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    This season, Vimonisha’s Private Collection is summer-specific, with wigs, bags and clothes

    Get ready for another edition of Vimonisha’s Private Collection—a mix of lifestyle and fashion products, by designers from around theDSC_5352a country. Ready with the 78th edition of the exhibition, curator, Monisha Gidwani says, “Expect colours like blush, crimson, greys and pastel shades that are popular with summer brides.” With around 60 participants, they are expecting a footfall of 3,000 or more. This time, Gidwani’s repertoire includes newcomers like the UK-based Wig-o-mania, designer Kavita Cooper, known for her bags, and Rachna Malkani, known for her costume jewellery.

    They tell us what to expect:
    Wig-o-mania: They work with brands like VLCC, Dr Batra’s clinic and Page 3 in the city. At their stall, expect “experts who will help you choose hair extensions and wigs,” says Hasnain Mohamedali, CEO. The brand also works closely with organisations like KIMS hospital in Thiruvananthapuram and Shushrut and Jupiter hospitals in Mumbai to provide low cost or free wigs to cancer patients.
    Price: Hair extensions can cost between Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 50,000, while wigs with natural hair cost between `25,000 and `30,000. Details: wigomania.com

    nazzyNazzy-i-cut: Walk into Abu Dhabi-based Nazzy Beglari’s stall for trendy abbayas, kaftans and dresses. Outfits designed by her are “wearable art,” Beglari says. The designer, who takes inspiration from Egyptian and Indian movies, has used pictures of actors like Raj Kapoor, Kamal Haasan and Gauthami on her creations that are made from fabrics sourced from Uzbekistan, Egypt and Turkey. You will also find verses from Sufi poets, like Rumi and Khayyam, on her garments.
    Price: Rs. 11,000 onwards. Details: nbeglari@gmail.com

    Woven Splendour:   Pune-based designer, Kavita Cooper’s bags are all about silks, embroidery and jewellery. The history graduate is inspired by art and jewellery from around the country. She crafts her bags in georgettes, silk tissue, Tanchoi and Kanchipuram silks. “I use brocade, sari borders and jewellery as embellishments,” says Cooper. Expect a collection of batwas, potlis and evening bags in black, gold, blue and maroon.
    Price: Rs.  1,500 onwards. Details: kavita@wovensplendour.com.

    At the Hyatt Regency. On April 9 & 10, 11 am to 8 pm. Details: 9820043549

    — Sumitra Nair

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