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Victorian secrets by Ranna Gill

The designer has also bagged buyers for her IFW collection, reveals Sidhi Chadha.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 19:51 IST
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Polka dotted skirts, crochet, satin empire cut dresses, front open jackets with in-built shirts—all these sweet little somethings beautifully collate Ranna Gills’s 2006 collection at the India Fashion Week.

The show rolled as porcelain figured Shivani Kapur walked the red carpet wearing a blood red creation in crochet and georgette.

Ranna fondly calls Shivani ‘Elizabeth—which also happened to be the concept of the designer’s line.


Wearability: 9

Buzz: 8

Late-o-metre: 15 minutes

Curio: 7.5


Polka dotted line
"I love polka dots,” says Ranna. And one could see a variety of them.

Satin polka dotted skirts—both long and short—pencil dresses with satin belts around the waist and even corsets with red and white polka dots looked cute.

Next on ramp was a sequence of flowing dresses with empire lines in soothing paisley prints.

According to Ranna, empire lines will rule the season. To add a formal touch to the dress were chunks of multi-coloured stonework on the neckline and midriff.

Ramp in red
The colour that dominated Ranna’s collection was undoubtedly red and it wasn’t over done at all. Instead, it looked feminine, seductive and sharp.

Some of the white coloured knee length skirts had thick deep red embroidery. A very rich European look was the underline theme for most of the ensembles.

The silhouette was entirely western with skirts, shirts, capes, broad and noodle strap tops. Frog-collared waist-length jackets were also seen.

Front open jackets with a big brooch in the centre looked sexy, while others had a structured look with 4-5 slits going up till the waist.

Check and mate
Ranna’s next line was dedicated to creations in check pattern, that included dresses, micro skirts and loose shirts.

Ranna’s ‘Elizabeth’ line is entirely prêt. It seemed to have pretty much all the silhouettes that a woman’s wardrobe must have. Ruffled and empire tops, halter dresses, pegged skirts had the very Edwardian air about them.

The trouser line was also unique. Like Linen pants with lace and crochet on the outer sides from top to bottom looked distinctive. The designer seemed to have used her creativity while doing this line.

Ranna accessorised her line with brooches, ruffled collars, long pearl necklace, wedge sandals with stone embedded on them, and crystal sandals—all accentuating the Elizabethan look.

Over all, the line was quite sexy and wearable. And what more, Ranna has already bagged some deals with international buyers.

Some prominent names include--Mumbai Se (Singapore, Jakarta, Dubai); Tsum from Moscow, Saraa from Turkey, Isabell from Germany, Zinia from Kuwait, LAS Boutique from S Arabia and Kerzner from the Bahamas.

First Published: Apr 09, 2006 12:37 IST