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Indian Spring Summer ’14

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Even though I am not one of those over enthusiastic dressers, Cecile d’Ascoli’s line of pure fabrics seemed like one of the most obvious choices to me this summer. French at heart but Jew by birth, she met her husband 9 yrs ago at the Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi, when their common friend introduced them to each other for sourcing Indian fabrics and embroideries. Destiny played its part well since now she is settled in the same country which helped her establish her work elsewhere and also find her soul mate.

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ekà ‘made in india’ women’s wear label

“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”

— Diana Vreeland

ekà ( ek in sanskrit ) means one; collectively master craftsmen i.e. weavers, dyers, block makers, embroiders and textile printers help in creating a discerning woman’s clothing using traditional textile techniques. Like all hand crafted textiles the label’s fuss is about the finest counts of khadi, indigo dyes, unique block prints like ‘Saudagiri’ and ‘Agrakh’, layered handmade indigo dyed voiles with ‘kantha’, luxurious light weight cottons in random shapes, suited for a sombre and individualistic fashion statement. Woven linen, khadi or wool in colour monotones are given little detailing without taking away from the natural characteristics of these fabrics.

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SECOND FLOOR STUDIO

Second Floor Studio

This store in Delhi’s Khan Market surely knows how to attract curious onlookers….. Second Floor Studio makes a statement with aplomb. Its assortment of vintage and contemporary items egged me to look at everything twice over, as each one seemed apt for someone I know or a place in my environment.

As a woman, the first thing that drew my attention was the modern, yet timeless, costume jewellery by a Jaipur-based designer AKFD AnantayaEn Inde,whose pieces are industrially inspired and the nature’s motifs artistically crafted by Valliyan. These upcoming designers are seen sharing the limelight for being innovative yet traditional in their approach. Some other enterprising names here are Olivia Dar for her Peter Pan encrusted collars and belts Joli for their kitschy keychains, and Khamsa, Alecca Carrano and Cirare for their versatile and trendy bags and pouches: a clear deja vu of the glossy International fashion magazines featuring them on celebrities.

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