Trendy and traditional
Traditions, an exhibition and sale at Lucknowi Libaas, offers exquisite fashion solutions for the festive season.
TRADITIONAL IS still haute for the festive season according to Nafis Ansari of Lucknowi Libaas.
The city will sparkle with bright colours this Diwali and Idd. If a sinful scarlet is the choice of the pretty teenager, her mom would go for a shade less wicked -- tomato or lime green.
For the dusky woman Nafis suggests the Jamdani or Chanderi teamed with Maharastrian borders. Working women can opt for a dignified purple or cream. Older women could sport peach or pale shades with highlights of attractive embroidery. All these are on display at an exhibition `Traditions' (Tahira Manzil, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills, near Our Place, Phone No. 3356992) being organised by Nafis.
Besides the regular dress material, there are short kurtas in shades of blushing pink, deep purple and a sprinkle of colours for those who believe in fusion wear. While Hyderabad opts for the traditional in colour, the designs are contemporary. A touch of gold is a must this season and most of her collection has been accessorised with it.
Traditions has interesting options in men's wear as well with long Lucknowi kurtas in jaal and muri work made popular by K3G. The motifs still veer around the traditional jaal and muri work and an occasional tendril around butis.
Her collection for this year's festive season reflects an attempt to club the innovative and the individual with age-old fashion dictates. Silver is her chromatic choice. Her dress materials and elaborate salwar suits with odhinis are in pale, pearly tones of greys, whites, dusky pinks and blues. The intricately embroidered borders are zardozi work in gold.
Cottons muls and cotton silk georgettes are her fabric this season. Nafis says in Hyderabad, economics plays an important role in selection but her fabrics give money's worth. She has reasonably priced salwar kameez in cotton in phool patti kaam. They are more wallet friendly and tailored for daily wear.
Her palette for daywear in crepe shows a leaning towards dark shades while for evenings, it is maroon, black and purple. Intricate designing with motifs could well be Nafis' signature style. A white lucknowi designed kurta has a striking stretch of embroidery running across.
Since one pays a sizeable amount for designer wear, Nafis takes trouble in designing garments that would not easily go out of fashion. In her Indo-western collection she has beautiful shirts coupled with narrow pants with patchwork and embroidery and bandhini lehariya cottons.
The exhibition is on till November 5.
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