‘Quite Chaos’ by designer Kavita Bhartia is an ode to tradition
Ikat has been an all-time favourite as far as designer Kavita Bhartia is concerned. Therefore it comes as no surprise that her Spring-Summer 2016 collection pays an ode to that love. Her collection, curiously named Quite Chaos, focuses on ikat motifs and patterns across various Indo-Western ensembles.
Since she is known for blending traditional techniques with modern silhouettes, ikat too has been given the same contemporary treatment. You can sift through panelled, and voluminous circular skirts, dresses, and crop tops, or settle for pleated pants, and jackets. Floating elegant dresses too have made their way into the collection.
Quite Chaos features an intense use of geometric designs, and paisleys, with a subdued use of embroidery, which incidentally is quite a shift from her earlier works. Talking about the collection, she says, “Frankly, it’s not all that different from my earlier work, but, yes, I used to amalgamate various techniques before, and that is something from which I have consciously tried to move away. My current mantra is ‘less is more’, and I am trying to achieve the novelty by giving chic silhouettes instead of heavy embroideries.”
Bhartia has opted for cooler, and softer shades of the colour spectrum to lend the garments a subtle charm. So expect natural beige, tiffany blue, mint green, and white highlighted with black, and a lot of sparkle. Look for an interesting belt, and a chic pair of footwear to complete the look of these outfits, says the owner of Ogaan chain of designer stores. When asked what inspired this collection, she says, “I have great respect for our age-old techniques and traditional craft. We can make them user-friendly for today’s world by adapting them to more contemporary silhouettes. My young buyers and clients from all over the world can easily identity with them,” signs off Bhartia.
Rs 8,000 upwards. At The Collage Shop India, Ashok Nagar.