Hello Waris.

Waris Ahluwalia was in Toronto to fete the launch of “Uncrate India,” Holt Renfrew’s pop-up shop in collaboration with House of Waris. The collection features a mix of designer pieces curated during a trip to Rajasthan and Delhi in November 2013.

Waris was decidedly cool at the event; politely posing for photographs, answering questions, and giving his attention to each person he spoke to, occasionally flashing that charismatic smile we rarely get to see. He also wore his signature, half unbuttoned, crisp white dress shirt, revealing chest hair. It’s a look we’re not sure we can get behind 100%, but he’s Waris so it’s all perfectly acceptable.

The crowd: A diverse group of young and old, hipsters and fashionistas, the rich and famous (or at least appearing to be) – all vying for their 10 seconds with Waris Ahluwalia. We saw a mix of saris and anarkali suits, cocktail dresses, kurtas, and three-piece suits.

Spotted: Deepa Mehta, Devyani Saltzman, Jagmeet Singh (NDP MPP), Vinay Virmani, Ajay Virmani, Veronica Chail, Mohit Rajhans.

The setting: Tents with piles of bangles and bindis, a henna station, Bollywood dancers, loud music bhangra and club tunes, fantastic caterers. So, the usual exotic decor associated with Indian culture in non-Indian settings.

Overheard: “I love the colours!” “What a spectacle!” “It’s so fun!”

 

See photos from the launch party of “Uncrate India” at Holt Renfrew’s Bloor Street location: 

Uncrate India at Holt Renfrew
Uncrate India at Holt Renfrew
Holt Renfrew lobby
Holt Renfrew lobby
Bindi station
Bindi station
3 – Bangles
3 – Bangles
Henna station
Henna station
11 – Crowd
11 – Crowd
9 – Sign
9 – Sign
Mailbox
Mailbox
Postcards
Postcards
Nevin pouring us Assam tea
Nevin pouring us Assam tea
From the collection: Sarita Handa totes, Pia Pauro bags and Joli Yatra Patti bag
From the collection: Sarita Handa totes, Pia Pauro bags and Joli Yatra Patti bag
12 – BackRickshaw
12 – BackRickshaw
13 – DetailRickshaw
13 – DetailRickshaw
14 – FrontRickshaw
14 – FrontRickshaw
Outhouse earrings and Manish Arora iPhone case and pouch
Outhouse earrings and Manish Arora iPhone case and pouch
Joli Grigri collection
Joli Grigri collection
House of Waris capsule collection
House of Waris capsule collection
Nappa Dori toiletry bags and Joli Yatra Patti bags
Nappa Dori toiletry bags and Joli Yatra Patti bags
18 – Dance
18 – Dance
Waris Ahluwalia, Veronica Chail and Jagmeet Singh
Waris Ahluwalia, Veronica Chail and Jagmeet Singh
Waris Ahluwalia works the crowd
Waris Ahluwalia works the crowd

 

With Notes and Photography by Amanjeet K. Chauhan

Read our exclusive interview about Holt Renfrew’s “Uncrate India” Collection