Fit for a QUEEN
If you are feeling royal and proud as a peacock, it's the right mood to pick something from Namrata G's latest collection
Namrata G has opted for vibrant peacock shades with intricate ethnic detailing this season.
THERE ARE times when the exuberant heart makes one feel like a queen and threatens to break free from its ribbed cage. Nothing like a great dress to complement that royal mood. Perhaps, one from Namrata G's latest collection, Romance, that has about it a distinct royal touch.
Inspired by the Calico Museum of Ahmedabad, Namrata borrows from the style of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Century nawaabs and sahibs. Apt as eveningwear and ceremonial attire, the Romance Collection uses the vibrant peacock shades with intricate ethnic detailing. Says Namrata: "The playfulness, freshness, and mystery of the peacock are extremely unusual."
The collection, which comprises top wear and bottom wear for women, uses prints, textures, and styling of a bygone era. Details such as ghungroos, pin tucks, little block prints, small stitches, and jali work have been carefully worked into each garment, while making sure that the apparel falls into both Indian and Western wear categories. Most garments also focus on tie-ups and Moghul necklines, things one can see in most depictions of the era gone by. However, Indian and ethnic these may seem, the silhouette of the garment is something that looks contemporary too, making it very wearable by the woman of today.
The collection, which can be picked up as separates or as co-ordinated sets, is versatile in that one can choose from tops with round necklines, sensual blouses, and kurtis with chudidar-type sleeves to go with different types of bottom wear such as fish tail skirts, wrap skirts, straight pants, sharara pants, and so on. In terms of embroidery, one sees a lot of mirror work, dori work, kasab embroidery, and glitter work. The clothes basically use three different fabrics chiffon, silk, and georgette.
Primarily designed for the DSYN 2004 show organised by NIFT (an amalgamation of designers, production people, and fabric suppliers to promote a fair price market), the Romance Collection partners with another one called Calico Line, to present wearable and affordable ensembles from Namrata's studio. Namrata has worked with Pathi Prints for Romance and Reid and Taylor for Calico Line.
The Calico Line focuses on corporate wear and uses lincool as the basic fabric of outerwear (read jackets), while silk is used for the inner shirts and tops in the collection designed for both men and women. Explain Namrata: "Lincool is closest to linen, but has better longevity if you're wearing it throughout the day, as it doesn't crease easily."
Most of the suits designed in this line have printed silk lining in the jackets and inner shirts that bear the same print as the lining. Each print has been carefully designed to see that the palette blends with the outer jacket. The colours used here include creams, ecru, and beige for the jackets while the shirts may be in more vibrant shades. Shirts for men have open, long, or pointed collars, with French cuffs. Women have frilled collars, three-fourths sleeve lengths, and even kamarbandh like jackets. All pockets of jackets are detailed with pin tucks, plackets, puckering etc..
Available at Studio KAIROS on Lavelle Road, Namarata's collection starts at Rs. 7,500 and can be customised for fits, colours, and styles.
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