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    Expect designer clothes, accessories and music at the  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 14th edition, starting today. Showcasing clothes, jewellery, accessories and home furnishings, it promises to be bigger and better.buysnip A member of the Duchess Club, Sujatha Mundra, says, “We have around 65 to 70 stalls this time, expecting designers from cities like Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Delhi and Madurai.” The festival will see a mix of 50 per cent first timers. Featuring for the first time are Shilpa Sanghi, Usha Bagri and Arttd’inox, and by popular demand, clothing label Studio Krsnah, home furnishing brand Olie, and jewellery makers Chinanshu. Also participating for the first time, Kolkata-based designer Ambarish Damani will present his new line called Rajbari. “It comprises floor length anarkalis that are hand embroidered,” he says. Meanwhile, the fashion show will 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. “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,” says Vardhini. Shifting from the usual ramp set up, she tells us to expect dance and drama instead. “Since our collection is based on Varanasi, we decided to show different faces of the city in a 40-minute theatrical show,” says the 23-year-old.
    The festival will have a book release of the autobiography Suno Mere Bandhu Re on SD Burman written by Satya Saran (former editor of Femina). “We will have a small tribute with live music and audio visuals,” says Mundra.
    Today and tomorrow, from 10 am to 9 pm at The Savera Hotel. Details: 28114700
    —Mayuri J Ravi


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