Atsu Sekhose SS 2013
Bringing to fore his love for North East is Atsu Sekhose’s Spring Summer 2013 collection. The designer has gravitated towards the tribes of North East as the chief inspiration this season.
Having his roots in Nagaland, he has been chosen by the Ministry of Textiles to present a collection that is evocative of the northeastern culture.
His strength as a mixologist comes through in the constructions made of hand woven fabrics moulded into a collection inspired by American sportswear.
Every look emphasizes the honed body through Naga fabrics like cotton and silk, woven by 30 underprivileged women from a women’s weaving organization – VITOLE and Assamese Silk exclusively woven by Assamese weavers.
The contemporary collection opens with shorts, parka jackets, trench jackets, trousers and shirts making way for dresses and evening gowns. Having a pulsating sense of color, Atsu has meticulously chosen shades of reds, cobalt blue, off white and beige married to black.
Each and every detail has been well examined to go along with the collection, hence rejuvenating the beauty, style, art, craft, music and richness of North East.
Primarily known for his chic, feminine and understated clothing Atsu’s line has evolved into a complete ready-to-wear collection, which firmly holds his signature style and modern adaptation to classic silhouettes.
Geisha Designs SS 2013
An Edwardian summer
This is the mood of the SS’13 line by Shalini and Paras of Geisha Designs. Set in an Edwardian Era with influences of other cultures to create a fresh look.
The collection is all about contemporary silhouettes coupled with traditional techniques on luxurious rich fabrics and encapsulates the quaint theatricals of the art, heritage and mystique of Victorian life.
Collection 1: It takes its inspiration from nomadic weaving and beading techniques combined with the fluid drapes of soft silk tuille, Chantilly laces and thin luxurious chiffons. The palette plays with the contrast of earthy oak and tea stain. Patent leather accessories add a modern charm to this look.
Collection 2: It adds elements from Tea gowns, generally loose-fitting and elaborately trimmed. This look gives full vent to the taste for theatricality with long duster coats, pin stripe suit sets, and capes.
The colours are of corals set in pearls and gold. Fabrics are modern foiled jerseys, soft nets, micros, silk tuilles, and soft georgettes. The embroideries have an old world charm while the silhouettes are modern and practical.
Collection 3: This collection takes its influence from the Edwardian period. Art Nouveau, with its flowing, organic forms and rich gold embroidery on nets, tuilles and lace, stands for everything that is feminine, mature, sophisticated and well bred. These are made in gauzy tea stained fabrics and decorated with gold delicate lace like embroidery. The fabric under the lace is cut away, sometimes revealing the wearer’s skin to create lingerie dresses.
Circular skirts, mermaid skirts, capes, and sumptuous lace stoles complete the look.
The hair is open and messy, but styling retains a romantic appearance creating the Pompadour look. Lips are the focus and are painted with multi-tonal colours, which allude to the romance of a rose bud.
Riddhima Kapoor Sahani, Manish Malhotra and James Ferriera
Nandini Bhalla, Editor in Chief of Cosompolitan Indian
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