Designer Ridhi Mehra Gives Out All The Deets On Her Latest Collection
Contemporary silhouettes, fine fabrics, pretty motifs and a fine blend of European tailoring and Indian aesthetics sums up just about every Ridhi Mehra collection. It isn’t without this sartorial expertise that the designer is now one of the most prominent names in the industry with a long list of star clients including Anushka Sharma, Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and several others. And the designer’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Mirabella, is not devoid of Mehra’s creative genius either. Subtle, summery and stunning are three words you instantly associate with this tropical-inspired collection. In an exclusive conversation with MFG, the talented designer gives out all the details on this beautifully crafted range. Excerpts from the conversation…
In an exclusive conversation with MFG, the talented designer gives out all the details on this beautifully crafted range. Excerpts from the conversation…
What does your new collection look like?
We’ve played with airy fabrics like georgette, chiffon and innovated with fun silhouettes like jumpsuit shararas, with tie up backs. We’ve played with capes, which can be paired with lehengas or pants. We continue to use pastel colours like dead rose pink, sea blues and have also used greys and ivories. Tassels and fringe details keep the collection playful adding a humble nod to the 20’s.
What served as your inspiration this time around?
The primary inspiration behind this collection has been the beauty of tropics, which we’ve tried to recreate through our embroideries.
Will we see the signature Ridhi Mehra floral motifs this season too?
Floral motifs continue to be a part of our collection, but with a twist. We’ve also used the Flamingo as an essential part of motifs, adding an edgy element to our signature. And like I mentioned earlier, we’ve played with tassels and fringes and a lot of geometrics this time.
How do you manage to keep your signature style intact while also bringing a freshness to your collection?
That’s always the biggest challenge. It’s very important to innovate and to maintain a unique style. So what we do is to try to stick to our signature drapes and innovative embroidery placements.
What does the colour palette look like?
We’ve used pastels for our Spring Summer 17′ collection, with a view of keeping the colour palate soft and fresh. We’ve used dead rose pink, sea blue, grey ivory, and added reds to just give a pop.
Any particular textiles or techniques that you’ve experimented with this season?
This season we’ve explored a lot of textures. We’ve also played with geometric prints. We’ve created an amalgamation of fabric and bugle beads in a geometric pattern. We’ve also taken a step further playing with 3D floral embroideries in different material like rexine, dori and bugle beads.
Any specific trends to look out for from this collection?
Cape jackets are big rage this season and as is usually the case with many pieces from my collection, these jackets can double up as ethnic wear with lehengas and western wear when donned with pants. We’ve also played with fun jumpsuit shararas, and with one shoulder silhouettes.
What would be the price point of this collection?
Our range from this collection starts from Rs 28,000.
Of the many Bollywood divas that have worn your creation, who would you pick as your ideal muse?
They all are gorgeous, but I feel Anushka Sharma has been my favourite. The ease she carries herself with is amazing.
Fashion to me is…
Like a fresh morning dew! The happiest and most satisfying moment for me is seeing the broad smile on my client’s face.
One trend you wish had never come into existence?
All the trends are justified to the time. So, for me, there isn’t any trend that shouldn’t have been existed. Every trend has its own uniqueness.
One trend you’d like to bring back to the current fashion scene?
I’m loving the current trends. Bomber jackets, ripped jeans and sneakers! Just Perfect!
One piece of clothing that you can wear for the rest of your life?
One colour that can never go out of fashion other than black and white?
Navy blue is the colour that can never go out of fashion. For me, the colour is a representation of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom and confidence. And more importantly, blue, in general, has a positive effect on the mind and the body.