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Ashima-Leena disappoint

The designer duo fail to impress with their IFW collection, writes Sidhi Chadha.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 17:01 IST

Delhi-based designer duo Ashima and Leena Singh's show on the second last day at the India Fashion Week turned out to be a disappointment. With cat callings, hooting and whistling, the event looked nothing short of a cheap tamasha.

Apart from fellow designers Tarun Tahiliani and Ritu Kumar, only a few international buyers were spotted at the show.

Titled the 'Soul Magic', the collection saw an ethnic overturn with heavy detailing on the separates. Over done antique silver embellishments and excessive stone work on some creations made them look very shoddy.

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The designers used tie and dye prints on flowing fabrics that were very 'last season'.

Some clothes also had ornamentation with shell work and beads, giving it an out-dated look. One could also notice repetition of designs in the line.

Rate-o-metre

Wear-ability: 3

Curio: 5

Buzz: 4

Late-o-metre: 35 minutes

The colour combination used seemed to be the only relief.



White, orange, deep pinks, rusts, greens as well as vibrant dashes of hot pink, red, and black were the mainstays of the colour palette.

Flowing jackets, mid-thigh to knee length jackets, skin leggings, loose blouses, cropped trousers, long and short skirts and wrap arounds formed part of the line.

Nonetheless, to end on a blunt note, this was a show that completely turned one off. It was more of an example of how not to impress the buyers!