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Elements of the sea

As temperatures rise, marine motifs and cool cuts are emerging in designer collections to bring in elements of the sea

As temperatures rise, marine motifs and cool cuts are emerging in designer collections. These ensembles come with scallop details, sequins, and gauzy silhouettes.

Cool calypso 

The easiest way to get a sea-inspired look is to focus on the colours. Fashion designer Shahin Mannan says, “Use colours like blue, green, and white, with a pop of coral for a playful touch. Maxi dresses, loose tops and wide-leg pants are great silhouettes for now.” Prints or embellishments like seahorses and corals, accessories like straw hats and chappals with hints of pearls also help to achieve such a look, she adds.  Designer duo Neel and Kanika of fashion label, Jajaabor, have also explored the theme in their latest collection, Archipelago. Designed in shades of blue, it is inspired by their extensive travels to Indonesia. “We visited the Komodo Islands, and each island was diverse. From turquoise blue waters to pink, white and black beaches, to the lush green forests and mountains, the islands had everything,” Kanika explains. “When you look at the islands from Phinisi boats, you get to see how colours blend in gradation. We wanted to portray this in our silhouettes using textures and elements of Indonesian iconography,” she says. 

A reflection of the sea can be seen in linen in Chennai-based Kaveri Lalchand’s latest Mermaid and Marina collection from her label Kaveri. “Sunday visits to the beach allowed me to soak in in the majestic views of the ocean and ponder the mysteries that lay in its depths. This inspired me to create pieces in fine linen that embodied the beauty of the sea with hues that oscillate from white to blue and everything in between; finished with…

Shilpi Madan for Deccan Herald

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