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Valaya shocks, also delights audiences

One of India's master designers put on a show that lived up to everyone's expectation. He knows his market, and combines business savvy with craftsmanship in a way that never disappoints.

india Updated: Jul 24, 2003 17:06 IST
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One of India's master designers put on a show that lived up to everyone's expectations: beautifully embellished traditional Indian garments. He knows his market, and combines business savvy, and traditional Indian craftsmanship in a way that never disappoints his loyalfollowers.

The JJ spin on 2003 was to add touches of funky fabrics: denim or, faux fur, to shock and surprise his audience. These, of course, were only to add ramp appeal, so should not scare off JJ aficionados. On the racks they will find a glittering array of his exquisitely worked traditional Indian garments just as they always have been. This was the range that provided the final fanfare tonight.

Otherwise the models walked to funky sounds in fusion silhouettes: flared pants, straight pants, ponchos, (for guys and girls.) For the guys: western shirts, that is Wild Western shirts - with fringing an' all, a motif that featured on the women's range as well. A style note here: he showed a very interesting take on layering with trousers that fell straight and narrow to just below the knee, then emerging from the fringed hem were churidars to finish the silhouette. The fringing also appeared down the sleeves of the women's shirts. This rugged western theme was echoed by the use of corduroy, particularly on mens' jackets and denims in both ranges.

The colour palette was damped down to the ecrus, vanillas, ivories that we've been seeing as a major trend this week accompanied by the ubiquitous black.

Another collection that will undoubtedly sell and sell.

First Published: Jul 24, 2003 17:06 IST