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Shobhna & Vijay invoke eternal magic

The show started with a range of soft toned ikat silks: as pants ruched to just below the knee, or flared from the knee - both teamed with kurtis in toning solid colours.

india Updated: Jul 22, 2003 17:38 IST
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The show started with a range of soft toned ikat silks: as pants ruched to just below the knee, or flared from the knee - both teamed with kurtis in toning solid colours. The general silhouette followed from there...

Women's trousers were generally flares split to the knee, with tunic / kurti tops. So no new silhouettes to report, but an interesting colour palette that moved from a graphic black on white to a more off beat combination of black / brown, crushed strawberry/ turquoise/ lovat.

The menswear palette was more neutral with creams and naturals. Shapes for the guys were trousers cropped to below the knee, churidars, or full-length straight-legged western pants. These were worn with kurtas: either long or short or with the, occasional cowboy style shirt.

Geisha skirts an Oriental line

With a name like Geisha, no surprise that the collection by designer-duo Paras and Shalini featured a very Eastern inspired feel. The silhouette may have been primarily western in the first half of the range but the embellishment shouted Orient.

The high points of the collection were some superbly cut skirts. They swayed to the ground with beautiful cut bias cut insets at the back to give a train like effect. The first we saw was white with primarily reed embroidery. Next out were a couple of strong red western ensembles heavy with gold embellishments. One was remarkable for its tapering silhouette thanks to some 80s style shoulder pads.

The beautiful skirt reappeared, this time in a brown /beige avatar. A fabulous cut!

A dramatic change then to a Courreges/ Rabanne graphic monochrome range of long, slinky, western evening gowns and a very 60s space age trouser suit. Very retro.

The sari range that followed was pure tradition even with cosets as sari blouses.