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Bahl's dynamism meets Ritu's orientalism

While Bahl's line at the ongoing fashion week attempted to highlight the current dynamism of India, Ritu Kumar's collection underlined the different facets of India.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2008 06:17 PM IST

Designer Varun Bahl's line at the ongoing fashion week attempted to highlight the current dynamism of the country, while in Ritu Kumar's collection, the ultra new age was fused with orientalism - underlining different facets of India.

A white backdrop, adorned with a carving of a rose, set the perfect ambience for models to sashay down the ramp, clad in rose-inspired outfits by Bahl for his collection titled "India 2008" at the Wills lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) Thursday evening.

With classic English songs like "Staying Alive" by the Bee Gees as the background score, the show was aimed at communicating the dynamism that exists in India today.

The colour palette was resplendent with shades of black, grey, olive green, copper, brown, blue, red and maroon.

Eclectic fabrics like cashmere, silk, duchess satin, georgette, corduroy, net, velvet and brocade were put together to create coats, tops, dresses and trousers for men and women.

The line highlighted the extensive use of fur, gota, tassels, tie-ups and rose patterns, with embroidery mostly done on velvet. Digital prints were also used on dresses, apart from fur appliqué that accentuated the collection.

Ritu Kumar and her son Amrish's collection, under the prêt brand Label, emphasised how ultra new age meets orientalism.

Their show opened with grey and white dresses, skirts, trousers and blouses with reflective surfaces and abstract prints. The focus was on the nature of the drapes and deconstruction - using fabrics that can take their own shape.

The colour Indigo was the basis of the second segment and floral dresses in vibrant colours, showcased towards the end, seemed as though they had sprung out of an artist's palette.

Fabrics like silk, Indigo khadi, chiffon, satin and jersey were embellished with mirror work, sequins, crystal work and embroidery, with the Ottoman Empire as the inspiration.

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