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Audrey inspires again

After Kavita Bhartia, designer duo Shantanu-Nikhil present a collection inspired by Audrey Hepburn.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 17:01 IST

It seems the late star of yesteryears, Audrey Hepburn, has become a source of inspiration for many successful designers. After designer Kavita Bhartia, it was Shantanu-Nikhil’s show that saw creations inspired by the fairest lady of past.

"We haven't seen Kavita’s creations so can’t say much about it. But our line is different. We have tried to create stuff meant for today’s smart and vivacious women," says Nikhil.

Rich kantha, self-jacquard and linen jackets, quilted capes with pompoms, lacy shrugs, woollen culottes, printed and cutwork skirts with flare and balloon up till knees, ribbed tops and silk shirts were strengths of the collection.

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Printed canvas jackets with large unusual pockets, herringbone dresses and quilted jackets looked warm.

A special mention must again be made about the herringbone dresses that looked just so superb and chic, giving a pencil like shape to the female body.

Rate-o-metre

Buzz: 8

Curio: 7.5

Wear-ability: 8.5

From row attendees: Shilpa Shetty, Sidharth Tytler, Feroz Gujral

Colour palette in skirts, shirts and dresses remained consistent from black to white and olive green and browns.

Fabrics comprised chiffons, wool, silk, lace, georgette, etc.

Like every year, this year too the designer duo pays tribute to the global woman. They showed models in Audrey Hepburn style outfits as she travels to India for a camel safari.

There was something for men too: Jackets in tussar silk and wool with ambi  work, khadi work and sleek embroidery formed part of the line. Also, trousers in suede and wool looked warm.

The creations looked elegant, romantic and girlish. Silhouettes had a western touch to them.

Leggy lass, Shilpa Shetty was spotted in the front row, wearing a ‘Shantanu-Nikhil’ label (A black bustier that flowed from below the bustline and blue jeans).

This is what she has to say: "I like the kind of clothes Shantanu-Nikhil create and this year’s line was very Audrey Hepburnish. I got in touch with them while I was shooting for Fareb and I think they are very capable designers," she sums it up.