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Retarded Velvet

Retarded Velvet

 

 

 

Retarded Velvet: Vancouver to Mumbai and beyond!

By:  Paromita Naidu

(special to Ramp1885.com)

Vancouver,  Canada

 

With roots in Vancouver — Theresa James and Roger Prince of Retarded Velvet presented a neo-hippie collection as part of the TALENT BOX on day 1 of Lakmé Fashion Week. An electric color palette and a deconstructed shape-shifting aesthetic has always been the vibe at Retarded Velvet.

 

Retarded Velvet

Retarded Velvet

 

For Lakmé, the designers played with prints such as rupee notes, temples, and the iconic Amul dairy girl logo among other unique symbols. Using jersey, silk and chambray this collection had a bright citrus palette.
Retarded Velvet first debuted in Vancouver Fashion Week in 2010 and it was clear their influences were eclectic.

 

Retarded Velvet

Retarded Velvet

 

Self-described on their website, influences include “Japanese street style, classic Bollywood movies, blaxploitation and the Muppets, gospel house, electro and glam metal, animism, the belle époque and surrealism.” For the Lakme collection, I would venture to add Mexican motifs, ikat and batik patterns.

 

Retarded Velvet

Retarded Velvet

 

This style observer has noticed that a high-end Indian “street style” is becoming a very visible trend in the streets of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and London. Rich kids wanting to branch out and be edgy, wear pop art, layer-up and still retain a chic Indian vibe (as opposed to a “blingy” bollywood one) have comprised a new niche market. James and Prince have perfectly timed their debut in the Indian market! Kudos to local talent going international!!

 

 Photography courtesy of RetardedVelvet

 

*Paromita is a fashon hunter and designer with her Vancouver-based luxury clothing collection Lotus Eye. This former Bharata Natayam dancer, who performed at the Vancouver Olympics, is busy taking Indian designs in a new forward-thinking direction.  Connecting her fashion, dance and academic background, she designs with Canada and Calcutta (Kolkata) in her heart. 

 

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