Sophistication, simplicity, sustainability … that’s what old faithful celebrated couturier Ritu Kumar is all about. You can always rely on her for some rich and ravishing creations and her latest line, presented by TRESemmé, at the FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week, showcased her intrinsic Indian craftsmanship and characteristic touches.
The fashion film began with a truly feminine, cutaway shoulders, printed, drop-waist creation and then moved to an asymmetric, grey, embroidered tunic, very stylish and comfortable indeed.
You viewed printed capes over soft flowing midis, a pin-tucked yoke dress, a maxi with a tasselled scarf at the waist, an empire line, fluid dress with rear tie-ups, a striking black-n-white abstract print top with draped pants, a kaftan and shirt dress with a tiny collar, cinched at the waist with a scarf, dhoti pants with a robe and cuffed ankle salwars with a tunic.
Standing out were the soya fabric saris in unique and unconventional styles with a flight of fancy in the colours and prints. From draped pleats at the back, to creatively cinched at the waist versions, the saris were definitely one of the sparklers of the scintillating array of ensembles.
Interestingly, Ritu Kumar saw to it that the hemline was kept at the midi level which allowed the fluid silhouettes to swirl around the models. The scarf was the main accessory in prints, plain or tasselled and appeared around the neck or the waist in a plethora of styles that almost resembled a cummerbund. Meanwhile, the sleeves were in varied versions, bell-shaped, batwing or ballooning with that feminine flair.