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Chic cuts in BLACK and WHITE



Stylish cuts for the modern woman

TUCKED AWAY in the lanes of Indiranagar is a little designer boutique that beckons you with its signboard, Azra. The shop, named after its designer-proprietor — Azra Sidhan — offers an entire range of clothing that stands out distinctly.

For starters, there is a collection called Whites & Blacks. As the name suggests, this range has clothes only in black and white. "These two colours move throughout the year," says Ms. Azra.

Though the store offers Western wear, one observes that Indo-western and ethnic Indian designs make up the larger chunk. Ms. Azra's shirts and kurta tops are highlighted with delicate embroidery. "Most of the clothes can be used as day or evening wear," says this designer, who also caters to specific party wear, which includes jackets, trousers, and shirts. The shirts and tops have different styling in terms of their necklines, sleeve lengths, and cuts. They also come with classic dori work, embroidery, black and white nets, or delicate sequins.

There are pretty crochet blouses and long shirts in cottons along with German georgette and crepes that lend shirts a lovely fit.

Ms. Azra who has worked with fashion houses earlier, has another

Whites & Blacks range of Indian dresses with gold aari work, dori work, Kashmiri embroidery, and so on. One finds sequin and bead work in some of her creations. Some of the dresses in this range could set you back by a few thousands.

The Indo-Western collection stands out because of its cuts, collars, and scarves, which go with almost all ensembles. The designer has used printed and plain material to give the black-and-white combination.

Ms. Azra has just launched a range of coloured kurti tops, mostly in plain Mangalgiri cottons. Also available is an Ecru Collection in natural jute and beige colours.

The boutique can be contacted on 5280423/31862225.

TINA GARG

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