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Heavenly spa

The new­est en­trant on Delhi’s well­ness land­scape comes in the form of the lux­ury ho­tel Dusit De­varana. Af­ter suc­cess­ful out­ings by the brand in Thai­land, UAE, Mal­dives and Egypt, the ho­tel chain has now made its way to the NCR. While the ho­tel is be­ing touted as a busi­ness-cum-plea­sure stopover, its spa is its main at­trac­tion. With sprawl­ing in­door and out­door train­ing ar­eas, in­clud­ing a Yoga Pavil­ion, glass house fit­ness cen­tre and sand beds, the spa draws heav­ily on Thai-in­spired treat­ments and is be­ing touted as one of the finest in the city.

Court­ing con­tro­versy

Roberto Cavalli’s Fall/Win­ter 2013-14 col­lec­tion is in a spot of con­tro­versy over the po­lit­i­cal in­ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of its cam­paign, fea­tur­ing the mes­sage of ‘love rev­o­lu­tion’. The video, which was shot in Barcelona by Gi­ampaolo Sgura has been ac­cused of be­ing a triv­i­al­is­ing take on the protests in Spain a few months ago. Not­with­stand­ing the web back­lash faced by the cam­paign, its look of mashed up colours and prints in bright au­tumn hues, which is ap­par­ently a protest “against con­for­mity to a grey-coloured world,” has been ap­pre­ci­ated. The la­bel on its part has clar­i­fied that the cam­paign doesn’t in­tend to con­vey any po­lit­i­cal mes­sage.

Fit ‘n’ Fab

Quin­tes­sen­tial blonde girl-next-door Kate Hud­son has launched a line of fit­ness wear, in­spired by her per­sonal wardrobe and ac­tive life­style, in part­ner­ship with shop­ping web­site Just­Fab. The quirk­ily ti­tled col­lec­tion, Fablet­ics, premised on her ded­i­ca­tion to Pi­lates, spin­ning and yoga, is chock­ful of clothes that any woman would be com­fort­able in. It fo­cuses on easy-to-wear lay­er­ing pieces, jack­ets and hood­ies, “but­tery soft” tees, long-sleeved tops, cardi­gan wraps, and scarves. A vis­i­bly thrilled Hud­son said, “I was al­ways look­ing for high-qual­ity, af­ford­able ath­letic wear that was also hip.”

Shoe-y af­fair

Let’s face it, she is a ge­nius. De­signer Zaha Ha­did has now lent her ar­chi­tec­tural ge­nius to the new Stuart Weitz­man bou­tiques. Five of th­ese will be set up glob­ally and hinge on the eclec­tic, bear­ing sweep­ing im­pres­sions of pro­found art. The award-win­ning ar­chi­tect has played with the more se­duc­tive an­gle of ge­om­e­try to give ex­pres­sion to her artis­tic sen­si­bil­i­ties and aims to cre­ate a unique vi­sion for each bou­tique premised on the store’s lo­ca­tion. The 3000-foot square large sixwin­dow bou­tique in Mi­lan is a vi­sion with its fluid mono­chrome in­te­ri­ors.

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