ILK Boutique puts together an exhibition of textile fun
Bringing together three designers who work with home-spun textiles and natural fabrics, Preeti Rammohan curates an exhibition with off-beat, distinct wardrobe pieces through A Collection of Dresses. A passion for Indian textiles merges with global trends as each of the three designers offer an alternative from the conventional sheaths, bodycons and synthetic maxis. “They are so different from what is commonly available but have a clear party-wear feel to them,” says Rammohan.
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Wunderhaus creates garments that are functional, flattering and high on couture through shift dresses and tunics in interesting combinations and contrasts. Designer Kedar Maddula combines graphic printed silk with wool or suede with block printed denim and quilted cotton with linen to create textures and drapes that are ideal for this time of year. In festive colours and subtle contrasts, the look is all about understated sophistication. “His clothes have a quirky element that is not kitsch but rather stylish and classy,” Rammohan shares.
Uparna Das uses the versatility of organic Bengal cotton through her label, Anra. From fitted tunics to flowing maxis, Das uses cotton to redefine the conventional LBD or gown with an Indian twist. Brightly coloured trims and fine detailing make her collection the perfect option for a festive brunch.
Takla Makan is the creative outlet for Pondicherry-based French designer, Melissa de Valera. Her educated interest in Indian textiles combines with her exposure to and training in French couture to create a label that is quirky, creative and fun. “The thing about her garments is that you really need to drape them to see their beauty,” says Rammohan of the designer’s dresses, jackets and throws that renders a “Parisian influence on Indian textiles”. From cowl necks on hand-woven cotton to one-sleeved stoles in raw silk, Takla Makan is all about the detailed fit and finish.
Rs2,500 upwards. At 4th T Block, Jayanagar. Details: 41695719