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Payal's punk play lacks punch

"It's funky club wear for the young at heart," said Payal Jain while describing her debut pret collection, Ado. Sadly it ended up being a miss-match of sundry influences: Goth underground meets Beverly Hills meets biker chicks...with shades of S&M thrown in for good measure.
PTI | By Sunanda Kumar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2004 10:41 PM IST

"It's funky club wear for the young at heart," said Payal Jain while describing her debut prêt collection, Ado. Sadly it ended up being a miss-match of sundry influences: Goth underground meets Beverly Hills meets biker chicks...with shades of S&M thrown in for good measure.

She worked largely with the classic red, white and black colour combination in eclectic fabrics like Scottish tartans, mesh, tweeds, faux fur, faux leather and even caudroy, creating edgy club-wear with these fabrics by embellishing them with metal trims and accessories. Silver metal eyelets in varying sizes, zippers, buckles and studs were used to evoke memories of London's punk culture in the 1970s. Her collection was a mix of separates like pleated miniskirts, pants, bomber jackets, boiler suits, and bustiers. The theme was carried forth in another colour-way that used green/ black and white instead.

An unexpected turn to this line was the Eskimo inspired collection in chic whites and ivories. There was a creative use of knits like waffles, mashes and ribs with wovens, and was embellished with funky silver eyelets. Pants, one-piece tunic dresses, skirts and blouses were part of the range.

Although the collection had a very tailored and structured look that went well with the theme, it remains to be seen how much Payal's punk passion impresses her young clientele.

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