Designer Nachiket Barve on his festive wear collection and his greatest role model
Designer Nachiket Barve gets candid with us,before he debuts his new festive wear at Lakme Fashion Week this season.
1) How excited are you to showcase your first ever-festive collection? Give us a glimpse of your collection
It is wonderful to grow the brand and cater to a new occasion. The desire to augment the label with a festive line came from the constant enquiries of clients to do festive clothing for them. I have always been committed to innovating with techniques of textile development, innovation in surface embellishment and adding functionality and ease to the garments. While something like the International Woolmark Prize winning collection had the same ideology translated with a global point of view, the festive side lets me decant the vision for a contemporary woman in India and overseas today. I am really looking forward to presenting my first ever-festive line titled 'Theia' for Lakme Salon Showstopping Bride at Lakme Fashion week this season.
2) What’s you're idea of festive wear as a designer? Your favourite colour palettes when it comes to festive wear?
Festive wear for me is the connotation of joy, celebration and the belief that women should look great yet be comfortable. I have developed embroidery and techniques that look dressy but are super light and effortless to wear. The other are that I am passionate about is the belief that festive clothes must be able to incorporate themselves for being adaptable beyond just one occasion. The collection has separates that can be worn and style multiple ways.
I love palettes that work beautifully with different body types, skin tones and graduate from day to evening. You will find a rich burgundy, an intense Paprika and an unconventional bridal indigo in the palette.
3) What are the challenges you faced while working on this line?
It has definitely been wonderfully rewarding to create the line. I firmly feel that the clothes should be woman’s best friends and not hinder her movement or tire her out. I have been driven by the need to marry a romantic aesthetic with practicality while creating the line.
4) What are the things that inspire you to create something so unique every season?
It is vital to feel alive to be able to create; to absorb the world around like a sponge and then create alchemy that is personal at the end of it. I love the fact that this profession lets me create things that didn’t exist before. If I can make women’s’ lives more joyous, liberating and beautiful, it would be a job well done.
5) Who is been your greatest role model through your designing journey?
I have always admired the status quo defining work of Coco Chanel, the effortless innovation of Madeline Vionnet and the ability to make women beautiful that Valentino Garavani brought to fashion.