Freefaling Jagdhari presents visual treat
What gives Jagdhari's clothes their special identity is the delightful colour sense and the feeling of naiveté that she imparts to her designs. They seem to leave you with a sense of well being.
This collection ran the Pantone spectrum of brights, handled without the slightest jarring. Rani pink, yellow, orange, blue and turquoise predominated with a slash or two of black or white.
As for cut, her trousers were straight, sometimes cropped below the knee, knickerbockers, but not a flare to be seen. Skirts of were long and straight, long and (sometimes asymmetrically) tiered trimmed with frills and ruffles. A particularly appealing skirt was in a white cotton sunray pin tucked from the waist with multi coloured thread and edged in colour, another tow were asymmetrically layered in bright jewel colours each layer edged with a contrasting ruffle. Tops were kurtis, sometimes asymmetric, camis, or long straight kurtas over straight leg western pants.
A leitmotif running through the collection was contrasting frogging, used in anything but a traditional way that gave a slight flavour of Imperial China.
A keynote item was a lovely blue Kimono style wrap top edged in vibrant red.
The real fabulous black coat asymmetrically wrapped, detailed in red with a sexy cutout back.
Arati's sublime collection touches the soulThis was a collection for the caring traditionalist. Innovative natural fibres dyed with natural dies and magicked into mostly traditional silhouettes with an occasional twist. Naturally, the palette was largely muted earth tones, running through to some muted pastels.
Interestingly a bare salwar made an appearance for the second time this week, in a steely muted blue. We saw a new spin on sari wearing: much on trend, it was layered over a skirt that matched the blouse!
A keynote piece was a straight, black cotton knit skirt with a freefalling 'duppatta' or 'pallu' ruched into the side seam, and then draped over the shoulder.