Manju and Bobby Grover’s new line is perhaps projected at teaching us to become little girls again. That does seem to be the message of the Grovers’s collection which is lined up for Spring/Summer ’07 as all the outfits scream ‘innocence’, ‘youth’, ‘innocence’, ‘freshness’, ‘innocence’, ‘virginal’, ‘innocence’ and did we mention ‘innocence’?
The collection has four distinct lines based on the colours: all whites, whites with colour highlights, natural shades and blacks-and-whites. All the outfits are charming if understated in appearance. They do, however, incorporate a large range of styles – dresses, skirts, tops, trousers, kaftans, shirts, boleros, tunics, shrugs and corsets.
The designers have eschewed shiny embellishments and have, instead, worked with embroidery and appliqué-work. The effect is quiet and subtly elegant and works refreshingly well, even though you end up missing bright colours. The colours used in the second and third lines are whites, creams, beiges and ecru with highlights being thread-work in pinks, turquoise, lime and orange. The embroideries are charming floral motifs and work very well with the unembellished look of the clothes.
As there is little in the way of the bling, the wearability quotient automatically increases as one can even wear some of these outfits casually. Another reason to wear these outfits would be the fabrics used – mulmul, voile, cheesecloth, linen and cotton.
Despite the attractive appearance of the lines, one cannot help missing a splash of vivid, vibrant colours.