High Glamour: Going Retro With Michelle Salins

Michelle Salins is no stranger to fashion weeks. After grabbing attention at Miami Fashion Week, Moda Manhattan and Vogue Fashion’s Night Out for New York Fashion Week, she’s all set to make a splash in India. The Bangalore based designer took inspiration from retro style for her new collection, a confection of pastel hues, and crystals and embellishments. We got a look at her buzz-worthy collection at Bangalore Fashion Week, starring actress Ragini Dwivedi as showstopper, and followed up with a chat with the designer herself.


Salins (left) with showstopper Ragini Dwivedi

Your collection in a nutshell.
It’s a mixed collection. You must have seen a varied number of colours and different kinds of silhouettes, like trapeze dresses, fit and flare dresses, dresses with fringes. Each one with a modern touch to it.

Your choice of music for the show was interesting, tell us a little about it.
I’m a complete retro girl. I’m a huge fan of Madonna which is why we also played “Material Girl” tonight. We also bought in a little rock and roll and a little pop to add to the ambience.

Why Bangalore Fashion Week?
We are going online towards the end of this year, and considering Bangalore fashion week’s contribution to promoting designers it was a good opportunity for me to showcase and introduce my online collection here.

Your best pick from the entire collection.
My best pick, that’s a hard question. Wow, that’s a very difficult question.

Let’s make it easier, name a few key pieces from your collection.
The key pieces, as far as gowns are concerned would have to be a Victorian rose gown with layered embroidery and an embroidered indigo gown. My other favourites are the fringe dresses, a kaftan-style grey dress, I totally love the shorts and crop tops.

How does your collection reflect your personality?
My clothes pretty much speak for who I am and what I am. I like adding a modern touch to whatever I do. There is that hint of traditional infused with a whole lot of sensuality.

Photograph Lucky Malhotra

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