This Summer specific pop-up will bring designers such as Urvashi Kaur to Kochi
Having previously brought several renowned couturiers including Anavila Mishra to Kochi, The Wardrobe returns with a bigger and better edition this time. Featuring an elaborate lineup counting up to 18 designers, the two-year-old endeavour is showcasing labels including Bobo Calcutta, one of the Gen Next designers from Lakme Fashion Week’s SR18 edition. Striking a balance between indie and popular brands, Wardrobe’s day-long shopping bonanza will also present names such as Kokum (Chennai), Ravage by Raj Shroff (Bengaluru), Amrapali (Jaipur), and Raiman (Delhi).
From `5,000 onwards. On March 17 at The Centre Hotel, Panampilly Nagar
Anjana Das’ Delhi-based sustainable label reinterprets Indo-Western silhouettes by combining natural fabrics with European tailoring techniques and finishing. While drapes dominate their designs, exclusive embroideries and motifs mark her label apart. The designs to be showcased at Kochi will include anti-fit kurtas, dresses, and tunics alongside unconventional pieces of jewellery. Details: whitechampa.com
Those with a penchant for quirky accessories will surely adore the handcrafted, limited edition pieces from this Mumbai-based label.“We will be exhibiting our Line Imago at Kochi along with a few of our bridal pieces,” shares Kaabia Grewal, the director of the brand, adding that their 22 kit gold pieces are plated with gunmetal and comes embellished with Swarovski crystals like the Maison Martin Margiela crystalactite and Jean Paul Gaultier’s Kaput crystal.
Learn the art of layering basics for summer from Urvasi’s whimsical SS18 collection crafted in classic monochromes. Expect pieces featuring her signature detailing techniques such as micro pleating, alongside breathable sheer jackets. The designer’s latest works from the collection KUL—favoured by celebrities such as Shahid Kapoor—includes khadi and kota check dresses and culottes. Details: urvashikaur.com
Known for its breezy silhouettes, Shaila Khubchandani’s Ahmedabad-based label ticks all the boxes when it comes to making mindful sartorial choices. “Our Summer Essentials are dresses that can be dressed up or dressed down accordingly to the occasion, Silhouettes are inspired from the everyday, ordinary people of Japan,” explains the designer, whose minimalist collection features handwoven fabrics. Details: worldofcrow.com
Widely favoured for her innovative experiments with the craft of Kolhapuri, Aprajita Toor is a personal favourite of designers including Masaba Gupta. Her vibrant, made-to-order designs are created by master craftsmen from different parts of the country; each of which comes paired with unique detailing such as tassels and frills. Details: aprajitatoor.com
Sarika Jaju’s eclectic designs are reserved for those who are open to experimentation. An endeavour by Delhi-based Divaa Jewels, this contemporary label creates accessories that draw inspiration from ethnic crafts. Handmade with jute and other fabric materials, her work incorporates semi-precious stones into the designs, to create bold, statement-worthy looks. Details: facebook.com/sarikajajuindia
Operating out of Udaipur, Alka Sharma’s 12-year-old brand has been instrumental in sustaining the craft of Dabu, a mud-resistant hand block print native to the region. Drop by this craft and design graduate’s stall at The Wardrobe get the bluest of blues as their indigo-dyed ‘phentiya’ printed apparels are known for the exquisite gradients and colours. Details: aavaranudaipur.com