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Straps, strings, and other cool things



Manjunath shows off some of the funky stuff at Fusion. -- Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

A SLINKY bikini top or a sexy backless top for that club night, the casual cotton sleeveless kurti with a hint of embroidery for college, gifts for friends, jewellery, more clothes and accessories, and knick knacks for the home. You're bound to find all these and in the meanwhile do time pass rummaging through the stuff at Fusion.

Fusion started off as a venture of three designer friends from the very contemporary Vidyasagar's Design School — Yamini Reddy, Manjunath and Vima. Other friends and fellow designers numbering 12 contribute to Fusion's collections, making it a real potpourri collection.

Kitsch and sass

You have the Mantra line of funny-line T-shirts, cotton tops, short kurtis, skirts, wraparounds, and a whole range of silk kurtas and strappy tops, sequinned, backless and embroidered to make partywear more sexy and catty.

There's also a range of kitsch t-shirts with old-world calendar-like imprints of Ganesha and Jesus, a range of silky scarves, and knitted stoles. The entire range, as the store name suggests is a mix of the trendy and the traditional.

But the bold strappy and stringy numbers with exotic sun, tribal or even bizarre lizard emblems embroidered on them will sure catch the eye. Bronze, gold, black, beige and fuchsia pinks dominate the evening wear, while pastels or the extreme bright yellows and loads of whites dominate the casual wear at this store. Terracotta Ganeshas in various sizes and shapes, photo frames, incense, bottle openers, coloured terracotta jewellery, Egyptian and tribal murals in metal and terracotta, murals in wood and ceramic, colourful footwear from Rajasthan... you could discover something new every time you drop in at this little store.

Add to this a range of colourful belts, bags, pouches, purses and totes, earrings, neckpieces, toe and finger rings, pendants in stone, bone, metal and more and you have young women letting loose their purse strings.

Bikinis to plus-sizes

Perfumed candles from Pondicherry and colourful rice paper lampshades from Tibet and Goa make interesting buys. But what you mustn't miss (and perhaps what would interest the guys) are the miniature bikes made of scrap metal.

Nut Krafts fashions these tabletop, grey-coloured bike models from junk and scrap metal that make a nice gift to a bike freak.

"We don't really follow any trend. We know that if we make anything new, people will buy it," offers funky-looking Manjunath, who runs a workshop on M.G. Road, and who designs the bikini and backless party-wear range. While Yamini specialises in short tops, pants, skirts and kurta sets, Vima's forte is Indo-Western wear, salwars and accessories. The Elan range by designer Asha caters plus-sized clothing from sizes 40 to 48.

Young crowd

Strategically located next door to the Casa Piccolas at Cunnigham Road and Koramangala 5th Block, (where the Raga stores used to be) the store sees an amazing number of nearby college students drop in when they come to grab a bite or the yuppie call centre and software crowd that does most of the serious buying. Nearly 40 per cent of the buyers are Casa's customers, says Manjunath. "Every three months, we decide on a concept and all of us work on the collections."

Apparel, artefacts and accessory ranges keep changing too. Clothing ranges from Rs. 300 to Rs. 1,400, artefacts from Rs. 50 to Rs. 1750, and accessories from Rs. 50 to Rs. 300. The junk mobikes cost around Rs. 650.

Psst: they even have a trial room!

Fusion is at Casa Piccola, Westminster Building, Cunningham Road, and at the Casa in R.A. Complex, 5th Block, Koramangala.

BHUMIKA K.

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