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SHOP THE BEST DESIGNER TOPS AT ENSEMBLE
Classic, feminine, trendy or avant-garde a top is that wardrobe staple that best defines your sartorial style. From Abhishek Sharma and Payal Khandwala’s experimental styles; Starch’s basic white shirts; and Gauri Nainika and Sharnita’s glamorous ruffle and beaded tops, shop Ensemble’s exclusive collection of designer tops at all our stores and online. The merchandising team at Ensemble works closely with designers to ensure the latest, most exclusive and on-trend collection of tops at the best prices, both for our online shop and 5 stores across Mumbai and Delhi.
The merchandising team at Ensemble works closely with designers to ensure the latest, most exclusive and on-trend collection of Tops at the best prices, both for our online shop and 5 stores across Mumbai and Delhi.
A top is an essential and versatile wardrobe staple, it can be styled in numerous ways and has a distinct sartorial identity. Extending its relevance in an Indian context, designers have also started styling tops with ethnic coordinates, i.e. a handloom sari or a lehenga. As a major component of any ensemble, tops are paired with various bottom and pant styles. Catering to top styles in various designs and for all occasions, Ensemble collaborates with its designers to develop tops in different fabrics, silhouettes and embellishments.
To fulfill their offering of indo-western top styles, Ensemble works with the following designers, Chandrima, Peachoo, Ridhi Mehra, Payal Singhal, Torani, Dhruv Singh, Jayanti Reddy, Twenty Nine and Payal Jain. These designers have perfected the aesthetic of fusion style tops by incorporating traditional embroideries and techniques in their designs such as dabka, zardozi, cross-stitch and embellishments like sequins, glass beads or appliques. By infusing an Indian sensibility into this traditionally western silhouette, designers have added an interesting dimension to their category offering.
For its curation of glamorous tops for formal western occasions like intimate dinners, cocktail parties, brunches and black-ties, Amit Aggarwal, Gauri Nainika, Sharnita Nandwana, Rohit Gandhi Rahul Khanna, Shriya Som, Aikeyah Couture, Nikhil Thampi and 431-88.
For casual and every day tops, Ensemble collaborates with a range of contemporary and textile designers. Working with traditional Indian weaves, designers such as SWGT, Eka, Injiri, 11.11, Amrich, Maku and Ikai promote values of sustainability in their consumer’s everyday wardrobe. For more playful and modern top styles Ensemble recommends designers like Savio Jon, Payal Khandwala, Lovebirds, Notebook, Bodice, Koai, Rara Avis, Dhruv Kapoor. Their minimal and whimsical take on tops is created through various design elements such as prints, stripes, plaid, buttons, and fabric taping. For more avant-garde versions of tops Ensemble works with Antar Agni, Aikeyah, Chola, and Rishta by Arjun Saluja. Tops by these designers are characterized by asymmetric and sharp cuts, zipper detailing
At Ensembleindia.com, one can find a vast variety of exclusive designer tops appropriate for any occasion.
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THE DEFINITION OF A TOP
By technical definition a top is an item of clothing that is stitched to fall from the neck to the waistline covering the bust area. It can be as short as mid-torso, or as long as mid-thigh with its style variations ranging in between. Stemming from a wider category of a blouse, the first popular top style was the ‘jumper blouse’ which gained recognition in the 1920s. Initially designed with sailor collars, tunic lengths, and in cotton and silk fabrics, tops later evolved into more feminine styles with long bow-ties on the neck and in softer fabric blends of viscose, rayon and linen. Tops emerged as a staple apparel item in one’s wardrobe and therefore became tremendously experimented with as a style, with different methods of construction and detailing. For example, the oversized top trend which is recurring even today, actually dates back to the 1980s, while the crop and halter neck top trend is characteristic of the 1990s. While western culture served as the base inspiration, India developed its own design language while referring to the top. Ethnic versions, conventional hems, blouse necklines, traditional embroideries, textile weaves, art of crafts like pleating, ruching and crocheting are few elements that define an Indian version of a top.
KNOW YOUR TOP TYPE
A top may be worn loose or fitted around the bust or waist; it may have sleeves, shoulder straps, noodle straps, or even strapless; it may have a round, high or v-shape neckline or possibly even collared. The most common styles of tops that are worn almost daily are asymmetrical, bardot, batwing, boxy, bustier, cape style, crop, corset, collared, draped, halter neck, empire line, high-low, kaftan, peplum, poncho, spaghetti strap, shell, tank, tie-up, tube, tunic and wrap. While these shapes provide base parameters for a top, Indian designers have taken the concept of a top further by designing their own rendition of the style. For example, keyhole choli blouses have been converted into various crop top styles; flared asymmetric tunics have been converted into shorter high-low tops which cut right above the hip; embroidered yokes on kurtas have been converted into interesting placket detailing on tops. The basic, indo-western and handloom textile forms of these tops can be found across all Ensemble stores and at www.ensembleindia.com.
BEST TOPS FOR AN OCCASION
Take a break from your banal wardrobe filled with fast-fashion pieces, at Ensemble we offer you a range of stylish tops that are guaranteed to reflect your sartorial choices. Combine an asymmetrical Chola top with a drape skirt, or a circular cut Antar Agni top with a pair of ripped jeans, or a Starch ruffle top with a fitted pencil skirt, these fashionable ensembles are bound to make you stand out in a crowd. For a trendy lunch with the girls, a casual evening and an elegant date, we recommend a beaded peplum top by Sharnita Nandwana, or a ruffled pleated top by Shriya Som or Gauri Nainika. Style with a draped skirt or concept sari, an Amit Aggarwal woven metallic jacket style yop is the perfect edgy statement piece for a cocktail party, rehearsal dinner or black-tie event. Opt for a Shriya Som tier top, a 431-88 silver fringe top or a Nikhil Thampi polka corset if you are in the mood for something avant-garde yet feminine. Wear them with an organza skirt or a pair of fitted bell-bottoms for a resort bachelorette.
Indo-western styles of Ridhi Mehra, Payal Singhal, Chandrima or Aikeyah are perfect for a haldi, sangeet and destination weddings when styled with a lehenga, an organza sari or a silk dhoti pant. A printed off shoulder top by Dhruv Kapoor, ruffle floral top by Koai, linens of Indian Marigold and color blocks of Payal Khandwala will be your go-to option for a beach vacay, pool parties or a summer brunch. Wear textile weaves of Maku, SWGT, Amrich for a day at the office, shopping afternoons or travel. Wear them with handloom saris for a formal evening or a business seminar. Choose cotton or silks of Injiri, Notebook, Lovebirds, Divyam or Savio Jon for a dressier evening, early dinners and social gatherings. Pair them with pleated bottoms, culottes or ankle pants to create a fun look.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT TOP
A balance of casual and formal tops will help you develop a versatile wardrobe. Invest in solid colour classic styles with minimalistic design elements like drapes, ruffles, knots and minimal embroideries. These kinds of tops can easily be paired with jeans for casual occasions or with a sari for a dressier evening. Always look for a top which compliments your body type, for example, opt for a halter neck if you want to flaunt your collar bones, or hide your wide shoulders with bell sleeved tops or notched collars. Anti-fit tops with experimental patterns and artwork are comfortable and fashionable choices for travel, a day at the office or while running errands. Edgy top designs by Rimzin Dadu, Rohit Gandhi Rahul Khnna, Amit Aggarwal and Tarun Tahiliani will elevate and infuse drama into any look. Invest in the Indian textile movement and the idea of sustainable fashion with tops by Eka, Maku, Ikai, and 11:11. These tops are hand crafted and can be passed on as an heirloom for generations.
CELEBRITIES WHO WEAR TOPS
As a fashionable wardrobe essential, all leading Bollywood actresses from Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas to the new entrants in industry – Sara Ali Khan, Janhavi Kapoor, Ananya Pandey, Kriti Sanon use the top to reflect their distinct sartorial style. Lovebirds, Dhruv Kapoor, Maku, and Chola are labels that are repeatedly worn by the celebrity fraternity at movie promotions, interviews and press events. While designs by Amit Aggarwal, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, Nikhil Thampi are worn by celebrities for evening parties and dinner appearances.
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
’ 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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