Delhi-based designer Siddhartha Bansal’s Summer of Love, now in Kolkata
Delhi-based fashion designer Siddhartha Bansal’s new spring summer collection, called Summer of Love will now be available at the multi-designer store in Salt Lake called Seven Arches. The designer who recently showcased his collection at the Elite Social has brought out a collection which resembles wearable art, with a fusion of embroidery and paisley print.
Siddhartha uses colour blocking technique to combine various patterns together-whether it is geometric or floral prints, polka dots or even abstract art. He blends colours and hues with patterns to create a bright new look for each garment.
“I feel very inspired by the late 60s and 70s era America, especially the psychedelic art which emerged during that era. Post the Vietnam War, a lot of things were changing around the world, especially in terms of art and music,” says Siddhartha, who takes a keen interest in history and culture, which inspires most of his works.
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“I personally love colours but I am not trying to recreate the era here. For me, clothes are a canvas through which you can bring happiness to the people around,” he adds. “I try to include elements from history, which can be used to create something new, which people can relate to,” he informs.
One notices a mix of bright and deep colours, along with cooler and subdued shades and boho cuts. The pervading theme of the collection is the mystical journey of a female wayfarer and each garment seems to capture a different mood, altogether, which is reflected either in the colours or patterns of the dress.
Most of his silhouettes are easy going and carefree, with plenty of A-line cuts, which suits the Indian body frame. A look at his collection reveals that he uses different fabrics like crepe, silk, cotton silk, satin modal and chanderi, with colours which suit the particular garment and retain the cheerful look, without outdoing it.
If a skirt in yellow and green satin modal glows with brightness, the accompanying rainbow top balances it. Similarly, the dresses in softer shades have been created out of simpler, non-glossy fabrics, which goes with the cool colours.
You will find a wide range of garments-for both the conservative and bold dresser- such as sleeveless high-neck dresses, long gowns, full sleeved pleated shirt dresses, cowl-neck tops, kaftan dresses, spaghetti tops with palazzos, skirts, middies and others. We noticed a dressy teal skirt with intricate embroidery work, worn with a simple kaftan top in blue and pink paisley prints and observed that each of his pieces can be styled differently for a new look.
A full-sleeved pleated dress with collars looked charming and smart at the same time, because of the intelligent use of paisley prints in soft colours. A one-sided sleeveless top with ruffles in deep purple, teamed up with a light lilac organza skirt, with embroidered embellishments, called Peace simply looked outstanding, for the stark contrast it evokes. It is quite apt for the quirky dresser who needs to visit a modern-day wedding party and only reaffirms what the couturier had told us already- “Fashion is not just about wearing clothes, but it’s about showing your personality.” We agreed.
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