After making her international debut with Milan Fashion Week last year and topping it off with Paris Couture Week—Vaishali S returned to MFW for her second outing to showcase, ‘Ancestral Threads’. Her love for nature and its significance in her label has yet again been explored in this line. Vaishali incorporated her signature cording technique into a range of textiles and supplies—including the precious West Bengal silks and sumptuous silks from Maheshwar and Karnataka.
Presented at the Palazzo Giureconsulti, a 16th-century building in the Italian city—Vaishali paid homage to her root by contemporising her trademark weaves into new and evolved silhouettes. From deconstructed saris to dresses with 3D mounted flowers, the designer managed to repackage craft and tradition in a fashion-forward way. In a quick conversation with ELLE, Vaishali talks about the process, roadblocks and what representing Indian weaves means to her.