We’ve braved it all in the name of fashion—uneven roads, paths littered with cow dung, the stink of rotting garbage—and we’re always ready to go the extra style mile. The approach to fashion’s latest address doesn’t disappoint. The Garden Village—a cluster of 12 stores and a multi-cuisine restaurant—is located at the rear entrance of the Garden of Five Senses at Said-ul-Ajaib in Delhi. Well-known designer brands rub shoulders with first-timers on this democratic style stretch.
The king of clean lines and stark cuts Rajesh Pratap Singh, funky diva Aparna Chandra, Pankaj Ahuja, Ana-mika, Myra by Anusuiya Sahadev Sikka, weave queen Neeru Kumar and home furnishings store Isa are up and ready. Pratap’s anti-fit women’s collection in wool and silk velvets in prune, brass, gold and petrol hues is awesome as is his menswear line. Perhaps it’s time to stop mourning the death of MG1.
The good stuff
Among the shops that are currently open, New York-based designer Alpana Bawa’s store, A+B by Ameet and Bharat Sikka, and Rickshaw Recycle must top your visit list.
Alpana’s acid hues and spartan design sensibility are a refreshing change from the usual zardozi-filled clutter. Of course, the only prerequisite is that you have to be nuts about vibrant shades and geometric patterns. A+B, on the other hand, is all about boho chic, a little like the couple who own the store. Ace photographer Bharat says he will eventually sell some of his prints from here; currently, wife Ameet’s collection is on display. Bright, fun buttons are spread all over the store and there is no place on these racks for straight-laced designs. Recycled paper store Rickshaw Recycle stocks all kinds of goods from the usual suspects like notebooks, file folders and carry bags to eclectic paper fruit bowls, coasters, paper bead string curtains and even blinds—this is a store you cannot overlook even if you are not really an eco-warrior.
While big boys Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla as well as Manish Arora have earmarked their space, their wares are yet to be displayed. Foodie Marut Sikka’s 40-seater, indoor-spilling-into-outdoor eating zone will also not be open till the end of February. Then there’s the hike. You park your car at least half a kilometre away, then totter to your destination on a cobbled pathway. If your Manolos aren’t made for walking, you have to depend on one of two solar energy buses to ferry you to and fro.
Pratap’s range of shirts and footwear begins at Rs2,000 and dresses and jackets are priced at Rs12,500 while Alpana Bawa’s range of silk scarves and handbags begin at Rs2,000 and the shirts are priced at Rs4,500 and above. Pick up laminated placement mats at Rs800 for a pack of six, carry bags at Rs110 or a set of six paper coasters for Rs400 at Rickshaw Recycle.
Seema Chowdhry Sharma