Sonam Dubal, who is in the city to showcase his collection at Amethyst, claims that his USP lies in masterfully blending modern ideas with traditional designs. Elaborating on his exhibits, he says, “The theme for this collection is ‘evening elegance’ and is inspired by the Japanese era. All the pieces are light to touch and comfortable to wear— ideal for people who like to travel.” He goes on to add that he is also deeply influenced by the African culture. He has used Japanese floral prints, African colour combinations and Indian embroidery in his creations. “The fabrics are hand-painted as well as hand-woven. They are layered— using transparent over opaque material,” he adds.
Ask him why he is inclined towards tribal motifs and he replies, “They are traditional but yet have a very modern, chic feel. I try to subtly bury the sometimes jarring traditional influences, by using brocades and bhandinis.”
Sonam feels that the way the city embraces fashion is incredible. “This is the fourth time I’m here to showcase my label Sanskar and I find the city very receptive; perhaps this is because it is so culturally aware,” he says.
Ask him if he has plans of starting his own showroom and he grins “Even though I have a lot of buyers, running one’s own store is a different proposition altogether. I haven’t thought about it yet. I prefer retailing.”
Finally, ask him to narrate his most memorable experience in his career and he is all smiles. “The moments I have shared with ace designers at the Delhi Fashion Week were very memorable. It feels good to make fashion statements and share space with aspiring designers,” he signs off.