August 3, 2013 Asmita Aggarwal

Affordable Luxury

Masaba introduces the jacket-collar and jumpsuit sari…

It was a move away from Masaba’s comfort zone; doing predominantly Western silhouettes instead of her beloved saris for Satya Paul. The dilemma was she didn’t want them to look too inspired by the West, and yet retain the ‘dreaminess and femininity’ in her demi couture line she showcased for DCW. “I had to walk the tightrope between opulence and affordability. I like monochromes, they exude this quiet charm, which I find quite endearing so I started with them,” confides Masaba.

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Taking a “down-to-earth” approach to couture, Masaba moved away from traditional reds, mehendi greens and maroons and introduced parrot greens, flaming sequinned reds and mango yellows. “The new-age bride is not afraid to step out of tradition and chose an offbeat option,” she adds.

Hi-waisted, fishtail gowns with long trails were for someone who embraces their curves, is not afraid to show a little skin, likes a bit of sexiness, in simple terms “a modern bride”. To execute this thought process she used organza to create lithe cover ups, along with crepe and satin. And to add a bit of drama on the catwalk, she got Bollywood veteran Anil kapoor and nephew Arjun, dressed in natty Sherwanis.

But here is what got her excited—-she added newness by making her own cotton lace, the pattern and design was developed by her team, which was then added on to net and organza, combined with pearls and prints. Prints which are part of the Satya Paul DNA, were perked up with sequins. “I am not a big fan of zardosi, I find it a bit overwhelming, so I stuck to what I felt would blend in,” she says.

This time the SP girl introduced the jacket-collar sari, which has these two new additions, and then comes the jumpsuit sari which is Masaba’s take on the younger customer who finds the six yard drape a bit tough to carry. “The idea was to make it accessible to a younger audience, eliminating the problems I faced while trying to wear my mother’s sari when I was a teenager. So for me, this is a step forward,” she concludes.

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