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A touch of real 'Indiaaahhh'

The colours leapt off the ramp for Shantanu & Nikhil Mehra. Rani pink & parakeet green in floaty georgettes. All western silhouettes. Then suddenly a sari! Much contemporised, but sari nonetheless.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2003 13:17 IST
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This was the first touch of real India. The colours leapt off the ramp. First:rani pink and parakeet green in floaty georgettes. All western silhouettes. Style detail was the exaggerated collars pretty much as seen on Milanese mens' shirts this season days. Then suddenly a sari! Much contemporised, but a sari nonetheless.

Silhouettes were slim: flared trousers, bias cut skirts. Hems asymmetrical and all lengths. Fabrics were plains or stripes.

Next came a series of sharp black and white chalk stripe outfits. Well cut and snappy. Throughout we saw flashes of that vibrant rain pink again... perhaps in some piping, perhaps in the lining that flashed as she walked. Or with go faster strips up the outside legs of a sexy little 80s jumpsuit in a salute to a certain sportswear manufacturer. And then another sari.

Then time to chill out with a line of cool asymmetrical stripes in petrol blue, navy, fuschia and white. Smart western separates and dresses to wear on your yacht in the Med. Very sophisticated.

Then they upped the temperature again with a wild Pucci style print in yellows, greens, pink and blues. The printed georgette was used in tops and skirts against solid fuschia and kingfisher satin separates.

For the finale another change of temperature and pace with a chic line in pale blue and gold brocade trousers, skirts, jackets, shirts and dresses. The fabric was a real high point. Victorian inspired design twinned with a hazy stripe used to beautiful effect with the same baby blue in georgette. The styling here had echoes of the Orient with mandarin collars spicing up the slim western silhouettes.

First Published: Jul 19, 2003 13:17 IST