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Kiran Uttam Ghosh goes 'tribal sexy'

An excellent start to day 3 of IFW from Kiran and Lina. Kiran's showed how to contemporise beautiful Indian textiles full of colour and life by setting them on wearable modern silhouettes. The mood was exotic, tribal, funky?and sexy!

india Updated: Jul 20, 2003 18:52 IST
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An excellent start to day 3 of IFW from Kiran and Lina. Kiran's showed how to contemporise beautiful Indian textiles full of colour and life by setting them on wearable modern silhouettes. The mood was exotic, tribal, funky…and sexy!

The first element of the collection featured brilliant tribal weaves in orange, fuschia, wine, and rust from the North East against a black ground. Silhouettes were generally slim and long: lungis with t-shirts, waistcoats, wrap tops and shirts.

Then the collection swung abruptly away from the ethic gypsy look with a black crochet long skirt, then some very sexy trousers in the same black crochet. Next to a sophisticated, cool cream two-piece of crochet trousers and organza top.

Back to an ethnic influenced line in crinkle georgette with brocade bodices. Kiran called them kurtas, but styled them for the ramp as mini dresses. They were hot. A must for any cellulite free legs! In this range we also saw some beautiful trousers in brilliant jewel colours with brocade bands at the knee, gathered and flaring from there in brilliant georgette.

As a welcome relief from the same silhouettes we've been seeing over the last few days, we got some great poncho cut evening tops from Kiran before going into her signature line finale of sexily sophisticated pleats. From the first piece down the ramp - a figure hugging long black sizzler with a brocade shrug, to the final showstopper: a grey lungi with drape top, this was classic Kiran Ghosh.

As always, Kiran's collection was immaculately styled with her unique accessory line of whacky bags, belts, ghungroos and flowery malas.

Lina's wearable prêt has a lot of zing

As we'd expect from Lina, we saw a beautifully executed, totally wearable prêt line, which for all its commerciality lost none of its zing. There were wow factors all through to keep us happily attentive, and hopefully to keep the buyers spending.

The first element was a collection of soft off-white creased voile over sand leheriya layered, inset, or as appliquéd flowers that would look equally at home in a balmy Goan beach bar or a Mediterranean taverna. Silhouettes were floaty and western/fusion.

The sandy element then sigued into a more sophisticated look teaming with turquoise for a sleaker line of western separates perfectly embellished with stones and motifs. The belts in particular looked great.

Then came a denim line: bleached, worn and distressed jeans teamed with a range of pastel tops highlighted with ribbons, sequins and fraying. Lina's finale was very soft feminine range of dusty ombre pastel trousers and long skirts teamed with softly coloured brocade shirts, camis and kurtis. This lady clearly knows where she's at.

A very successful collection that will sell and sell.

First Published: Jul 20, 2003 18:52 IST