At The Red Polka Show, find everything from apparel to blue lotus ceramic mugs.
IT’S the exhibition season. From Funky Fish to Vimonisha and Arty Bagdy, Chennai has become a hub of sorts for designers from across the country. Adding to that line-up, we now have The Red Polka Show at Amethyst, which is coming to the city for the first time this Sunday. With more than 16 designers on board, expect brands like MirrorWhite from Zaveri Bros Jewellers—with a range of handcrafted silver jewellery—DisDis from Pondicherry, with a pret clothing line, and Bengaluru-based Chinanshu Sharma’s Paarisha jewellery.
Putting it together
Mumbai-based Vishakha Singh, who started redpolka.in, an online fashion and lifestyle portal in 2014, says, “This is an experience touchpoint for shoppers and designers, where people can discover, experience and shop new designs.” Singh, who is also a media person, shares that her work includes strategising, brand building and understanding shopper behaviour. Hence redpolka looks at aesthetic appeal, credible designers, and creativity in designs while curating.
This time, expect the debut of three Mumbai-based designers, including Diya Mehta Collection, Artnlight by Vineeta Nair and Vivat by Devangee Ganatra and Shruti Chowdhary.
Diya Mehta is bringing down mul- and chanderi-based dresses, tops and skirts that are inspired by summer. “The collection is a lot younger, with shorter lengths. But it’s not just resort wear; the clothes are very versatile if accessorised correctly. We’ve used a lot of tie-dye, and all our pieces (from Rs 2,000) are hand dyed,” says Mehta.
Ganatra’s and Chowdhary’s Vivat boasts three jewellery collections—Indian statement earrings, their Rayka line, inspired by Gujarat’s Rabari tribe, and a collection of high street pieces. Their offerings include earrings, chokers and necklaces, among others. All their jewellery is handcrafted, says Chowdhary, explaining that they sit down with the karigars and decide on the designs based on the materials—including semi precious stones and gold-plated pieces with gold cut work (from Rs 800 onwards).
If you are looking for a decor update, look no further than Nair’s Artnlight collection. The photoblogger, avid traveller and artist—who is a fan of both Indian and Turkish arts—is showcasing home linen, trays, boxes and ceramic mugs inspired by the arts and crafts of these two countries. “There will also be a lot of blue pottery, with blue lotus ceramic tile artistry,” says Nair (from Rs 500 onwards).
On Sunday, from 11 am to 7 pm. At Amethyst, Royapettah.
— Saloni Sinha