Mumbai | Fashion designer Archana Kochhar feels India has evolved in terms of fashion as people have become more open to experiment with trends.
“India has evolved significantly when it comes to fashion. People are willing to accept newer trends and are willing to experiment. Brides are open to not wearing red for the wedding. Capes, digital prints these are all signs of evolution that have happened in India,” Archana told PTI.
The ace designer will be showcasing her collection at the New York Fashion Week on September 8.
The collection, called “A tale of two travels”, is a melange of two capsule collections inspired from Archana’s visit in India.
“One of the inspirations is derived from my travel to the villages of the colourful nomadic tribe Banjara and the other to the breath taking Taj Mahal. Blending these two varied inspirations for two capsule collections was an interesting challenge,” she said.
According to Archana, the collection inspired by Banjara is a part of ‘Make in India’ campaign, initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“I have worked with different sets of artisans from across India trying to revive and re-energise different art forms of India, some of which are dying. The translation of the collection is modern, keeping the essence of Banjara intact,” she said.
The second collection is inspired by the finest carvings and floral patterns of the Taj Mahal.
Through her collection Archana is also supporting the initiative “Bring Beauty Back” and acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi will be walking the ramp for her in New York.
“I am promoting the concept of inclusion of all forms of beauty, hence supporting the initiative at the New York Fashion runway. Reshma will open the show for me,” she added.
The silhouettes comprises cold shoulder crop tops, caplets, flared bellbottoms, flared skirts, pencil skirts, paper bag waist skirts, dhoti pants, structured gowns, key hole gowns, flowy drapes and jumpsuits.
“For Banjara collection the colour pallet is of ivory offset with colourful digitally printed motifs. The second collection is a visualisation of the ivory marbles of the Taj Mahal,” she added.
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