'Rahul Mishra has always been a champion of the varied traditional artisans that India has to offer'
Fashion Director: Joseph Toronka
India has been in the midst of turmoil through this pandemic and with
Rahul Mishra and his atelier also affected by this, one can only imagine the resilience and strength required to be able to simply create.
“Shape of Air '' was a collection conceptualised from better times, when the designer and his family holidayed on the Greek island of Santorini with its beautiful spectrum of blues against traditional Cyclades stark white buildings. It was translating these natural elements of nature into clothing that the creative challenge was born.
Mishra has always been a champion of the varied traditional artisans that India has to offer and this collection was a testament to their skills. Hand embroidery as light as air itself was used in mille-feuille layered dress, in simple tiered layers or intricately panelled and then layered bringing the emphasis of the ombre effect to the forefront of the collection. Structured tailoring was overlayed with the finest tulle, and when done in tones of oranges and red it was reminiscent of the sun’s daily cycle. Bellowing balloon dresses in purist white gave the sense of space and air with a standout heart shape dress that was truly memorable.
For me, it was the intricacy and delicacy of the embroidered island landscape featured widely throughout the collection, which demonstrated the level of the these accomplished artisans that have become the backbone of team Mishra.
It is that army of talent that Mishra has always championed in his work (and continues to hero) that makes this collection even more special.
In times of great adversity and loss, he has managed to maintain a team capable of producing what I think is one of his finest collections to date. I know there are so many pieces that will be on the red carpet once we are back in full flow.
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