Fashion with a Heart!

The Insider witnessed a one of its kind fashion show in the capital recently.
The event “ASHMITA” held at Kamal Mahal, ITC Maurya, New Delhi honored and raised financial support for Women facing social atrocities which included survivor of acid attack. The survivors walked the ramp with aplomb, sashaying down it in designer Sumona Parekh’s ensembles. 

Hand in Hand
I caught up with Sumona Parekh and we talked about her association with the cause and her revival of Khadi cotton by introducing the native fabric into bridal wear. Of course we spoke of the top five must-haves in a bride’s kitty!

Walking shoulder to shoulder 

Excerpts from the talk:
What prompted you to join hands with Swavlamban and Karmsakshi NGOs to be a part of this event?
When I was approached for this cause, I didn’t have a moment’s hesitation in accepting. I have designed specifically for these spirited ladies and have donated these clothes too. 
Interesting that you have used Khadi cotton for bridalwear. 
So, though the fabric is not blingy  yet the zardozdi embellished garment, with net dupattas does the work of outshining everyone. The idea behind this interest is to look good in homegrown fabric, embellished with handcrafted block prints, in light colored outfits for summer and some in red for bridal wear. 
Are you a believer in colour blocking for the Bride’s big day?
No, not really. To be honest, Indian body type is not suitable for flaunting different hues in a bridal ensemble. A monotone works best for the bride and any experimentation with colour, to my mind, should be left for the dupatta.
Few must -haves for the Indian bride?
A Chandbali, a well fitted blouse, red sindoor, and the right positivity! 
Cheers!
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