New Delhi: With bomber jackets and t-shirts combined with sarees and lehangas, designer Rahul Mishra's collection at the ongoing Amazon India Couture Week displayed a mix of a woman's strength and femininity.
Titled "Tree of Life", Rahul's monochromatic line was inspired by the modern multitasking woman, highlighting her strength as well as fragility.
"I am inspired by my wife. The way she multitasks, she is like a boss in office and at home she becomes very caring wife, taking care of each and everything.
"A woman is strong but at the same time she loves her femininity. She's not shying away from her femininity, she is proud of it. She is soft but she is strong. This duality inspired me a lot," Rahul told reporters here.
The outfits varied from dresses, skirts, jackets to traditional Indian wear like sarees, anarkali suits and lehangas.
The designer revealed the collection has a contribution from locals belonging to a small district near Kolkata.
"This collection, in terms of working hours, has been made 90 per cent in the village of India. The villages where sometimes they don't even receive electricity, they did hand worn fabric and embroidery.
"A group of embroiders were working from Dharavi. So we used the process of reverse migration and sent almost 30-40 people back to their village. They were villagers migrated from a village about 300kms away from Kolkata," he said.
The colours were restricted to hues of white, black, blue and gold.
Patterns of flowers and leaves adorned the clothes.
The models had their hair pulled back neatly combined with minimum makeup.
The look was devoid of any accessory bringing the clothes into spotlight and making the collection appear sombre.
Fabrics used were Chanderi, wool, metallic yarns, silk, cotton, Benarasi tissues.
"This collection although looks like seamless but it has truckloads variety of all possible natural yarns," said the designer.