Personal style check

TWO TONES: Maroon and blue ruled at Crimson's fashion show.  

Crimson's line of clothing and accessories can't be bought off the hangers. A fashion stylist will record your measurements, the occasion and colour preference. You will get advice, choices, and after your nod, your outfit. Which means, what you walk out with is, perhaps, just the only piece around.

Watching Crimson's owner-cum-stylist Geetha Solaraj's creations at the Avatar-in-Africa-themed fashion show during the store's launch at Adyar, you wanted to throw yourself at the stylist's hands. Modelled to Lavanya Iyer's choreography, the creations were temptations in chiffon with sparkling embellishment.

There were short dresses — some gathered at the shoulder, some off-shoulder, others with short sleeves; layered and plain skirts, tops with high and the now-preferred flared and floppy collars, thick with embroidery; two-piece dresses; trousers with a chest-band for a top; lovely, flared three-fourth pants with a band of zari to set them off; evening dresses with an embroidered front patch.

One for every occasion

There was something for every formal outing. And, the two-tone chiffon was a surprise — created by a satin underlay in contrasting colour. All of them with neat lines and a neater fall.

The highlight was the unusual embroidery. The African motifs stood out with beads, thread and wood, muted to match maroon and blue. You saw them in the high / wide collars, in belts, in high-chest patches.

It was a regular combination — plain dress with the strategic decoration, but done with an aesthetic eye. When an African couple walked down the narrow corridor in show-stoppers, it all fell into place. The woman wore a long dress with a flowing, string-attached stole and wooden bead-and-thread work around the neck.

The décor had tribal-style artefacts and looked a tad like a forest.

Models in Alibaba or straight leggings and matching tops with zardosi work sashayed with serial lights strapped to arms and fingers. Dancers in white tights and black tops and symbolic leaves in white around the waist went acrobatic, holding a stick with anklet bells. Hairdos included feathers. The bright eye make-up augmented the effect.

Back to Crimson and Geetha now. “I could take you shopping on an hourly-basis,” says Geetha. “I'll revamp your wardrobe, suggest sari-jewellery combos, and make a new you!”

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