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Lakme India Fashion Week - Day 3 (20th July 2003)

Kimono by Kiran Uttam Ghosh
Kiran's collection highlighted the art of contemporizing beautiful Indian textiles full of colour and life by setting them on wearable modern silhouettes. The first element of the collection featured brilliant tribal weaves in orange, fuschia, wine, and rust from the North East against a black ground. Silhouettes were generally slim and long: lungis with t-shirts, waistcoats, wrap tops and shirts. The next collection featured black crochet long skirt, some very sexy trousers in the same black crochet. The next range was short kurtas styled as mini dress. The finale was a grey lungi with drape top.

Lina Tipnis
Her collection started off with soft off-white creased voile over sand leheriya layered, inset, or as appliquéd flowers that would look equally at home in a balmy Goan beach bar or a Mediterranean taverna. Silhouettes were floaty and western/fusion. Then came a denim line: bleached, worn and distressed jeans teamed with a range of pastel tops highlighted with ribbons, sequins and fraying. Lina's finale was very soft feminine range of dusty ombre pastel trousers and long skirts teamed with softly coloured brocade shirts, camis and kurtis.

Anamika Khanna
Anamika Khanna showcased Indian textile craft on Indian silhouettes but with an innovative and bold style. The collection was beautifully embellished with appliqué and traditional kanta work over delicate block printing on net, muslins and cottons. Cutting edge styled with leg warmers and wrapped tops, bound and gagged with webbing straps. This was the creative work of Khanna which was refreshing and sexy.

Deepika Govind
She is one exceptionally talented designer and has immensely matured over the last couple of years. Her collection showcased a wide, kind-of- harem-pants/not-quite-dhotis-but-almost, executed in fine apricot toned brocade silk. There were also some finely done wrap pants in printed georgette that flowed beautifully. The corset tops may not have been so innovative, but they were beautifully tailored and finished.

Manish Arora
Manish's collection has a very heavy Oriental influence. The feel came from the prints, colours, embroideries and fabrics not the silhouettes. The silhouettes were eclectic and refreshingly well assembled. A variation of puffballs re-emerged, but in such softly draped fabrics that made that best forgotten 80s nightmare finally wearable. Track pant variations appeared slashed from ankle to thigh in a sexy retake. Trouser shapes were straight, sometimes gathered or elasticized at the ankle. Skirts were all lengths, bum skimming, mid-thigh pleated or tight minis layered over gathered nets to the ankles. The colour palette was red, multi-fluoro, gold & bronze. Red, a dominating theme gave an Imperial China feel with gold screen-printed Oriental motifs on soft velour.

Arjun Khanna
In Arjun's collection was a blend of Indian and western silhouettes.The workmanship in the embroidery on the Indian range was exquisite, as was Arjun's colour sensibility: duck egg blue kurtas under navy sherwanis embellished with duck egg and multi coloured embroidery. The western range in particular showed great personality. The suits, in nark or black flashed brilliant red silk linings and red or multi coloured button hole and 'perfect release' cuff details. The jeans were given that special touch; they were hand painted by Sunil Padwal.

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