Today I want to share with you, the latest collection of Indian designer Siddartha Tytler. His Spring Summer, ready-to-wear line exists of two separate collections: an Indian pret-a-porter line (featured) and a Western pret line named Chaos. Stay tuned for my favorite picks from the ‘Chaos’ collection which I will feature on The Fashion Orientalist Facebook page!
The Indian pret-a-porter line includes stunning pieces made on Khadi and Mulmul. Khadi is handspun and hand-woven cloth from India and is primarily made out of cotton. Mulmul is a soft, thin, plain weave fabric, usually made out of cotton or silk. The texture of the fabrics give the looks character and edge. They also look comfortable to wear. For this collection, Siddartha Tytler was inspired by Mughal motifs (The Mughal Empire: Persianate empire extended over large parts of the Indian subcontinent from 1526-1857) and Kashmiri motifs. The Mughal motifs are similar to those on luxurious Persian carpets, while the Kashmiri motifs are a little similar to Paisley motifs, shape wise.
Tytler recreated these motifs using modern digital printing techniques. The silhouettes, prints and colors give this collection a regal vibe. Designs fit for a ruler/empress of an empire! The silhouettes are both modern and tradition and have that signature Siddartha Tytler edge. Personally I feel Siddartha gives the Indian fashion scene some (much needed) Rock & Roll (think Lenny Kravitz) with his edgy and fierce designs. I adore the colors; the orange/red and blue or white combined with fine shimmery details here and there. Although these designs are part of a Spring-Summer collection, the colors could also easily be worn during autumn/winter and the fabrics make this collection very wearable. I love it!
Check out my five favorite designs from this collection in the gallery and let me know which one is your favorite.