To charm a Moghul soul

THE FASHION world today reflects a rising endeavour to mix the "classics" with a new air of modernity. This drive generates a need for an art filled combination of the usual and the rare.

High points in design charm the true Moghul soul with modern exuberance. Delve into a sense of the past to relive a picturesque vision of Moghul miniatures. Brought on the ramp by Tarun Tahiliani, this vision has become a hot favourite this season.

The style gallery, with its global appeal indicates Moghul miniatures as kingly portraits or scenes from the "Durbar" as chest prints on T-shirts and jersey blouses. The "typical" proportions of the miniature series create an element of interest.

To charm a Moghul soul

Forms in the foreground and background or at the ground level and the first level when indicated through miniature paintings on garments bring in interest - the print seems "animated" with slightest movement of the wearer.

Also, customised placements are seen flagged under a vision of asymmetry. Big and small miniatures as screen-printed concepts placed diagonally across on a garment are doing well. Ingredients from the miniature series like morpankhi and jhoomar are seen as print ideas with a look like that of a brooch, say on a top or a dress.

Ideas ruling supreme this season indicate miniatures teamed with gentle, delicate lace incorporations in tops. The print could be edged with lace or lace could run on the blouse or dress with an eyelet detail at the centre front. Scalloped hems finished with lace, form a part of the story.

To charm a Moghul soul

The colour tray is very true to the original miniature paintings. Acru, camel, tan, moss green, muted terracotta and hints of orange and purple are seen in the colour palate. For base colour of the garments all hues that can be co-ordinated with the ones in the miniatures could be employed.

Areas reflecting ornaments in the miniature paintings bring in scope for shine and shimmer - a highlight this season. Embroidery ideas and surfaces using sequins, crystals, and beads - all relive "that" kingly appeal.

This season frees the spirit...a spirit that ignites innovations embedded with a taste of experimentation yet glued to an innate sense of tradition that would charm a Moghul soul!


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