Bangalore-based designer Michelle Salins is set to showcase luxurious designer wear in royal Indian colours at the International Fashion Week in Miami next month.
Following in the footsteps of fashion greats like Rina Dhaka,Sabyasachi and Manish Arora,who have previously exhibited at the event,Salins is taking her collection The Jewelled tones of India inspired by the glamour and royalty.
“I am happy to be invited to show at Miami and am showing colours that are typically Indian like fuchsia,deep purple,ferozi blue,and peacock shades accented with gold and silver,” Salins said.
Consisting of her trademark wedding gowns and cocktail dresses,Salins says her couture collection she has kept her silhouettes very western to cater to an international market.
Miami International Fashion Week will show Spring Summer 2010 trends.
“As a representative of India I want to show a slice of the country on the ramp. I have used the rose,butterfly and paisley motifs on the gowns and dresses. I work with silks and have used embroidery which is very Indian ” says the designer.
While the butterfly and rose are her trademark motifs,Salins says the paisley she has used is a rarely seen motif on western silhouettes.
The 34-year-old designer who trained in interior designing switched over to garment designing three years ago.
Previously she had designed for the Sultan of Oman.
“I handled the gift packaging for the 35th anniversary celebrations for the Sultan of Oman. I used a lot of swaroski beads and jewels for the packaging which was done in seven levels. I handled five levels go a fabulous response,”recounts the designer.
The showcase which will not have much emphasis on accessories will see a collection of cocktail footwear specially designed by Michelle.
“I specialise in bridal trousseau and this time I have also done shoes in silk and satin. I think my outfits are beautiful in itself and do not need any accessories,but I love beads and zari and the whole bling factor.”
Working for a year and half with Kanchipuram silk weavers helped the Hyderabad-born designer learn more about the intricacies of silk textiles. “I understood silk by working with them and can now distinguish between all types of silks.
Luxury,says Salins will always be in fashion.”I understand there has been a slump and a lot of designers are looking into a lower range to cater to the masses to keep the turnover,but I believe luxury will never go out.”
Withdrawing from the Mumbai’s Lakme Fashion Week due to Miami the designer she is looking to hold events in Mumbai and Delhi. “I am in talks to open stores in Delhi soon,” says Salins who retails under the brand name Michelle Salins.
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