A rain cheque for the fashion conscious...
WE'VE HEARD of Spring-Summer collections, and we've heard of Autumn-Winter collections, but it's less often we hear of new couture creations for the monsoon season. This may be because of the Western orientation of the fashion business. And though a majority of our designers are busy creating artistic impressions on fabrics for the cold season later in the year, there are also those who realise that no season is off-season when it comes to fashion, and excel at making clothes for the rainy season.
Which colour jells with the downpour? "White. It goes well with rain droplets," says Manish Chhabra, whose creativity and artistic mind can be seen in a few days, by the discerning shoppers at New Delhi's CTC Plaza. Says he, "Between summer and winter there has to be a collection."
Manish has done something really special for women who enjoy being draped in dresses bedecked with gleaming crystals. Though he hasn't come out with jazzy colours, the sequin work on saris looks as good as a bridal wear. Had there been any more embellishment, the collection would have looked gaudy.
On immaculate white saris Swarovskis and crystals have been used aesthetically. They come for a pretty price ranging from Rs.7000 to 50, 000.
Lucknow's chikankari has been painstakingly embroidered on georgettes and chiffon. Short blouses are trendy and give the collection a contemporary look.
Any reason for shunning cotton? "Cotton isn't a fabric suitable for monsoons. It is appropriate for winter. But I have used cotton for my men's collection." He has done appliqué work on the menswear. The range falls between Rs.1500 and 4,000. Short kurtis have been created for men. "Swarovski has been sparingly done on the necklines. I have attempted to give an Aligarhi style."
Designer Manju Grover's women's monsoon collection has colours of all shades and tones of blues, aquas and mauves. She has made an attempt to showcase water elements, seashells and fish patterns. With the southwesterly winds due to sweep across the Capital, she has come out with a monsoon collection - on malmal, cheesecloth and linen - without gold and heavy embroidery. Says she: "For daywear I recommend distress denim, which has a worn-out look. It can be worn with an interesting top, T-shirts or kurtis."
For party wear she has come out with funky looking kurtis, georgettes and textured jeans. Tops, in blues and mauves, start from Rs.1000. Kurtis in georgettes with subtle embroidery start from Rs.2000. Her collection would shortly be sold at Ogaan stores in the Capital
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