Aparna Chandra sexes it up!

  • Agencies, PTI, MUMBAI
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  • Updated: Jul 21, 2003 23:00 IST

A revisit to the silhouettes of the 80s was the look for this western/oriental inspired collection. A starkly sophisticated colour palette balanced the overtly sexy first half of Chandra's collection.

Cool whites and cream kept temperatures down as the models sashayed in micro minis, sexily draped tops in floaty georgettes, skinny satin pants and nicely tailored jackets. The pants were flares-straights tied or gathered at the ankle or knickerbockers-style at the knee. Her most interesting skirt silhouette was pleated micro, micro mini worn with a beautifully cut western style jacket. Ruffles and frills gave a slight boudoir feel.

The second half of the collection was sexy, sexy black with gold and bronze. This was unadulterated sex goddess in the boudoir. The palette was sexy and the shapes were 80s disco sexy. Tops featured halter necks or cowls; skintight leggings to the knee embellished with giant brass eyelets, ruching, lacing on the skirts, too gave a whiff of bondage gear. We're talking Studio 54 - brash but successfully not trashy or vulgar.

Kavita Bhartia produces a mouthwatering treat

From the stark colour palette of the last part of the show into Bhartia's wild Indian paintbox. A riot of mouthwatering colours: purple, orange, pink, green, red - set the tone for the eclecticism of silhouettes we were about to see.

Corsets in shimmering silks, empire line tops and dresses, cotton layered skirts with tattered hemlines, or straight and skinny in brocades and silks; a lightweight coat reminiscent of a highwayman's over a kurta and churidar. Western trousers were sexy tight. Crazy, but it worked, because the kaleidoscope of colour, the textures and the silhouettes had been carefully thought through.

The result feel was joyful and fun.

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