Indian designers are known for their exquisite craftsmanship and versatility in drapes. But on occasions when dressing down is the preferred choice, there are some who’ve innovated with easy, breezy styles. And, it is on such occasions that you often find yourself turning to prêt wear lines by your favourite A-list designers.
Pret wear lines are at affordable price points as an added plus. The beauty of each creation is the ease with which you can dress it up with accessories, or keep it understated for a casual outing. To help you pick from an array of options in the market, we’ve handpicked our favourite prêt wear lines that will make you look like a million bucks.
AM by Arpita Mehta
Known for her contemporary silhouettes and youthful approach to fashion, ace-designer Arpita Mehta has launched an extension of her brand AM by Arpita Mehta which is all-season luxury wear. Championing her signature prints, flowy silhouettes and modern designs, the collection boasts a contemporary vibe. Each of the trendy separates and sets will add a spirit of joy to your wardrobes. Think easy-breezy kaftans, capes, kite pants and bralettes, with a ‘less-is-more’ concept influencing every design. “Our goal was to make looking great an effortless task, and to keep room for the wearer to use their imaginations and make the garments their own,” says the designer.
AND by Anita Dongre
Functional, fashion-forward and trendy, AND by Anita Dongre is a prêt wear label that’s perfectly suited for the young crowd. Being one of the first brands to cater to the needs of Indian women without a hefty price tag, AND offers a chic collection of western wear that comfortably combines formal and evening wear. Playful and youthful, the design aesthetics resonate with the modern Indian woman.
Label Ritu Kumar
With their newest addition of athleisure, Label Ritu Kumar resonates with the young population. Veteran designer Ritu Kumar has had an illustrious career in the global fashion scene and is today known for her signature floral print. Taking a turn from Indian wear, Ambrish Kumar forayed into Western wear with the prêt label Label Ritu Kumar. Featuring separates as well as dresses, the collection brings together the brand’s Indian design sensibilities with western silhouettes. Contemporary designs are mixed with wardrobe staples to create a line that is wearable and affordable.
Varun Bahl Prêt
Making Indian designer wear budget-friendly and accessible, Varun Bahl ventured into the world of prêt wear in 2019. “I felt it was the right time to design a line that is, first and foremost, more accessible; second, a line that adds solid design value to a wearer’s wardrobe and enhances her personal style; third, a line that is trend-less and versatile so that each piece can be styled in a variety of ways with the wearer’s existing wardrobe. Anyone who wishes to dress in easy, well-designed, well-finished, modern Indian clothes is the audience I have in mind, whenever I’m designing my prêt collections,” shared Bahl.
Known for his work that marries Indian embroideries with a modern colour sensibility, the prêt line ranges from saris with abstract prints to contemporary separates like trousers, tunics, jackets, kaftans, dresses and more. Keeping prints and minimal embroidery as the focal point, the creation is lightweight yet enhances the beauty of the modern woman with classic and contemporary styles. With his upcoming prêt collection launching soon, Varun gave us a little insight on what we can expect in the new line, “My upcoming prêt collection would consist of sustainable materials, comfortable fabrics and fresh silhouettes. As all my previous prêt collections, this collection would focus on modern simplicity and everyday wear pieces.”
Amit Aggarwal Prêt
Amit Aggarwal is another designer who stepped into the world of prêt with his luxury prêt collection. While the creations are not as dramatic and flamboyant as the couture line, they evoke a sense of feminity and grace. Resembling the designer’s signature style, the colour palette choice is a common thread between the couture and prêt lines. Abstract prints and resort wear silhouettes, with a dash of glamour, structured tops and OTT dresses are key elements. Whether you wish to dress up for a night out or a day in the city, Amit Aggarwal Pret has something just for you.
Gulabo by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla
The dream of owning a creation by the dynamic duo Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla just got closer with their prêt line Gulabo by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. With low price points, the collection sews creativity into a prêt line that has an innate sense of fashion and functionality. Highlighting the duo’s signature gotta patti, resham and mirror work, the timeless collection is ideal for festive wear and everyday wear. Pastel shades and the grace of Indian wear make this a collection that should be in everyone’s wardrobe.