Rahul Mishra’s fall collection did not mark a major evolution from last season, but given that it was inspired by ancestral tradition, that was not such a bad thing. The designer, winner of the 2014 International Woolmark Prize, specializes in delicately hand-embroidered outfits that play with translucent effects. This time, he worked a palette ranging from white, light beige and blush pink to midnight blue and black.
Dresses, jackets and tops were spliced with sheer panels at the midriff that featured an appliquéd bird motif. Naïve patterns appeared on white sweaters, including one embroidered with a drawing of a village. “This collection is my soul-searching endeavor and creates a graphical sketchbook of images of a village I grew up in,” Mishra said on his show invitation, adding that the village’s ecosystem “offers an equilibrium between man and nature.”
Perhaps the absence of a strong seasonal statement was Mishra’s way of contributing to a sustainable fashion cycle. These creations will easily slot into the wardrobes of his existing customers.