This Mumbai-based fashion soiree returns with top-notch brands and fun to go
Mother-daughter duo Sharmilla and Shaan Khanna bring Spicy Sangria back to the city for a day, catering specifically to shopaholics. The premium affair will see style and trends from clothes and jewellery to art and home décor take centre stage, with some sinful desserts to sink your teeth into this time. “Fashion should always be celebrated with style and fun. Bangalore gives us that perfect milieu and opportunity to do so. Apart from the usual offerings, this season, we have invited some deliciously talented home bakers to bake us some of their gorgeous cupcakes and desserts,” says Shaan. We chat to two debutant exhibitors about their wares.
With a bit of ‘India in every product’, Malini Aggarwalla’s Malaga comes to town for the first time as part of Spicy Sangria. Starting out in 2004, the handbags and accessories label is developed specifically as ‘discerning, diffusion and couture’. “Over the years, a lot of materials and design elements have come out of the Malaga stable. The one commonality is the quality and attention to detail,” begins the founder. From denim and jute to wood, and wire mesh, as well as silk, brocade and leather, their collections are created to stand out. “A lot of research goes into every collection whether it is the art, fabric or culture. Colours we use are determined by the season and trend forecasts. I am partial to natural fabrics,” she says, elaborating that she is constantly on the look out for fresh inspiration. Balancing her freedom to create beautiful pieces, you can rest assured that the designer also looks to actually sell the products. “Much as I love my freedom to create beautiful pieces, I am very clear that they have to be able to be sold. We are here to do business not open a museum,” she signs off.
TV actor Roshni Chopra’s line, Roshni Chopra Design is Indian, quirky and sexy. Finding inspiration from nature and also tribal people owing to their authentic representations of existence, her clothes reflect her fascination for the offbeat. “I’m fascinated with anything and everything tribal and you’ll see many glimpses of it in my upcoming collection. Our capsule collection is a variety of Maheshwari silk, Chanderi and ikat with signature embroideries and drapes which incorporate the Indian garment into a Western sensibility,” she says. Hoping to bring in more research to her collections as at the moment it’s instinctive, Spicy Sangria is her platform to engage with clients. “I am currently working on designs purely on instinct. Events like this let me come face-to-face with the customer and helps hugely in the creation process,” says the designer. At her stall, you can expect a line-up of this, her debut year’s best-sellers and a preview of the festive tribal collection.
`1,000 upwards. August 1, 11 am, Taj West End, Race Course Road. Details: spicysangria.com
— Aakanksha Devi