Lakme Fashion Week – Little Shilpa

Bombay is one of my favorite places on Earth, and fashion week here is a chance for me to reconnect with the people who I befriended when I lived here for a year – it's also a chance to see the future of Indian fashion. Sometimes I get the feeling that most people think that Indian fashion begins and ends with a powder blue pashmina and Mughal-inspired chandelier earrings, but in fact, there's a wealth of designers who are expanding the definitions of Indian design to encompass ideas that one might never expect to encounter on the Subcontinent. Little Shilpa is at the forefront of this movement – the Philip Treacy of India, her hats, headpieces and sculptural jewelry assemblages are a madcap mix of East, West and everything in between, defying conventional categories. Like McQueen, this season she showed a full-on fashion tour de force that, in her case, delved into both India's complicated colonial history and the world's current dark moment of the soul, which took form in World War II-inspired pieces. Shilpa sells around the world; her website is www.littleshilpa.com. Check it out.

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Lakme Fashion Week – Little Shilpa

Bombay is one of my favorite places on Earth, and fashion week here is a chance for me to reconnect with the people who I befriended when I lived here for a year – it's also a chance to see the future of Indian fashion. Sometimes I get the feeling that most people think that Indian fashion begins and ends with a powder blue pashmina and Mughal-inspired chandelier earrings, but in fact, there's a wealth of designers who are expanding the definitions of Indian design to encompass ideas that one might never expect to encounter on the Subcontinent. Little Shilpa is at the forefront of this movement – the Philip Treacy of India, her hats, headpieces and sculptural jewelry assemblages are a madcap mix of East, West and everything in between, defying conventional categories. Like McQueen, this season she showed a full-on fashion tour de force that, in her case, delved into both India's complicated colonial history and the world's current dark moment of the soul, which took form in World War II-inspired pieces. Shilpa sells around the world; her website is www.littleshilpa.com. Check it out.

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