The smell of cologne loomed heavy in the air, while bow-ties, brogues and Breitlings were the accessories du jour at the GQ Men of the Year 2015 Awards, held last week in Mumbai, in association with Chivas Studio. As you would expect, when GQ throws a party, you can expect everyone to show up pressed and dressed, ready for a good time. The result:a slew of dapper gents filling every vacant space of the grand ballroom at the Grand Hyatt hotel. In addition to the GQ Men of the Year, the monthly men’s fashion bible was also celebrating its 7th anniversary with absolute gusto. The theme for the evening was ‘wired’. Later that evening, I chatted with GQ India’s Editor, Che Kurrien who told me that, “the wired theme reflects the digital age where we live, work and play. Each of our accomplished winners has been shot within this theme.” I couldn’t think of a more relevant theme.
In keeping with the luxurious spirit of the evening, the tipple of choice was Chivas Regal – in my opinion, a perfect brand fit and collaboration for the magazine and the alcohol brand.
Here is a quick look at the evening through my eyes…
Since our very raison d’etre at the party was to honour men from different walks of life for their exemplary contribution to their respective fields, we were promptly ushered into the rather dignified presentation ceremony. Here is a look at the 2015 winners in different categories.
One of the most understated stars of the evening was Rahul Bose, a quintessential GQ man, and one of our favourite celebrities, won (what is in my opinion, the most prestigious award of all). This award was particularly interesting this time as I learnt from Kartik Mahindra, of Pernod Ricard India, “This year, we have introduced the philanthropy segment by Chivas Regal for the very first time. We wish to award Rahul Bose for having achieved success whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others and for embodying the spirit of winning the right way.”
Once the awards ceremony was done and dusted, it was now time for some fun, some more Chivas Regal and, of course, some style spotting.
The afterparty continued at China House, till the wee hours. The GQ Men of the Year awards evening turned out to be everything that I expected – a heady blend of luxury, men’s fashion, glitz, glamour, great music and, of course, fine spirits. It was a worthy celebration of the good life.
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