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Satya Paul’s latest collection gets its inspiration from art

Japanese precision, post-modern European art and an India-centric global designer label came together this past week at the Hyatt Regency. Connoisseurs of fashion were exposed to new sensibilities as Satya Paul unveiled his latest collection - Inspiration III - the third edition of the inspirational series, presented by Toyota.

While the earlier collections focused on the work of Indian artists, the new series is inspired by paintings of Rene Magritte and the iconic Pablo Picasso. As svelte models, draped in saris and salwar-kameez walked the ramp, it was obvious why the collection can be termed ‘different’. But clearly, the good old sari was the winner. The uninhibited celebration of colours - from white to ochre and blues, with backless or low cut tops gave a new meaning to the sari, making it a modern classic. It was extricated from the clutches of tradition where it has languished over the ages. The models wore minimalist accessories, in sync with the designs.

Rene Magritte, a Belgian surrealist with a penchant for creating witty and amusing images, once proclaimed that no matter how close one comes to depicting an item accurately through art, one can never catch the item itself. This was the idea behind the sari with a rose. Picasso, the Spanish painter, sculptor and founder of the cubist movement entered Satya Paul saris through three-dimensional forms on flat area of pattern and colour that overlapped and intertwined in such a manner that shapes and parts are seen from the front and the back at the same time. Inspired by Picasso’s take on art, “It is not the truth but a lie that makes us realise the truth. At least the truth that is given to us to understand; it is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon.”

New experiments have been performed not only on surface ornamentation, but on the form and drape of the sari as well. As the weather outside turned wintry bleak, it was the warmth of colours and patterns that kept the spirits high.

APS MALHOTRA

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