In Vogue

The year 2013 saw an overdose of gaudy colours, overdone embroidery and bling. Venturing into the new year, city-based designers aim to bring about a change, on the ramp as well as on the racks. Tired of watching the ramps weighed down with Pakistani kurtas, bridal lehengas and saris, designer Nivedita Saboo is trying her hand at a lighter collection for the upcoming Spring–Summer season.

"I am definitely sticking to digital prints for this season," says Saboo, who used the prints on her wedding collection that was showcased at Pune Fashion Week in November. "The trend has just caught on. We will be using digital prints on chiffon, georgette, linen and the likes," says Saboo. She adds that though her label is known for heavy ethnic wear, she will be testing new waters this time with her Spring–Summer collection, which will be light, airy and fuss-free.

Another city-based designer Karishma Shahani Khan says she will be working towards a natural and sustainable collection this year. "Our new collection is more sensitive to where the idea comes from. It is inspired by the life of the hawkers and other people of that social strata. They work so hard to save money, and then they spend all of it on a wedding or a religious ritual," says Khan. She goes on to explain that the collection juxtaposes the idea of functionality and celebration derived from the life of these hawkers. Khan adds that since she has overheard too many conversations about street style, it was almost embedded in her subconscious to try her hand at incorporating the style in her upcoming collection. "Though the word 'androgynous' is being freely used to describe clothes these days, we are going to give our rather androgynous range a feminine edge. There will be a lot of block printing," she says.

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