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Old is gold for Ashima and Leena Singh

PTI | Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi
May 03, 2004 08:53 PM IST

Ancient cultures from Central Asia, medieval Europe and India were the inspiration for Ashima - Leena's diffusion line, whose simple shapes formed an ideal canvas for the rich and abundant surface ornamentation.

Ancient cultures from Central Asia, medieval Europe and India were the inspiration for Ashima - Leena's diffusion line, whose simple shapes formed an ideal canvas for the rich and abundant  surface ornamentation.

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The first line reflecting Egyptian influences appeared in the form of simple separates of long skirts, light tops, tunics and pajamas in asymmetrically patched panels of fine sand and black stripes. The necklines were elaborately embellished with beads and embroideries in lapis lazuli, cornelian, and jade colours to give the impression of the traditional Egyptian neckpieces. Lotus flowers were embroidered along the hems of the pajamas and on the stoles. 

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Dramatic winter looks were created by the vintage European line, in warm colours of red, maroon, black and browns. Red devore pants were paired with kurtis bearing brown print appliqués and red velvet patches. Textured silk tweeds were used to create draped skirts, and accessorized with faux fur wraps.

The Mughal line in deep reds and antique brocade patchwork was joyous and festive. Tiered long and short gathered skirts, sarees with elaborate borders and pallas, and kurtis-palazzo pant ensembles were predominant. The ogive-patterned prints on the turquoise, black and red coloured crepe fitted kurtas were ideal for eveningwear. Overworked with embroidery and sequin work, it was elegant in its expression.

The finale was in classic red ad black crepes, with geometric patterned embellishment in form of triangular suede appliqués, mirrors and silver coloured sequin work. The long jackets and flared skirts were especially becoming. Mature classics, the essence of Ashima - Leena's collection.

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