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    Celebrity stylist, Kalyani Desai, launches Harmony Within Chaos, an artistic collection for the millennial man 

    From the leading ladies of Bollywood, including Priyanka Chopra, to South Indian stars like Akkineni Nagarjuna and Mammootty, Kalyani Desai has created a niche for herself as a stylist over the last three years. Mentored by Amy Patel—who’s been associated with divas like Alia Bhatt—she is now embracing the designer in herself with Not Just Black, her newly-launched e-commerce platform. Keeping things simple has never been Desai’s cup of tea. So it’s only natural that Harmony Within Chaos, the debut ensemble from this former GQ stylist, embodies experimental elements, but with a touch of class. “This artistically chaotic collection aims to showcase the chaos of our times while simultaneously highlighting the individuality that makes each one of us unique—where we find our own individualistic harmony,” begins Desai.

    Comfort zone

    While she admits that menswear often has lesser room for experimentation, the young stylist’s take on fashion has always been edgy and playful (think Dulquer Salmaan’s wardrobe in OK Kanmani promotions). “The challenge, as I see it, is to make absolutely any man a quintessential ‘Not Just Black’ man. Helping someone explore and identify the style that makes him feel most at home, yet ‘with it’, is what gives me my adrenaline rush,” she  explains. Hence, the Mumbaikar’s portal is poised to become a one-stop-shop for fashion savvy men, with services including a stylist-on-the-go to offer personal consultation at the comfort of one’s home to a complete wardrobe re-hash.

    Italian touch

    Designed with comfort at its core, expect bandhgala suits, Nehru jackets, kurta sets and more, from this 20-something’s customisable collection. Crafted with cotton satin, linen and imported Italian worsted wool, Desai’s designs, which have been conceptualised over the last six months, boasts bold-yet-playful combinations such as dusty rose hues paired with baby blues. Assisted by a team of two (in marketing and designing), she is currently working on a new collection of formal suits. “I will be retaining the core of the brand being a one-stop shop for Indian menswear. The big dream, however, is to take the brand international in the next five years,” concludes the designer.

    Designed with comfort at its core, expect bandhgala suits, Nehru jackets, kurta sets and more, from this 20-something’s customisable collection. Crafted with cotton satin, linen and imported Italian worsted wool, Desai’s designs, which have been conceptualised over the last six months, boasts bold-yet-playful combinations such as dusty rose hues paired with baby blues. Assisted by a team of two (in marketing and designing), she is currently working on a new collection of formal suits. “I will be retaining the core of the brand being a one-stop shop for Indian menswear. The big dream, however, is to take the brand international in the next five years,” concludes the designer.

    Bandhgala suits from Rs 43,000 onwards Details: notjustblack.in

    —Arya P Dinesh

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