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Ranna sifts through sands of time

Moroccan and Egyptian motifs ruled Ranna Gill's wild and animalistic collection for the India Fashion Week. The designer revisited the overt opulence and decadent lifestyles of these cultures and managed to conjure up images of exotic belly dancers and wild nights in Casablanca.
PTI | By Sunanda Kumar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2004 02:42 PM IST

Moroccan and Egyptian motifs ruled Ranna Gill's wild and animalistic collection for the India Fashion Week. The designer revisited the overt opulence and decadent lifestyles of these cultures and managed to conjure up images of exotic belly dancers and wild nights in Casablanca.

Flowing kaftans, beaded bustiers and voluminous skirts prowled the ramp in golden hues. Lots of beads, chandelier earrings and gold dust on dark-hued skin gave the collection a very erotic and glamorous feel.

The ultra sexy ensembles were a heady mix of the traditional with the contemporary, the fitted with the easy flowing, and earth tones with shiny gold and silver metallics. Gill crafted kaftans, tunics, ponchos, kurtas with deep necklines, cut-aways, endless side slits and teamed them with modern silhouettes in form of slim pants, tiny minis, slim skirts. Made of georgettes, crepes and satins, the fabrics were exuberantly embellished with sand blasted earthy prints, vibrant appliqués, and bold dori-work and satin stitched embroideries, lapis lazuli and sparkling metal sequins.

Corsets and knee-length skirts decorated with the same Moroccan motifs gave a very modern twist to the ethnic-wear. Chunky silver bracelets lent an Indian charm to Ranna's line.

The kurti saw a new avatar in a slinkier form. Sleeves that were split up and then tied with delicate strings, beaded work on the neck, and worn tucked behind huge African-influenced belts.

Speaking about her work, the designer said she had used belts and scarves to hold the separates together.

Ranna showed both men's and women's wear, with men being as magnificently togged up as the women in crinkled pajamas, kaftans, and kurtas. Mumbai hunk Upen Patel seemed to be the designer's favourite and most women in the audience would have certainly lauded her choice!

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