Designer Rahul Mishra, adopted Parisian of Indian origin, and former student at Istituto Marangoni, has chosen light as the inspiration for his next summer’s collection, shown on the Paris catwalks. He also dedicated a short poem to light: “in your light I learn to love, in your beauty, to write poetry. You dance in my chest, where no one can see you. But sometimes, I see you, and that vision becomes this art”. His coloured trails, fleeting flashes and variegated colour spectrum, are made of light, as are the prints on the special fabrics that bring unexpected magic to his garments, made with the typical expertise of Indian artisanship. The dresses have pleats and gathers that create volume effects, enhanced by illusory motifs in 3D and bold stripe and check combinations. The main theme is the desire to combine the poetics of nature with images created by technology, using different types of fabric such as jersey, denim, linen and satin. Kaleidoscopic effects are alternated with iconic classics, such as polka dots; skinny fit flowing dresses with sheer, transparent effects, go hand in hand with extravagant volumes, accentuated by bias cuts and ruched flounces, while precious transparencies sit alongside classic striped cottons in a brand new interpretation, dictated by Rahul’s own special freedom of expression, with its foundations in Indian and western cultures.