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Sunaina Khera launched her namesake label in December of 2016, shortly after graduating from the Fashion Design programme at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi. Although she is now a fashion designer by profession, the designer had mapped her career path since her early teens after realizing her tremendous passion for fashion designing. It was a natural next step for her to go to NIFT and soon after graduating she embarked upon her own design journey with her eponymous label.
A fervent believer in all things abstract, Sunaina focuses on creating designs that are based on her personal experiences and sentiments and are then translated into collections, articulating unique narratives. The designer’s unadulterated approach comes through in her strong design ethics, focusing on beautiful hand embroidery in every piece she creates. Sunaina’s pieces are young, sultry and fun while remaining classic and elegant. Recognizing Sunaina Khera’s talent, the label is now part of our exclusive #EnsembleIncubator programme.
“It has been nothing short of a dream come true to be associated with a prestigious brand like Ensemble. Tina along with her entire team has been extremely welcoming. They have taken many steps to support our business. I hope this partnership grows and reaches new heights,” Sunaina Khera says of her relationship with Ensemble.
Ensemble's merchandising team works closely with Sunaina Khera to ensure the most exclusive, premium and latest collections at the best prices, both for the online shop and our 5 stores across Mumbai and Delhi.
SHOP SUNAINA KHERA COLLECTIONS: FROM FLIRTY DRESSES TO SULTRY SARIS
Sunaina Khera made her runway debut in 2019 in the GenNext segment of Lakme Fashion Week. The runway show pushed the designer into the spotlight with her sultry, high-glamour and rich ensembles. The main focus of the label is occasion wear and the exquisite hand embroidery is what sets her collections apart. She pushes to discover and develop new textile and embroidery techniques to then weave into her inimitable designs that make women feel confident and sexy.
Sunaina’s fervor for fashion shines through her collections, with the inspiration behind them always stemming from a personal experience. In one of her recent collections, the designer focused on exploring the deeper connection the world once shared with nature, as she felt the connection between man and nature was weakening due to an excess of social media and technology. Another collection featured garments that were inspired by the five stages of grief, where certain pieces from the line represented the different stages in different colour palettes. The line consisted of evening and occasion wear with feminine silhouettes and subtle glamour. Another recent collection by the designer was more vibrant compared to her previous lines and was an ode to the strong women in her life.
One of Sunaina Khera’s signature pieces is a simple lehenga paired with a heavily embroidered dupatta. It was a part of her inaugural collection and became such a hit, that the designer now includes a variation of this style in every new line that she does using different colours, fabrics or motifs. Recently she reinterpreted the style with a simple lace organza lehenga instead and paired it with an embroidered dupatta.
The designer’s intricate embroideries are sometimes experimental and always atypical. Her primary embroidery technique involves aari work. Aari work is a type of embroidery that is done by stretching fabric tightly over a wooden frame and then with a needle-like pen intrinsic aari work is done. It is mainly unique for its fine and delicate threadwork that enhances the essence of hand embroidery. Another one of the designer’s signatures is 3D hand embroidered flowers, particularly on sheer fabrics creating a beautiful effect. One of her classic pieces is an all over sequin sari, with each sequin work handcrafted. Aari, bead and sequin work are the designer’s distinctive embroidery styles.
Modern at its finest, Sunaina Khera aims to empower women when wearing her ensembles, allowing them to feel confident. While she does the heavy-duty sexy ensembles, she also includes simpler pieces in her collection that are just impeccably tailored to fit the body in flattering ways. The designer includes pieces in her line that will definitely make heads turn with low cut blouses, see-through bodysuit lehengas, edgy dresses and revealing gowns. Nevertheless, fun yet classic styles are also a part of the collection such as lehenga sets, draped saris, anarkalis and tiered skirts. The designer uses luxurious fabrics such as silk, organza, tulle, satin and raw silk.
Sunaina Khera’s colour palette varies with every collection and her inspirations. For evening wear she does strong deep colours such as black, navy blue, deep reds, burgundy, browns and metallic hues. The designer also includes neutral colours in her collection such as soft pink, ivories and whites. The line mostly consists of occasion and evening wear that are perfect to wear to a cocktail, reception, sangeet, engagement, after party or formal dinner. Her pieces in softer colours work very well for a daytime or resort wedding.
While the designer admits she initially thought she would be catering to women in their mid 20s, she realized that different age groups recognize and resonate with classic designs that have an edge such as her modern interpretations of the sari. This point is further highlighted with the range of celebrities that have donned the label’s clothes from Madhuri Dixit, Raveena Tandon and Chitrangda Singh to Sonam Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez and Shraddha Kapoor to Shanaya Kapoor, Tara Sutaria and Sara Ali Khan. In a short span of time, Sunaina Khera has been successful in getting recognition with her work being featured in top magazines such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Harper’s Bazaar and Brides Today.
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.
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