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Itís a wrap

25 April 2011

With Indian designer Rajesh Pratap Singh presenting the grand finale set, this seasonís Dubai Fashion Week drew to a close. We bring you the highlights from the last day of shows where traditional garb dominated the runway

Parul Chopra and Shriya 

SILK GOWNS, SHORT dresses, saris and salwar kameezes were on offer as designers Parul Chopra and Shriya displayed their ‘Spontaenia’ collection. The 18-piece set with its royal colours and metallic embroidery was aimed at comprising a wardrobe ‘fit for a queen’.

Some of the collection’s highlights were a short gold halter-top, which was accompanied by a skirt with vertical bands of purple shades replete with gold embroidery. A sari with an elaborately embroidered ‘pallu’ (end sash) featuring a peacock amongst flowers and ending in peacock feather appliqués, also won audience appreciation.

The bridal outfits in the line featured heavily encrusted lehenga-cholis combined with veils of burnt Sienna orange, thus moving away from the conventional red seen on the Indian bride. And their innovative use of colours certainly garnered aprroval from fashionistas seated in the hall. 

Hanayen

WITH THE CLASSIC black abaya at its core, geometric patterns in bright colours were seen along necklines of the Hanayen abayas, while the waists and sleeves were layered on coloured silk capes. Pullover abayas with pleated detailing were followed by patterned voluminous single-sleeved creations.

Bands of patterned silk ran down the sides of the abaya, draped to give the outfit an asymmetrical fall. Turbans in matching patterns adorned the heads of the models as they sashayed down the ramp in abayas with geometric patterns, floral appliqués and sequinned bodices.

Large baubles in concentric circles adorned necklines and sleeves in a unique twist as a majestic high collar in ruffled chocolate was worn over a simple black tunic. A layered outfit alternated black crepe with patterned fabric as a sheer black shirt was paired with vibrantly patterned orange harem pants. An outfit with a silver lace border followed a dolman-sleeved outfit with floral appliqués.

Aartivijay Gupta

AARTIVIJAY GUPTA’S LATEST collection features immaculate cuts and intricate embroidery on outfits, inspired by the elegant Indian silhouette. Nude dresses with embroidered necklines followed sheer white tunics worn over gold trousers while outfits with delicate zardosi work were paired with gold-bordered dupattas.

Salwars were paired with a high-collared short pink kameez and a draped yellow tunic with bunched floral formations along the back complemented by coordinated sashes. Anarkali-style tunics, with empire-waists and flared skirts in coral, green and white were trimmed with bands of velvet in complementary colours. 

Rajesh Pratap Singh

SHOWING TO A packed house, bursting at its seams with people eager to view Rajesh Pratap Singh’s latest offerings, the fashion week finale opened with three stiff translucent printed outfits offering glimpses of the female silhouette within. Renowned for his use of de-structured cuts and sleek finishing, the cocoon-inspired dresses with dropped shoulders and tapering hemlines were carefully structured to stay away from the body.

The sombre show saw black dominating the colour palette. Bursts of colour were seen in floral motifs. Outfits of orange and black were adorned with pixellated roses and appliqués.

Models walked the ramp in outfits of metallic fabric, silk georgettes, leather and velvet. A metal ikat pattern, designed from scratch was seen in a number of the outfits as geometrical prints of hexagonal shapes featured heavily in the 41 creations that defined the collection. The show closed with ankle-length velvet coats in deep burgundy, navy blue and black. 

Nabrman

STRAYING AWAY FROM the conventional lexus crepe abaya material, Nabrman’s creations utilised thick winter-friendly fabrics with a geometric grid pattern. Voluminous velvet abayas were interspersed with draped silk in muted colours. The fabric also made its way into a silk abaya in the form of collars and sleeve lining.

Highlights included an abaya with an empire-waist gown and front panelling; abayas draped from the bust with bands of tulle and crepe; a sequence of abayas with frills lining the length of the creations and abayas with tiered frill trimming on sleeve ends and hemlines.

Soft black frills made their way down the length of outfits as they also appeared as trimmings on sleeve ends and sweeping hemlines. The abayas saw subtle colour infusions as floral attaches on the sleeves and hems in olive, lilac and soft pink. 

Rajesh Pratap Singh

SHOWING TO A packed house, bursting at its seams with people eager to view Rajesh Pratap Singh’s latest offerings, the fashion week finale opened with three stiff translucent printed outfits offering glimpses of the female silhouette within. Renowned for his use of de-structured cuts and sleek finishing, the cocoon-inspired dresses with dropped shoulders and tapering hemlines were carefully structured to stay away from the body.

The sombre show saw black dominating the colour palette. Bursts of colour were seen in floral motifs. Outfits of orange and black were adorned with pixellated roses and appliqués.

Models walked the ramp in outfits of metallic fabric, silk georgettes, leather and velvet. A metal ikat pattern, designed from scratch was seen in a number of the outfits as geometrical prints of hexagonal shapes featured heavily in the 41 creations that defined the collection. The show closed with ankle-length velvet coats in deep burgundy, navy blue and black.

 
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