Suneet Varma's bespectacled Indian princess is the latest addition to Faces by The Sartorialist
Leading an enchanted life
The latest contributor for Faces by The Sartorialist - a digital initiative launched by Luxottica and The Sartorialist founder Scott Schuman - Suneet Varma injects Eastern elegance into the lineup of artists who inspire and influence Schuman's work, centred around optical eyewear.
Renowned for his work that encompasses glamour and timeless style in haute couture, Varma's designs often find a balance between fantasy, sexy sophistication and unadulterated feminity. It's thus unsurprising that the designer has worked closely with the Bollywood film industry and its top stars. Thus he brings his dramatic flair alive in a beautiful Indian princess, marking his foray into Faces by The Sartorialist.
Representing his imagination in the form of his famous fashion illustrations, Varma has created two variations of sketches. The first one is a sort-of fairy-tale depiction of the princess who, gazing at two lovebirds in a birdcage, perceives her enchanted life through her pair of glasses. The princess' attire of fine fabrics and detailed motifs are highlighted as Varma used pastels, colour pencils and water colours to bring out different intensities and depth on the canvas.
The second illustration adds further depth and detail to the a closer-up of the princess and her beauty. Here, Varma has embellished the sketch with fine details, akin to the fine embroidery that often comes hand-in-hand with his couture collections. Here, flowers made out of ribbons and embellishment made with Swarovski crystals, sequins and glass beads surround her beautiful face and the glasses that frame it.
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