PICK THEM LIKE A PRO
Kirron Kher has lost count of the saris she owns and she’s rarely seen in public repeating one. She designs many of her saris and has them customized to her preferred length of six metres. The sari lover gives us her five staples:
u Kanjivaram saris bought from Sundari Silks, Chennai, and L’affaire in New Delhi
u Vegetable-dyed, printed, woven ‘tussar’ sari from Weaver’s Studio in Kolkata
u Banarsi silk from Banaras and Indian Textiles at Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai
u Kota pure ‘zari’, cotton saris from Kota and Vidhi Creations, New Delhi
u Printed French chiffon fabrics from abroad, dyed and embellished with antique pure zari borders
Puneet Nanda, fashion designer for Satya Paul, on the sari blouses every woman should have:
u A corset blouse
u A strapless blouse
u A backless, tie-up ‘choli’
u A buff, skin-coloured blouse that can be matched with any sari, and black, white and red blouses
u A halter blouse
Ready-made sari blouses at Melange, Kemps Corner, Mumbai, Rs5,000 onwards; Satya Paul stores in Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi, Rs5,000 onwards, and Kaysons Sarees, Mumbai, Rs3,000 onwards
Gentlemen, your wardrobe’s Indian section should contain:
Two way: Tuxedo buttons from Montblanc double up as kurta buttons. (Photo: Ashesh Shah/Mint)
Silk kurta pyjama: At Neemrana, Marine Lines, Mumbai, Rs3,100; and at all Fabindia stores, Rs1,000 onwards.
Kurta buttons: Set of four buttons (with matching cufflinks) at all Montblanc stores, Rs25,950. Also at Popley and Sons, Bandra, Opera House and Grand Hyatt, Mumbai, Rs23,800 onwards; and Jaipur Gems, Hughes Road, Mumbai, Rs25,000 onwards.
Bandhgala: At Rajesh Pratap Singh, Courtyard, Colaba, Rs15,850 onwards; Raghuvendra Rathore, Aza Men, Kemps Corner, Mumbai, Rs32,000; and Pal Zileri, Eros Intercontinental, Nehru Place, New Delhi, Rs1 lakh onwards.
Kolhapuri chappals: At Joy Shoes, Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai, Rs900 onwards; Colaba Causeway, Mumbai, Rs200 onwards; Janpath and Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi, Rs150 onwards; and all Fabindia stores, Rs415.
Khadi shirt: At Khadi Gram Udyog, Fort, Mumbai and Connaught Place, New Delhi, Rs250 onwards; and at all Fabindia stores, Rs450 onwards.