On a chilly February night, the sleepy town of Raichak in West Bengal, on the edge of the Ganges, played host to an unlikely launch. Kolkata-based designer Jaya Misra chose the Ganga Kutir Resort’s Sonar Tori heritage restaurant, reminiscent of a Zamindar’s bungalow as her venue to showcase The Royals of Surf, her latest bridal wear collection.
We were in for a feast of fabrics. There was a mix of quirky, fun designs in mixed fabrics that included velvet, brocade, georgette, leather, net
and shimmer. The collection, which was made with light hand and machine embroidery, showcased rich Zari work by local karigars ensuring that the lehengas and saris exuded a royal Awadhi character.
The colours featured a mix of red, yellow, antique gold, orange, green, beige and peach among other colours to reflect a summer theme and use of navy blue and black hues to indicate a royal theme.
The collection, an amalgamation of traditional motifs in a contemporary form, includes jackets with innovative cuts and imaginative collars and a play with pleats and drapes in the saris. Speaking about the collection, Misra says, “The collection is an eastern-western fusion; the focus is on styling, cuts and on emphasising the royal aspect. Hence, there is plenty of detail; for example — the ghagras have 13 gheras.”
She adds that the collection is targetted at the modern bride and aims to boost her trousseau: “That’s why the collection includes a mix of ornate and heavy pieces (for the major wedding functions) as well as for lighter garments (for the cocktail parties, and events to attend during the honeymoon).”
Misra is a NIFT alumnus and took over six months on this collection. “There are a lot of hand-woven elements in the collection; so, I needed time to get the embellishments and styling right,” she shares.
Shades for India
She admits that her choice of colours may appear unconventional. “Bright summery colours are trending this season and they suit the Indian skin tone as well. Even big brands have chosen to include a lot of colour in their collections. We researched the market and chose the colour palette, accordingly. The collection is also very exclusive as every cut and drape is different,” explains Misra.
The designer adds that she draws inspiration from nature and her journeys for her designs. “I travel a lot, so the beaches I visit or even the artworks I absorb are reflected as motifs in my collection. For instance — my most recent trip was to the Palace of Versailles in Paris. I derived inspiration from its architecture and its royal elegance,” she says, before getting back to another set of queries at the venue.
At Aza outlets at 15 A, Juhu Tara Road, near Maneckji Cooper school, Juhu; 21, Altamount Road. call 23530212
Cost Rs 25,000 onwards