A Drape in Time

Designer James Ferriera lives up to his name — the king of drapes — in the latest practical chic collection,replete with drape-inspired kurtas to suit any body type

Written by Anjali Jhangiani KP | Published: October 3, 2013 3:03:52 am

Mondays,synonymous with the grind of a new work week,are hardly welcomed. But this time round,fashionistas in the city wished the weekend away so that they could see designer James Ferriera’s latest ultra chic-yet-practical collection. Ferriera — who has cemented his name as the “king of drapes” over the last four decades in the fashion business,and has styled of the most fashionable names in Bollywood including Sonam Kapoor,Bipasha Basu,and Frieda Pinto — showcased the new line at Oak Lounge.

Though the collection features a few chiffon sarees with elaborate borders,teamed with long shimmering metallic blouses,Ferriera has added a new twist to his drape by combining them with kurtas and tunics. In shades of blue,maroon,orange and purple,his range of kurtas can easily pass off as resortwear because of their sheer touch. “When you think of drape,you think of saris. I wanted to come up with a new meaning for drapes,so I said,‘why not have drapes in kurtas?’ These look good on any body type,be it a five-feet-tall person or a six-feet-tall model,” says Ferriera.

He says that drapes have been his signature style because he wants patrons to treasure his clothes through the years,almost like an heirloom. “In India,a woman gets married with a 22-inch waist. By the time she becomes a grandmother,her waist grows to double the size. I want the grandma to take out a sari of hers that she bought from me when she was a bride,and still wear it with pride,” says Ferriera.

Ferriera points out that at fashion shows,the clothes are worn by models with perfect figures and enviable heights,but in reality,all designers have to cater to different body types. “Especially in India,women are heavy on the top. These drapes on kurtas will suit that body type just as it will suit someone who is shorter. It’s all a matter of some intelligent draping and the confidence one displays in carrying oneself,” he says.

His second sequence featured a range of black and gold asymmetrical outfits,which are part of his festive collection. The designer believes that black is the colour which makes the Indian skin tone look fairer and flawless,whereas gold reflects on the skin to give it a warm sheen and an ethereal look to the complexion.

He adds that his creativity is expressed through defined cuts and structured tailoring. Ferriera refuses to resort to any other form of detailing like embroidery,bead work,crystal work and the likes. “We need to train our tailours and get our stitching right. My clothes have the least possible number of seams,and some of them are single-seam outfits,even though they have sophisticated cuts and layers. Tailors must be trained and detailing can be done through intelligent tailouring,” he says.

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