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India Fashion Week - Day 2
Show 1: Aparna Jagdhari, Poonam Bhagat, Rehane Yavar Dhala
Jagdhari: Aparna's unusual style of creativity emphasizes basically
on unusual techniques of surface ornamentation and colour application
which basically appeals to the youth. She drapes and she creates
cuts that fit and float, all this with detailing like cut-aways,
ruching, patchwork, thread work, beading pleats and tucks. The colours
used by her are vibrant - fuschia, orange, cobalt blue, leaf green,
and red put together in a tropical mix. The layered skirts, fitted
pants, shorts and playful hot pants, and cowled blouses made for
Bhagat: Poonam on the other hand emphasized a confident approach
towards colour. She used the famous turquoise, the rage of the season,
with complete Úlan. Tie-dyeing, hand-painting, printing and precise
beadwork blended with colours like fuschia, oranges, beige, pale
blue, sea green, leaf green, cucumber, purple all highlighted with
minimal and discreet embroideries, all brought the collection to
Yavar Dhala: Dhala's collection was a delicate balance between
vibrant hues of yellows, peaches, blues, lime greens and subtle
beiges, juxtaposed against feathery embroidery and textures created
by ruched, ruffled and pleated fabrics. The fabrics used were soft
satins, flowy crepes and sparkling lurex giving it a very feminine
Show 2: Aparna Chandra and Puja Nayyar.
Chandra: Aparna's creation focused on the use of fresh silhouettes
in perma-pleated fabrics, feminine laces, sheer organzas and opulent
velvets were all put together with sparkling Swarovski crystals
and simple yet effective embroidery techniques. Delicate drapes
and rich brocade fabrics offset with bold plaids and sexy laces
created a confident mix of Oriental glamour and Victorian charm.
Pencil skirts with net overshirts, asymmetric hem lines, godet skirts
and tulle edges were seen with corsets and stretch lycra-lace blouses.
The colour palette used strong reds, mid-night blacks, and pure
whites along with subtle lilacs, greys and blues.
Nayyar: Puja emphasized the prevalence of schoolgirl spontaneity
over womanly staidness. The currently trendy washed and treated
distressed denim mixed and worked upon was the strength of the collection.
Pristine white blouses with delicate tone-on-tone detailing mixed
with suede trims, patches and belts worn with denim tunics and chevron
box pleated skirts were the essential silhouettes. These were followed
by layered tulle and cheese cloth skirts in fuchsia, orange, pink
and red mixed with bold stripes and embroidered roses.
Show 3: Shobhna and Vijay Arora
and Vijay Arora brought the flavour of animal prints, suede and
fringes to the Indian look. The collection was an assembly of the
favourite Indian outfits- sarees, kurtas-pajamas, and skirts, all
with a contemporary twist. The chiffons, georgettes, denims, crepes,
silks and velvets in vibrant reds, yellows, oranges, blues and blacks
were dressed up with suede cutwork, bead work, machine embroideries,
leherias, sequined tassels, and mirror-work. The denim short kurta
was seen in its various expressions with treatments like gold zardozi,
and delicate gota. Floral prints and frills mixed together with
smocked empire waists, cowl necks, sequined tassels and laces brought
in the element of evening glamour. Men looked relaxed and comfortable
in washed denim and silk kurtas and cool pajamas
4: Rohit Bal
2nd day ended by Rohit Bal's wicked, dangerous and sexy creation.
This menswear collection, a hedonistic mix of leather, sweater-knits,
and PVC coated fabrics was embellished with hand-painted roses and
chrysanthemums, the angelic face of David and English floral sprigs,
besides some very creative and defined quilting. Black, cobalt blue
and ivory were the colours used. The silhouette was fitted and consisted
of jackets, t-shirts, pants and intermittently shocking little briefs
and shorts. Accessorized with traditional antique silver bell anklets
worn on the forehead and tied around the legs, the look for men,
as presented by Bal was unlike any other.