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Sex goddess goes to war

The problem with Aki's shows is that we always expect to be knocked out. The good thing about Aki's shows is that we always are. And this was no exception.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2003 13:17 IST
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The problem with Aki's shows is that we always expect to be knocked out. The good thing about Aki's shows is that we always are. And this was no exception.

His innovation never fails to amaze, whether it's his cutting, draping, surface techniques, his willingness to push the barriers, or the sheer unconstrained energy of his work. He's an uber stylist, so however wild they may appear on the runway his clothes are eminently wearable. Aki claims the great Rei Kawakubo and Yamamoto as great influences on his work. It shows in his skillful draping and his refusal to be bound by convention.

We saw many contemporary motifs as in the previous show, but Aki does it with a twist that few could pull off. Who else would show football shorts in sari fabric, or chain mail and bondage with crochet?

He showed us camouflage combat gear, but before you yawn, this was like you've never seen it before. There were bondage details, which looked, stylish and humorous but never vulgar. You'd think too, we'd had the Orient up to the back teeth, but Aki took Chinese brocades, Kimono cuts in a different direction. A high point of this stunning show was the button detailed parachute silk collection: a trench coat, a deep aubergine and a brown skirt, a pair of grey pants.

A huge success!

First Published: Jul 18, 2003 20:36 IST