Mouldable metal and fluid drapery has always been designer Amit Aggarwals forte. A recent showing of his collection at Ensemble (in Mumbais Lion Gate),reiterated the fact. What,however,was striking was the posse of three mannequins,clad in pre-pleated cocktail saris paired with structured blouses. Out of these,a black,heart-shaped blouse paired with a grey lamé sari,stood out. It is one of my favourites, says the designer.
A closer look at the collection revealed more,other than the fact that this is Aggarwals first sari collection. The saris,the pre-pleated kinds along with other outfits use fabrics such as jerseys,chiffons,georgettes,silk and lamé. The colour palate has black,brown and beige along with jewel tones such as emerald green and royal blue. You can easily slip into one of these and move about comfortably. Also,while some of these are one-piece saris,the others have a separate blouse,which can be teamed up with trousers and a jacket, he says.
Aggarwal launched this eponymous label recently,after he quit the label Morphe that he had launched in partnership with the company Creative Impex five years ago. The 31-year-old admits that he was initially apprehensive as he had never tried his hand at designing saris before. I had always wanted to make saris and with the festive season around the corner,the timing was perfect. In this autumn-winter line,he has created 18 saris with fitting tops,dresses,monochromatic capes and anarkalis paired with churidars.
In keeping with his signature look,the use of embroidery is minimal,though the garments bear an ornate touch. Right now,the focus is on my capsule collection and I plan to come up with one every three months, he says,adding that this line is available at Ensemble stores in Mumbai and Delhi.
The dresses,tops,capes and anarkalis fall in the price range of Rs 6,000 to 20,000,while the saris are priced between Rs 30,000 and 60,000. The price is a reflection of the quality being offered as each garment has been hand-sewn with great attention to detail, he says.