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Powerful from the word go

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 21, 2011 13:59 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times
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The first showing on the fourth day of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) had what it takes to take a day forward. All three designers who presented their collections came out with beautifully made creations. Raman Vij unveiled a range of woolen knits that were not only stylish, but well made and finished. Bodice by Ruchika Sachdeva, on the other hand, presented a line of clothes bearing both, structures and fluidity. It was interesting to see her usage of 3D print with high-density silicon embroidery giving her garments a futuristic feel. Blank Spot by Shivaji Dutta successfully executed mat-woven surfaces on a variety of perfectly finished western garments. The look was extremely stylish and made a statement.

Harangad Singh’s minimalist looks were yet another interesting aspect of the day. His collection bearing western silhouettes was done neatly with long as well as short lengths with solid colours in pleasing tones. VJ by Vijay Balhara had all long silhouettes in subdued hues and had Indian spirit with some contemporary appeal.

Paromita Banerjee is consistent in making good clothes and her collection used textiles like khadi and silk among hand weaves. Silhouettes came in the forms of bandhgala jackets, Punjabi kurtas and waist coats. The label Vizyon, yet another interesting collection, had some stylish garments such as short dresses in duchess satin, skirts, one shoulder draped jumpsuits, structured tops, etc.

Designer duo Shyamal and Bhumika’s presentation of wedding wear was pleasing to the eye with carefully distributed embroidery, nice mix of colours and an effort to make traditional garments look modern by using velvet. The label Debarun has, by now, established itself as a reliable brand for simplistic style and its collection comprised embroidered blouses with criss-cross chanderi saris, white tunics with black horizontal stripes, appliquéd tunics and blouses.

Pria Kataria Puri always does what she believes in terms of her market, especially West Asia. Her creations had the vibrancy of embellishments, a well
distributed colour palette and mostly flowy silhouettes.

Sabyasachi, at the end of the day, presented his collection that spelt traditional styles mostly in monochromatic forms with intricate zardozi detailing. His jackets, saris and blouses had his basic sense of style that catapulted him to success from the very first year of his business. A beautifully made collection, presented beautifully.