Expect designer clothes, accessories and music at theA� 14th edition of the Duchess Utsav
WITH a fashion show for the first time and a book launch thrown in with the usual array of festive shopping, the Duchess Utsav celebrates its 14thA�edition, starting today. Showcasing clothes, jewellery, accessories and home furnishings, it promises to be bigger and better.A�A member of the Duchess Club, Sujatha Mundra, says, a�?We have around 65 to 70 stalls this time, expecting designers from cities like Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Delhi and Madurai.a�? The festival will see a mix of 50 per cent first timers.A�Featuring for the first time are Shilpa Sanghi, Usha Bagri and Arttda��inox, and by popular demand, clothing label StudioA�Krsnah, home furnishing brand Olie, and jewellery makers Chinanshu. Also participating for the first time, Kolkata-based designer Ambarish Damani will presentA�his new lineA�called Rajbari. a�?It comprises floor length anarkalis that are hand embroidered,a�? he says. Meanwhile,A�the fashion show willA�be presented by Pahar, a contemporary clothing line by city-based designers Parkavi Ramasamy and Harsha Vardhini. They launch their new collection (for women) called Avimukta, which they call avant-garde Banaras. a�?This is our own interpretation of the Banaras. Our collection will have jumpsuits, skater dresses and jackets in blue, peach, deep maroon, off-white and gold,a�? says Vardhini.A�Shifting from the usual ramp set up, she tells us to expect dance and drama instead. a�?Since our collection is based on Varanasi, we decided to show different faces ofA�the city in a 40-minute theatrical show,a�? says the 23-year-old.
The festival will have a book release of the autobiographyA�Suno Mere Bandhu ReA�on SD Burman written by Satya Saran (former editor of Femina). a�?We will have a small tribute with live music and audio visuals,a�? says Mundra.
Today andA�tomorrow, fromA�10 am to 9 pmA�at The Savera Hotel. Details: 28114700
a��Mayuri J Ravi