METRO PLUS

Gangwani on the go

FOR THOSE planning to invest in a trousseau this marriage season, Manav Gangwani, the new fashion atelier in the upmarket 1MG road on the Mehrauli Gurgaon Road is worth a try. The store with an international appeal houses the creations of Delhi's young and promising designer, Manav Gangwani. At 25, Manav, a product of Pearl Academy of Fashion and Wayne State University, Michigan, has created a niche for himself in bridal and formal evening wear, though he also dabbles in printed suits and semi formals. The affluent upper class being his target clientele, the prices of his creations are very much towards the upper end of the scale. No wonder his celebrity clients include Raveena Tandon, Sri Devi, Pooja Batra, Zeenat Aman, Suzzane Roshan Khan and Soha Ali Khan.

However, Manav contends: "My dresses are both wearable and affordable starting from Rs.15,000 onwards. The lehengas are priced at Rs.80,000 onwards." Inspired by spectacular Nawabi gharanas, one can see ample use of sequins, real and mock suede, Swarovski crystals and Lucknowi chikankari in his oeuvre. Manav agrees: "The whole idea behind doing chikankari was to retain the age-old original and classic stitches and motifs of royal chikankari of Lucknow. The ensembles are comfortable, practical, aesthetically beautiful but contemporary at the same time." Manav who comes from a business family has also recently launched his collection at the famous store, Sanskrit in Hong Kong, which houses the collections of famous Indian designers Tarun Tahiliani and Suneet Verma - whom he considers his style guru.

About the fashion scene in India, Manav says: "Indian women are becoming increasingly fashion conscious and more careful about the way they dress and look." So if you are looking for both sophistication and glamour, go for Gangwani.

ANUJ KUMAR

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