Blazers are paired with sheer dhotis for Pratap's first collaboration with The Woolmark Company
Last season, it was exo-skeletal dresses in lurex that exaggerated the human form.
For Autumn/Winter 13-14 designer Rajesh Pratap Singh creates an androgynous, tailored collection which builds on rural Indian craft in collaboration with the research and development institute of the Australian wool textile industry.
The Woolmark Company has formed similar collaborations with international designers like Vivienne Westwood and Narciso Rodriguez in the past, and has named Pratap the ambassador for Merino wool in India.
Pratap's entire collection is based on modifications of Indian Ikat over Merino, a process of tie-dyeing that’s so tedious that it remains relatively unexplored. The designer also adopts techniques of quilting and embroidery from rural India to lend the pieces an authentic subcontinental texture.
Juxtaposing strict structure with fluidity is a Pratap specialty, this time finding its form in heavy men's blazers paired with sheer dhotis.
Here's an exclusive sneak peek of the collection in-the-making and what to expect before the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) runway show later this evening.