Mumbai: Designer Nikhil Thampi is excited about showcasing his latest collection which is a semi Indian-centric line at upcoming Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive.
"The collection is dear to my heart as the inspiration stems from my grandmother`s sense of style and cultural influence. My grandmother is fond of silk saris and putting up a bindi," Nikhil said.
As a tribute to his southern roots, Nikhil said he had integrated the international fall with the prevalent trend of punk in classic Indian silhouettes.
True to his trademark statement making motifs, Nikhil has opted to showcase Kathakali as a representation of Indian punk.
With no formal training or background in fashion, Nikhil has given free rein to his creativity and aims to make his `Indian Punk` collection the flavour of the season.
His deconstructed Indian silhouettes comprise an edgy mix of semi-Indian styles such as cholis, boxy lehengas, short sarees and full-length kurtas.
"Each piece has been crafted keeping in mind its commercial viability and wear-ability yet retaining a high-fashion element," he said.
Textures for the collection include Indian traditional fabrics like linens, cottons, silks and nets with contemporary designs.
The five day fashion extravaganza kick-starts from August 23.
Nikhil said he did not believe in the idea of having a showstopper as he wants to keep the focus on fashion. "I love Bollywood. I would be happy to have celebrities as my guests," he said.
Nikhil is all praise for actress Anushka Sharma who is often seen sporting his creations. "She is a diva. She will easily carry a garbage bag. She is confident about whatever she wears. She was quite kicked about my show but due to prior commitments I doubt if she would be able to make it," he added.
A few garments for Anurag Kashyap`s film `Bombay Velvet` are sourced from Nikhil.