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Abu-Sandeep create magic

The Mumbai based designer duo presented a retrospective of their label at the IFW.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 17:11 IST

There was a full attendance of celebrities at Mumbai-based designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla's show at the India Fashion Week in Delhi.

From Laila Rajpal to the Nandas and some Mumbaiites like Jaya Bachchan to Mahesh Bhatt to Sonali Bendre; Kailash Surendranath to Manish Malhotra; the glitterati were present in full force.

And the show surely cast a spell as it marked a tribute to 20 years of the duo's label.

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Blast from the past
The show kicked off with a series of mini lines that started from crushed silks (a fabric that the duo started their career with) in various silhouettes like long and short wrinkled skirts, ghaghras with huge gheras and short kurta and pants for men.

Rate-o-metre

Wearability: 8.5

Buzz: 9.5

Curio: 9.5

Presentation: 9

Spotted: Jaya Bachchan, the Nandas, Sonali Bendre, Kailash

Surendranath, Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal, Malini Ramani, Manoviraj Khosla, Vijay Arora, AD Singh, Ritu Kumar.

What added glitz to the creations was the beaded tassels in gold used at the ends.

Abu-Sandeep's designs looked so rich and opulent that one just couldn't stop gushing about them. Model Upen Patel looked hot in gold and zari work sherwani what was immensely embellished. Ramp scorcher Sheetal Malhar left no stone unturned in enthralling the audience, wearing a lehnga choli in bottle green and crème with mirror work in silver.

Anna Bredmeyer, who is not new to the runway, also graced the ramp wearingcreations by the Mumbai-based designers. Anna has walked for Abu-Sandeep a number of times in the past as well.

Fabrics ranged from velvets to chikan kari to moori work and from tussar silk to zari work to multi-coloured embroidery – the designer duo's body of work had it all.

Next on ramp was a line that consisted of suits, kurta pyjamas, saris and skirts in kadhai (hand embroidery) work. The blend of colours was done up really well. Excellent finishing and straight cuts looked neat.

Glitz and glamour
Floor touching kurtas worn over glittering gold and silver G-strings and halter bikinis with heavy embellishments followed next on the ramp. Though dazzling, they were a little over the top.

The sari line was elegant, as the designers used subtle colour of ivory and matched them with hot pink and fluorescent green borders - very graceful and desirable.

Skimpy brocade cholis and georgette blouses in brocade and sequins were worn with saris and churidar pants. Other highlights were the polka dotted chanderi suits.

One could also see lot of antique and patchwork on the ensembles.

Words are just not enough to describe how the designer duo presented their body of work. Apart from being rich, grand, royal, and so larger than life in look and feel, the creations touched upon the richness of India.Abu-Sandeep surely know the perfect recipe of success and style!