‘Kalahari’ by Nachiket Barve is inspired by the austere, enormous, uninviting yet absolutely beautiful Kalahari and Namib deserts of Africa. His Spring/Summer 2015 collection at Wills India Fashion Week showcased checked fabrics of the Maasai tribe and beaded corsets of Dinka men in colour palettes replicating hues of the sand, sky and desert sun.
The line of clothes scrounged streaks of influences from Africa but not in a ‘typical’ tribal manner. In fact, the silver jewellery of the Tuareg people has been reinterpreted in frail beading; the beaded corsets of the Dinka men have been deciphered to wooden beaded embroidery on dresses and the neck pieces and checked fabrics of the Maasai also instilled stark influences on part of the collection.
The fabrics incorporated were shiny satin, jute, heavy silk crêpe, kota, tulle, chiffon, georgette, organza, chanderi, washed dupion, raw silk and tussar silk. Neutral backdrop often gave way to tonal embroidery and unusual motif placements took charge of the runway.
The silhouettes presented were front slit skirts, slashing, mid-calf length, palazzos, zippers, cutouts, safari shirts, transparency and draping.