Framing the grey – literally, as we try to frame this monochromatic glamorous crop top and skirt in the sea-green frames and ironically, as my photographic alter-ego was trying to overcome my grey mood. And it definitely succeeded.. wink!!!
Grey – an achromatic color of any lightness between the extremes of black and white. When thinking of the black and white, I am always reminded of the Yin and the Yang – two halves that together complete wholeness. Dark and light, night and day, poverty and wealth, hate and love are all examples of Yin and Yang. As a child, I gotta know about this philosophy while watching, one of my favourites disney cartoons, Aladdin, and the Tai Chi symbol of Yin-Yang was the only thing that fascinated me about the theory back then. But as I grew up, I really understood what it meant, and how everything and everyone in this universe comprises of both.
Off lately, when work has kept me so occupied, my mind often drifts back to the memories that I had captured all through my life. I always wonder how, in no time, I metamorphosed from a pampered kid into a responsible independent girl. I wonder, how and when I decided to make a career in fashion and took strong decisions independently that define me at present.
As it strikes me today that values are the building blocks of our personalities which highly depend on the way our parents have raised us and the company we grow up in, I feel very blessed. I started dancing when I was three and was trained in kathak (an Indian Classical Dance) for six years. Having performed on stage for more than three hundred times not only built my inner confidence but also thought me to communicate with the masses without having to actually speak, as my expressions were louder than any oration. Practicing martial arts for ten years and winning many combats, not only made me realise my sinews’ strengths but also prepared me for the metaphorical fights of this world. Yet, my true strengths reside in my family and friends who would never let me stumble or fall.
Coming back to today’s ensemble, I would say a lot of “grey-matter” was used to create the surface of the crop-top. Ah! one more Grey.. Haha!! Here goes a brief algorithm. Corduroy was initially printed in dalmatian dots and hence the printed fabric was quilted on to another fabric using a sheet of foam. A thin silver rope was then twisted and embroidered paired up with loads of thread work, sequins and glass beads. Thanks to the amazing artisans who work for me, as they understand and deliver what I design with utmost perfection.
The racer-back crop top is paired with a glamorous high waist skirt, which is inspired from Yin-Yang symbol, only with a touch of grey. Slit on the leg, waterfall pleats in the front and elaborate flair – define the skirt. The monochromatic look was kept intact with smoke-grey eyes, nude lips and nude nails.