Fashion industry veterans Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla are known for their polished, elegant style making them the go to designers for Bollywood A-listers like the Bachchans and the Roshans as well as being a favorite of British actress Dame Judi Dench. So, it was quite a surprise when the duo, who were selected to close Delhi Couture Week, commenced the show with male dancers in gold, sequin shorts performing a series dance acrobatics in tune to Prince and Lady Gaga before finally laying down in various contortions across the runway. Not what I expected.
If this seemed like a departure for Abu Sandeep, it was meant to be. The designers were in fact inspired by the avant garde style of Lady Gaga and wanted to showcase a collection reflective of her daring style. But regardless of the pop inspiration, the collection was also a celebration of the traditional chikan and zardozi work the designers are known for. Beautifully tailored coats, embroidered lehengas and sarees were the highlights of the collection. However, the biggest ovation of the night belonged to the night’s “showtoppers”, Australian cricketer Brett Lee and Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan’s daughter, Shweta Nanda who closed the show.
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