HeadTilt x Genes
I had the pleasure of delving into the world of GENES, a Brand of Lecoanet Hemant towards the end of last year and let me just say it was one of those experiences that reminds you why you love being a part of this industry. Visiting their high-tech factory in Gurgaon and a quick chat with Hemant filled me up with the excitement of endless possibilities. And that’s what led to this creative collaboration with the brand turning out looking like this. Thought and engineered entirely in India for India, Genes caters to the young at heart Indian with a global mindset. Offering affordable luxury in the area of contemporary dressing by combining craftsmanship with design technology, the brand inspires its customer to achieve cultural individuality in a globalized world.
When putting together looks from their Autumn/Winter’16 collection (of which there are two; second one to follow soon after this!), I had the words power play running through my mind. A power-packed look that amps up your energy levels in this dull gloomy winter seemed to resonate rather well since the pieces are simple yet well-tailored, in bright autumnal hues, with a lot of surface textures here and there.
When asked to describe my personal style, the first words to fall out of my mouth are usually based around contrasts, paradoxes, juxtapositions et all. I love a look that contradicts itself, that takes finesse to wear, but once worn, conquers all your sartorial fears. It’s brain fodder, you know. It empowers you. And that brings us to my hyper-layered, day-to-night look, for which I used black as the base color to highlight the beautifully quilted, teal polycrepe jacket dress worn on top. And since print on print is a thing of the past I thought why not play with texture on texture for a look that is strong and bold yet has a soft, feminine appeal, one that screams power but doesn’t compromise a bit on sartorial playfulness. The black gabardine dress (worn as a top) already has slip-dress layered over a lace top look which made my job even more easy. I wore this gorgeous leather cutout pencil skirt over it to break the ladylike aesthetic a little and contrast it with something edgy. Black tights and sculpted black pumps added the final dimension to my neutral base. A slim belt, sleek, slicked-back hair and some contemporary pieces of jewelry finished the look.
With the kind of lifestyles we lead today, versatility is extremely vital and these separates at Genes are great to layer around and build a work outfit that one can wear straight to the bar when happy hour calls.
*in collaboration with Genes
Outfit | Genes
Photography | Tarun Chawla
Jewellery | Vararoha
Assisted by Anoushka Bhatia