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Ritu fails to sizzle

The queen of wedding couture fails to impress at the IFW, says Monalisa Sengupta.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 17:25 IST

Ritu Kumar, the queen of wedding couture presented her prêt collection at the India Fashion Week today. And to meet the prêt price range, the designer stayed away from her trademark heavy embellishments.

Agrees the designer: “ It was a conscious choice. I had to try hard to make sure my collection matched the required price category for the label Ritu Kumar. That is one reason you don’t see too many sarees.”

But perhaps Ritu set her limits a little to narrow, because her collection had little new to offer.

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Sure the fashion diva did experiment with creams and crochet in her opening line - something that the designer herself has not attempted before - but one thing has been seen everywhere for ages. Even the fashion streets of Mumbai and Delhi have their share of crochet and crinkled mulmul clothes.

Though designer Malini Ramani seemed floored by the creams. “Her crochet work is one line that I will definitely buy,” she says. And to Ritu’s credit, her waist belt bags and crochet-work on boring tennis-shoes did show the lady’s creative flair.

What followed next on the ramp were black ensembles with muqaish work and light embroidery, along with fiery orange-rust prints. The fabric was trademark Ritu—crinkled chiffons.

And in case you though embroidered jeans were passé, well Ritu Kumar has just brought them back, with bigger, bolder floral embroidery. These denims were teamed with knit tops in coordinated embroidery.

Ritu wrapped up her show with three quarter length over jackets, again with a lot of embroidery, teamed with pallazo like pants in dull brown.

Interestingly, Ritu presented a summer collection, while WLIFW claims to showcase an Autumn winter range. "We barely have two months of winters, and if you go down south there is hardly any winter season. So I preffered to show a summer range instead,” the lady defends.

Ritu may have a point here, we wonder why WLIFW does not seem to follow the same argument!

First Published: Apr 06, 2006 19:19 IST