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Floral, fruity, faun-al: Is it a faux pas?

india Updated: Sep 02, 2006 10:46 IST

Shane and Falguni Peacock's collection is heavily embellished, so much so that each outfit looks as if it's sporting half a jeweller's shop.

There is intricate but heavy embroidery with metallic embellishments particularly the fine work known locally as dabke, large pearls, multi-coloured stones, diamantes, shiny beads and sequins, and we haven't even addressed the prints yet. 
The colours are many but at times, they are too varied and so rather than showing a palette ready for summer, the effect overwhelms with - shall we say it? - disorderliness.

There is too much going on, really. Bold and bright floral prints are suddenly up-set by giraffe, zebra or leopard prints, which looked quite good in a few cases (particularly in one gorgeous white and green number), but did not manage to attract in the rest. 
So if you want to wear a stylised African jungle, go for it. Some may carry it off, but we're betting many won't. Makes you want to stop and wonder what are Shane and Falguni trying to pull off, considering they claim on their website that it's the Indian market the internationally-acclaimed duo is unsure about.

If this is how they are trying to woo the mostly conservative and just-recently-upwardly-mobile Indian contingent, they might have to re-think their strategy (even though international markets would welcome such vivid prints and colours with very open arms). 
Which is a terrible pity because of all the ensembles in all the shows, the silhouettes of the Peacocks' outfits are perhaps the best. They even allowed ponchos to be acceptable tops and believe us, ponchos are about to become happening, so well did they work with the flared, shimmying skirts. 
The colours, as we said, are vividly bright and thankfully pastels have been eschewed by the talented duo completely. Blacks, greens (sea and bottle), oranges, and cornflower-blues appeased the eyes greatly. 
Accessories: Even accessories showcase the shiny and/or the animalistic, such as handbags in copper-coloured leopard-prints and silvery faux snake-skin, which this reporter believes did not quite complement the bright and bold attire being sported by the models.

Buzz: 4 or 5
Wearability: 4 or 5
Late-o-meter: Between 10-15 minutes



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