Ali's classic textures for woman of substance
The show opened with a deliciously simple range of fine cottons. The silhouettes were Indo-fusion; cropped very wide legged trousers under high to mid-thigh length kurtas cut from under the bust line. The palette for this sequence was strong pastels. The embroidery was as delicate and fine as we would expect from them. The following sequence was a similar range of silhouettes but this time delicate pastels were juxtaposed with bold black to great effect.
For a design house to diversify from what they are known for takes courage - even if it does constitute a minor part of the collection. But Meera and Muzzafar Ali have produced a western line which does them credit. It incorporates traditional Indian fabrics; khadi and surface techniques: chikan badla with western style separates. The ivory lycra mini dress, starkly plain under a gossamer ankle length coat was a showstopper.
There was a very elegant range of black georgette western-fusion ensembles strikingly embellished with muted silver/gold sequinnery.
The sari sequence was characterized by the slightly offbeat, very effective colour combinations: lime & magenta for starters.
The men's line was limited but competent. Largely understated blacks and neutrals.