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Aug. 31: Confused which dress will suit you the best this festive season?
Well, you can leave it to the boutiques to do the thinking.
Designers here are not just lining up creative apparel but, given the variety, also playing the consultant’s role helping clients pick and choose clothes and jewellery that suit their skin tone, height, et al.
“The designs in a particular fabric may be good but if its colour doesn’t match the skin tone of the client, then the entire exercise comes to a naught. So, I always tell my clients to go for colours that gel with their physical characteristics,” says designer Prasantt Ghosh.
Simple yet stylish apparently is the mantra this season, even as bright colours are ruling the racks. According to Ghosh, colours such as beige, light brown, and even orange, go well with Indian skin. Floral and animal prints, too, are in vogue.
Ghosh, who owns Creative People, a boutique in Paltan Bazar, is keeping it simple and elegant.
“I am focusing more on light embroidery on the hemlines. The idea is to allow clients to stick to the outfit even after the festivities. I have also lined up salwar suits with sea wave cuts for young women and designer high-neck kurtas for men,” he adds.
Simplicity apart, the new arrivals are bound to rev up the style quotient. Pakistani plazo salwar suits, Afghani short kurtas with harem pants, multi-layered Anarkali frocks and dresses with embroidered hemlines, long sherwani suits with slim-fit pants, have found space in the boutiques. That’s in addition to the “mix and match” ethnic wear.
“Bright shades for women and olive green for men are in. The trend is basically mix-and-match saris with light embroidery on the borders. Cargos, hunter pants and Pathani kurtas are the ones men can look out for,” echoes designer Payal Chaddha of Gallery 2000 on Rajgarh Road.
Classy, custom-made and comfortable — with designers sticking to the three Cs, clients such as Manjari Sarma do not have to worry much about the end product.
“I had ordered a cotton-based designer mekhela sador the other day, and given the solutions offered at the boutique, there’s no reason to be worried about how the attire will look on me,” Manjari, a college teacher, said.
Earttha in Chenikuthi is adding value to its ghisa fabrics. “We have added extra texture to the knotted sador, which is hand woven. In ghisa (waste product of muga) fabric, there are striped and printed mekhela sadors customised for our clients this season,” said designer Gazala Ansari of Earttha.
Bridal collections, too, are up for grabs at Waheeda in Ambari. “We have a variety of designer mekhela sador, saris and lehengas to offer this wedding season. Besides, I have blended tribal textiles and motifs on pendants, choker, rani haar, et al,” Waheeda Rehman, designer and proprietor of the boutique, said.
Like Waheeda, designer Nayanmani Baruah, too, is adding a creative touch to her offerings.
“Apart from chanderi silk with cotton extracts, I will be offering something unique, eri and mulberry tasar kurtas having borders of Mising textiles,” Nayanmani, who owns Nyn’s Creations at Rehabari, said.