Tina Tahiliani's pioneering fashion store Ensemble is hosting its first pop-up in Kolkata
Sartorial visionary Tina Tahiliani's pioneering fashion studio Ensemble came up in 1997, when the country's style landscape was a challenging one - especially for an effort like her's which intended to bring a mix of the most trusted and the most relevant designers and trends under one roof, to uphold her personalized fashion stance. Ensemble is now more than 30 years old and is currently hosting its first pop-up in Kolkata, at The Loft, with the most credible clutch of designer labels in the country.
The 2-day pop-up, which will go on till August 29, features some straight-off-the-runway outings from Lakme India Fashion Week's Fall/Winter line-up. Headliners include Rohit Bal, Anushree Reddy, Jayanti Reddy, Payal Singhal, Nakul Sen, Varun & Nidhika, Gauri and Nayanika, Dhruv Kapoor, Arpita Mehta and many such celebrated names, most of whom are premiering their festive collections for the first time in Kolkata.
We found a vibrant high fashion smorgasbord of sequins, pastels, tulle, and organza. From luxe bling to contemporary handloom, this Kolkata edit really does have it all. We dropped in on the opening night and found Shivika Goenka, the host of the event, and also the mind behind The Loft, in great spirits. "We have over 37 designers and we are really excited about this, because we have so much, we have pret lines, we have contemporary numbers, we have resort numbers. This was the idea behind The Loft, where we could bring in pop-ups, and different labels and add that excitement, which is something the city really hasn't seen before," Goenka tells us.
As we browsed through the collections, we had to agree with Goenka. The pop-up really did have everything. From Arpita Mehta's bohemian chic festive collection to Jayanti Reddy's Benaras weaves, which took the latest LFW, Mumbai by storm. We loved Mumbai-based size-inclusive label Half Full's latest line-up, which has a gypsy-meets-urban-chic vibe, and features surface textures and colour blocking.