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MEHRAAB
Runway Report
 

Mehraab by John Marya and Arun Ahuja. When I had visited their pad to check out the duo's debut couture collection, I felt like Alice tumbling down the proverbial rabbit hole when admiring each garment, which had taken master craftsmen months to create. So it's no wonder I felt a frisson of excitement as I awaited the collection to scorch the catwalk — showcased by the nation's top models.

 

As the first sequence was showcased, I couldn't help admiring the opulence of Indian textiles, intricate hand embroideries and craftsmanship combined with modern precision — woven into each piece to create a new vocabulary of design. The duo had trimmed the volume and focussed on layering and weightlessly constructed Nehru jackets, the kurta pyjamas, the ornate waistcoats and the all-weather fine shawls. Versatile in its appeal, I could visualise Javed Akhtar in one of the intricately handworked kurta pyjamas or Ranbir Singh sporting a handworked shawl over a pair of Levis!

 

But if all this feels like a modern way to deal with couture, their mastery of classic embellishments—from kaani embroideries to zardozi and gota—meant opulence was not absent. The menswear was a work of art with with emphasis on sharp tailoring and hand work—each look was distinctive. My favourite? The denim waistcoat with sumptuous Kashmiri embroideries and the lightweight, hand embroidered shawls. So, what are you waiting for? Leading fashion house Ogaan has invited Mehraab to join their fold. And if your stylist hasn't booked these looks, it's probably late!

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
 
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