Chennai-based label Sequence Lounge launches its Summer 2019 Collection
Chennai-based designer Rashida Patel calls her collection versatile, minimalistic and sustainable. Her seven-year-old label, Sequence Lounge is launching its summer collection in a two-day pop-up, starting today, at Weddings and Marigolds.
When the self-taught designer, who was previously a banking and human resources professional, started Sequence Lounge in 2012, it was just a retail space with a curated collection of salwar kameez, Pakistani suits and such. “It has only been two years since we started designing our own ready-to-wear line,” says the 38-year-old, who works out of a home studio in Santhome. “We host a lot of events in Chennai as well as in cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Kolkata,” she adds.
The brand’s previous line was a Japanese art inspired Cherry Blossom collection featuring muslin silk and was launched in March last year. “This is my third collection. I don’t come up with a line every season. For every collection, I work with one specific fabric and stick to a particular design. This time around, the line features clothes in linen and we have used geometric and metallic prints,”she adds.
Talking further about the range, Rashida says, “We wanted every garment to be versatile. The designs have been created keeping our clients in mind, which includes working women. We make sure the outfits we offer can be worn in multiple ways, either by pairing it with a jacket or by accessorising it, giving you a different look every time.”
The line that features fusion wear predominantly comprises traditional kurtas, tunics, tunic shirts, shirt dresses, and tunic dresses. Expect to find linen dresses with asymmetrical cuts, bell-sleeved shirts, angrakha-style kurtas, shirt dresses with knife pleats, wrap-style tunic dresses with bowtie, batik dresses and more.
“For the metallic hand embroidery done on the garments, we use threads dyed in iridescent colours rather than opting for a gold zari or zardozi work. Each piece is hand-printed and used in a way that it stands out in the garment. While my previous collections featured pastel shades, this one has colours like ash, different shades of pink, black, teal and more,” says Rashida, adding that she sources her fabrics mainly from West Bengal and other parts of Eastern India. The summer collection also features detachable hand-embroidered brooches in shapes of seahorses, unicorns, bumblebees and more.
Kurtas from `4,900.
On August 2 and 3. At Weddings and Marigolds Studio, T Nagar.
From 10.30 am to 7 pm.
— Fathima Ashraf