Just when you think that there is nothing more that you can do with a sari, someone will prove you wrong. On the first day of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi, we saw saris with lipstick prints and telephone booth imprints, a sari wrapped around a bikini top and hot pants, and Peter Pan collars on sari blouses.
“It’s sexy, it’s a sari, it’s comfortable, but it is hot.” said designer Anupama Dayal, who brought her collection “Ishq-e-Dilli” (“Delhi Passion”) to the show.
The sari, said to be 5,000 years old and wearable in more than 80 ways, has found favour with Indian designers for a long time, and now young designers are taking a fancy to it.
Masaba Gupta, the 24-year old designer who opened the show with her debut collection for the Satya Paul label, had saris featuring colour blocking, splashes of neon and quirky prints.
“We tried to characterise a girl who was fun and young and quirky, since the main clientele of Satya Paul has always been someone who is older, someone who is above the age of 30,” Masaba said. “We repositioned the brand and made it for a young girl who loves colour and loves print.”