How a union of cultures inspired Resort & Spring Summer 17
Explore the creative genesis of Talitha’s Resort and Spring-Summer 2017 collections…
It was the union of two cultures that provided the creative spark for Talitha co-founders Kim Hersov and Shon Randhawa, who embedded this idea into the heart of Talitha’s Resort and Spring-Summer 2017 collections. A romantic adventure in style, the collections are the envisioning of a fictional love story between a free-spirited woman travelling the world and a man she meets in India. The result? The merging of two lives and two aesthetics, of East with West; of the masculine with the feminine; the past with the present and the traditional with the contemporary.
“When I was in Jaipur to oversee the production of a previous collection, I was struck by the idea of a 1970s trans-continental love affair and what it might have been like to have lived that love story,” says Kim. “I had a vision of a decadent, bohemian wanderer falling in love with an Indian man and his country and how she might mesh the beauty of classic Indian artistry and the intricacy of traditional techniques with a western silhouette. It was this idea that inspired Resort and Spring Summer 2017.”
Both collections have their roots in vintage, sourced from around the world and reinterpreted for the Talitha woman. Victoriana is envisioned through a 1970s lens and updated with modern touches; maxi dresses find dynamism in seventies-style handkerchief hems and sleeves that serve to loosen the silhouette in true Talitha spirit, while ponchos and coats in cashmere and wool are embroidered using traditional techniques and complemented using patterns from northern India and central European motifs. The idea of combining the protagonists’ way of dressing is further explored through the art of layering: princely waistcoats, which could have been raided from his wardrobe, are transformed using northern Indian artistry and worn over halter-neck gypsy dresses she might have found on her journey through Europe yet given an Eastern twist with the use of traditional chickan embroidery.
The collections’ prints and patterns – found in the faded grandeur of Jaipur – have been refashioned, with one discovered on a wall in a crumbling palace and reworked as the Raj print. Sindhi designs are recreated on peasant dresses, while Kashmiri-inspired details appear throughout the collection. Craftsmanship is as integral to the love story as it is to all Talitha collections, with each piece hand-finished by local artisans on the outskirts of New Delhi.
A reinterpretation of classic chickan embroidery
The vintage chickan embroidery and antique waistcoat that inspired the collection