It’s truly wonderful how fashion designers can bring alive varied cultures in their garments. Ahead of the very celebrated Indian Handlooms and Textiles Day, we caught up with designer Shruti Sancheti to spill the beans on her eclectic collection this season. Here’s what she had to say…
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BB: The last time you presented a collection that was rich in colour and cuts. What can be expect this time around?

SS: I like my collection to reflect a mix of Indian and international designs. I have incorporated Japanese influences like flora and fauna and gimcho motifs  while still maintaining our Indian heritage, by reinventing Banaras with an array of colours like ivory, burnt red, deep red, azure blue and antique gold. The collection—’Kaashi to Kyoto’—will be a minimalist and contemporary version of Banaras with a hint of Japanese culture.

BB: What is the defining feature of ‘Kaashi to Kyoto’?

SS: It’s all about flaunting your heritage in style! My collection is both minimalist as well as opulent, which makes it light, versatile and easy-to-style. A unique fusion concept with lots of layering, ‘Kaashi to Kyoto’ is all about easing your style with kimonos, lehengas and tops with quilting, corseting and ribbed detailing.

BB: In terms of design,  how is your current collection different from your previous one?

SS:  The current collection is very sharp. This time I have designed a lot of separates that include a quirky tunic-sari-lehenga concept. It’s a minimal, fuss-free piece that is a true fusion of Kyoto and Banaras.

BB: Apart from lehengas, saris and gowns, what are the other chic options for the upcoming festive and wedding season?

SS:  In an age where women have become so experimental with their dressing, it’s difficult to define one’s personal style with boundaries. The upcoming season will offer a lot of out-of-the-box options like kimonos with lehengas, train skirts with trousers, kurtas with palazzos and skirts, jackets with ghaghras, and culottes with capes.

BB: Your tip for brides-to-be?

SS: Classics can never go wrong. Golds, reds, wines and emeralds are the colours any bride should incorporate in her wedding outfits, and a great pair of chandbalis is an investment piece that could go a long way.