Salt Studio comes to Bengaluru for a two-day showcase
Diya Jown brings down her collections titled, Nova, Greek Hues and Vedic
Be it Greek goddess-inspired Greek Hues or Nova, which references Native American women, it seems as if designer Diya John of Salt Studio has looked towards strong female figures for inspiration in the collections she brings to Bengaluru next week. “The patterns and silhouettes I use for my garments are quite special. You’ll find that it’s also not very excessive or over the top, which is what has worked for my clients,” says the Kochi-based designer, whose list of patrons extend from Bengaluru to Hyderabad. Making her way to the city just ahead of the festive season, she has curated the garments such that they are high on drama, heavily embellished and vibrantly hued.
Barely three years into the business, and Diya has already dressed a number of celebrities from Kerala, but it was not all moonlight and roses when she started out. “We launched the label with a line of dresses. We were not very confident about whether they’d sell. And right enough, the collection was not well received. Then I worked towards creating garments that are the right blend of Indian and Western sensibilities, and that worked for me,” she explains.
The Bengaluru trunk show, apart from the Greek Hues and Nova collections, will also feature a collection titled, Vedic, which draws heavily from Hindu culture, mythology and idols for a line-up of bright, thread-embroidered pieces crafted from Chanderi silk and cotton. “From this line there’s a peplum top and pleated palazzo trouser combo that is one of the key looks,” shares Diya. Greek Hues, on the other hand, boasts dramatic silhouettes, such as floor-grazing dresses bearing zardosi, bead and kagdana work, while Nova veers more towards the casual space with hand-painted, dreamy motifs (such as butterflies) on linen and linen silk.
Rs.2,800 upwards. September 19 and 20. At Raintree, Sankey Road. Details: facebook.com/saltstudiokochi