Subtle and classy
The new offering from Con'traditions for Diwali showcased at a youthful fashion show includes a sporty chic look for men and sleek silhouettes for women.
Photos: K. Ramesh Babu
ETHNIC CHIC: Traditional line for the festive season.
THE DIWALI line of Con'traditions presented by fashion designers Abhay Harkauli and Neha Agarwal showcased at the Durbar Hall, Taj Krishna was a confluence of traditions - Indian and Western. "It is a new collection for the festive season with an ensemble that is on par with international fashion," says Prashant Agarwal, owner Con'traditions.
For men, it was a youthful look featuring short shirts, kurta shirts, and short jackets paired up with boot cut and straight fit trousers. In line with the festive season and the winters ahead, the ensemble had the ethnic sherwanis in shades of formals to sleek suits in Chinese collars. The fabrics were cottons, linens, polynosics, leather, lurex blends, denims and mock suede in neutrals, deep tones of aqua and black. "The key look is sporty chic across the formals and ethnic line," says Abhay. Having worked with Hemant Trevedi and Aki Narula, his ensemble did reflect the unfussiness and simplicity while creating that subtle statement.
For girls it was a collection in denims, linens and suede, also featuring the international trend of animal prints in the western lines. While saris in chiffon, crepe and georgettes formed the ethnic line, there were chic Indo-westerns too.
A final-year student at NIFT who was at the Lakme India Fashion Week this year, Neha Agarwal's ensembles, especially the ethnic wear, was promising - peaches and mauves with subtle embroidery. "It is lots of crystals for the festival. The embroidery is inspired by traditional motifs coupled with western cuts," says Neha.
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The embellished saris and the `speak your mind' mens' line struck the right chords with the young clients for couture, especially with the lively do by Vivan Bhatena on the Spanish Las Ketchup for the sporty short shirts as did the ethnic wear elegantly carried by the gorgeous Yana Gupta, Sampada Inamdar and Jesse Randhawa .
With music racing from Robert Miles to Kaliyon ka chaman, anchored by the vibrant MTV VJ Sophiya, and choreographed by Prasad Bidappa, the fashion show reflected a professional note - the invitees comprised the regular clients of Con'traditions and the prospective clients for haute couture. "It was on a more serious magnitude though we brought in a hip and interactive look. The fashion shows here are maturing from the pubs to a formal stage," says Amol Bahuguna, Creative Producer, Universal Entertainment Inc., the event management company for the event.
WALK THE WALK: Jesse Randhava sports the look.
As for the forecast for the season, the show has just started one observes. "Today you have promising designers, proficient models and sensitivity in the market. Hyderabad has a potential to be the textile capital and one-stop source for Manish Malhotra and Rohit Bal - you find the weaves from Andhra Pradesh on the fashion streets in London," says Prasad Bidappa.
In the meantime, check out the new collection at Con'traditions, Somajiguda (Ph: 6581492).
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