Sabyasachi: All for a cause

Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Kolkata-based designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s theme for Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 11 was ‘Save the Tiger’. However, the designer’s star clients Bollywood stars Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan skipped the event. The show saw a quirky and boho chic take on life in the Sunderbans and the Royal Bengal Tiger.

He started with a line of yellow, black and ivory tones inspired by the colors of the Indian tiger and then presented a collection that moved through the various decades of fashion. From the fun and freedom of the ’20s to the elegance of the ’30s and ’40s going to the ’70s era which had touches of Boho chic while the ’80s had a daring look. About the collection Mukherjee said there was no pressure when he was doing this show because for the first time he did a show where he got the brief from someone else. The collection had a very western approach in terms of silhouettes. There were all sorts of silhouettes ranging from the 1920s to the 1980s. In the textures he used a lot of khadi, hand-based cotton, textured raw silk, French lace, etc. The collection had skirts and blouses, shirts, bikini tops, playsuits with flared hems, palazzos and even three short saris pioneered by the designer worn over long lush skirts. The earthy tones were matched with bright colors, which gradually emerged for the ensembles.