Possibly the best show of the night, Khaadi Khaas’s summer presentation pretty much impressed me with its near flawless execution. Inspired by the baroque, the collection in its spirit carried that execution of exaggeration in terms of forms with floral bursts and digital prints. With a collection that impressive, i’m expecting a high end editorial and nothing else… lets hope am not disappointed
Florals never… and i do mean it never go out of vogue especially during summers. They just find a way to strike back, and this time with Khaadi Khaas, it was all going vintage. Starting off with those in fully top to bottom print looks, the collection later on moved onto pairing them with self embroidered off whites (thankfully they picked the perfect shade). Graduating further from that, they moved into major white on white looks with accents of pops of color through the embroideries against white. These embroideries in floral trellises and motifs provided the right amount of accent while being rendered in a multitude or single color. The white on white separates were perfect for this summer and had a certain aristocratic feel to it thanks to all those floral motifs in the pre renaissance era arrangements.
The seperates with uber chic crop tops to skirts, capes, jackets, sherwanis, crop jackets and moving to floor length dresses, pants and cuffed shalwars, the collection presented quite an array of options this summers . Having a fluid structure gave the whole look summer fun yet sorta authoritative look to it. The intelligently done and proportioned floorlength made models look longer. However a few of the silhouettes combined with those floral prints and embroidery came along with Sabyasachi (DCW 13) overtones. Specifically the digital print and tiered embroidery floor lengths. But having said that, they did a brilliant job and their finishing was exquisite.. no faults there. The collection was uber chic, pretty and commercial…which is very necessary for a brand like khaadi to send down its trickle downs in the stores.
The bags were another major highlight of the show. The vintage floralish bags inspired by Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2014 meets Masaba Gupta’s debut collection for Satya Paul box bags were with all the jewels and rhinestones on print. However done in their own way to suit their theme and done with equal finesses, they were in varying sizes complemented with chains. Coming in all shapes and sizes, the bags made such an impact that they were a major talking point long after the show was over. Even though being a guy, I would sooooo want them coz they would be perfect collectibles…sadly like many things, this too would not go into production because of its costs. LOVEEED ALL of THEM. Plus the marcel waves hair and bun…yes I noticed..complimented the whole thing to a T.
If had to be nitpicky, wasn’t quite keen on dividing those florals into boxes… esp in that combo in one of the earlier looks. Also a casual look with that collar shirt seemed to be a casual misfit in the collection. Also the transitions from digital into many whites and embroidered pieces was much more quickly instead of having an equal or a strong footing for printed pieces.
Loved almost everything … *sigh* u just sit and want to take it all in feeling happy. This is the kind of show that makes you want to come, sit and go home feeling satisfied yet wanting more.I just did not want the show to end.
*Images courtesy Faisal Farooqui and his team at Dragonfly…and me