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India Fashion Week 2003
India Fashion Week - Day 1 (18th July 2003)
Designer Rocky S started off with fun and frolic displaying
his creation Goth inspired Street Vamp with attitude.
Rocky S is known for his funky and trendy styles and
that was the highlight of his collection. All the current
trends were there in spades: cut off pants on men and
women; asymmetrical hemlines with 60's style graphic
prints, streamlined cargos and Indian embroidery. Good
looking linens, played against high quality synthetics
worked with exciting surface treatments. The main colour
palette was somber grey and black with splashes of electric
orange and pink.
Aki Narula's collection was innovative, wild and humourous.
His collection amazes you and one is surprised by his
unconstrained and free flowing work. His cutting, draping,
surface techniques are unique and brings forward his
refusal to be bound by convention. His collection included
such combination which though peculiar looked, stylish
and humorous but never vulgar. He showcased camouflage
combat gear, football shorts in sari fabric and used
Chinese brocades, Kimono cuts in a different direction.
A high point of this stunning show was the button detailed
parachute silk collection: a trench coat, a deep aubergine
and a brown skirt, a pair of grey pants.
- Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna
Rohit and Rahul's collection was a genuinely commercial
collection. His tailoring was crisp throughout - the
prints, the laser cut leather, the pleating and stitching
and the clean lines showcased a very sharp and sleek
collection. The silhouettes were slim, sleek and uncluttered.
Trousers were flared and low slung and surprisingly
he also showcased a pair of very high waisted black
pants. Skirt shapes were pleated, flipped and asymmetrical.
The main colour palette was based on military theme
with was basically in darks highlighted with strong
red, then muted greens and blues.
& Smita Soni
Ashish and Smita Soni presented a men's and women's
collection mostly of coordinated separates. The colour
palette began as pure white in trousers and crisply
tailored shirts for men and women with deconstructed
external pockets. The next set of collection moved into
black and white and finally the total palette of red,
black and white as a variety of separates were showcased.
Trousers predominated for women, mostly flared, but
with an occasional straight leg making an appearance.
There were crops and even a knee length legging.
Shantanu and Nikhil's collection was the combination
of Indian and Western tradition with bright and lively
colours. In the western collection: Silhouettes were
slim, trousers were flared while skirts had bias cuts.
Hems were asymmetrical and all lengths. Fabrics were
plains or stripes. Next came a series of sharp black
and white chalk stripe outfits. Well cut and snappy.The
next set was cool asymmetrical stripes in petrol blue,
navy, fuschia and white. Then they upped the temperature
again with a wild Pucci style print in yellows, greens,
pink and blues. The printed georgette was used in tops
and skirts against solid fuschia and kingfisher satin
separates.For the finale another change of temperature
and pace with a chic line in pale blue and gold brocade
trousers, skirts, jackets, shirts and dresses. The entire
collection was a game of different and vibrant shades
and moods and after very set of western outfits came
in a Sari which added the touch of real India.