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ANUSHA PARTHASARATHY
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trend Celebrated Italian brands Canali and Etro are here with their India-inspired jackets for winter

fabric and fusion The new range of jackets at Luxxe Box Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
fabric and fusion The new range of jackets at Luxxe Box Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

G old threaded paisleys on black, burgundy velvet and Cashmere – the limited edition India-inspired jackets launched at Luxxe Box in Express Avenue recently combine sartorial Indian wear with the precision of Italian design.

The jackets are part of the Winter 2011 collection of two major Italian brands — Etro and Canali. The Canali ‘Nawab' jackets come in velvety hues of indigo, beige and brown with fine blends of silk-wool and linen lining. This range is available in four collections — Classic Black Nawab Suit, which comes with a red lining and is made from fine mohair wool. The Velvet Nawab Jacket has metallic buttons and front pockets with flaps. The Sleeveless Nawab Jacket has been launched for the first time and comes in black. The exquisite Cashmere Nawab jacketwith silk lining is priced at Rs. 1,25,000.

“The international brands have begun to realise that India is a new and successful market,” says Deepika Gehani, creative head, Luxxe Box, “The summer range we introduced earlier in the year was so successful that we've now launched a winter range too. In India, we don't have the habit of wearing a suit. We'd just throw on a jacket over a shirt. These jackets not just suit that habit of ours but are also trendy and even go well with jeans.”

Etro's jackets are available in four editions and come in black, brown and blue in printed velvet, sheen velvet and wool, with contrast trims and linings. “The India-inspired Etro range of jackets have silk linings, brocades and woven gold paisleys with an international fit and finish,” says Deepika.

From a summer collection in linen, they have to heavy fabrics in darker and deeper colours for winter 2011. Canali and Etro jackets are priced Rs. 60,000 upwards. They are available at The Luxxe Box, Express Avenue.

ANUSHA PARTHASARATHY

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