Lime Soda, Mid Town Shopping Fest and Go Glam usher the festive season into the city
Assymetrical dresses, sliver trinkets, kalamkari saris and more at pop-ups across the city this week
It is a homecoming of sorts for Chennai-based entrepreneur Soundariya Anil. Born and raised in Coimbatore, the fashion curator is set to debut the first edition of the Lime Soda pop-up on September 27 and 28. Having organised five shows in Chennai so far, the 31-year-old will be presenting an exquisite range of festive clothing and accessories from across the country, ranging from saris, gowns and ethnic dresses to silver jewellery. “Festivities and weddings demand a new wardrobe and my family and friends from Coimbatore tell me that Chennai and Mumbai are their usual shopping haunts. The idea behind the pop-up is to bring apparel and accessories to their door-step, rather than have them travel to make those purchases,” shares Soundariya, who launched her brand in 2016.
While the first pop-up will see a slew of familiar Chennai-based brands (Little Lavish and Tadka among others), one can also look forward to labels from New Delhi and Mumbai. Posh Pride, a New Delhi-based brand will bring its signature hand embroidered capes and jackets, Mumbai-based Chambray & Co known for their hand block and resist-dyeing technique will present a range of asymmetrical dresses and off-shoulder tops, and Label Nitika will showcase their bright-hued collection of crop tops, skirts and short dresses. “Most of these brands will be unveiling their festive collections in the city as well.”
Also bringing his runway sensibilities to the city, Lakme Fashion Week designer Fadh Khatri’s collection will feature his signature asymmetric cuts on solid hued dresses as drapes (resembling scarves or stoles), kaftan overlays on kurtas, dhoti pants and more in a colour palette of indigo, yellow, grey, and olive green.
At Kanakavalli, Race Course. From 11 am to 8 pm. Details: 9791018484
Lay of the hand
Promoting local entrepreneurs and designers, the Chennai-based pop-up, Mid-Town Shopping Fest, has become synonymous with hosting flea markets in the city. Having celebrated their one-year anniversary earlier this month, organisers Lenin Kumar and Keerthi Sambacivam will host 55 labels from across Tamil Nadu and Karnataka this weekend, with a focus on all things handmade. Look out for wooden toys and hand carved mantle pieces from Mysuru-based SM Toys and kalamkari saris and running fabric from city-based Aakarshaka.
On September 24. At Purandaradasar Auditorium, DB Road. Details: 9790834612
While apparel, home decor, accessories and food make up for 74 of the 75 brands showcasing at the 14th edition of the Go Glam Shopping Fest, organiser Heena Rahul Kotecha tells us to look out for the handwoven wire basket stall, Change Trust , that is run by a city transgender group.
Also, in the city for the first time, look out for Bengaluru-based label Ethnic, that will exhibit Indian prêt lines of kurtas, formal and semi-formal suits.
On September 22 to 24. At Suguna Kalyan Mandapam. 10 am onwards. Details: 9344833872