Make a trip to Amethyst this weekend, for affordable designer wear courtesy: The Little Door
hennai’s shopaholics will be treated to fresh new labels, thanks to The Little Door. The trunk show curated by friends Sheena Khicha and Saloni Mutha, will showcase 16 designers, many of whom will be debuting in the city. Khicha, a Mumbaikar, and Mutha, who hails from Jaipur, met in Chennai and bonded over a shared love of shopping. When they realised the city didn’t offer much of the affordable fashion available up North, the duo travelled the country to identify talented but lesser-known designers. Showcasing brands like Cinnamon Crest, Fasateen, Flirtatious and Gaurav Katta—from Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad—Khicha says, “It’s the perfect way to revive fashion sensibilities in the city. Most of these designers haven’t been here before, so it will be interesting to see what they’ve chosen to bring.” The trunk show will have everything from Indian and western wear to home décor, bags, baby clothing, jewellery, and bath and body products. Mutha gives us a heads up on a few designers she has her eyes on. “Nandhini from Ahmedabad, who is bringing her brand Unfold, will have personalised stationery. Anupama Bose, who designed my sangeet lehenga, will be presenting her handmade rose bud embroidery. And Prop Shop 24 will have funky knick knacks—from bar accessories to invisible playing cards.”
Yogesh Surender from Delhi, whose label Surendri is famous for being one of Sonam Kapoor’s picks, is excited to be coming to Chennai. “This is an opportunity to reach a whole new audience. I am coming as an open book, with no perception about the taste of shoppers. But I will be presenting my traditional and fusion pieces for Diwali. Tunics, shararas, trench jacket suits and saris should find favour in Chennai.”
Look out for: His parrot motif embroidered sharara with a crop top and dupatta. `22,000 onwards.
Anupama Bose from Jaipur has been in the business for around 15 years. Though not her first time here, her association with Chennai till now had revolved around her participation at Crafts Council exhibitions. “My Rose Bud collection has beautiful detailed embroidery. The technique is expensive, but will lend a vintage look to the outfits I have designed in tussar, cotton, georgette and Mangalgiri,” she says.
Look out for: Her lahariya saris, recreated on a Kota tussar blend . Rs.15,000-Rs.18,500.
At Amethyst Café, October 26-27. From Rs.2,000.Details: 98416 27272
—Preethi Ann Thomas