Though husband-and-wife design duo Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia have only been showing ready-to-wear for four seasons (they've been designing textiles and a home decor collection for almost a decade), a glance at the intricate leather cutouts and modern silhouettes of their Spring 2012 collection looks like the work of a creative team with far more years under their belt.
The duo worked resort's bright colors (a product of their Indian roots) of sherbert orange and pink into a light 70s theme, which Sachin said, "started with three muses: Faye Dunaway, Bianca Jagger and Jerri Hall, with a little bit of Studio 54." This disco-era glamour shines through in their first attempt at eveningwear with a flowing coral gown and several pieces in Lurex--like a gold strapless gown and a floor-length navy skirt. But it's not all retro; their real goal was reinterpretation, which they achieved to great success by tweaking the silhouettes, creating cleaner lines and focusing on detailing.
As Sachin pointed out, there is leather in almost every piece in the collection: pailettes adorn a short white dress, banded appliques run up the arm of a zippered jacket, a black skirt that appears lacy is actually laser-cut leather. The suiting stood out--see the white jackets with chambray inserts and sleeves, a buttonless black blazer and loose pleat-front pants in cobalt and lemon. The lines are pin straight yet not in the least bit rigid; they are moveable, wearable, which Babi affirms was the intention: these are clothes for the modern woman, made to compliment her silhouette without any fussiness.
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