Court summer with elan

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Court summer with elan

Designer Nimirta Lalwani’s label ‘Nimirta’ is about minimalism. Her latest line, ‘Spring-Summer Collection’ is a play on subtle colour palettes and evening wear that are highlighted with art deco motifs, vintage sequins and crystals. Every piece has a focus on minute details and Nimirta works with the finest of fabrics to add depth to every garment.

A classy touch

Nimirta’s Spring-Summer wear is bright, classy and stylish. The idea, she says, is to dress light and keep the heat at bay. Thin long dresses, shirt dresses and cotton tops have become popular this season. The designer draws her inspiration to create some unique designs from everything around her such as vintage clothes, new trends and sometimes, the simple things.

She observes that women are increasingly opting for looks that work from day to night. She says shirt dresses, silk blouses and palazzos help in the transition from work to party wear. “Mixing sporty elements with feminine or structured with soft silhouettes and androgynous clothing is also very popular,” Nimirta says.

She also says that women always like to dress up no matter what age group they belong to. “I doubt there will be a time when women will get bored of dressing. It gives women a way to be creative despite their busy schedules,” she adds. 

She constantly keeps a watch on the fashion industry and thinks more and more women are experimenting by mixing traditional garments with the modern. “Handcrafted natural fabrics are back. Whether used for making a shirt or a sari, the quality of the fabric and its story is important,” she adds. About what to wear during summer, Nimirta says, “The clothes that you wear during summer must make you feel fresh and renewed.”

Accessories are the secret to looking good, adds Nimirta. “You can turn a boring outfit into something quirky, fun and even spectacular with accessories. Accessorising well is like giving finishing touches to a look you are trying to achieve and sometimes, a much easier way to express yourself. I am a firm believer of less is more and accessories can add colour to even the most minimalist wardrobe,” she adds.

Irene Augustine, a second-year student of Mount Carmel College, picked up a beige colour wrap over tunic and matched it with silk-georgette pants.
Punchline: “I love what I am wearing as it is comfortable and the fabric leaves you feeling cool. This is perfect to beat the summer heat. It is stylish and the gold embroidery gives it a classy finish.”
Price: Tunic (Rs 8,495)  and pants (Rs 2,495). 

Aishwarya Subhash, a third-year student of CMR Law School, slipped into a black
georgette kaftan.
Punchline: “Black is usually not a summer outfit but the garment is comfortable to wear even on a hot sunny day. The intricate work on the border and the way the dress has been cut and designed is simple yet attractive. This is perfect for a night out with friends.” 
Price: Kaftan (Rs 6,595)

Samanvita Shetty, a third-year student of CMR Law School, chose to wear an off-white embroidered top in cotton silk and a long white flaired skirt.
Punchline: “My outfit gives me the freedom to mix and match. I would certainly wear the skirt with a crop top for a party and match the white ‘kurta’ with black leggings. You can wear these two separately too.”
Price: Top (Rs 6,895) and skirt (Rs 5,595)

Kajal Dasila, a second-year student of Army Institute of Fashion and Design, chose to wear a lilac colour ‘shirt dress.’ 
Punchline: “The lilac dress is very soothing and comfortable to wear in summer. Although, the dress is very casual, the unusual design makes it look attractive. I love the colour.”
Price: Dress (Rs 6,495).

Mamatha, a second-year student of Army Institute of Fashion and Design, wore an off-white ‘kota silk dress.’
Punchline: “The dress is just right for this season. It is light, easy to wear and maintain as well. The combination of cotton and silk gives the garment a stylish twist. The embroidery on one side of the top looks stunning.”
Price: Dress (Rs 9,895)

Soumya S, a second-year student of Mount Carmel College, slipped into a lilac colour dress.
Punchline: “The neckline is quite stylish. I really like the colour and dress fits well. The work on the
border is simple, subtle, yet sophisticated. Throw in a few accessories and it can be worn to a party.”
Price: Dress (Rs 8,495)

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