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Anjali Kirpalani| Posted On: 03 Dec 2012

Resort Week came to a close on Saturday night. The day began with shows by Fatima Khan, Shouger Merchant Doshi and Shruti Sancheti.


This was followed by Babita Malkani's "Neo-Pop Colour Tripping". The bright neons - pink, green, orange and blue were used in dramatic contrasts with geometrics and bizarre patterns as they created fun wear. Jumpsuits, palazzos, kaftans and blousons floated down the catwalk in fluid georgettes, crepes, chiffons, with hints of crochet.


Embellishments were lavish with opaque neon sequins and intricate embroidery along with funky artwork that created boho-glam excitement. Shading and batik was used to create the correct resort story. Offering the many versions of kaftans, tunics and maxis, Babita showed a high octane look to a wildly applauding audience.


Right from the shaded pink cover for neon green bikini under it, the mood of the show moved into top gear with a batik loop hemline sheath, layered long trail over a will-powered mini and pink harem jumpsuit. The white/orange ombré batwing poncho, the georgette layered one-piece pant suit and the dhoti hem maxi in brown/orange were eye catchers.


Prints appeared in unusual places on hemlines, fronts of garments sides and at times all over the ensembles. The flared sheer check trousers, the sarong dress, the off-shoulder shaded tunic,  the wrap around trousers, the multi coloured sequinned sheath  and colour blocked halter chiffon beach cover were all ideal for a great resort holiday.


The solitary multi-hued batik print chiffon sari with a sexy bikini choli was a stylish ethnic offering for ladies who still want to follow the traditional route, but with a contemporary twist in what they wear on their holidays.


It was a glamorous psychedelic experience created by Babita Malkani that thrilled the audience as the perky models danced down the ramp. The show was styled well too with models sporting geek-chic glasses and footwear with pops on neon. This was certainly one of the best shows of the day, and indeed one of the best shows of the entire fashion week.


Next up was the Welspun show.


This was followed by another highly anticipated show; that by Narendra Kumar Ahmed.


Unlike Babita's collection, Narendra's collection was all about understated glamour.

 
“Urban Resort” had fluid, flowing yet well-constructed silhouettes in soft sheer organza, georgette, satin, cotton poplin and habutai silk.


For further drama he played with a colour palette that moved from canary yellow to mercury blue, fuchsia, pink, bright green along with gentle neutrals.


The relaxed silhouettes gave the kaftans, wide legged pants, jumpsuits, skirts, shifts and tops with clever colour blocking a perfect balance in resort styling. Adding the central butterfly for prints and embroidery, Narendra ensured that his “Urban Resort” line will cater to the needs of the dawn to dusk wearer on a holiday.


Starting the show with the yellow/blue story and large doses of the butterfly motifs in print and embroidery, Narendra showed minis with the net yoke, tents with pleats, printed chiffon pants, grey shirt and embroidered butterfly motifs, lime sack with pleats and embellished sleeves. Swimsuits were very much there, along with cute blue/yellow shaded minis, flowing pants, blouses with cutwork sleeves and chiffon jumpsuits.


The pink section offered shaded shorts, separates, shifts, sacks and smocks along with flowing lounge trousers.


Orange was a colour that Narendra added for his sheath with black appliqué work and draped dress, while the pink/green patchwork creation made a stylish impact.


Pant suits in mono colours like grey, orange and peach were easy on the eye. The solitary green bubble skirt and the interesting use of net over printed fabrics for dresses, blouses and skirts as well as the 3D butterflies on the garments and the sleeves of the lime panelled gown was a striking end to the show.


The collection was well-tailored and impeccably finished.


The finale was by talented designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock.


The show opened with Paris Hilton walking the ramp in a glittering gold gown.


For the ultimate in luxury cruise wear, Falguni and Shane Peacock proved they are masters of the genre as their “Luxury Cruise 2013” collection left the audience asking for more.


Starting the fabulous collection was Nicole Huber, Miss Paraguay 2011 in a white mini embellished with feathers at the hemline.


Soon stunning and absolutely gorgeous lounge wear that floated down the ramp was a feast for the eyes. Flowing kaftans, striking sexy body suits, swirling chiffon maxis and figure contouring dresses had that distinct global appeal that the pair is known for.


A burst of colours dazzled as green, blue, orange, yellow and peach hypnotised lovers of stylish fashion. The pair used their signature embellishments like feathers, sequins and prints to highlight the sheer chiffons and nets while Lycra created seductive magic for the ensembles.


One piece swimwear with chiffon long hoody, a melangé of prints for the kaftans and bikini covers, long belted skirts, asymmetric covers, tiny shorts, gowns in shades of aqua colours here was a kaleidoscope of fashion. Jersey long sleeve play suits, one-shoulder micro minis, the list was endless with this exciting cruise line.


Moving away from the heavily printed story, the pair had solids like grey, turquoise and fuchsia for long sleeve gowns and asymmetric midis. Gowns with peplum bodices in blue and red made an impact; while the foil appliqués and metallic touches along with gold bead and crystal work created magic on the ramp.


For the finale it was the net fish tail sheer gowns with ornate body suits in black, red and brown that were breath-taking in beauty and style.


Detailing was with cutaway shoulders and bead work while the silhouettes were moulded and body conscious with will-power and one shoulder taking centre stage.


The duo didn’t stop at just garments but added their specially crafted necklaces with coloured stones and embroidery to match the splendour of the creations.


Nicole Huber once again glided down the ramp in a white net body suit cum fish tail gown to end a magnificent show.


When it comes to dramatic sensational creations, Falguni and Shane Peacock are truly international designers, whose creations have been coveted by the celebs in Hollywood and Bollywood. At the Grand Finale, their “Luxury Cruise 2013” collection  proved they are masters of the art when it comes to showstopping fashion.

 
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