Fabindia forays into the world of contemporary western wear with its chic new line, Fabels. Scottish-origin designer, Alistair Blair, spearheads the label, merging clean lines with traditional techniques yet steering clear of ‘Indo-western’ tags.
True to textile
“Fabels basically carries the DNA of Fabindia in a contemporary avatar,” begins Blair, enthusiastically taking us through his structured jackets, skirts, dresses and gaucho pants for women, and lapel jackets, waistcoats, trousers and shirts for men. All made from handcrafted textiles like linen, cotton, mulmul and silk. “I have seen a large number of textiles from top-class mills around the world, but I was truly awed by the beauty of those that come from traditional Indian looms,” says Blair who has, over his three-decade-long career, worked with couture brands like Dior, Givenchy, Cerruti and Chloe.
The designer tells us of his wonder at the pain staking work that goes into each of Fabindia’s pieces and the talent among artisans that was his source of inspiration. Hours spent at the drawing board watching artisans hand-block and hand-stitch, come to life in this collection in which chanderi sari prints and chikankari are transferred on to mulmul shirts for women, while lapel jackets are hand-blocked and finished with gudri work.
Our favourites are the classic red and black A-line dress, the wrap around floral-print blouse and the navy jacket for men.
On the racks
The core colour wheel of the line is red, black, navy, coral and white. The line also features a select range of accessories from neckpieces and cuffs to earrings and totes.
Rs. 990 upwards. Available soon at the Besant Nagar outlet. Details: 9344384121
— Susanna Chandy