This spring summer collection aims to celebrate the free spirit and boundless creativity of Ourika

Morocco, with its rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and diverse culture, serves as a vibrant canvas for Divyam’s creative vision.
Collection: Ourika
Collection: Ourika

It is truly mesmerising when designers draw inspiration from different corners of the world to create fashion collections. Imagine donning outfits that narrate tales of a specific place, weaving together its culture, cuisine, colours, and landscapes. Each destination has a distinct character, and fashion collections that encapsulate these stories do so in a captivating and artistic manner. On this note, fashion designer Divyam Mehta’s new spring-summer collection, Ourika, is a poetic homage to Moroccan culture.

Morocco, with its rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and diverse culture, serves as a vibrant canvas for Divyam’s creative vision. The country is a captivating blend of African, Arab, and European influences where ancient traditions and contemporary life merge seamlessly. The mixture of history, art, cuisine, music, and architecture creates an unforgettable collage that leaves an indelible mark on all who visit.

Ourika, a valley nestled in the Moroccan High Atlas along the Ourika river, is the heart of this collection. Sharing more details about Ourika, Divyam says, “It aims to celebrate the free spirit and boundless creativity of the Ourika region of Morocco. The place is known for its unique prints and pattern of making textiles including the boro patchwork and you can see the hints of the culture in our garments.”

Pieces from the collection
Pieces from the collection

Some areas in Morocco enjoy warm, pleasant weather, while others face scorching heat and humidity. Certain regions experience snowfall, reminiscent of ski resorts, and there are places with tropical palm trees. As for the fashion collection, Divyam used colours that reflect Morocco’s diverse landscapes. “Shades of Shada, Fanidi pink, Zarq blue, Shibi teal, sand, and mud brown evoke the warmth of the desert sun, the coolness of the Mediterranean Sea, and the earthy hues of the Atlas Mountains. The silhouettes are soft and freespirited, with rich and resplendent colours that remind you of the Moroccan palate and taste,” adds the designer.

According to him, the collection is perfect for the summer season because it’s made from the softest fabrics like cotton, linen, and silk. Handspun and easy on the body, these fabrics ensure comfort and style in the warmer months.

Ourika consists of summer jackets paired with easy dresses, trousers, oversized tops, and layered tunics for both men and women. These versatile pieces are designed to transition seamlessly from day to night, making them perfect for various occasions.

Sharing his vision for how his designs should make the wearer feel, Divyam says, “Comfort and style are essential elements that must be prioritised. It’s a prerequisite that comes even before design and construction.”

He emphasises that at the studio, they are steadily refining the art of comfort dressing while maintaining their distinctive aesthetic. The goal is for wearers to find enjoyment in their garments across multiple seasons, achieved through meticulous construction that imbues each piece with value and emotion.

Price starts at Rs 10,000 onwards.

Available online.

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