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Sohaya Misra looks to Japan for wearable fashion inspo

The designer shares her inspiration and story behind her new collection

Anannya Chatterjee 26 August 2016, 6:03 PM

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It was just last season when Gen next designer Sohaya Misra opened LFW with outstanding creativity, and soon became a Bollywood favourite. Fashionistas like Sonam Kapoor and Neha Dhupia swear by her label, Chola by Sohaya. This year, too, her collection is inspired by Japanese motifs, "I love the Japanese design sensibility. The way they break rules and make the garment a work of art really inspires me," says Sohaya.

What's new?

"My new collection is very different from my earlier one. For one, there is colour. And though I will never let go of my draped silhouette, this time I have experimented with a lot of structure as and incorporated some amount of androgyny. As I always say, age, size, sex are no bar. I always base by collection on separates. I like that people can pick up a few pieces and play around with them to come up with completely different looks. Layering is a big part of my design process. I don't really follow trends but I think easy is always in, no matter what season."

On fabrics and colours:
"I have used a lot of deep dark colours juxtaposed against black white and grey. My fabric of choice is linen. I love the way it drapes, and the texture and richness it adds."
Must-have outfit:

"A white pleated dress, for sure. I like to think my clothes are versatile and can carry you through pretty much any occasion, be it work, brunch, date or a sit-down. They are super easy to wear, but are bold at the same time. They also always have an edgy detail that can never be missed."
On new young designers:
"All the new young designers have so much to offer. They are really putting themselves out there and as a result we are seeing some really new radical ideas. What can I say: these are exciting times."
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