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    Alpa & Reena open their city chapter with a showcase at the Bangalore Fashion Week

    BuyLead4The Bangalore Fashion Week is back for the eleventh edition and with it brings a host of new designers to watch out for. Like the Alpa Thacker and Reena Phophalia duo, who together represent the label Alpa&Reena. The Mumbai-based siblings have been in business together for over a decade, working out of home under the label, Shivangi. They relaunched about three years ago with a boutique that offered couture ethnic wear for women. In the city for the first time, they showcase their latest collection, Mandala, at the BFW this evening, ahead of their exhibit with Spicy Sangria later this month.

    Classic inspired
    “We were exposed to exemplary arts and crafts very early in life by our parents,” begins Thacker who believes that exposure helped tune their design aesthetic today – “a brand that incorporates local skills for the finest textiles, detailed embroidery and tailoring”. With a focus on ethnic wear, their repertoire spans both couture and pret, creating pieces that “shout everlasting style” — a fusion of traditional craftsmanship and textiles with unconventional silhouettes and asymmetrical cuts. “We combine classic maheshwaris, bandhanis, and jamawars with modern nets, lycra and organza. Then highlight them with delicate zardozi, block printing and antique gold sequins. All to create a feel of subtle elegance,” she explains. From ombre lehengas to poncho-style tunics, the duo says they are constantly pushing boundaries and innovating. “Before ending our day, we ideate on what new designs we can work on, or how to best improvise our earlier designs,” Thacker shares.
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    Mood for colour
    All energies right now are channeled towards their latest showcase, Mandala — inspired by the seven circles of energy in the human
    body. “The styles reflect the colours of the seven chakras of our body, one for each mood: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet,” she says about the collection that marks their city debut.
    They also give us a sneak peek at their show-stopping ensemble — all in pristine white. “The colour symbolises the lotus with a thousand petals – denoting the state of pure consciousness,” she enthuses about the decadent affair that artfully combines textured fabric and sheer net.
    Thacker also shares that hand-block printing and fusion-inspired garments like palazzo and dhoti pants, and crop tops are the hottest trends on the market along with hand-embroidery on Indian textiles.

     

    `22,000 upwards. Available at
    Spicy Sangria on August 23 at Vivanta by Taj, MG Road.
    Details: alpareena.com
    —Susanna Chandy

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