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What’s happening in Mumbai’s hotels? A peek into the party circuit and events in the city… By Marcellus Baptista

Fabulous fusion

Riddhi Mapxencar, Urvashi Rautela and Siddhi Mapxencar at Westin Mumbai Garden City

It was a fabulous fusion of fashion and food at Westin Mumbai Garden City that teamed up with Jyotiee Balani to present a preview of designer twins Riddhi and Siddhi Mapxencar’s Indo-Western collection. Charosa wines did the rounds among the many guests who also relished the food inspired by fashion conjured by celebrity chef Ajay Chopra. Also on view were designer display cakes inspired by the chic collection. Bringing alive the new collection were Parvathy Omanakuttan, Rashmi Nigam, Urvashi Rautela, Amruta Patki and Divya Chouksey who were all dressed in the designer duo’s creations.

Flair in the air

Hirthik Roshan at Myntra Fashion Weekend at Palladium Hotel

Palladium Hotel continued its fashion fever as, close on the heels of the popular Lakmé Fashion Week it was the happy venue for the Myntra Fashion Weekend. As usual, the action was at the eighth and ninth levels of the hotels as also higher up on the 38th floor for the after-party. The cheer was also on at the Flipsydee VIP lounge with special guests availing of the beverages and hors d’oeuvres in between shows. The three-day fashion feast culminated in a high-energy show with Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan presenting his HRX brand with acrobatic dancers and models on roller blades, bicycles and skateboards. And, of course, the showstopper was Hrithik Roshan. All in all, it turned out to be a good outing.

Movie magic

Dolly Thakore at the Manhattan Short opening party at Wink

Wink at Vivanta by Taj – President was the happy venue for the opening party of global film festival Manhattan Short 2014. Honoured on opening night were the winners: Stalin Massey from Mumbai, Romi Meitei from Imphal and Gowtham Namasivayam from Chennai who were chosen through the ‘Vote for India’ initiative. It was the night after the thunderstorm had taken Mumbai by surprise but this did not dampen the spirits of the many guests who walked in for some movie magic and to sip Jameson and other spirits and have a bite of the hors d’oeuvres. And the talk was on the Manhattan Short, the film festival established in 1998 in New York City by Nicholas Mason, now in its fifth consecutive year in India.

German gala

Bernard Steinruke, Michael Siebert, Sabine Olthof, Stefan Helming and Apoorv Mahendru at the German fair at Trident

The first-ever Indo-German Job Fair at the Trident turned out to be success with more than 20 Indo-German companies and over 500 visitors. At the media meet on the 35th floor of the hotel were Director General of IGCC Bernhard Steinruecke, German Consul General Michael Siebert, Sabine Olthof of APD, Stefan Helming of GIZ India and Apoorv Mahendru of DAAD. Later, the action continued at the Regal Room for the 58th AGM of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce with Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India as chief guest and guest of honour Michael Steiner, German Ambassador to India. And it all ended with a reception in true German style with German beer and sausages that made you think of Oktoberfest.


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