Payal Pratap takes cues from the Mediterranean for her Pre-Fall collection
A quick run-through of collections from Indian designers will reveal that floral patterns are perhaps the most widely used motifs across the fraternity, with the likes of Sabyasachi and Tarun Tahiliani numbered among their ranks. Another such designer, whose tryst with the leitmotif goes back almost a decade, is Payal Pratap. In her last two collections alone — Vintage Rose and Twist In My Sobriety — the New Delhi-based couturier has found inspiration among roses, hydrangeas and berry buds. Exploring newer iterations of her “love affair with the floral fraternity,” Payal Pratap’s Pre-Fall collection takes a look at blooms through the design vocabulary of the Mediterranean region. “I love to work with the flower as a motif and it just naturally reappears in my collections,” begins the NIFT graduate.
Style & comfort
An easy-to-wear line, designed keeping comfort and wearability in mind, Morocco consists of dresses, tunics, tops and jumpsuits in structured and draped variations. High on fabric detailing and fit and flare cuts, find an array of styles from embroidered tops and high-low wrap dresses to asymmetric placket tunics and gathered tiered dresses. “The silhouettes from the collection reflect what I would personally wear. I love the ease of all the garments and would be hard-pressed to select just one. The sleeveless, long maxi dress with gathers is, however, one I would like to mention.”
Characterised by the use of Payal Pratap’s favoured embroidery — cross-stitch, the collection stays true to its inspiration by drawing visual cues from Morocco’s architecture, craft and textiles. “The rich and vibrant colours of their crafts are compelling. Walking through their buzzing souks that are filled with shops is a sensory feast,” shares the designer, who had recently visited the country. In the collection, reinterpreted mosaic designs from Moroccan carpet and pottery in deep autumn shades of ochre, wine, salmon and navy make an appearance in the form prints. “Add in little details such as bead edging and crochet into the garments and they are statement pieces that make an easy transition from day to night looks,” Payal says, describing a printed peasant dress with cross-stitch detail and trims — an ensemble that embodies the bohemian and eclectic essence of the line.
Keeping with the Diwali season, the designer has a festive capsule in the pipeline, in rich jewel tones featuring gold thread embroideries on limited edition bamboo silk fabrics.
Morocco that features over 30 garments in handwoven fabrics like silk and Chanderi is now available at Amethyst.
Rs 11,500 onwards.