Where does designer Kunal Anil Tanna get his inspiration? From roofs and rugs!

His latest high summer collection offers occasion wear for men with intricate patterns

Paulami Sen Published :  08th June 2018 06:00 AM   |   Published :   |  08th June 2018 06:00 AM

Indo chic aesthetics in Kunal Anil Tanna's design

From our chats with menswear specialist Kunal Anil Tanna, we always remember him as the one who can draw inspirations from whatever he sees, reads and absorbs. While, one of his last collections, ‘The Dark Portrait’, was based on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, his latest high summer offering, ‘Bedouin’, revolves around a place that he wishes to visit. “I always wanted to visit Northern Africa and I hope it happens soon. I often draw upon the memory of a place that I have already visited, or I read and research about a place that I desire to see,” says the couturier, adding that this time it is the latter. For his latest ensembles he decided to reproduce the weaving techniques found on the roofs of the makeshift houses that belong to Bedouins of Sahara. On the jackets and long tunic shirts he has created, one can also expect to notice motifs that draw heavily from the intricate patterns on Arabic rugs.

His patrons can look out for the Mumbai-based designer’s signature long shirt with asymmetrical cuts and layering. “No matter, how intricate the motifs though, I always want to make sure that they don’t look bizarre and the outfits remain wearable. I never liked the over-the-top look much,” says the 36-year-old who incidentally came up with the term Indo-chic to describe his design sensibility.  

Kunal Anil Tanna

The alumnus of National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai, has used fabrics like slubbed and raw silk with a hint of chanderi for his summer collection. “The textiles and details seamlessly complement each other, giving way to an exquisite composition,” adds the Mumbaikar whose collection can be ordered via his Instagram handle. The colours he has worked with veer towards darker hues such as tones of blue, burgundy, crimson and emerald green.

Available online.
Rs 7,500 for tunic shirts.