Bringing out colours of India

Local touches: Leading model Indrani Dasgupta will be showcasing designer Kavita Bhartia's creations at the upcoming Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter.  

Madhur Tankha

Delhi-based designer captures indigenous art and beauty

NEW DELHI: Deriving inspiration from a picturesque hill station, Delhi-based designer Kavita Bhartia has come out with a series of crushed graphic prints with floral details for the upcoming Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter” here.

“For the mega fashion event at the National Small Scale Industries Corporation grounds, I have come out with a structured collection that has lots of floral details. Interestingly the floral details will take discerning fashion lovers to Shimla. I have been to the wonderful paradise of a place on numerous occasions and am simply bowled over by its flora,” said Kavita during a photo shoot for her latest collection in Malviya Nagar here on Monday.

Different look

Embellishments play an important part in Kavita's dresses. But for the upcoming Fashion Week from March 24 to 28 she has decided to tone down the decorations on her dresses. “Even though I have used a bit of silver, metallic work and zardozi in my dresses, I have restricted embellishments as the aim behind the collection was to give a different look. The collection comprises sculptured, body-hugging dresses this time. I have used a lot of textures and colours like black, blue, indigo, olive, green and maroon. Working with prints has helped me to come out with something new.”

Leading model Indrani Dasgupta and other Indian and international models will sashay down the ramp for Kavita's collection. “Foreigners look forward to the Fashion Week organised by Fashion Design Council of India. As designers we publicise the event through word of mouth like when I went to France recently I interacted with a group of buyers and updated them about the mega event in Delhi. At the end of the day, it is the business that we succeed in attracting. ”


The cut works, circles and lace patterns impart a feminine and mysterious look. Traditional Kalamkari designs from Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan's tie-and-dye prints have been used by Kavita this time.

According to Kavita, Indian craftsmen have the skills but they need to keep innovating with their work: “If I look back, then I am proud of what the fashion community at home has achieved. The Indian fashion designers have arrived on the world scenario. The business of fashion is slowly growing.”