The modern Indian woman is an omnipresent enigma — bold, goal-oriented and not afraid to let loose, she stands tall in the office boardroom, elegantly glides through an evening soiree and finds herself balancing multiple responsibilities and roles.
Channelling the role of the independent Indian woman are sartorial masters and fashion brands working towards making sure that smart sartorial choices support smart ambitious women.
So whether you’ve landed a new job, are looking to expand your work wardrobe or would like your ensemble to do the talking, these are the brands that we trust for shaping up a refreshing interpretation of the modern woman’s wardrobe that isn’t limited to floaty tulles and delicate silhouettes.
I. Shahin Mannan
Design Shahin Manna grew up loathing anything bright and outrightly feminine. One of her earliest memories includes her mother accompanying her to a menswear store to pick a gingham fabric that quickly turned into a minimal shirt, which became the designer’s staple as a kid. As a designer, her designs breakthrough a fearlessly fluid palette and reflect her motto of seeing sunshine even in the darkest of times.
Her latest collection Sage is a testimony of her championing the idea of the woman that resides within all of us, wanting to breakthrough. Sage packs a strong spectrum of colours that go from moody greys to eclectic tones of blue, teal and reds and includes fabrics like twill, crepe and comfortable denims. Her signature details like intricate embroidery, beadwork and precision tailoring make every outfit truly stand out.
Pairing the unpredictable, ‘we see summer’ jackets with skirts, crisp cape sleeves and smartly tailored pants that make for every important occasion.
II. Corpora Studio
Led by NIFT graduate duo Aanchal Arora and Vasu Mohan, Corpora Studio is one label that has been on our radar with trans-seasonal energy and confident interpretations that turn classic silhouettes into modern archetypes of what works for the divine feminine in all of us that refuses to be treated as ‘fragile’ or obtuse when it comes to experimentation.
Championing inclusivity, fluid forms. and a unisex approach, Corpora focuses on creative patterns that break through the monotony of mundane dressing. An exquisite range of ombre jumpsuits inspired by summer skies, sensuous cutouts, and asymmetric collars represents the label’s intellectual design approach that has become a cult hit with an evolving buyer base.
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