“Women who stay true to themselves are always more interesting and beautiful to me: women like Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe and Anna Magnani – women who have style, chic, allure and elegance. They didn’t submit to any standard of beauty – they defined it.”
In a world where everyone has been busy keeping their style at par with trends, I take pride in sticking to my traditions. Much before the designers created waves in the Fashion Weeks with Indian wear, I would be spotted happily draped in a Saree on occassions other than the quintessential saree days. My style has always resonated best with ethnic wear, be it simple handwoven cottons or elaborate zardosis.
“Would you like to try one of my Sarees?” Debarun Mukherjee asked me as I walked into his new store, Debarun Curates, at 24B Lake Road, Kolkata.
His words felt like music to my years and needless to say, I happily obliged. The first piece that caught my eye was a Beige Net Saree with exquisite embroidered border and frilled pallu, teamed with an embroidered red blouse.
Talking about Debarun Curates, the designer said, “Debarun Curates brings together an eclectic collection of fashion and lifestyle products from my own collections as well as other curious collectibles personally curated by me from across the globe. Debarun Curates is the home to my bespoke fashion label and his bridal, couture, occasion wear, luxury pret and men’s collections.”
My second look had me draped in a Patola printed silk saree with a heavily embellished black blouse. Keeping up with the essence of Patola I draped it in the Gujarati style and accessorized it with a Nath and Haath Phool.
Debarun’s designs converse in exquisite hand embroidery and each of his designs reflect Zardosi. He works with classic silhouettes which are flattering to every body type.
The 400 square feet store looks bright and welcoming painted in colours like ivory white, old gold, smoke grey and beige exuding European Classical flavour with a touch of minimalistic art. American pine wood has been used to create the racks with chairs in floral motif. The main focus area, is however, the centre of the atelier which looks like a “mandap” complimenting the celebration wear by Debarun. The interior design has been brilliantly done by Sandeep Sarkar, trained at the National Institute of Fashion Technology.
In its quaint setup Debarun Curates provides a holistic experience of fashion and lifestyle from tip to toe with an assortment of organic spa products under the name Auli Lifestyle by Aishwarya Biswas, handbags by Priyanka Baid and shoes by Aprajita Toor. Quirky and catchy gift items have been provided by the enthusiastic and creative team of The Traveller’s Den, who specialises in a huge range of off-beat products.
Photography by Farhana Afreen
Jewellery by Saakshi Jewellery
Styling help: Mouli Roy