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SHOP THE BEST DESIGNER JACKETS AT ENSEMBLE
A fashionable layer or a protective covering, a jacket has a unique functionality and design purpose. As a store, Ensemble pays special attention to its curation of jackets and outerwear. From Tarun Tahiliani’s glamorous embellished gillets and Anamika Khanna’s ethereal organza kimono jackets to Kshitij Jalori’s brocade overcoats and Chola’s deconstructed drapes, Ensemble has an detailed selection of jackets from a quality and diversity standpoint. Shop Ensemble’s jacket curation online and at our stores.
The merchandising team at Ensemble works closely with designers to ensure the latest, most exclusive and on-trend collection of jackets at the best prices, both for our online shop and 5 stores across Mumbai and Delhi.
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Traditionally a western silhouette, Indian designers have experimented with the jacket silhouette within the context of Indian fashion and the domestic market. Designers have reimagined the jacket through different cuts, fabrics, shapes, and embellishments, making them suitable for a wider range of traditional Indian and western occasions.
Examples of how designers have incorporated Indian aesthetics into the jacket include: Aikeyah’s asymmetrical french knot and bugle bead jacket; Tarun Tahiliani’s digital printed and draped jackets; Chandrima’s cross-stitch and cutwork jackets; Payal Jain’s chikankari and resham jackets, Patine’s intricate gara embroidered jackets; Twenty Nine’s mirror worked chanderi jackets; Kshitij Jalori’s brocade jackets. Payal Singhal, Ekta Singh, Petticoat lane also work closely with jacket silhouette and can be credited with converting the jacket silhouette into glamorous Indian wear pieces that can be worn for mehendis, sangeets, cocktails and black-tie functions.
The queen of couture - Anamika Khanna has reinvented the jacket into a masterpiece couture style. Her avant-garde jacket sets are typically fully embellished with zardozi, resham or thread embroidery, sequins, pearls or cut dana. Khanna often incorporated ruffles and drapes to elevate the drama of her jacket styles. Amit Aggarwal, Shriya Som, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, Abhishek Sharma , Kiran Uttam Ghosh, 431-88 and Payal Khandwalla also offer a glamorous versions of the jacket, constructed with pleats, drapes, leather applique, metallic elements and other embroideries.
In addition to formal and couture jackets, Ensemble also collaborates with textile and contemporary designers to create a range of jackets appropriate for everyday wear and layering. Bandhani overlay jackets by Injiri, Ikai’s leather appliqued chanderi jackets; Amrich’s shibori dyed jackets and overlays; Eka’s hand painted jackets; SWGT’s pintuck jacket, Maku’s jamdani jacket; Tilla’s nakshi dabka are examples of textile and technique inspired jackets that have become successful silhouettes in the domestic and international market. By collaborating with designers to create textile and craft based jackets, Ensemble also supports sustainable living and industry.
Cut-pattern art of jackets like deconstructed drapes of Chola, anti-fit silhouettes of Rara Avis, asymmetrical playful shapes of Antar Agni, sharp tailoring of Divyam Mehta and constructed fits of Bodice adds up to the contemporary offering of jackets by Ensemble. Gratifying to both domestic and international weather, the textile and western segment of jackets at Ensemble has its global dominance. Extending collections to the winter season, cashmere jackets by Injiri, hand spun cotton and velvets by 11.11, luxe merino interpretations by Amrich, Lovebirds and Bodice, the fall jackets at Ensemble has its eminence.
At Ensembleindia.com, one can find a vast variety of exclusive designer jackets appropriate for any occasion.
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THE DEFINITION AND HISTORY OF A JACKET
A garment which is sewn as a protective layer for the upper body and worn over an indoor outfit is known as a jacket. In technical terms, a jacket is a variable length (from abdomen to ankle) garment, usually with sleeves. A jacket is designed as an outerwear piece that has evolved from not only being a protective outerwear garment to fashion piece, often used to depict sartorial trends and choices. Sleeveless jackets termed vests have also gained popularity.
Inspired by a man’s suit and waistcoat, the origin of a woman’s jacket can be dated back to the late 1600’s, when an outerwear jacket and waistcoat was designed for her riding habits, inspired from men's suit coats and waistcoats. However, the jacket made its official debut in the apparel and fashion industry in April’1857, when women’s magazine ‘Corriere Delle Dame’ formally announced a shortened version of the morning coat, to be known as a jacket. The development of the jacket for occasion wear with embellishments details and silhouette variations is more recent. The 20th century widened the term “jacket” by adding all prevailing styles of jackets and becoming an umbrella for the category including blazers, coats and bombers.
KNOW YOUR JACKET TYPE
Categorized according to design, construction and functional applicability, a jacket is a wide encompassing term. The versions of jackets adopted for daily wear include trench coats, bombers, quilted jackets, overcoats, evening coats, puffer or parka jackets, blazers, formal wraps, maxi coats, kimono jackets, and embellished and high waisted jackets.
Adding elements of traditional Indian embroideries, textiles and art work, Indian and ethnic variations of the jacket have their own glamour quotient. Combining zardozi motifs on silks and finishing with aari borders, these embellished high waisted jackets are inspired from open blouse forms of ancient India that were originally worn with saris. A reversible version of the traditional angrakha silhouette has given way to another kind of jacket known as the ‘kedia’ which can be worn as an overlay or even as a stand alone piece. The kalis of an anarkali have been translated into A-line flared jackets while classic sari cholis have been elongated to form waistcoats. The Kashmiri phiran silhouette has been rendered into a loose fitting jacket style in velvet. Adapting design values and craftsmanship of traditional Indian has been critical in reinventing the jacket for the domestic market.
BEST JACKETS FOR AN OCCASION
Hand woven jackets by Amrich, Maku, Eka, Tilla and Ikai embedded with traditional handicrafts and weaves are great options for daily wear jackets. Worn over dresses, tops and pants, these relaxed textile jacket styles are appropriate for a brunch, business meeting, a day around town and travel. Style the embroidered bandhani or jamdani colourful jacket with a handloom sari and tribal jewellery for a formal seminar, a business meeting or charity gala. Similarly, a benarasi brocade jacket by Kshitij Jalori can be worn as a fusion layer when worn over a top and jeans for an intimate evening filled with art and intellectual conversation. The same Khshitij Jalori jacket is a great fashion forward traditional piece when paired with a sari or lehenga for a sangeet, reception or a wedding. A versatile Torani blouse jacket is appropriate for haldis and mehendis; the printed variation of the same jacket can be worn in a contemporary form for travel, resort evenings, and leisure occasions.
Anamika Khanna’s embroidered statement jackets are great options to wear to a destination wedding or a reception. Shriya Som’s feather jackets, Tarun Tahiliani’s embellished gillets, and Aikeyah Couture’s embroidered tulle jackets are apt for cocktails and sangeets. They can also be styled with jumpsuits, bustier-pant sets, dresses or gowns. To infuse some style and colour into your resort and beach looks, Payal Khandwala’s color block pleated jackets or Abhishek Sharma’s embroidered chiffon jackets are perfect. If you are going for an edgy and minimalistic look we recommend a jacket from Chola, Antaragni, 431-88 or Rishta by Arjun Saluja.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT JACKET
The construction and design of a jacket makes it a silhouette that is chosen widely to create fashionable looks while flattering the body at the same time. Different jacket styles suit different body types. A shoulder padded jacket is great for small boned women as it will enhance your shoulders and give you a sharp and crisp look. Embellished jackets are great to accentuate a dressy vibe. Ruffled and feather jackets will add volume to your lean frame and also play up your bohemian style. Minimally embellished, textile or flowing overlays have a slimming effect and will complement any body type.
While curating your outerwear wardrobe or selecting the perfect jacket we recommend you invest in classic jacket styles, such as, a Tarun Tahiliani drape in black, a Kshitij Jalori brocade jacket, a leather detailed kimono jacket by Rara Avis, and a resham embroidered full jaal jacket of Aikeyah Couture. Payal Khandwala’s free size pleated jacket silhouette or SWGT’s oversized jacket style are comfortable and multi-purpose.
For more styling advice, get in touch with our in-house stylist on +91 93727 42843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CELEBRITIES WHO WEAR JACKETS
Numerous Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities have been patrons of the jacket style in its various forms. Sonam K Ahuja, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachhan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt have all been spotted wearing the jacket style, either in its more casual avatar as a stylish overlayer, or as a couture outfit for red-carpet or black-tie events. Sonam Kapoor has often been seen sporting Dhruv Kapoor’s bomber striped jacket. Kapoor also wore a range of textile jackets while promoting her film, Padman. Denim jackets which are considered to be wardrobe staples have been worn by many celebrities. Celebrities such as Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Jacqueline Fernandes, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan have all experimented with the jacket style by pairing it with a traditional sari and over a sharara or lehenga.
SHOP DESIGNER WEAR ONLINE AT ENSEMBLEINDIA.COM
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
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