The London Studio for Indian couture designer Sulakshana Monga’s luxe label, Soltee, opened its doors for the first time on Thursday 28th July 2016 to a guest list of press, influencers, fashion bloggers and VIP’s. Attendees browsed the latest collections, set against the backdrop of the Ladbroke Grove-based studio, while enjoying world-class hospitality by Chakra.
Bart Eyking, an interior designer with an award-winning talent for architecture and a personal passion for art, design and antiques, conceptualised the interior design of the London studio alongside Soltee UK directors. Together, they have created an indulgent experience featuring antique pieces that reflect the label’s Indian heritage, juxtaposed with the studio’s minimalist, industrial aesthetic. The Victorian mood and rich, vintage furniture invokes a warm ambience in which clients can enjoy intimate, one-to-one consultations as they shop latest bridal, prêt, casual and menswear collections.
The pret and cocktail pieces currently showcased comprise Head Designer Sulakshana Monga’s ‘Pathless Woods’ collection, which gives a fresh perspective to design, form and patterns that are centered around nature, interpreted through detailed texturing and embroidery. The silhouettes are luxuriously fluid and, at the same time, draped in a controlled structure. The Bridal collection presentation is Sulakshana Monga’s Pre-Fall Couture collection, sitting alongside the Menswear collection – rich and regal, balancing contemporary styles with heritage embroidery.
Sulakshana Monga’s lauded designs transcend the boundaries of seasonal trends in favour of experimentation with aesthetics – masterpieces sought after by Indian fashion influencers and tastemakers across the globe. High profile clients include Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone, Ileana D’Cruz and Sunny Leone, to name a few. Sulakshana has been the recipient of coveted accolades including the Shama Prasad Mukherjee Award in the field of Art (2015) and the Bharat Gaurav Award (2014).