Itr by Khyati Pande offers a new collection that has dreamy prét in the most comfortable fabrics
During one of her festive outings recently, actress Alia Bhatt wore a kurta with dhoti pants in exquisite sage green. It had an A-line silhouette, minimal gold embroidery and a relaxed fit. She finished the look with a dainty dupatta, crafted from sheer organza with hand-embroidered zari polka dots. We did a quick search and found that it is from Noida-based label, Itr By Khyati Pande. It has already created a niche following among the slow fashion lovers and is now available at Anonym on Road No 92, Jubilee Hills.
Cluster to cluster
As we spoke to Khyati who helms the label, she shared that the reason she started the sartorial venture was quite personal. While looking for flattering outfits in handwoven khadi, muslins and pure cotton, the designer couldn’t find many attractive options. Hence, she decided to start something on her own. “The essential idea was to create clothes that hug you back and is almost like a second skin,” says the graduate of National School of Fashion Design, Mumbai, adding that each pair of clothing should be mindful and purposeful.
She mentions that as a child, she had watched her mom and grandmother procure jamdani and traditional weaves from the local weavers. That’s where she imbibed her old school sartorial sensibility from. “I initially got started with one tailor and then worked closely with karigars (artisans),” says Khyati, adding that she collaborates with weavers from West Bengal. She also travels to Gandhigram in Tamil Nadu to meet khadi clusters, and bring their work to the fore.
Why fit in?
Her Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, Essentialism, features functional anti-fits and box cuts. One of the highlights happens to be the angarkhas. The hues that one can expect are various pastels, ivory and ecru. The fabrics that she has used are khadi and muslin with occasional chanderi and organza. “While choosing a piece of fabric I keep two things in mind — first, it should be comfortable. Second, it has to be handspun such that it becomes a coveted addition to the heirloom,” informs Khyati.
One can shop for quaint knee-length dresses, over-shirts and tunics with subtle polkas, block printing and florals. You can also notice the presence of stripes, checks and dots to give a break to any monotony in motifs. Also, handcrafted and embroidered detailing, scallop trims and the three-quarter sleeves are some of our favourites.