Rathore?s sedate show

Raghuvendra's clothes border on the predictable as the designer prefers to play the muted look, finds Sidhi Chadha.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 17:34 IST

Inspired by Pakistan and India, designer Raghuvendra Rathore re-interpreted the ornamentation of his style from low geometrical designs to stylish motifs.

For men Rathore Jodhpur had a trendy fall-winter line for the retro man. Tapered pants, which are "very in" according to the designer, belted jackets with double pockets were part of the collection. Models Muzamil, Upen, Kanwal were some of the male models, who displayed Rathore's creations.

While Upen looked cool in denim shirt and pants, Muzamil carried off the white dhoti and kurta with Nehru jacket quite well.

Linen trousers with embroidered shirts were also part of the line. On being questioned whether the fabrics were imported, the designer clarified: "The materials used are very much made in India. I believe in creating stuff rather than borrowing".


Wearability: 9

Buzz: 7

Late-metre: 10 minutes

Price range: 17,000 onwards but shirt's range starts from Rs 1050 onwards

The show also saw an elevated sense of style for women's wear that was clean and chic. Cop stylized jackets for females with minimal sequins; sexy ankle length skin hugging dresses and lean pants in silk looked elegant. The clothes had a metallic sheen to them because of the gold imprint on trousers and shirts that gave it a glamorous look. The well-fitting outfits depicted good workmanship.

Similar to the Rathore's own personality was the look and feel of his clothes—very minimalist, yet with an old world charm fused with modern sophistication.
The designer believes in providing comfort to the wearer. "I don't believe in following. If others emphasise on embellishments, that doesn't mean I need to do the same. I think we have to be in the system to know what people want from us," explains Rathore.

The designer also seemed a little inspired by the bygone era and the Elizabethan hairdos portrayed as much.

The colour palette had golden, mint green (which will rule according to Rathore), blue, red and beige. Fabrics used were silk, linen, wool and flowing material like satin.

But despite its wear ability quotient, Rathore's collection was predictable. There was little experimentation as he played safe by opting for a muted look like always!

First Published: Apr 06, 2006 12:36 IST