Anjali Jhangiani
Friday, 1 February 2019

Designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil, who will be showcasing their collection at the grand finale at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019, talk about telling the story of the modern Indian woman on the ramps

Known for their dramatic outfits, celebrated designer brothers Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra will be displaying their edgy collection at the grand finale of the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019 in Mumbai. This is the first time they will be playing the part of the closing designers for the fashion event, and they couldn’t be more excited. 

In association with the cosmetic brand’s Matte Reinvent line of products, their latest collection is called Recruit with imperial vibes. Talking about it, Shantanu says, “This collection focuses on the emotions that have led to the empowerment of the modern Indian woman. It has been very inspiring for us. Even though it arises from our India Story, it represents very futuristic design connotations. Our design representations for this collection will carry forward to the future generations. This collection made us travel to what the future generations would want and that is why it evolved us through each step. Whether it was the design culmination or exploring the emotive aspects of young Indians, it gave us a deeper insight into how gender binaries are absolutely redundant.”

Their mood board replicated textured overlays, metallic details and the colour red, that gave rise to a plethora of emotions to be expressed through this season’s couture creations by the designer duo. “This season black, gold and scarlet red will communicate the story of the young Indian women. The ensembles carry forward the ‘S&N Anti-Trend’ phenomenon. Powerful silhouettes have been reworked into exaggerated drapes with dramatic mesh overlays over our edgy take on traditional skirts, oversized capes accessorised with eclectic medallion adornments, and silk tassels and intricate gold embroidery. Layering the nostalgic shapes and structures of yore with sharp and contemporary fabrications makes way for rather revolutionary couture,” explains Nikhil. 

Recruit amplifies the effect of emancipation with connotations of avant garde silhouettes. This is done by using a vibrant hue of red to position vigour and glamour, structured and over-sized shoulders, and a mystic perspective on military authority. These silhouettes arise from the brand’s signature philosophy but are reworked into exaggerated ensembles to resonate the eclectic and futuristic designs of this collection,” he adds.

Talking about the detaling used on the ensembles, the designers share that there has been a lot of focus on texturing, gold embroidery, mesh overlays, edgy medallion details with polished tones, and exaggerated drapes. 

The designers believe that Indian couture has evolved so much to give homegrown designers the freedom to come up with experimental collections, and not just stick to tried-and-tested formulas or play safe and incorporate trends on international ramps into their collections. “The extent to how much the designers experiment now, most of them ideate and implement their own niche creations. However, we feel that over-sized shoulders will make a comeback this season,” says Shantanu.

This fashion event will be creating trends of its own in India as senior designers as well as newbies to the industry will showcase their innovative creations. As experts on bridalwear, the duo believe that this season, pastels will fade and give way to brighter hues with emphatic drapes for both men and women. The young summer bride this year must be experimental and give way to more avant garde interpretations of Indian couture to look unique for her special day,” ends he.

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