“We didn’t veer away from our message from last season: in fact we go deeper into all things occasion, whether it’s day to evening, more easy, ethereal or effortless,” said Babi Ahluwalia of the casual nature behind the collection’s high summer offering.
She and Sachin Ahluwalia have been pivoting over the seasons, giving new dimension to day occasions with easy silhouettes. They homed in on crisp linens, cutting an ivory dress and black suit more lightweight than usual while embellishing their take on quarantine’s rising “nap dress” trend with lovely signature detailing along the hem. The play with linens was exciting because as a summer fabric, there’s a certain nostalgia tied to not only the season and this year’s lost summer, but also optimism for being carefree again when this collection hits stores next May and June. There’s also a luxe quality to a crisp linen summer white dress.
The designers were also conscientious about how to leave behind a smaller carbon footprint with fabric sourcing. “We said, let’s go back and do things as best as we can and a little bit more in a sustainable way where if you source fabrics from Mumbai, let’s manufacture them in our facilities in Mumbai. If you source in China, let’s manufacture in Vietnam where we have our partners,” Ahluwalia said. “So the footprint is less, the back and forth is less, and we can give the same to our consumers and bring it in a super well-priced collection.”
They cut cotton poplin from India into a draped green dress and a printed one, mixing in sky blue, tomato red and classic black in beautifully made, textural threadwork and the detailing that customers have come to love.
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