Couture Adventures in ‘Istanblu’: SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi

For this season of Lakme Fashion Week, due to my hectic schedule, I was only able to attend one single show throughout the week. And that one show turned out to be the spring summer 2015 showcase of SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi, interestingly christened ‘Istanblu’. While the collection’s name is an explicit indicator of its aesthetic inspiration, I shall tell you more about that later. Let me begin by telling you that I have been following the works of this designer duo for a while now and I have to say that they have a pretty unique offering — supremely elegant, with a strong emphasis on brilliant cuts and refined lines.

So there I was, in the front row of the show arena waiting to see what SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi had in store for us. And then it all began.
With the sophisticated, geometric lattice Ottoman motifs seen in the ancient streets of Constantinople as a backdrop, the models emerged sporting a range of stunning silhouettes, in an array of colours and most importantly, textures. (Nothing pleases me more in a designer collection than a play of textures).
The Ottoman geometric lattice motif was reflected generously on clothes as well. Take, for instance, the printed origami pants or the gorgeous dye-cut jackets, in elegant colours. Sherwanis, jackets, bandhgalas, dhotis and dupattas transported us to the bazaars of Istanbul, and the ancient palaces and harems of old Sultanahmet. It was truly magical.

Bespoke printed origami lounge pants with ivory dye-cut jacket

What stood out most were the sharp cuts and flattering fits, a compliment that I rarely ever give out to Indian designers at fashion week.

Another signature piece, a creation of SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi is the ‘shacket’, which is, as you would expect, a shirt cum jacket. But more on that in another blog post (yes I did try one and the results were fabulous).

Embroidered jacket with origami lounge pants with embellished dupatta.

Bespoke printed origami pants with ivory embellished jacket and an embellished stole.
Bespoke printed origami lounge pants with midnight blue dye-cut jacket.

My thumbs up to SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi for a collection that was sophisticated, stylish and yet, so unconventional, with a strong focus on cuts and textures. Can’t wait to see what the designer duo has in store for us in the upcoming seasons.



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