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Hip summer wear

Barometre's summer collection had a profusion of natural fabrics

Pics: K. Ananthan

BAROMETRE, THE designer group from Bangalore has played with a medley of khadi, rayon, taffeta silk, georgette, tussar, organza and jamdhani for its summer collection.

Unlike its last show, which was general in nature, this one was more attuned to Coimbatore. Fuller sleeves, long skirts and long kurtas marked this collection. And, Ravi Kiran, one of the designers, came down for the showing.

His peach-coloured silk- and-viscose top with seersucker work from Bhagalpur stood out. Ravi's garments were mostly in khadi silk and cotton. "This

time, we have designed for Coimbatore. We've used natural fabrics considering the climate of this place. And, people's sensibilities."

If classic lines were Ravi's USP, Krishnamani went in for grand-looking co-ordinated outfits in tussar and silk. Her silk skirts in pink and purple looked youthful.

Metaphor, the label of Chandrashekar and Priya, had a wealth of embroidered tops in pink, orange and green.

The effect of embroidering silk and then cutting it into shape showed in the carpet-like finish of the `Indian Duality' series. The white tops with patches of multi-colour threadwork looked good for an evening out.


If the other designers focussed on natural fabrics, Sushama Desai went in for georgette.

Coordinated salwar-kurtas in subtle hues with minimal embroidery accentuated the feminine look.

Ravi's jamdhani kurtas with kalamkari base had a dreamy look about them. The designs could've been termed plain, but the designer scored in the different-looking necklines.

There was also place in the collection for some modern tops.

Ask Ravi the reason and he said: "We were briefed that people here are not really fond of experiment, but if something from this show remains, I have to take it back to Bangalore. And, sleeves don't move in the city. So, we have had to strike a balance."

"Also, people here seem to prefer co-ordinated, ready-to-wear sets. They are not very fond of mixing and matching."

As for the relatively high pricing, Ravi states that their clothes have finish.

"Anyone who understands fashion and fabrics will buy these clothes. Every stitch has been put in place with care."

SUBHA J RAO

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