Little Shilpa presented a very creative Autumn/Winter 15-16 collection for Paris Fashion Week at Galerie Joseph. One of the strongest theme collections for headgears, ‘Madness of War’ nails the designer’s creativity through the bold colourful sequenced masks – using the motifs, objects and bold colour palette we associate with war. With this collection, the Mumbai born milliner, Shilpa Chavan, who is behind this global brand Little Shilpa, exhibits her alluring blend representing the idea of east meets west. Her work embodies the techniques and inspiration from the world around her. She has her clientle from all over the world. Her headgears have also been worn by Lady Gaga since 2009.
As a trained women’s head dresser she has recently added apparel to her designs. The first thing you noticed about the collection were the masks worn by the models which had intricate detailing, and animal styled head masks, which looked a bit frightening. The protruding beak of a crow-like bird or the bulged out trunk of an anteater are the types of masks which grabbed the audience’s attention. The garments were tailored in camouflage neoprene and were either draped on the dress or worn as an accessory on the shoulders or as a cape. All the clothes were in bottle green hosiery knits and the silhouettes ran as mid-thigh or mid-calf dresses. The ‘Saree’ dress which has found its way into the functional contemporary collection was a great concept, reminding us of Shilpa’s Indian origins.
The show stopper dress for Shipa’s was a by-product of the same camouflage fabric. It was a trailing floor-length number with the golden body suit underneath. An unexpected statement indeed!
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Written by Jagpreet Thakkar