On September 12th, luxury womenswear designer Rohitava Banerjee showcased his much anticipated Spring/Summer 2017 collection at The Nolcha Shows during New York Fashion Week. While viewing his SS17 collection, the audience got a taste of the designer’s love for story-telling and lost civilizations with a show inspired by the five most influential Sultans of the early Ottoman Empire. Through detailed narrative based embroidery, a signature of Banerjee’s, each section of the show told the story of the 5 Sultans and their most notable acts, with a focus on their dreams of expansion and empire building. The silhouettes within the collection displayed crisp, sharp lines which were inspired by the geometry of early Ottoman armor and weaponry, specifically the curved scimitar sword.
Rohitava Banerjee is a young NYC-based designer and student at Parson’s School of Design. This past February he showed at NYFW for the first time with his AW16 collection, inspired by Greece and the stories of the 5 Grecian rivers to the underworld. Following the show, the NY Post referred to him as a “19-year-old wunderkind” and Sourcing Journal referred to him as the “next Alexander McQueen”.
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