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    Rehane on fashion politics, innovations and ‘hot flashes’ in  her latest collection

    Known for her bold European designs, city-based designer Rehane Yavar Dhala is all set to showcase at Wills India Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2014 edition, which began on March 26. Talking to us before heading to the capital city, she shared pointers on her latest collection and why she has been one of the few South Indian designers to be consistent at the country’s two big fashion events.

    Independent move
    “I think I’ve been consistent because of my passion for what I do. I’ve had no sugar daddies. I’ve been making it work with my own resources,” Dhala says when asked if lack of sponsorship is what prevents designers from Chennai making it big at the national level. “I do hope the fashion industry scouts recognise talents from other cities, because there is good talent around,” the designer adds. As for grabbing prime slots at fashion weeks, she says, “There’s not much lobbying. In fact, I don’t bother about the slots at all because I go to fashion weeks for the business aspect—it is a chance to meet buyers. I’m quite happy with my time slot at Wills. Post 5 pm on a Saturday evening is great,” she says.

    Spreading the love
    On the upcoming Fall/Winter collection,  ‘Austere’, Dhala says, “you will see fluid lines. It is very elegant, yet feminine,” she adds. Expect long  dresses with design influneces from the Middle East. She has also used red lining in her outfits. “So you will see reds peek out as the models move on the ramp,” she explains. Other than that there will be colours like burnt oranges, nudes and mustards. “My designs seem to come back on to the ramp in some way or the other. It is nice to take inspiration from each other,” she says on designers like Swapnil Shinde and Anju Modi releasing their own versions of Alice in Wonderland, something Dhala had showcased in 2009.

    The designer  was also one to revive churidhars with gatherings and to use gota patti work. As for current trends like steel silk by Rajesh Pratap Singh and Woolmark tying up with Rahul Mishra, Dhala says she is ‘proud of them.’ “Like I said before, it is great that good talent is being recognised. It should happen more often.

    Rehane’s store at Nungambakkam currently stocks the summer colection. Priced from `5,000 onwards. The Autumn/Winter collection will be available at the store post September. Details: 65195850

    -Sumitra Nair

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