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Beauty of imperfection

Models showcase her design  

After participating in seven fashion weeks, Pallavi Singhee is practically a veteran. This time round, Singhee presented her brand, ‘Verb’. “The collection takes you back in time and celebrates both glory and melancholy found in passing time. It tells you to embrace yourself, accepting your faults. It celebrates the beauty of imperfection and the profundity in earthliness,” she says about her collection.

Her mantra has been to ‘make wearable fashion, affordable fashion’. While the cuts are breezy and feminine and the vibe is bohemian, the line has chiffons, laces and crepes with vintage floral and checks prints dyed in hues of pinks and blues. “This collection is inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of beauty Wabi Sabi - the beauty in imperfection. It takes a mind quite enough to appreciate muted beauty, courage not to fear bareness and willingness to accept things as they are — without ornamentation. Wabi Sabi celebrates the ability to slow down, to shift the balance from being to doing, appreciating rather than perfecting,” she explains.

Singhee is thrilled at the fashion diversity emerging across the country. “Our designers are very global and well travelled. And with Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, fashion is not proprietary anymore. Every newcomer is very aware of the surroundings and is constantly trying to create an individualistic collection, which is well blended with the global market. There is no insecurity; every designer tries to create his/her own space,” she avers.

Pallavi Singhee: Beauty in imperfection

After participating in seven fashion weeks, Pallavi Singhee is practically a veteran. This time round, Singhee presented her brand, ‘Verb’. “The collection takes you back in time and celebrates both glory and melancholy found in passing time. It tells you to embrace yourself, accepting your faults. It celebrates the beauty of imperfection and the profundity in earthliness,” she says about her collection.

Her mantra has been to ‘make wearable fashion, affordable fashion’. While the cuts are breezy and feminine and the vibe is bohemian, the line has chiffons, laces and crepes with vintage floral and checks prints dyed in hues of pinks and blues. “This collection is inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of beauty Wabi Sabi - the beauty in imperfection. It takes a mind quite enough to appreciate muted beauty, courage not to fear bareness and willingness to accept things as they are - without ornamentation. Wabi Sabi celebrate the ability to slow down, to shift the balance from being to doing, appreciating rather than perfecting,” she explains.

Singhee is thrilled at the fashion diversity emerging across the country. “Our designers are very global and well travelled. And with Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, fashion is not proprietary anymore. Every newcomer is very aware of the surroundings and is constantly trying to create an individualistic collection, which is well blended with the global market. There is no insecurity; every designer tries to create his/her own space,” she avers.

Designer Jayanti Reddy debuted on the ramp this season with her collection SIAA – Reimagining the Past. The actor, Aditi Rao Hydari was Reddy’s showstopper in an off-white Chanderi lehenga with antique zardozi embroidery. Interestingly, her cousin Shriya Bhupal also made a debut at the fashion week. “It’s all about re-imagining the past,” Reddy states about her collection adding, “The rich details and structured silhouettes make my collection unique. They represent a woman who is Indian, yet modern.” In organic cotton, woven silks and naturally dyed prints, her collection has shades of intense red, rust, indigo blue, mustard and beige and the zardozi handwork brings in the shimmer.

Born and raised in Hyderabad, Jayanti Reddy was a management student but always had a keen interest in fashion. “It was my passion for clothes and love for creativity that inspired me to enter the field of fashion. There was no looking back ever since,” she smiles. Her label ‘Jayanti Reddy’ was launched in 2011 and since then her focus has been to make her creations wearable. “With no formal training, it was initially challenging to play with cuts and silhouettes. However, I am self-taught and this has honed my technical knowledge in design,” she recalls. With a keen sense of observation, her surroundings boosted her creativity. “Be it travel, people or even art…everything around me seems to bring out the creativity in me.”

Reddy affirms how youngsters like her bring in a new zeal and freshness to the ramp. “We attract a fair amount of curiosity to begin with. Being in this generation, I feel we have a clear understanding and perspective about current trends and fashion,” she states. Reddy, who wants to work more with Indian textiles and weavers adds, “I think competition to a certain extent is healthy. If there’s an added pressure, it’s the pressure to work harder.”

Asa Kazeingei: Edgy and with flow

Naga designer Asa Kazeingei pays tribute to Mother Nature with his collection. Hailing from Lunghar village, Ukhrul district in Manipur, Kazeingei entered the industry in 2008 and has made a mark for himself. For spring-summer 2016, he has worked with gowns. In a series of evening gowns, he has managed the right balance of sensuality and romance. With a choice of net, satin, lycra and lace, he has played with layering and textures. “Its uniqueness is the fresh natural colours and textures, which is just perfect for this season,” states the designer. The colour palette includes green and touches of orange, red and black. “My inspiration is nature. Her creatures exist in harmony and balance. I was drawn specially to the beautiful Iguana (reptiles), both behaviourally and aesthetically,” he points out. His designs are edgy, sharp and structured on the upper layer and flowy at the bottom. “As for this season, I have focused more on the colours and textures. It is enhanced and is more edgy and flowy,” he adds.

Kazeingei tries to highlight his region’s uniqueness in his design sensibilities, “It is the beauty of the hand woven and colour combinations embraced in the shawl which is unique. It has also given me a thought that we can create anything by experimenting,” he says.

Recently actors Varun Dhawan and Hrithik Roshan were spotted wearing Kazeingei’s collection. “It makes a lot of difference in terms of publicity when actors wear our clothes,” he smiles. Bolstered by his experiences, Kazeingei says youngsters like him bring in the wow factor. “A designer like me will always bring liveliness and make the sessions invigorating. I want the audience to enjoy and have fun,” he says. Kazeingei is determined to make his dreams come true and not follow the herd. “I love to go high, keep experimenting with new designs which are out of the box. Never give up, no matter what the challenges are.”




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