This season New York Fashion Week saw the emergence of one-shoulder draped ensembles. It’s easy to mistake them as sari-gown inspired but one can’t miss Grecian or South American drapes too. “The big international trend can be seen by Indians as sari-inspired. But frankly they can be inspired by Roman or ancient South American drapes,” says designer Wendell Rodricks. Designers like Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren, Prabal Gurung, J Mendel, Rodarte, Assoulin and Michael Kors showcased the shoulder draped look in most of their key pieces.
Inspired by the sari?
“I’m a little confused here on the interpretation of the sari and wouldn’t really call every shoulder outfit inspired by the sari. We have to realise and respect the sanctity of the sari which is essentially an unstitched fabric and the bottom part of the drape is as important. Having said that, I’m not surprised at the world having been inspired time and again with the genius of the sari,” says designer Anamika Khanna.
Drape clothing: Perennial inspiration
“The draped form of clothing has been inspirational since antiquity. Ancient cultures depended on drape rather than cutting and sewing garment pieces together,” adds Wendell. Designers Shivan and Narresh say, “The sari is witnessing a lot of global attention and that is mainly due to its versatility to mould itself in modest as well as bold avatars.”