Fashionable Delhi (Tale of Two Cities series)

September 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm 7 comments

Delhizens love to live in style. Some let sophistication speak for them and others believe in the theory of more is less! And if you thought the word ‘fashion’ is limited to the wardrobe of a Delhizen, then you got to live here to see how the word works around. Fad for fashion can be seen in the mobiles we use, cars we drive, gym we go to and how do we exercise!

Food also makes a fashion statement here, where to eat to what is the hottest selling dish in town.  Consider this; we gave India its national dish ‘butter chicken’, created an Indianised version of Chinese cuisine and call it ‘Chinjabi’. We could be a contender for the top most sushi consuming city outside Japan and gol guppas got a new meaning when flavoured water was replaced by vodka. 360 at The Oberoi is the most fashionable coffee shop in town where you don’t go because it has the most exotic & lavish menu but to have the likes of Rahul Gandhi as fellow diners.  There are two reasons for a place to become popular in Delhi, It is the best in its specialty or is high on social scales; O’ neva mind about the name, it depends on where is the freebie party tonight ;).

And to make it to the Pg3 column next day all you need to do is air-kiss- muwah! Muah! Take-up profession of an artist, writer, designer, model or claim to be a rich socialite and you will get an entry to the city’s full-on fashion frat scene and will be there on addressed as gliterarti or literarti. Art and theatre too became hot among Delhizens after they became ‘must-be seen’ at places.

What we wear and from where we buy is another high point. When Zara opened its doors in Delhi the store sales on the first weekend reported by reliable sources was more Rs. 55 lac. I visited the store and fail to understand if all that fuss was about that stuff which looked like second’s ka maal. But then, I looked around and realized the latest fad these days is to walk around in your bedroom attire, ganji, shorts and slippers with unmade hair and well manicured nails!

We looooove to show off! An observation based survey proves Delhi has the highest number of total paisa lutao shaddis, high on glam quotient. Gupta, Jain, Khanna wedding will make it to news because they got a ‘B’ town B-class actress to stand by the newly-weds. Of course they are also the ones who buy the top-end designer wear.

Delhizens have created trends that make a statement and speak for the city and its niche aspects! Here are the latest top ones;

  • Book cafés
  • Tea Houses where you can also do a tasting of the most exotic flavours
  • Fashion shows for hotel launches to charity events
  • Farm house weddings with minimum ten functions
  • High on glam parties with a mix of expats, glitteratiliterati
  • Fab India Kurtas, Jeans & jhola, designer labels
  • Wine & cheese evenings
  • Select City Walk Mall & shopping where you have all top International brands under one roof

Forever in fashion

  • Shopping at Khan Market & Connaught Place, Chandi Chowk
  • Dilli Haat
  • India Habitat Centre for best of everything from the world of art/music/films/theatre …
  • Indian Ocean rock band
  • Karims for Mughlai, Kwality for choley Bhature, UPSC for Chaat, Oh Calcutta for Bengali food, Big Chill for the yummiest desserts, shakes and more grub, D’Pauls for cold coffee and Wengers for everything on its menu
  • Delhi Metro
  • Jahan-e-Khusrau festival
  • Walks in Lodhi Garden & India Gate

Author of this post came to Delhi when a trip to CP was high point of a holiday, shopping meant hob-knobbing at the state emporias’, ‘21 Love’ & ‘Hot Chocolate Fudge’ at Nirula’s were the most sort after flavours of ice cream! Since then she has attended a fair number of Pg3 dos and has witnessed all that has been listed in the post. She enjoys the buzz but prefers to be an observer. Shop only at Vintage in CP as that’s the only place she finds regular waist, straight-fit Levis. Even the store manager tells her, Ma’am jeans of your style are very difficult to find. But what to do she tell him, “This is what is most comfy & goes best with my pair of Bata shoes!”

This series is simultaneously publish on Karan Agrawal’s blog


Entry filed under: Delhi-ghtfully Yours!, Tale of Two Cities.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Prateek  |  September 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Interesting post. Delhi is indeed high on fashion. But sometimes it becomes an overdose of “Show Off”.

  • 2. Mayur  |  September 5, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Although I knew most of the things already, having spent some time in Delhi, Tea houses and Book cafes is some thing I missed.

    Nicely written post.

    In my honest opinion, Delhi is no longer Delhi these days. Enough of ‘Thet’ Punjabis, Haryanvis, Biharis and UPites have encroached it. Like Mumbai, I’m sure the oldies will miss the old charm. 🙂

  • 3. Sapna  |  September 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    @Delhizen: I am waiting to visit Delhi now.

    @Mayur: Call it the globalization effect or the migration era trend, no city is the same as before. For better or worse, Most cities have undergone a sea change in their flavor

  • 4. Joshi Mukard  |  September 9, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Very good post, indeed. I have never visited Delhi. Hope to visit sometime soon.

    I missed a couple of your post. I was a little busy with my new job. will read them all soon.

  • 5. Sahithi Pallavi  |  September 9, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    WoW! Too good. Me too waiting to visit Delhi. Definitely, I will visit the Capital!

  • 6. Ankita  |  September 11, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Hey you are tagged on my blog. Check:

  • 7. Ankita  |  September 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Hey I just realized that Sahithi Pallavi has already tagged you. So take up that tag 🙂


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