Mrunalini Rao uses the habitat of the koel bird as inspiration for her new designs which will be showcased at the ongoing Lakmé Fashion Week
City-based designer Mrunalini Rao, who is taking her latest collection,Koela, to the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017 at Mumbai, thinks that the stalls are a great way to interact with buyers across the country. Talking about the ideas that shaped her new line, she says, “Through the motifs on my ensembles and my choice of colours, I have attempted to interpret the koel, the cuckoo – along with its habitat and surroundings, rather than just featuring the bird itself,”says the 26-year-old designer. Her patrons visiting Mumbai’s Jio Gardens can expect a mix of bridal wear and Indo Western prêt and couture with breezy silhouettes. “If I just pick a bird, there is not much I can tell, it limits my canvas of design so I branched out, literally,” says the alumnus from National Institute of Fashion Design who has designed for T’town divas such as Trisha and Lakshmi Manchu.
Rao, who maintains that sketching is her first love, has come up with detailed motifs which are printed on the outfits. The minutely done embroideries in resham, on the lehengas, are stunning and has our attention. Apart from the ornate lehengas in raw silk, you can expect high-waist skirts and crop tops, casual chiffon outfits, long dresses with capes and elaborate drapes with organzas. The homegrown designer has exercised a two-pronged approach when it comes to choosing the colour palette. “I have opted for pastel shades such as peaches, pinks, ice blues, navy blue to depict the spring time floral blossoms. However, my theme revolves around the habitats of the koel bird, so I have also incorporated darker hues like blacks, blues and dark forest greens to bring out the contrast.”The fabrics used for the ready-to-wear Indo-Western line are soft and wearable like chiffons, cotton, cotton silk.
Price: Rs 15,000 onwards
— Paulami Sen