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Grand finale at WIFW scores a perfect 10

There were no Bollywood celebrities to embellish his show. Instead, the entire designer fraternity smiled, clapped and walked the ramp in his collection.

fashion and trends Updated: Sep 10, 2007 10:11 IST

There were no Bollywood celebrities to embellish his show. Instead, the entire designer fraternity smiled, clapped and walked the ramp in his collection. Rohit Bal's show at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) was the grand finale in the truest sense.

Bal set the mood by decorating the walls surrounding the glass ramp with huge cut-outs of white flowers over plasma screens. Similar flowers were embedded under the ramp as well.

He drew his inspiration from Constantinople, an ancient melting pot of cultures and religions where the East meets the West, an amalgamation of the old and the new, a city of the Saracens, the Arabs, the crusaders and the Ottoman Empire. Istanbul was the predominant influence visible in his collection, "Intertwined" and "Syaahi" (Ink).

The intrinsic inspiration for the collection was the art of the Iznik tiles of ancient Turkey, with their heritage of distinct deep blue and meticulous intricate glazing.

"I have called it 'Interwined' as it is in sync with the philosophy of Wills Lifestyle - 'made for each other'. Also it indicated the way I have used fabrics to design silhouettes.

"Personally I call my line 'Syaahi' because I have extensively used shades of blue, especially ink blue," Bal told IANS.

As the show began, models walked the ramp in off white and cream coloured outfits ranging from voluminous dresses and skirts to evening gowns and cape teamed with bikini in the women's wear.

The men's wear line had shirts, trousers, zoaves, suits, sherwanis teamed with churidars.

The lights were then dimmed, the ramp glowed in blue light and the flower decked plasma screen started turning blue as if ink was spilled over it.

Four models, dressed in all white voluminous evening gowns, then stood on the ramp and pulled a string of their dresses - and blue ink started oozing out.

This then gave way to models dressed in blue coloured outfits such as fluffy dresses where the fabric was cleverly layered and gathered. Jackets teamed with trousers, waist jackets matched with dresses and skirts of varied lengths and styles were among the other outfits displayed.

The men's wear encompassed sherwanis along with jackets, shirts, trousers, T-shirts and scarves.

Indigo blue, which forms the basis of Iznik tiles, was a prominent colour in Bal's collection. The colour palette ranged from desert neutral to vibrant ink blue and charcoal.

Fabrics like chiffon, net, organza, jersey, georgette and brocade have been textured, pleated and gathered by the designer to create silhouettes for men and women.

One of the interesting features in Bal's collection was that he accessorised the collection with models wearing diamond necklaces and ink instead of vermilion on their forehead. The male models sported fancy nose rings.

The show, which in Bal's words was a tribute to legendary designer Rohit Khosla, ended with the fashion maestro doing a small jig on the ramp even as the rest of the leading lights of the designer fraternity like Ritu Kumar, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Malini Ramani, Rohit Gandhi, Varun Bahl, Raghuvendra Rathore, Shantanu and Nikhil waltzed along - all in blue.