The cheer was on at Aqaba, the restaurant, bar and club, as it proved to be an excellent venue for the launch of the KJo for Gehna collection for Gehna Jewellers. Hosted by Sunil and Kiran Datwani of Gehna Jewellers, it saw the presence of Ileana D’Cruz and Nimrat Kaur who were the muses for the collection by Karan Johar. A fashion show featuring Neeta Lulla’s collection inspired by Karan Johar’s line was part of the proceedings at the al fresco section of Aqaba. Besides the outfits, seen was the elegant mix of dramatic designs and minimalist luxury in the jewellery, a composition of flamboyant cuts and meticulous designs brought together with riveting concepts. And occupying pride of place was the Skyy vodka bar that offered vodka cocktails, Glengrant single malt, Campari cocktails and also Johnnie Walker Black Label for diehard blended Scotch whisky fans.
The second edition of the spirited Johnnie Walker – The Journey drew a tremendous response at Mehboob Studio. Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts, Australia’s renowned physical theatre group Dislocate, American jazz fusion band Snarky Puppy and Simon Greene of Bonobo (Live) were there to perform to the packed house. Guests sipped the various Johnnie Walker labels as they soaked in the ambience and sounds. And holding forth on the exciting event was Bhavesh Somaya, marketing and innovation director, Diageo India who felt delighted that this second edition had succeeded, once again, in delivering the inspiration it promised last year and that this platform represented a confluence of cultures and inspiring content from around the world that has resounded with the aspirations and sensibilities of the audience.
Chocolate lovers rejoiced at the launch of Hoppits, a premium chocolate bar with unique combinations from the Schmitten umbrella of the Rajhans Group. The action was at JW Marriott with actor and singer Priyanka Chopra announced as brand ambassador of Hoppits. The talk was on these chocolates that come in four variants: rich caramel with golden nougat, roast almond with white nougat, dark chocolate with granola and nuts, dark chocolate with granola and fruits. The talk was also about Schmitten, premium chocolate made from Swiss technology and equipment from the UK and Europe with seven exciting variants. And sharing this chocolate excitement was Jayesh Desai, chairman, Rajhans Group.
The Crystal Room of the Taj took on an appearance of art gallery as Christie’s unveiled 80 works of art from its second sale in India at a cocktail soiree. It was time for the sound of music with the legendary flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia performing in front of Tyeb Mehta’s iconic work Untitled (Falling figure). Later, guests lived it up with the choicest wines, beers and spirits at the bar and tasty hors d’oeuvres doing the rounds. Present were William Robinson (International Head of World Art, Christie’s), Sanjay Sharma (MD, Christie’s India), Dr. Amin Jaffer (International Director of Asian Art, Christie’s), Paul Hewitt (MD of Growth Markets, Christie’s), Deepanjana Klein (International Head of Department for Modern and Contemporary Indian Art), Sonal Singh (Head of Department, Christie’s Mumbai), Nishad Avari (Associate Specialist in Contemporary Indian Art) and Raj Sehgal (MD, Credit Suisse Private Banking in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent).