LIFE

Singapore, here we come!

He has taken Indian fashion to the Netherlands and Bhutan and now Delhi-based designer Sonam Dubal has his eyes trained on Singapore. With a client list that includes the Queen of Bhutan and the Queen of Netherlands, Sonam is now gearing up to woo the audience at the India show to be held as part of the Singapore Tourism Festival on April 3.

And giving the audience a taste of fashion from the subcontinent, travelling to Singapore along with Sonam are three other Indian designers: J.J. Valaya, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Kiran Uttam Ghosh.

For Sanskar -- Sonam's label -- this time, it is a journey back to the 1930s. The mood is Indo-Oriental and the focus on texturing. "It's going back to the epoch when Asia suddenly came into focus. The food, music and the very feel of Asia were considered exotic. And that's what my collection represents. It also celebrates womanhood," reveals Sonam.

The colours range from cremes and beiges, inspired by the 1930s. Also included are plenty of pale colours. However, adding a touch of the Oriental, Sonam has contrasted all colours with black. While the collection is designed for the Fall-Winter season, the play of colours also gives it a "summery'' feel, says the designer.

The collection on the ramp includes plenty of blouses, wraps, body-fitted crushed tops and scarves. With mainly Oriental silhouettes, the fabrics range from merino wool silk, crepe and chanderi. There's also turquoise and `zardosi blended with resham thread' and pearl work for fine embroidered weave to create mid-length jackets and sherwanis.

Apart from this Indo-Oriental collection, Sonam will also be showcasing his signature collection -- the classic burgundy and black combination.

But this is not preparation for Singapore alone. All this and much more will be part of the collection that Sonam will also be showcasing at the Lakme India Fashion Week this year as well. "There's more for LIFW but the tone is similar," says Sonam.

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