Designer Abhinav Mishra’s latest collection ‘Sahiba’ was recently brought to Hyderabad and showcased at The Deccan Story. While he seemed exhausted from all the interviews he was giving since morning, he was nice & friendly enough to sit with us, laugh and chat about his inspiration, the colours he likes, his favourite pieces from his latest collection and of course he doled out some really helpful styling advice!
Where do you get your inspiration from as a designer ?
I am from Lucknow so the Lucknowi in me loves pastel shades, I also take inspiration from Jaipur which predominantly has bright colours. I try to team them both – Lucknow and Jaipur, and I’m still trying to work on that!
Why is the idea behind this collection ‘Sahiba’?
My latest collection ‘Sahiba’ is about a bunch of friends attending a day wedding in Jaipur – enjoying, drinking champagne, laughing and dancing – I’ve created that mood in the latest collection. Something very summery and fun and young.
I keep seeing my clients on Rani Pink, my wedding decor company, and taking inspiration from that this time I have created more of a “mood” than a collection basically.
How can one stand out from the rest in this collection?
These days everyone is ready to experiment to stand out and look pretty. I would suggest they go for simpler outfits in strong colours. For example they can wear an outfit that’s a complete hot pink number, no embroidery nothing but with nice accessories
They can also go for off-white, which is an evergreen colour and always looks nice on every one.
How do you accessorise outfits that make a statement by themselves?
For my outfits, I would suggest to wear easy jewellery that’s not very heavy, easy but looks heavy – like jhumkas. You can wear a maang tika, passa jewellery and chokers which go really well with shararas.
Less jewellery but statement jewellery would be my advice.
Your favourite pieces from this collection?
(Points to the white ensemble which was my pick, which I’m wearing in the pictures below). This one, it is soothing on the eye, easy, it’s cotton, great for a day mehendi and wedding. You can accessorise this by wearing golden jhumkas, not polki, but full gold and add gajra flowers in your hair
Another favourite is an ivory lehenga with a crop top, which is also cotton and has embroidery. It’s ivory with touch of pink and orange. It has mirror work, gota patti and touch of pearl work which I’ve given for the first time. This is easy to move around in, and fun.
How should one accessorise these outfits for night?
For night I stick to my signature pastel shades like these – earthy beige and earthy sand. I would highly suggest you to wear white during the night because white will stand out more at night.
Can you tell us about your signature style?
Mirror work which I love. Pastel colours and combination pastels with bright pink and yellow
Yellow is my favourite colour and if someone comes for their mehendi outfit shopping, I would suggest they go for yellow. Not suggest, but I would force and change their mind and make them buy only yellow. And in the end I convince them.
Who is your style inspiration in the industry, someone who carries your outfits really well?
Sonam Kapoor can carry my outfits and all Indian outfits really well.
Since the white outfit that he picked as his favourite happened to be mine too, I decided to style that. And with yellow being his favourite colour and shararas making a huge comeback, my second outfit choice was of course that. Both these outfits are elegant, classy, comfortable and perfect for any wedding function! What do you guys think?
Photography: Vyshakh Thaliyil