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SHOP THE BEST DESIGNER TUNICS AT ENSEMBLE
A tunic, also known as a kurti in Indian terminology is a wardrobe staple for every woman. A versatile item, a tunic serves multiple purposes in a woman’s closet and can be worn for several occasions. Designers in India have reinvented the tunic to cater to domestic preferences and lifestyle. At Ensemble we curate an extensive selection of tunics including Manish Malhotra’s glamorous mirror embroidered tunics; Tarun Tahiliani’s digital printed tunics; Payal Singhal’s floran and chintz print tunics, to name a few. We also merchandise tunics from Abhishek Sharma, Varun Nidhika, Jayanti Reddy, and Anjul Bhandari. Shop the entire category of tunics at all Ensemble stores and website. Explore the day-to-curation of Ensemble for tunics featuring whimsical pleats by Kiran Uttam Ghosh & Payal Khandwala, textile weaves of Eka, Maku, Amrich and contemporary take on traditional Indian garment by Ikai, Peachoo or Indian Marigold.
The merchandising team at Ensemble works closely with designers to ensure the latest, most exclusive and on-trend collection of tunics at the best prices, both for our online shop and 5 stores across Mumbai and Delhi.
Ensemble collaborates with its various design partners to create a versatile range of tunics. Working with designers such as Ikai, Three by Pallavi Dhyani, Indian Marigold, Rara Avis, Bodice, and Abraham & Thakore; Ensemble curates a line of contemporary tunics that can be worn everyday. Casual tunics from these designers incorporate minimalistic detailing and technique such as cutwork, appliques and classic contemporary elements like stripes, and checks. Ensemble also has an exciting textile tunic selection from designers like Eka, Injiri, Amrich, Maku, SWGT, Yavi and Urvashi Kaur. These tunics are designed using sustainable methods, traditional Indian weaves and craftsmanship.
For dressy and festive tunics which can be worn for more formal occasions, Ensemble collaborates with the following designers, Half full Curve, Divyam Mehta, Peachoo, Lajjoo C, and Anjali Sharma. We recommend a Lajjoo C or Jayanti Reddy brightly coloured zardozi embroidered tunic for Raksha Bandhan, Eid, and Diwali. Ensemble also carries extensive curation of Anjul Bhandari’s pastel chikankari tunics which are great for morning poojas, lunches, and daytime festivities. Payal Khandwala, Abhishek Sharma and Kiran Uttam Ghosh’s playful pleated tunics can be styled in numerous ways are great options for work events, dinners, and travel.
Providing a range of glamorous tunics, we recommend Manish Malhotra’s fully embellished tunics; Tarun Tahiliani’s draped and digitally printed tunics which are often accentuated with subtle Swarovski detailing; or Shriya Som’s modern ruffled hem tunics.
At Ensembleindia.com, one can find a vast variety of exclusive designer tunics appropriate for any occasion.
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THE DEFINITION OF A TUNIC
Tunics were originally worn by women and men of ancient Greece and Rome. Merriam-Webster defines a tunic as a simple slip-on garment made with or without sleeves, usually knee-length or longer, belted at the waist, and worn as an under or outer garment. The practical functionality of a tunic made it a commercial success. Over the years, tailors and designers have developed the tunic silhouette to be more versatile, fashionable and henc, cater to a wider audience. India’s first version of the tunic was initially worn by men under their angrakha kurta top, this style was later converted into a kurti for women. Since then, the tunic or kurti has become a staple garment for Indian women. As a style, the interpretation of a tunic has evolved in the form of different silhouettes, detailing and its overall aesthetic.
KNOW YOUR TUNIC TYPE
Different from the western connotation of a tunic, Indian designers have developed a tunic style which caters to the requirements and sensibilities of a modern Indian woman. A wardrobe essential for most Indian women, tunics can be conceptualised in various ways from a design and technical standpoint. Various cuts and styles are now categorized as a tunic including the following, classic rectangular, tail-cut, high-low, flared, kaftan style, front-slit, straight cut, a-Line, long shirts, angrakha, drape and asymmetrical tunics. Although the basic premise of a tunic is a loose and flared bodice long top, Indian designer’s have also begun to experiment with more structured versions of a tunic. Kshitij Jalori’s brocade tunic style, which has a stiff and more fitted feel is an example of one such structured tunic.
These various silhouette creations are being translated from traditional Indian forms of clothing. Anarkalis being translated into flared tunics by decreasing lengths and flares, implementing angrakhas in basic tunic version or converting ancient rajputana poshaks to separate tunics while maintaining classic elements, Indian designers have broadened the umbrella of tunic styles.
BEST TUNICS FOR AN OCCASION
Ensemble’s range of tunics is wide and versatile, within our tunic offering you will find styles that can be worn to run errands, a day at the office, a casual lunch and also styles that can be worn for more formal functions and events. Breathable and airy, a hand woven or textile based tunic is perfect for your everyday needs, for which we suggest, Eka’s linen tunics, Maku’s jamdani woven tunics, Amrich’s plaid woven chanderi tunics or Injiri’s bandhani dyed tunics. Labels like Three, Bodice, and Rara Avis have designed a range of modern and sharply tailored tunics in cotton and poplin are perfect for a brunch or a day out with your girls. Wear these tunics with pants or denims, or as a dress, or style them with a belt cinched at the waist.
For a festive get together, formal dinner or pooja, we recommend a zardozi or aari tunic by Lajjoo C or a resham embroidered tunic by Divyam Mehta. Style these tunics with a pair of palazzo pants and kundan earrings and you are good to go! A bright silk and embroidered Jayanti Reddy tunic styled with brocade pants and an emerald choker is appropriate for a haldi ceremony or light mehendi function. Similarly a pleated tunic by Kiran Uttam Ghosh with an embellished neckline or foil print can be worn for a multitude of occasions; over denims or slim fit trousers for a lunch or over embroidered palazzo pants for a more festive occasion.
Abhishek Sharma’s flowing kaftan inspired tunics with subtle embroidery detailing or Payal Khandwala’s colour blocked tunics are perfect for casual destination wedding functions, either a pool party or welcome lunch. To up the glam quotient wear these tunics with a pair of pleated pants or a cutwork skirt. Additionally, a Manish Malhotra flowing tunic with a beaded neckline is a perfect option for an evening beach party or bohemian bachelorette. Wear it with stacked wooden kadas and metallic flat gladiators. While a draped jersey tunic, Tarun Tahiliani is a chic and understated option for intimate dinner or date.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT TUNIC
With its wide and in-depth selection, Ensemble is your one-stop guide to choosing the most stylish and appropriate tunic according to your occasion, sensibility and body type. A kaftan style silhouette with a forgiving a-line shape is flattering and comfortable for all sizes. Apt for a resort vacation or day at the office, these tunic styles prioritize comfort and have a lot of room to breathe in. For more ceremonial occasions and festivals we recommend high slit tunics which highlight your waistline. If you are looking for a tunic style to reflect your distinctive sartorial style we suggest investing in a textile or technique intensive tunic which are designed using shibori dyes, crocheting, pleating or bandhani.
CELEBRITIES WHO WEAR TUNICS
As a fashionable and comfortable option, the tunic is a go to option for a number of Bollywood celebrities. Styling them with jeans, palazzo pants or leggings, Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Kareena Kapoor Khan are often spotted sporting classic chikankari or gota tunics while on set, running errands and at press events. Aishwarya Rai Bachhan, Kangana Ranaut, Madhuri Dixit Nene can be credited for setting the trend of wearing printed and floral tunics while promoting their movies and at social gatherings and festivities. By wearing tunics from Eka, Maku, and Anavilla in their movies, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have widened the appeal of tunics as a fashion statement.
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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