Rehane’s tryst with fashion began even before luxury couture found a purpose in Chennai. Rehane believes the city has evolved to her creative sensibilities over the last 16 years. So, when she tells you she has “attained moksha” as far as designing is concerned, you believe her. But Rehane’s ability to effortlessly understand and craft classy, elevated European silhouettes has not deterred her from drawing her primary inspiration from her rich, ethnic roots. And she takes every opportunity to make that clear. “I am in the greatest awe of my culture and designing wise, there’s nothing more India needs to learn. Our rich fabric heritage is proof to this,” she says.
Rehane’s designs unabashedly celebrate the feminine, “My clothes can be so nauseatingly feminine and sensuous at times and full of romance. My signature element comes from the way I use bright pastels and my clothes are for every woman – in every role and of every age,” she says. In her next untitled collection, Rehane will cater to the youth, her inspiration drawn from the vibrant flavours of India. TIP Move away from the monochromatic colours, beiges and greys; draw from your own vibrant, robust aesthetic and don’t straightjacket your style. TREND WATCH I think we will have a lot of ghagras morphing into gowns, with ornate veils for brides. A lot of traditional clothes in ikat and mul- mul will be a hit. Jumpsuits are going to be hot and midis are going to make a comeback. STORE 1/ 125, Nungambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam Tel 65195850