Fashion Week: Delhi Day 3

Design duo, Pankaj &Nidhi took inspiration from Polish craft for the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.  Quite a niche look hey?  The designers managed to make Polish craft look wonderfully contemporary as they zoomed their focus on embroidery pattern book images giving a digital pixelated look, even mosaic like.

There was a kaleidoscope of colours in the, mostly short body con, dresses that lit up the catwalk.  Towards the end, the looks became more difficult for ‘real’ women to pull off but you know, shows aren’t about reality!

 

Abraham & Thakore have been designing for over 20 years and have even had a sari selected by the V & A Museum that will join the fashion and textiles gallery. Their Autumn/Winter 2012 show referenced Ahmedabad and its rich history of textiles and craft.

There is no doubt that the textiles were the star of the show.  Silks and mirrors shimmered under the lights and the delicate pearl polka dot embroidery was eyecatching as were the red tones in their chosen colour palette.

Some of the dresses and separates looked like they would have been snapped up by Jackie O had she seen them and whilst these looks were glamorous and elegant, I feel the more traditional Indian designs Abraham & Thakore included were lazily thrown together in terms of both cut and design.  You can find similar designs in the shops now for a fraction of their price point.  There was no fresh contemporary twist to the traditional designs that the pair are known for.

The last spot in the evening was saved for designer Manish Malhotra – a Bollywood darling.  It was a well produced show that included menswear – dishy!   Inspired by Kashmir and dedicated to his 65 craftsmen based there (a faint whiff of Hermes) Manish stuck to traditional Indian clothing for both sexes but only for the most glamorous beautiful people.

This was my first Manish show and I thoroughly enjoyed it, however, others in the media section groaned as soon as it was over and were scathing about his lack of imagination.  Oh well!

Bubbly

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2 Comments to “Fashion Week: Delhi Day 3”

  1. I love the Pankaj polish-inspired collection – it look fabulous!

  2. I love the Abraham and Thakore dress. Great craftsmanship.

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