Another season of fashion week and all we can think about is all the clothes our Spring/Summer wardrobe is going to need. Then there is the looming guilt of spending all our paychecks on clothes alone; a wise decision at the time but the subsequent buyer’s remorse is a bitch to deal with. So we decided to turn our attention toward the literary counterparts of our favourite runway looks. There seem to have been instances where we thought our favourite designers were inspired by, erm, book covers. Don’t believe us? Scroll down and see for yourself. If you haven’t already, add these to your reading list—they’ll be the perfect accessory to team up with these hot-off-the-runway ensembles.
Banarsi Weaves + Flood of Fire
What a fiery combination this is! The last volume of Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis trilogy narrates a story as intriguing as the story behind the weaves itself.
JJ Valaya with Alpana & Neeraj + Inheritance of Loss
If this book was a colour, it would be the exact shade of this JJ Valaya ensemble. A story of clashing identities and nostalgia is also the theme this creation reflects.
Masaba + Association of Small Bombs
Karan Mahajan’s book (and the book cover) is worthy of all the hype it’s received this year; just like designer Masaba Gupta’s collections are, year after year. This ensemble is a fresh departure from her trademark “quirky” prints.
Rehane + Solo
Rana Dasgupta’s dreamy-dizzy brilliant novel is virtuosic in its composition. The prose is almost muical, and the soft folds of this outfit mimic it in function.
Rabani & Rakha + A Fine Balance
The post-independence hangover is a favourite subject to explore for Indian designers and authors alike. This Rabani & Rakha ensemble is a “fine balance” of nostalgia and the present.
Hemant & Nandita + Sleeping on Jupiter
The slow-simmering turmoil of Anuradha Roy’s Man Booker long-listed novel makes for a poignant read. The contrast between modernism and the ghosts of tradition is just what this outfit evokes.
Soltee by Sulakshana Monga + The Palace of Illussions
This unconventional colour for bridal ensemble echoes the unconventional re-telling of the Mahabharat in this book.
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