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Lakme India Fashion Week – Day 1 (20th April, 2005)

Rina Dhaka:
Drawing her inspiration from the 40's, 50's and 60's, Rina Dhaka created a Hollywood inspired collection with a rich choice of colours and a liberal touch of shine. Dhaka's Fall/Winter 2005 collection had short black dresses, slim skirts with fitted blouses, embellished denims and churidar pants with kurtas, all accentuating the contours of the female body. The collection was all about being sexy yet sophisticated. The fabrics were sensual chiffons, silks, satins and mesh lycra. Unlike her previous collections, this one was almost entirely dominated by black. Embellishment was used liberally through Swarovski crystals, beads, sequins, lace, silver embroidery and white patchwork.

Ritu Kumar:
Ritu's collection drew inspiration by the regions around the river Indus. Ritu, a well known revivalist of Indian crafts concentrated on block prints, weaves and the use of kari. Embellishments were kept around the neck area and often resembled majestic necklaces. Ritu made rich use of kari and weaves embroidery in predominantly handloom cotton fabric. There were a lot of full bias cut tiered skirts, finished with coin hangings at the bottom-these were teamed with short kurtis and embellished t-shirts.The whole collection had a feel of a relaxed casual elegance, thanks to the use of cottons and easy cut kurta tops. She also teamed an embellished t-shirt with dhoti style pants.

Abhishek Gupta/Nandita Basu:
This was a mens-only collection. Psychedelic was Abhishek's inspiration-and what was seen were skinny cargo pants, plaid caps, distressed velvet jackets. This collection was for the cool dude who wants to be retro but still looks contemporary.

Nandita Basu used virtually no embellishments but relied on techniques such as roughing and pleating to give her clothes interest-so the look was very three-dimensional. This was a collection for the urban girl who wants to have an earthy feel.

Payal Jain
Payal's influences were tribal and multi-cultural, and the collection was aptly called "The Wandering Mendicant". Patchwork using fabrics such as brocade were used strongly. Skirts were a-symmetrical. Fabrics were mainly natural and there was a heavy use of batik and block prints.

FREEFALLING By Aparna And Norden Wangdi
This collection had lots of black and white, and some bold color. Many of the black and white garments had arresting red stitching details. There were coloured skirts and the paisley motif was widely used.

Rocky S
Rocky S' collection was inspired by nauch and Mughal-E-Azam. Everything was high volume-- from his bold colour scheme to the use of bright gold embellishments. Knee length tiered skirts were embellished with flat gold sequins and teamed with multi-coloured stretch t-shirts.



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