Young designer Meghan Walsh kicked off New York Fashion Week Spring 2011 New York with her first collection inspired by traditional Indian culture. In a room of white spotless veils accented with a misty air, she presented a collection of exotic and romantic pieces leading us to the sound of Indian music. Without trying to revolutionize the fashion industry, Walsh offers clothing fluent in ethnic accents worthy of the Rajasthani women. Drawing inspiration from rich context and color, the collection contains invigorating hues and implements in it a world that mixes Indian culture with an Americanized tinge. Referring also to the glamor of the 20s and 30s, the Blank Silk line presents dresses where light transparency and sophistication come together making it look casual-chic. The pieces are offered up in silk, chiffon and organza fabrics, mixed in the colors of precious stones and spices such as turquoise, emerald green and magenta. The traditional cuts from the sari to the Indian scarf are updated easily in this collection.
The fashion here finds its origins in ancient India and preserves continuity in accessories and shoes. This perfectly reflects the culture of Jaipur. My heart leapt when I saw the strapless olive green leaves with intricate detail at the shoulders worn with high waisted shorts for an organic summery look. This was a good effort from a designer who travels through time and continents to offer us a collection open to the world.
photography: Roxanne Doucet for Papierdoll
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