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    City-based label, Encrustd, brings  runway looks from across the globe 

    hint of silk and a flash of shimmer – that’s how designer Deepa Chikarmane describes her label, Encrustd’s debut collection, Revolution for Fall 2015. Founded barely two weeks ago by Deepa and her husband Vineet Chikarmane, the brand’s design sensibilities cater to the modern woman. It’s elegant, and at the same time irreverent, says Deepa.
    Having worked with renowned names such as Anna Sui, Diane Von Furstenburg and Alice + Olivia in the past, the duo returned to India from Canada, and then decided start something of their own. “Our customer is modern. She dons many hats, and has her finger on the pulse of high fashion,” explains Vineet, adding, “If you take a look at our collection, you’ll see really unusual pieces that are hard to find anywhere else in India.”
    A quick glance at the collection does substantiate Vineet’s claims. Anti-fit dresses, understated luxurious silk blouses with a touch of embroidery at the shoulders, and sophisticated black jackets with silver embellishments paired with simple skirts in neutral shades are only some of the clothes that are available with the label. For the conventional dresser, the black body con dress, with the intricately embellished neckline, or the two-toned dress with silver sequins covering the bodice and voluminous peach skirt in a classic 50s silhouette, is ideal.
    And while the vibe of the line remains largely western, there are hints of Indian influences across a few of the designs. We spotted the traditional Gara embroidery that the Parsi community is known for on quite a few of the creations. For example, a trench coat in a solid teal shade forms the backdrop of this exquisite handiwork in cream, with double-breasted storm flaps and a waist tie-up that completes the look.
    In keeping with the season, the colour scheme employed is largely muted and earthy, dominated by black, grey, dull olive green, teal, egg shell white, and cream. Hints of peach, aqua and pottery blue also make an appearance to add softness to the outfits. The fabrics are imported from Japan and Italy, and the duo promises great quality at a compelling price. “What makes these clothes really special is that you can either dress them up or down; it depends entirely on your needs,” says Deepa.
    Incidentally, the two don’t plan to set up a brick and mortar store any time soon. Which may be just as well for the focus will remain on their online store.
    Rs.4,000 upwards, on encrustd.com

    —Rashmi Rajagopal

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