Did demonetisation do the unthinkable -- nudge a crusader of effortlessly simple garments to appreciating indulgence?
Saviojon calls his latest collection of 35 travel friendly separates a celebration of experiences from his sojourns
Ten years. That’s how long it has taken Saviojon Fernandes to revisit Mumbai fashion week after his last showcase in 2007. “I was waiting for an opportunity where I had something to say, something to show,” says the famed-for-his-reticence Goan designer.
On February 4, Saviojon will show “not a collection but a wardrobe of 35 travel-friendly separates”. He calls them a celebration of experiences from his sojourns. Known to pit wholesome prettiness against the imperfection of whimsical textures, raw seams and selvedge detailing, Saviojon, this time, uses out-of-production buttons, lace and ribbons picked up from flee markets in Brussels, London’s Portobello and Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar to make sweet love to a riot of prints including gingham and Madras checks, African wax (he acquired a taste for it while studying pattern cutting at Central Saint Martins, London, in 2013), and raffia (tropical foliage) against cotton and silk.
Model Lakshmi Menon in a Saviojon creation. Pic /SheetalâÂÂMallar
Inspired by close-toe hotel slippers, his bejewelled luxe footwear packs in a swish punch. “I don’t think embellishment is something anyone expects from me. This is an attempt to bring luster into things, light and sheen into the mundane.”
It’s a slight deviation from his achingly simplistic approach to “anytime, anywhere” clothing. “The current mood is not as exciting for fashion or retail. Hence, the need for feel-good separates with global appeal; colourful and frivolous with a crazy detail here and there. Why not?” he says, displaying but a fleeting moment of indulgence that he isn’t used to befriending.
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