June 14, 2013 London
Saloni Lodha's still-young brand has been having a growth spurt of late: Not only has Saloni expanded its distribution, especially stateside, but the Saloni collections themselves seem to be getting bigger and bigger, as well. Happily, this rather large Resort collection didn't lack in focus, despite its size. Lodha's starting point this time out was Henri Rousseau—he of tranquil, surreal, Postimpressionist jungle paintings such as the very famous The Dream. Lodha then translated Rousseau's jungles into the cheerful colors of her native India, with a particular pop coming from her acid yellow and neon coral. Hand-painted tropical prints were applied to beachy maxi dresses and caftans, as well as camisole tops and shorter frocks that all felt more urbane. In general, though, this felt like a very traditional kind of Resort collection, in that it was full of clothes designed for getaways.