CITY-BASED designer Sashi Vangapalli with her debut show at Lakme Fashion Week has our undivided attention. Her Spring/Summer collection, Bidariya, has already garnered rave reviews. To top it all she had a stunning showstopper in Sushmita Sen who walked the ramp in an epic lilac number with an intricately embroidered peplum bodice fitted with a cascading trail. “My collection is a salute to the feisty and independent woman of today, who has the
ability to make a name for herself in her own right. That’s why, I could not think of anyone better than Sushmita Sen to be the face of my collection at LFW,” says the 29-year-old designer speaking excitedly about how the diva carried off her ensemble ‘like a dream’.
After bidding adieu to software engineering three years ago, this self-taught designer made it a point to learn her craft online. Since then, she has dressed actors such as Neha Dhupia, Kajal Agarwal and Tapsee Pannu. Her present collection is inspired by the Bidri art form which originated in Bidar, Karnataka. It is a combination of Persian, Arabic and Turkish art forms. “I wanted to revive this traditional craft through my designs and add a modern twist to it,” says the designer who has woven in Bidri elements in her garments through the subtle embroidery of gold and silver tones.
Her garments will soon be available at Hyderabad’s fashion retail store, Mugdha Art Studio, from March 1 onwards. Expect palazzos, tunics, ponchos, capes with a jumpsuit, off-shoulder sheer tops paired with skirts, voluminous cocktail gowns and so on. The outfits come in earthy hues and pastel tones such as chocolate, ombre, mustard and off white. The embroidery add an antiquated feel to the garments that are also punctuated with khardana work. Vangapalli has used fabrics such as mul, satin and silk cotton to maintain breezy silhouettes.
Price: The range starts from `8,000 onwards for the ponchos
— Paulami Sen