THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Ever since her debut at the Amazon Fashion Week last year, Shalini James hasn’t looked back. With celebrities, including Raveena Tandon, appreciating the floor-length anarkalis and kurtas from her signature label, Mantra, the city-based fashionista is now out with her new collection of crossover kurtas, True Blue - Indigo Files.
“The line is inspired by my recent trips to Jaipur and is all about indigo, a traditional colour that has now gone global. The collection features interesting adaptations of this shade in crossover cotton kurtas. Sporting western leanings, they stick to the season’s anti-fit mandate, while staying true to their traditional inspirations,” begins James, while taking us through her flowy-yet-body-flattering range, highlighting print-on-print designs.
With block prints such as shibori, batik and tie-dye, this yet-to-be-launched ensemble flaunts an eclectic palette of summer colours such as poppy red, fuchsia, lime, tangerine and sunflower yellow. Keeping her millennial clientele in mind, she has also thrown in a few quirky elements like red stitches and pink piping where they are least expected (think asymmetrical hemlines and reversible capes). “Besides True Blue, I also have two more lines coming up. Song of the South is inspired by the Sungudi and Chettinad textile crafts, while A Mid-Summer Story is an ajrakh and ikat-based collection,” concludes the former alumnus of Chennai’s National Institute of Fashion Technology.
Kurtas from Rs. 3,000 onwards Details: shalinijamesmantra.com