This season Mandira Bedi’s collection at Lakme Fashion Week SR’15 will have the flavor of Varanasi with banarasi fabric as the focal point creatively edged with statement blouses.
When you have to play with fabrics, the best place in India is to be in Varanasi, says actor-turned-fashion designer Mandira Bedi in an exclusive chat with Indian Express Online, revealing about her Lakme Fashion Week SR’15 collection which will have deep influence from the banarasi fabric.
Mandira’s love for saris is not new and she says that sari is something that makes her feel proud and comfortable and whenever she has to step out her best foot forward is draping in a sari.
Talking about the inspiration, excited Mandira says, “I was on a tour to Varanasi and I was so influenced by the fabric richness the place had, that it made me decide my next collection will be focused on banarasi fabric. She adds, “The focal point of the collection is Banarasi which I have played creatively with net, satin, georgette and summer silk to make it a little lighter in tone and be a comfort wear for summers.”
Banarasi itself is a very heavy fabric, and to play with it for summer was something creative for Mandira. She justifies, “Banarasi is a heavy fabric and classy too, so my collection is basically a fusion of traditional banarasi fabric with easy to wear modern fabric. It is altogether a fun sari collection, where I will use this ethnic fabric in the construct I make with saris.”
The collection will have glimpses of patch work, embroidery and the banarasi booti.
Speaking about the edge of the collection, enthusiastic Mandira states, “My last collection had simple blouses that define me, but this time my collection has statement blouses for each sari, and that will add flavor to it. Ranging from collared blouses to full sleeve and three-quarter sleeves the range will be visible in fabrics like pure silk, georgette and banarasi.”
Her last collection was all about women of substance and that’s the reason women from all walks of life were visible on the ramp. Clearing the concept for this season she states, “this time it will be all models but yes I will be having a showstopper and once again she will be someone reflecting the woman of substance, so keep guessing and do watch the ramp on March 22.”