Sometimes, a collection takes on a mind of its own and decides its own look. Vintage Grace with its anarkalis in soft, sheer muslin, old crochet lace and a very English palette had an old world charm from the beginning. The team enjoyed working with it so much that we decided to have some fun with it outdoors. A storyboard took shape — sunny skies, bird-baths and overhanging summer blooms. Tracks crisscrossing each other in the woods, lazy strolls in the countryside, afternoon tea in the garden; the more we thought about it, the more our imagination ran like the wind. I can never traverse the English landscape in my mind without encountering someone who profoundly influenced my childhood. Nearly three decades after reading Enid Blyton, I only have to shut my eyes and lo and behold, I’m on top of a faraway tree with my head stuck in the clouds. So this story too unravelled in an ‘Enid Blyton meets Little Women’ sort of way.
Noted for her food photography, Thankam, whose pictures have a distinct Blytonian wash, has the prefix Bindaas to her name with good reason. Our storyboard had to be recreated out of almost nothing on a blistering, hot day. And she did it without much ado; whipping up a whimsical feast to the eyes with the beautiful, garden relics in the Crafters’ compound. Our girls, Ankita, Nandini, Neethu and Deena, all just as bindaas with their boundless energy and readiness to don any role, do me proud.
Vintage Grace, devoid of ostentation is about understated elegance and old world decorum, about enjoying simple things and clean, wholesome fun. A bygone era? Maybe. But we enjoyed spinning a yarn..
April 17, 2014