“Growing up, I spent hours rummaging through my mother and grandmothers’ jewellery cupboards. Their taste was simply exquisite. Perhaps, this is why I feel disappointed. Where has all the art gone?” questions designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee as he unfolds his Autumn/Winter ’17 couture extravaganza on Instagram. And you can blame the millennials’ minuscule attention span all you want, but you’ll always know where you were and what you were doing when Sabyasachi drops a new collection online.
The designer mined his childhood memories in Kolkata to treat us to five different lines: Gulkhand, Couture Bridal, Devi, the Heritage and Baroda collection. “Afternoon teas in Calcutta Club were all about ladies in organza and chiffon saris, coiffured hair, lacquered nails and rose-gold goggles. The red Chanel mouth and the dripping diamonds added to the decadence,” he recalls. Accordingly, his models paraded in slow-motion in an assortment of classic red silk matka saris, sumptuous baroque and antiquated zardosi.
The lush garments came with an array of lust-worthy baubles sketched by the designer himself. “When women wear my clothes, I invariably expect them to pair it with that kind of jewellery. But, I don’t find it here anymore. Perhaps it was this question that pushed me to find the answer,” he says.
Get your wishlists out and lust over every single piece from his couture collection.
Inside Sabyasachi’s A/W ’17 couture collection