Last fashion show by Kallol Datta was shown at Wills India Lifestyle Fashion Week, Delhi. I know I have blogged for almost all collections by Kallol, and would like to believe my writing was (as his clothes are) not repetitive. His collections are the most distinct in the fraternity, I think. And each season he adds more and gives new options to his clan. I was reading an article on 'slow fashion' - a term that signifies slowing down fast fashion cycles. There are ads, especially during the holiday seasons that tell people to go insane on 'lowest prices ever' sales. Online shops where one could buy new sunglasses, watch, lingerie and shoes along with your groceries with just a couple of ‘clicks’. This idea of fast fashion or disposable fashion and buying new things every week is scary. There is a lot of wastage even in the ideology, and clothes like other things need to be purchased sensibly. Buy a great quality wool jacket to last you next ten or twenty years than a jacket which will last 6 months and will have to be disposed in less than a year. There is beauty behind buying things that take time to make and therefore cost more. Know where your clothes come from and how long will they spend their life with yours.
Going back to Kallol's clothes, they are unique and will not only fit you when your body is one size. They are usually a easy slip-on and definitely look different on how you put it together. I understand how every season we crave for something new - a print, texture, style, but that shouldnt make us want to not wear the previous seasons collections in completion. Re-using takes more originality than saying 'so-2000-late'. No?
Take a look at Kallol Datta's Spring Summer 2013 collection fittings. Below Images shot by the talented Shovan Gandhi.
Kallol really takes pleasure in putting together his collections - collection note, graphics, prints, hair, make-up and music. Speaking of music, this is his playlist from Spring Summer 2013 show titled 'Grotesque Nonsense'. The songs are super apt for the collection if you think about it. Rebellion, youth, romance, insecurity and security rolled into one. Who can't relate with that?
1. O Children - Nick Cave
2. Tainted Love - Marilyn Manson
3. Shelter - The xx
Below images shot by me during the show: