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For that Snow White look

Diaphanous whites, smart no-fuss cuts, and a beige binge at Bandhej is a must-dekko



White never goes out of fashion. — Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

SUMMERY WHITES, though a tad late for Bangalore's cloudy days, are enticingly here at Bandhej. Its spring collection of pastels and darker shades has made way for a new compilation of soft whites, creams, and beiges.

Designer Archana Shah has put together a range of men's wear and an array of women's clothing for their exhibition, Whites. While the men have an assortment of shirts, short kurtas, and long kurtas to choose from, women can take a pick from a range of Indo-Western wear such as blouses, tops, or spaghetti straps, and Indian wear such as kurtas and salwar-kameez.

Archana Shah, an NID graduate who started Bandhej in an old haveli in Ahmedabad in 1982, has come a long way opening stores in Pune, Bangalore, and selling directly via mail. She is now in the process of setting up a store in Mumbai. The label has been a trendsetter in designerwear that combines the contemporary outlook with traditional technique, craft, and textiles.

Much of the women's wear range is embellished with sequins, delicate embroidery, appliqué, and mokaish. White embroidery on beige tops, or bright sparks of orange or turquoise embroidery on the sleeves are eye-catchers.

Self-cheques, pin-tucked stripes, the crushed look, hand-woven fabric, voil-silk, knits, linen - Archana has exploited a whole range of textures to bring about a wispy feel to many of the garments, and to go with the season. The collection also offers silk jackets to be teamed up with skirts and sequinned tops, and add that glow to your eveningwear.

Floral appliqué work on an entire kurta, sequinned geometric patterns on tops that drape well, glittery mokaish work on cute spaghetti strap tops are things you can watch out for. Angarkha cuts for the kurtas, collared blouses, sleeveless tops with delicate handwork will go with Bangalore's current mood. The contemporary "ala" range of no- fuss-no-frills smart casual wear can be teamed up with trousers, jeans, skirts, and capris you have.

The tops and blouses range from Rs. 500 to Rs. 2,000. Women's kurtas are priced between Rs. 600 plus and salwaar kameez sets come at Rs. 1,500 onward. Men's shirts are tagged at Rs. 500 plus and short kurtas at Rs. 650 onward and long kurtas Rs. 750 onward.

A range of traditional sarees in ikat, Maheshwari, and Gadwals, both in cotton and silk with an unusual blend of weaves and textures are also on display.

The exhibition is on till May 30 at Bandhej, Salarpuria Palladium, 100 Feet road, Indiranagar, (opposite 100 Feet Boutique). Call 25204362.

B.K.

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