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16 Jan

Coffee, Socie-tea and Company

The Dolce Gusto coffee machine gets cosy with the ‘it’ crowd

By D.G. Drop

 

Confession: I have been behaving like a social butterfly, a fashionista with nothing to do but scale the heights of society. I swear I could have been A-list had I been designed with a slimmer waist and the kind of abs that Katrina is flaunting these days but with this round midriff – no chance. So when Tapu Javeri offered to give me a makeover, I jumped at the chance. And look where it landed me! I’ve recently been hopping around on the social circuit and last week found myself at the heart of Tapu Javeri’s cosy little get-together at his home in Hill Park, Karachi.

 

Yours truly - the lean, mean coffee machine – after getting an ethnic makeover from Tapu Javeri, who hosted this soiree in my honour last week.

Yours truly – the lean, mean coffee machine – after getting an ethnic makeover from Tapu Javeri, who hosted this soiree in my honour last week.

 

 

This swinging little crowd rarely needs a reason to get together but a cup of well-brewed coffee, accompanied with good food and drink, is always a guarantee that people will turn up. Tapu lives in a very artsy bachelor pad that is decorated with mannequin busts (that can look exceptionally creepy in dim light, if you ask me), odds and ends of truck art and artifacts from his many, many years in the business of fashion and photography. I do think I saw a stuffed lamb in leopard skin clothing stuck to a tree trunk and it was very kitschy. The decor is quite vibrant but tonight’s centre of attention was me, the Dolce Gusto coffee machine, that he had dressed up for the occasion. Luckily there was coffee for everyone and it gave the party enough buzz for the conversation to flow just as freely and high spiritedly.

 

Tabish Khoji and the effortlessly stylish Nabila, who arrived fashionably late.

Tabish Khoji and the effortlessly stylish Nabila, who arrived fashionably late.

 

Ali Xeeshan was uncharacteristically toned down and hardly recognizable without his exaggerated armour; fashion photographer Ayaz Anis and Baloch-born model Hasnain Lehri, who was nominated at the Lux Style Award (in Best Emerging Talent) this year and is one of the three male models that we can actually identify and name. No offence to male models but this is one place where the women supersede the men.

Ali Xeeshan was uncharacteristically toned down and hardly recognizable without his exaggerated armour; fashion photographer Ayaz Anis and Baloch-born model Hasnain Lehri, who was nominated at the Lux Style Award (in Best Emerging Talent) this year and is one of the three male models that we can actually identify and name. No offence to male models but this is one place where the women supersede the men.

 

Chinese whispers that fell into my ears that evening:

 

1. Ho Mann Jahaan was a well-intended film but just about that. Meow!

 

2. Why everyone wanted to make a film these days without having a clue how.

 

3. Senior film artists that had become too sensitive and couldn’t handle competition from the new generation.

 

4. Ways to get rid of belly fat…that was very helpful, thanks Deepak!

 

5. Adnan Pardesy’s new look: yay or nay.

 

6. Models becoming divas backstage. I’m not one to believe everything I hear or read. I’ll have to be backstage, in the changing rooms, to report on this one!

 

7 My first soiree at Sadaf Jalil’s house was so different; it was a gorgeous spread of designer shoes and bags. How does one compete with that!

 

8. People here were food-obsessed and the Mango salad from Deli plus the kaleji that Tapu’s cook made almost stole my thunder. Almost!

 

9. The pavlovas, cupcakes and tarts (I mean the desserts) really complimented my flavours: Latte Macchiato, Cappuccino, Chococcino and Espresso. I did insist that coffee wasn’t a night-time thing but obviously this crowd could handle the caffeine, nicotine and things much more potent!

 

10. Before I forget, my most favourite gossip revolved around Meera and how she believed Mahira didn’t have the nose for the job. Darlings, I have heard that Meera’s new thing is ambushing events she hasn’t been invited to!

 

11. I did hear a few people murmuring that I’d make a fab wedding gift but with wedding season over and Valentine’s Day approaching I’d rather be the love-machine that I was designed to be!

 

– Aamna Haider Isani

The Haute Team

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