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Remembering the evergreen style icon, Parmeshwar Godrej

The passing away of style icon, socialite and philanthropist Parmeshwar Godrej came as a shock to several of her friends and acquaintances. Fashion fraternity remembers her poise and confidence.

more lifestyle Updated: Oct 13, 2016 08:17 IST
Anjali Thakur
Anjali Thakur
Hindustan Times
Parmeshwar Godrej

Parmeshwar Godrej breathed her last on Monday night at Mumbai’s hospital.(Photo: Raj K Raj/HT)

Apart from being a businesswoman, philanthropist and a known face in the Delhi and Mumbai party circuits, Parmeshwar Godrej was also the undisputed scion of style. Following her death on Monday, the fashion fraternity remembers her poise and confidence. “When I met her for the first time in Mumbai, I was just 19 and she was big star there. And, she spoke to me like she knew me for ages. I appreciated the fact she was basic, down to earth, fun to be with, and a very nice human being. I want to dedicate a show to all the women who have touched my life and she will be one of them,” says designer Rina Dhaka.

“I had met her many years ago and she was epitome of style. She held her head high even among the most fashionable people around her, she was a head turner. And, she was the perfect hostess with an aura, nobody else had,” says FDCI president Sunil Sethi.

Parmeshwar Godrej, renowned philanthropist, socialite and wife of Godrej Group chairman Adi Godrej, passed away on Monday in Mumbai. (Prodip Guha)

Designer Malini Ramani also recounted some of her memories. “I knew her since I was a child as she was a family friend. She was always full of life , bursting with energy. She was kind and nice to everybody and used to do a lot of philanthropy work. She is lighting up the sky now.”

For designer Suneet Varma, Godrej was his support system. “After my collection in early 90s, when I was studying in Mumbai she arrived one day at specially asked for me because I had done my Greek collection there which she loved. I will never forget all the knowledge she gave to me. She was brilliant, very well-travelled and informed and shared her passion for fashion,” he says.

Designer Rohit Bal says, “A diva, style icon and philanthropist, all in one. There could only have been one Parmeshwar Godrej. They broke the mound after her. It’s the end of a magical era.”