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    Amethyst sees military dressing styles for women, as Pero launches  its AW collection

    DESIGNER Aneeth Arora stole the limelight on day four of the recent Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW), with her collection. She is now in town for a week with her label Pero’s autumn-winter collection, which  explores adapting military styles for fashion. Clearly a trend of sorts, earlier we had seen designer Little Shilpa take inspiration from the military to create her AW 2009 Battle Royale and recently city-based Vivek Karunakaran experimented with a similar theme.1
    Arora’s collection comprises jackets, skirts, tops, scarves and shirts in shades of blue, green and off-white. “We’ve used elements like insignias, colourful buttons and badges, stars and stripes,” says the designer, who started the label five years ago. For overseas customers, she has used wool, while for the Chennai preview she says, “We’ve used light-weight fabrics like cottons and cotton silks.” While military styles are often thought of as rigid, “we’ve done a different take, by adding florals, which gives it a feminine look.”
    Talking about the concept, she says, “This is an attempt to explore the stories of real people and their alter egos—the lives they live when they put on their uniforms.” Arora, who makes her own fabrics, says, “Enamel brass buttons from silversmiths from Rajasthan, fine hand-woven woollen Scottish checks from the Himalayas, indigo block printed khadis from Gujarat and antique zardozi have been used in the collection.” Next up, Arora plans to launch a line of home furnishing and accessories.
    Till September 30, at Amethyst. Rs 8,000 to 40,000. Details: 45991633

    —Mayuri J Ravi

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