Oozing opulence

LOOKS COULD KILL Be dazzled by the store and its offerings

LOOKS COULD KILL Be dazzled by the store and its offerings  

Kimaya will give you a chance to flaunt the best from the designer world

Does one pick the seven-kilo baby-pink bridal lehenga studded with glittering stones, pearls, filled in with intricate zari embroidery and bulwarked with buckram or does one go in for a slinkier, flaming orange lehenga layered with an airy-fairy waif of paisley embroidered golden netting with lesser stones weighing it down? That is the essential question the bride has to ask herself in Kimaya while assembling up her trousseau.

And oh yes, one has to remember to pick up something for the bride’s younger sister — maybe an oh-so-deep-back green salwar kurta held together by a criss-cross of shimmering beads on strings — for the mehendi ceremony — to begin with?

Then there’s a sari that’s needed for mamma, sister-in-law and so on and so forth. Kimaya will make sure everyone goes back with a designer number to stun the eyeballs out of wedding guests (who will in turn be back at the store to buy that little something for the next party).

At UB City’s The Collection mall, Kimaya is 10,000 square feet of sheer luxury, indulgence and couture… mostly for women, a little for the men too. And no, the bridal salon (with its comfy sofas and seating for the family) is only a part of this vast sprawl of designer wear and accessories for all occasions from an evening out, dinner, clubbing, Page 3 party, or just casual wear, Indian and western.

The must-have little black number for next week’s party, that strappy bright dress for the Goa trip, or that clingy white little strapless classic you can zip all the way up, that naughty little pair of black shorts or the black net swimsuit that leaves nothing to the imagination, the fluttering Empire cut crepe kurta with a hint of zari and gold butis, the gorgeous deep green evening gown studded with white and green stones that I don’t know where you’ll wear to, but want anyway — it is all there.

One would believe that ‘recession’ is a word from another planet when you see earnest shoppers at Kimaya. The store boasts creations of over 20 designers at present and many Italian brands. After all it is said to be India’s largest fashion house that buys at the Mumbai and Delhi fashion weeks.

International luxury brands like MaxMara, Versus, Trussardi, Pinko, Michel Perry, Kalliste and others vie with our own designers Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma, Rohit Bal, Shantanu and Nikhil, Abraham & Thakore, Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna, Ranna Gill, Rocky S, Gauri & Nainika, Pam Mehta, Kavita Bhartia, Malini Ramani, Madhu Jain, Anna Singh, Ritika Bhasin, Babita Malkani, spread out in little quiet nooks all over the store.

Ayamik is the menswear range that offers creations of select designers. The palette suddenly breaks away from the pinks, purples, and greens and gets all sobered down into mauves, beiges, creams, lilacs when you walk into the international clothing nook. Blingy footwear with all sorts of embellishments is on offer to go with the clothes. And if you can walk on them, yummy-looking heels too. There’s a small range of jewellery to pick from. From the bags to the chandelier earrings one feature that hits you is the bling. You can have the choli or dress altered perfectly to your size. Or place and order in your size for a design you like. I’m told a lot of the designs are specifically for the ‘size zero’ and many others for the plus sized.

The clothes are priced Rs. 2,000 onwards (though most that caught my eye were in the range of Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 25,000); bridal wear comes at Rs. 1,00,000 onwards. Accessories are Rs. 1,500 onward and the menswear Rs. 1,500 onward.

Kimaya Avenue is on F 1, The Collection, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, open all days 10.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. Call: 41738920/21.


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