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Malini, Ranna show familiar silhouettes

We got what we expected from Malini - hype, humour, gloss, and glitz all wrapped up in a major production number.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2003 23:04 IST

We got what we expected from Malini - hype, humour, gloss, and glitz all wrapped up in a major production number.

With western silhouettes incorporating plenty of stylized design motifs Malini took a swipe at her fellow Sindhis with slogan T-shirts and a jokey soundtrack. In amongst it all were a few saris and dogri style pants.

As yesterday, there were all the familiar silhouettes and leitmotifs that have dominated IFW so far: handkerchief, and asymmetrical hems, flared, low slung pants, spaghetti straps layering bondage, punk, and combat camouflage, along with the mirror work, and paisley motifs there was a good colour palette of dusty pinks running through to wines, which led into oranges, then khaki.Black however was the colour super power glitzed up in true Sindhi fashion with lots of sparkles.

Ranna Gill collection

As Malini's soundtrack faded and Ranna's powered up you could have been forgiven for thinking Ranna and Malini were a design duo, not totally separate entities. Ranna's show began with punky silhouettes in sombre black.

However as her show progressed a very different feel began to emerge. The collection seemed to gain momentum and identity as the show rolled out. The palette was mainly monochromatic, and although again there was little that was startlingly new in terms of silhouette or theme, some of the details in Ranna's collection was enchanting and the collection was innovatively styled.

The result was an Indo-Oriental feel, with some delicious China inspired brocades and Japanese Obi style corsets.

Especially beautiful were three tops: the first in an ethereal off white chiffon ruched at the upper arm, then a very glam 80's backless drape top in white georgette with bold black beading a the throat, and finally another cream dream that fell in soft fronds from the shoulder. The showstopper was a white cotton kurta belted under the bust with a slivery spangled belted long white cotton tiered skirt - the first different silhouette in IFW so far.

First Published: Jul 19, 2003 23:04 IST