Creative since she was a child designer Mithi Kalra is known for her innovative work in fashion. Promoting fashion that is comfortable, the designer believes that anything that makes a person very comfortable in their own skin is fashion.
In conversation, Kalra speaks about how she entered the world of fashion, favourite fabrics and what are the trends for Diwali this year.
How did you get into designing clothes?
I have always been creative, after I did my MBA I finally thought to explore my creative side and clothes was a filed that started doing talking to me.
Mine is story of a girl who belongs to a management family and wants to pursue her career in fashion industry, after an unsuccessful attempt of doing a 9 to 5 job, I convinced my parents and went ahead with fashion from NIFT Delhi.
I started perusing fashion career from my own house and my mother is my inspiration. She is the one who introduced me to the field of fashion. I started exploring this field with my mom and she encouraged me a lot
What are your favourite fabrics? Why?
I have started to fall in love with a few organic fabrics, like chanderi, silk, tussar silk... I just love the fall of these fabrics and how they can be used in a variety of ways. They are easily wearable for any age group and body type.
Your works also show Parsi inspiration, what about it attracts you? Tell us a bit about that collection
Parsi is itself a very important heritage and art form of our culture... it has over the years influenced and contributed a lot to women dressing up. I have again amalgamated our heritage Parsi embroidery with Victorian era to suit the dressing of today’s women. I have used a pastel palette for colours and subtle and toned down version of our heritage embroidery. Fusions have also always been my thing.
With Diwali around the corner, what are the fashion dos and don’ts ones needs to follow?
With the major line up of festivals and Diwali around the corner I would advice some nice soothing eye shades for dresses and very minimum jewellery to top it looks...
For Diwali I will suggest wear something comfortable and stylish. A lot of people have parties these days thus enjoy dressing up, be comfortable first.
I will suggest wear light fabrics like georgette or crepes. In style a woman can don a sari with a corset blouse, simple yet perfect for a style statement. Men can wear kurtas with bandhgalas which are in trend this season.
Always opt for minimalist yet stylish look. Opt for shades like pink, blues, greens and oranges. Which are Diwali colours. While pastels have been in this season but yes I will suggest that opt for brighter shades this season.
What do you think are the present fashion trends in India?
I think people are really getting aware of how they want to dress up these days. The colour palette remains soft and subtle and solids play a major role in power dressings this season.
What is next for you?
The only aim for now is to build the label and focus on our upcoming ss18 collection. I am hoping that we get all the love for our "Victorian Parsi Saga Collection’ FW18.