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The pioneer of ‘anti-fit’ in the Indian fashion industry, Ragini Ahuja launched her label Ikai in 2012. Translating to ‘one’ in Hindi, Ikai symbolises solitary strength or strength from within one’s self. Incorporating this philosophy into her designs Ikai represents a fierce, edgy and empowered woman with an innate femininity. Ragini debuted Ikai at the 2013 Lakme Fashion Week Gen-Next show. Introducing textile based androgynous silhouettes emroidered with leather applique in whimisical art forms, the collection achieved critical acclaim from industry veterans. This cemented Ragini Ahuja’s status as a rising star in the Indian fashion industry.
Ensemble prides itself on being one of the first and strongest patrons of Ikai. Recognizing Ragini Ahuja’s talent from the get go, Ikai was launched at the flagship store, Ensemble Kalaghoda in 2013. Since then the brand’s presence has expanded to all the Ensemble stores across the country. The spirit of the relationship between Ikai and Ensemble is succinctly depicted in the following quote from the designer - “Ensemble was the first store we started stocking in. For our very first meeting we had a team of 7 including Tina in our tiny fashion week booth. Tina and the team have always inspired me with their work ethic. Their selection process is well thought of and clear and the communication is very simple.”
In a short span of time, Ragini Ahuja has transformed the Indian contemporary wear landscape. Moving away from the traditional embroideries and fabrics, Ragini has revived the use of textile in modern design. Aligning herself with the global trend of focusing on real women with real bodies, Ragini’s creations cater to every size and age demographic. The focus of the collections is on high grade fabrics and tailoring, unconventional detailing and bold illustrations which celebrate the imperfections of real women.
Ensemble's merchandising team works closely with Ragini Ahuja and the Ikai team to ensure the most exclusive and premium latest collections at the best prices, both for the online shop and our 5 stores across Mumbai and Delhi.
SHOP IKAI COLLECTIONS: FROM RELAXED ANTI-FITS TO STATEMENT STAPLES
Defining her design philosophy as “mutating art into utilitarian design”, Ragini has explored every dimension of luxe comfortable clothing. Every Ikai garment must meet three key parameters - a clear vision, functional form, and purpose. Ragini has repurposed traditional ethnic silhouettes into functional contemporary wear for the new age Indian woman. She has done this while shedding the confining perspectives of traditional Indian fashion and traditional Indian values.
Taking inspiration from local indegionous tribes, Ragini has incorporated unconventional materials, textures and fabrics in her designs. Ikai collections are renowned for their trademark leather applique and hand dyed shibori. The leather applique is hand sewn in geometric patterns giving the garments a modern and edgy feel.
Each Ikai collection presents a wide range of styles and silhouettes - tunics, tops, shirts, kurtas, dresses, jackets, kimonos, kaftans, blazers, bustiers, capes and scarves. Ikai’s versatile category offering makes the brand a go to choice for a number of occasions - poojas and festivals, intimate dinners, parties and work meetings. Style a mustard Ikai leather applique kurta with matching pants from the collection and you are bound to make a statement at your next Raksha Bandhan dinner. An Ikai strappy midi dress or sheer chanderi kaftan are great travel options; dress either of these looks up for a glamorous resort evening and look your bohemian best!
Reinventing traditional Indian silhouettes into contemporary avant-garde designs for the modern Indian woman is the USP of Ikai. An Ikai bustier styled under an Ikai blazer and paired with high waisted pants from the same collection is the perfect ensemble for a cocktail for someone looking to make a statement with their sartorial choices. Leathered detailed jackets or kimonos layered over basic tank tops make for versatile and multi-purpose travel pieces.
Never shy to experiment with bold themes and colours, Ragini has incorporated a vast colour palette across Ikai collections. The spring-summer line features more summer tones - pastel pink, mint green, sky blue, ivory; while the autumn-winter line features deeper and more earthy shades - brick red, teal blue, navy, and black.
Over the years, Ikai has developed a loyal celebrity clientele. Ikai creations are worn by many Bollywood leading ladies - Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Anushka Sharma, Shabana Azmi, Neha Dhupia, Kangana Ranaut, Jacqueline Fernandez, Athiya Shetty and many more. Shop Ensemble’s Ikai curation at the stores and online. .
For over three decades Ensemble has run stores based on curation, quality, service and trust. We thrive on discovering and promoting new talent and providing them a platform. Almost every top designer in India today has begun their journey with us. With our new online shop, we now hope to bring the Ensemble experience to all cities in India and to our worldwide community.
Shop by designer, by occasion or by category, ensembleindia.com gives you access to the latest designer collections and designer bridal clothing directly from the fashion week runway and ateliers of India’s leading designers. The Ensemble Eye section features the most authoritative curation of luxury Indian fashion by our in-house fashion editors. Create a wishlist at ensembleindia.com for our stylists to understand your style and make a shortlist for you and then book an in-store appointment via the website to try it all on! Our stylists will guide you through a delightful journey of discovering the designers and special pieces that speak to your individual style and work for your body shape and budget. Don’t live in India? Our website help chat and Whatsapp business chat are also active. If speaking on the phone is more your style, use the ‘Speak to a Stylist
’ feature and call our most experienced in-house stylist Arabella at Call +91-9372742843 between 9am and 6pm IST, Monday to Saturday.
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