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Sport a cool kimono

Asymmetrical kimono tops or ponchos are useful to hide body flaws. They go best with big belts and Cheongsam blouses.
PTI | By Shikha Kapoor
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2004 02:45 PM IST

The bright kimono top Rani Mukherjee sports in the new Fanta commercial has caught the fancy of the city’s women bored of kurtis. Fashion designer Vijay Arora says the kimono top is an ideal summer garment. “For the Fashion Week, I am doing an Oriental collection with chikankari. To accessorise
kimono tops, go for big belts and Cheongsam blouses with diagonal buttons on the chest.”

Charu Chhatwal, who retails from the NIFT Shop in Hauz Khas, has designed a line of asymmetrical kimono tops priced Rs 950 onward. “They flow well and hide body flaws. One size fits all and the overdose of kurtis has ensured that women want something different,” says Chhatwal.

Manish Arora has designed kimono tops too. “I am sending them to my buyers in Europe, where they’re in vogue. My store at 1, MG Road has them in satin and chiffons,” adds Arora.

Ambika Suri of the label So What! (available at Ross and Kena in M-Block market, GK-I and Splendour, Vasant Vihar) says the kimono tops she’s designed have been sold out. “Kimonos can be kept plain for everyday wear or embellished with sequins for an evening look,” says Suri.  

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