First collections can be messy (even for someone who's made it to Fashion Week) but Sheena Trivedi's inaugural collection was anything but. In a thoughtful presentation in the Chelsea Arts Tower's Glass Houses, Sheena showed her New York - New Delhi inspired line on mannequins and models accented by nods to both cities.
She went so far as to bindi the foreheads of the PR girls checking the guests in, and two women at the elevators offered bindis to guests as they entered. The collection was inspired by a mash-up of New York and India, the designer being inspired by her mother's flair for accessorization and the rebelliousness of New York fashion.
Several incredibly well-executed and imaginative jackets were focal points-- Trivedi combined georgette and leather for several sleek pieces, and used saree material in conjunction with other fabrics as an accent on some outfits (my favorite: an undulating saffron skirt) and the base of others. Beadwork was a common theme as well, though it was not always as well incorporated as it could have been, and in some cases might have been left out altogether to no loss.
The best, a white and gold asymmetrical ensemble with armor-like touches, a sharp paneled geometric jacket of leather and jacquard and a pale gold-and-white cowled vest show that though young, Sheena has quite an eye, and it's not beyond imagining that Trivedi could develop into a name like Alexander Wang over the next few years.