I’m quietly swooning because I LOVE this label. Designers Rohit Ghandi and Rahul Khanna are names that have become synonymous with the term ‘effortlessly glamourous.’ Their flair for producing subtly dramatic, elegant but wearable, exquisitely constructed prêt-à-porter garments has rightly gained them a place amongst India’s fashion elite. For Fall 2015, the duo delivered again with a breathtakingly gorgeous collection!
Entitled Early Frost, the offering was inspired by the fragility of nature at the start of winter. This sense of past grandeur played out across the collection in a muted palette of black, white, ash grey and smoke shades. However, the organic theme was most visible the designers’ use of textural embellishments, with ornamentation taking ques from sources all over the zoological and botanical world (our plant crazy menswear writer thoroughly approves of this theme by the way).
Elaborate trails of burnished metal embellishments resembled exoskeletons when layered on delicate panels of tulle and net, while elsewhere, sheer mesh was enshrouded in glittering expanses of vine-like beadwork. Prints and textured appliqués were inspired by natural animal print motifs and fur. Scales, both metallic and leather, were another big part of this collection and were applied to everything from basic separates like pencil skirts and mini- dresses, to attention-grabbing evening looks.
The designers’ keen eye for detail was also expressed in their experimentation with fabric textures; a column gown with a cut- out cropped bodice came with a skirt of embellished mesh, a beaded knitwear blouse appeared with trailing sleeves and diaphanous tulle underpinnings, while a cascade of solid ruffles gave graphic impact to a sheer halter top. Textured leather was used to fabulous effect elsewhere in this collection, with glossy embossed scales and rugged pebble finishes adding depth and dimension to even the simplest looks.
Silhouettes were sleek but tantalizingly sexy with many looks sporting plunging necklines, thigh-high slits and jagged cut-out panels. There was a lot of layering on the runway; capes, lazer cut jackets and exaggerated sleeves were draped over high-waisted skirts, embossed neoprene dresses and sexy shifts. Unexpected details like slashed sleeves, cascading asymmetrical panels and billowing illusion shoulders give a heavy dose of drama without compromising on elegance.
This a collection with many options for daytime and evening- there are complete looks that can be worn straight off the runway, while the wide range of separates allows for a whole world of mix- and- match possibilities. The importance of presenting an array of separates is something that I’m noticing Indian designers understand well, but Rohit+Rahul do this expertly. Key pieces include a white tailored suit with a swingy cape-illusion blazer, a sheer white jumpsuit, a pair of loosely tailored cuffed ankle trousers, a glossy scale-print pencil skirt and a monochrome colour blocked dress with a textured skirt. These are truly fabulous!
Rohit Ghandi and Rahul Khanna delivered fantastically for Fall 2015. Effortlessly dramatic, stunningly theatrical and wearable, this was a wonderfully thought out and executed collection. Come winter, these are items that you’ll be glad to have invested in!