While being confined at home in India early in the coronavirus pandemic, Rahul Mishra began thinking about finding a creative space in the Himalayas where he could be surrounded by nature. That dream – decorated with flowers and releasing butterflies – began to come true when he bought a small plot of land there and did a 3D rendering of the house.
A mood board blooms with flowers from his imaginary wild garden. The place’s natural setting “is a place where you can get creative and the world becomes a canvas,” explains Mishra. “I’m fascinated with the idea.”
So The Enchanted has become the name of his spring collection, a case study of flowers – individually, in combination or in the landscape – from a variety of angles and in different weather conditions. or different times of the day. “I want to create moving pictures,” he says.
And Mishra did it. An embroidered dress with flowing sleeves, the top view is a skyscape with swirling clouds, trees, multicolored hills and flowers. Another one, with a sloping V-neck, looks made of large embroidered petals in red, pink and white. Huge petals, which come in pink, white and green, make up the sleeves of a fringed pink dress.
Mishra played many episodes, saying he wanted to show the silhouettes of round flowers in some garments, and the vastness of wind and sky in others.
There is a joyful, energetic feeling to this collection, captured in footage obtained in the studio next to Mishra’s new Delhi office. He filled it with flowers and plants, wanting to create a futuristic feel, like “Avatar”. The models are almost camouflaged in this otherworldly dimension.
“For us, it was all about creating a bit of fantasy, those mythical creatures,” Mishra said.
https://wwd.com/runway/spring-couture-2022/paris/rahul-mishra/review/ Flowers Bloomed in Rahul Mishra Couture Spring 2022 Collection – WWD