May 30, 2010 3:34:58 pm
Head gear has a new twist this summer as adventurous fashionistas experimenting with hats. Hats form a new market in India,albeit niche. Its only at the derby that people wear them on a regular basis. But for centuries,there has been the pagri in India,a symbol of honour and respect across all regions where it is a practice to wear one, says designer Sanchita Ajjampur,who has created floral hair-accessories and turbans as part of her latest spring-summer collection.
While socialites like Natasha Poonawalla and Nisha Jamwal are known for their kitschy headgears,in Delhi,designer Nitin Bal Chauhan has been working on flamboyant hats,some of which can even double as installations. If his pirate hats and Gothic head gears are a bit too much for your sartorial sensibility,there are the pretty variations of kullu caps and wide-brimmed hats.
Shilpa Chavan,a product of Londons tony Central St Martin,who has also worked under avant-garde British milliner Philip Treacy,has an eclectic range of headgear at her store National Permit in Goa. Ive always been in awe of Indian gods with their huge crowns giving them a surreal omnipresence.
Besides,I grew up watching Mary Poppins slides on my hand-held slide viewer. My work is a very obvious juxtaposition of these influences, says the petite designer,whose collection includes everything from bonnets to topis. The prices of designer head gear in India range from as little as Rs 500 to over Rs 5000.
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