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Shop till you drop

Impressions 2002, to be held at Taj Residency from October 18 to 20, offers an incredible range of clothes, jewellery and home accessories from some of the biggest names in the business.

DRAPES OF DELIGHT: The sari collection is exhaustive.

DO YOU have that empty feeling in the pit of your stomach now that all the major exhibitions are over and you would have to wait till next year for your regular shopping fix?

Do not fret for Creative Ventures, the marketing solutions company, is hosting Impressions 2002 to address precisely that need.

The exhibition, which would be held from October 18 to 20 at Taj Residency, will showcase creations of established entrepreneurs as well as budding designers from across the country.

NEEDFUL THINGS: For your home.

Do not look further than Impressions for that desired wardrobe overhaul.

From the intricate Banarasis to the smart cotton and silk Naryanpet saris with double border combinations from Dhriti collection, the Indo-Western line by designers like Varsha Mehendra who uses Kalamkari to such good effect, Payal Chitlangia from Kolkatta with her block printed and embroidered crepes, budding designers from NIFT like Sonali and her impressive handloom creations as stoles, short kurtas, saris, suit pieces, the choice is mind-boggling.

For those who believe that the west is the best, they could check out the Personage collection with fashion wear from production houses across Europe.

The wearable styles come at affordable prices. After togging up, next stop is jewellery and you could go in for silver, kundan, gems or diamonds, trendy or traditional depending on the look you favour for the moment.

If you lean towards cool and chic silver, Kavita Golecha's Silver Lining beckons.

A treasure house of elegantly designed and crafted silver jewellery and artefacts sourced from various parts of India and abroad, each piece is a work of art.

KNICK KNACKS: Brighten up the living room.

Budding designer Priyanka Shah's jewellery in kundan is equally eye-catching.

For personal care, stuff like SkinDulgence and Alura of MyLexxus have a deliciously high pamper quotient.

So now that you have beautified yourself, why not extend the favour to your home?

The best of products in handicrafts, crystal, porcelain, paintings of budding artists - they are all available.

A fine collection of artefacts from around the globe courtesy Pride and Precious, artificial flowers that look so fresh, you can almost smell them from Iran, murals and decoratives in painted glass from Sadhna Sinha (Delhi), the KASSMI range of accessories (framed zardosi), sculptures and paintings from Shaileja of Nidhi and the ever-dependable Auroville collection from Ocean are just some of the options.

So your living room is done with lovely paintings, sculptors and knick-knacks, wouldn't you like to have linen to match up?

Treat your bedroom to a range of embroidered linen from Tullika Kadia from Delhi or go the whole hog and indulge in Archana Jaju's range of linen in Banarasi (can you handle that?)

And in case you forgot to do your Diwali shopping or would like to have an exclusive look for your festival of lights, Impressions offers candles, baskets and decoratives in a variety of colours, designs and shapes.

The festival season calls for celebrations and at Impressions you could make the right beginning - by celebrating yourself. Happy shopping!

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