Designers Dimple Mehta and Amrin Bilakhia take their cocktail gowns online, promising accessibility across the country
Known for their party wear, couture creators Dimple Mehta and Amrin Bilakhia from Mumbai have now found their way into the closets of fashionable folks across the country. Spotted on the likes of Vidya Balan, Sana Khan, Neeti Mohan and so on, their prêt and couture collection that features intricate weaves has a strong following. Their luxe label, DNA Closet, which started in 2015 will be available online starting January 15.
Since Mehta was born and brought up in London and Antwerp before she moved to Mumbai eight years ago and Bilakhia studied in Parsons Paris, the ensembles have a distinct European vibe. Talking about collaboration, Mehta says, “Amrin and I hit it off after a chance meeting two years ago. We had some great ideas about showcasing Indian workmanship to a wider audience through modern-western silhouettes,” says the 42-year-old, who had studied graphic design but always knew that fashion was her true calling.
With the wedding season upon us, the Mumbai-based duo has come up with contemporary apparels with a touch of Indian. The ensembles available online from their Autumn/Winter collection called ‘Fall Fantasy’ incorporate their cocktail gowns with straight cuts, trails and draping work. Some of the ensembles also flaunt a dash of shimmer keeping in mind that “it is a global trend, especially on the red carpet”. “Fashionistas in Hyderabad can also expect a selection of bodycon dresses, jacquard skirts and pants in pastels which can be easily matched with multiple pieces,”says Mehta, adding that she wants her patrons to opt for the DIY-route and create their own look. “We are in talks with boutiques in the city to retail our prêt line to there soon,”she says.
The fabrics are a mix and match of cashmere, lace, chiffon with chikankari, zardozi and mirror work that adds to the traditional feel. “From ready to wear to couture – all under one website,” informs Mehta, adding that the label has even come up with bespoke made to order facilities provided for those customers who demand that perfect fit. The colour palette comprises rich metallic, ivory, black as well as a generous range of pastels.
Price: Prêt collection starts from `5,000 to `25,000
Couture: ` 50,000 to `2 lakh
— Paulami Sen