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'Too old to be funky' Ritu's class act

Total respect! Ritu Kumar, most revered doyenne of the Indian fashion industry, does it yet again. She lays to rest the myth that classic and contemporary cannot exist side by side.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2003 14:12 IST
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Total respect! Ritu Kumar, most revered doyenne of the Indian fashion industry, does it yet again. She lays to rest the myth that classic and contemporary cannot exist side by side.

The collection had Ritu stamped all over it, but somehow it was fresh exciting and new. How does she do it? Well, she says it comes from the heart, that's how.

Ritu claims she's too old to be funky, that she just designs what she likes regardless of trends, regardless of markets. Lucky then that she's been at the top of the tree for so many years.

Of course, that ethos makes it easier to maintain her design identity. So yes, there were her signature prints, but they were there on simple, contemporary silhouettes. Skirts were dhoti wraps, pants were mostly cut offs, tops were slinky, often printed with very stylised Hindu iconography, and often sequinned.

Her colours were hot and fiery in fact the first element of the show was redolent of Andalucian passion, choreographed to a flamenco beat. This is true global fusion: Ritu coordinated sarong wraps over cargo pants in Indian colours over dramatic. We then travelled to the glacial north with a cool collection of slimline white western coordinates. Oh but we stopped by some Mongol tribesmen on the way, for some delicious black and red ensembles.

The finale was the Ritu Kumar traditional bridal line: sensual saris in net that hugged the figure and shimmered with delicate appliquéd Banarsi buttis, and sumptuous ghagra cholis in sophisticated dusty colours.

First Published: Jul 20, 2003 14:12 IST