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    Taking inspiration from vintage textiles, the garments at Vimonisha are curated for brides and celebrations

    THE VIMONISHA exhibit is back. In its 26th year, it sees designers from across the country bringing down their best for brides-to-be. Besides a selection of Indo-western lehengas, saris, kurtis, salwar suits and more, you can also shop for precious and semi-precious jewellery, cool footwear, home décor and kidswear. The lifestyle event that takes places thrice a year—in April, August and December—is put together by Mumbai-based entrepreneur Monisha Gidwani. With personal favourites like Nazar 1by Indu Abbot (Delhi), Woven Splendour from Pune and Radha Traditions from Mumbai, Gidwani says curating for Chennai is a challenge she enjoys. So while the regulars, like Mumbai’s Kavi’s Touch, Delhi’s Alankrit and Kolkata’s Swati Bajoria will bring in the crowds, here are the debutants to look out for:
    Pranay Baidya: This Kolkata-based designer, who studied at the Design & Arts College of New Zealand, launched Pranay Baidya Bridal and Atelier in 2011. Inspired by how Kolkata has changed over the years, Baidya brings a few pieces from both his collections to Vimonisha. There are chiffon saris and makhmali jamdani—a blend of cotton and silk, instead of the muslin blend. These have designs inspired by French wallpaper and French knot embroidery. For men, he has curated a selection of pre-stitched dhotis, Nehru jackets and bandhgalas with Parsi gara and thread work. Rs 25,000 onwards. Details: pranaybaidya.com
    Sangeeta Kilachand: This Mumbai-based designer started curating old textiles as a hobby. She soon started creating outfits from them. For over a year, she has been working out of her home in Malabar Hill, on appointment basis. Her speciality being textiles from Gujarat, she works mainly with patola and gajji silk. She also has garments in bandhini, kota and leheriya with zari. She will be bringing a mix of shararas, saris and kurtas in jewel colours like reds, greens and amethyst purples. Rs 12,000 onwards. Details: sangeetakilachand@yahoo.com
    Pinkk Butterfly by Sapna Malhotra: Malhotra, based in Mumbai, holds a degree in fashion from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. She launched Pinkk Butterfly in 2008 and went on to retail in Bandra soon after. Wearable, stylish clothes being her fashion mantra, she offers comfortable Indo-western outfits like kurtis and dresses that can be paired with leggings, kaftans, salwar suits, pallazos and dhoti pants. She works on fabrics like mulmuls, silks and cottons and has also designed costumes for the television show Ek Hasina Thi, starring Simone Singh. Rs 4,000 onwards. Details: 022 26009795

    The Vimonisha Indian Summer Lifestyle show is on April 1-2, at Hyatt Regency, from 11 am to 8 pm. Details: vimonisha.com

    Sumitra Nair

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