While showing her Saloni Resort 2015 collection, designer Saloni Lodha said: "It's rare when a woman can wear something from morning to evening that works with her full day of events. Usually they have to rush home and change after work—I wanted to put an end to that. With our strangely hectic lifestyles, to be able to provide functional, luxurious day-to-night dressing is my definition of modern luxury."
In Saloni's compact collection (which, according to Lodha, has "no product pollution"), a printed shirtdress with a dipped hem and sheer sleeves would transition from work to dinner with ease—the level of formality could be adjusted with its belt. A sweet polka-dot crop top/skirt set said summer wedding as much as office gear. (Intriguingly, the print bled through into a tie-dye effect on Lodha's signature embossed brocade cotton taffeta—a little detail that made it stand out among this season's abundance of polka-dot prints.) Key to any Saloni collection is print, and this year the theme was all about snakes: pythons, boas, rattlesnakes, and mambas appeared on various pieces, the most formal of which was a party dress in a silk organza twill with a rich eggplant print. Those were some very covetable snakes, but if ophidiophobia is an issue, then a burnt orange trouser with origami-waist detail or a short khaki playsuit would do nicely instead.
Transitioning not only from work to play but also from season to season was critical for Lodha: "We realized the collection couldn't be too 'resort-y,' because, really, how many of us are packing for Christmas holidays in October?" said the designer. "In my office we're all working like mad, dreaming of vacation but stuck at a desk—and the majority of our clientele are in the same position." For those women, there was an utterly ladylike cropped jacket in cotton lace embroidery that did double duty as a blouse, with creamy white city shorts to match. A python-print linen trenchcoat was noteworthy not just for its instant hit of chic, but because it managed to make linen look crease-free. But in case escape is on the agenda, all the looks are made from mid-weight fabrics so they can work in different seasons and temperatures. Saloni thinks as much about what a woman needs as much as what she wants, which might explain why her collections have been doing so well with key e-tailers like Net-a-Porter and Shopbop.