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When Pushkar turns trendy

The opening show saw a colour riot from Delhi designer Niki Mahajan. Sidhi Chadha has the details.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 17:38 IST

The opening show at the India Fashion Week saw a colour riot from Delhi designer Niki Mahajan.

On the thumping beats of Aao huzoor tumko and Palo latke, designer Niki Mahajan brought alive Pushkar on Wednesday afternoon.

“I picked up Pushkar as my theme because it’s one place in India, which is so rich in its cultures and traditions. It’s also one place to which people can relate to the most,” said the designer.

Her silhouettes comprised of a series of jewel tone and rich autumnal colored ensembles. The palette formed an eclectic mix of colours with mustards, fresh greens, blue, deep reds, purple.

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Niki has used fabrics with the very Indian block printing techniques. Some of the separates from the designer’s autumn winter 06/07 collection look very powerful with handwork of metal and stone work on them.Velour, velvet, transparent nets and laces, lycra and corduroy all put together made the ensembles look royal and very much in vogue.

Apart from being ethnic, Niki's separates are sophisticated and chic. The look was natural, not overdone with make-up and accessories. Niki’s clothes were for lean frame people and not those bulgy kinds!

Some of the separates included quilted jackets, T-shirts, seductive kaftans, varied blouses and formal trousers—mostly cigarette pants, flouncy skirts in nets, tissue and brocade. Also, empire line kaftans in chiffon looked really sexy with floral prints on them. Skirts, in tissue with embellishments in sequins and hand embroidery were seen and they had a shimmery look and feel to them.

Niki laid special emphasis on the Indian embellishments and stone work, which were pretty evident on her ensembles. Also, the clothes were not very flashy, were pretty neat yet extremely sexy.