Dubai Fashion Week: Vikram Phadnis show
Designer to the stars, VikramPhadnis kickstaretd his glamorous collection with models in half saris – elaborately embroidered skirtspaired with sheer stoles and dupattas that covered solid-colouredvelvet blouses adorned with sequined borders.
The 39-piece collection moved forward from Rajasthani inspired half-saris to Mughal influenced dresses, each outfit representing the essence of the designers’ work and career in the Bollywood industry.
The outfits were an interpretation of India through the eyes of the designer. The salwarkameezes, lehengas, saris all tell a story of the Indian woman from across different cultures and backgrounds. Phadnis presented a set of outfits in sheer black with gold work that made for a powerful statement against Sati, an age-old Indian tradition of widow sacrifice. With simple styling and neat cuts, his ensembles used clothes in striking palettes or as undertones to nude colors.
The signature Phadnis style of using velvet and brocade with tasseled ends dominated the collection, as models sashayed down the ramp in outfits that were replete with delicate hand embroidery. Symmetrical gold bands ran through velvet skirts that were accompanied by ornate veils and sheer dupattas. Phadnis used variations of beige, purple, pink and red to combine and play with sleeves, skirts, pants and tunics of different patterns that all came together to form stunning and evocative combinations.
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