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Nil puts the finishing touches on the Lost and Found display at 85 Lansdowne. Pictures: Pabitra Das

The calm before the storm. Though boxes usually don’t indicate calm, when there’s so much happening (more on that later), a collection preview can be counted as calm. Lost and Found — Dev R Nil’s spring-summer 2013 collection — was unveiled at 85 Lansdowne on Wednesday with a two-day in-store promotion. Nil sat on the floor and pottered around. The racks looked lovely; the boxes even more. A fuchsia honeycomb peeped out. An electric teal Phulia sari could be spotted.

“This is an extension of Lost and Found. We have also revived some of our classic prints,” says Nil. Taxi print and Sunny Side Up from In Memory Of (last summer) are back. Saris are big, so is menswear and, of course, there are easy pieces for the summer — some monochromatic, many bright.

There’s the Baa Baa Black Sheep, the hearts and, of course, the signature roses. And a line of slinky tees (inset) that are unisex, priced at Rs 3,200 and cool to layer (all you skinny people can show off your skinniness in them).

Coming back to the storm, there’s Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in Delhi next month. The ex-Howrah boys are in a new location. The workshop is bigger and now in Thakurpukur. A new store (and cafe) is expected to open in south Calcutta in the next three months (watch this space for more).

There’s the final schedule of Shesher Kobita (by Suman Mukhopadhyay) and they have sent a whole lot of looks for Vidya Balan’s Shaadi Ke Side Effects. The teaser is out. The taxi print shirt is making waves (for those who can see beyond the cleavage). “People have started asking for it. People are saying it’s her second tryst with Western wear,” says Nil.

While that’s stressful for any designer, it’s good that they reintroduced the taxi print on time. Talk about silver linings!

Shradha Agarwal