Ayesha Depala's latest line is heavy-handed with embellishments in gold and silver, whether it is frills and piping, or cuffs, or even oversized buttons and baubles.
The contrast with the creams, pale pinks and peaches, whites and blacks that mark the line - though stark - is not unappealing. In fact, with ethnic elements such as gota and jali-work on the pre-dominantly western cuts of the outfits, Ayesha's line is a charming study in fusion.
The line has a retro look and the designer confirms it, as the silhouettes have indeed been inspired by short hemlines of the '60s.
The colours are selective: whites and creames, some blacks but largely pale-pinks and pale-peaches. Much of the line comprises of dresses, mostly knee-length with a few floor-length ones; the rest, however, has tops and blouses with shorts in contrasting colours.
One of the more interesting innovations this year was the inclusion of frills picked out in silver, in yokes and bibs, on most blouses and dresses of the line. The pre-dominant materials were voile, cotton and chiffon.
Outfits ranged from sleek cocktail dresses to gorgeous floor-length affairs all of which exude grace and sensuality.
Ayesha Depala's spring/summer oeuvre is tasteful, and best of all, imminently wearable for many a posh do. Good going, Ayesha, for upholding aesthetics and sexiness as always!
Late o meter: 35 minutes