Copper Soul’s debut collection Chasing Clouds is an elegy to the elusive Chennai monsoon
If there is one thing that many of us can relate to, it is the long-drawn search for the perfect piece of apparel that ticks all the right boxes of cut, fit, texture and style. The story behind the brand Copper Soul follows a similar narrative — designer Anjali Krishnan’s elusive hunt for a simple, white V-neck kurta with high side slits. “Finally, I, gave up and decided to create my own design,” says Anjali, with a laugh. Addressing, what she believes, is a market gap for simple, everyday wear sans over-the-top embroidery and colours, the Chennai-based designer is set to unveil her debut clothing line this weekend at Cape Kamoryn.
Get ’em young
A basic everyday clothing line, the collection titled Chasing Clouds was initially designed keeping in mind an older clientele that preferred easy-to-wear, relaxed fits. That was until Anjali styled the lookbook for the collection with a millennial model and her Instagram inbox was filled with DMs from working women and college students. “I think the struggle to find perfect wardrobe staples that are chic and functional transcends age,” says the designer, whose 25-year career has seen her work as a graphic designer and consultant for clients like Colgate, Airtel, Siyaram’s, Being Human, and Taj among others. Throwing A-line cuts and tie-ups into the mix, the collection offers short blouses, crop tops, dresses and long kurtas with added details like functional pockets and lining.
As for her inspiration, the Viscom graduate from Loyola College shares that the elusive monsoons in the city played a major role in the naming and choice of the colour palette. “We’ve all been looking forward to rain over the last couple of months. The shades of white, grey and black are representative of these clouds,” she says, adding that the collection is predominantly white.
Gravitating towards lightweight fabrics, Chasing Clouds utilises cotton and linen with self-prints like minimal lines, colour blocks or patterns. “My pick from the collection would have to be the ladybug motif dress with thin pinstripes and bell sleeves. You could combine it with a pair of strappy red flats for a relaxed evening look.”
Rs 1,500 onwards. At Cape Kamoryn. On July 19. From 7 pm.