Indian summer can be brutal,and dressing up for a sultry evening requires a fine balancing act between comfort and style. That seemed to be the brief Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna of Cue worked on for their Spring-Summer 2014 collection,showcased on Day Three of WIFW Spring-Summer 2014. Their collection,Quiet Vanity,was a marriage of soft fabrics such as tulle,georgette,silk and organza and well-defined silhouettes. Sophistication was undoubtedly their hallmark,with the colour palette never veering too far from cold grey,pale peach and nude shades. As the models strode in metallic high heels another stunning collection of footwear on the ramp on Day Three the flow of fabrics was gentle and one noticed how lightweight the ensembles were.
One of the strongest trends that will see us through the summer of 2014 will be the use of sheer fabrics. Many designers this WIFW have chosen to play peek-a-boo with the body be it via brazen cut-outs and thigh-high slits or sending out garments in light,ethereal materials.
In the case of Gandhi and Khanna,it was not just sheer fabrics but also the layering that stood out. Giving the collection a formal look were subtle hand embroideries in silver and copper. The designer duo also showcased very well that jackets and the art of layering were not for winter alone. The summer jacket made an appearance in many collections this season. Worn long and sheer over silk trousers and cropped tops,it was noticeable in their collection as well. The only hint of colour came in with navy blue but here too the styling was so subtle,one barely felt the strong colour. As the designers pointed in their note,the collection was a sophisticated whisper and not a defining cry,and we heard them loud and clear.