FASHION AS ART
Couture is about expression - it is more an artistic endeavor that leads to setting the trends that trickle down across the fashion industry. Sadly, over the years, couture has been more and more associated with bridalwear as weddings were the only occasion people splurged on clothes. However, now the global fashion consumer is becoming more discerning, making individualistic choices every day and imbibing fashion as a way of life. These are very interesting times for us designers as we can break away from bridal and start creating fashion that is art.
WORKING WITH THE MAESTRO
Working with Mr Bhansali is an extremely inspirational experience. He is a master of his craft, a perfectionist with a great eye for detail as we all know. It is fascinating how the characters he envisions become real people who we interact with on set.
WORKING ON PADMAVATI
Most of the actual samples of antique textiles and costumes from that period are dispersed all over the world in museums and archives, so our love for travel and museums came in handy when we had to collate information required during research. Even then, actual living samples of such textiles and costumes are few and far between, so we had to refer to a lot of miniature paintings, murals and frescoes to get the nuances of the styling as close to how they used to be.
COSTUME CENTRIC FILMS: LIMITING OR ENHANCING CREATIVITY?
Since it is a period piece, we had to be extra careful when it came to maintaining authenticity of costumes. It is challenging to envision and design garments worn by royals back then as not much is documented of the same. Of course it enhances creativity; being a designer, the first ground rule is expand the horizon of creativity.
TIPS FOR RAMADAN
* Ivories and beiges, as well as both jewel tones and citrus hues, are trending this season.
* Silhouettes look back at nostalgic grandeur with long flowing kalidars and regal kurti-shararas ruling. The “Sharara” actually made a big comeback in 2016 and was extremely popular with celebrities from Madhuri-Dixit and Deepika Padukone to Aishwarya Rai-Bachan and Sonam Kapoor.
* The silhouette can be worn with jackets, anarkalis and kurtis, thereby giving it a contemporary twist. With the festive season upon us, it’s just the silhouette that needs to stand out.
*Sharara sets in pastel hues work well with fine embellishments, while fabrics such as georgettes, handlooms chanderis and Banarsi silks are ideal for the Ramadan season.
CHILLED OUT IFTAR WITH FRIENDS vis-à-vis FORMAL IFTARS
Achkans and asymmetric kurtas paired with dhoti pants, kaftans and kimonos and layered chanderi cotton-silk separates are some interesting looks for a more chilled out Iftar look.
WARDROBE STAPLES FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON
Play with colours. Chanderi kalidars and kurti-shararas with gentle embroideries in colours like ethereal whites, sunset oranges and ruby pinks are ideal for daytime events, luncheons and pujas. For the night, it’s all about glamming it up yet keeping your outfit functional as well as comfortable. Intricately embroidered bodysuits paired with high-waisted skirts, colour-blocked lehengas in jewel tones worn with vintage dupattas and jamawar print skirts are some options en vogue this season. Balance is the key word. Minimal makeup, a pop of colour on the lip or an interesting piece of Boho-jewelry is all you need to rock festive looks.
The designer duo will be at the So Pritti and Ensemble Dubai Ramadan Souk on Saturday, 13th May.
INFO: Free entry, 10 am to 9 pm, Godolphin Ballroom at Emirates Towers