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At the PRA Independence Day Million race,fascinators stole the show

There was nothing fancy about Kruttika Mahajan’s blue dress or the golden-tipped maroon belles that she wore to the PRA Independence Day Million race at the city’s race course on Thursday. But the pink fascinator that crowned the 20-year-old’s head added oodles of glamour to her ensemble.

Ask fashion experts and they tell you that the fascinator has won over the hearts of women,replacing their love for hats. Easier to carry,the fascinator is particularly preferred over the more traditional accessory of a hat by racegoers to flaunt at the race course. The trend became such a rage globally that in 2012,the Royal Ascot,one of the leading race courses in UK,announced a ban on fascinators and encouraged women to go back to wearing hats during their racing season.

In Pune,although the trend is still to catch up among racegoers,a few fashionistas such as Mahajan turned heads with chic fascinators at one of the most popular races of the season.

Mahajan says she picked up hers from a store in Mumbai. “I am a regular at the races and had been looking for fascinators. So last month when I spotted some interesting ones at a store in Mumbai,I went ahead and bought all the colours available with them,” says Mahajan,a student of dentistry in Pune.

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She collects fascinators along with her sister Archita,who calls herself “a self-taught style expert”. “First,select a hairstyle that suits the texture and length of your hair,then clip the fascinator accordingly,” Archita says. She adds that the trick is to clip the fascinator on the opposite side of one’s fringe. For those who don’t sport a fringe,Archita suggests the hair to be rolled up in a bun tilted towards one side of the head,with the fascinator clipped on the other. “There are a number of styles you can play around with; you learn with trial and error,” she adds.

Hairati Tupe,another racegoer,donned a delicate black-feathered fascinator. “It works as the only accessory required to glam up your ensemble. You can team it with a pair of long earrings,” she says,adding that the best are available at malls in Delhi.

While Mumbai and Delhi have a much wider range of options to pick from,couture store Rudraksh also has a collection of fascinators by Delna Poonawalla. Rasika Wakalkar,the owner of the store,says,“We’ve had a collection of fascinators by Delna Poonawalla for the past one month,and they are almost sold out. While we have sent some that were remaining to her store in Mumbai,we plan to bring in a new collection soon.”