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SAMANT CHAUHAN
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Samant Chauhan Fall Winter 2014 was an ode to the traveler and made us nostalgic for the days when people would really dress to travel (in those statement ear cuffs perhaps?). That was the vision he offered in a showing that welcomed its audience aboard a luxury train. To an aural backdrop of trains chugging, Samant paraded a microcosm of characters from the ideal lounge. The vision was almost like an update of the travel scenes from the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton film 'The V.I.P.'s'—and just as lavish. 

The collection's desert palette suit urban explorers as well as globetrotters. Aside from the multi-layered long dresses with roll-up bags, there were asymmetric silk dresses and jackets, flouncy blouses and straight pants. Samant knows what draping is all about and fused hand woven golden zari-warped silk and kora cotton-silk to create textures and flounces. His finesse with embellishment—metallic work with sequin detailing and elaborate thread work—makes several others' attempts coarse in comparison. Draping and layering were the elements at work here and the collection was heavy on fluid dresses. A tight edit made the subtle features on these pieces stand out more i.e. the raised textural detailing on an otherwise simple dress and the angle of the asymmetrical hems on relaxed dresses. As the showing closed I was left with the lingering impression I had from the very first look: Wearable. Elegant. Subtly Luxurious.

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
 
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