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Pankaj & Nidhi

Pankaj & Nidhi’s The Liquid Gold Tree had handcrafted designs so graphic that they looked like print (picture right). The designer duo — also husband and wife — treated basic black as a canvas, splashing it with blue, hot pink, ruby and gold. Jumpsuits, flowing skirts, asymmetrical tops, tasselled poncho, clinched-at-the-waist numbers, multi-hued pants, high-neck jackets — the collection saw an interplay of patterns inspired by baroque art with their signature “lattice work” and embroidery. In a pair of black flared pants with a trailing gold cloak, Chitrangda Singh was hotness personified. “These are statement pieces, all handcrafted. You can wear them for an evening out. This is the first time we have used gold as a medium. Gold is almost like jewellery,” Pankaj told t2 before the show. What are the top five mix-and-matches for him? “Fuchsia with red, electric blue with black, electric blue with green, gold with black or emerald tones and, of course, black and white.” And what’s colourful in his own wardrobe? “I have a lot of coloured socks!” he laughed.

Ashish N Soni

The show began with a soft yellow light bathing the ramp and then there was a burst of prints. Inspiration? Optical illusion. “Easy pieces of clothing with lots of different prints, ideal for holidaying” marked the line. Shirts, jackets, suits, kurtas and bandhgalas for him; peplum and collared dresses, frilly skirts, cropped pants and shorts for her. Polkas, abstract prints and florals were paired with grey, blue and rust. Australian pacer Shaun Tait walked in a kurta and jacket, with girlfriend and model Mashoom Singha clapping and laughing. Which is tougher — cricket or modelling? “Cricket. This is fine. Just walk up and down! Models get paid to look good. I don’t. It doesn’t matter what I look like,” smiled Shaun. Does he have a fashion show phobia? “I am afraid of what clothes they are going to put on me. If they make me walk down in small shorts, I am not happy with that. (Laughs) What I am wearing is different from what I normally wear. I am a jeans-tee person. Maybe I should start stepping up my fashion as I get older!” he laughed.

Mandira Wirk

She had worn a traditional lehnga for her wedding 12 years ago. But if she were to marry again, Mandira would love to dress up as an English bride. “It is something different. Dreamy, it’s so romantic! The flow… the fabric that fits and flares… the tiaras. When I went for my honeymoon to Hawaii, I saw this beautiful couple on the beach getting married. The thought started from there, it was on my mind,” Mandira told t2.

Veils… Unveiled, the collection, was all about layers, veils, gowns, crystals, hairbands, sparkly clips and trails. Hers is a sexy bride with lots of skin — daring slits, plunging necklines and strappy backs. The models walked in with baskets laden with flowers and parasols. Silvers, lilacs, lemons, peaches, “fresh ivories and flashes of pinks”... the colours were straight out of a “fairytale”. Lots of gowns, dresses and some jumpsuits made her collection. Vicky Donor girl Yami Gautam trailed in wearing a halter gown with “tonal embroidery” and a gorgeous smile.

Falguni & Shane Peacock

Fresh from their New York Fashion Week spring-summer 2013 showing earlier this month, the husband and wife team sent a blingy line for brides. Think gowns, lehngas, Anarkalis and saris shimmering with crystals and sequins. The collection packed a lot of sheer, too, with layers of net. Ombre-dyed saris, floral embroidery and, of course, feather-like tassels… the collection had it all. Who is an FSP bride? “Every girl who wants to feel glamorous and look good and knows how to carry off clothes! It is basically an ego massage for the girl. You cannot be dated when there is so much happening in the world!” smiled Falguni.

Saionee Chakraborty
Pictures by Anindya Shankar Ray and Pabitra Das