There’s not a Bollywood celebrity who hasn’t worn a Sabyasachi sari. Brides all over the world pin up images of Sabyasachi outfits on their boards as #lifegoals. From weavers to artists to designers, everyone quotes the designer as a reference point. No wonder then that when Sabyasachi Mukherjee, one of India’s most-sought after designers, recently completed 20 years in the business, everyone in fashion, the bridal industry, and Bollywood came together to celebrate his genius as he showcased his newest collection, Kashgaar Bazaar, in association with Christian Louboutin.
This exclusive collection was inspired by his first line, which he created for his graduation in the summer of 1999. A mix of style experiences that herald the new bohemian, Sabyasachi’s new interpretation was luxe and sophisticated. A band of global gypsies, nomads, performing artists and more served as inspiration for pieces in the line, which included loose-fitted kaftans, embellished mini skirts worn with silk tops, and nomadic trench coats featuring a clash of prints. The most notable idea that emerged was his imagination of the Silk Route, which brought cultures, colours, textiles, and crafts together into contemporary fashion paired with Indian jewellery, backpacks, resortwear visors and silk scarves.
The set featured a long zigzaging runway with cacti and a large teapot paving the way for a greenhouse. Models walked out flaunting a rustic baroque theme, where each bead, sequin, tinsel, and silk thread created the new-age luxe bohemian. “Acid-burnt textiles, mirror-work, phulkari, zardosi, and inspirational techniques and motifs from Central Asian carpets constitute the foundation of the Christian Louboutin x Sabyasachi collaboration capsule, that has a potent tribal yet cosmopolitan energy,” Mukherjee said on his Instagram page.
The Kashgaar Bazaar collection of fine jewellery was a welcome break as well, fusing cultures from Africa, Asia, the North-West Frontier Province, and even pockets of Kashmir and the Far East. It brought together an eclectic mix of old-world craftsmanship with Zambian and Colombian emeralds, Burmese and Mozambican rubies, Iranian turquoise and Chinese jade stones, hand-picked moonstones, catseye, jasper, hessonite, sapphires, topaz, coral, and pearls to create contemporary heirlooms.
They pieces pair well with the collection – a certain tribal-inspired look that is wearable for all occasions. We especially loved the printed trench coats and roomy layered jackets. The embellished skirts are perfect for the bohemian bride and the silk shirts ideal for summer. The star of the show were the multi-tiered crepe saris with mixed prints – an ode to heroines of yesteryears.
The collection also speaks volumes about Christian Louboutin and Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s partnership. This is their fourth collaboration, an alluring mix of Indian and Parisian style and craftmanship. Louboutin’s collection includes prints on Espadrille and Jessica knee-high boots, alongside stunning ones like Loubiqueen, a slim platform and lofty stiletto that comes in nappa leather and a satin version. Add to that that these come in artisanal vegetable dyed prints, brocades, and casement in nappa and rich embroidered prints. Our favourite is Marie Jane, anembroidered bucket bag, available in eight colors that combine gypsy style with the Indian tassel, latkan. The Marie Jane bucket bags shown on the runway will be exclusively sold in India in Christian Louboutin boutiques starting June 2019.
On showcase saw names like Isha Ambani Piramal, Alia Bhatt, Jhanvi Kapoor, Tara Sutaria, Ananya Pandey, Farhan Akhtar, Shibani Dandekar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kalki Koechlin, Anurag Kashyap and Natasha Poonawalla in attendance.