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Celebrate the Desi look

`Mirch masala' and `Prithvi', two collections of clothes at Shoppers' Stop, are colourful and ethnic.


EYES SPICE: The bright palette uses fiery colours.

PARIKRAMA, THE festival recently held at Shoppers' Stop symbolised Indianness. `Mirch masala' too is an archetypal Indian term used in cuisine. `Prithvi' again is Indian - connoting the Earth. `Mirch masala' is colourful, - so too are the clothes for women under this label on the racks at Shoppers' Stop. Some of the garments were showcased at an impromptu fashion show at the outlet recently. The clothes displayed by the models provided glimpses of the two collections.

The clothes are ethnic with minimal yet exquisite embellishments. The palette of `Mirch masala' is bright and uses fiery colours like red and orange, besides blues, parrot greens, yellow and white, while that of `Prithvi' is neutrals and earth tones.

The women's wear essentially comprises short kurtas which can be worn over skirts or jeans and slightly long ones worn over salwars. The lines are simple, the cuts straight. Kutch embroidery on long kurtas in bright colours, block prints on kurtas in pleasing colours, with some being influenced by the tantric line (visible in the motifs used), off-white kurtas with ikkat piping and a touch of embroidery, kurtas using traditional Maharashtrian borders in new ways primarily in cotton are the ones to look for. Coordinated with salwars or churidars and dupattas, these make perfect ethnic ensembles. For those interested in synthetics, there are georgettes in oranges, reds and yellows with sequins and embroidery - ideal for formal evening/party wear.

For men the designer label Rod has come out with kurta-pyjama/churidar, kurtas with waistcoats and sherwanis in off-white, brown tones and blues, greys and blacks with sober and neat embellishments.

If you want to sport the Indian look, it's time you had a look at the two collections.

R.R.

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