THE stage is truly set for autumn-winter. A thick layer of dry brown leaves covers every inch of the ramp that is lined with faux trees,which have just shed its foliage. As theWoolmark Companys first brand ambassador for India,Rajesh Pratap Singh rolls out his collection on Day Three of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2013,and successfully raises the bar for the season.
His collection is the first step in Singhs collaboration with Woolmark,a well-known textile fibre brand promoting merino wool.
The collection proves yet again that textile engineering and Singhs label are synonymous. Be it the coats,flared jacket-dresses,skirts or the blazers,sharp tailoring and finesse in finish are the hallmarks of the collection that sees the designer exploring various techniques of wool such as felting,knitting,patchwork appliques and subtle embroidery.
Given his rich experience with handlooms,the designer even brings in ikat on wool,which he admits,has been the toughest to put together.
Winter wool staples tweed,tartan,knits,flatbed jacquard are the mainstay of the collection and,just when you think it couldnt get nippier,it begins to snow on the ramp.
The use of artificial snow is a visual delight as the models continue to walk through it without missing a beat. And thats when one begins to notice the collection of accessories such as footwear with leather and wool tweed,sheepskin gloves and headgear.
As far as detailing goes,the designers signature style subtlety reflects in satin inserts,zipper fasteners from motorcycle jackets and geometric stitch detailing of the pockets.
The colour palette doesnt stray too far from earthy tones such as brown,olive,rust and tan but also includes white. Singhs ability to use complex textile design and present it effortlessly reflects in this collection as well.