'Trends are short lived'

'Trends are short lived'

'Trends are short lived'

Novel silhouettes, innovative structures, wearability and originality are the hallmarks of designer Divya Gupta’s creations.

With her forte in intricate embroideries, Divya is known for bringing out striking and contemporary Indian wear. In a chat with Surupasree Sarmmah, Divya talks about her latest collection, her love for pastels and more.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
My designs are essentially inspired by the Islamic
culture. I also get motivated by my travels and from what I read a lot.

Pastel or bright colours, which one will you pick first and why?
Pastels for sure. It works all round the year and for all kind of occasions. The wearability factor when it comes to pastels is more with today’s brides.

One of the most challenging outfits that you have created...
It was a jacket which had multiple layers of embroidery. It was an exquisite couture.

Do you follow a trend or create your own...
Trends are short lived. I incorporate my own style to the trends and get the best out of it.

The best dressed celebrities according to you...
Sonam Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty.

What would you describe as your dream design...
The embroidery collection presented by Dolce & Gabbana two years back is my benchmark.

Any particular actor you would like to work with...
Deepika Padukone, Shilpa Shetty and Sonam Kapoor.

A designer’s work you were last seen admiring...
Tarun Tahiliani. His drapes, falls and folds are impeccable and I look up to him as a mentor.

Tell us a bit more about your latest collection...
It is called ‘Keyifli’ which means blissful in Turkish. I have accentuated the feminine side with this collection. The Islamic culture in terms of floral motifs and embroidery are explored immensely in this collection. The silhouettes are a contemporary take on Indian attires.

What are the fabrics you have used?
I have used light-weight silk ‘muga’ and chiffon that is great for the current season.

Some of the highlights of your creations...
Contemporary ‘kurtas’ and Turkish jackets that are paired with ‘sharara’ pants, ‘kurta’ capes, saris and more. English rose, taupe, olive green are a few of the colours that I have highlighted.

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