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Small kurtis, big appeal


THOUGH WE all observed short kurtis doing the rounds the entire last year, the time is still not ripe for their exit from the fashion market. In fact, Manish Chabbra, the brain behind the designer collection, UTSA, of the women store CTC Plaza in New Delhi, is banking on it so hard this year too that he has rolled out their spring collection primarily propelling it around short kurtis, using different fabrics and colours.

Indeed, the kurtis do have the flexibility of turning the wearer look quite casual if one worn atop a pair of jeans or the same piece becoming a formal wear if paired with a set of trousers and a matching stole to go along with it. Acknowledging it, Manish says, his short kurtis are made in fabrics like georgette, plain cotton and with floral prints and some with light sequin work and other fine detailing. The colours used are quite interesting and in marriage with the flavour of the season - light orange, mango yellow, bright pastels, florescent hues and lime green.

"Many would say lime green was the colour of 1998-99 but I tell you, it is in this year," states Manish trusting his nine years of professional fashion designing in the women's wear section. He says the time is also in for short tops, spaghettis and even single piece dresses. Besides, his latest collection also includes ghagra-cholis, meant for wedding and other formal occasions.

A keen believer that whatever circulates in the European market dictates Indian fashion bazaar no matter what, Manish adds that the look this year is strongly fusion with different cuts experimenting the traditional designs. He is at present working on a collection "inspired by Buddhist palette."

"This collection will hit the store in June this year," he informs.

Meanwhile, the spring collection, available at the store's second floor, is ranged between Rs. 3,500 and 15,000. Any stakers?

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