The Collection at the UB City mall has brought in a whole range of international fashion, from playful labels such as Moschino, to top lines such as Stella McCartney and Paul Smith. The mall has become a style stop for the well-travelled Banglorean. One of the biggest attractions is Louis Vuitton, where you could pick up the French luxury house’s trademark handbags and travel bags. A must visit is the Tod’s
boutique right opposite the Louis Vuitton store. Tod’s has an interesting range of ballerina shoes and moccasins for women, and stylish bags for men. A recent addition to The Collection is the Paul Smith store, which has classic designs with quirky touches (The Willoughby suit — which seems like a simple grey suit at first glance — has the map of London printed on the lining, with piping in the designer’s trademark multi-coloured mini-stripes). Do take a look at the the Paul Smith men’s collection and pick up a business suit, with a Union Jack lining.
(Clockwise from top left) Moschino; Lanvin; Jean Paul Gaultier; and Stella McCartney
The latest additions are the following fashion brands. Four boutiques of Stella McCartney, Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino and Lanvin are now open at the UB City mall, introducing more international fashion to Bangalore. We walked through the stores:
The Italian brand that designed outfits for Kylie Minogue in the Showgirl world tour adds more than a twist to the classic. The Love Moschino collection welcomes your entry in to the boutique. A bright printed dress with sashes that can be tied into bows is priced at around Rs22,000. There’s a bold play of colours on the dresses and the designs are anything but conventional. The Cheap & Chic collection is elegant as opposed to the quirky love collection. The men’s wear have well-cut suits and shirts (Rs12,990 onwards) and shoes.
It’s in every way a classic French boutique, with traditional décor. Lace dominates the design at Lanvin. The dresses (Rs68,000 onwards) are strikingly elegant and feminine, with characteristic pearl strings and lace bows. Take a look at the all-leather bags both for men and women. They are classic and neat. Much like the rest of the collection, the menswear is not experimental either. Just well-cut suits (Rs1 lakh onwards) and hand-stitched shirts (Rs51,000 onwards) and ties to go with them.
Jean Paul Gaultier
Gaultier is bold. Inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean, you will see a lot of sailor prints, anchors, skulls and everything that reminds you of the sea. Gaultier, the man who made corsets outerwear, has used the corset concept liberally in his tops (Rs10,000 onwards) for women. Take a look at an interesting collection of coloured stone jewellery (Rs10,000 onwards) that fits into the pirates theme. Check out the popular trench bag (Rs30,000) which looks like, well, a trench coat. Jackets at the store are priced at Rs35,000 and above.
The store is a series of rooms with brass décor. Paul McCarteney’s second daughter, Stella, is an animal rights activist and doesn’t use leather or fur in her designs. Perfectly tailored dresses that are part of the fall winter collection are priced from Rs40,000 onwards, while her characteristically feminine jackets are priced from Rs30,000 onwards. Bags — some plain and some with interesting prints — cost Rs30,000 onwards.
Something to look forward to in the future at the UB City mall is Tiffany’s.