Rajesh Pratap Singh outdoes yet again with this contemporary handloom, linen pantsuit. An edgy, yet understated look that will fit seamlessly into different social gatherings; whether it be a 9 am coffee meeting or an art show opening. The piece comes from Pratap’s SS ’17 collection that focuses on symmetry and bold graphics where his signature deconstructed looks are paired with statement details such as prominent pinstripes, retro polka dots, ikats and grainy textures.
The collection echoes the wild, untethered feel of India’s natural landscape with a synonymous palette of dusty whites, murky browns and bottomless black. There is simplicity in the garments, but also a certain roughness – that embodies an organic way of life. Classic references from menswear tailoring are combined with elements of the ‘punjabi suit’ and schoolgirl uniforms. Pratap has always experimented with his silhouettes, straying towards an anti-fit philosophy and this collection is no exception. Interestingly though, this is applied to bottom garments rather than the top ones, showing a sharp contrast between the two. Fitted jackets and shirts give way to ballooning harem pants and sharp A-line skirts. Layering is key, with jackets worn over longline shirts and straight pants underneath. Springtime still has a certain chill in the air, so there’s no need to ditch the layers yet!
In this particular look, the pantsuit used is contemporary; although the pants have a balloon silhouette that give it a sort of ethnic feel. You can use a nude bodysuit, like the one above to lengthen your upper torso and give the entire outfit a slender look. Keep it simple if you’re wearing it to something official, with dark booties and silver hoop earrings. For a nighttime occasion dress it up with dark lips and gold accessories. This is a perfect night-to-day outfit, if you’re running out of time to change!
Location Courtesy: Qla, Mehrauli, New Delhi
FEATURED on VOGUE India, February 2017 Issue