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HITCHED TO THE STITCH High fashion and smart money walked hand in hand at the show
HITCHED TO THE STITCH High fashion and smart money walked hand in hand at the show

The red carpet event at The Leela Palace was a happy marriage of cash and couture

It had to happen sometime - bringing cash and couture together that is, totally doing away with obfuscations and such obscuring devices. The Red Carpet at The Leela Galleria announced the launch of Centurion Elite, a banking service from Centurion Bank with a glitzy, glamorous fashion show.Before the gorgeous Nethra Raghuraman Vidisha Pavate and Tapur Chatterji could showcase all the wonderful designer clothes for the festive season, they obediently trotted on the ramp flashing a huge (gulp!) credit card-like thing.Then there were speeches and PowerPoint presentations and popping of champagne corks, which was all but drowned out by the chatterati busy loading their plates and filling their glasses with excellent victuals - the tiramisu was to die for. Then all settled down to some serious (you gotta be kidding!) fashion - the Festive Collection from ffolio. First on the ramp was Iksenya's Woven Dreams from the self taught designer duo Seema Bagaria and Archana Kanoria. Fashion guru Prasad Bidapa who choreographed the show revealed that Iksenya translates to "deserving to be seen". The collection was an uneven mix. There were saris in blue and pink that would give one a serious case of retinal fatigue but there were also some classy ones in rust with antique brocade borders that looked very cool.

Colour and more

The ghagra cholis seemed determined to include every colour and then some but all is forgiven as it is the festive season and it is also the bridal line. And we all know that brides have that special licence to look like Christmas trees on their special day. The collection used a new fabric, silk lycra for a line of jackets, kurtas, tunics and trench coats - would love to see those trench coats at Shivaji Nagar bus stand though! Fabrics included silk, chiffon, georgette and velvet and the palette was festive - brown, rust, purple and blue.The next collection from a. myrah was in a word gorgeous and made sitting through speeches and gigantic credit cards worthwhile. From Coimbatore, the label is the brainchild of Rachael and Gopi and believes in the science of textiles. Using only natural fibres, each garment celebrates a coming together of different techniques and handiwork. Thus you have silk trousers, kurtas, stoles, short tops and skirts flaunting pin tucks, pleats, quilting and crushing teamed with traditional work like aari, chikankari and kanta. The colours were taken from precious and semi-stones - emerald, ruby and old gold - while shades of purple, blue and lavender made for a royal effect. The black, crinkled ankle length skirts with delicate embroidery on the hem teamed with jackets were dramatic. The vignettes from the big players - Rina Dhaka, Tarun Tahiliani, Raghavendra Rathore and Anamika Khanna were just that - an outfit for each designer. So you had an elegant Tahiliani creation, Anamika was boho chic as usual, Rina's flower motif echoed her style statement while Rathore's black outfit was all about old world charm and new age sophistication.Viral and Ashish Parikh's White Mughal line from their label Virtues was all detailing to the extent of being fussy. Drawing inspiration from the impact of foreign influences in 18th and 19th century India, the look was vintage Mughal. Rich brocades, linens, crepes, satins and chiffons shimmered in a haze of sequins, zardosi and antique gold paint. The autumn winter collection, Pakeeza, featured ruched trousers, bustiers, mandatory empire cut tops and lehengas in dressy options. And just when you thought you would OD on couture, we were right back to banking and crunching numbers.Oh well, it was fun as long as it lasted.MINI ANTHIKAD CHHIBBER

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