After graduating from National Institute of Fashion Technology, India and with a clear focus, Sabyasachi Mukherjee immediately went on to start his eponymous label. From the start, he had a clear idea of the kind of brand he wanted to establish, and that’s why it’s easy to spot a design from his label.
In his bio, Sabyasachi describes his design philosophy as ‘Personalised imperfection of the human hand’, which is quite evident through his collections. He made his ramp debut in 2002 at India Fashion Week, and there was no looking back.
Now, Sabyasachi has pioneered the Instagram reveal by introducing all his new collections on the social media platform. It proves that he is not only a master at incorporating the traditional essence but also a visionary.
3rd August: The tradition of regal and resplendent creations continue with Sabyasachi’s latest couture collection, Kesribai Pannalal. Always known to focus on the craftsmanship, Sabyasachi’s couture creations are a work of art and this too lived up to the expectations. As usual, the preview was scheduled on his Instagram feed for the world to see.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee describes the collection as, “With the advent of fast fashion, what becomes the biggest casualty is not just craft alone, but also the art of dressing up. Faster lives, hectic schedules—all calls for a much needed practical simplicity in fashion. But it is also important to celebrate art for art’s sake. India has always embraced maximalism beautifully.”
The collection showcases some exquisite lehengas that are hand-painted at The Sabyasachi Art Foundation and then ornately embroidered with silk-floss, beaten gold and silver thread, badla and bullion. At places, it is even encrusted with semi-precious stones and pearls. The other capsule collections are named as Taramati Biradari, Guftgu, The ‘Dil-guldasta’ lehenga, Lal Dera, Neelkamal, Pashmina, Herat and Aari Taari. The deeper tones of red and pastel play with ivory as base forms majority of the colour play. Even the menswear resonated the regal appeal that is true to this collection.
The designs are such that they are easily considered as a modern heirloom, something to cherish and pass on to the future generation.
21st February: We got the first glimpse of this collection at Anushka Sharma and Virat Kholi’s wedding. She was the true Sabyasachi bride, be it her mehendi function or their pheras. The concept for ‘An Endless Summer’ might be just inspired by the wedding of 2017 because it not only glamourised the theme of a destination wedding but also took on the route of effortless chic for a modern bride-to-be.
Embracing the toned down casualness, this collection is described to be a ready-to-wear take on the bridal couture that Sabyasachi always feature. Summer whites are exaggerated with bright and neon colours. Aari tari and tilla embroidery stole the show by being the main feature of his pristine collection. The stripes were meticulously hand-printed and blended well with the vintage floral botanical prints, all inspired by the ‘70s charming allure. Floaty organza too had a major moment throughout the collection.
Menswear, surely, got a quirky update with not only the bright hues but also the romantic floral motifs. Classic ivory sherwanis played along with these upgrades.
Destination weddings never looked this fashionable before. Sabyasachi managed to transport us to the regal place and mood that he had in mind through his stunning Instagram feed filled with visuals of ‘An Endless Summer’.