While a designer designs, a double-dozen or so stories, a curator’s task is attracting clever selections under her umbrella. A balance she knows will fit the designer’s mood and the consumers fancy.
One such Calcutta bred curator of cool is Coral Concept Store, a mogul arraying multiple European and Indian styles hot off the oven.

Vibha Kejriwal, the backbone of the picturesque Lovelock Place concept store, has nary a day of rest in the 25 years in fashion for her. If it’s not travelling to international and national fashion weeks, there are meetings at her fashion export house to be held. She knows it’s good only if it’s fresh! So when we fixed a date, I drove over excitedly to peek at Coral’s spring summer mood board before the rest did.

International names like Crea Concept, Duet Factory (France), Star Mela (London), Naguisa (Spain) and Xenia Design (Croatia) pepper pret collections by desi darlings Pankaj & Nidhi, Namrata Joshipura, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, Divyam Mehta, Priyadarshini Rao and Stephany among many. “The spring summer ’18 collection at Coral comes with a host of designers who set the mood for the season to come. We’re seeing crisp cotton and linen for the day to more blended fabrics for the evening, in both tone-on-tone and vibrant contrast,” explains Vibha.

Here are the trends I spotted in an array of colours and silhouettes, from pastels to summer reds and greys, from comfort clothing to chic evening wear…

#Boho-me

It’s a hot hot summer we’re gearing up for, and deciding the correct #OOTD… tough job! Make bohemian dressing your friend on speed dial. For what’s not to love about easy breezy dresses?

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What I’m Wearing: A Priyadarshini Rao layered hi-low dress in turquoise, wedges by Essentiel
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My accessory pick: Artemis neckpiece by Maya Bazaar

Should repeating trends be taboo, ditch generic and hit refresh. For starters, go minimalist. No OTT accessorising, much as one (like… ME!) might love it. Pick one statement trinket, contrasting it with the colour you’re wearing.
Speaking of colours, white and beige are common. Pick teal, turquoise, ash pink or mustard yellow. Slip on fun wedges (or keds if you’re a totter head in heals) and sashay away.

Ridzeepop #TipToTake: Long asymmetrical dresses cinched at the waist gives an illusion of height.

#JustSleeveIt

Exaggerated sleeves are a permanent summer fixation for me. I’ve often felt it’s easier wearing short dresses on the streets when the sleeves aren’t missing.

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What I’m wearing: A Pankaj & Nidhi dress which is a tick in all the right boxes- bell sleeves, ruffle detail, embroidered flowers and a summer-right short length. 
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My accessory pick: Wedges by Naguisa (Spain) and (below) hand-made resin earrings by Dominique Denaive (France)

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Bell-sleeves, flute sleeves, puffed sleeves or butterfly sleeves aren’t just reserved for street style but effortlessly double as evening wear. Perfect for us girls on the move.

Ridzeepop #TipToTake: Let the sleeves remain focus. If it’s a top you’re wearing, pair with a pencil skirt over a flared one. Or pick skinny jeans over the distressed baggy number. When it’s a dress, accessorise minimal.

Hang on, there aren’t just two trends I spotted at Coral! Checkout a few more you must try out…

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#WorkItChic: Sonal Malhotra, who’s currently working on launching her own brand of leather bags believes “work wear shouldn’t be boring.” So ditch monochrome for pop colours. This orange Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna jumpsuit is a hit. (Earrings and ring: Label Kiss)
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#EasyDoesIt: Shivani Kandhari believes style is not about “blindly following trends and trying too hard.” A vibe you can channel dressed to impress in an anti-fit silhouette, like this hot pink Stephany number. Add some classic colour blocking to that- we picked blue Maya Bazaar shoulder dusters- and turn heads at that afternoon brunch, Prosecco in hand.
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#ItsInTheDetails: If playing classic is how you roll, consider pieces with clever detailing on them. Like the eye-catching thread-work on this Divyam Mehta linen draped dress that Husna Tara Prakash, owner of Glenburn Tea Estate, works with bronze Miriam Nori (Italy) earrings. Husna also beseeches one to try on hatke silhouettes when at Coral. “Often I find things in here that I wouldn’t pick off the shelf to buy but when I try them on I’m surprised at how much I like them.” Noted!  
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#PopGoesMonochrome: Yes, a lot of our wardrobes are full of monochrome loving. And fashion designer Ruchira Agarwal feels they’re “like a blank canvas to show off ones style, for solid colours go with everything.” All the better to do a subtle pop this summer then! Here a green Rindu neckpiece is such an interesting addition to her Colour 5 Power draped check tunic and white pants. 

 

Big up’s to these lovely ladies who sportingly played models for me. For nothing’s better than seeing actual women show you how your favourite styles look!

Last, but not least, meet Vibha Kejriwal herself who sportingly sat for me in a styling trend that came to me as we hurriedly decided on a look for her…

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#DressXPants: Why? Why not?!! Vibha wears D’deMOO culottes under her asymmetrical anti-fit Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna sequinned dress, both summer ready trends, and making for interesting work-to-play styling. Just minus the pants for the party. Better than carrying extra clothes to work! (Bag: Orla Kiely, Shoes: Dries van Noten)

So, there goes. Seven trends in one story, all fresh off the fashion week runways. Do try all of these for yourself, and yes, all italicised labels are available at Coral. So drop in, and draw yourself a #SummerSlayEdit!

Till then, #WerkItGirl
xoxo, Ridzeepop
(Pictures: Kaustav Sarkar)

Store address: Coral Concept Store, 1A Lovelock Place, Ballygunge (open Monday-Saturday, 10.30am-7.30pm. Call: 8420012747)

 

 

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