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    Michelle Salins is bringing her brand of bridal and party dresses to our city

    Known for combining old-world sophistication and modern sensibilities, Bangalore’s Michelle Salins has a Spring/Summer 14 line that should tide you safely through the parties. Salins’ ensembles, are “simple silhouettes that are fitted, yet have flow and movement.” A clear reflection of her California-inspired form of styling, her collection ranges from slim-fitted sheaths to column dresses that use a sheer, flowing layer over the snug form beneath. They are designed to flatter your figure by steering away from the more conventional body-hugging fabrics. Salins uses smooth yet structured textiles like silk, jersey, stretch cotton, georgette and satin silk with stretch. Blues, sunny yellow and burnt oranges dominate the collection with a discernible touch of her “Indian aesthetic with a modern outlook.”

    Planning to retail in Chennai by April, her collection will see a continuation of the floral motifs she introduced in her last line. The heavy influence of digital prints—from large, floral motifs to the more delicate porcelain-inspired impressions—is also visible in shades ranging from fuchsia and red to creams that merge with the hand-dyed fabrics. “The major inspiration for the prints came from the porcelain factories I visited multiple times in Nymphenburg, Germany. The rosettes are meant
    to lend a fun, light feel to the ensembles,” she explains. Look out for maxi cocktail gowns in silks, georgettes and chiffons.

    According to Salins, her Chennai clients are very “aware of trends” and want to be up to date.   “I want customers to connect with me and not be shy of the distance, if they are fond of my designs,” Salins adds, having done her share of white and gold saris with veils. For a fusion look while wearing a sari, she suggests pleating the pallu really narrow and adding a pre-done motif either with pearls, beads or crystals to hold it together. Priced from Rs7,000 onwards, at the store in Bangalore. Details: 080 32966210, michellesalins.com

    Susanna Chandy


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