Summary: My first impression of Sabyasachi was "Pier 1 Meets the Military"…except in the finest of luxurious fabrics. The Sabyasachi woman is a rebellious, artistic and youthful. She wears street style shapes of loose fitting tunics and vests, long skirts or very wide pants, that grazing the floor in beautiful silks. She wears military green and flat black sneakers so she can run if she has to. But the rebellious youth is in beautiful upscale fabrics: silks, brocades, sheer panels, hand embroidery and sequins.
The show included every ethnic head covering under the sun: a turban, a burka, a pointy green military hat, and communist symbols: the hammer and sickle and red stars. The textures, variety and craft were amazing. The finale included double the typical number of models, which made for a spectacular effect with all of the textures and fabric, as they rounded the runway to the tune of Tracy Chapman’s Talkin Bout a Revolution.
Color Palette: military green, off white, oyster, stained beige, stained sea green, ivory, and deep bright reds.
Fabrics: silks, brocades, velvet, cotton viole, cotton, cotton net, sequins, embroidery, chiffon, silk lurex, gabardine, linen.
Textures & Details: cotton and satin tiers, hand embroidered appliques, wide elastic hem details on pants and skirts, fully sequined silk fabrics, embroidered shoulder appliques.
Key Looks: Layers of textures and embellishments. A typical example: Stained off-white multi-paneled cotton top with a jeweled yoke and a hand embroidered hem detail, off-white and gray pin striped t-shirt with hand embroidered shoulder applique, and stained off-white pleated and flared gabardine pants.
Tags: Carol Calacci