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STYLE NOW A model in a Rehane outfit
STYLE NOW A model in a Rehane outfit

Fashion shows its edgy face as designer Rehane reinvents herself with a new line for Wills India Fashion Week

An ink blue gown made with 60 meters of organza and embellished with velvet ribbon work, woollen chords and massive crystal units. Seems like a costume. But that's the outcome of designer Rehane's latest stylistic whimBreaking away from her signature candyfloss colours, the designer takes a de tour to reinvent herself in a new line for the Wills India Fashion Week (March 21 to 25). "Yes, the candyfloss romance is over. I was fed up of lollipop red, bubblegum pink and candy blue. The pretty woman doesn't interest me any more. The image is saturated. It's time for glamour to get more edgy. I was visualizing Marilyn Monroe in an art film," smiles the designer, who is participating in the Fashion Week for the fourth time. The edgy-ness shows not just in the black-blue-burgandy line conjured up in satin, brocade, net and georgette, but also in the specially commissioned photographs for the Fashion Week. While one shows a model falling off the chair, the other shows her rolling down the staircase with blood-smeared walls as the backdrop."For me, the collection is an outcome of personal travails and challenges. I've never questioned what has happened to me because I believe personal growth comes through challenges. I channeled what ever I was going through to come up with a collection like this. Ultimately, fashion is art, and art gets autobiographical at times," says the designer gazing contemplatively at her collection. The collection of skirts, neo-churi kurtas, cropped tops that hit at the waist and absolutely skinny trousers reflect a dark, introspective mood, a significant departure from her shimmering, colourful previous lines. If you've noticed some Gothic touches, you can't miss the Mid-East sensibility too.Talk about wear-ability, and she replies with seriousness, "Practicality is the last thing I had in my mind when I conceived this line. It's about reaching a new creative destination. So the focus was primarily on art, not wear-ability. But hey, hang on, after the Week, you'll see a watered-down, mainstream version of this runway lineT. KRITHIKA REDDY




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