October 8, 2015 Asmita Aggarwal

No Rolling Stone

Suman Bhat of the label Lola feels the God is in the details, so her rather relaxed line has a serious edge

By Asmita Aggarwal

“We don’t nap in the afternoon, I haven’t seen the inside of a nightclub for almost five months now and don’t party every Saturday night! Some of us in Goa actually run a serious business and are not relaxed like most people think we are,” says the delightful 26-year-old Suman Bhat of the label Lola.

A First Cut designer at the AIFW SS 16, she learnt to sow, from her grandmom, she still uses the same machine, which had an animated character in sparkly colours with ‘Lola’ written on a sticker, which her aunt gave her as a kid, and she stuck it on the machine. “The sticker serves as a memory of how I started to the time when I launched my label in 2013 and it seemed like a perfect brand name,” says the Goa-based designer.

Studying at the Symbiosis Institute of Design and then interning with Wendell Rodricks for a year, Panjim-based Suman works on silhouettes which accentuate the appeal of the female form. Hoping to create one piece for every woman who walks into her store, hoping that it will become her favourite one, in her wardrobe, Suman focuses on minimal details and a play of structure and fluidity.

Her SS 16 line is all about a dark romance, on a Mediterranean vacation as the woman is totally in charge. “It is my spin on summer with no pastels and it is not cute. As the theme is a woman who is consumed by lust and not love and is sure about what she wants and how to get it, so she acts with passion,” she adds.

The hues of maroon merge with cigarette ash and gold to create high-waisted tops, crop tops, jumpsuits in silk and linen as well as asymmetrical numbers. With a father who taught at IIT and mother a professor of economics, Suman always only got support from her academically inclined parents when she decided to pursue arts. “They are happy to see me lovin’ what I do. This SS 16 I have created my own prints inspired by a single petal, which we have used on airy silk crepes,” she says.

But that’s not all. Suman has also added interesting edges like leather trims, patchwork pockets and faux leather details. “The pretty buckles to fasten belts have been replaced by dog hooks in keeping with the theme,” she confirms. And she reiterates that she must mention that she has no pattern cutters and does it all herself. “It was something I loved doing and continue to do so,” she concludes.

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