A Manish Malhotra sari from Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week 2012
Goodness me! I love fashion week in India and Pakistan. when I find a peice that catches my eye, it then involves a 10 minute (not exxagerating) staring contest with the screen breaking down the details of the garment. How many peices is this? Neckline? Embroidery? Crystals? Is that hand woven dabka or is that a very fine lace? Raw silk? Foil or Sequin work? Oh the list of questions can just go on and on. I suppose being in this business my mind has trained itself to get down to the technical details of everything that sparks my interest. Sometimes I wonder if someone in my profession may alternatively be called a materials engineer because we are constantly trying to find ways to build new things to fit our clients needs with new contraints and specifics. You have to have knowledge of several different materials to use in production for whatever custom item you are making. It may be part of a backdrop, a peice of furniture (why yes, I have made a peice of furniture and upholstered it for a client's Mehndi, will do whatever it takes for my clients!), escort card table or even something used in the centerpieces. So the point here, which may seem far fetched since my mind runs a mile a minute, is that I find inspiration to create in the most unexpected places and more often than not will be inspired by a particular material used to create a larger peice of beauty such as what was used in cohesion to create the stunning sari above.
So, to follow are some materials inspirations from this seasons Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week!
Pallavi Jaikishen at Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week 2012
Check out the lush Fern runway treatment! BEAUTIFUL! I'm currently designing for a South Asian client for September 2013 with a pallette
heavy on lush greens with cobalt blue and royal blue in all the linens and
fabrics used, and purple only in the lighting. It is totally going to look like
an enchanted garden. It makes it even more exciting to see a designer use a similar aesthetic to bring out the colors of her garments, where I am using this pallette to bring out my bride!
Rohit Bal at Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week 2012
Boutique style event design providing florals, props and styling worthy of a stop and stare.