Isharya draws you into an idyllic world of floral fancy with the Indian Summer collection. We sat down with our design team to learn about what inspired them to create Isharya’s brightest enamel collection yet. Conjured while thinking about India’s exotic jungles, wild parrots, vipers, bright neons and fashions’ finest prints, the collection combines the wildness of the wilderness and the glamour of Bollywood.
Birds of Paradise
India’s wild tropical jungles are home to an array of flora and fauna; viper snakes, parrots, and exotic flowers like birds of paradise. However, the designers didn’t necessarily venture into the jungle—that’s no place for Jimmy Choos! Instead, the collection took more of an abstract feel, combining the wildest and most exotic species of flora and fauna. Naomi Campbell embodies the fierce juxtaposition of these worlds!
Using the age old technique Meenakari, the design team incorporated the now popular flora prints onto cut out filigree work versus full surface metal as commonly used in Indian jewelry. This offers a 3-D view of the work, as seen in the dramatic Indian Summer statement cuff.
Indian Summer Statement Cuff.
French-American designer Altuzarra, like Givenchy, and recently Prada, showed a tropical collection of exotic prints for Spring. For the past few seasons, prints have been at the forefront of the trends, whether digital, color blocked or interpretations of photographs. Proenza Schouler did the later, a collection which helped them win the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year nod.
The design team used hand carved stones as pollen and flowers, as evidenced in the Cuckoo ring below. This choice of effortlessly mixing materials and concepts is signature Isharya. Our fans in Paris love this ring!
Cuckoo Jaisel Enamel Ring.
A Splash of Color
Instead of settling for traditional jewel tones commonly used in Indian enamel jewelry, the team opted for bright shocking neons– hot pink, fresh greens, and wild yellow—bringing a kaleidoscope of colors to the collection. It’s been said, “pink is the navy blue of India,” and the team spared no color! The collection welcomes Summer, much like the Indian festival of colors, Holi, welcomes Springtime.
Motley Necklace, Chanedlier Earring, Louvre Raspberry Ring, Raspberry Wedge Cuff, and Neon Green Vendome Lily Bangle.
Conjuring up images of adventure and relaxation, the collection is perfect for your summer travels. We love the vintage Hawaiian prints Stella McCartney used for her Resort collection, and vintage postcards used by Prada several seasons before. One thing’s for sure, travel is never going out of style. Whether your summer vacation includes an exotic locale or time out by the beach, Indian Summer will transport you there. Pack your bags!
Blue Turquoise Jaisel Lotus Earring, and Blue Turquoise Jaisel Statement Cuff.
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