Sabyasachi Mukherjee, designer of Sabyasachi, made his second appearance at this year's New York IMG Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week previewing his Spring/Summer 2008 collection to a standing room only audience that erupted with applause as he showcased his designs.
The designs introduced by Mr. Mukherjee are created to include a more conservative female who desires to be fashionable and still respectful of religious and cultural beliefs. As America becomes more diversified with religious and cultural beliefs expressed freely plus cross over appeal this clothing line has massive potential for success. The inspiration of this collection was Mr. Mukherjee's love and respect of country and culture.
The colors that encapsulated his collection were warm earth tones, Georgia red clay, henna dyes, military green and desert sand shades. Oversized, floor length dresses designed for comfort, freedom and travel. Hooded cotton flat panel sleeveless dresses layered with camisoles and full-sleeved tunics of silks that made men hunger and brave the seas to find.
The slacks previewed are of a very wide flare leg coupled with vests. The military inspiration is evident and shown through simplistic and yet bold red hammer and sickle design with smaller emblems created in a 3-D picture frame style on the back of the garment.
The designer’s end their preview with formal wear. For Sabyasachi Mukherjee, the formal wear was inspired from the conservative culture of his youth and beliefs, and consisted of hooded full-body silk tunics coupled with matching slacks. This style allows a global approach to fashion and is accessible for the contemporary business traveler to be respectful of a countries culture and still be upscale, contemporary and fashionable!
The collection ended with blues singer Tracy Chapman’s Talkin’ About a Revolution and the line is just that.
Sabyasachi Couture came into being on July 23, 2002. Over the years, it has become synonymous with the very best that a Couture House can offer in terms of exquisite creations, innovative designs and personalized attention to our high profile clients. They supply to highly esteemed stores in India and abroad. Sabyasachi Couture specializes in Traditional Indian wear, Bridal Wear, Western Wear and Indo-Western Wear.
Their forte lies in the unique but innovative blending of colors, textures and patterns. Sabyasachi's design philosophy is very simple and clear "personalized imperfection of the human hand." Sabyasachi describes his own collections as "an international styling with an Indian soul."
In early 2001, Sabyasachi won the Femina British Council’s most outstanding young Designer of India award, which took him to London for an internship with Georgina Von Etzdorf, an eclectic designer based in Salisbury. Returning home with edgier ideas, Sabyasachi started retailing at all major stores in India. In 2002, Sabyasachi participated at the India Fashion Week where his debut collection earned him rave reviews from the national and international press. In a cover by Women's Wear Daily which is considered as the most coveted trade magazine internationally, he was reckoned as the future of Indian fashion.
His celebrity clientele include India's National Award winning actresses Tabu, Shabana Azmi, Konkana Sen Sharma. Former Miss World and current Bollywood actress, Aishwarya Rai and former Miss Universe and current Bollywood actress, Sushmita Sen. Kiran Rao, wife of actor Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor of India's famous film family, The Kapoor's.
Additionally, he was the costume designer for Rani Mukherjee, the acclaimed actress of the movie Black for which he won the national award, Bollywood's Academy Award, as the Best Costume Designer. He was the costume designer for Amitabh Batchchan, Bollywood's mega star, as well as all the other actors in the movie.
International actresses who have bought the Sabyasachi Label are Rene Zelleweger and Reese Witherspoon.
Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week news group. Photos taken by Getty Images/ Dan Lecca. Bio courtesy of Sabyasachi Couture and Peoples Revolution Public Relations.