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Glamour, Glitz & Grace
Models in Rohit Bal creations. Pictures by Pabitra Das

The sparkling blue waters created the perfect ambience for a collection called Siyaahi, which means “ink”. Ace designer Rohit Bal showcased this “labour of love, an endeavour to create pure fashion for its own sake” at Aqua, the poolside lounge at The Park on Saturday. As the clock struck midnight, the drama began and a variety of visual treats were unveiled before the audience.

Meetu and Meenu were in charge of the choreography that was relaxed, keeping in mind the lounge ambience. The ramp scorchers for the evening were Aditya Bal, Monikangana Dutta, Shonali Rosario, Amanpreet Wahi, Rajneesh Duggal, Kanwal Deep Singh, Sanjana Tomar, Sapna Kumar, Nolana, Tatiana, Galiyna and Aracelli.

Ancient art blended with Rohit’s signature style in Siyaahi, which, according to the designer, draws inspiration from the “Iznik tiles of ancient Turkey”. “I have drawn from rich Byzantine visual references,” he explained. The style story kicked off with neutral desert colours, moving onto a play between blues and greens. The colour canvas was touched with silver and black here and there.

The fabric focus was on all that accentuated the “feminine feel”. So there were generous doses of chiffon, organza and tulle. The illustrations embellishing the works bore close resemblance to Turkish tiles — swirling leaves, clusters of pretty flowers interspersed with geometric patterns....

Dresses with hemlines kissing the knee or a few inches below had a predominantly evening-wear feel. High waistlines extending to volumes of soft fabric were pretty and dramatic. Straight-line illustrations added a casual yet suave element. The necklines were simple — Chinese collars, plunging squares or Vs. There were jackets, too, which bore the tiled look. Foil print effects added to the rich feel.

Origami folds, cone-shaped skirts, over-dimensioned puff sleeves and ballet-inspired tutus added to the drama. And of course there were leggings, but in an avatar strikingly different. They covered the feet and were printed when teamed with dresses. Stilettos and block heels with broad tie ups accompanied the outfits.

Sherwanis and Jodhpuris were also part of the limited collection shown for men.

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