Thursday, October 09, 2014

Dev r Nil SS-2015

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Spring Summer 2015

Collection Note


I wake up to a dream of the unknown world

Calling me into its lap

The stories it tells me are the ones I heard from my grandmother.

I sieve through the sand, the cobble stones of the old city lanes

Collecting small love from every little pebble.

Falling stars make a wish

I don’t want to end this journey

Flowers bloom

....I can hear the song of the wild

The collection is an ode to Bohemia...the spirit of travelling and accumulating experiences that fill our heart and mind

Rabindranath Tagore’s work has a lasting influence on us and his words come alive through some of his own handwriting (alternately, retain the word script prints as you had used originally). The other prints which are part of this story are those of "the pebbles" which talk about our journeys and the history of a land ; under the night sky watching the shooting stars, of idle time under the same sky imagining figures and patterns as you lie face up, wide eyed, sleeping under the open constellations. These acts of banality, of the mundane - things that we could do, once, and now, have forgotten, as our fast city life comes alive. The Moroccan mosaic pattern, the nameless flowers that grow by the hedge and the patchwork all talk about the stories that are long forgotten. We bring them alive in this collection as we sing a song of the wild.

The textures and the embroideries have a traditional touch with hours of love. Mirror work, bead work, thread embroideries pleating and the crushing of fabrics are all but modern yet have a timeless appeal.

The hand woven Ikats and silks weave an unusual relationship story with chiffons and georgettes. The layers of various fabrics and patterns come together, albeit in a nonconformist manner.

The colours are colours that inspired us in this journey. The beige of mud, khaki of sand, red of love, blues – the light of water and the deep serene blue of the night sky, orange of traditions and pinks and mints of blooming wild flowers.

Nalanda Bhandari SS-2015

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Croc-Watching: Walter Van Beirendonck Men's Fall 2014

Need a super-sized serving of color, print and kook? Look no further than Walter Van Beirendonck’s men's collection for fall, a brilliant mash-up of tribal patterns and vintage military themes.

Van Beirendonck typically uses patterns and textures like a French chef uses butter. Which is to say, often and with little regard for those who can’t stomach it. Case in point: the combination of striped vests and neon leggings, which were then combined with fuzzy army helmets and toothy high-tops. Other head-scratching elements from the Belgian designer were acid-yellow fun fur and striped rugby scarves.

While the title, Crossed Crocodile Growl, offered little in the way of explanation, except for croc-embossed leather trousers, those looking for deeper meaning could ponder the phrase “Stop Racism,” splashed across some of the Native American headdresses — an extra morsel for thought in a very rich collection.