From Arti Bagdy Fashion Collezione to a Lime Soda pop-up, here's six fashion events that you can go to this weekend
IT IS the first day of February and the city’s fashionistas are gearing up for a string of events in the coming week. If you’ve got weddings and sangeets coming up this month, we’ve got you covered! From Arti Bagdy’s Fashion Collezione to Jaipur-based LFW designer Vrisa’s Afghanisthan-inspired embroidery dresses, here’s an eclectic line-up with a focus on new collection and debut showcases. So, put on your shopping shoes and hop across town for the best finds in fashion.
Keeping it minimal
If you’ve missed out on their events before, here’s another chance to go visit one of the city’s most prominent pop-ups by Lime Soda. The Spring Amour event will help you spruce up your wardrobe for 2019 and Soundariya Anil of Lime Soda promises that there will 42 designers, plus over 10 food stalls at the event. “We have a couple of sustainable brands this time. Plavate, whose clothes are all handwoven and handstitched. And we have Orrbbaan, whose workers are all transgenders. Both these brands are from Mumbai, and has minimalism as their central theme.” Among the brands that are showcasing for the first time is Coimbatore-based H.O.T who custom makes dresses, Riva by Zara from Doha, Runway Hit from Kolkata, and footwear brand Mouve from Delhi who will be launching their brand officially with this pop-up. Tired from shopping and want to catch a bite? Enjoy barbequed delights from BBQ Bike and a refreshing drink from Fruit shop on Greams Road. From `1,000 onwards. On February 2. At Buva House.
Spin a yarn
Kolkata-based textile revivalists, Swati Agarwal and Sunaina Jalan launched their eponymous label in 2007, where they worked on developing rich handloom silks, especially Benarasi silks. However, it was the viral photos of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wearing a red Benarasi sari with a pure gold zari for her meeting with François Hollande (then president of France) in 2016 that catapulted the duo and their work into fame. In their debut showcase in the city, Swati and Sunaina will exhibit their collection Gold, featuring a unique line of Benarasi saris. The event will also see Swati present a talk and film on ‘The Architecture of Gold Weaves’. The Gold collection will showcase 18 single edition saris, in rich hues of gold. The range includes rangkaat (colour cut) saris woven using an age-old tradition of incorporating multiple colours in a single sari, gyasar that have Oriental influences, saris with European themes, particularly French, and a few with Persian inspirations. “Each sari is unique in the sense that there is just one piece in each design.
The weaving techniques we use are time-consuming and take anywhere from a month to nine to complete. So in a year, we create about 80 to 100 single-edition
pieces,” she offers.The saris come packaged in a wooden box, with certificates bearing the weight of the garment and quantum and purity of zari, and finer details like the name of the weaver and the time taken for completion. “We understand that it is traditional for women to pass on their saris from generation to
generation for posterity. So, these details are also important to us,” Swati signs off. `2,10,00 onwards. February 4 and 5, 11 am onwards At Buva House.
The goodness of cotton
If you’re looking for cotton handloom saris, the Dastkar Andhra Marketing Association (DAMA) will be in Chennai the coming week with a summer collection of cotton handlooms from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Latha Tummuru, the head of DAMA says that handloom weaving continues to be a viable rural livelihood and proved itself to be the most environment friendly way of producing fabric. “It doesn’t use any electricity and is a non-polluting industry that uses both natural dyes and eco-friendly chemical dyes,” she said. You can find classic DAMA handloom pieces in dupattas, stoles and yardage in plains, stripes, checks and kalamkari. DAMA provides support for over 450 weavers through 20 primary handloom weaver co-operatives located across seven districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Starting at `1,000. From February 6. At CP Art Centre.
The regions of Afghanisthan, Kabul and Kajakistan have been a source of inspiration for Jaipur-based designers Rahul and Shikha’s new collection, Bukhara by Vrisa which will be on display in the city, starting today. On the racks, they will have a range of layered ensembles in a distinct colour palette of maroon, aubergine and navy blue. Bukhara by Vrisa comprises delicate hand embroideries, comfortable silhouettes, and one can also find kurtas of varying lengths which are paired with printed slim-line trousers, and high-neck voluminous blouses. Bohemian style loose mini dresses will also be part of the collection. `8,000 onwards. Today. At Collage.
It was in December 2018 that New Delhi-based designer Sunita Shankar tied up with RmKV, one of South India’s foremost handloom brands to present a line named Recrafting Traditional Silks at the LFW Winter/Festive 2018. Known for her works with ikat, bandhani, balmer applique work, crewel embroideries as well as prints on chanderi, tussar, khadi and mangalgiri, the designer who started her eponymous label in 1995 has since then displayed at the Smithsonian Museum, Far East in Sweden and Takashimaya Silk Museum. She will be in town with her latest collection, Lines that Define, which is a visual play of lines using simple machine stitches, kantha stitches and pin tucking. “My signature coordinates are kurtas, tunics and over garments. You can also find trousers in bandhani and dip dyed kantha stoles,” says the designer. From `4,500. On February 8. From 11 am to 7.30 pm. At Amethyst.
Emeralds & pearls
After a hiatus of five months, Arti Bagdy Fashion Collezione is back with a curated exhibition of designers, couture wear, prêt, fusion wear designers, sari designers and accessory designers from across the country. “We are looking at bringing out an all-rounded show where you don’t get your money’s value, but also your time,” explains Arti. “We have brought in five different sari designers, something that we hadn’t done last time. We also decided to handpick established exclusive jewellers for the event.” Arti has got seven fine jewellery designers on board, while she has a total of 50 exhibitors on board. Find stunning pieces from Joules by Radhika, Mirage Jewels and Amazing Jewel from Mumbai and Jaipur. Also find Russian emerald strings, carved columbian emerald and Bangkok style fine jewellery. Love to pick something that your favourite celebrities wore? Designers like Delhi-based Mint N’ Oranges and Debyani have dressed Hema Malini, Sonali Kulkarni, Sonali Bendre, Vidya Balan and Karisma Kapoor. Label de Belle from Surat is bringing its Lakme fashion week collection and you definitely won’t be disappointed with the array of designs that they are bringing to Chennai for the first time, in pastel shades and flowy feminine silhouettes. From ` 1,000 onwards. On February 4 and 5, from 10 am to 8 pm. At the Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Chennai.