`Oorja', `Elahe' and `also' offer a peek at the Lakme India Fashion Week garments
THE MUCH-hyped fashion extravaganza may be over but its effects are slowly being felt in the city. Clothes from the Lakme India Fashion Week are trickling into three boutiques in the twin cities. For the last few years, Oorja and Elahe have been regularly bringing in the famed couture much to the delight of the fashionistas here. also boutique has brought in the creations of a few designers this year. There may be a niche clientele for these garments and they may be the hot subject at social dos but the fact remains that Hyderabad is slowly moving on to the fashion map (willy-nilly at least as far as buyers are concerned). Haute couture may not find so many seekers here but the boutique owners have ensured prêt lines (traditional, chic, contemporary, fusion, retro), which will find favour here. Most of the garments have an understated elegance. Skirts are on the top of the style barometer - with most designers styling them - either straight and long, short or with asymmetrical cuts.
Oorja (Model house, Punjagutta. Tel: 23357718) is showcasing mostly Indian wear of top designers like Anamika Khanna, Anju Modi, Sabyasachi, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Vidhi Singhania, Lina Tipnis, Monisha Bajaj, Namrata Joshipura, Swapan and Seema and Nahid Merchant on June 24 and 25. Cotton voiles and khadi are the most preferred fabrics, while chiffon and georgette are occasionally used.
Anamika Khanna's saris are ornate - embellished with mirrors. She has a few suits in chiffon print with kantha stitches and others in a kind of `appliqué' with a rugged look. Sabyasachi is rather hot in the twin cities. In fact quite a few of his saris (in his signature style - mix and match of borders in different fabrics with intricate workmanship) were lapped up within a few hours itself. Vidhi Singhania (a reputed name in Kota saris) has brought out skirts (crinkled) and tops teamed with a stole in Kota. Monisha Bajaj too has crushed skirts. Namrata Joshipura, Swapan and Seema and Nahid Merchant's garments are the kind, which can be worn at any time.
Elahe (opposite KBR Park, road no. 2 Banjara Hills. Tel: 23556529) has the more hip and sporty stuff of Rohit Bal, Suneet Varma (for the first time) Wendell Rodricks, Raghuvendra Rathore, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Anshu Arora Sen, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna (both their lines for women and men called Cue and H2O), Malini Ramani, Priya Awasthy, Payal Jain and Kavita Bhartia (whose couture can be seen at also) on view between June 25 to 27. Rohit Bal's Balance has the right balance. The fully embroidered tops for women in beige and black bear the stamp of class. Cue has a whole range of cool tops and ponchos with stylish cuts in gossamer fabrics (with linings) and knits.
Suneet Varma's tops in white with a touch of embroidery have a sporty and fun look about them. His printed trousers and skirts are unusual too. Wendell Rodricks' line includes simple yet elegant tops. Kiran Uttam Ghosh has also created asymmetric skirts in crushed fabrics. Skirts (in net) are on Kavita Bhartia's style chart too. Priya Awasthy has done exquisite kantha (in beige and cream) in her kurtas. Anshu Arora's tops have minimum detailing. Malini Ramani's dress and top in bright prints have a slight gaudy look. Payal Jain has worked out prints in crepe, georgette and linens. Her short skirts (with honeycomb like design in crochet with a different colour cloth inside are quite hep.
In the men's line Rajesh Pratap Singh's kurtas, shirts and long shirts are a must-see. Subtle tone-on-tone shadow work makes them really stand out.
At also (White house, next to Lifestyle, Begumpet. Tel: 23422047) the highlight is Raghu Rathore. His Inde Prêt men's shirts in various tones are smartly cut and styled with minimum surface detailing. Muzaffar and Mira Ali's Kotwara line in cotton/voile has neat embroidery but is quite heavily priced. Kavita Bhartia's garments are in bright khadi embellished with a touch of embroidery. Rina Dhaka chiffon saris have Kashmiri zardozi embroidery on the border. Her tops are in her trademark style - slightly bold and daring (in crochet too). Krishna Mehta and Nikki Mahajan's designs can be seen at also.
Bags by Sabyasachi at also are worth a view on account of the `fusion' styling. He has diversified into home furnishings - his designer cushions in different sizes are in his trademark style.
So those of you wishing to possess hi-fashion garments make trips to the three boutiques as early as possible.
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