WITH THE fashion fraternity enjoying its own version of India shining, most of the designers are trying to create a happy look with emphasis on Indian crafts. Rohit Bal is soothing the male ego with his Bird of Paradise collection and Raghavendra Rathore is presenting a transient collection keeping in mind the impending summer as well. However, there are a few like Nikhil and Shantanu swayed by the sorrow of Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ.
USP: Plays a different ball game.
Look out for red, slim fit pants without pleats for men and body-tight shirts. Reason, increase in figure consciousness. Using a lot of khadi by making it colour fast.
USP: Realistic with a dash of royalty.
Perhaps the only designer who is showing both the summer and winter collections. Voluminous skirts, tapered skirts with slits matched with boots, linen bandhgalas in the form of knee-length shirts for women and embroidered stripes for men.
Trousers will remain slim and without pleats. Reason, shoes are demanding more attention.
USP: Bold out.
Fascination with short is over. Knee-length skirts with drapes in metallic and grey shades with lots of embellishments. Watch out for showstopper's entry into the men's world with coats and jackets.
USP: Style Guru turns spicy.
A citrus look with sharp tones of lime, cobalt blue, orange and fuchsia pink. Lightweight fabrics. Short skirts cut on the bias with shortest one measured at 14inches matched with embroidered belts, A-line skirts with textual embroidery, stylised tunics with cowl necks and handkerchief and bell sleeves.
USP: swings between the bizarre and the brilliant.
Emphasis on metallic gold, ivory, clove green, aubergine and cocoa brown. Kaftan dresses, poncho blouses, peplum skirts. Lots of prints, use of dori work and satin stitch embroidery.
USP: Funk with spunk.
Look out for faux leather and suede jackets with fur collars and lapels. Skirts with mock suede and fur patches. Lycra trousers with leather bustiers.
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