In Times of Nationalism, Péro Gets Inspired by World Cultures

The diminutive Aneeth Arora commands towering admiration in fashion and design circles. Always one to pay attention to details and fabrics, the designer’s show is closely anticipated every season.

And therefore, it was surprising for her to write in her label, Péro’s press note, that she finds it difficult to explain a season’s write up in 100-200 words, and is left out of words “when people ask me, what inspired me for a particular season”.

And yet, she seems to find no difficulty letting her imagination run wild in giving shape to her travel memories for her fall-winter 2017 collection.

The collection incorporates a mix of elements from China and Latin America (Peru, Mexico and Guatemala).

A model displaying a piece from Péro’s fall-winter 2017 collection. (Photo: FDCI)

For inspiration, Aneeth recalls the joy stored in her travel journals, and tries to translate that joy into her collection too.

Péro’s fall-winter 2017 collection that takes inspiration from different world cultures (Photo: FDCI)

Aneeth Arora, Designer, Péro I felt that there were many overlaps in the clothing traditions of these places; in terms of neon accents that people in these places use to add colour to their indigo clothing. In China, the accents are added through colourful geometric embroideries, tassels and pompoms, whereas in Latin America, it is done through bold floral embroideries. To my surprise, similar floral embroideries were also seen on the skirts of a few Chinese minorities. Drawing inspiration from Miao people of China, gave us a chance to elaborate on our love for details, through colourful tassels, pom-poms and beaded hangings, which caught my eye,time and again during my travel. Aneeth Arora, Designer, PeroAlthough the inspiration might be from the minority tribes of China and indigenous people of Latin America, the fabrics and trims developed are very much of Indian origin, like all our previous seasons. The colourful stripes seen on Peruvian ponchos, have been woven in wool in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh and indigo checks and stripes are handwoven in West Bengal.

Sonalika Sahay modelling for Péro’s fall-winter 2017 collection. (Photo: FDCI)

It’s interesting to note that even as the world is getting consumed by nationalistic fervor, Aneeth’s garments have once again allowed us to celebrate the beauty of different cultures worldwide, and that too, in a very subtle fashion.