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From Arpita Mehta’s coffee table book to Abu Sandeep penthouses: Indian design collaborations to know

Indian design collaborations that are making us sit up and take notice. 

The world of fashion is never static, there’s always something that’s drawing our attention. In the absence of runway shows and mega-starred events, we are finding ourselves drawn towards the smaller nuances of fashion. From closing the loop on fashion, making good design available to the masses to international collaborations. We round up all the buzzworthy ways in which Indian designers are lending their unique aesthetic.   

Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla x Lodha Luxury

For most people designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla are associated with bright and ornate couture lehengas, but for a select few interiors have been an intrinsic part of their 35 year old design journey. From a sold-out collection of furniture in the early 90s to adding their unique signature to the homes of Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia, Ritu and Rajan Nanda. Their most recent feat being, the bespoke interiors for Lodha Ciel’s 76th floor sky villa at Lodha Luxury’s 5,000 square foot villas above the World One Tower in Mumbai. Borrowing references from culture and history, their unique style can be seen in custom brass furniture, signature textiles, extravagant artefacts, wood-carved mirror frames and splendid installations. A bespoke project that combines modern architectural luxury with AJSK’s mesmerising touches, this unique project is unapologetically glamorous.

The Mirror by Arpita Mehta

In the fast paced world of fashion, it’s easy to lose sight of beautifully crafted outfits and faces that made them memorable. Capturing this fleeting beauty is designer Arpita Mehta’s coffee table book The Mirror, a retrospective of her work. Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Ananya Pandey, Kiara Advani, Samantha Prabhu, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Tara Sutaria, Malaika Arora, Athiya Shetty and Vaani Kapoor. The Mirror is a reflection of the many moods and nuances of her fashion label expressed through beautiful shoots, anecdotes, words and candid captures. Clad in a hand-embroidered mirror work jacket, this 250+ page coffee table book is written by Kinjal Vora from The Writer’s Block and compiled by Tarana Sheth Sabharwal. The book isn’t simply a catalogue of all the beautiful outfits that all the chicest doyennes wore around town but a iconic, provocative and artistic curation of her work.

 

Payal Singhal for Indya

We love a high street and designer collaboration, simply because of the accessibility it offers. Case in point designer Payal Singhal’s capsule collection for homegrown label, Indya. The designer brings her signature nature-inspired prints and ethno-fusion wear silhouettes together to create 25 fuss-free festive wear. Playful separates that can be worn for a friends’ wedding or even a summer day as a dress, if you skip the churidar. We love the colour palette of minty greens, blush pink, powder blue, lemon and grey in Payal Singhal’s signature silhouettes. The gamut of options include drop crotch pants, festive jumpsuits, shararas, crop tops, jackets and more.

 

 

Genes Lecoanet Hemant’s The Joy Project with Silai Wali

The manifestations of 2020’s favourite buzzword, sustainability are multifold. Amongst them is Genes Lecoanet Hemant in collaboration with the NGO, Silai Wali to create a range of handcrafted dolls. This limited edition collection, titled The Joy Project, aims at creating circular solutions to past seasons’ cast-offs and breathing new life into them. Their tie-up with Silai Wali ensures that post production fabric waste was hand sewn by the artisans for nostalgia inducing memorabilia. Dolls are an integral part of a child’s early years and this do-good collab brings a smile while closing the loop in fashion.

 

 

Janavi India X Kiera Chaplin

Glamorous art deco designs, prohibition-era parties and the Golden Age of Hollywood, the roaring 20s were certainly a time of extravagance and beauty. Drawing from this reservoir of influences is luxury cashmere label, Janavi’s collaboration with Kiera Chaplin. Actress, model, activist and more famously, the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, the Irish-born joins hands with Jyotika Jhalani to create this plush selection of cashmere shawls inspired by the divas of the era. Crystals in geometric patterns or scattered with wild abandon dot the ultra-soft Janavi scarves in pastel and jewel tones. Styles inspired by Hollywood glamazons like Mae West and Marilyn Monroe add to the allure of the collection.

Akshita Nahar Jain
Sr Associate Editor
Akshita Nahar Jain has worked with various publications, including Elle, Harper’s Bazaar Bride, and Time Out Delhi, and written extensively on fashion and lifestyle. A sucker for alliteration and stylish sitcoms, she enjoys scrolling the web for less travelled destinations.
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