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    Neeru Kumar’s summer line offers a fresh take on her classic style

    Tulsi, Neeru Kumar’s pret line, has been associated with elegance, fine embroidery and versatile fits in somber hues and pastel palettes. Her summer line this year breaks a few of those parameters while retaining her unique design aesthetic. “I always want my collections to enable a mother and daughter to shop together,” begins Kumar, alluding to her ‘simple, clean cuts in a mix of both bright and subdued colours’. Ranging from long kurtas and dupattas to palazzo and crop pants, Kumar breathes fresh and vibrant air into this range.

    Embellished take
    “We’ve done a very different collection from what we normally do, in terms of silhouettes, colour and style,” shares Kumar as she points out that all of the fabrics are 100 per cent pure linen and cotton, embellished with artisanal techniques including cut work and her own take on the art of applique – reverse applique. “We top one printed layer with chanderi fabric, embroider it in parts, and then cut over it according to what brings it out the best,” she says of the technique that yields a rich, grand look to the ensemble. Another standard feature in her collections is Lucknowi embroidery that usually appears on whites, nudes, reds, oranges and pinks, but finds itself on brighter yellow, blue and coral, with white still dominating the light summer range.

    New palettes give way to new silhouettes this time around with shirt dresses, tunics and kurtas with ‘long or overlap plackets’. The choga — Kumar’s answer to the ubiquitous anarkali, has been piqued to work with fitted pants as well as churidars, while cut-worked pants add a risque element to the more conservative tops.

    Rs. 4,000 upwards. At Collage Shop, Wood Street. Details: 25566818

    —Susanna Chandy

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