Shivan Bhatiya and Narresh Kukreja are at Collage to teach you how to work the bathing suit
LAST year, when actress Shraddha Kapoor wore a Shivan-Narresh sari to Arpita Khan’s big fat Bollywood wedding, it highlighted what many have been chanting – the designers belong everywhere, be it by the pool or at palatial soirees. Four and a half years after they became the first luxury swimsuit specialists in the country, Shivan Bhatiya and Narresh Kukreja’s brand is a wedding and honeymoon essential (a handcraft trousseau collection starts at Rs 1,50,000). They use Italian jersey to transform bodies. Plus, with their cover-ups, lycra saris, and now, turbans, they take care of every wardrobe need on holiday. It’s a wonder they haven’t expanded to intimate wear yet (though Kukreja says the idea has crossed their mind). More from him:
1. At weddings in Mumbai and Delhi, it is now hip to wear a sari with the trikini. It is a departure from the boring band of midriff that is visible with a regular blouse. What’s more, our bodysuits go with Kanjeevarams too.
2.Painter Mark Rothko’s canvas is a huge inspiration in this line. The colours pair well with sunglasses in the circular shape.
3. It’s a myth that wide hips are not made for swimsuits. Boy shorts only put more attention on the hips. A suit with a regular cut makes you look slimmer. Highlight your assets with a boat-neck or one-shoulder style.
4. Always look at utilising your bathing suit beyond the pool, with palazzos, shorts, skirts, trousers, even a jacket right through the day.It’s a hassle-free way of travelling and easy on the skin.
5. Headgear like our 50s turbans, put you in the right holiday zone. Also, cut-outs on suits help you conceal and camouflage. You’re no longer a big torso hiding behind a bathing suit!
The designers are at Collage on Feb 21. Pricing from Rs 8,000. Details: 28291443