Six designers bring their new collections to Collage, with cuts and materials to suit the season.
The monsoons may have arrived in the country (with sporadic showers cooling our evenings), but summer is still reigning strong in the city. So Collage is bringing down six designers who showcased their spring/summer collection at the recent Lakme Fashion Week. Expect names like Doodlage and VERB by Pallavi Singhee, and designs that are fun, contemporary and season-friendly. We talk to four designers to find out more.
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Amit Vijaya and Richard Pandav, the duo behind brand Amrich, were inspired by their doodles and “the different rhythms of lines” to come up with their new collection, which features criss-crossing lines. “We specialise in itajime shibori and we’ve used this Japanese textile art to create our motifs,” says Vijaya. Moving away from summer colours, New Delhi-based Amrich’s palette includes indigo, black and white, mud, olive green and red. And to play with fluidity, fit and flare, the entire collection—mostly dresses—is made with handwoven silk cotton.
Giving chintz a contemporary update (using the motifs as appliqué) is Jaipur-based Swati Vijayvargie’s new line. Titled Bagh, the garden-themed collection is fun, bright and quite boho. “I’ve created surface textures using different techniques—from tie-dye and appliqué to patchwork and embroidery—on fabrics like khadis, cottons and chanderis to make clean, minimal garments with a fresh, international look,” says Vijayvargie. We especially like the striped maxi dress with its appliquéd red khadi floral cape, and the midnight blue and beige asymmetrical dress with a white floor-length khadi jacket with chintz appliqué.
Fantasy and mystery—these best describe Mumbai-based Ruchika Anand and Divya Bhavsar’s new collection, I Have a Dream, for their brand RuVya. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the duo is in the city for the first time. Expect shades of grey, beige, maroon, peach, black and powder blue with fun motifs like butterflies flying up from the hemline and appliquéd stars shooting across skirts. “We are bringing down very casual pieces, keeping in mind that Chennai doesn’t like the bling lifestyle,” says Anand, adding that they’ve used silk-cotton for their casual tops, flared pants and tunics as it is summer friendly.
Swati & Sunaina
Titled Radha: The Lightness of Being, Kolkata-based Swati Agarwal and Sunaina Jalan’s summer line draws inspiration from all things pure and calm. In season-friendly colours like ivory, pink, beige, coral and blue, Jalan says, “The collection consists only of saris with hand-spun jamdani cotton, with a 200 thread count, which apparently no one else is doing in India, and Kathan silk.” With delicate zari and resham embroidery, the designers balance both the rich and light.
— Team Indulge