Pallavi Jaikishan Celebrates 40 Years as a Designer at Lakmé Fashion Week

Ranjit Rodricks , 05 Aug 2012
A Pallavi Jaikishan design
A Pallavi Jaikishan design

Designer Pallavi Jaikishan is celebrating four decades of being in the business of fashion this year and true to her signature style of net and  Chantilly lace sarees with embroidered roses on them, the veteran designer sent her models down the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week, to old classical jazz being played live from off-stage by The Strings Quartet.

The Strings Quartet
The Strings Quartet
The Strings Quartet
The Strings Quartet

Pallavi had divided her collection into four sequences:

Sajala – Clouds with a Golden Lining: Pastels ruled the colour palette as real zari weaves twinkled under the arc lights for Upada saris and Kota versions of the same. Keeping the colours soft, Pallavi chose cream, blush and tinges of cognac and delicate aqua all dappled with burnished gold. The lehengas, saris and jackets created from light as air fabrics, almost floated down the catwalk. Fully encrusted with twinkling zari and heavy borders, the saris and lehengas were teamed with embellished cholis.

A Pallavi Jaikishan design
A Pallavi Jaikishan design

MANDARA – the mythical tree: For this segment Pallavi used sap green tulle inspired by Mandara the mythical tree and added silver for the floral fantasy she created with embroidery of leaves, pink and coral roses that cascaded down her specially styled lehenga/saris, anarkalis and ghagras. The embroidered bodices of the kurtas, the 3D embellishments on net and the cholis with sexy tie-ups were note-worthy.

A Pallavi Jaikishan design
A Pallavi Jaikishan design

ELAVIA – a thing of beauty and Grace (Persian): Here was an offering of the most gorgeous saris that glittered with ornate embroidery drenched in shades of pink, sensational red and vermillion for the resham floral embroidery, which is the hallmark of the designer. Splashes of orange blossoms and silver, blended seamlessly for the saris.

A Pallavi Jaikishan design
A Pallavi Jaikishan design

AYIANA – the eternal bloom: The final section was an ode to the bride as regal lehengas shimmered down the ramp in quick succession . Heavily encrusted lehengas with rosettes, dupattas edged with gold lace, velvet cholis and bouquets of flowers were amazing in their beauty and intricacy.

Pallavi Jaikishan with her models
Pallavi Jaikishan with her models

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