In its 12th year, Arti Bagdy brings back the ABFC Festive Autumn Rakhi and Eid special, with 50 designers from across India. The clothing section has a mix of traditional and contemporary wear with pret collections from Maayera, Khimsariya and Sangita Bokadia from Jaipur, while diffusion wear collection has Alankrit, Alok Baid, Pink Mirror and Aura Kreations. The exhibition also has a home décor, jewellery and accessories section, among others. We talk to Deepti Jain, founder and creative director of Omaana, a brand that is debuting in the city who tells us that her label specialises in modern cuts in traditional heritage fabric like organic cotton in natural dyes. Expect layered dresses and tunics, and a collection of festive wear comprising asymmetrical tunics and maxi jackets (Rs 2500 onwards). Other first timers include T’wink by Rhea that offers a collection of clutches and sling bags. Rhea Daga, the owner and designer based in Bangalore, says, “It is an ensemble of picturesque handcrafted handbags and clutches catering to today’s niche generation.” Using fabrics like brocade, georgette, chiffon and cotton, it’s priced from Rs 1300 onwards. Meanwhile, Sejal Thakkar Mehta, the Business Development Manager of Alpa and Reena from Mumbai, tells us to expect silhouettes that are fresh with a traditional touch in their everyday wear in linen, silks and georgettes (Rs 4,500 onwards).
On June 27-28, 10 am to 8 pm. At Crown Plaza Adyar, Details: 26400022
— Madhumitha C