Rahul Mishra’s Ode To Paris By Irene Major
Rahul Mishra, winner of the 2013/14 International Woolmark Prize, returned to Paris Fashion Week for a fourth successive season with a new spectacle for AW16, going back to basics to create a line of garments that infused delicate handwork with porcelain patterns.
It was definitely a story to tell – filled with romance, poetry and sensuality. The designer went to great lengths to highlight a love of Paris. It’s a wonderful city to be in, but one should not forget the sadness that has recently touched this divine city.
Rahul Mishra then went on celebrating, throughout his collection, the French flag, focusing on blue which is definitely a predominant colour of the French. Soft blue and soft fabric were chosen but were embellished with materials carefully selected to reflect the woman that he designs for.
“I am very inspired by women who multitask, who have great deal of strength and courage, and they are soft and fragile at the same time. This duality is a gift, which the new-age woman carries with grace, as she happens to be well travelled and informed,” he said. “She loves to flaunt her personality and she doesn’t try to be anybody else. With her great sense of style, she mixes and styles her look in an effective and easy way. She is strong but she loves her femininity.”
I fell in love with the whole collection, and with Rahul Mishra’s ability to mix relaxed chic with smart elegance, a pinch of Sci-Fi, a hint of tribal and, most importantly, great femininity. I saw power and fragility in the collection.
It is the collection of a true poet and I was taken by his stories. I also noticed that regardless of the season, Rahul Mishra still celebrates his beautiful native India, with fabulous, flawless fabrics. Blue is definitely the colour trend to look out for; adding an exotic touch to soft layers.
I peek into my own wardrobe. To achieve a Rahul Mishra-like look, I’m turning an old navy blue cropped jacket and a navy blue vintage Valentino rara silk skirt into a coat. To be continued….