The best of Luxpresso : Gucci’s project, watches, fashion, food, music and more

From Gucci’s project to watches to fashion trends to delicious dishes to sufi music to Bulgari’s award we bring you the week that was at Luxpresso

Gucci’s mystery project to feature Dakota Johnson, Hari Nef and Petra Collins
Italian fashion brand Gucci has roped in Dakota Johnson, Hari Nef, and Petra Collins as the faces for its soon to be announced launch. With little information revealed, the brand, on last Friday, shared a picture of the trio with the hashtag #InBloom.
While Dakota Johnson is the daughter of American actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. She is popularly known for her roles in movies like Black Mass, How to Be Single and Fifty Shades of Grey (the adaptation of Fifty Shades book trilogy). Hari Nef is an American transgender actress and model who has walked for the Italian label for its FW16 men’s wear runway show. The third and the last one is artist Petra Collins who accompanied Nef on the FW16 runway for Gucci. She was also the face for that season’s ad campaign.
We can’t wait to what this mystery launch, led by Alessandro Michele (creative director of Gucci), is all about.

AnnaMaya at Andaz Delhi Aerocity
When a European-style food hall called AnnaMaya opened earlier this month at the new Andaz Delhi in the fast-developing Aerocity, it seemed not to conform to what’s expected of a hotel’s coffee shop.
To encapsulate what AnnaMaya stands for. And under its wide-ranging umbrella, Chef Alex has brought together foods, products, and recipes from all over the country in a symphony of flavours and combinations.
“AnnaMaya exists to serve the community,” adds Chef Alex, stressing that it is the ingredients that are the most important to him; recipes need to revolve around them, not the other way around. It is for this reason that he grows his own microgreens on the spot, and has demarca
ted a part of the hotel’s gardens for vegetables and herbs that are flourishing under his care. He is even planning to grow aloe vera under the stairs around the property.”
What sets AnnaMaya apart is its vibe of curated informality. Amid oversized floral sculptures made by the artist Valay Gada, with daylight dappling in through coloured glass panes, you can order from an a la carte menu.

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Bulgari’s creative director wins Gem Award for jewellery design
Bulgari’s creative director, Lucia Silvestri, has won the prestigious Gem Award in the Jewellery Design category at the recently held Annual Gem Awards in New York. The award was presented by Temple St Clair, a jewellery designer who won the same award in 2016.
Silvestri has been part of the jewellery brand for more than 30 years and spends much of her time touring the world in search of precious and coloured gems.
Other nominees in the category were LA-based designer Suzanne Kalan and Indian-origin designer Arun Bohra of Arunashi.

Hermes Slim D’Hermes Quantieme Perpetual Platine Watch
At the Baselworld 2017, French luxury fashion brand Hermès unveiled a new version of the Slim D’Hermès Quantième Perpétuel Platine model that was introduced last year in rose gold with silver dial. This new model comes in a platinum case with a dark blue dial. It boasts of the house’s automatic ultra-thin movement—the calibre H1950.
The dial of the watch features four sub-dials (placed at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock), silver-tone numerals and rhodium-plated hands. The first sub-dial, located at 12 o’clock, shows the date, the second (at 3 o’clock) displays the moon phase, the one at 6 o’clock shows the second time zone hour indicator and the last, at 9 o’clock, is meant for displaying the month and leap year cycle. The moon phase features a mother-of-pearl moon set against an aventurine (a type of quartz) glass sky.
In contrast to the blue and silver tones is the bright red second’s hand of the second time zone hour indicator. The overall appearance of the watch is finished off with an Abyss blue alligator strap.

India’s iconic Sufi music festival returns to Delhi this March
Sufi music fans mark your calendars already. A press conference held last week at The Lodhi formally announced the return of the much-loved world Sufi music festival ‘Jahan-e-Khusrau’ to New Delhi. Slated to be held in March, after a hiatus of two years; it will be organised at Arab ki Sarai in the lawns of Humayun’s Tomb between of 24th to 26th March 2017.
This 13th edition of the three-day festival is dedicated to Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Ganjshakar— saint of Punjab and pir of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. It will have top Sufi singers of Punjab like Daler Mehndi, Satinder Sartaj, Sukhwinder Singh, and Sonam Kalra, amongst others, bringing to life the true essence of Sufism.
Watch Muzaffar Ali talk about Jahan-e-Khusrau.

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Gourmet’s delight
It isn’t very often that a restaurant or a chef does something that can be said to be revolutionary. Sure, there are those who make amazing food and add to a city’s growing culinary scene. But what chef Rahul Gomes Pereira’s recently unveiled menu at À Ta Maison—Sunder Nagar’s hidden gem; a membership-based French dining opened in 2014 by Rakshay Dhariwal of PCO fame—has done is more than that. He has simply upped the game.
For those not in the know, À Ta Maison, or ATM as it is known, opened with the simple manifesto of bringing French-inspired cuisine and signature cocktails to a discerning (and select; membership is not for everyone) list of patrons. It is a place where the powerful and influential hobnob over fine cigars and Old Fashioneds. It would be rude to name names, and anyway, Eeshaan Kashyap, who runs the establishment, would never allow it. “We endeavour to make the simple special,” he says.

Celeb favourite denim jackets to invest in
Following ripped jeans, one of the season’s hottest trends, are denim jackets in androgynous shapes. Classic and versatile, they have gradually come out of the closet to become celeb-favourites.
From Priyanka Chopra donning it with leather pants to Sonam Kapoor complementing her pretty summer dress with a long version of it, this jacket has been everywhere. On that note, we compile a list of chic options you can invest in to channel your favourite celebrity.
From Balenciaga’s denim jacket to Distressed badges to Citizens of Humanity to Gucci’s embroidered ones to Marc Jacob’s cotton jackets, you will be sure to find something that fancies your eye.

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