Date : July 31, 2014
Scouting for a perfect contemporary street look, I looked around for a lot of floral prints and graphics, but my eyes landed on this beautiful fluorescent georgette material in orange . The fabric featured prints of Warli art , which is a form of simple graphic mural painting that belongs to an indigenous tribe called the Warlis (courtesy Wikipedia). Warli art is typically done in a single solid colour, and in this case I found the print in black.
The apparel I had in mind immediately was a pair of Palazzo pants. I went about designing these wide legged beauties with a slimmer waist band , side openings and not so wide flare at the hem.As a designer I love playing around with pattern making and measurements. So the next logical step was to draft a flared pants pattern . I must say, this is not for the fainthearted, unless you like your math and have done a lot of pattern making before. It was technically my first trouser pattern though, but totally loved making it!
The next part was to make a top that complements as well as tones down the fluorescent orange. Black seemed the best bet, as the Warli drawings were in black. But I didnd marry two diametrically opposite things..sheer black with fluorescent orange graphic print. I selected organza fabric for the top and designed it to be completely sheer on the shoulder and sleeves, with neckline. For the sleeves I opted for a 3/4th fitted pattern that balloons towards the hem with light gathers. The neckline and sleeve hem were finished with satin piping. The top had a satin inner and created in a sheath silhouette.
No look is complete without just the right amount of accessories. So for this look I opted to leave my neck bare to bring out the sheer yoke and added a dash of colour with orange glossy disc earrings. For the feet , I selected a pair of black Solovoga cutout wedges and metallic entangled black bangles on one hand. A pretty ruched satin black clutch completed the look.
And viola..the result!
A sheer black organza top and a pair of fluorescent orange Warli printed Palazzo pants..all set to party in street style chic!