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    Designer Rahul Mishra brings his sartorial expertise to Bengaluru

    When it comes to ideas, Delhi-based fashion designer Rahul Mishra rarely runs out of them. And his designs rely heavily on detailing, and subtlety, something which is apparent in the collection Knots of Love, which he showcased recently at the Lakme Fashion Week. Or take for example his collection, Fourth Dimension, that was a great hit at the Paris Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2016 show.

    The good news is that sections of both the collections will be now available at Indelust, Bengaluru, as the designer makes his way to the city. On Saturday, the designer will not only be present at the store to take the customers through the designs (on prior appointment), but also interact with them at a more personal level. “The beauty of this kind of an event is that you can share the stories behind each of your garments with your customers, thus connecting the garment with the wearer,” says Mishra.

    Talking about Knots of Love, the designer says that the idea was to give the traditional craft of bandhini a more contemporary outlook. “You will fine superb detailing in this collection, and a few surprise elements here and there. We have made an effort to reinvent the bandhini by experimenting on different fabrics such as organza, mulberry silk, silk satin, twill, etc. I wanted to change the way badhini is perceived in the world of fashion,” he adds. This line features sari dresses, tops, jackets, dresses, and more.

    Fourth Dimension, a collection that received positive criticism at the Paris Fashion Week is worth checking out as well. “The garments from this collection are being launched in Bengaluru first, and then we’ll take it to other cities. Given that this city is quite global in its aproach to fashion, with a large expatriate population, we thought it would be best to bring Fourth Dimension it here first,” says Mishra. The line focuses on the magic of Indian weaves. “Globally, 3D embroidery has become quite a thing, and 3D printing is making everything happen. But what I wanted to do was take a melange of fabrics and showcase embroidery that is so precise that from a distance you’d think it’s a print,” he adds. This collection features dresses, jackets, and tops.

    Sana Rezwan Sait, founder and creative director of Indelust, believes that Mishra’s focus on highlighting age-old Indian crafts such as chikankari and bandhini and presenting them in an innovative way is what makes him one of the most sought-after designers in India. “ The collection that will be on display at the store is probably one of his best till date. His pieces are versatile, wearable and sophisticated. It is not overtly Indian or Western; he blends the two effortlessly for the fashion forward yet conservative woman,” she adds.

    `6,500 onwards. April 16. 3 pm-7 pm. At Residency-Richmond Road. Details: 22533252
    — Priyadarshini Nandy

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