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    The Amoire’s pop-up has 30 designers showcasing apparel, jewellery and accessories from across the country

    FASHION forward Chennaiites can get ready for a delectable array of women’s wear, jewellery and bags at the Armoire Pop-Up-Creo Edition on July 2 at the Rutland Gate Studio. The Armoire, a unique fashion venture from Chennai-based Nandini Varshnei (27) brings upcoming designers and brands from all over India to the city. “This is our fourth pop-up,” the second-generation entrepreneur tells us, “and a special collaboration with Mumbai-based boutique Creo.” Varshnei’s mother Vrinda brought brands like Kilol, AND and Global Desi to Chennai and curated the Armoire’s last pop-up in April. With a line-up of 30 designers, we have our eyes on the natural fabrics and solid colours of Kandoi’s vibrant shirt dresses, the abstract prints and hand-painted textures on Vedika M’s maxi dresses and tunics, funky neon prints on Nisha Sainani’s off-shoulder dress and the trendy off-shoulder tops and asymmetrical hemlines in vivid floral prints from Urbane. Kolkata label Stepany and Swetha Puthran both are bringing beautiful long gowns in fluid fabrics such as silk and georgette whilst BBling (Mumbai) and Ritika Sachdeva give us sexy body jewellery such as hand-harnesses and statement earrings. This fashion extravaganza is for one day only and Varshnei tells us, “Everything has been hand-picked, focussing on both trendy and versatile pieces!”
    Jewellery from Rs 1000 onwards and apparel from Rs 4000 onwards. On July 2 , at the Rutland Gate Studio. 11 am to 8 pm. Details: 9884960336

    Chanderi calling
    Mumbai designer Fatema Imran (27) brings an interesting collection of dresses, tops, palazzos and more to Chennai for the first time, to the pop-up. Inspired by avante garde fashion and natural fabrics, the NIFT (Mumbai) graduate tells us, “I love to push the boundaries of design with unique fashion techniques and silhouettes.” Imran who loves indigenous fabrics and vibrant colours, sources organic cotton, chanderi, jute and twill from across the country including Varanasi, Surat and Tirupur. “My love for geometric and abstract prints and chanderi is apparent in my designs. My design philosophy is to make modern garment with a traditional feel,” says the business graduate from the Cromwell College (London), who worked with well-known designer Payal Singhal and Provogue before starting The Sewing Company in May 2015. We like the off-shoulder blouse in vermilion with the lace-up detailing, the asymmetrical shirt-dress in monochrome hues and the stunning cream lehenga skirt with bold geometric motifs off-set beautifully with a scarlet blouse, amongst others. With a workshop in Mumbai, her collections are also available at boutiques in Mumbai and Pune.
    Priced from Rs 5000 onwards.

    — Shibi Kumaramangalam

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