Designer Rahul Vijay reveals that Prateik Babbar's Cannes suit was made from his late mother Smita Patil's Kanjeevaram saris

This unique suit wasn't just a fashion statement; it was a son's loving tribute to his mother
In frame: Prateik Babbar
In frame: Prateik Babbar

Prateik Babbar paid a heartfelt tribute to his late mother, the legendary actress Smita Patil, at the Cannes Film Festival screening of her classic film Manthan. Dressed in a unique suit crafted from his mother's Kanjeevaram saris, Prateik's attire was a powerful blend of fashion and sentiment.

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Fashion designer Rahul Vijay, the mastermind behind the outfit, shared the story on Instagram. "This one is special!" he wrote. Prateik had approached Rahul with the request to create a look that honoured Smita for the Cannes screening. Rahul explained, "When Prateik called me up asking me to dress him up for the Indian premiere of #Manthan... I knew I had to bring in elements of Smita Patil's style into his look."

The project presented a unique challenge. Transforming saris into a modern men's suit demanded creativity and resourcefulness. "We narrowed down on two beautiful silk Kanjeevaram saris," Rahul revealed. One featured a striking pinstripe pattern, while the other was a timeless plain black. With the help of Prateik's aunt, who generously provided eight saris for consideration, the perfect materials were chosen.

The next hurdle was designing a suit that would seamlessly blend tradition with modern flair. "We wanted to keep the silhouette very very modern considering we were recycling Indian saris," Rahul explained. His vision was a juxtaposition of classic Indian textiles with a contemporary, sharp look.

The final design was a triumph. A cropped, double-breasted tuxedo in black silk formed the base, while the pinstriped saree was transformed into wide-legged pants. A touch of Smita's legacy was woven into the details – the red border of the sari was repurposed as trim on the sleeves, echoing a design from a recent Jade couture collection.

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"Sustainable fashion with an emotional connection, this look has it all!" Rahul said. This unique suit wasn't just a fashion statement; it was a son's loving tribute to his mother, a testament to the enduring power of her memory.

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