Geometric patterns highlight Ratika Haksar’s new collections.
From Turkish influences in her Istanbul collection to the floral motifs in last year’s Diwali collection, Ratika Kaul Haksar’s eponymous jewellery brand keeps pace with global trends. Her latest collections, Symmetrika and Bellegance, feature straight lines, geometric patterns and clean cuts. Their launch at Crowne Plaza earlier this week saw elegant silver and gold-plated jhumkas, neckpieces and bangles.
While Bellegance, as the name suggests, incorporates bells and umbrella shapes in its intricately-carved occasion jewellery, it is Symmetrika that catches our eye. “I have tried to break away from classic motifs to go for a more futuristic look,” says Haksar. The pieces trace their origin to Haksar’s fascination with architecture. “Each one has literally been constructed. You have windows, grills and buildings inspiring the cuts,” she adds. The warm-toned collection has also celebrated the revival of pearl in fashion jewellery, with a grey pearl neckpiece particularly piquing our interest. These dramatic creations are best worn as statement pieces and can be teamed with ethnic and western ensembles.
“Each piece usually takes a month to make and we don’t make more than three of a particular design,” adds the city-based designer and stylist. Commenting on the overwhelming response to her designs, she says with a sigh of relief, “There is a part of society that has broken away from traditional style and that’s growing. Chennai is a place that’s very open to new ideas and designs, and it helps people like me who want to create something new.” Haksar is looking to set up a blog that covers her work, style mantra and travel in the coming months.
At Ratika’s Jewellery Shop, Teynampet. From Rs 8,500 onward. Details: 9840266669
— Lavanya Lakshminarayanan