An “Eye” for Fashion
Shivan and Narresh’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection celebrates the delicate kinetic aerodynamic works by American sculptor Alexander Calder.
The designer duo has taken the essence of his sculptures and carefully crafted an intoxicating swim and resortwear collection bathed in vermilions, chromes, safari greens, and azure blues. The perfect choice for holidays and honeymoons, the collection exudes splendour.
Shivan and Narresh conducted extensive research on Calder’s works and precariously crafted and adapted it so as to reinterpret it on human form. Calder’s mobiles proved to be a great starting point and the duo adapted it in the form of kinetic frameworks on the anatomy – almost defying gravity on the body (much like his sculptures). The brazen swimwear draws its strong lines from Calder’s cantilevered mobiles with coal black lines holding the crafted panels on the skin, while the prints are inspired by “Calder’s Eye” and his mobile colour blocks.
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“our minds wandered into directions that explored the human body as a plane to create the spatial kinetics of Calder… the result was rather bold.” – Shivan
Maillots, bikinis and trikinis return bolder than ever this season. However the biggest introduction this summer season has to be the swimdress. Saunter around the city or a resort under the sun or rewind by the pool – the swimdress will turn heads like never before.
Then there is the effortless resort suit – a combination of the finest Italian jersey palazzos and a silk cape – making the Shivan & Narresh woman elegant and breathtakingly powerful even while in a resort state of mind.
A new beach-to-bar look is the fringed dress. Crafted with hand-cut fringes, the dress pours beautifully over swimsuits, creating a mysterious look that speaks pure elegance.
“Fringing is pure mystery when taken the maximalist route – the handcrafted fringing is aimed at making the perfect honeymoon look,” – Narresh
Shivan and Narresh transferred the line work of Calder’s mobile onto the fabrics with hand-fringing, thus creating an allure of mystery whilst simultaneously revealing the skin.
Prints and Colours
he prints embody the works of Calder through the elements of his work s – from the multi-colour primary shapes at the end of his mobiles to the ever inspiring eyes he used in his wire sculptures.
The treatment of his signature elements was further enhanced with an abstract approach which exaggerated the elements to create two signature prints for the season – the hued influx and the “Calder’s eye”.
For the colours, the designers took a primary route. Much like the American sculptor’s palette, vermillion, chrome and azure blue come together with black framework. Amidst the bright hues, moss dominates the season, with the colour working wonders with sun-kissed tans and the beautiful caramel Indian skin.