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Dubal goes back to Oriental roots

A very heavily Oriental/Asian collection. The background colour was black, other prominent colour themes were reds and umber/rust.

india Updated: Jul 24, 2003 17:06 IST
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A very heavily Oriental/Asian collection. The background colour was black, other prominent colour themes were reds and umber/rust. Parts of the collection were emphasised by panels of brilliantly coloured striped raw silks. The lines were simple, but the rich colours and lustrous silks gave the collection a sense of unassuming luxury.

The first set featured sheer black organza as kurtas, over shirts. Dupattas or spectacularly a long 'coat' worn over light blue bikini top and trousers.

The collection moved around Asia as it rolled out East. More wrap tops, mandarin collars, kimono jackets, and Chinese jackets in silks and brocades with frog fastenings.

Wrapping was featured in both tops and skirts. Obis were everywhere.

Sen-sational Anshu turns on jungle juice

Sen is one of our brightest young talents, who will surely go on to become an internationally recognised designer. She already enjoys success in the UK and Italy, two of the worlds most discerning fashion markets.

Her cuts have geometric precision saved from starkness by her soft crushed fabrics, minimal but relevant embellishments and stunning colour sense. Her work has a beautiful sense of purity and naiveté. The purity comes from the lack of superfluity in the clothes: everything is there for a reason; the naiveté, from her joyful use of colour, not from a lack of design maturity.

Today she delighted us with another very, very strong collection that showed her fabulous colour sense, minute attention to detail and skilful cutting. Indeed part of her genius is in her details. The collection was staged to a soundtrack of jungle noises - no music until the final walk. The clothes spoke for themselves.

All the fabrics used were silks, dyed in 22 different colours, often crushed and water treated. The appliqués and beaded embellishments were 3D, bringing to life exotic jungle flowers. There was a vivid jungle print that brought to mind a Henri Rousseau painting. The collection was beautifully accessorised by soft silk slippers and bags.

All her work bears her very distinctive signature without ever feeling stale or same.

First Published: Jul 24, 2003 17:06 IST