I am a great fan of clothes which are elegant and with a glamorous silhouette, but I always felt that many designers fall short in this particular field. A recent foray at Jyoti Sachdev Iyer’s Ballygunge boutique was quite a revelation for me, as she puts special emphasis on just that. Her designs are sophisticated yet subtle, and I loved perusing through the collection. This is a rather photo-heavy post, therefore.

Jyoti Sachdev’s store contains a mix-and-match between ready to wear garb, and items which can be customized according to the wearer’s figure. This season, there is an emphasis on bringing together traditional garb with a modern twist, which is quite interesting, like the denim saree which I spotted right after my entrance.

Although it might initially sound slightly daunting, the combination of light denim with Chantilly lace is elegant and these can be draped without fuss. The accompanying blouse, again, can be modified easily, and looks beautiful.

There are also some designs which have been made specially for the upcoming festive season. Although the colours are bright, the emphasis is on the minute details. This shows in each and every one of her creations – there is a wide array of kurtis, palazzos, crop tops, jackets, gowns in the collection.

I particularly liked this midnight blue and gold gown, a great design for those who want some shimmers, but does not want to overdo it, and this has a fantastic fall, and looks wonderful. A great cocktail gown for a graceful dame.

Some of the more heavier, detailed designs were in shades of gold and red, and are great for weddings and celebrations. These shades can be worn by anyone – between 18-80, and the designs are pretty affordable.

The cape has made its presence known, and this red number is clearly an indication. I liked the red and orange combination with the little bit of added golden bling to keep things interesting.

But my favourite would be this sexy gold number which is perfect for someone who likes playing the limelight like a boss. The cut is flattering for a full figure, and is the perfect example of her style – understated yet dramatic enough to draw attention.

Personally, Jyoti loves playing with shades of pastel and blue, and working with different types of fabric and lace, bringing them together seamlessly. This was quite evident in the designs, and she mentioned that she loved the graceful nature of women, and was intent on enhancing that more. She recently attended the Lakme Fashion Week with some of her creations that have been featured here, and is geared up for the festive season.

Her designer dresses, sarees, and other garments are priced differently, and individual prices are available on request. You can reach the Kolkata store at 1C Shivangan Building, 53/1/2 Hazra Road, Kolkata-700019.

Disclaimer: Poorna Banerjee was invited to the store for a preview. 

Written by Poorna Banerjee

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