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Pune designer Karishma Shahani will debut at the Talent Box at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Written by Anjali Jhangiani |
August 1, 2012 1:41:30 am

Pune designer Karishma Shahani will debut at the Talent Box at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Karishma Shahani’s studio in Viman Nagar is a row house turned into a workplace shared by another clothing company,Patang,which deals with ready to wear basics. The studio is an interactive community space. If lined in one corner are collective pieces from her travels,another has racks of clothes from her older collections including a large button collection as well as random pieces of clothing she collects from almost everywhere she goes.

On Thursday morning,most of these will be packed and sent to Mumbai to be showcased at the Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012,where Shahani is making her debut at the Talent Box,the category for emerging designers at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 .

On the ramp on August 6,4.20pm will be the 25-year-old’s collection “Chauraha”,meaning Crossroads. “It is inspired by the crossroads where things coincide from different spheres,genders,ideologies,and the oldest cultural exchange of telling stories about rags to riches,travelling men,traditional women,western invaders,religious saints,wealthy spice vendors and elusive gypsies,” says Shahani,adding that Chauraha is an ode to the the idea of finding new meaning within existing thoughts.

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The graduate from London College of Fashion wasted no time after finishing her studies in 2010. In the same year,she launched her fashion label “Karishma Shahani”. Marriage happened a year later,and 2012 is dedicated to LFW. “In 2010 my designs were chosen to be showcased at the graduate show,so I could not apply for the gen-next category at the Lakme Fashion Week. Later,other things kept me occupied. However,this year,I couldn’t let go the opportunity of applying for the prestigious fashion week,” notes Shahani.

Inspired by sustainability,environment,culture and India’s vibrant colour pallate,Shahani’s designs have traditional thread work,including embroidery,appliqué,canvas work and patch work. “When people ask me whether I design Indian wear or Western wear,I say I design contemporary wear. We have designed a vibrant variety of skirts,jackets,dresses,trousers and capes. There’s so much going on in the fashion world,it has become a melting pot of different fabrics,colours,arts and designs. It transcends all kinds of boundaries,” notes the designing who is looking forward to her Mumbai outing.

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