At the outset, I would like to confess that I have been a huge fan of the internationally renowned designer, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, and his artistic creations for quite some time now. I am sure I am not the only admirer of this designer’s exquisite creations, who now has a line of jewelry too. While his earlier work was eclectic and Bohemian he is now known as a designer for brides, as well as the actors in Bollywood, who are the fashion trendsetters in India. His bridal lehengas may be over-the-top and blingy, but the detailed handwork and the bright colors hit the right note, for the most important day in the life of any woman.
The wide reach of the Internet has made Sabyasachi – as he is more famously known – more in vogue, and it is every woman’s dream to possess at least one piece of his beautiful creations. What I personally love are his sarees, which range from the Banarasis, to his rare interpretation of Kerala kasavu on linen, the maheshwari on khadi, and the occasional cottons.
Sabyasachi’s latest collection, “An Endless Summer”, had me swooning over the photographs on Instagram. This inspiring collection was launched just before Holi and before the long Summer season fully descended. Every possible color under the sun is featured in the collection – the fluorescent greens and yellows, pinks and purples, and various shades of red. Even the monochrome finds a place in the collection, with the use of the subtle shades of white, ivory and gold, which are a perennial favorite during Summer.
The couture with its play of colors juxtaposed with traditional cheent, as well as the vibrant geometric and floral designs – hand-printed, hand-painted or even embroidered – creates a visual delight.
The charm of this collection lies in the use of the very handicrafts for which India was famous, before the Britishers took over the country; khadi, kota and mulmul make a comeback, along with the long-forgotten organza, interspersed with matka silk.
Sabyasachi’s collection is focused on modern, fashion-conscious women who like to experiment, without being bound by traditional styles. The interpretation of the Shikhargah sarees of Banaras, as printed organza sarees, was especially eye-catching.
The vibrant colors of this Summer’s collection are sheer poetry in fashion – works of art that can be worn!
Photo Credits – Instagram Handle of Sabyasachi Mukherjee https://www.instagram.com/sabyasachiofficial/