Western womenswear inspired by Indian sari

The allure of the sari has captivated many, including designer duo Hemant Sagar and Didier Lecoanet, who drew inspiration from the timeless elegance of the six-yard drape to create a stunning line of womenswear.

For Hemant Sagar, the enchantment began with a vision of a sari-clad woman emerging from the sea in Orissa, leaving him spellbound by the beauty of the drenched fabric. This fascination was later shared by his partner, Didier Lecoanet, during a visit to India, igniting a shared passion for the sari.

Their Fall/Winter 2010 collection, titled “Ode to Tinsel Town,” celebrates the sari’s legacy while infusing it with a contemporary twist suitable for the red carpet. The collection features strong silhouettes crafted from multi-hued tulle, silk taffetas, chiffon, and organza, adorned with contrasting trims and metallic chains for added flair.

Although they remain tight-lipped about specific Bollywood actresses, Sonia Jehan is mentioned as a natural fit for their creations, given her effortless elegance showcased in various films.

Breaking away from the traditional fashion week circuit, the designers opted for a solo show to focus on brand building and creative freedom. Their collection, priced between Rs 8,000 and Rs 50,000, is available at select stores, including Ensemble, Kemps Corner, Mi-Casa in Bandra, Pinakin in Lower Parel, and Aza in Altamount Road.