So what happened? Why no posting? My muse took me on whirlwind of a tour. Lot of the days I was on cloud nine, and there were some days where I was in the midst of the storm surrounded by dark clouds. Some days I zoomed like a superman, other days I was falling down like a an avenger without any powers, some days I was grinning from ear to ear, other days I had no energy to smile… Oh but the fun that I am having.. What a ride! The closest I have been to this is when I went white water rafting.. one moment water is calm, and river looks inviting and the next moment the vortex wants to capsize you…
So did you miss me?! Just a little bit?! May be not six yard’s worth, but may be a a couple of threads of the saree?
Thank you for kind words and email I got about the blog; it is greatly appreciated.
Sorry about not posting, but let me distract you with something shiny:
So… back to sarees – Masaba’s Satya Paul collection is coming in two days.. are you excited?
As you know, I was against this take over of Satya Paul brand by Masaba. Some good reasons and some selfish reasons.
Let me give you the selfish reason first. I love Satya Paul style and I admire Masaba’s fresh look. They both filled a special spot in my mind. Now we are combining them, that means one less amazing collection to admire. I know, a pretty selfish reason.
So this launch is very personal to me. I will be watching as to what she does and what she doesn’t do. I have already seen one piece of it on Sonam Kapoor and I would be lying if I said that I liked it. Yes, it was a head turner, but I don’t want head turner, I want class and beauty and exquisite and distinctive beauty, not a shock piece.
So lets see!
Save the Saree project, Sabyasachi tends to keep his design inputs to a minimum. “I only curate or give inputs into aspects such as color, etc., and not more. The idea is to keep it authentic and traditional. There is a lot of cross-pollination of weaves taking place due to commercial pressures and fusion has slowly started to overtake purity. I want to make tradition more important than fusion once again, and provide longevity to traditional weaving practices.”
Don’t agree with him at all. “Keeping tradition more important than fusion” is stagnating, is bound to fail.
I point at Kimono as an example; that’s what they did. They kept tradition more important than the fusion and now there is hardly any kimonos that you see on the streets of Japan.
Another thing that I hate, this pseudo concept of tradition. When you ask people about the tradition, it is already a fusion. Many of the sarees that we talk about as traditional sarees didn’t come about until the Industrial Revolution. So why draw a line there?
Let the saree be fluid, let it follow the time, let it be fused with the person that is wearing that saree..
But I don’t want to detract from the basic principle of the campaign of “Save the Saree”. Thanks to Indian Day Time TV, the saree is here to stay, so I am not concerned about its loss as I was five years ago.
And once you know that something is not going away, you can afford to take more chances with it.
Sunny’s piece, ‘Masaba taking over Satya Paul – I think it is a mistake‘, prompted me to try and find out a little bit more about this up and coming star of the Indian fashion scene. Masaba Gupta is, as Sunny mentioned, 24 years old and is the daughter of actress and director Neena Gupta and, I was stunned to discover, former West Indian cricket captain Sir Viv Richards. She launched her ‘Masaba’ label in 2009 when she was still a student at the SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai.
Finding pictures of Masaba wasn’t difficult but I soon realised that finding pictures of her in a saree was rather more of a challenge. She just doesn’t seem to be a frequent saree wearer. However I did eventually find this picture of her, wearing one of her own creations, on her Twitter feed. Like Sunny, I’m not entirely comfortable with some of her designs but I do like this one, cows included.
Not the most flattering because the important element of the design, the verticle gold lines are somewhat hiden in Vidya Balan’s draping, but it is worth a look.
The saree costs about $500, me thinks.
I hardly get to watch TV and the Indian TV is almost inaccessible to me. But recently I came across a couple of shows of Band Baajaa Bride where Sabyasachi was taking the brides through the paces and desiring bridal wear for them.
It was wonderful to see the interaction, Sabyasachis thought process.
On our Brand New Show- BAND BAAJAA BRIDE, The Makeover Show, we are giving every Indian Bride a chance to look like a model of the runway. A chance to select her dream outfit, get the best make up in the industry and work with the best hairstylists, get her skin treated and lose weight with the experts.
I have talked about this “saree display” issue. How do you display it without ruining it.
This is one approach; a bold one, I’d say. You can see the saree, you can see the blouse piece, you can see the border and you embellish it with little gold and a little skin! What more can you ask for?