De­signer Payal Sing­hal pens a love let­ter to the dy­namic New York City — which has al­ways in­flu­enced her style

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cept in In­dia, but I learnt to ace day- tonight dress­ing while stay­ing there — it’s such an in­her­ent part of their cul­ture. I also learnt to layer like a pro, even in the sum­mers, as the weather is so moody.

SoHo and West Broad­way are my favourite spots to shop in the city. You’ll find a bal­anced mix of high street brands, in­de­pen­dent bou­tiques and niche multi­brand stores like In­ter­mix. Bar­ney’s, Saks, and Bloom­ing­dales are al­ways safe bets. Sec­ond Time Around is great for vin­tage finds, while the sam­ple sales are per­fect for bar­gain hunters. Spend a day in Brook­lyn too — its new­found hipster sta­tus prom­ises that you will chance upon some cool, lo­cal stores. Head up­state and make a day trip out of vis­it­ing Wood­bury Com­mon Pre­mium Out­let mall if you’re look­ing to score great deals on de- signer brands.

Fash­ion stu­dents should def­i­nitely visit the whole­sale mar­ket that runs be­tween 28th street and 5th avenue and goes up to 42nd street on 6th avenue for a great se­lec­tion of trim­mings, but­tons and ac­ces­sories. If you’re in the city dur­ing NYFW, catch­ing a show at those hal­lowed Bryant Park tents is a must — do what you need to in or­der to score passes! The cam­pus at the Fash­ion In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy has on­go­ing fash­ion ex­hibits and ret­ro­spec­tives that con­nois­seurs will love. The same goes for the Met as well. I also make it a point to visit the book­store Around The World, near Bryant Park Ho­tel, to stock upon on my fash­ion read­ing. All in all the city’s in­fec­tious en­ergy con­tin­ues to in­spire me and my work sea­son af­ter sea­son.

‘ Rev­o­lu­tion­ary and as­pi­ra­tional’

CHEF PAUL KINNY, Di­rec­tor Culi­nary— Bel­lona Hos­pi­tal­ity Ser­vices Ltd ( Bar Bar) I ab­so­lutely love the idea. It’s the be­gin­ning of a rev­o­lu­tion when it comes to of­fer­ing in­ter­na­tional tastes to the masses and is also as­pi­ra­tional. It’s al­ways nice to of­fer the lo­cals an ad­di­tional choice, a quick respite when hun­gry. This will also lend the sta­tions a more in­ter­na­tional feel, more hy­gienic op­tions ( since there is less hu­man han­dling of food) and quick ser­vice. Time is of great essence in this city, ev­ery­one wants to “catch the train”. Cur­rently, the sta­tions are brim­ming with plenty of op­tions like made- from- scratch bhel, pop­corn, fruits, juices, it’s pretty com­pre­hen­sive.

I would really like to see a more sub­stan­tial space ded­i­cated to peo­ple pack­ing health­ier food to ei­ther take to work or back home.

In the 90s, when I was at Zo­diac Grill my life was in­sanely busy — we used to work 14 hours a day with no respite. Af­ter feed­ing the city’s glit­terati, I wouldn’t have the strength to cook for my­self so I’d head to the rail­way sta­tion and din­ner would be batata vada topped with ragda and pav. Hot, steam­ing, fresh and de­li­cious af­ter a hard day at work.

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