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my first fashion week collection : look book / inspiration / theme/ runway pics

Here’s presenting my first collection ever:
A range of simple and effective clothing for the woman on the move, in handloom Khadi and simple weaves; this Ethno-West collection is for the woman who does not conform to fashion trends but follows her own sense of judgment, her wardrobe being an eclectic mix of key pieces that she puts together effectively for any occasion; it is this distinct sense of style and identity that make heads turn.
............A series of visual images in my mind;
 in retrospect, this collection has come into being by “just looking around” : from looking at people who unwittingly create trends that the fashion world goes nuts about and from those who might not know that red and blue or brown and peach might be the “in” colours of the season; For me they are the people on the streets- the bartanwali - who makes her attire with the few things that she owns, a long petticoat under a saree tucked in high, the Maulvi, the Kabuliwali, the Rabari women with their quirky mix of chintz prints and layered ghagro skirts, the Tibetan who saunters down the street in a layered ‘chuba’ .....

This is my take on “fashion”– the word, as I understand it.
Colours of mustard, browns, ultramarine blue, greys and black with splashes of red, this collection comprises of mix and match ensembles in handloom Khadi and cottons. Worn in a layered style, which becomes equivalent to staying warm, placement embroidery is used to complement the already textured handlooms and in places it is quite stark thereby lending the garments a quirky edge.



29th March 2009
venue: Grand Hyaat, Mumbai.

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