WITH 16 labels, complimentary image analysis and styling by city-based Image Muffin, the MaalGaadi Trunk Show is the place to be next weekend. Expect edgy options for men from labels like Antar Agni, Suket Dhir and Amit Wadwa, besides elegant driving shoes handcrafted by Splits. For women there are clothes ranging from shirts and flowy skirts to fitwear from Nishka Lulla, I am Design, Ezra and others. Also, expect both handcrafted and machine-made jewellery from labels like AnaRae and Ra Ra Avis. Here’s our pick:
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Every piece from AnaRae’s unique heritage jewellery collection has a story. They say that the AnaRae woman is conscious of her impact on the world and is interested in knowing the story behind her pieces. Her jewellery is a piece of wearable art and history. The exclusive collection here is handmade by the Maasai Tribe in Kenya, featuring pieces like Kitenge wrapped bracelets, brass chokers and Maasai beaded bangles and necklaces. Frieda Pinto, Lisa Ray and Kalki Koechlin are among their celebrity clientele.
Designer Dhir says that his menswear label celebrates natural textile and ethnic cuts. Promising a global twist, he focuses on details, right down to the colour of the thread and buttons. Over 90 per cent of the clothes that Dhir has designed for men can be worn by women too. Expect kurtas, bullet shirts for Royal Enfield lovers or Nehru kurtas made from materials like cotton, linen, mulmul or “cool wool”—an original material that won him the Woolmark prize earlier this year.
Touch, feel and buy jewellery that’s usually available only online at cult-curators.myshopify.com. They curate internationally renowned artists and jewellery designers who work with unusual materials like hand cut rubber, scrap metal and mesh. Among the labels that they are bringing down, Maison 203 caught our attention—it features light nylon jewellery with 3D printing.
— Sushmitha Ramakrishnan