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The first grown-up New Year’s Eve party I at­tended was at the Tol­ly­gunge Club in Cal­cutta (it was still Cal then), back in 1990. Hav­ing moved from Hy­der­abad, Kolkata’s glam­our was al­most unimag­in­able. I stared gog­gle-eyed at cock­tail dresses and se­quinned LBDs, din­ner jack­ets and tuxes. It seems to fol­low nat­u­rally that Kolkata was where I learnt to love fash­ion—it was the city where I saw my first fash­ion show, gave my first NIFT en­trance exam, vis­ited the first fash­ion bou­tique (Mona Pali), and de­cided that fash­ion would be a part of my life. Over the years, Kolkata has be­come a quiet pow­er­house. It has given us Anamika Khanna, Sabyasachi Mukher­jee, and Ki­ran Ut­tam Ghosh. More de­sign­ers have emerged re­cently: Nupur Kanoi, Shan­tanu Goenka, De­barghya Bairagi and Navonil Das of Dev r Nil, Kal­lol Datta, and Sneha Arora. And with the open­ing of the Quest Mall, in­ter­na­tional lux­ury brands are also look­ing East. Bazaar has al­ways re­flected the zeit­geist, and this month, ju­nior fash­ion ed­i­tor Kr­ishna Mukhi does our first shoot in Kolkata, in ‘Ur­ban Tra­di­tions’, while de­signer Navonil Das takes us on a style tour of his home­town in ‘Fash­ion Goes East’. Bazaar’s leg­endary ed­i­tor Diana Vreeland fa­mously said that “the eye has to travel”, and this month, we take her words to heart. In Na­ga­land, at the 50th Horn­bill Fes­ti­val, pho­tog­ra­pher Pratch Sirid­hara cap­tures the sea­son’s best trends in ‘New Sea­son New Look’, while in the Hi­malayas, Bazaar favourite Anand Go­goi lenses the most fem­i­nine ensem­bles in ‘The Ro­man­tics’. There are also new des­ti­na­tions to look out for, from fash­ion

su­per­power-in-the mak­ing Qatar (‘Jewel of the Desert’) to the travel desti­na­tion of the year, Morocco (‘Be­yond Mar­rakesh’); ‘Mum­bai Chron­i­cles’ looks at the max­i­mum city through

the eyes of some of its most il­lus­tri­ous res­i­dents. What’s New has tra­di­tion­ally been the theme of Bazaar’s Jan­uary-Fe­bru­ary dou­ble is­sue, and this year, we once again shoot the mod­els of the year. Two of the year’s big­gest are on this cover: Rasika Navare and Ninja Singh, the lat­ter set for the sort of in­ter­na­tional star­dom last seen by Lak­shmi Menon.

There is also the 2014 fash­ion and art hot list, the beauty cure-all, and of course, the style rules of the sea­son. In short, ev­ery­thing for the new year. En­joy!

Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo ring, ` 1,20,000 (ap­prox).

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