Go for the desi twist with Nafisa Rachel William’s new collection

Rhett Butler’s famous line has inspired this Delhi-based designer's new collection whose clients include actors Nimrat Kaur and Neha Dhupia

Paulami Sen Published :  13th October 2017 06:00 AM   |   Published :   |  13th October 2017 06:00 AM

Designs by Delhi-based Nafisa Rachel William, have been making their way into the closets of poster girls of understated glam. Her A-list clients include actors Nimrat Kaur and Neha Dhupia. Now her patrons here can look forward to shop from her collection as she prepares to launch her latest collection on a city-based e-portal, The Secret Label in the third week of October.


The desi mix
The self-taught designer derives most of her inspirations from novels. For her new collection, she has picked one of the most famous lines from the Margaret Mitchell epic, Gone With The Wind. Titled, Frankly My Dear…, the idea behind the collection is about “wearing what you want and not what the world wants you to,”sums up the English Literature graduate from St  Stephen’s  College, Delhi. The eco-conscious designer, who has worked mostly with mulmul and cotton uses a colour scheme of black, white, emerald green and brown. You can expect to find shirt dresses in block prints, maxis and shirts paired with cotton pants. However, the highlight of the collection is a revised take on the wardrobe classic –Little Black Dress (LBD). “I have added a desi element by incorporating Mukeish embroidery in the LBD,” says the designer who models for her own outfits. Also, expect to find an array  of saris, appropriate for the festive season. 


Back to basics
Nafisa is also keen to dive into the menswear designs which will be a part of the same collection. She is working on the men’s line, with the idea of improvising on basics and straying from the over-the-top ethnic wear for men. The collection will be unveiled online in the last week of October. “When it comes to traditional wear, it is difficult to find, say a good black kurta, so I intend to focus on the basics,” says the designer, adding that shoppers can look forward to black kurta-pyjama, linen and ikat shirts. She also plans to add the quintessential dhoti to her collection for men. Maybe Rhett Butler would approve!

Price: Rs 3,500 for the kurtas
Details: instagram.com/nafisarachelwilliam

paulami @newindianexpress.com