The show was all about high drama, high colour and
high glam. All silhouettes had a severity to them. Animal
trims added opulent style. As did the brocade trims.
Feather at the back dresses gave the Wild West fun look.
But naturally, there was an overdose of colors-neon
pink, greens, rusts and blues. Manish's tastefully presented
the "more is better" look.
A truly Indian collection! Anuradha seamlessly blended
old textiles with the new for a collection that looked
fit for a Mughal princess. Her showstopper was Shabana
Azmi, who walked in a royal blue embellished sari worn
with a deep red blouse and bandhini stole.
Kimono By Kiran Uttam Ghosh
Jazz was the inspiration for Kiran Uttam Ghosh, though
there was still a strong Indian element with churidars
being her favored style of trouser. Wrap tops gave the
collection a soft look. Colour palettes were muted,
and the fabric was soft and had an easy drape. Ghosh's
LIFW 2005 Collection is a melange of drapes in various
shapes, textures, techniques and hues. The line moves
forward while imparting a retro feel and yet not limiting
the collection to any era. A play of print over print
in many layers adds a new element and a third dimension
to the collection. The colour palette ranges from smokey
pastels to coral and gold. This collection gives off
a typical jazzy look to each outfit.
Anant By Shobhna And Vijay Arora
Durga's journey was the name of this collection so Bengal's
Kanta was the favored form of embroidery. The collection
and the colours were both very Indian-saris, kurtas
and lehenga style skirts in oranges, reds and turquoises.
The collection portrayed modern silhouettes on a global
format, using cuts that resonate a classic shape. There
were structured textured jackets paired with slim tapered
pants, stretch pants and skirts. Shades of black highlighted
with ancient antique gold, pistachio green and fresh
wines were the leading colours of the collection.
Niki is known for her use of lots of colors and prints.
She used a lot of chikans and stayed away from sequins
and swarovski and used polkas and tie and dye to create
Kavita's collection blended traditional Indian embroidery
and mirror work with western silhouettes to produce
a striking line of high fashion. Among the collection
were ponchos and kaftans teamed with churidars and tops
that could as easily have been worn with a sari or skirt.
Prints played with sequins and chikankari, mingled with
distinct fusion styling to create a unique entity.
Malini Ramani chose three girls- "Maya", the
Bombay Bohemian, "Maria", the Carnival girl
and "Tara", the Style Swami Guru Girl to display
in style. The theme of her collection, revolved around
three girls celebrating life and was called "Carnival
Chic" presented in three different sections, it
displayed its own share of unique colour palettes and
elegant fusion trousseau. There was the trademark Malini
Mirror Work on lots of the clothes. Colours were bright
with neon pink and green being her favourites.