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Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna cut deep!

Sharp is the word that comes to mind to describe this collection. Rohit and Rahul's tailoring was crisp throughout - the prints, the laser cut leather, the pleating and stitching and the clean lines gave us a collection that was sleek, almost stark in places.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2003 20:36 IST
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Sharp is the word that comes to mind to describe this collection. Rohit and Rahul's tailoring was crisp throughout - the prints, the laser cut leather, the pleating and stitching and the clean lines gave us a collection that was sleek, almost stark in places.

There were several separate modules within the collection allowing the designers plenty of creative scope, but not at the cost of a strong sense of cohesion.

The silhouettes were slim, sleek and uncluttered. Trousers were flared and low slung, with one very refreshing exception. After so many seasons it was a pleasant surprise to see a pair of very high waisted black pants. Hemlines rose and fell at whim; the skirt shapes were pleated, flipped and, of course, asymmetrical.

Even though we saw a military theme yet again, the surface treatment on the fabrics and the use of a Japanese-based cartoon character along with the clean lines created an air of difference.

Rohit and Rahul's colour sensibility showed just what Indian designers are famous for. Although muted, it was remarkable. The military look was in darks highlighted with strong red, then muted greens and blues. It was here that the honeycomb leitmotif appeared and continued throughout the collection. The black and white range featured 60s op art prints which sat well with the clean cuts.

One of the most interesting modules was the faux leather. The fabric was appliquéd, cut piped with pleasing precision, the cut were superb.

This was an extremely wearable, commercial collection.

First Published: Jul 18, 2003 20:36 IST