Delhi: Crescent at the Qutab

Zackary Canepari

Dedicated to contemporary Indian fashion—and incongruously located in the shadow of the Qutab Minar, a towering 13th-century Moghul minaret—the four-floor Crescent mall houses boutiques for the country’s top designers, making it a must-visit for the season’s style finds. Skinny jeans paired with a Pop psychedelic samurai jacket from Manish Arora (manisharora.ws) is the local fashionista uniform du jour, while Namrata Joshipura (joshipura.com) balances modernity and subcontinental zing in swishy dresses and tunics embellished with tarnished sequins. The printed jersey dresses with beaded necklines from Ranna Gill (rannagill.com) pack well and can be glammed up with stilettos or jeweled sandals. (The ones with simpler detailing are preferable). Consisting of modern clothes with an indelible Indian touch—like tunics and structured jackets with stunning embroidery—Valaya Quantum (valaya.com) is a spin-off of designer JJ Valaya’s ornate eponymous line. Even with his more subtle label Balance (rohitbal.com), meanwhile, enfant terrible Rohit Bal can’t help but be dramatic, designing jackets with exaggerated lapels and organza dresses with voluminous folds. The prints on the updated saris at Satya Paul (satyapaul.com) reference everything from abstract art to the national obsession with cricket. And for monochromes and louche flapper dresses in midnight black, a favorite with urbanistas and femmes fatales, head to Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna’s H2O and Cue (h2ocue.com). Finally, it’s the Mehra brothers’ Shantanu & Nikhil (shantanunikhil.com), whose grand mix of East and West has resulted in quite severe designs. Unlike the democratic fit of a caftan or tunic, the clothes are rather unforgiving for less-than-perfect body shapes. At Lado Sarai