Before Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia launched a full ready-to-wear collection three years ago, the couple had cultivated quite a loyal patronage among New York's elite coterie of design houses for ANK, their custom embroidery service. They put ANK resources to impressive use during their early presentations, as handwork was often the focal point of their collections. For this reason alone, it was remarkable to see how far Sachin and Babi had progressed as sportswear designers as they presented their FW 2013 collection today at the Dream Hotel in Chelsea.
Drawing inspiration from the Aurora Borealis' spectral colorations, the two whittled futuristic--but wearable--takes on the entire separates range. Skirts were fortuny-pleated to provide a lift of volume at the hip and pants were cut whip thin, while knits had raglan paneling for a youthful effect. Bold patent leather visors-cum-belts defined waists and pushed the future-disco-glam vibe home.