Creating a medley of form fitting and voluminous shapes, Abhishek Dutta’s creativity was dazzling as the “Tangram” collection appeared on the ramp at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.
Matching the aspects of the inspiration, the intricately crafted almost futuristic garments were splashed with beautiful thread work appliqués with fabric and leather, interesting laser cut designs, panels with mix and match combos of leather and fabrics.
From high waist trousers to long or cropped jackets, the look moved from classic to androgynous. Black and white, moved to brown and then the colour story brought in blue, dramatic purple and canary yellow for a line of boleros with checked design and 3D blocks teamed with figure hugging trousers. Flowing Samurai pants with Tangram prints, jackets with hints of kantha embroidery and pin tucks were striking, while the coats with sheer tulle sleeves and zippered front were eye catching.
The show opened with two male models striding in from the audience wearing gas masks while a female model in grey Jodhpuri pants, embroidered cropped top and a luminous head band glided down the ramp. The very sombré but creatively designed and constructed men’s wear had jackets with leather appliqués, trims and embroidery on shoulders, yokes and garments. Contrast lapels made an appearance for a few jackets, while printed kurtas in diverse colours were teamed with well finished coats.
Women’s wear was sharply cut with a clever mix of fabrics, leather and laser cutting insets. 3D shoulder appliqués highlighted net sleeves; while contrast yokes with back drape for a shrug was an out-of-box idea.
Evening wear had long pleated umbrella skirts, net and fabric combinations for jumpsuits, lots of sheer bodices for gowns and the only purple sari with a leather cutwork pallav; was very futuristic in concept and style. The show ended with a sexy cowl pocket pair of shorts and a skinny long sleeved blouse that further emphasised the theme of the show.
Bringing oriental glamour with a marked western touch for his collection to centre stage, Abhishek Dutta’s “Tangram” line presented an innovative look for the coming season.