SILK muslin has often featured in designer Jyoti Sachdev Iyer’s creations, though only sparingly. But she has gone all out this time around with her recently-launched Spring/Summer collection — Emergence. “Silk muslins feel like butter — so soft and light. They just melt into your hands. I thought I could play around with layers of this fabric. Though I had used them in my past collections, I wanted to wait until I got my thought process just right, so that I could utilise them to their maximum potential,” she tells us.
Most of the garments in the line are made from 20 meters of silk muslin, but you’ll never be bogged down by the weight, she says. Experimenting with cuts and textures, the pieces also make use of muls, and Chanderis.
Starting at `19,000, the range comprises 20 styles spanning unusual floor-length anarkalis, jackets, and lehengas (which go upto `2 lakh).
Heavy embellishments have never been her preference, so at the most, you’ll find the use of sequins, French knots, and ikat embroidery in this range. “These embellishments are mostly tone on tone; they blend into the garment,” says the city-based designer, who is known for saris and Western silhouettes. The use of pastel shades (pink and green), offwhite, and beige takes the elegance of these outfits a notch higher.
“I have always designed for women who are bold, who don’t follow trends blindly, and who think out-of-the-box. You will find a lot of feminity, as well as a headstrong point of view in my garments,” signs off Iyer, adding that she is working on her pret line of tops, and shift dresses, made from linen, with applique work.
Rs 19,000 to Rs 2 lakh. At her flagship store at Jayanagar.
— Barkha Kumari