My daughter Tanya insisted that I join her for launch of Summer Wardrobe in association with Vogue at Great Eastern Building, Lions Gate, Mumbai. Not motivated enough as I always believed that designer wear is not for me because of its heavy duty styling and prohibitive pricing, I didn’t mind joining her as it was close to my office. We received a warm welcome there as Tanya is known in the circles as fashion & lifestyle blogger. The store was very welcoming with cocktails on service.
A bevy of lovely ladies and fashionistas like Zeba Kohli and Madhu Shah checking on the designs, other lovely ladies were swooning over what was on display there. I must say collection was just awesome – Summer Wardrobe just stood out. Linen tops, pure cotton hand woven skirts, silk – cotton kurtas, short Kutras, gowns…all were intricately crafted and in good sizes, not like the ones flattering only size zeros of this world. The ‘Quirk Box’ would need special mention here which had beautiful prints of historical monuments like Charminar or Red Fort on white skirts/ jackets etc. One Kurta, in particular, I liked very much was of pista green colour made of cotton – silk blended fabric costing Rs. 8,200. Should have I gone for it? You decide? I am still stuck on that kurta.
From bringing the sari back into the fashion, to reviving fabrics and embroidery techniques; Ensemble is committed to marrying India’s rich heritage of incredible workmanship with an elegant contemporary aesthetic, Ensemble truly lives upto to its name!
So when you are in Mumbai next, don’t forget to check-in Ensemble for its beautiful collections!
Include it in your itinerary, lest you miss!
Coming back to the event, this was Vogue India and multi-designer store Ensemble’s spotlight on 2014’s Vogue India Fashion Fund finalists with an exclusive showcase of their latest collections at this flagship store in Mumbai.
Speaking on the occasion, “It always gives me the biggest creative high to see the work of these fantastic new kids on the block,” says Tina Tahiliani Parikh of Ensemble. “Ensemble was set up 27 years ago to give Indian design a platform and to partner with Vogue on this event and bring to the market such fresh and original work is truly satisfying.”
The young designers, looking pretty in their designer outfits were introduced to the gathering that had made it to the top five finalists. “It was a real daunting task to select these designers from 100 entries, but it was very exciting too to see whole new world of design unfolding before us,” said Tina while speaking on the occasion.
The winners were: Bodice by Ruchika Sachdeva, Ikai by Ragini Ahuja, Quirk Box by Rixi Bhatia and Jayesh Sachdev, Hemant & Nandita by Hemant Lalwani and Nandita Raipurani: Karishma Shahani Khan.
Last but not the least, the word about Ensemble; Ensemble encapsulates precisely what it means…a collection of beautiful garments brought together. Ensemble has been a destination store for those in the know for over 25 years. Their DNA is not only made up of great fashion moments but also of many special occasions. To them clothes are not only for an occasion, they are an integral part of our lives. What makes them unique is their passion for championing and nurturing traditional Indian craftsmanship.
Innovation, creative vision and quality determine which designers they choose to work with. The team tracks a designer over a couple of seasons to evaluate his or her work’s quality and consistency, ensuring that quality and production meets our standards. They try to remain true to a designer’s vision while matching our sensibility. At times, this leads to stellar collaborations with capsule collection or limited editions exclusively for Ensemble.
Since its launch in December 1987 in Mumbai, Ensemble has been regarded as a pioneer. It became the first luxury multi brand store providing talented Indian designers a platform to showcase their work. From Pakistan to Sri Lanka, they pride themselves on spotting talent and having launched the majority of Indian designers who are today at the helm of the industry.
So you know where it all began! Ensemble is where it all began!