The dual Embrace
CONTINUING WITH the season's statement - feminine and fluid, young designers Paras and Shalini of Geisha Designs are ready with their Spring-Summer collection. Called "A Floral Embrace", the collection is inspired by the pin-up posters of the 1960s - the innocent beauty of Audrey Hepburn and the like. Pink, the colour of the period finds ample place in the youthful collection. The use of ivory, lavenders, lemons and apples accentuates the theme.
The duo arrived on the big stage with last year's Fashion Week and impressed with their individualistic style when influence has become a common denominator in the industry. They managed to combine the charm of one-off dress with the economies of prêt. "This is our consistent effort but we definitely don't compromise on our creativity for cost cutting," says Shalini.
Paras says this season the wardrobe is made vibrant with soft drape, flowing and flared silhouettes. Chiffons, georgettes and satins and superfine cottons are used to compliment the sense of ease required for the hot weather. Details like folds, pleats, cowls, ribbons, tears and lace add a fanciful and unusual touch. The presence of crystal beaded brooches, corsages and bows typifies the light-hearted theme. Empire line and textured embroidery remain in flavour here as well, but the placement of ribbons, tears and lace on the shoulders and bust manages to balance the audacious with the feminine.
Shalini, whose medical education helps her in understanding the anatomy of woman, accepts right now the young designers are struggling to secure an identity in the market. "We are doing decent business but we are still selling as separates. However, this is true for other Asian countries as well. When Kimono hit the international scene, it was also customised to fulfil local requirements in different markets. Same applies to our kurtis."
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