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Monsoon wedding

Bright colours matched with subtle detailing is what makes Kolkata-based Rachna Khemani's monsoon range stand out.

OCHRE RULES: Minimalist detailing is haute.

HEAVY BROCADES and silks for the soiree or marriage are not in vogue. One, the season does not permit wearing cumbersome clothes. Also, georgette and chiffons are in style with the generationext owing to the drape the sheer fabric offers. Likewise, heavy borders and elaborate embroidery is making way to minimalist detailing. And with the ensuing wedding season this monsoon, "Georgettes, chiffons and textured cotton are the fabrics for the season in happy colours such as orange, sunshine yellow and green," says Vinita of Marichika.

SEASONS FARE: Earthen hues.

The boutique presents the monsoon wear for semi-formal and formal occasions by Rachna Khemani from Kolkata. She supplies to Oogan, Fflolio and other leading fashion outlets in the country, and also sells them at her boutique The Niche, back home.

PURPLE REIGNS: A shaded sari with a chic border.

Her line, Surachna, uses a large variety of fabrics — mutka, crepes, chiffons, georgettes and khadi, and the medium — tie and dye, batik, hand painting and sequins. Subtle detailing, such as gota used as edgings on soft colours, makes her collection simple and understated. Antique work with shaded dupattas, khadi kurta paired with printed and embroidered pants, "my forte is blending of fabrics," says Rachna, as she fuses antique borders with different fabrics.

With options such as pink cotton tussar with embroidered border and surface lines, lime green and sunshine yellow Kota kurta with minimalist detailing for a summery evening, her kurta sets (Rs. 2,000-Rs. 4,500) are chic. "I keep my clothes in an affordable range. I feel that the consumer understands what is value for money. The consumer is not taken by labels and makes a spot valuation whether an outfit is worth the 2K that the tag reads," says Khemani.

TROUSSEAU COLLECTION: Here comes the bride

For the short kurtis (Rs. 700-Rs. 2,500) that can be teamed with the jeans, the off centre designing teamed with asymmetrical necklines complete the geometric look. And for the party, try the feminine white tops with embroidery in self-highlighted with coloured stones paired with a multicoloured stole. The collection presents a lot of leheriyas for stoles.


For the saris (Rs. 5,000-Rs. 13,000) the fabrics are crepes, georgettes and chiffons. Gota borders for a chiffon sari with mukkaish work, a heavy crushed tissue Banarasi blouse for an understated sari and georgettes with exotic borders are one to watch out for. Choose from the collection to design your monsoon wardrobe. The Surachna collection will be available today and tomorrow at Marichika, opposite Trinetra Super Market, Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills, Tel: 23555837.


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