Recently I got the oppurtunity to wear a wonderful Pune-based designer who showcased her summer collection in Goa – Monika Chordia. Her label Praan:t, is all about customising the perfect silhouettes – may it be for the one looking for an outfit for a day out, classy office wear or chic summer ensemble. She uses age-old weaves and Indian handicrafts to create an exquisite collection of chic, elegant and in-vogue Indian and Indo-western clothing.
I wore two relatively different outfits from her latest collection that narrates a beautiful tale of modern day India through two of our country’s most remarkable, yet forgotten weaves. From the by-lanes of Bhuj and the heart of West Bengal come the purest of Indian fabrics – Kala Cotton and Khadi Matka. The collection uses the former in subtle, muted, earthen tones to create stylish day-wear; and striking, bright hues for the evening-wear made in Khadi Matka.
The range is an elegant ensemble of pure Indian fabrics, western Influences, trendy cuts and the most intricate embroideries garnered with innovative detailing and stitching techniques. Both my outfits are made of handwoven Khadi Matka – a very light and breathable fabric. I picked these because they came in bright hues as opposed to the earthy tones of the Kala Cotton. The comfort level is unbelievable, without compromising on the structure.
Say for example, the pleats on the naturally dyed maroon ensemble – how neat do they look? This outfit is perfect for someone looking for some drama and structured detailing. It fits perfectly and accentuates my body just right. It could be accessorised by adding a chunky clutch, hoops and heels for a different look.
My second outfit is this natural dyed green cropped shrug on this elegant flowy black maxi dress. I love how the horizontal embroidery detailing on the shrug makes my body look proportionate. It can be effortlessly dressed down for the evening with some sneakers or comfy booties, or dressed up for the night by adding some heels or blingy jewelry. While we always focus on trends, these outfits are a refreshingly classy take on fashion!
Shoot location: Panaji, Goa