It's such an exciting time for Supriya Lele. Fresh out of Fashion East, Lele has won NEWGEN acclaim and the hearts of many.
Looking to a photo of her father as reference, Lele's final collection at Fashion East was one of power, strength and seduction. Here, for her first solo presentation, the photo album had been referential once again. Lele called upon her British Indian heritage, reinventing and hybridising typical tropes.
This season was a warm glow of pastel acid tones, calm swathes of sound and fabric. Lengths were mini, silhouettes were tight and trousers transparent, but don't be fooled, these shapes are for all bodies. The cling and fold, the tuck and pull of a drawstring sees these garments take on a new personality with each wearer. Brilliant.
Every layer of sultry neon, salmon or ochre, is more tempting than the next. Pointed kitten heels with medallion like jewels and beautiful silver jewellery by Husam El Odeh on ankle and ear concurrently amped up the femininity, while precision cuts that fit the form perfectly harked of a more menswear influence.
The showstopper here was that of a soft green sari, which Lele says took her a day to make. In such a tempting green, pooled on the floor, the look was refreshingly inviting with a touch of the traditional - much like the collection overall.
Lele's lo-fi luxury stylings have a sensuality to them. Her women ooze intelligence - they're achingly cool, aloof yet approachable. I'll be buying the lot and hoping for the same effect.