Early-October 2015 will always hold a special place in Rahul Mishra’s heart. Days before presenting his Spring/Summer 2016 collection to a full house of invited guests at the Mona Bismarck American Center in Paris, he was also enjoying his first few moments of fatherhood from afar, as back in New Delhi his wife Divya gave birth to their first child.
In Paris, Mishra’s SS16 Merino wool-rich collection did not disappoint, highlighting exquisite hand-embroidered eveningwear that has fast become synonymous with the Rahul Mishra brand.
Beautiful Australian Merino wool was blended with silk and organza, presented in shades of sunflower yellow, dusty sky blue and rose pink contrasted with creams and black.
Dresses, tops and coats dominated the runway as Mishra once again showcased his mastery of cut and texture, with geometric patterns at ease with sassy pleats and 3D-sculpted designs.
Titled ‘Fourth Dimension’, Mishra’s collection was based on the notion that all dimensions in the universe begin with a single point, Dot, and the dimensions it takes to create multi-dimensional forms. And so this latest collection invites us to enter into the fourth dimension, enhancing 3D with the touch of human hands. Visiting age-old techniques, combining the vanishing hand skills with the mastery of the craftsmen, the journey produces a superlative new imprint. This collection has an engaging dialogue of opposites, an ambiguity, where sheer and opaque, drape and structure and the play of different textures bring together a juxtaposition of different elements and shapes.
Mishra continues to utilise the best parts of a world dominated by innovation and technology, whilst never forgetting his Indian roots and preserving the unseen hand of the skilled artisan.