It was during the summer holidays in June 2014 that designer Shruti Sancheti stood awestruck in the Turkish capital of Istanbul. Mesmerised by the intricacies of Islamic architecture, Sancheti was taken in by the cross-cultural creative influences peppered across the city.
“The city has a modern touch to it, with the very traditional roots in the Muslim community. I was surprised to see such an amalgamation of traditional designs with modern visibility to it. And it was then that I decided to do a collection on the cross-cultural effect the city portrays,” says the 39-year old designer and owner of the label ‘Pinnacle by Shruti Sancheti’.
The idea that was born in 2014, finally took shape as ‘Constantinople’ eight months back. Now, Sancheti will showcase the Turkey-inspired collection on Day 3 of the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter’16 (AIFW A/W16).
“Till date, all my collections have been about India, but after travelling, I realised that it was time I should go global, and for that, the amalgamation of international design elements was required. My Turkey visit was the first thing that came to mind,” she says.
Rooted in the fundamentals of Islamic architecture and Byzantine opulence, the collection will feature modern cuts paired with quintessential handcrafted pieces.
“The DNA and USP of the collection is its cross-cultural elements. I have tried to create a balance by combining design influences from Istanbul, with modern cuts and played them on Indian fabrics. Conflicting pattern clashes of fluid paisley, geometric mosaics, rustic clamp and carpet embroidery are a few motifs that form the base of the collection, along with nomadic Kurdish laces, gunmetal diskettes, block printing and digital printing on natural fibres, which will offer a native and authentic look to the garments,” explains the graduate from Mumbai’s JD Institute of Fashion Technology.
Keeping the winter colour palette in mind, the garments showcase a deep and dark colour tone, with shades such as dark brown, indigo blue, deep purple and burnt orange. The silhouettes have conflicting characters as well, with trench coats, unconventional denim jackets, culottes, wide-legged trousers, asymmetrical hemlines, pleated pants, long skirts, crop tops, shirt dresses, capes and maxis.
“Interesting woolen scarves, shawls and gunmetal brooches will give the collection an Indian feel,” says Sancheti, who started her label in 2009.
Limiting the Turkish influence to the design elements, the 22-look collection will mainly feature Sancheti’s signature silk fabric, specially woven for her in Karnataka and Maharashtra. One can also catch glimpses of Chanderi from Madhya Pradesh and wools from Pithoragarh that will complement modern fabrics such as denim and felt.
The multitasking Sancheti, who dons the twin hats of designer and businesswoman, feels that it’s her inquisitive mind that keeps her going, whether it be studying designing or getting an MBA so that she can handle her business properly. “My motive with this collection is to take the label Pinnacle a step ahead with global reach. Introducing international design elements was the need of hour, but roots of Indian fashion will always have an upper hand in my collection,” Sancheti maintains.