Interview with Sulakshana Monga

Salma Patel, Bilkis Siddat, Sulakshana Monga & Khadijha Tai with models at Sulakshana's unveiling of her Autumn/ Winter 2015 collection
Salma Patel, Bilkis Siddat, Sulakshana Monga & Khadijha Tai with models at Sulakshana’s unveiling of her Autumn/ Winter 2015 collection

Sulakshana Monga presented her AW15 collection (from her fashion label Soltee by Sulakshana Monga) named Intrinsic Beauty for the very first time in the UK in May 2015, after its’ recent success at Amazon India Fashion Week. Her outfits have been praised by the masses for many years, and I had the privilege to meet the designer who I’ve admired for so long! Sulakshana Monga’s interview brought me to the Park Grand Hotel and what a humble designer she is! Her high-profile clients include Bollywood actresses, Deepika Padukone, Ileana D’Cruz and Sunny Leone. She is one of the most anticipated designers to take part in Amazon India Fashion Week, India Couture Week and formerly Lakme Fashion Week.

 Sulakshana with Ileana D'Cruz at India Couture Week 2014
Sulakshana with Ileana D’Cruz at India Couture Week 2014

Sulakshana has been offering her designs since 1989 and prides herself in her experimental hand-crafted designs made of the finest fabrics. In the words of the genius herself, “for Soltee, I want more international presence…my work is a little different from the Indian market as I try to make it more global. For my brand I don’t want my clothes to be reserved for India, they should look more global so that everybody can wear them.” Sulakshana had a love for wearing good clothes “and that passion turned into fashion design”.

I’d asked what her favourite part was about being a fashion designer to which she responded, “I am passionate about art, it feels like I’m painting on my clothes. I love showing my art through my garments.” Fashion inspiration for Sulakshana traces from nature and flowers, which always reflect in her garments. She also finds inspiration on her travels, where she recently went to Paris; “it is a place for art lovers, every building and boutique is artistically done.”

Net is one of my favourite fabrics and so it is for Sulakshana: “I can’t live without net and I try to experiment with it.” Sulakshana has developed garments with a team on her own accord, which can be seen in her AW15 collection. Alongside this, her collection features nature inspired colours (such as olive-green and beige) and big floral patterns.

One of my personal favourite's from Soltee's AW15 collection
One of my personal favourite’s from Soltee’s AW15 collection

In the realms of fashion, for Sulakshana anyone who is very creative and has originality inspires her, she especially loves fashion which portrays splashes of life. So what does the modern Asian bride want today? Sulakshana described that she “wants to look like a bride, but she does not like a typical bride; she loves the western look, but with the Indian sensibilities. They like experiments in their colours, choli patterns; this time we used peach/red and orange/red so that… it makes it a bit different from a typical red lehenga.” She advises that when Asian brides look for their bridal attire, they “should experiment and try to look different from a typical Indian bride.”

London Ki Ladki with Sulakshana
London Ki Ladki with Sulakshana

When I asked Sulakshana of what her plans are for the future, she enthusiastically said “I really want to touch the sky!”. I absolutely adore Sulakshana’s sheer passion for her work and positivity; I have an inkling she will reach beyond the sky!

If you want to keep up to date with Soltee By Sulakshana Monga’s, you can follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or if you want to visit their UK store:

Unit 2, 90-94 Soho Road, Birmingham, B21 9DP. 

T: +44 (0) 121 544 7543    M: +44(0) 7983938072

E: info@soltee.co.uk

Photo credit: Soltee by Sulakshana Monga

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