Designer Poonam Bhagat’s fondness for Chennai displays within the color palette of her new assortment. She toys with cobalt blues, burnt oranges and sunflower yellows that resonate with town’s sensibility. There are, nevertheless, the muted blushes and the pale-ash ivories too, “which has one thing for everybody”. “I’ve come to Chennai with an exhibition after three years and I’m excited,” says Poonam, whose label Taika is showcasing 70 items.
The gathering, together with attire, jackets, tunics, ponchos and extra in linen, poplin, voile and a smattering of chanderi, is up to date and aimed toward girls between 25 to 65 and past. The ensembles include appliques, embroidery and digital print work. Whereas the ‘Popcicle’ assortment is easy-breezy and is available in daring colors, the vary in cobalt-blue makes use of Japanese script for the design component. “They’re optimistic phrases in Japanese representing religion, hope, good luck and peace,” says Poonam.
Identified for its elegant but edgy method, Taika had all the time charted its personal course ever since its launch in 1991, says Poonam. “There have been solely a handful of designer shops in India then and there was no web or social media. We designers relied purely on our inspiration,” she says. Poonam’s inventive course of nonetheless follows her preoccupation with artwork. From the surrealist works of Joan Miro to Vincent van Gogh’s iconic ‘Starry Nights’ and Picasso’s serigraphs, her works are influenced by diverse expressions of artwork.
Structure is a supply of concepts too. The Moor Assortment has screen-printed lattice work superimposed with summary blacks and pink motifs evocative of the simplicity of the Bauhaus artwork and design motion that started in Germany within the early 20th century.
Designing for an opera
Poonam’s oeuvre just isn’t confined to the ramp. In 2013, she designed the costumes for your complete ensemble of the French opera firm, Opera Lafayette. “It’s straightforward to design for fashions, however if you find yourself designing garments for a efficiency involving individuals of various sizes and characters, it’s a very completely different expertise,” she says. Poonam studied your complete libretto (textual content utilized in an opera) to grasp the characters and design accordingly.
Set in Kashmir and Samarkand, the opera recounted the love story between Nourreddin, the King of Samarkand, and the Mughal princess Lalla-Roukh. The clothes she designed have been in vibrant colors embellished with embroidery. The present went on to be a hit. “And it was definitely worth the effort we took,” says Poonam. In 2016, in a primary of its form present, Taika showcased its ‘Twilight Gold’ assortment on prime of the Eiffel Tower. The vary had jewel toned skirts appliqued in burnished gold tissue.
So far as a designer is worried, it’s not simply the physique kind of the wearer that issues, her character additionally counts, says Poonam. “The concept is that an individual ought to really feel snug in her personal pores and skin and the garments ought to assist her obtain that.”
Poonam might be interacting with clients at a ‘Meet the Designer’ session at Amethyst on August 11 from 11am to 7pm. The gathering might be accessible for per week. (www.taikabypoonambhagat.internet; @taikabypoonambhagat on Instagram)