Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sensibility and Sense for Spring

Speaking with designer Charu Vyas, one might be struck by her frankness, down-to-earth nature, and easygoing humor. Her clothes are not altogether different from her demeanor.
Straight lines, bold colors, and fabrics that flow all convey a graceful practicality and ease. Her spring 2012 line includes everything from a wedding dress to casual looks that are meticulously constructed to be light and airy. Even her less conventional pieces like the "salwar" inspired pants seem eminently wearable. Vyas' interest in design has roots in her childhood in India, when her mother would make clothes for herself and her daughter. So it followed that when Vyas grew up she would make her own clothes as well.
"I started Charu Designs after realizing that the clothes I made for myself were getting a lot of attention and people were asking where they could be bought, so I began first making clothes for friends and as time went by I got more and more clients," Vyas explained in a recent interview. "I began visualizing this collection during the past harsh gray winter in New York. I dreamt of light dresses full of bright summer colors, but it all coalesced when one of my models and a dear friend announced she was getting engaged. I knew right away how her wedding dress should look and with that the whole collection came to life." Vyas delivers a strong spring collection whose sensibility is driven by beauty, color and movement. Her designs evoke a sense of playful possibility for seasons to come.


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