Indian fashion designer Niki Mahajan is the chosen one rocked my world this morning. India, a country where homosexuality is taboo, she chose to break some ground for the gays by making lesbian love the subject matter of her Fall 2010 collection.
This collection had a neutral palette of off whites and creams in western and fusion silhouettes. We saw a Prada inspired ruched and bound geogette top teamed with a long straight skirt with golden edged mirror work on the body which then fell straight plain to the ankles. Boob tubes appeared over trousers and skirts. As the show went on, the typical Mahajan colour sensibility kicked into gear. The palette ranged from pink, yellow, green and turquoise. Silhouettes veered more towards Indian, but many pieces would look great in the Mediterranean sun. Boob tubes continued in third last range, along with long straight skirts, gently flared lehengas, and wide diaphanous pants.
Can we get a standing ovation for Ms. Mahajan? Is this resonating with all of you? Because it’s huge. Niki puts it best by saying, “I want the world to realize that we should not shy away from accepting the fact that love need not to happen between opposite sex … so we just accept gay people as a part of our society rather than ignoring their presence.”
Mahajan’s Fall 2010 collection pays tribute to an allegedly fictional woman named Lata, and tragically tells the story of the love between her and another woman which cannot be openly expressed because of societal restrictions. Dramatically and naturally depicted for a large and enthusiastic audience, drawing speculation to what is being considered quite the spectacle. What she brings to the table is some hope and at a completely pivotal time in Willis’ growing repertoire.
Flowy tops paired with cropped pants and pendants? Swoon. She had me at hello. What I wouldn’t have done to have been even in the back row at this show. The whole thing was so entirely whimsical. Her eloquent pieces bring a sense of ethnicity while still being quite modern resulting in always classic but up to speed fashion. She’s one to follow!
More about the designer
Niki Mahajan, a designer with panache has devoted the last 15 years in promoting the talent reserves of the Indian subcontinent working with the immensely talented artisans from Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Assam and other remote corners. The endeavour is to retain an umbilical connection with the huge talent resource of the country mysterious interiors. Working with tribals, Niki has created a fabric called “Reeds” which is made by splitting grass and treating it with natural elements. A recipient of the Yuv Ratan award for excellence in promoting the production of unique fabrics by the Ministry of Textiles, she has had the opportunity to learn about the crafts at the grass root level. Currently she retails from Bangalore, Madras, Cochin at Folio, Oorja at Hyderabad, Kali at Kolkata, Casa at Pune, L’affaire, Heritage and her own studio at Vasant Vihar, Priya Cinema Complex, New Delhi and the Designer Studio, Mumbai. Specialising in trousseau, occasion wear and Prêt lines, with an emphasis on clean-cut silhouettes and intricate hand work.