The beauty of our garments lies in the history of our textiles which date back as early as the 5th millennium BC. With time our understanding and use of textiles have increased rapidly. A lot of Indian designers having mastered the art of textiles and fabrics have been able to create beautiful pieces keeping the soul of textiles and handicrafts alive.
One of the endowed and brilliant designers to carry forward this concept is Shravan Kumar. For more than 18 years he has been creating magic with fabrics and has weavers from various parts of the country who help him innovate unique patterns which puts him a class apart. Shravan has an unparalleled sense of latest styles and trends that brings out the best of his collection. Within a substantial amount of time, Shravan has carved a niche for himself and has been touted as a highly acclaimed fashion designer. His Lakmé Fashion Week Winter Festive 2013 was an insightful and elegant voyage into the depths of the conventional Indian handlooms and an ode to the Indian weavers to help elevate them to a global platform through his mastery of designing.
The collection showcases modernism in terms of garments and tradition in terms of fabrics and handlooms. Shravan’s each and every piece emanates hard work, dedication and devotion. The silhouettes and structures varied from Sherwani’s to suits, Nehru jackets, flowy gowns, khadi sarees and some brilliantly embellished and cut work dupatta’s. The colours are vivid and energetic and bring the richness of the motifs flawlessly. The colour palette starts from shades of grey, pink hues, steel grey ending with hues of whites and candy pink. All the colours have a soul and story to share once you put them together. The motifs include lotus, parrot and jhalar prints which are immaculately placed in his collection.
Every ensemble is definitive and harbours a certain amount of poise and class. The long sherwani style kurta with an all over lotus print pattern and a broad pink muga border is an example of class teamed with heritage. Paired with straight linen pants and a wonderfully shaded embroidered dupatta with a thin silver border, this ensemble can be worn as is or styled in your own way as separate pieces too. To give it a chic finish, team it up with the Shravan Kumar lotus print shoes or if you prefer simplicity, then a pair of flat tie ups would be ideal.
If you want something ethnic and subtle then the Printed saree with a broad striped border is a perfect choice. The saree has a lotus printed pattern body with a broad grey border which has been skilfully enhanced by thin silver laces and machine embroidered lines. It has been paired with a lotus printed blouse with contrasting plain pink full sleeves. Team it up with a few mesh metal bracelets by dia gold and you are good to go.
If you want to amalgamate ethnic and chic together, then the dapper dhoti pants by Shravan Kumar a very quirky look. Teamed up with a stone studded bikini blouse and heavily embroidered dupatta, it is a perfect example of conventional-modernism blend between technique and design. The gradation between white and grey with pink accents makes it an appealing ensemble. It can be worn as a complete ensemble or teamed up differently as separate pieces also. Team the dhoti pants with a smart top and make it modish with the Sharavan Kumar printed shoes.
Originality is an effect of earnestness which stands true to its words in case of Shravan Kumar’s designs which reverberates his dedication. His collection is one of a kind and definitely one which will make heads turn around instantly.