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Pure bliss

A chat with Archana. S. Manchala whose collection made it on FTV recently

Photo. D. Gopalakrishnan

Archana

THINK FASHION and the city is `not really there'. One does not find F-Bars that beam fashion footage to an audience that is clued in with the Spring Summer Autumn Winter circuit here. Nor fashionistas any, in chinwag over black coffee, sparkling wine and caviar discussing tweeds, leathers and other offerings from a DKNY or Ralph Lauren.

So when a Hyderabadi fashion designer features on FTV, it sure is an achievement. Especially when the person in question is still a student and hasn't presented her final collection as yet. This is Archana. S. Manchala, a NIFT Hyderabad 4th year student who made it to the International Fashion Awards held in Mumbai and telecast on FTV recently. The annual fashion awards are organised by the Confederation of Indian Apparel Exporters calling designers from across the world with their client and concept boards and the collection of selected few makes it to the final ramp.



Archana's creation

Talking about the concept board that bagged her a chance to rub shoulders with international designers, Le Sojourn Nirvana--journey from existence to nemesis, "it is a passage reflected through the palette used. As also the fabric. Ivory of the raw silk stands for divinity, saffron — purity, blue--arrogance and deep mauve — for mystery. The silhouettes are simple with intricate embellishment," says Archana as she presented her line at the Antiquity Night at Coco's Lounge Bar recently.

The ensemble, more of Indo-western fusion wear featured asymmetrical hemlines, a hint of sporty feel-- polo neck and capris, and a drama— evening gowns and cut work sherwani. Tops presenting diagonal weave and a dash of swarowski in contrast made for subtle detailing.

The highlight of the ensemble was the usage of complementary accessories— gloves, bags, headgear and footwear. "It took me 21 days to do the entire ensemble.

I will not be retailing in the boutiques as yet and would be free lancing for the moment," says the designer. Plans ahead also include a course in photography in Scotland, says the racing and trekking buff. Well, look for the zing in her next theme.

SYEDA FARIDA

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