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Another daughter rises



Khushali Kumar.

DESIGNERS COME and go but there are only a few of them who have made a mark in the fashion industry. Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, JJ Valaya, Rohit Bal and lot more are some of the names ruling the industry with their embellished collection for the fashion freak. Now another young woman, already well known as Gulshan Kumar's daughter, Khushali Kumar is all set to embark on the glamorous and stylish world of fashion with her new boutique at New Delhi's Defence Colony market.

Graduated from National Institute of Fashion Technology and conducting researches to give a definition of her own to fashion, making drawings on canvas, this fresh designer says, "As a kid, I was always fascinated by films but since my family was not comfortable with this, I opted for fashion designing and here, I got a lot of appreciation from my teachers and my mother." Having put up her exhibition in Vivaha-2004, she informs, "I have got good clientele profile as my work was appreciated in the show. There was a good response and everyone from my mother to my friends and family encouraged me to open up a store like this."

Traditional streak

Inspired by nature and its various elements, Khushali's collection reflects the streak of Indian traditional values embedded in the designs. From yellow to reds, magenta to burnt orange, rose and pinks, the silhouettes are draped and are feminine with flowy texture. "The designs are all on lycra that gives amazing fitting since it accentuate the figure for that sleek looks. Also, there is georgette and crepe with lycra available for all," expresses Khushali. All in all, a traditional outfit boutique for women, the store will also cater to the needs of men's wear in the coming season with wedding sherwanis , shirts and trousers, suits, etc.

Having started with a small workshop of 25 people, Khushali has high dreams to open a chain of her stores all over India and says, "I will gradually move towards the market abroad too once my feet are firmed here and will also start costume designing as well." Sold on Tarun Tahiliani's designs, she says, "I admire him a lot as he is good in giving quality products and fitting which is more feminine and wishes to stitch for the Bollywood focussing Aishwarya Rai." Her collection starts Rs.5000 onwards.

BHAWNA SAT SANGI

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