Not often you come across people who share the same wavelength as yourself. Manika and I were on the same page when I stopped by her uber-cool Shaharpur Jat Studio. I immediately took a vicarious sense of pride in her work and achievements. With garments that narrates themes of romance and all that comes with it; her work efficiently reflects her sweet disposition and her open book demeanor.
Reverting back to the comment I made about wavelengths; what I appreciate is her ability to manipulate fabrics to bring a women’s best assets into the limelight, (which I am guessing comes from her years of experiences working as a stylist). Her designs fit to my personal style to a t (as you may know I am very partial towards clean lines and well structured pants). The collection “floral magnetism”(first two looks) features floral prints that speak a certain Monet-esque tone merged with pristine ivory satin to create unexpected silhouettes with asymmetrical goodness, thus taking sartorial elegance two steps into the future. The collection “dark romance” (last two looks) speaks for itself with dark, broody, edgy and sexy outfits fit for any fabulous sci-fi character (think Effie Trinket from the hunger games). I featured both collections to show her range and versatility.
Manika has a background of pursuing fashion in the United Kingdom; she understands the value of British high street, a global phenomenon and what she brings to the table is impeccably made garments with a fresh, cool, nonchalant vibe to cater to the Indian consumer. With design aesthetics that feels very editorial and her garments already gracing glossy magazine pages, I predict a very long and bright career. Congratulations.
*The EROS Hotel, Nehru Place, New Delhi
*Garage Inc. HKV, New Delhi