Sounak Pushpita Sen Barat, House of Three
Are you festival ready? It’s that time of the year, when you want to add something stunning and festive to your Indian wardrobe or bring out some of your most coveted pieces and give them an all-new twist. Here’s what some of the ace Bengaluru’s fashion designers are offering to make you look like a million bucks this festival season.
BY NAMITA GUPTA
House of Three, a designer label by La Mere designs, has four lines of Couture, Prêt, Diffusion, Menswear and a line of home decor. The label draws inspiration from various spheres of modern lifestyle, new age music, graphics, modern art & architecture. Clean, sophisticated forms speak of our sartorial philosophy, while immaculate tailoring and intricate detailing reflect our commitment to craft and essentially define this label. Sounak is a graduate of NIFT New Delhi and Anu Shyamsundar, the Business Director and Partner at House of Three, is the force behind the wheel.
SIGNATURE STYLES: Our design philosophy is based on a marriage of contrasting elements. Each season we draw inspirations from various cultures, architecture, music, graphics and infuse the traditional with the modern, while having a keen eye of sustainability, handlooms, khadi and ethical fashion. Sometimes the interpretation could be simple easy comfort clothing, as for our Pret and Diffusion lines, while at other times it could be dressy, glamorous and sultry, as for Couture.
BIGGEST COMPLIMENTS: The first compliment is always the most memorable. It was my graduating design collection at NIFT Delhi and Noyonika Chatterjee was my finale showstopper. I had made a wedding trousseau… while taking a bow, Noyonika had told me, no one has ever made me look this good. Those words made me realise that no matter what I did in life ahead, all I wanted to hear was that statement from everyone else who wore my clothes! Tarun Tahaliani, the God Couture was among the audience and I could see him giving me a standing ovation. Years later, Ila Naidu, who has unconditionally supported us in our initial years, and continues to introduce me to people by saying this is Sounak, the God of Design in Bangalore.
LATEST FESTIVE FASHION TRENDS: This festive season is all about going back to your roots. Wearing traditional sustainable clothes made of comfortable handlooms and khadi. Whether it’s a Benarasi sari or a Daboo block printed contemporary Indian wear, the rustic understated charm of old world luxury is here to stay.
COLOURS IN VOGUE THIS FESTIVE SEASON: The palettes are earthy or jewel tones, traditional hues that have been around for centuries. Festivals are about keeping it classical, understated and sustainable.