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Suneet Varma goes trend-charting with Sujata Reddy.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2009 13:52 IST
Hindustan Times

Tomorrow designer Suneet Varma will fuse his two passion, cars and fashion. He has created an exclusive line for automobile giant BMW, which will cover the path-breaking years of both industries. Ask him the rationale behind merging a fashion and automobile show and Verma says that both cars and clothes indicate the sensibilities of every generation.

Happy hues
Varma’s line portrays trends of the 1930s, vis-à-vis flapper dresses and swinging jazz music. The ’50s have been recreated through A-line skirts, polo necks, chunky accessories and fitted jackets. Psychedelic prints, knitted fabrics, and a hint of embroidery depicts the ’70s look. Present day trends are reflected in gowns and dresses which show off a toned thigh.

Question Varma on why he has been absent from all the ‘luxury’ fashion shows in the recent past and he smiles that he was only being selective.

“At the risk of sounding pompous, I turned down offers to show my collection at two-three shows every day. I’d rather be associated with the crème de la crème,” he says. Varma admits that the ongoing recession mirrors dressing sensibilities the world over. Most people are resorting to ‘happy dressing’, to cope with the dullness around.

“Whenever there is a shift in world economy, one makes an effort to dress happy,” he points out. Bright colours are incorporated in their wardrobe. Relaxed clothing that doesn’t make one feel terribly formal and uptight is the order of the day,” Varma states.

Similar shades
He rebukes the term ‘trends for the season’ citing the example of a shade of green that is reincarnated with a new name, every year.

“It’s gone from being called leaf green to acid green, from an avacado green and apple green. I call it a shade of lime,” he laughs. Fashion, he asserts, is just a point of view. He swears by a new shade he stumbled upon and touts it as the shade to watch out for. “It’s between beige and grey.. I call it greige,” he asserts. “It’s going to take the fashion world by storm.”

First Published: Jan 30, 2009 13:49 IST