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    The latest collection from Michelle Salins is all about inspired prints and fitted silhouettes

    Known for combining old-world sophistication and modern sensibilities, Michelle Salins brings in functional detailing, handcrafted embellishment and inspired prints to her Spring/Summer 14 line that should tide you safely through the parties galore.

    Salinsa�� ensembles in her words, are a�?simple silhouettes that are fitted, yet have flow and movementa�?. A clear reflection of her California-inspired form of styling. Her collection ranges from slim-fitted sheaths to column dresses that use a sheer, flowing layer over the snug form beneath, designed to flatter your figure by steering away from the more conventional body-hugging fabrics. Salins uses smooth yet structured textiles like silk, jersey, stretch cotton, georgette and satin silk with stretch. Blues, sunny yellow and burnt orange dominate the collection with a discernible touch of her a�?Indian aesthetic with a modern outlooka�?.

    The collection will see a continuation of the floral motifs she introduced in her last line to a�?add a different element to the silhouettea�?. The heavy influence of digital prints from large, floral motifs to the more delicate porcelain-inspired impressions can be felt across the collection in shades ranging from fuscia and red to creams that merge with the hand-dyed fabrics, many of which carry a strong ombre element. a�?The major inspiration for the prints came from the porcelain factories I visited multiple times in Nymphenburg, Germany. The rosettes and flowers that dominate are meant to lend a fun, light feel to the ensembles with nothing over-crowded or heavy,a�? she explains.
    Look out for maxi cocktail gowns in light silks, georgettes and chiffons. In deep red, blue, yellow and olive green, the four ensembles are designed in classic styles with tubular bead (talli) and crystal embellishment used judiciously so as to not take away from their sophisticated flow.

    Rs7,000 upwards. At Residency Road. Details: 32966210 or michellesalins.com

    a��Susanna Chandy



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