About six weeks ago,designer Jhelum Rele had a guest over at Vismaya,her store in Aundh,who initiated a conversation about a special collection for the races. Instantly,Reles mind set to work and she took up the challenge of putting together a collection for the fashion showcase at the race course on the seasons final day.
In a matter of five weeks,Rele brought a range of outfits to the ramp,with meticulous detail to up the glam quotient and keep the outfits wearable. Keeping up with the fashion forecast for spring-summer 2014,the collection is dominated by the monochromatic trend with dashes of lime green and hot pink to break the monotony. The predominant silhouette in her collection was the pants. From pallazos to straight-fit parallel pants,Rele had them all in white complete with prints of horses,horse shoes,jockeys,stilettos and hats.
This is the first time I have tried my hand at prints. Using prints is easy and there is nothing much you can do with your outfit if you use print. But I have introduced a range of cuts to style the pants, says Rele. There is an extra flair on the pallazos,and a dhoti-pant is sure to catch eyeballs. Rele coordinates the pants with neon bustiers teamed with jackets that have detailed cut work and embroidery inspired by the same motifs,which she uses in her prints.
While the dhoti-pant is teamed with a black blouse that has tiny horse shoes embroidered on it,the same motif is used on an asymmetrical jacket,teamed with parallel pants and a hot pink bustier that allows a peek-a-boo at the midriff.
Her collection also featured a jumpsuit paired with a cow boy-styled short jacket that has broad padded shoulders. The jumpsuit is black and white,but the jacket gives off a golden sheen and can be fastened with a strings of pearls. The jumpsuit is a simple and casual outfit that can be worn anywhere. It is the jacket which adds oodles of glamour and transforms its mood, says Rele.
Apart from her range of pants,she also includes a sari in her collection. A pale greyish-blue chiffon body is jazzed up with horse shoes embroidered on a neon border. Since I used print on the majority of my outfits,I thought of doing something else with the sari. The regular sari has embroidery on the borders and the blouse while the stitched sari is printed. I have given the regular sari a neon border and the monochromatic printed sari a neon belt, says Rele.
The grandest of her outfits were worn by showstoppers Neha Dhupia and Amyra Dastur (who recently debuted with Issaq). Dhupia walked the ramp dressed in a ball gown,which featured bold prints on the bodice covered with neon-coloured net. The pale golden corset attached to the bodice was detailed with shell pintuck and bead work. Dastur wore a gown with a flair and running horses embroidered on the bodice. The embroidery on Amyras gown was designed to give the effect of horses running to form a tornado. We used a heavy version of silk for the gowns to give them an elegant fall, says Rele.