Sea­son of En­chant­ment

India Today - - STYLE -

Dark­ness comes in many shades. As does light. What’s ex­cit­ing though is when you see light in dark­ness, as is the case when you wade through the new Aparna Chan­dra for Ni­co­bar col­lec­tion aptly ti­tled Mid­night Won­der­land. There are bursts of bril­liance as colours of the night col­lide with shards of red, moss green, and flecks of imag­ined gold. Mid­night Won­der­land ex­presses the chutz­pah of Ni­co­bar with the taste­ful el­e­gance of Chan­dra who has al­ways been in­spired by artist Frida Kahlo and style icons like Zeenat Amana. The col­lec­tion has been given a glam­orous edge through hand­craft­ing de­signs in fab­rics like bil­low­ing chan­deris, habu­tai silks and rich bro­cades. With hand-em­broi­dered se­quins, bead flow­ers and patch­work help­ing ex­press Chan­dra’s de­sign lan­guage and sil­hou­ettes that are all about com­fort (which is the Ni­co­bar trade­mark) and lay­ered pieces that work bril­liantly as sep­a­rates, this is a col­lab­o­ra­tion that rules. Raul Rai, co-founder Ni­co­bar says, “Mid­night Won­der­land is at once uniquely Aparna Chan­dra and also where we go glam for the first time.” From palm and poppy mo­tifs play­ing hide and seek in fab­rics that were wo­ven by crafts­men in Benares to sil­hou­ettes that skim your body ef­fort­lessly, Ni­co­bar has truly upped the en­chant­ment fac­tor through its lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion.

TOP LEFTMost of the de­signs in the col­lec­tion can be worn across ages; TOP RIGHT De­sign­erA­parna Chan­dra for Ni­co­bar

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