Shibori, linen and handwoven silk come together in Neeru Kumar’s latest line
De s i g n e r N e e r u Kuma r ’ s no – fus s approach to fashion is evident in the way she describes her design aesthetic. “All my garments are textile- driven and there’s minimal detailing in terms of embellishments,” she begins. True to her brand philosophy, the latest collection geared for the winter months is understated and classy, but is certainly no slouch in the quality department. “At its heart, the line is luxurious. It’s ideal for those who want to surround themselves with luxury without being over the top,” she explains.
Her store, Tulsi at The Collonade saw the launch of her winter collection earlier this week. The unnamed range (in keeping with her principle of not putting a label on things) includes a fine selection of woollen scarves, stoles, shawls, simple kurtas, tunics, jackets and saris.
The designer has worked with two colour palettes — indigo and forest green for those who like to keep it low key and a brighter scheme of maroon, fuchsia and vermilion which is apt for the festive season. “The focus in this collection is on the shibori dying technique. You’ll find a stunning lineup of silk overshirts and saris featuring the abstract tie-and-dye patterns, ” says Kumar, adding that the garments have been crafted from handwoven malga and tussar silks from West Bengal and machinewoven habotai silk.
One can also lay their hands on long overshirts made from heavy linen or a blend of wool and silk, apart from simple kurtas with golden zari detailing or floral applique work. “The overshirts are really versatile — they can be worn over a T-shirt or simply paired with palazzos,” she explains. Kumar, who has been acclaimed for her work with weavers and developing new textiles, will continue to work in collaboration with Japan-based label, Jurgen Lehl and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London going into the new year. Rs 3,000 upwards. At The Leela Palace, Old Airport Road.
— Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo