The best of Luxpresso : Interviews, Calvin Klein’s coed brand, watches, desserts, leather products, JK Rowlings book on auction and more

From interviews with Nirav Modi and Lara Dutta to party watches and desserts to leather products to JK Rowlings book to be auctioned to calvin klein’s coed brand we bring you the week that was at Luxpresso
Nirav Modi’s World of Sparkle
Diamond jeweller Nirav Modi has slowly and steadfastly taken the world by storm, capturing the fascination of not only an Indian audience, but even a global one that has been lapping up his exquisite offerings, making him a force to reckon with in the jewellery business. His success story includes many firsts for an Indian jewellery brand, whether it is gracing the covers of both, Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction catalogues, or fetching a whopping Rs. 16.29 crore at a Christie’s auction in 2010 for his prized Golconda Lotus necklace.
Modi’s secret to success, one might wonder, is his persistent passion to take the brand to newer heights and create a large global footprint with its universal appeal and unwavering focus on quality, design and craftsmanship.
The brand, this year, opened stores in Macau (Hong Kong) and most recently London and also participated in the prestigious Biennale des Antiquaires art and antiques fair in Paris.

Lara Dutta dons several hats
From being the second woman to win the Miss Universe title, to being a successful Bollywood Actor, a proud mom, a fitness enthusiast and now an Entrepreneur, Lara Dutta spills the beans on donning several hats.
She enthusiastically talks about the concept of luxury, on her bucket list and wanderlust, on fashion, on mentoring Miss World contestants, on the changing face of women in Indian movies, on her dream roles and future movies and on advocating wellness and healthy living.

Calvin Klein goes Coed- Raf Simons to combine men’s and women’s shows in February
Gender-blurring fashion shows seem to be on the rise in the international fashion arena. Following the likes of Gucci, Dsquared2, Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, and Bottega Veneta, to name a few, Calvin Klein will be showcasing its Autumn/Winter 2017 menswear and womenswear collections in a combined show. Scheduled for 10th February 2017, the second day of New York Fashion Week, this will be the brand’s first combined show and its new creative director’s debut.
The announcement follows the August-appointment of CK’s new creative chief, Raf Simons.
Raf Simons is the first creative director, after Calvin Klein himself, to acquire complete creative control of the American brand. He oversees all aspects of design, marketing and communications of CK’s labels.

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Irresistible timepieces for the party season
We list a few of the finest watches for this season. They house traditional horological codes and sophisticated aesthetics, making it an ideal companion for the party season.
Lange & Sohne, Balmain, Breguet, Chopard, Jaeger LeCoultre, Longines, Omega, Panerai, Rolex and Vacheron Constantin are the brands to watch out for.

Dig into the season’s most delightful desserts
There’s no better time to succumb to sinful indulgence than now. Make this seasonal binging memorable with delectable flavours, tantalising presentation and exquisite ingredients combined in masterful combinations to blow your senses away.
As the last and the most-awaited course to end your meal, desserts ought to surprise and create memories, which is why they are often artworks that make you go wow. Tame your sweet cravings and dig into some of the most luxurious desserts, for a truly delectable experience. From exotic ingredients, innovative techniques, gourmet plating, experimental textures and unexpected flavours, here are some masterpieces that are a treat for the stomach and for the eyes.
The African Yule Log at the Four seasons Mumbai, Salted caramel and chocolate bar at the Oberoi Mumbai, Passiflora panna cotta at the Taj Santacruz, Mumbai, A walk through winter wonderland at the Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam and Champagne honey panna cotta with Sante Rosa at the Leela Palace, Bengaluru.

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JK Rowling’s original Beedle the Bard Manuscript to be auctioned
Just when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is hitting new highs at box offices globally, a handwritten and illustrated copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, also by bestselling author of Harry Potter books, JK Rowling, is set to go under the hammer at an upcoming Sotheby’s auction in London.
Almost a decade ago, in December 2007, Rowling had presented this manuscript to British publisher Barry Cunningham. It is one of the only seven created by the author, and bears a personal dedication. Bound in brown Moroccan leather and adorned with seven rhodochrosites, the book features sterling silver ornaments centred around a skull. It is estimated to auction for £300,000 to £500,000 (approx. INR2 to 4 crores), and can be viewed from December 9th to 13th at the Sotheby’s London centre.

East India leather – Hidesign’s secret
Puducherry-based leather good brands, Hidesign, has set up a small exhibit at Delhi’s Select City Walk Mall that promises to take you on a historic journey with accessories made from East India (E.I) leather. This specific kind of hide is strong, luminous, and has a unique natural grain and is known for beautiful blonde sheen that glows through any colour that is hand rubbed onto it.
This traditional method of vegetable tanning was discovered by the East India Company in the early 1800. In fact, by 1856 the British army used this leather for its accessories. Primarily crafted in Tamil Nadu, this unique leather was re-discovered in the 1970s by Dilip Kapur, Hidesign’s Founder and President. He learnt that a number of notable fashion houses had used East India leather for their luxury footwear and bags in the past.