October 11, 2014 Asmita Aggarwal

Fire-crackin’ Finish

Masaba skyrockets with SS 15’s ode to ordinariness, while greenhorns put up a great show, playing to the gallery with luscious offerings as sportsperson Sania Mirza and Bollywood dreamboat Aditi Rao Hydari brighten up Day 3

By Asmita Aggarwal

At 25, Masaba is a certified firecracker that’s why her line paid a discreet, printed homage to the pataka conjuring up images of yesteryear bombshell Helen gyrating on the sumptuous notes R D Burman’s Piya Tu on Day 3 of the WIFW SS 15, with the curvy Huma Qureshi watching with rapt attention.


It just got better with Masaba known for her humble motifs inspired by everyday life—sewing machines, parachutes, paint brushes making it to flowy tunics and saris. With firecrackers in their hair along with mogra flowers, the models channelled dhotis in shocking pinks to plain whites complete with golden fringes. “I wanted to add a bit of theatrics to the line, without making it too in-your-face,” smiles Masaba.


Interestingly, there was a sprinkle of stars with tennis ace Sania Mirza making a splash in a white Ritu Pande long dress, and Aditi Rao Hydari courting monochromes with a black chevron embroidered  lehenga for Payal Singhal. Payal’s monochromatic tribute to the mullet dress, as well as placement embroidery on yokes and sleeves exuded the power of wearable chic.

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But the one who really won the game, was Sneha Arora with her minty green tussar skirts, floral wreath prints, overlap trousers making a swift entry along with Coke bottle prints. But what you couldn’t miss were the cool transparent shoes along with clutches filled with dry flowers.

Chhaya Mehrotra’s ode to Banaras with natty pleated shirts, and sindoor red used as a metaphor for spirituality, found an ideal accompaniment to saris which were oddly but interestingly teamed up with sheer Chanderi kurtas.


Greenhorns unabashedly displayed their love for handlooms with Dhakai jamdanis getting converted into kurtas by Poonam Dubey, as Goddess Kali found a place embroidered at the backs of asymmetrical kurtas. But what was endearing to see was the plebeian gamcha, make its way to the borders of skirts. Ankita’s label Saaj got jiggy with restrained shimmer in her sportswear inspired touches with white and gold cropped tops as well as jackets crafted out of mesh.


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