It's officially shopping season! Go pop-up hopping with these high-end pop-ups in the city
IF YOU’VE followed Funky Fish’s pop-ups before, you’ll know that they bring to the table the most stylish of designers, and an uncompromising shopping experience. They’re back again now with The Mid Summer Fix, an exclusive showcase of India’s 20 gen-next designers. While some of them have already walked runways and fashion weeks, a few of them are making their city debut. This collective will bring in some of the best high-end western and Indo-western clothing, along with wedding essentials like jewellery and lehengas. Created and conceptualised by duo Nikita Kapoor Bajaj and Pavithra Sagar, Funky Fish’s new edit is a stylish mix of sophisticated, smart and contemporary. “We have a lot of designers coming in from across the country. We have Ezra from Mumbai, Archana Rao from Hyderabad and Sajeda Lehry from Ludhiana,” says Nikita Kapoor Bajaj. “They are high-end fashion labels that are all showcasing their most recent collection. We even have a special addition to the showcase with Araya Fine Jewellery from Mumbai, which is an exclusive line of bespoke diamonds, handcrafted to perfection.”
Farah Sanjana is a designer and self-named label is something you must look out for. From featuring her retro glam collection at Lakme Fashion Week 2017 to her new edgy collection, the brand has taken
inspiration from architecture,
origami and metal work. “We will be bringing in our signature pieces that include a Indo-western range called the Seduction of Leather,” says Farah. “This range has alot of pant saris and coordinated separates. You can also find monochrome prints and coordinated vests.” Farah will be bringing in a good mix of 60 western and Indian pieces, which are all lightweight pieces, and available off the rack. These include stitched saris with blouses, fun resort wear and their signature printed pants. Watch out for our leather cutwork pant sari which is the hot seller for the season!”
From `1800 to ` 40,000.
There’s something rather vintage and romantic about Bangalore-based label Skirt & Co. With first-hand travelogues for inspiration, the one-year old brand brings designs through stories from unique parts of the world. Skirts, gowns, saris and separates make up for their line and their colour palette has sombre pastels like modest mint, rich blush and lilac-hued embroideries. Premium silk with delicate hand embroidery is their USP, says 32-year-old Mansi Bihani of Skirt & Co. “Our line has a lot of powdery tints with dainty pearls and ruffled trims,” says the 27-year-old designer. With weddings becoming more a destination-based affair, Skirt & Co’s blush pastels crafted with vivid tonal elements could play perfect conversation starters at outdoor soirees. Mansi will be bringing with her an exciting mix of over 50-60 pieces.
From `13,000 to `40,000.
Mumbai-based Seams is making their mark in the city for the first time. With prêt and couture wear on the racks, Sajeda Lehry of Seams says that everything that they’re bringing is hand embroidered and pure silk fabrics. “Starting from western to Indo-western looks, we have everything for those in-between functions. You can wear these for hi-tea, a brunch or even a mehendi function,” says Sajeda. The Magic Garden , their most recent collection and is a mix of Spring Summer 2018 and Autumn Winter 2018 designs and will make its debut at the pop-up. Drawing inspiration from nature, they will have over 70 pieces to offer. Watch out for their line, India, which are exclusively just lehengas. From `9,000 onwards.
Mumbai-based Shikha Dhandhia, who has previously styled MasterChef Sarah Todd, will help with customisation for outfits an accessories. If you’re hungry from all that shopping, stop over at Zitter and Kase for chocolate and cheese!
On July 11. At Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park.
From 11 am onwards.
Fashion that cares
Looking for a pop-up that has everything from designer labels to eco skin care? The Stylelicious pop-up is it! With over 15 homegrown names like Fireflies who specialise in jewellery, to Kiraah catering to your pastel dreams, here’s what this pop-up has in store for you. The first edition of this event will also see the launch of 25-year-old designer Sharath Sundar who is making his entry into couture fashion. Line — The Inception Collection will focuses on handwoven linen and silk. Inspired by handcrafted linens along with tones of grey, beige and a dash of yellow, his collection will have tunics, dresses, bandis and shirts. “We have clean silhouettes that combine intricate tailoring with high-quality textiles,” says the design graduate from Polimoda Italy. “Our end goal is ultimate comfort embodied by effortless style and elegance.
That glam vibe!
Get a free party look with city-based make-up artist Shruti Goyal who will be conducting a demo at
On July 7 and 8. At Amethyst. From 11 am onwards.
IF YOU’RE someone who bats for sustainable fashion, then this is the pop-up you’re looking for. Hosting their second edition this season at Buva House, city-based entrepreneurs Harshaa Modi, Sagarika Ganeshyam and Nikitha Damarla are back after the success of their first show. While the first one had about 15 designers, this show has over 22 new names with no repeats. “All our designers are from Chennai and they’re all young labels showcasing for the first time,” says Harshaa Modi. They have also roped in Kochi-based designer Famita Latheef who works with sustainable khadi fabric. Famita was previously praised for her Kerala mundu-inspired Indo-western wear. “Then there’s Sitamahalakshmi silks who are debuting with us for Kanchipuram saris, linen drapes and dupattas. For your jewellery needs, there’s Blush Box and Zivaar and footwear options include some handcrafted juttis from city-based brand Hello Gorgeous,” says Harshaa. Also on display will be city-based Atulyaa who their debut appearance at the pop-up, with their finest luxury crafts of diamonds and rubies.
50 shades of red
We don’t think anybody can stop at just buying one lipstick. Even if they’re ten lipsticks of the same shade! But have you seen your lipstick being made? Watch how your lipstick shade is mixed with the homegrown eco-friendly brand, The Custom Label.
Today and tomorrow. At Buva House.
From 11 am onwards.
Le Dolce Vita
With wedding season in full swing, here’s an exhibition that will take care of all your shopping needs — from haute couture bridal wear to trousseau essentials here’s what the Hi Life Exhibition is all about. Hi Life has been doing exhibitions not just in India, but even in Sri Lanka and Dubai. With this being their 10th event, Aby Dominic, the head of the company says that this style profile is mainly for the wedding season. “All the designers are coming from New Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Mumbai,” says Dominic adding that along with exclusive designer wear, you can also find designer that custom make your clothes. An extensive show with over 60 designers, you can find names like Nazakat by Yemmi from New Delhi which are an all-white label, exquisite 24-carat gold embossed jewellery from Urja Utsav Studio from Jodhpur, Pakistani suits from Kalista by Kritika Khurana from Mumbai and wedding decor by Aakarshan from Ahmedabad.
On July 12 and 13.
10 am onwards.
At Hyatt Regency Chennai.