Collage curates silhouettes and pattern from seven brands for a two-day pop-up in Coimbatore
Third time’s the charm as Chennai-based multi-designer store, Collage brings its full-fledged pop-up experience to the city “We have showcased twice before in Coimbatore. But, it has always been with a single designer. This is the first time that we have curated a pop-up for the city that will give customers the feeling of shopping at our store,” begins Latha Madhu. Putting together a two-day show at Plumeria, expect to see collections from seven designers including 11.11/Eleven Eleven, Priti Prashant and Amyra. “The city’s sensibilities incline towards classy chic and not over the top. We have curated a very tight collection that is rooted in the idea of alternate luxury and is not occasion-wear.” Given the city’s love for drapes and ethnic wear, here are some of the brands to look forward to.
On January 11 and 12. 10 am onwards.
Payal Khandwala’s collections are always an exploration of art and culture (consider the Indessential collection that drew from Impressionistic art theory) and her A/W line, The New Order follows in tow. Inspired by the semi-nomadic tribe, Tuaregs, the collection marries Benares brocade with the colour palette of the tribe’s clothing—cobalt, ultramarine, indigo, charcoal and amber. “In addition to our signature silhouettes—classic pleats, solid silk tops and dresses —skirts are also in the mix,” says the New Delhi-based designer. Handwoven in silk and organza, the collection offers separates that can be paired with wardrobe staples and ensembles. Rs 10,000 onwards.
The collection by Swati Sunaina reinvents the staple Benaresi sari through their unique choice of colours and woven motifs. “The deep jewelled tone saris have remained the mainstay of Indian women for too long. We are breaking the monotony by introducing pastel shades onto our saris,” explains Swati Agarwal. Woven with mulberry silk the Kolkata-based brand’s collections are inspired by their archives of vintage Indian textiles. “We do not want to take away from the nature of the Benaresi sari. While we do use common motifs like the paisley, our presentation and placement of it are unique,” she says talking about the Abir sari from the Bhargavi collection that sports a 18-inch paisley pattern above the border. Tailored blouses and running fabric are also available. Fabrics at Rs 4,000 onwards.
At the heart of Indian August’s Bandhani line lies a love for geometry. “Bhandej is about geometry and the shapes that you can create with them,” shares founder of the brand, Sanjogita Kaul. A derivative of the textile craft, the New Delhi-based designer does not employ traditional motifs and makes use of geometric shapes instead to create interesting layouts on the apparel. “Traditional bhandej is evenly spread and spaced out through the garment, Indian August doesn’t follow this formula.” Offering a colour palette that features dark teal, brown, black and coal in cotton and silk, the ethnic fusion collection has salwar sets and kurtas. Also look out for the brand’s Maheshwari line—an amalgam of Maheshwar silks and Chanderi fabric with zari embroidery. Rs 10,000 onwards.