Designer Sneha Arora’s new collection Breathe is perfect for sunny brunches
Designer Sneha Arora is known for motifs that draw heavily from elements of nature. Also, she likes to keep her designs as wearable as possible. For her Spring/Summer 2019 collection, Breathe, her mood board revolves around the calming factors of snow-capped mountains and the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan. “During my last trip there, I fell in love with the landscape, clean air, and the relatively stress-free lives of people, and then starting working on designs inspired by it,” says the designer in her thirties, who recently launched her collection at city-based multi-designer store, Elahe. This collection is a mix of structured looks and trendy separates which can add to your workwear wardrobe and some easy silhouettes for those relaxed, sunny days.
What we love are the hues of soft pastels, statement botanical prints and the fact that she has used breathable fabrics. The patterns reflect floral stems in bulbs and soda bottles and trees with scattered leaves around. The designs are all about understated glamour, and attention to detail, like miniature floral embroidery with a playful mix of sheer and anti-fit cuts. Take, for instance the ensemble Sneha created for actress Sonali Bendre. Her beige dress paired with a sheer blue trench coat, is a highlight of the spring/summer lookbook. Apart from the dresses fitted at the waist, fashionistas must also look out for midi-skirts and silk shirts. That apart, we also like the silk polka lapel shirts with striped trousers and pleated midi skirts. For those who want to look beyond that, there are trench jackets, tiered dresses, wrap around blouses, drop shoulder tops, organza jackets combined with maxi dresses, etched with hand embroidered details and miniature tree prints on shirts and dresses.
The shade card is predominantly a soothing composition of sky blues, leafy greens, earthy beiges and whites with a hint of sunny oranges. They are spun in airy silks, organzas, smooth cotton and cotton silks, informs the Kolkata-based designer. Sneha has also introduced androgynous elements which offer a contrast to the feminine pleated shirts. We love the printed pantsuit actress Madhuri Dixit wore from Breathe. “That can be a perfect pick-me-up for days that you want to step into the workplace feeling confident,” says the designer.
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