Geometric patterns highlight Ratika Haksara��s new collections.
From Turkish influences in herA�Istanbul A�collection to the floral motifs inA�last yeara��s Diwali collection,A�Ratika Kaul Haksara��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 elegantA�silver and gold-platedA�jhumkas, neckpieces and bangles.
While Bellegance, as the name suggests, incorporates bells and umbrella shapesA�in its intricately-carved occasion jewellery, it is Symmetrika that catches our eye. a�?I have tried to break away from classic motifs to go for a more futuristic look,a�? says Haksar. The pieces trace their origin to Haksara��s fascination with architecture. a�?Each one has literally been constructed. You have windows, grills and buildings inspiring the cuts,a�? 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.
a�?Each piece usually takes a month to make and we dona��t make more than three of a particular design,a�? adds the city-based designer and stylist. Commenting on the overwhelming response to her designs, she says with a sigh of relief, A�a�?There is a part of society that has broken away from traditional style and thata��s growing. Chennai is a place thata��s very open to new ideas and designs, and A�it helps people like me who want to create something new.a�? Haksar is looking to set up a blog that covers her work, style mantra and travel in the coming months.
At Ratikaa��s Jewellery Shop, Teynampet. From Rs 8,500 onward. Details: 9840266669
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