I wanted to show a schoolgirl-turned-woman, and I thought the collar added a sense of innocence to the whole ensemble. As contrast, the buttons were left open to add a hint of sensuality. I put collars on garments and dresses that normally wouldn’t be seen with collars, to take this contrast of old and new forward.
Collars will definitely be very big for the coming summer, but leave them open in front to give a breather, so the look is not too stiff. Avoid bling neckpieces, a delicate chain with a diamond pendant would go beautifully.
My show had an androgynous look, so there were influences of menswear in the garments. I paired collared blouses with dresses, to show you can still be sexy even if covered up. We’re used to seeing beauty in a certain way. I wanted to challenge that, so I’ve put collars on dresses that normally wouldn’t have any.
To wear collars differently, layer collared shirts and blouses with pieces that are not meant to be layered. Try a collared blouse with a tube-dress; it’s all covered up but still sexy.
Collars are a trend that will continue into Spring 2008. I used Peter Pan collars on my T-shirts to give this otherwise sporty garment a formal and feminine touch. I also gave shirts a retro twist with white collars. My only rule while wearing a collared garment is that it should be buttoned down, never buttoned up.
Varun Sardana: Contrast collared blouse.
My collection was inspired by 1980s-style power dressing, but interpreted in today’s context. In the coming season, collars will definitely be an important design element, so watch out for them. No Indian silhouette has collars, so adding a collar to a tunic elevates it from a kurti and makes it more contemporary.
My advice is to never wear a collared tunic with a churidar or salwar; a pair of jeans will do just fine. Even if you do wear a churidar, don’t cover up the collar with a dupatta. And stay away from extra-large collars which sit on the shoulders like dog-ears.