New Designer on the Ramp - Sakshee Pradhan


The fashion industry today is looking towards a lot of fresh talent that is coming up and driving the industry to the global market. With a Bachelors degree from NIFT, New Delhi and a Masters in Fashion Designing & Merchandising from London School of Fashion, Sakshee Pradhan launched her label “Schӧn” in 2011,she is a whiff of freshness in the Indian fashion industry. Schӧn (when literally translated means ‘Beautiful’) is a women’s wear brand epitomizing luxury, feminine charm and delicate detailing.

Sakshee talks about her new collection and her inspirations
  • First things first, congratulations having your show in the fashion week! So what is the collection all about?
An autumn winter collection, this is called ‘Urban Romance’. And it is basically a tribute to women who have power but still in love with their feminity. Unlike my last collection, called Classic Romance which was inspired from the romance between Radha and Krishna and was a couture collection; this is a prêt collection, done exclusively for the Fashion week. It is a marriage between urban practicality and hints of romance and feminine elegance in it. It is not a Juliettish romantic collection; it is for the woman of today driven by her aspirations.
  • What is the main thought that has driven this inspiration? Any particular influences?
It is a chic, but a sophisticated glam look for my collection for which I have always kept this girl in mind, who is modern, intellectual, and a working woman who always wants to give in her best. The woman is sophisticated, with days which are driven by her career and yet doesn't lose her charm, and and evenings spent in a modern hip lounge. It is urban, chic. I have kept a woman in mind who is young and determined, someone raw yet she is not going to be caught without her poise. A girl of today, who is proud to be herself.
  • It is an autumn winter collection. What are the colors we should be looking out for?
I have chosen a palette that is very-very neutral. Off white that blends into neutral shades of beige. Dull gold, sort of a nude and muted tone on tone palette, it is not contrastingly glam, it doesn’t bling and it blends in all the colors together and transforms it into a soft golden hue.
  • Would you tell us more about the ensembles, fabrics, and the detailing?
You know, living in India, you cannot do a lot of jackets, overcoats and layers, unlike Europe, because winters here is only two months and that too only in north India. It has a lot of soft layering, not really vintage heavy fabrics. I am using a lot of silks, Satin Silk, an Italian lace fabric, soft sequins and a lot of handwork on them. The entire collection is very office going sort of a collection. I have got pants, and romantic tops and skirts in the collection; it is a lot of fun though. We are also getting in some gone by styles for accessorizing, some brogues for women as a symbol of empowerment for women, quite literally a woman stepping into the shoes of a man. But, they are very subtly feminine brogues, among other things.
  • You are one of the youngest designers in the fashion week. Any nervous jitters, now that fashion week is just a week away?
Oh obviously!! I am fairly new to this industry, and this is my first show with such a large audience. I am working on my collection, nervous about how people will take it. Even the other 4 on my show are slightly more experienced than me. I am scared that so much can go wrong, this is the first time I am handling all of this, Although, I am pretty confident about my collection. My store is set to launch this spring and then I can test the real waters, the fashion show is a stepping stone. It is like a challenge and I feel I am up for it.



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