By Kara Weymouth

Mumbai might not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of contemporary fashion, but designer Ashna Gupta Kalra is changing that with her line Ash Haute Couture.

Launched last year during LA’s Style Week, Ash Haute Couture strives to combine old world craftsmanship with luxury materials and modern design all manufactured in Kalra’s family factory. Already established throughout India as a top Bollywood designer, Ashna’s impeccable attention to detail lends itself to producing couture quality pieces at reasonable price points.

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For Spring/Summer 2013, Ash Haute Couture’s collection is as bright as you’d expect from the land of Bollywood. This saturation of color feels refreshingly modern thanks to the impeccably tailored pieces for day such as crepe trousers, sheer pin-tucked shirts, and lantern-style dresses for evening. Although many of Ashna’s designs feature hand embroidery, delicate lace, and Swarovski crystal embellishments, none feel too precious to be worn out with friends or to the office.

See more from Ash Haute Couture at www.AshHauteCouture.com.