In a life dictated by black and white social norms, designer Sohaya Mishra’s latest offering seeks solace in the grey territory that symbolises the need to be able to express yourself when you’re not accepted. The social effervescence of Chola by Sohaya Misra meets the conceptual genius of jewellery designer, Roma Narsinghani in a unique collaboration of thought and creative process on the Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive‘18 runway.
The sweeping, panoramic views of Mumbai from an aerial vantage point serve as the muse for Chola’s ‘Bye Felicai’collection, implying ‘dismissing the irrelevant’, is inspired by the drag culture, as a silent protest against society and its’ definition of normalcy. Through black and white fabrics with grey and beige undertones, the collection showcased the strength and the power of gender fluency.
“We wanted to create pieces that focus on strength, while also showcasing the need for being you and accepting yourself the way you are, says Sohaya Misra.
As for jewellery by Roma, pieces selected for the runway comprise of brass wires intertwining the designs to serve as a visual metaphor for this self-exploration. Taking inspiration from Chola’s aesthetic, there is a bold contrast in the softer shapes paired with angular, 3D elements.