Designer duo play up the Lucknowi andaaz, writes Sidhi Chadha.india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 17:27 IST
"My inspiration is my wife. Both of us working together gives me strength." These words by acknowledged designer Muzaffar Ali rolled the ball for the second last show on day two of the Fashion Week in the Capital.
The show started with a little clipping of Muzaffar Ali making a design sketch in black, gold and silver.
First half of the collection encompassed separates like crisp white and chikan kari kurtis, both long and short. Lucknowi work is the specialty of Kotwara (Meera-Muzaffar'label) and they exploited it to the fullest.
While white angrakha kurtas looked pristine, hand embroidered black ones seemed so demure. The upper wear was worn over boot legged jeans in blue that provided a fusion look to the silhouettes.
Buzz: The house was packed, so 9.5
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Kurtis – both long and short - were embellished with muqaish, kundan, gold and silver gota.
Next on ramp were shararas worn with lengthy front open gowns in tissue, organza, brocade and cotton. Saris, corsets, halter necks, backless cholis added to the fervour.
Most tweeds had hand painted animal prints and some trench coats had self-embroidery on them. Clean cuts, fine finishing depicted an experienced work of art.
Second half of the collection had crimpled ghaghras, churidar suits, jama and brocade jackets. High ankle length pants with kurtas seemed to be the in thing, as many separates were paired with straight trousers. One could also see the return of patiala salwars.
The colours flowed from subtle to breezy. From beige to golden to white and from black to bronze to peaches, the duo's line was opulent.
Deepika Padukone, Joey Mathews, Tapur and others scorched the runway in the duo's creations.
Accessories: Clutch bags, big belts, leafy earrings.