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A weekend of Fashion

The fourth edition of ABIL Pune Fashion Week 2013 was an unusual collection where new and established designers showcased collections for this season. While new designers made their stamp, the show saw established designers recreate their magic. Here is what happened…

The fourth edition of ABIL Pune Fashion Week 2013 which hit the city from November 8-10, was an unusual mix of wearable collections to something eclectic and trends for this season. This time, it was a good balance of new and recognised names. Digital prints and lace were the things to look out for this season, evident from what was seen at the collections.
_DSC3091 - CopyDay 1 started with Vaishali S who showcased her traditional collection for the Pune-based multi-designer store Rudraksh. Her collection was traditional meets contemporary, with materials like Chanderi and Paithani used. Shweta Kapoor also showcased for Rudraksh and her label 431-88 brought forth the theme of surgery. She described her collection as luxury sportswear where luxury feel mixes with street style. It was her Autumn-Winter Collection for the woman with a strong sense of self. The dominant factors were wool, acrylic, leather and crepe with colours like grey, brown black and later bright colours.
Shipra Malhotra‘s collection was inspired from the ocean with a lot of corals, pinks and so on, found on the ocean floor. The use of zardozi work could be seen, but the collection was, at best, decent. Swati Vijaivargi came with her textiles background and her eclectic use of Shibori techniques in saris and western wear was wonderful. She was inspired by the Nathadwara temples. Shivan & Narresh came with their naïve inspired cruise collection while Paras & Shalini of Geisha Designs also came with their sea inspired work which had flowy drapes, ballerina skirts and so on. One could see pastels and bold colours work in tandem and a huge use of digital print mixed with lace and even applique work.
Designers-Riddhi-SiddhiDay 2 began with Riddhi Siddhi presenting structured designs combined with classy outfit, along with the use of bright colours. Mona Shroff showcased her classic vintage jewellery which spoke of the past eras and the future. Designer Nivedita Saboo was her showstopper. Delhi-based designer Nitya Bajaj was cheered for her interesting collection called Resurrect where womanhood was celebrated. Romanticism and baroque elements could be found with floral works, chikan work, digital prints, lace. The look was minimalistic and the colour ranged from dull gold to red, metallic and so on.
Designer Nachiket Barve - CopyDesigner Nachiket Barve was the man of the day with his collection Fossil for Rudraksh. The pre-historic age was his inspiration and one could see modern silhouettes like crop tops, palazzo pants and so on combined with works like embroidery and so on. Fabrics like silk, Chanderi, Crepe and so on had motifs like dragonflys were paired with colours like gre, beige, and warmer colours. Nivedita Saboo was the last but not the least big show of the day. Her collection called Roman Rendezvous was the outcome of her travel to Rome and Vatican City – art and architecture found there. So you had structured silhouettes combined with drapes, baroque details, clever use of block print and hand embroidery and a good mix of east and west. The colours ranged with white, pearled ivory, grey to bright colours like gold, red, coppery rust and darker colours like angel blue and twilight blue. Actors Vivek Oberoi and Jacqueline Fernandez were her showstoppers.
_DSC3703 - CopyDay 3, the final day started with Mayank and Shraddha‘s collection Autumn in Winter where the colours of the fall like navy, black, oxblood and so on were combined with materials like tussar silk, leather and so on. The result were comfort flowy clothes and appealing to the Bohemian in you. Next came Dinesh Malkani whose collection had a good mix of Indian and western. Indian embroidery and contemporary motifs were added to Indian wears like Anarkalis, ghagra-cholis while the contemporary had Victorian motifs. The use of colours like greens, purple, blue, gold and all things bright brought in much applause. Poonam Pandey was the show-stopper. Bangalore-based designer Raj Shroff came with his collection titled Ravage which was all about the new global Indian. The show ended with an edgy collection by Falguni and Shane Peacock whose digital prints dresses, pants, skirts, jackets, jumpsuits, swimwear and so on had hints of metal and floral. Colours consisted of shades of blue, oranges, black, pinks – a riot indeed.
The fourth season of the ABIL Pune Fashion Week 2013 got Puneites to see a lot of collection which they could think of buying rather than just see on the ramp. The only cringe-worthy thing was late start for shows and endless waiting.
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