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Rajesh Pratap Singh

Dark, dingy, mysterious and spiritual. Yet terribly classy. Eveningwear at its best. Rajesh Pratap Singh did a brilliant job of combining the season's hottest colours, Red and Black, in his autumn/winter 2004-05 line for men and women.
PTI | By Sunanda Kumar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2004 10:02 PM IST

Dark, dingy, mysterious and spiritual. Yet terribly classy. Eveningwear at its best. Rajesh Pratap Singh did a brilliant job of combining the season's hottest colours, Red and Black, in his autumn/winter 2004-05 line for men and women.

Contrasting with bright fuscia and orange overcoats, he brought out the starkness and timelessness of black -- the colour of night. It was a dark, serious look created with the use of artificial leather, brocade, nets, cashmere, wool and silks. There was no fussing around with makeup or hair -- Singh simply chose to hood his models with morbid covers. Leaving one to enjoy the splendor of his creations.

Black boots with pencil heels, high waisted flowing skirts, skin hugging sheer black blouses. The look was very glam, very serious, and very formal. Beautiful cuts.

He moved on to some earthy colours, perhaps with autumn as an inspiration. Crushed skirts in gorgeous shades of the earth flirted with body-conscious knits.

The men's line was similarly subdued and classy with well-structured silhouettes for a very formal look. Quite a contrast from last year's cool and casual looks.

The music was no less mind-blowing. Violins and heart-wrenching percussion merged seamlessly with the scary/classy/somber/glam/formal look.

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