Inside the Fashion Week-inspired third edition of the Digital Editor’s Lunch

Hosted at Modernist, Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, the soiree married food with fashion.

Harper's Bazaar India

Fashion week season is in full swing with the Paris, New York and London editions closing recently, Milan Fashion Week ending today, and India’s Lakme Fashion Week starting soon. Hence, it seemed apt to have the theme for the third edition of Harper’s Bazaar India’s Digital Editor’s Lunch, held this Sunday (February 26), revolve around all things fashion. The Modernist, the newly-revamped member-only club at Four Seasons Mumbai, served as the backdrop for the event.

The afternoon was abuzz as pioneers from different fields—fashion, art, and culture—came together to connect and engage over an elaborate meal that took inspiration from major moments at recent fashion weeks. 

Curated by Chef Abhay Singh, the five courses translated five noteworthy looks from the runway onto the plate. The spread started with deconstructed gol gappe that was enveloped in swirls of dry ice—an ode to the architectural and sculpted designs of Gaurav Gupta and his Uttar Pradesh roots. Moving on to the second course, the lamb bitterballen, a Dutch snack, paid homage to Viktor & Rolf’s Dutch lineage and their famous upside down dress from Paris Haute Couture Week. The next course—gnocchi alla Romana took the guests all the way to Rome, with the inspiration being Schiaparelli’s lion mane look from the same show. For the mains, everyone dug into Hong Kong-style sweet and sour chicken, with Robert Wun’s heritage serving as the perfect inspiration. Wun's work tries to find beauty in disaster through stunning designs that feature crystal droplets, outfits with singed hems, and more. To replicate it, the chef brought fire to the table by blow-torching the caramelised pineapple in the dish. The final flourish—the dessert—took everyone to the viral moment from Copenhagen Fashion Week, where a model walked off with the tablecloth. The fifth course of the lunch was not as messy but just as dramatic, where the guests were required to smash a chocolate ball to reveal the dessert. 

The luncheon was hosted by digital editor Sonal Ved, Harper’s Bazaar India, Cosmopolitan India, and Brides Today, along with Sunil Narang, general manager, Four Seasons Mumbai, and was attended by: leading journalist and columnist Katrina Mirpuri; model and fashion digital creator Rajashree Singha; Nitika Chandhok, who handles communications and engagement for Burberry India; director and writer Sonam Nair; Richa Mittal, fashion designer and co-founder of label Space Lines; Esha Amin, celebrity stylist; award-winning fashion designer and stylist Rajat Tangri; and Neeraj Gaba, LFW show director and India’s Next Top Model MTV India mentor. 

The lunch, which was the third of the many more to come, was one to remember—with plenty of interesting conversations and camaraderie to go around.