Mumbai Musings

The sociological quirks of the country's commercial capital have only added to its charm. Ask stylist, costume designer and designer Akshay Tyagi, who recently launched a Mumbai-inspired collection titled "Double Decker".

Aiming to capture the beauty of Mumbai's interconnected eccentricities, the line translates his idea of Mumbai into design. Not surprisingly, the cacophony of honking cars and wailing vendors form the inspiration for his work. As do autorickshaws, BEST buses, the ever popular cotton candy and the Chowpatty beach among other influences. All these have found their way into finely crafted saris, unisex shirts and dresses. "I have included references to several things unique to Mumbai. From the Sea Link and the taar (overhead wires) to the marg (streets) and the khamba (electric pole), there are many things that I have played up in this line," he says.

Given that Mumbai lends itself to so much dynamism, was it easy for him to glam up his line? Tyagi says he has attempted to deliver a contemporary take on these subjects. "The collection celebrates Mumbai despite all its trials and tribulations," he adds. The collection will be available from December 7 at the Mumbai store Futura Living Art, located in the city's Juhu suburb, where Tyagi will be setting up his pop-up store.

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