Mumbai: Goa’s sprawling beaches have more to them than rave parties, designer Wendell Rodricks sought to portray through his collection of fluid whites, inspired by the beach state’s ancient yoga culture.
Rodricks’ “Goa Spa” line showcased late on Tuesday at the Lakme Fashion Week presented tunics, trousers, saris and shirts which used cottons, silk mixed with lycra and satins, all in white.
A model displays a creation by Indian designer Wendell Rodricks during the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai on 16 October 2007
“You generally don’t associate yoga and ayurveda to Goa but it has one of the richest traditions which I have tried to showcase,” the young designer said, referring to the ancient Indian medical science.
“The spas of Goa use the state’s ancient ayurvedic and yogic techniques which I have tried to bring out,” he said of the scenic, palm tree-lined state which is more popular with tourists for its beaches than yoga or ayurveda.
Rodricks juxtaposed his outfits with with Indian geometrical shapes on silhouettes and also experimented with asymmetric cuts, leaf motifs and fine detailing to give the clothes a chic look.
“Whites are in fashion all over the world for spring summer and I feel it was a very smart decision by Wendell to go ahead with white for international buyers,” said Pria Kataria Puri, who owns a store in Kuwait.
The five-day Mumbai fashion event which opened on Saturday has seen designers showcasing a wide colour palette.
Day four saw bold experiments with cuts and silhouettes. From varied necklines to innovations with the back, the designers created a wide range of body hugging tops and jackets using extensive embroidery and patchwork.
“My collection is soothing to the eye and the body. The fabrics are as soft as cotton,” Rodricks said.
“I think buyers will love the clothes, specially in India, where it is very hot during the summers.”