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There was unbridled excitement to view Payal Pratap's show at The Fashion Design Council of India and Lakmé Fashion Week's joint phygital, season-less fashion week, as the designer sent out a crisp well-edited collection that snapped the online viewers to attention from the first looks. It's hard to put a finger on what made it work so well. Maybe it was the work of breathing new life into the brand's signature style? It's a formula—but as this collection reminded us—the looks are never formulaic. There was spontaneity with which she expressed her ode to the global Indian who is free-spirited, stylish and lives responsibly. The post-pandemic woman.


I loved the fluid maxis, wraps, sari dresses accented with hand-woven detailing and the wool stripe and of course the outerwear; check and wool stripe jackets lightly embellished with hand embroideries or sequins. The looks were completed with scarves, wooden buttons and hand-made wool boots. My last impression as the lights dimmed was that the showcase had raised the bar higher. That said we'll be seeing these pieces flying off the racks — perhaps that's why the designer stifled the drama and sent out fluid, wearable pieces one could buy immediately, with no tweaking.


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