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I've been observing Joy Mitra since his debut at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week — a young man resolutely determined to stick with his design aesthetic of keeping the look simple, elegant and relevant. His catwalk shows reflect his current state of mind and narrate a story yet it's never theatrical — the spotlight doesn't move from the stunning ensembles that can be seen dressing an impressive roster of women weeks after a showcase. This season, the title of his showcase at Amazon India Fashion Week 'Mirror Mirror On The Wall' brought back childhood memories of all that was bright and beautiful… but the theme ran deep. ''Show your real self. I believe we are all very beautiful but hidden in our egos, our negative approach, our stupid thoughts! Let's see the real self. This is the message I wish to convey'' he told me. Yes, it's deeply personal.


His best collections—and this was surely one—come across like manifested dreams. A lot of designers like to talk about tapping into the fantasy element of Fashion but Joy is one of the rare few whose ensembles summon the ludic sensibility of fairytales with grace. I loved the long kurtas with lehenga skirts and fluid, layered separates — all embellished with zardozi flowers and intricate embroideries. The autumn palette transformed the pure Chanderi, pure silk and cotton silk embellished with motifs of butterflies, dragonflies and beetles navigating their way to beautiful flowers!! The hand-craftsmanship, the romance, the touch of European sensibility in the styling—those qualities were present in 'Joy Mitra' a decade ago and they were communicated as clearly now as they ever were!


This sense of airiness marked the standout items in the collection, including an asymmetrical olive anarkali worn with a embroidered Chanderi silk skirt. That romantic, covered-up look made its way into the more dramatic eveningwear as well like the deep rust and grey kalidaars liberally splashed with zardozi flowers. Those of us looking to turn heads on the red carpet wouldn’t go wrong with the subtle revel of pieces like the Ajrak print kalidaar worn with an intricately embroidered jacket or an asymmetrical anarkali paired with a crinkled skirt. The appreciative round of applause at the end of the showing proved both its catwalk, retail and thematic success—in an age when even Instagram posts are photoshopped, there is something refreshing about embracing the ideal of the less-than-perfect real person inside us! Mirror, Mirror On The Wall.


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