I remember the day Marie-Anne showed up in my office at Vogue in the spring of 1996 with an armful of pastel-colored dresses cut in sari fabrics. A bunch of young editors gathered around her and scooped up the simple shifts. They came in a dazzling array of colors and were so easy to wear, like a modern Lily Pulitzer. But the real attraction was Marie-Anne herself—she had such unique personal style. She was wearing one of her dresses in a beautiful shade of deep pink with a Pucci scarf tied like a kerchief. She called her line Tocca—which means touch in Italian.
It’s been fifteen years since Marie-Anne sold Tocca and moved to Rome, then Madrid. She now lives in Jaipur and her stylish eye has shifted from fashion to interiors. Recently she sent me photos of an incredible hotel bar she designed in the Narain Niwas Palace where she lives.
Inspired by royal Mughal style and the opulence of 20th century maharajas, the Bar Palladio is a magical setting with classic Indian motifs cut out of fields of royal blue and teal, and set against murals of exotic birds and tented ceilings.
“If you’re a foreigner and you come to India this is what you feel like it will look like,”says Oudejans who designed everything in the place, including the whimsical floral patterns, the crystal stemware, and even menus depicting two ostriches playing hide-and-seek. If I ever get to India, this will be my first stop.
Bar Palladio: +91 (0) 141 256 5556 / firstname.lastname@example.org