The SALONI x Venyx connection continues
Creativity breeds creativity and friends make for great collaborators. This has been Saloni Lodha’s longtime mantra, leading to finding inspiration in the circle of friends that surround her. Her collaboration with Eugenie Niarchos, founder and creative director behind Venyx jewellery was the result of a meeting of minds. A quick look at the World of SALONI and Venyx World can glean full insight into their similarities.
Creativity breeds creativity and friends make for great collaborators. This has been Saloni Lodha’s longtime mantra, leading to finding inspiration in the circle of friends that surround her.
Where one is an itinerant, travelling snow to sea in what looks like a matter of minutes, the other is the sum total of her cross-cultural upbringing. Both savour a style that sways towards the go-anywhere, do-anything dress, and both are guided by a higher love for far-off prints and patterns — where Niarchos transfers the universe into her jewellery, Lodha brings traditional fabrications and techniques from India onto pretty dresses.
Their paths first crossed when they met through a mutual friend leading to a creative collaboration in 2018. They brought forward a collection based on this common ground. The Bengal Tiger, a motif consistent in Eugenie’s designs, was sprawled across midi dresses, while mirror work from India, Lodha’s home country found its way to crepe de chine skirts and blouses. All while getting a mystical and mythical treatment in silk satins and a romantic palette of dusty pink, turquoise blue and iridescence. “We are drawn to a lot of the same things so we wanted to bring our two design aesthetics together and to have fun with the collection by creating a complementary vision,” Lodha said as the ethereal and other worldly collection added fantasia to everyday wardrobes of women worldover.
“We are drawn to a lot of the same things so we wanted to bring our two design aesthetics together and to have fun with the collection by creating a complementary vision,”
And so, it wasn’t long before the duo listened to the demand of the market to deliver an encore. On November 26, 2019, Lodha and Niarchos launched their second collaboration — Venyx 20, a capsule collection that collates the best of both their worlds. There are vintage leopard prints, that you’d likely see on Grace Jones, Bond-girl brights worked into Saloni classics like the Marissa Mini and Ginni Midi, but also newer shapes including a cheongsam, Victorian style key-hole necks and a kimono-like combination of a jacket and trouser. All of this, put together for a wardrobe made for the ages, in true SALONI style. On the night of the launch, friends, family and creatives came together to celebrate the creative partnership. We get a closer look at what went down.