Mobay goes gaga over fashion
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
Bombshell Pamela Anderson, super model Anna Kournikova, philanthropist Angelina Jolie, Pretty Woman's Julia Roberts and a host of celebrities have gone gaga over Indian fashion.
But Jamaicans have been part of that brigade for years, having been exposed to the best of Indian custom-made attire from Déjà vu's fashionista couple Rajesh and Neha Kripalani.
The two are the 'go to' pair for social events in the second city, and over the holidays their Shoppes at Rose Hall boutique was the happening spot.
Over sorrel, roti, and some of the sinful desserts recently, The Gleaner got more than a sneak preview of the fashion in this high-end store.
Twice a year, either Rajesh or Neha travels to India to sit down with different designers to coordinate and create a line of special designs that are exclusive to Déjà Vu. "Most of our pieces are one of a kind. Very special care is taken to the kind of fabrics that we use," Neha Kripalani tells The Gleaner.
This year, special attention was given to a line of ready saris which have taken the world by storm - celebrities like Elizabeth Hurley, Miss World 1996 Irena Slvika, Kingsley, actress and wife of Ben Kingsley and tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams have all grown to love the Indian attire.
With saris and a series of westernised Indian inspired creation, Déjà vu also carries a line of crystal slippers, one of a kind jewellery (most pieces cannot be repeated) and hand-made shawls.
Their handbags are unique and are like the ones Madonna and other top celebrities carry.
"Our strength lies in the ability to custom make any of our pieces to any size or colour that a customer might envision," said Rajesh Kripalani.
Ideally, Déjà vu is a woman's 'candy' store and very soon they will be announcing a men's store at the Shoppes at Rose Hall.