serving is Batasha, Sid’s constant companion and prime backdrop of a well-stocked bar

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Batasha and Sid play the perfect hosts to HELLO!
at their Delhi home. Batasha, who looks svelte in
a Siddartha Tytler dress, has a passion for food
and a way with cooking. In her chat with HELLO!
she talks about growing up in a family that
enjoyed good food and loved entertaining guests

prepare it for him.” Batasha has similar stories one New Year with the King of Bhutan and artist is Megève in the French Alps – where we go skiing
when it comes to her family. “My love for food and )VQ[P3IXWWZ\PI\_M[XMV\IZW]VL\PMÅZMXTIKM every year.” Megève offers the perfect romance of
entertaining comes from my family. Meal times at But more than that, Bhutan is special because Sid cobbled streets with a 500-year-old church on one
home were always a production. I’ve never had proposed to me there – it was on the swing in my end and an Hermès store in close proximity. And
any meal sitting in front of the television – it was father’s garden in Thimpu, where he popped the if that were not enough, a quaint sausage stand
always on the table, which was set differently for question. After our wedding in Delhi (in 2011), we offers the perfect foil. “You can buy your Hermès
breakfast, lunch and dinner. And there was always hosted a small reception for 20 of our close friends bag and come out and buy a three euro chocolate
a lot of variety on the table,” she recalls. in Bhutan,” says Batasha. _INÆM1VNIK\5MOv^MOQ^M[aW]\PMJM[\^MZ[QWV[
Batasha’s father, Pavan Varma, was posted in Now, the couple travels the world with their WN  KWUNWZ\ NWWL · NWVL]M[ OZQTT[ \Z]NÆM XI[\I[º
America, Cypress Russia and Bhutan amongst daughter in tow relishing diverse cultural and adds Sid.
other countries in his long and illustrious OMWOZIXPQKITÆI^W]Z[NZWUITTW^MZ.ZWU;MI\\TM Their global life experiences have been a
diplomatic career where she recalls having some to Napa Valley, Spain and Vienna they follow food collective platform for Leela to learn and imbibe
of life’s most momentous experiences. “Living in trails exploring cuisine and life in all its diverse from. The couple is indeed an interesting paradox
:][[QI_I[ILMÅVQVO\QUMNWZUM5aUWUIVL1 colours. “Traveling is something we both enjoy. I of our times. On one hand they enjoy their
would walk down the streets and they would come learnt the concept of keeping a work-life balance modern indulgences and, on the other, their heart
and compliment us. They loved Indians. That was in London. That’s why I always make it a point to tugs at their Indian roots, urging them to bring a
a very different time as Russia was coming out of join the girls at home for dinner, at least three times bit of age-old India to their own life and to that
communism. Their economy was upside down a week. We try and do family vacations as often as of those around them. When you sit for a meal
and things were not easily available. I remember we can. Our last trip was to Vienna and three weeks with Sid and Batasha at home, the aromas are a
a truck would come with a stock of fresh ham before we travelled there, we had made a booking [UWZOI[JWZLWN UQ`MLÆI^W]Z[NZWUIZW]VL\PM
and cheese and people had to queue up to buy. at Steirereck, ranked the 14th best restaurant in world, but their warmth and hospitality is certainly
Everything was in such short supply. It wasn’t easy the world and the best in Austria. We both like to made in India – a good reminder of who they are
being there at that time.” research well in advance before travelling and try and what they bring to the table, quite literally! H
While their Russian stint has its share of and have multiple meal interactions throughout,”
bitter-sweet memories, Bhutan is a country she says Sid. Adds Batasha, “But, if we were to pick
remembers for its natural beauty and splendour our culinary haven, it has to be New York. From TEXT: SANGHITA SINGH
and also a place that marked a new journey in a bagel to Japanese Sushi, New York offers the PHOTOS: ROBIN RATHORE
life. “Bhutan has been truly special. I remember best in terms of cuisine. The other place we love STYLING: AMBER TIKARI

HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018 83


HELLO!WOMEN

ROYAL FABLES CELEBRATES


A MILESTONE EDITION
KHANNA JEWELLERS AND CHARU PARASHAR – TWO BRANDS STEEPED IN ROYAL INDIA’S
AESTHETICS, SHOWCASED THEIR LATEST OFFERINGS FOR THE SEASON, WHICH INCLUDES
A SERVICE FOR HIGHLY CUSTOMISED JEWELLERY FOR TODAY’S SELF-AWARE WOMEN
84 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018
Personifying grace
and poise are (left to
right) Khushboo Bagga,
Reshma Punj, Nandini
Singh of Jhabua,
Shivani Varma, Atisha
Pratap Singh, Bela
Madan, Rani Archana
Kumari Singh
of Badnore and
Tarini Gupta

W
hen two brands of regal reckoning and one personalised piece for every woman. Now, true collec- gh of Jhabua, Rani Archana Kumari of Badnore,
royal platform come together, the result is tors can spend time with the in-house designers and Tarini Gupta, Shivani Varma, Atisha Pratap Singh,
sheer magic. At the milestone edition of have them imbibe their design sensibility and craft Bela Madan, Khushboo Bagga, and Reshma Punj.
:WaIT.IJTM[RM_MTTMZaIÅKQWVILW[IVLT]`]ZaTW^MZ[ something that is one-of-a-kind. The women spoke of their perception of bespoke
were treated to the launch of ‘Bespoke Discoveries’ by The launch saw a riveting panel discussion by wo- as well as inherited family jewellery. The event was a
Khanna Jewellers, a service that allows patrons to get men of stature, who looked stunning dressed in Charu perfect ode to Royal Fables’ milestone edition, which
a truly personalised piece of jewellery. Kartik Khan- Parashar’s Royal Couture Collection 2018. A designer will soon move to many other ports and cities of the
na, the brand spokesperson, hand-picked stunning who has ushered in fresh sensibilities in the bastion of country, as well as travel overseas. The only authentic
pieces to adorn a panel of leading Delhi-based wo- ZWaIT NI[PQWV \ZILQ\QWV[ +PIZ] Q[ I UI[\MZ WN ÆWZIT platform to present Princely India, Royal Fables invi-
men achievers, who were dressed in Charu Parashar’s prints and ombre dyes, both being the cornerstones of ted HH Maharani Meenakshi Devi of Kishangarh to
Couture collection. royal dressing in India. Her Indian wedding ensembles unveil a stunning piece of jewellery that is part of the
A brand that is woven into the fabric of the city, connect vintage prints with delicate embroidery detai- family’s heritage collection. H
Khanna Jewellers launched this service by simply ling and her bead work boasts of a high chic quotient.
taking forward their traditional practice of crafting a Speaking on the stage were Princess Nandini Sin- TEXT: ANSHU KHANNA

HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018 85


Trends
THE HAUTEST NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF LUXURY

Haute
in
HELLO!

This contemporary
Anti-Trend Cocktail gown by
Shantanu & Nikhil from their
A/W’18 Ceremonial Couture
Collection, ‘Passage To India’,
resonates structured volume
amidst geometric opulence.
It has a textured surface
ornamentation, embedded with
inimitable Swarovski crystals.
The rich hue of scarlet red
makes the transcendental
heritage of India come alive
and makes the wearer travel
on a mystic journey through
its minimalistic yet
grand silhouette

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HELLO! TRENDS
1 2

1) Kate belt bag, YVES SAINT


LAURENT 2) Articulated corset
top, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
3) Frayed tweed-trimmed jacket,
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
4) Perforated dress, TOM FORD
5) Bow-detailed shorts, VALENTINO
6) Emiko mules, MERCEDES
CASTILLO 7) Leather and silver-
tone choker, GUCCI 8) Boots in 3
patent leather, MOSCHINO 4

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Bella
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Classic and oh-so chic, quite simply


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your ideal winter companion McCartney

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Feminine, fantastic and fabulous,


4
fringes dominate style

2 3

6
Givenchy

Nicole
Kidman
7

1) Hooded crochet-knit poncho, MISSONI 2) Gabardine jacket, RICHARD QUINN 3) Fringe Jacket, MARCO DE
VINCENZO 4) Gold-plated earrings, KATERINA MAKRIYIANNI 5) Fringe skirt, NORMA KAMALI 6) Satin bandeau, Isabel Marant
PRABAL GURUNG 7) Leather ankle boots, ISABEL MARANT 8) Quilted denim belt bag, VALENTINO
9) Leather sandals, ANCIENT GREEK SANDALS

88 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


HELLO! TRENDS

This is the season Sequinned hat,


RACIL

3
Tulle top,
HALPERN

4
Paco
Rabanne
Dior
for unabashed
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1 2

Sequin
nned jumpsuit,
PAMELLLA ROLAND

Angela crêpe coat,


ALICE + OLIVIA

Mini Sicily bag,


DOLLCE & GABBANA

Off-White

8
Mock-neck
top, TIBI

kle boots, ROCHAS


Ank Gigi

7
Hadid

Embellished
shorts, ATTICO

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1
2

Emma
Stone

Fendi

Plea it pretty
Pleat
this Fall 5

7 1) Cutout stripe
ed dress, SELF
PORTRAIT 2) Wildi satin blouse,
MALENE BIRGER 3) Nicole midi
dress, SIES MAR RJAN 4) Vermeil
crystal earring
gs, KATERINA
MAKRIYIANNI 5) 5 Contrast midi
skirt, MSGM 6) Flooral-print organza
mules, ALEXAND DER MCQUEEN
7) Charlise satin boots, MALONE
SOUL LEIRS

Valentino

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1 7
Jennifer
Lopez

Etro

e-ca tching
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ciou s and e a must-
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print

1) Printed silk-twill
silk twill shirt and pants set,
set GUCCI
2) Nupié silk-satin sandals, ERES
3) Mini dress, DOLCE & GABBANA
4) Crystal-embellished sock boots, ROGER VIVIER
5) Printed dress, ROBERTO CAVALLI
6) Printed scarf, BALENCIAGA 4 Oscar De La Renta
7) Silk scarf, BURBERRY

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HELLO! DESIGNER MUSE

AS THE CELEBRATORY
SEASON COMMENCES
IN FULL SWING, HELLO!
SHINES A SPOTLIGHT ON
THE COUTURIER AND THE
BEGUILINGLY TALENTED
ACTRESS AS THEY JOIN
FORCES FOR A TALE OF
FESTIVE STYLE

T ell us about the garments created today from your


‘An Untold Story’ Bridal/Festive 2018 collection…
Abhinav Mishra: ¹»)V =V\WTL ;\WZa¼ Q[ Ua ÅZ[\ M^MZ *ZQLIT
by Needledust and contemporary jewellery pieces. Warmer and deeper
colours are great for winter weddings but don’t be afraid to ditch the
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Collection, a visual interpretation of the wedding of my dreams. As a is always a good idea for one of the celebrations… classic and always
child, I was always fascinated with the minute details of a wedding... in fashion!
the bride, the glimmer in her eyes, the clinking bangles and the fragrant Bridesmaids should always have fun, while being supportive
hands decorated with mehendi»)V=V\WTL;\WZa¼_I[QV[XQZMLJa\PM[M and loving towards the bride. Fun, pop colours are absolute
UMUWZQM[I[_MTTI[ÅOUMV\[WNUaQUIOQVI\QWVQ\¼[UMZMUQVQ[KQVO essentials for an afternoon celebration. Colour combinations
about all the weddings I attended as a child. My love for weddings led across friends can be discussed well in advance. An absolute style
me to set up Rani Pink (a celebrated wedding décor company) with essential is the classic sharara. There is something extraordinarily
my partner Anika Dhawan Gupta. A lot of my designs are inspired by vintage yet modern about shararas and bridesmaids can truly
the décor and larger-than-life set ups we create. This new collection is complement the bride’s saree or lehenga with this ‘look.’”
the perfect amalgamation of a dream world and nostalgic memories, N: “Style essentials for every bride, bridesmaid and guests, I believe,
coming together to create something exquisite. It is a story I’ve never told is to get the colours right. Ideally, one should have a palette (a theme)
before and a tapestry that showcases lifelong dreams.” that runs across all functions. Let one colour dominate while the others
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Who is the ‘Abhinav Mishra woman?’ earrings or bangles.”
A: “I design for young women who are a unique amalgamation of the
dynamic contemporary world and Indian heritage. An Abhinav Mishra Which are your most timeless possessions?
_WUIVQ[IZMÆMK\QWVWN\PMJ]LLQVOVM_1VLQI·^Q^QLLaVIUQKIVL A: “My mother’s collection of sarees and lehengas are truly traditional
lively but elegantly grounded to their history and traditions. She is fearless IVLI[IKPQTL1_I[MVIUW]ZMLJaPMZ\Z]VSN]TTWN[\]VVQVOW]\Å\[
IVLKWVÅLMV\UISQVOILQNNMZMVKM\W\PM_WZTL_Q\PPMZP]UJTMIVL _Q\P\PMUW[\JMI]\QN]TMUJZWQLMZa1_W]TLÅVLUa[MTN[SM\KPQVOIVL
culturally rooted nature. The Abhinav Mishra woman is also someone KZMI\QVOW]\Å\[I[IKPQTLIVLUaTW^MNWZ_MLLQVOLuKWZIT[WJMOIVI\
who’s fun and is most likely the life of the party.” (smiles) that time.”
N: “My most timeless possession would be my entire collection of shoes
As a mindful muse, what makes these garments because I am a very unusual size and I don’t get my size in India.
unique and special? ;WM^MZa\QUM1\ZI^MT1\ZaIVLÅVL\PMKWZZMK\[PWM[QbMIVLILL\W
Nushrat Bharucha: “I paid close attention to his garments at the my collection. Apart from that, I would have to say my jeans – because
shoot – his style, his craftsmanship, his colours… all so very rich and I _MTTÅ\\ML XIQZ WN RMIV[ QV \PM KWTW]Z IVL K]\ aW] LM[QZM Q[ IT[W I
elegant. They are effortlessly beautiful. They are exactly how I like my ZIZMÅVLº
garments to be… simple, yet they make a statement.”
Which fashionable trend are you looking forward to
The style essentials… embracing this season?
A: “For the bride, a stunning lehenga is essential. Choose pastel colours in A: “Beautifully embroidered dupattas, a signature of my brand, is a
the summer with light intricate embroidery. Pair it up with classic juttis timeless trend. Lehengas QV NZM[P XI[\MT KWTW]Z[ ÆW_QVO QV ZI_ [QTS

92 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


Nushrat strikes a pose
in an off-shoulder
blouse embellished
with silver tassels
and mirror-work
embroidered lehenga
skirt from Abhinav
Mishra. The look is
accessorised by floral
drop earrings from
Swarovski Confluence
X Rohit Bal and a
tourmaline and polki
ring with gold finish
from Shri Ram Hare
Ram Jewellers. Abhinav
is wearing a classic
bandhgala jacket

HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018 93


HELLO! DESIGNER MUSE

Nushrat looks like a vision in


a mirror-work embellished
lehenga set with a net
dupatta from Abhinav Mishra.
She completes her ensemble
with a gold finish kundan and
emerald three-layer necklace
and a polki ring from Chhavi
Jewels. She dons gold boots
from the Truffle Collection
Nushrat looks dreamlike
in a mirror-work
embellished sweetheart
neck blouse paired with
self-on-self chanderi
weaving sharara pants
from Abhinav Mishra.
She is wearing a
three-layer kundan
necklace and a gold
finish polki ring from
Chhavi Jewels

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HELLO! DESIGNER MUSE

and net is also something I have embraced since I began my


design journey. Intricate mirror work combined with gota with a
contemporary twist are my signatures that I have incorporated
with the latest trends this season.
N: “One fashion trend I am looking to embrace would be the
colour beige – I think it looks great in every garment, especially in
suits, which are making a marked comeback. I love that we are now
embracing long dramatic earrings as I am an accessory junkie.”

Beauty trends that you are looking to wear this Fall...


N: “I have a very soft face so I like to keep my make-up at a
minimum. I don’t often opt for very dramatic make-up because
it doesn’t suit me. Nude lips, clean eyes, fresh cheeks are my classic
beauty statement regardless of trends. I wear Armani luminous
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Beauty’s Bombshell lip colour and the Desert Dusk eye shadow
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IVL*WJJQ*ZW_V¼[TWVOTI[\QVOKZMIUJT][PMZIVLÅVQ[PWNN_Q\P
Chanel’s loose powder.”

What excites you about the changing landscape of


fashion in India?
A: “It’s exciting to see how customers are now open to
experimentation. The Indian consumer is now more dynamic,
moving away from the regular choices for their special occasions.
<PM LQOQ\IT IOM Q[ WJ^QW][Ta [WUM\PQVO \PI\¼[ JMVMÅ\\ML M^MZa
fashion label and it’s exciting to see the growth of young designers
across the world due to social media.”
N: “I think the most interesting part about the changing face of
Indian fashion is the number of young emeerging designers who
have a great vision and strong voices. As an actor, these designers
help me express my own unique style and ‘look.’ Street fashion is
getting the attention it deserves at last.”

A stand out memory…


A: “I utilised my memories at weddings, which I experienced as a
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Story’. I remembered details like clinking glass bangles and giggling
girlfriends teasing the bride. A memory that stands out, and makes
me emotional – the soft, happy tears of a mother that she gently
wiped off on a glittering, goldwork pallu. The beautiful décor also
used to hold much allure for me and I’d often dream about creating
such set-ups and dressing the entire family.”
N: “My best friend’s wedding, two years ago in Goa, stands out
in my memory. I was her wedding planner, even though, I didn’t
know much about planning a wedding! (laughs)
It was wonderful being so closely involved in every detail of the
celebrations for someone I care about so much – from her wedding
trousseau to interacting with the guests in one of my favourite (and
most beautiful) destinations. The entire experience was very special
and memorable.”

On the journey ahead…


A: “As the brand consistently grows, I am also expanding my team
and base; looking at more stores in Delhi and Mumbai while
targeting certain cities in the southern parts of the country. With
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;\I\M[5QLLTM-I[\IVL\PM=31IUIT[WTWWSQVOI\_WZSQVOWVI
heavier bridal line collection, eventually.”
N: ¹5a VM`\ ÅTU Q[ Turram Khan with Rajkummar Rao, with
Hansal Mehta as the director. I am very excited about it as it is
a romantic comedy with a strong social message. I love what I do
and there is nothing else I would rather be doing with my life. My
professional projects are very close to me personally.” H

TEXT:
TEXT: FARAH
FARAH PALIA
PALIA
PHOTOS: VICTORIA
PHOTOS: RAHULKRUNDYSHEVA
JHANGIANI
HAIR AND HAIR
MAKE-UP: MARCELONAMRATA
AND MAKE-UP: PEDROZOSONI
FROM TOABH
FASHION
FASHION DIRECTOR:
DIRECTOR: AVANTIKKA
AVANTIKKA KILACHAND
KILACHAND
FASHION
FASHION EDITOR:
EDITOR: SONAM
SONAM POLADIA
POLADIA
ASSISTED
ART BY: DHAARNA
DIRECTOR: MAKER
ANCHAL KAUSHAL
LOCATION COURTESY: THE SILVER ROOM
ASSISTED BY: MANPREET HORA & DHAARNA – GALLERIA
MAKER
TRIDENT HOTEL
LOCATION COURTESY: PLUM, LOWER PAREL

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Nushrat dazzles
in a mirror-work
embellished blouse
and waist belt with a
self-embroidered
lehenga skirt from
Abhinav Mishra
HELLO! DESIGNER SPEAK

The
Abu Jani-
Sandeep
Khosla
Bride
In the words of the ace
courtierers themselves

Twinkle, Dimple and


Rinke Khanna in Abu
Jani and Sandeep
Khosla creations

Alia Bhatt
in an Abu
Jani and
Sandeep
Khosla
ensemble
at Akash
Ambani’s
engagement
bash in
Antilla

Abu Jani and


Sandeep Khosla

How do you believe the modern India


bride has evolved to embrace her
femininity, her freedom of expression and
her individuality?
Abu Jani: “The Indian woman has always been
a force to reckon with. Strong and fragile in equal
measure. As independent as she is committed, she
makes for an utterly romantic bride.”
Sandeep Khosla: ¹?WUMV PI^M ÅVITTa KWUM
into their own. This makes for a bride who is
eager to experiment with silhouettes and colours… Shweta Bachchan
one who designs the ensembles and the wedding and Navya Naveli Nanda
in Abu Jani and Sandeep
of her dreams.” Khosla creations at Akash
As a duo, you have dressed generations Ambani and Shloka Mehta’s
– from some of the most esteemed engagement party at Antilla
homes in India, such as the Bachchans

98 HELLO! NOVEMBER 2018


and the Ambanis… Isha and Nita Ambani with Shloka Mehta in Abu Jani and
“It’s been a dream come true. Three Sandeep Khosla creations at Akash Ambani and Shloka
generations… of both the Bachchan and Mehta’s engagement party in Mumbai
the Ambani families. We are privileged to
be entrusted by them to create ensembles
for them… be it formal, festive, occasion or
wedding wear.”
Shweta Bachchan has often played
muse for you…
“We think of her as our niece. It’s a precious
equation. We have watched her grow from
a shy child to a style diva; now with her
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and wears her style like a ‘dream.’ Equally Sara Ali Khan
sensational in Indian as she is in Western wear. in an Abu Jani
;PM _I[ W]Z ÅZ[\ chikankari bride… adorned and Sandeep
in cream and gold. She is always the perfect Khosla
ensemble
muse, and a trendsetter.” at the
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Khosla bride of today… for Akash
“She is her ‘own’ person. Ambani
Her many moods mark and Shloka
Mehta
her spirit and her sense
of style. Au fait with
international trends
and luxury, she
incorporates them
into her bridal
trousseau. Proof –
that you can have it
and wear it all.”
A design aesthetic
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every garment
and accessory… the Sonam Kapoor Ahuja
Abu Jani and Sandeep at her sangeet
Khosla signature…
“Absolutely original. God lies in
the detail. Impeccable craftsmanship.
Current. Forever.”

The style essentials for every bride…bride


“Great skin. Fabulous make-up and hair.
Custom shoes and potli bags. LeaveYuzu
Avocado theCrisp
stress
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simply happy. Joy is the greatest beauty trick in
the business!
“The venue is crucial too. When you decide
upon the kind of wedding you want… you
can choose or create a venue that serves the
dream. Whether it’s a boho-beach shindig
or a European palace, it must be you, and
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Beyond the pallu… “The groom is the beau
of the wedding wall. Whether it’s the delicate
tone-on-tone of chikankari or majestic zardozi, he
must stand apart.”
A bridal ‘trend’ that is eternal… “Song
and dance. No moment calls for a greater
celebration than a wedding.”
What can we look forward to next
from Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla…
“Reinvention… it is the only constant.” H

TEXT: FARAH PALIA


A still from the song Bhangra Ta Sajda PHOTOS: YOGEN SHAH AND INDIA FANTASTIQUE
FASHION BY ABU JANI SANDEEP KHOSLA (IMAGES
from Veera di Wedding BY RAM SHERGILL)

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that never fails you?
“I prefer a simple, classic look. Especially
favourite go-to face mask.”
Which classic on-screen beauties are
your favourites?
in everyday life. I usually like just a bit of “Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren.
mascara, some blush… and I am ready to go.” I love how they always look so
A beauty trend you can’t wait to try out? effortlessly beautiful. A yesteryear beauty icon
“I always see people sporting coloured is undoubtedly, Madhubala and currently,
eyeshadows… in beautiful yellows or greens. I ;WVIU 3IXWWZ° [PM IT_Ia[ TWWS[ ÆI_TM[[º
would love to try that. Though, I’m not sure I As you travel from movie sets to the red
could pull it off !” carpet to apres hours soirées – which
Which beauty faux pas do you regret beauty ritual do you swear by?
the most? “A good powder to make sure you don’t get too
“I have been pretty lucky, that with shiny while traveling, especially in the heat.”
so many older sisters I have been able to avoid In your opinion, how does social media
too many faux pas. They usually try all of the change society’s concept of beauty?
new trends/products and then I get to just “Social media has made beauty trends more
use what works the best. Though there might accessible to the public at large. One can go
have been a brief time where I was a little too on Instagram and see what people all over the
liberal with shiny eye shadows.” (laughs) world are working with in the world of beauty.
The best beauty advice you have ever Celebrities’ make-up artists are trying what’s
received in your life? happening in fashion week the day of those
“My mom gave me the best advice and it was shows. Therefore, people’s concept of beauty is
to always wear sunscreen no matter what. much broader.”
Therefore, I always use a moisturiser that
includes an SPF component. And always, TRUE BEAUTY IS…
always take your make-up off at the end of On your bedside table… “Lip balm –
the day this nugget of wisdom comes from M[XMKQITTa\PM4ISUuÆI^W]ZMLWVM[\PMa
one of my sisters.” are actually quite yummy. (laughs) I’m
A beauty tool that you can’t live without? currently obsessed with the Mango one.”
“An eyelash curler! Even if you not wearing In your handbag at all times… “Lip
any make-up, using a curler opens up balm and mascara.”
your eyes.” At the salon… “I don’t get a lot of
What are your beauty rules for the time to go to the salon so I pretty much
summer… and for the winter? stick to my own home routine, but facial
“It’s not very different, my routine largely stays treatments are my all-time favourite.”
the same. I just moisturise a bit more in the Cat-eye or smoky eye? “A cat eye,
PAINTBOX BRIGHT LIPS winter. And in the summer, I tend to exfoliate for sure.”
The slender Isabelle gives us beauty goals a bit more.” Bright or nude nails? “Bright nails!
with a punchy colour lipstick teamed A beauty luxury indulgence… I don’t usually wear a lot of make-up if
with minimal, barely-there eyes. Heavily “I love face masks of all types. Before a shoot I am not working. I like to experiment and
textured wet hair completes the look. She \W NZM[PMV ]X Ua [SQV WZ IN\MZ I TWVO ÆQOP\ have fun with the colour of my nails.” H
wears a PVC top from Myriad and circular to help it replenish. Dr Jart is my absolute
earrings from Sameer Madan

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HELLO! BEAUTY
INKY LIPS
Isabelle is striking in the most
radical trend this season, inky
shades of plum and cherry lips
with metallic cream eye-shadow
and Swarovski crystal manicure
nails. Long-loose hair locks
give the look an effortless edge.
She wears a feather cape from
Varsha Wadhwa

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HELLO! BEAUTY
GOLDEN GLOW
Isabelle Kaif looks angelic in a gold
eye-shadow paired with retro-metallic
lipstick. The skin-tone is kept
ultra-highlighted. Bespoke contouring,
simple sleek hair with high infused shine
and metallic finish manicure complete
the look. She wears a jacket from
Shivani Awasty and rings from Avza

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SMOKEY, PEACHY
EYES AND BEACH
WAVE HAIR
British model and actress
Isabelle Kaif is enthralling in this
golden-bronze and peachy mas-
terpiece. Yellow, pink metallic
eye-shadow, natural coral lipstick
and beach wave hair are the key
essentials to this look. She wears
a floral head-gear from The Source
and a lace crop top from Shehlaa

TEXT: FARAH PALIA


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HAIR: MARCELO PEDROZO @TOABH
MAKE-UP: ROSARIO BELMONTE @ANIMA
CREATIVE MANAGEMENT
NAIL ARTIST: ADA JAIRAJ
FASHION DIRECTOR: AVANTIKKA
KILACHAND
STYLING: SONAM POLADIA
ASSISTED BY: DHAARNA MAKER,
REENA ARYA AND MANPREET HORA

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HELLOINDIA @HELLOMAGINDIA HELLOMAGINDIA HELLOINDIA
LIFESTYLE BUZZ

HauteÁDVK HELLO! gives you the low-down on what’s making headlines


in the fashion and luxury hemisphere

VOLVO XC40
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in three variants – the XC40
D4 Momentum, the XC40
R-Design and the XC40 D4.
The XC40 is the only car in its
segment to have radar based
Active Safety features like City
Safety with Steering Assist;
active at speeds up to 50 km/h
and a lot more. The car has a
protective safety cage and seven
airbags keep the occupants safe.
An intuitive touchscreen in the
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experience in the XC40. A
must-buy this festive season!

FENDI LEISUREWEAR COLLECTION


The FENDI Leisurewear Fall/Winter 2018-19
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launched an all new Festive Edit gift box! With the festive launched a new range of high-tech yet luxurious
season upon us, the brand is offering an exciting array of [VW_JWIZLW]\Å\[<PMKWTTMK\QWVQ[QV[XQZMLNZWU
fragrances and home scents that make for the perfect gift for the Pre-Fall 2018 Collection called “Open your
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Whether it’s a set of Berdoues candles for a house-warming garments. The same also appears
or the Jovoy coffret for a classy Diwali gift, there are on a new, edgy ski jacket that’s a
multiple options to choose from. The SCENTIDO boutique blend of a bomber and a cape.
houses unique, signature niche fragrances from across the Meanwhile, the signature FENDI
world including ROJA Parfums, Escentric Molecules and ‘eyes’, inspired by the Bag Bugs
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season, explore the art of sophisticated perfumery.

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TRAVEL GUBBINS TOD’S AUTUMN-WINTER COLLECTION
FROM CORNELIANI As part of their Autumn-Winter Collection 2018,
Italian luxury menswear brand Tod’s the iconic Italian luxury shoes and leather goods
Corneliani’s ‘Travel Gubbins’ brand has lined up elegant suede, velvet and leather
collection comprises of a series ankle boots, mules, sneakers and gomminos. While the
of sophisticated backpacks, Gommino comes in rich suede, with
duffel bags and sneakers. Ideal resin all over appliques, front fringe and
for globetrotters, the Corneliani bow, exposed handmade stitching
backpacks are highly spacious and iconic rubber pebble outsole,
and designed to accommodate the ankle boots are made of leather
all sorts of travel gears. The and felt with metal buckle, side zip,
bags come in smart shades of leather heel and a rubber outsole
Navy blue, black and brown. with embossed rubber pebbles. The
Meanwhile, the sneakers in mules, adorned with Tod’s Double
this collection – that combines T-metal clamp and leather
Italian sartorial heritage and outsole, perfectly channels
a sporty attitude – are apt for class and sophistication.
casual and business party wear.

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TEXT: SREEMITA BHATTACHARYA

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HELLO! SOJOURN

It’s time to Roseate Hotels and


Resorts in New Delhi

INDULGE! have lined up a


bouquet of experiences
and hampers to
pamper its patrons this
festive season

I
t’s the season of festivities and
the perfect time to pamper your
loved ones. With this thought in
mind, Roseate Hotels and Resorts
in the Capital are have lined up a
series of indulgent experiences to
make Diwali more memorable for
its patrons.
This Navratras, savour appetising
thalis – which have been delicately
prepared using ingredients sourced
from the brand’s organic farms – at
Kheer at Roseate House has introduced lunches on weekends Kiyan, The Roseate, and at DEL,
Roseate House.
It’s also the ideal time for couples
to indulge in a series of stay and
day packages at both the hotels,
especially during Karva Chauth.
Besides offering a luxe car transfer,
couples can expect special in-room
Karva Chauth amenities, which is
inclusive of meals and the mehendi
and bangles ritual. The same is
followed by a temple ceremony to
mark the spirit of Karva Chauth
and a heavenly couple therapy
for partners to unwind together.
A romantic movie screening at
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Guests can avail of the only in-house movie theatre in the
massage therapy at Aheli Spa country – and an outdoor movie
and enjoy delicacies at Kiyan, experience at The Roseate can be
The Roseate (right) or drop the perfect conclusion to a time
in to the Chidya Ghar bar at well spent. Non-resident guests can
Roseate House (below) also soak in the festive spirit with
these amenities.
For Diwali, Roseate Hotels and
Resorts are offering tastefully hand-
picked festive hampers in three
bespoke categories. Also on offer
is a specially curated fare at Kiyan
and DEL.
Patrons who just want to let
their hair down and relax this
season can savour the recently-
introduced lunches on weekends
at Kheer, Roseate House and the
Sunday Brunch at Chi Ni, the
haute Chinese restaurant at The
Roseate, which is prepared by a
Michelin trained chef. Prepare to
treat yourself and your loved ones
this festival of lights! H
Diary of the
Month
LUXURY WEDS
STYLE
WHAT: The enterprising duo
of Kolkata-based Madhu Neotia
and Abhilasha Sethia recently
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Wedding Diaries, a part of The
India Story.
BUZZ: The three-day design
exposition, conceived by the
Neotia Arts Trust Initiative,
was held at the Swabhumi, in
the heart of Kolkata. Several
leading designers, such as Madhu
Jain, participated. A glittering
fashion show by ASAL and Raw
Mango were the highlights of the
event. A display of a vintage car
collection added to the grandeur
of the event.
Neha Kasliwal Arya and Madhu Neotia

ASAL by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla

Models walk around in exquisite wedding ensembles

Abhilasha Sethia with Madhu Neotia

Parthiv Neotia and Harshvardhan Neotia Dev and Rukmini Maitra

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Alesia Raut in a gorgeous wedding ensemble Sanjiv Goenka Indrani Dasgupta Paul

Nilangi Parekh The venue of the event, Swabhumi, served as the perfect backdrop

Radhika and Sneha Singhi Shivika and Shashwat Goenka Preeti Goenka and Raj Mahtani Yash Agarwal and Umang Hutheesing

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Diary of the
Month
CELEBRATING
MILESTONES
WHAT: Royal Fables, an authentic platform
dedicated to the conservation of India’s regal
heritage, presented its milestone edition at
The Mansion, Hyatt Regency, New Delhi.
BUZZ: The two-day exposition saw the
presence of Harmeet Bajaj, Princess Nandini
Singh of Jhabua, Rani Archana Kumari Singh
of Badnore, Tarini Gupta, Shivani Varma,
Atisha Pratap Singh, Bela Madan, Khushboo
Bagga, HH Maharaja Dr Karan Singh of
Jammu & Kashmir, Diljeet Titus, Kartik
Khanna and Reshma Punj among others.

HH Maharaja Dr Karan Singh of Jammu Kartik Khanna and Princess Nandini Singh
and Kashmir with Diljeet Titus of Jhabua

HH Maharani Meenakshi Devi and Princess


Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh

Princess Jyotsna Singh of Jammu and Kashmir with Promila Bahri with Roshini Chopra Rani Vinita Singh of Patiala and Niharika Raje Singh and
Kalpana Sinh Wankaner Neelam Pratap Rudy Sunayana Chibba

Maneka Gandhi Damyanti Singh Bina Ramani Madhu Jain Vidhi Singhania Vrinda Singh Bhainsrorgarh

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Diary of the
Month
REVISITING 50S
HOLLYWOOD
WHAT: Designer Adarsh Gill
has launched her new collection,
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which combines old Hollywood
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era – with comfort and practicality.
BUZZ: The event was attended
by noted names, such as Zarine
Khan and Sanjay Khan, Geeta
Oberoi, Leena Singh, Vidya
Zaveri, Kanika Kochhar, Priya
Nathani, Neelam Talreja, Farah
Khan Ali, Simone Arora and
Laila Khan Furniturewala, among
others at the event.
Adarsh Gill with Farah Khan Ali

Laila Khan Furniturewala with Sanjay and Zarine Khan

Priyanka Thakur and Farah Khan Batra Leena Singh and Tanvir Singh

Kanika Kochhar and


Renu Kochhar Simone Arora Madhulika Tasneem Mehta Aarti Surendranath

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Diary of the
Month
THE GOLDEN
AFFAIR
WHAT: The Park Hotels ushered
in its 50th year with a night of
glitz and glamour. The grand
party was hosted by Priya Paul,
Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra
Park Hotels Ltd.
BUZZ: The event witnessed
the presence of noted names
such as Maneka Gandhi, Amar
Singh, Pawan Verma, Amar
Singh, Amitabh Kant, Rohit
Bahl, JJ Valaya, Ambrish Arora,
Suhel Seth, Malini Ramani,
Suneet Verma, Dilip Cherian,
Raghavendra Rathore, Prateek
Jain and more.
Karan Paul, Shirin Paul, Priya Paul and Priti Paul Feroze Gujral and Mohit Gujral

JJ Valaya Renuka Pawan K Varma Anil Chopra and Ragini Chopra Vijay Dewan, Aman Nath and Rohit Arora

Bahaar Dhawan Rohatgi Maneka Gandhi Nawab Karim Ali Khan of Rampur Rajeev Sethi and Priya Paul Suneet Varma and Rahul Arora

Naresh Trehan, KB Kachru and Suhel Seth Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna Manu Mansheet Navin Berry Rohit Bal

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Diary of the
Month
THE LIFESTYLE PLUNGE!
WHAT: As she marks 25 years of her design
journey, Farah Khan Ali has launched her own line
of lifestyle products. The digital platform, Farah
Khan World, focuses on bridal and festive gifting
with bejewelled products that pay a homage to her
jewellery line.
BUZZ: Besides her family – Sanjay and Zarine
Khan, Zayed and Malaika Khan, Fardeen Khan
and Sussanne Khan – the launch was celebrated by
names such as Pria Kataria Puri, Poonam Dhillon,
Renu Chainani, Reshma Merchant, Neeta Lulla and
Neelam Kothari Soni, among others.

Farah Khan Ali Sanjay and Zarine Khan

Neeta Lulla Poonam Dhillon

Sussanne Khan Reshma Merchant Natasha and Fardeen Khan with their daughter Diani Isabella Laila Furniturewala Neelam Kothari

Arti Surendranath Bhagyashree Malaika and Zayed Khan Pria Kataria Puri Renu Chainani Nisha Jamvwal

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NUMEROLOGY NOVEMBER 2018

Luck by Numbers How to Calculate Your Number


1. Begin with your day of birth date
2. Reduce the date to a single digit
HELLO! introduces a new column which reveals your by adding the digits if two numbers
fortune each month with DR JAI MADAAN, an ace are involved.
astrologer, Vaastu consultant, life coach and palmist Eg 19= 1+9= 1

LOVE LOVE LOVE


Relationships This month will make you feel that you Everything will go smoothly in your

1 4 7
which are rigid have to settle some issues that have been relationship as long as you want to
or restrictive may troubling you, for a long time. You will have a improve it.
end now. You lot of fun with your partner. If you are single, CAREER
will come across good times are around. This will be a stressful month. If you want
opportunities CAREER everything to go well, don’t make any decision
to offer care You will have a great inner push and new unless you have thought things through.
to loved ones. ideas to work on. If you continue at this HEALTH
Someone pace, you will be able to acquire a lot of If you have a skin-related issue, it is
from your past experience – even on a personal level – to advisable that you go for a treatment. Daily
undermines your make some of your dreams come true. exercise will improve your health and keep
happiness and HEALTH diseases at bay.
health. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and LUCKY TIP
CAREER healthy juices. Don’t get surprised if you are Dark brown and dark green are lucky for
This is a shining troubled by some allergic reactions during you this month.
period for you, grasp it. Being positive will the middle of the month. Nasal stuffiness
be the key to success in your professional could annoy you, too.
life. Extra perks and incentives in business LUCKY TIP LOVE
activities are likely. White and grey are lucky for you. Your good mood will help you have a good
go
g od

8
HEALTH time in your relationship. Don’t
You will lead a healthy and well-ordered life. think about the thingss that
Visit the doctor at the slightest sign of worry. LOVE have hurt you, in the past.
LUCKY TIP You and your partner will talk things through CAREER

5
Avoid red clothes. and make some nice plans for your life You will be active andd creative.
together. Plan a small trip together. Choose to work alonee
LOVE CAREER because collaborationns
Your love life will stay well as long as you Communicating will help you pinpoint your are not favoured and

2
don’t take your mood swings out on your best interests on every level. A sudden you could end up in
partner. Try to have some fun. collaboration will help you open up because conflicts with your
CAREER you have the support of people who are colleagues.
You may need to invest more time and energy willing to work harmoniously with you. HEALTH
in your career and your group affiliations. HEALTH Those of you planningg
Upcoming promotions will be delayed. Generally, your health will be satisfactory, to go on a diet need
HEALTH but you would need to keep a check on your to avoid doing so, as it
You will be attracted towards a healthier diet. Happiness will prevail in the family. may affect your health.
lifestyle this month. Modify your eating habits LUCKY TIP Try sticking to a regular
and get involved in outdoor activities. You will Blue, green, light yellow and white are lucky schedule this month.
feel fit and energised once you make your for you, this month. LUCKY TIP
mind receptive to good ideas. The lucky colours for you
LUCKY TIP are light blue and purrple.
LOVE
Green will be auspicious for you this month.
Things will be light and carefree again – you
will be able to connect to your partner better. LOVE
LOVE If you are single, don’t leave things up to Your relationship is on a great track and

9
Stress is the worst state of mind, so try to chance. Make the right moves and you will it can be even better if you express your

3
relax. You should clearly look at problems easily find what you are looking for. feelings to your partner. If you are single,
and situations that are suffocating you, in CAREER prepare to say goodbye to your loneliness.
esolve them appropriately.
order to resolve appropriately YYou need to behave in a responsible and CAREER
CAREER controlled manner. Take slow and steady You will face difficulties and obstacles that
It will be hard
h to maintain steps towards success, otherwise you will require careful handling and patience,
a balancee – you will feel make irreparable mistakes. In your finances, otherwise they will throw you off your
like you are
a walking on a restrict your reckless spending and settle schedule. Your finances demand immediate
tightrope. Be realistic. pending debts. organising and planning.
HEALTH HEALTH HEALTH
People ssuffering from The good news is that obesity patients This month, stress could lead to blood
long-standing will be able to get their weight under pressure problems for some of you. Avoid
illnesses should try control. Those suffering from cholesterol in neglecting even the minor problems.
alternate means particular will have to make sure that you Self-medication should be avoided as it
of treatment. don’t skip meals throughout the day. could aggravate your problems.
LUCKY TIIP LUCKY TIP LUCKY TIP
Stay away from This month, it would be prudent to avoid the Yellow and orange are likely to bring in
blue and red. colour brown. good luck.

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HELLO! DRINKS WITH

Chetan Bhagat
On the eve of his latest offering, The Girl in Room 105, HELLO! enjoys a
freewheeling rendezvous with India’s blockbuster author

Currently… “I am nervous and excited about to bring people, who watch YouTube and ÅZ[\ÅK\QWVJWWSQ[The Girl in Room 105.”
my new book – The Girl in Room 105UaÅZ[\ Instagram videos, back to books. I thought the Your greatest indulgence… “Food. I love
murder mystery.” video would make it more likely for people to sweets and I need to cut down on them.”
What is your idea of ‘perfect happiness’? pick up the book. The idea worked well as we Social media accounts you diligently
“When one is at peace and one’s mind is in a had over a millions views on YouTube, even follow? “I follow a lot of journalists to get to
state where it doesn’t want to change anything. before the book’s release.” learn what is going on in India.”
Sometimes, when you are happy, you don’t even The book’s trailer suggests a plot about A prevailing fear… “Of losing my health and
realise it.” a boy, called Keshav Rajpurohit, from my family.”
With the new book, you have ventured a conservative family, who faces an If you could affect change… “To make
QV\W\PZQTTMZI[IOMVZMNWZ\PMÅZ[\ unexpected turn of events when he goes India a developed country.”
time… “I like to surprise my readers. I have to visit his ex-girlfriend Zara Lone, a An actor who would capture your essence
done too many love stories, so I thought, it is Kashmiri Muslim, in her room… “Well, in a movie about your life… “I can’t really
time to do something different. The difference in you will have to read the book to know more!” answer that. Maybe, I can just play the part?”
creating a murder mystery comes from plotting Five of your novels have already been You say this on the daily…“‘Let’s do this’
the suspense and keeping it tight throughout.” ILIX\MLQV\W[]KKM[[N]T*WTTa_WWLÅTU[ or… ‘You got this!’”
The Girl in Room 105 is a funny and and the others are in the process of being The greatest love(s) of your life…“My
unputdownable thriller about obsessive adapted… “I am lucky that my books are liked family and my writing.”
TW^MIVLÅVLQVOX]ZXW[MQVTQNMIOIQV[\ JaÅTUUISMZ[IVL\PMaPI^MUILM[]KKM[[N]T Your take on the constantly evolving
the backdrop of contemporary India… ÅTU[NZWU\PMU1TQSMQ\JMKI][MQ\ITTW_[Ua literary landscape in India…. “I think it is
“The book is about a boy’s quest to un-love his stories to reach more people. The process usually shaping up quite well. We still have many people
M`OQZTNZQMVLIVLÅVLUMIVQVOQVPQ[W\PMZ_Q[M begins with me meeting a director, who likes the who never read, so I see it as an opportunity.
mundane life. It hopes to discuss the importance JWWSIVL_IV\[\W\]ZVQ\QV\WIÅTU?M_WZS The large number of literary festivals and
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