Is that the rustle of silk skirts sighs from patrons finally sitting down to their bowls of ramen?
Either way, they’re clearly taking people’s breath away, the streets around The Bagel Shop at Pali Mala Road, where all things new and shiny seem to be cropping up. After El Mercado and Izumi, the newest kid on the block is Atosa, a multi-branded Bandra boutique that shut for a bit, and this month popped up in a new address and avatar.
We walk in bang in the middle of fashion designer Kallol Datta’s new collection launch, which means that the bubbly, beards and boys spotted at LFW are in full attendance. Half the store is cleared to hold Kallol’s red velvets and sky blue silks – the piece that really jumped out is a scarlet silk skirt printed all over with gold stars, delicious for Diwali, Dussehra, Durga Pooja and dark nights out on the town.
For cleaner things, head to a rack of 11.11/Eleven Eleven’s barely-there indigo and bandhini slips; OTF’s playful checkered garments; and Savio Jon’s strappy striped dresses with top halves that resemble ribbed cotton ganjis. Pair the last one with this house-sized hat that we managed to lug back from Saint Tropez over the summer.
Upstairs at Atosa is mostly an ungainly jumble of salwar kameezes, kolhapuri slippers, clunky jewellery and forbidding Gauri & Nainika ruffles – one dress appears to us as a carnivorous plant that might snap when we aren’t looking. But if you look carefully, you may fish out Abraham & Thakore kurtas with swirly colours that make you think of Van Gogh; a pastel Payal Singhal calf-grazing flapper-ish dress; and cotton-soft Ilk kurtas in colours of the rain and sun.
We love that we can stop by Atosa for a last-minute Indian clothes crisis, but this is far from the shopping pit-stop that Bandra desperately needs, a place to for when we’re overcome with the desire to buy a pretty dress. If half the store is dedicated to Indian festive and wedding clothes, then the other half needs to accommodate wild singles – tops and bottoms that we can mix and match, pick up casually, and take down the street on a date to that new Japanese place where the wait is interminable.
Getting there: Atosa, Saturn CHS, Pali Mala Road, diagonally opposite The Bagel Shop, Bandra (W), call 8879080331.
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