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Lakme India Fashion Week - Day 2 (19th July 2003)

Malini Ramani
Malini's collection was basically with western silhouettes incorporating plenty of stylized design motifs and a few saris and dogri style pants. Hems were asymmetrical, pants were flared and low slung. Tops included spaghetti straps layering bondage, punk, and combat camouflage, along with the mirror work. The colour palette included dusty pinks running through to wines, which led into oranges, then khaki. But black was the dominating colour.

Ranna Gill
Ranna's show began with punky silhouettes in somber black. The collection had Indo-Oriental feel, with some delicious China inspired brocades and Japanese Obi style corsets. Especially beautiful were three tops: the first in an ethereal off white chiffon ruched at the upper arm, then a very glam 80's backless drape top in white georgette with bold black beading a the throat, and finally another cream dream that fell in soft fronds from the shoulder. The showstopper was a white cotton kurta belted under the bust with a slivery spangled belted long white cotton tiered skirt - the first different silhouette in LIFWL so far.

Rohit Bal

Rohit is known for his unique talent to beautifully blend traditional Indian devices into western silhouettes and fuse traditional and contemporary India. And that was the highlight of this show also. In this collection Rohit has plundered not only India's heritage treasure trove, but the nomadic folk art cultures of Asia from the Bosphorus to Mount Fujiyama. The show started with a range of lungis in simple neutral khadis with little embellishment. These gave way to trousers teamed with short, slim western jackets, although there was an occasional traditional Indian style to be spotted. The jackets in particular were handpainted in the Madhubani style, embellished with seashells, mother of pearl buttons, mirrorwork and multi coloured tassles. The finale was a flourish of vibrant red and gold brocade jackets in western and Indian silhouettes which smacked of India's regally grand past.

Raghavendra Rathore
Raghavendra's collection was a perfect blend of minimalist western chic and Indian legance. The women's collection of fusion silhouettes was worked in high quality linens and cottons featuring minimal, but stylish embroidery on long lean lines. Skirt shapes were long and straight, trousers were slim: flared or straight legged. Tops were mostly laced and tied to fit with hint of the Orient in elements of the embroidery. The small men's collection kicked off with long cool kurtas in neutrals, then flowed into western and fusion heavier weight suits.

Ritu Kumar
Ritu's collection was a perfect blend of classic and contemporary fashion. Silhouettes were simple and contemporary. Skirts were dhoti wraps, pants were mostly cut offs, tops were slinky, often printed with stylised Hindu iconography. Her colours were hot and fiery in fact the first element of the show was redolent of Andalucian passion, choreographed to a flamenco beat. This is true global fusion: Ritu co-ordinated sarong wraps over cargo pants in Indian colours. The finale was the Ritu Kumar traditional bridal line: sensual saris in net that hugged the figure and shimmered with delicate appliquéd Banarsi buttis, and sumptuous ghagra cholis in sophisticated dusty colours.

Nahid Merchant
A dreamy, delicate collection from Nahid based around creamy lace and patchwork that floated gently down the runway. However fairytale, the styles were eminently wearable. A style detail of the collection were the distinctive kimono and shawl sleeves. Her play with different textures, fabrics and layering gave the ensembles depth and interest. Next came a range in shimmery greys accented with strong red.

In Rehane's collection the theme was "more is less". She created the brightest, boldest colours and then played hide and seek with them behind sugary pastels and sugary shades to soften their impact. Skirts were short and tight. Shorts were so short they were barely there. Prints were 60s inspired. Silhouettes were western, Indian and fusion.

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