Western silhouettes with an Indian heart
One look at her clothing and you completely understand why she sells so well abroad. Deeply rooted in Indian fabric and embellishments, Nandita Mahtani is known for her desi take on western silhouettes and how!
"I love the fabric we produce and I love how we embellish our clothes, what I do not like is how we define our clothes and hence I reinterpret them and apply our design aesthetic to a western silhouette and what comes out of it is pure magic," opens Nandita Mahtani as we get chatty.
Nandita is known for her love for the monochromes and for a long time, she's been also known to have an ongoing love affair with blacks and whites, this collection however has a different colour palette working for it and so w
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But what does this collection consist of, we are tempted to ask and Nandita indulges us, "A lot of things actually; from party dresses, signature pieces to my resort line including, kaftans and cover-ups, and a lot more breezy dresses. I was very inspired to design a whole collection that was light and casual and inspired by the soft drafts that define the summer for many of us. Considering that, my choice of materials was therefore chiffons and georgettes and I stuck to a colour palette that made me feel light too."
That said, we ask Nandita is she's already envisioning her fall-winter collection. "I never really plan a fall-winter collection as frankly speaking, my resort wear sells the most in winter. Most of India doesn't really have a winter and temperatures might not soar, but are definitely more pleasant then. My clientele in cities like Mumbai go berserk during the winters and my resort or cruise collections go like hot cakes — which is why I've never even considered creating a fall-winter collection," Nandita explains.
What about the monsoons, that have already begun, we ask Nandita in conclusion. "Summer and monsoon are the same seasons to most designers, because the summer collections are often designed keeping the monsoons in mind. The humidity is still up and clothes need to have shorter lengths to avoid puddles and splashes. My summer collection is therefore more of a summer-monsoon collection and my clientele loves it that way," Nandita concludes.
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