March 13, 2019 Asmita Aggarwal

Paths to the absolute

Abstract musings meet innovative falls and constructed cuts in Disha’s label, Done and Dusted

By Asmita Aggarwal

Being a businessman’s daughter Disha Sharma grew up in a joint family where she always had a mixed reaction to every move anyone took. She got used to sharing joys, sorrows, astonishment, adulation and criticism from an early age with a litany of aunts and uncles and an army of cousins. That’s why Done & Dusted her label is a conundrum of reflections, just as the name suggests, according to her interpretation when she does something she executes it with enormous perfection.

When that’s over she moves on to take up another challenge and this time for LMIFW Autumn-winter 2019, she has been greatly influenced by abstract expressionism, a post-war II development that had proponents like Jackson Pollock. “The trick is to play with cut and fall in a gentle manner, as if it is spontaneous,” she explains. Checks and stripes meet at arbitrary places to create a grid of an ensemble, which for Disha is away from the expected norms.

Understanding and observing that young people today want to dress ingeniously everyday and wants clothes with a unique edge, it is now becoming more about personality enhancers than just what you get on high-street. “Social media has the biggest impact, look at how many followers Kareena Kapoor has. Most young girls aspire to dress just like their icons,” she admits.

Titled “Escapade”, Disha is still not sure if she will go ahead with this as the name of her line, it mirrors her journey of self-reflection, which ended with her going into her little world and choosing peace over perfection. “There was a time, a few months ago when I was forced to look within as the answers are frankly all there,” she says.

Faux leather remains Disha’s preferred choice and her silhouettes are a melange of forms, structure, lines and shapes. “Leather is used to heighten the appeal of a garment, it is placed strategically in elbows, collars or the yolk, even though finishing then becomes a challenge on the dresses, jackets and trousers. The colour story is dominated by khaki, olive, muddy browns, beige, tans and of course black, which is omnipresent,” she says.

Coming from a family of Italian marble traders, Disha knows she gets emotional, physical and financial support but R & D is going to be a solo trip. “Delhi everyone likes to dress well, and in fact they are willing to get the most exclusive ensemble to achieve this feat. As a designer for me this is a challenging space to work in as my customer is ready to adapt. I am very grateful to FDCI to give me this opportunity where I get to show my story,” she concludes.


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