9 Reasons Why We're Obsessing Over Sabyasachi's New Collection

Natasha Patel , 23 Feb 2018

Sabyasachi is one of the most reputable and sought after Indian designers of our time. Many of his designs ooze old-world glamour, strength and classical tones. And this time his SS’18 collection was just that and so much more. He revealed his An Endless Summer collection via Instagram, and let’s say that the internet could not keep its chill.

Although most of the designs was typical of a Sabya vibe, he introduced colour in a way that we’ve never seen. The prints, embroidery and work on the silhouettes proved that he went more bold and strong with this collection. From the kurtas to the lehengas, the patterns and hues were the most breathtaking part. He also reinvented the old songs with a new voice in his video snippets for the different looks in the collection.

The collection really blew our minds and here’s how it will blow yours away in a minute…

1. The location

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Whenever I think of Lutyens’ Delhi with its majestic architecture, I think of dusty summer evenings in pre-independent India. I think of ivory muslins, starched cottons, rich pattern brocades and sumptuous embroidery in swirling gold and silver. I have often wondered why? Is it because of those wonderful Merchant Ivory films that I have grown up watching, is it because living in Calcutta never helps you get rid of your colonial hangover, or is it merely a figment of my imagination, triggered off by some forgotten memory from the past? And then I think of the partition. Again and again. Maybe because my father was a partition child. Maybe because my grandmother whispered those tales of survival to all of us gathered around her on sultry summer nights. And I think of the partition again with aching sadness. Men and women scrambling to cross borders, hoarding themselves with all their fineries. Maybe my sense of maximalism stems from the partition and tales of colonial India. Jewellery Courtesy: Sabyasachi Heritage Jewelry For all jewellery related queries, kindly contact [email protected] Shoe Courtesy: Christian Louboutin @louboutinworld @cl.india #ChristianLouboutin Video Courtesy: Sabyasachi Music Courtesy: The Sabyasachi Culture Foundation. Rights from Saregama. Location Courtesy: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad @tajfalaknuma #Sabyasachi #AnEndlessSummer #SpringSummer2018 #SS18 #DestinationWeddings #TheWorldOfSabyasachi @bridesofsabyasachi @groomsofsabyasachi

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2. The models

3. The designs

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The heartland of India wears ‘cheent’. In other words, printed cotton. As I travel down gypsy trails in pursuit of ‘banjaras’, meander through the ‘gullies’ of Benaras or simply take a tram-car ride across central Calcutta, I find cheent everywhere. Amongst gypsies and prostitutes, the common man on the road, the young and the old. It peeps out as box pleated petticoats under humble sarees, decorates the walls of decadent homes, makes an appearance on a battered umbrella, canvas slippers, lamp shades, ‘mem-saheb’ dresses, badly stitched bags or sometimes even as faded café curtains blocking the view of a voyeuristic eye. And therefore, I have an obsession with cheent. It makes an appearance again and again in my collections, almost every summer. This time as summer blooms painted by The Sabyasachi Art Foundation. In hyper-volatile colours. Printed in fine khadi to create languid kurtas and sarees embellished with ‘tilla’ borders. Combined with reflective sunnies, shimmering skin and dangling chandbalis, they evoke a potent and sexual image of a tropical summer. Jewellery Courtesy: Sabyasachi Heritage Jewelry For all jewellery related queries, kindly contact [email protected] Photo Courtesy: Tarun Vishwa #TarunVishwa Location Courtesy: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad @tajfalaknuma #Sabyasachi #AnEndlessSummer #SpringSummer2018 #SS18 #DestinationWeddings #TheWorldOfSabyasachi @bridesofsabyasachi

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A definite trend for Spring-Summer 2018 is rustic baroque. Humble fabrics like khadi co-existing with sumptuous silks and brocades, prints marrying embroidery, sophisticated florals aligning with peasant stripes. Our khadi saree and anarkali helps you navigate destination weddings with this contradicting essence of neo-luxury. This trend extends to our jewellery as well. Big precious uncut diamonds and tourmalines are threaded together with corals and turquoise beads to create spectacular neck-pieces and teekas that merge serious intent with a whimsical spirit. For all jewellery related queries, kindly contact [email protected] Photo Courtesy: Tarun Vishwa #TarunVishwa Location Courtesy: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad @tajfalaknuma #Sabyasachi #AnEndlessSummer #SpringSummer2018 #SS18 #DestinationWeddings #TheWorldOfSabyasachi @bridesofsabyasachi @groomsofsabyasachi

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4. The jewellery

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Blame it on ‘The Sound of Music’ but I find extreme matchy-matchy very endearing. So be brave enough to wear a single colour head-to-toe. Especially if it is in statement yellow. On Her: A hand-embroidered sleeveless yellow body-con kurta is paired with a hand-printed organza dupatta and statement jewellery from the Sabyasachi Heritage Jewelry collection. On Him: A textured yellow raw silk sherwani with house buttons, a matching silk-twill pocket square and a luscious hand-printed organza safa. A twist to our house classic. Jewellery courtesy: Sabyasachi Heritage Jewelry collection For all jewellery related queries, kindly contact [email protected] Photo Courtesy: Tarun Vishwa #TarunVishwa Location Courtesy: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad @tajfalaknuma #Sabyasachi #AnEndlessSummer #SpringSummer2018 #SS18 #DestinationWeddings #TheWorldOfSabyasachi @bridesofsabyasachi @groomsofsabyasachi

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Destination weddings are quite shaping the future of bridal wear. Taking cues from our heritage, and marrying them to contemporary needs, we at Sabyasachi are constantly redefining Indian bridal wear. ‘An Endless Summer’ is almost a ready-to-wear take on bridal couture. Effortless chic being the buzzword, the clothes are lighter, brighter, measured and sophisticated. Post Anushka’s wedding, the new beauty trend is ‘au naturel’. Colour gets out of make-up completely and dives into clothes. An imperceptible flush on the cheek, glossy and glassy lips, mirrored sunnies, open hair and statement jewellery create the new look. Wear colour with confidence and mash it up with panache. On Her: A ‘Cadmium yellow’ hand-embroidered silk lehenga with ‘tilla’ work detail is paired with an ‘Indian purple’ heritage benarasi dupatta from our Benaras Revival collection. The strong colours are bridged by our iconic ivory textured raw silk ‘kanthi’ blouse. The look is accessorised with uncut diamond jewellery from the Sabyasachi Heritage Jewelry collection. For all jewellery related queries, kindly contact [email protected] Photo Courtesy: Tarun Vishwa #TarunVishwa Location Courtesy: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad @tajfalaknuma #Sabyasachi #AnEndlessSummer #SpringSummer2018 #SS18 #DestinationWeddings #TheWorldOfSabyasachi @bridesofsabyasachi @groomsofsabyasachi

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5. The beauty looks

6. The feed

Sabyasachi (Source: Instagram)
Sabyasachi (Source: Instagram)
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Sabyasachi (Source: Instagram)

7. The accessories

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I was eleven years old when I went to see the Gemini Circus. The trapeze artists, the tigers, the galloping horses and even the clown is just a blur in my memory. But I can still smell the turmeric popcorn and I distinctly remember the marquee. It was massive, sprawling across the entire maidan in striped canvas. Red and green. Colourful festoons and fairy lights in every shade of bright, danced and glittered under an evening sky. The thought never left me and I knew one day, it would surface up as an inspiration for one of my collections. Featured here: Women in printed and hand-embroidered silk matka lehengas juxtaposed with floral embroidered blouses in hyper-contrast. The strong graphic look is rain-washed with fluttery organza dupattas in whimsical colours. Wear your hair loose with strong glares, ethnic chandbalis and a multitude of glass bangles for an playful ‘street-couture’ style. The gents stand shoulder to shoulder in hyper-coloured cheent kurta-churidaars and contrasting Nehru jackets. India-psychedelic at a lazy mehendi pool party. Jewellery Courtesy: Sabyasachi Heritage Jewelry For all jewellery related queries, kindly contact [email protected] Photo Courtesy: Tarun Vishwa #TarunVishwa Location Courtesy: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad @tajfalaknuma #Sabyasachi #AnEndlessSummer #SpringSummer2018 #SS18 #DestinationWeddings #TheWorldOfSabyasachi @bridesofsabyasachi @groomsofsabyasachi

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8. The video snippets

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Destination weddings are quite shaping the future of bridal wear. Taking cues from our heritage, and marrying them to contemporary needs, we at Sabyasachi are constantly redefining Indian bridal wear. ‘An Endless Summer’ is almost a ready-to-wear take on bridal couture. Effortless chic being the buzzword, the clothes are lighter, brighter, measured and sophisticated. Post Anushka’s wedding, the new beauty trend is ‘au naturel’. Colour gets out of make-up completely and dives into clothes. An imperceptible flush on the cheek, glossy and glassy lips, mirrored sunnies, open hair and statement jewellery create the new look. Wear colour with confidence and mash it up with panache. Jewellery Courtesy: Sabyasachi Heritage Jewelry For all jewellery related queries, kindly contact [email protected] Shoe Courtesy: Christian Louboutin @louboutinworld @cl.india #ChristianLouboutin Video Courtesy: Sabyasachi Music Courtesy: The Sabyasachi Culture Foundation. Rights from Saregama. Location Courtesy: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad @tajfalaknuma #Sabyasachi #AnEndlessSummer #SpringSummer2018 #SS18 #DestinationWeddings #TheWorldOfSabyasachi @bridesofsabyasachi @groomsofsabyasachi

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A definite trend for Spring-Summer 2018 is rustic baroque. Humble fabrics like khadi co-existing with sumptuous silks and brocades, prints marrying embroidery, sophisticated florals aligning with peasant stripes. Our khadi saree and anarkali helps you navigate destination weddings with this contradicting essence of neo-luxury. This trend extends to our jewellery as well. Big precious uncut diamonds and tourmalines are threaded together with corals and turquoise beads to create spectacular neck-pieces and teekas that merges serious intent with a whimsical spirit. Jewellery Courtesy: Sabyasachi Heritage Jewelry For all jewellery related queries, kindly contact [email protected] Shoe Courtesy: Christian Louboutin @louboutinworld @cl.india #ChristianLouboutin Video Courtesy: Sabyasachi Music Courtesy: The Sabyasachi Culture Foundation. Rights from Saregama. Location Courtesy: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad @tajfalaknuma #Sabyasachi #AnEndlessSummer #SpringSummer2018 #SS18 #DestinationWeddings #TheWorldOfSabyasachi @bridesofsabyasachi @groomsofsabyasachi

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I was eleven years old when I went to see the Gemini Circus. The trapeze artists, the tigers, the galloping horses and even the clown is just a blur in my memory. But I can still smell the turmeric popcorn and I distinctly remember the marquee. It was massive, sprawling across the entire maidan in striped canvas. Red and green. Colourful festoons and fairy lights in every shade of bright, danced and glittered under an evening sky. The thought never left me and I knew one day, it would surface up as an inspiration for one of my collections. Featured here: Women in printed and hand-embroidered silk matka lehengas juxtaposed with floral embroidered blouses in hyper-contrast. The strong graphic look is rain-washed with fluttery organza dupattas in whimsical colours. Wear your hair loose with strong glares, ethnic chandbalis and a multitude of glass bangles for an playful ‘street-couture’ style. The gents stand shoulder to shoulder in hyper-coloured cheent kurta-churidaars and contrasting Nehru jackets. India-psychedelic at a lazy mehendi pool party. Jewellery Courtesy: Sabyasachi Heritage Jewelry For all jewellery related queries, kindly contact [email protected] Shoe Courtesy: Christian Louboutin @louboutinworld @cl.india #ChristianLouboutin Video Courtesy: Sabyasachi Music Courtesy: The Sabyasachi Culture Foundation. Rights from Saregama. Location Courtesy: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad @tajfalaknuma #Sabyasachi #AnEndlessSummer #SpringSummer2018 #SS18 #DestinationWeddings #TheWorldOfSabyasachi @bridesofsabyasachi @groomsofsabyasachi

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9. The desi swag

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I have an obsession for Shikargah etchings and paintings. And I have an even bigger obsession for Shikargah sarees from Benaras. For the uninitiated, the word ‘Shikargah’ is of Persian origin and depicts a game preserve. Regional flora and fauna and royal hunting scenes are either vividly or abstractly depicted. In our effort to preserve silk screen printing in West Bengal, we created these 29 colour Shikargah prints for our organza sarees. Each saree takes over 9 hours for 2 printers to finish and in today’s time the complication of production easily elevates it to modern couture. Our models are styled with beautiful old world blouses, heritage South Indian jewellery studded with Burmese rubies (from the Sabyasachi Heritage Jewelry Collection) and retro sunglasses for added quirk. For all jewellery related queries, kindly contact [email protected] Photo Courtesy: Tarun Vishwa #TarunVishwa Location Courtesy: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad @tajfalaknuma #Sabyasachi #AnEndlessSummer #SpringSummer2018 #SS18 #DestinationWeddings #TheWorldOfSabyasachi @bridesofsabyasachi @groomsofsabyasachi

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Destination weddings are quite shaping the future of bridal wear. Taking cues from of our heritage, and marrying them to contemporary needs, we at Sabyasachi are constantly redefining Indian bridal wear. ‘An Endless Summer’ is almost a ready-to-wear take on bridal couture. Effortless chic being the buzzword, the clothes are lighter, brighter, measured and sophisticated. Post Anushka’s wedding, the new beauty trend is ‘au naturel’. Colour gets out of make-up completely and dives into clothes. An imperceptible flush on the cheek, glossy and glassy lips, mirrored sunnies, open hair and statement jewellery create the new look. Wear colour with confidence and mash it up with panache. On Her: The ladies wear their colour with attitude. Super contrasting colour block softened on the edges with diaphanous hand-printed dupattas. Eclectic uncut diamond jewellery from the Sabyasachi Heritage Collection, winking under the summer sun. On Him: A textured white sherwani with house buttons and a chanderi safa. A Sabyasachi house classic. For all jewellery related queries, kindly contact [email protected] Photo Courtesy: Tarun Vishwa #TarunVishwa Location Courtesy: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad @tajfalaknuma #Sabyasachi #AnEndlessSummer #SpringSummer2018 #SS18 #DestinationWeddings #TheWorldOfSabyasachi @bridesofsabyasachi @groomsofsabyasachi

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What a collection, right?! What are your thoughts? Comment below and tell us.

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