THERE is a lot going on at Mumbai’s iconic multi-designer boutique, Le Mill. But what has most fashionistas excited is the entry of brands like the Alexander Wang-helmed Balenciaga and the Belgian designer Dries Van Noten at the former rice mill. Plus, Stella McCartney, the Londoner who designs clothes for busy A-listers, and who makes sustainable fashion addictive, is also part of the club.
Who needs Stella?
Le Mill’s co-founder, Cecilia Morelli Parikh, confirms that all three designers are personal favourites, with her first branded bag being a Balenciaga motorcycle bag. Her other partner, Julie Leymarie, according to a statement on the store’s blog, is a fan of ‘‘Stella’s easy pieces, particularly the pants.’’ Leymarie splits time between Mumbai and Marrakech, and is stimulated by the chaos and energy of the former. McCartney, incidentally, used to retail at Bangalore’s UB City earlier, so if you fancy her sleek silhouettes and British cool, find them at Le Mill’s online store, where Wang’s techno couture and classic Giant 12 bags will also be available. As for Van Noten, the designer from Antwerp who names India as an inspiration and who has worked with embroiderers here since 1987, expect his trademark styles. Credited for the skirt over trousers trend, his incredibly textured clothes find pride of place at the store.
From the catalogue
The season’s collection celebrates retro glam, so you will find Balenciaga’s blue-green Cristobal dress and tailored pants, body-skimming dresses and laser cut bags, and metallic and ruffle skirts from Dries Van Noten. More metallic comes in the form of Isabel Marant’s dresses and gold leather jacket. And for a serving of crisp blue, choose from McCartney or the sharp and sensual Cushnie et Ochs, another new entrant. There’s more to come, as the website promises Alexander McQueen by the end of the year. Pricing from `80,000 for the new brands, though you could get a Balenciaga Giant wallet for `39,100. Details: 022 23684462
— Rosella Stephen