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Cintra Wilson doesn't know much about Indian fashion, so she recruited a Mumbai-born concert sitarist to help her review new Upper East Side shop Soigne K. Wilson's eagerness to see east-versus-west symbolism in every part of the store leads her to believe that one minidress is "ingeniously wrought out of tri-colored lentils as a kind of post-colonial dialogue of equilibrium, perhaps describing a parity of esteem between lentils and sequins"—but nope, it's just beaded. Still, it's impossible to avoid global politics when you're talking about an entire nation of designers who remain unknown in the usually-pretty-cosmopolitan US fashion scene. Wilson ends up concluding that the clothing is perfect for newcomers: "Superbly novel without being so alien as to cause distress or confusion." [NYT]