With an ear-deafening drum roll and two young boys clad in dhoti pants cart-wheeling on the ramp, began Kavita Bhartia’s show ‘Folklore Saga’, on the evening of Day 2 of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013.
It was like a Roman holiday revived on the ramp with a theme that resonated sensuality and elegance. Inspired by the dressing styles ofpeasant women in Eastern Europe, Kavita Bhartia attempts to create her ‘Folklore Saga’ right here in India. On the inspiration, thedesigner said, “The garments are traditional in the sense that they’ve been inspired from the peasant women of Eastern Europe. But that doesn’t mean they cater to only international buyers. The cuts are very much Indian and therefore, appeal to Indians equally.”
Collection: Kavita Bhartia is known to blend the traditional Indian craftsmanship techniques with innovative western silhouettes, which bring out a look that’s distinctive and enigmatic. Some of the garments showcased were – structured peasant blouses, floor length gowns in silkLycra, organza and chiffon, short and full length tunics, organza and chiffon jumpsuits, and pleated top and Zouave pants. Embellishments are subtle, in the form of embroidered geometrical and weaved motifs.
Colour palette: ‘Folklore Saga’ represents the Romanian culture in a big way through its colours. Kavita elaborates on this, “I have deliberately used light and breezy colours that represent the spirit of carnival, which again is associated with cheer and fun. I love mixing different fabrics together and infusing colour into them, hence I’ve teemed bold neon colours with soft creams and pastels that work wonderfully for the spirit of spring.” The blush of creams, pastels, purple, turquoise and neon hues work brilliantly with the upcoming flavour of the season.
Accessories: Besides the high-heeled stilettos making rounds in deep red and golden colours, and suede ankle-length boots, the other thing that caught our eye was the unusual headgear. Call it a turban or a winter woollen cap but it’s more than just that. “The headgears have been inspired by the gypsy look, and it took us ten days to put together the doris (thick strands of thread) with the chiffons,” explains Kavita.
Front row: Boxer Vijender Singh was spotted in a well-fitted white tee and a scarf stylishly wrapped around his neck.
Price bracket: Between Rs 7000 – Rs 15000