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    Paresh Lamba launches its  flagship bespoke studio and  ventures into women’s couture

    Bangalore brand now in its 17th year, Paresh Lamba Signatures launches their bespoke studio, a mere stone’s throw away from their existing store. The new space promises a luxe buying experience, and the brand’s first venture into women’s wear.

    Signature experience
    More space and enhanced surroundings is at the heart of the new venture. “I wanted to take the experience of luxury bespoke to a new level,” explains Paresh Lamba, elaborating, “the long term plan is that the original store will house the ready to wear collection, and this will just be a bespoke studio.” Plush and spacious, there’s space for your entourage to relax while you strut your stuff and ample room for the unhurried unfurling and inspecting of the yards of fabrics on offer. The ready to wear range allows easy browsing, and the centrepiece of the
    studio is a solid wooden catwalk,  so impromptu ramp walks can  easily happen.

    Boardroom chic
    While Lamba has been occasionally designing women’s clothing at the insistence of close friends for some time, this collection marks his first formal foray into the women’s market. “I’ve always been asked to do women’s wear,” shares Lamba. “This is luxury bespoke women’s wear for the modern Indian woman, so that she can walk into a boardroom with confidence,” he explains. The pieces are formally tailored, backed by Lamba’s experience as a suit designer. While black, white and grey are dominant, there are stunning splashes of colour — peacock blue peeking out of an all black fitted blazer, and classically cut trousers in saffron orange. With winter around the corner, the focus is on wool and blends. The dogtooth woolen suit with its overlap detail jacket and pencil skirt would be a perfect office ensemble in the upcoming cooler months.

    Metrosexual male
    Just as men’s tailoring has influenced the women’s collection, the feminine influences are no less evident in the men’s range. Apart from colour — think pastel hues and candybox colours, the range also takes inspiration from feminine silhouettes. An intricately hand embroidered gold sherwani broadens into a full skirt with box pleats, and is elegantly finished with a velvet belt. “The inspiration began with an anarkali, and there are also Mughal influences we added,” shares Lamba. Also look out for wardrobe staples such as the range of linen shirts with contrast detailing on the buttonholes, in shades that range from lemon yellow to sky blue and cobalt.

    Prices start at Rs. 5,000. At Shri Sai Complex, MG Road.  Details: 65452079

    —Maegan Dobson Sippy


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