Cutout swimsuits are having a moment in fashion – Times of India

Designer duo Shivan Bhatiya and Narresh Kukreja launched their new collection that featured a lot of cutout swimsuits. They are having a moment in fashion and the new offering from the designer duo showed that these cutout styles are not going to go out of style anytime soon.

Designed for the global millennia and the effervescent Gen Z traveler, their latest IconoScape Series blossoms into freedom through fashion as it narrates a distinct design language defined by Purity, Art and Sex translated into the brand’s five iconic holiday lifestyles: Swim (snail), Resort (peacock),Cruise (dolphin), Safari (elephant) and Ski (reindeer). An underlying sentiment of escapism evokes the passionate desire for travel and fashionable joie de vivre, even at home, as each design brings to life the thriving vision of the brand through a potpourri of powerful and playful silhouettes in rich, earthy undertones.

The first three prints, namely Farrago, Jaiscape and Iconomash, explore the diverse culture and vibrancy of Jaisalmer, drawing from the designers’ personal experience and travel sojourn to the Golden City during the recent Pandemic while prints like BotanEye and Wilding were both born within the comfort of home, influenced by their sublime surroundings and reconnecting with nature. The plant anatomy and intimate nurturing of leafy greens inspire the BotanEye artistry while Jaiscape reminisces the picturesque panorama of the bustling city of Jaisalmer captured from the peak of the Jaisalmer fort. This year, the après ski print, Farrago, takes centre stage as it visually reimagines the intricate quilts of Ralli through a kaleidoscopic interplay of checks featuring a striking grid of the brand’s iconic archival prints synonymous with the classic patchwork style – the first of its kind.

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Spread across an elaborate range of 52 ensembles for both men and women, the collection portrays a dreamy landscape of indigenous fabrics and meticulous detailing through sheer delicate knitwear, luxurious fine wool for Ski, curvilinear lines in Swim Wear that accentuate the natural body silhouette and introduction of Julin – a refreshing 100% organic rendition of the traditional Jute textile reimagined, softened and hand-woven in pristine whites, synonymous with the visual evolution of Indian linen.

Commenting on the vision and inspiration behind the latest showcase, Narresh Kukreja, Creative Director, Shivan and Narresh, said, “The recent pandemic has instilled in all of us the need to introspect. There is a huge underlying sentiment of escapism in people and therein lies the euphoria of exploration and experience. With this collection, we celebrate this spirit of freedom reinterpreted through three symbolic words – purity, art and sex that resonate with each and every silhouette, across our 52- ensemble showcase. Right from the storyboard, the constant thought driving our vision was to explore all possible holiday lifestyles that one could eventually indulge in. That’s when the narrative of distinguishing Swim, Resort, Cruise, Safari and Ski became so powerful, that no matter where one travels be it land, water, sea, desert or mountains – one should only think of Shivan and Narresh. That’s the dream we are hoping to weave.”

“With art and travel at the centre of our design universe, this collection imbibes a spirit of escape and exploration, both literally and figuratively. Each print revisits multifacets of our personal memoirs of the Golden city of Jaisalmer, blending it with the Art of Holidays, even at home. This year, Ski is a focal point of conversation for us as we come full circle with our offerings in each and every distinct category of luxury holiday lifestyle. Lending our signature design aesthetic and vibrancy to the monochromatic monotony of the ski world, we aim to build a renewed holiday culture for Ski wear in India through creative touch points of print, pattern and colour. Each and every design is a panoramic homage to craft, conversation and culture. It is almost as if the garments echo the feeling of being made with love, just for you”, said Shivan Bhatiya, Head Designer, Shivan and Narresh.