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Fashion: Ritu Kumar showcases Hyderabadi splendour

Last updated on: February 3, 2011 17:17 IST

Fashion: Ritu Kumar showcases Hyderabadi splendour

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January 30 saw the veteran designer display her latest collection, 'Falaknuma', which highlights the heritage of craftsmanship that the city of royal Hyderabad is renowned for.

'Rich metallics, intrinsic weaving, embellishments and other traditional textile techniques of India's rich repertoire of craft skills' -- that, in a nutshell, is what Ritu Kumar's latest offerings are all about.

The designer showcased 'The Falaknuma Collection', inspired by the historical Hyderabadi palace of the same name in Mumbai last Sunday. The elegant garments -- lehengas, saris, coats, kurtas and Rajasthani skirts -- pay tribute to the rich craft traditions of Hyderabad. Take a look.

Here we see Sanea Shaikh in muted gold from head to toe, both demure and elegant at the same time.


Image: Sanea Shaikh for Ritu Kumar
Photographs: Courtesy Tandem Communications
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Fading fantasy

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Next is this kurta and skirt combination, fading from ivory to gold as it cascades softly down.


Image: A Ritu Kumar creation

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Empire-waist elan

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Carol Gracias steps onto the ramp in a twirling empire waist kurta, worn once again over a skirt and topped off with a mustard-tinged dupatta.


Image: Carol Gracias for Ritu Kumar

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Royal chic

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The designer continues with the same palette, offering up sharara pants teamed with rich embroidery and wispy sleeves.


Image: A Ritu Kumar creation

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Nomadic nymphs

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A couple of tribal, mirror-dotted ensembles take to the runway together.


Image: Ritu Kumar creations

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Bright sprite

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Looking every inch the catwalk queen, Nethra Raghuraman steps out in a mix of rich yellow and warm orange.


Image: Nethra Raghuraman for Ritu Kumar

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Bold beauty

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Kumar plays the dare-to-bare card with this cut-away corset and rich red lehenga.


Image: Nethra Raghuraman for Ritu Kumar

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Sophisticated stunner

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Pia Trivedi makes her presence felt in an elegant, heavily worked jacket, worn over a black dress.


Image: Pia Trivedi for Ritu Kumar

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Silvery seduction

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Silver hints stand out in a sea of gold with this muted number.


Image: A Ritu Kumar creation

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Draping desire

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From cascading skirts, the silhouette moves to drapes with this sensual sari.


Image: A Ritu Kumar creation

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New-age ethnicwear

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We see Surelee Joseph next, in a ravishing red anarkali and jacket fastened below the bodice, over which is she wears a kitschy French beret.


Image: Surelee Joseph for Ritu Kumar

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Parade of pink

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Pia steps out once more in a becoming pink and gold lehenga, her aqua-toned dupatta creating a striking contrast.


Image: Pia Trivedi for Ritu Kumar

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Bridal trio

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Binal Trivedi, Shonal Rawat and Surelee Joseph mesmerise as they step out wearing assorted bridals in traditional hues.


Image: Binal Trivedi, Shonal Rawat and Surelee Joseph for Ritu Kumar

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Swirling and twirling

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Seemingly floating on air, this ghagara choli with its play on colour took our breath away.


Image: A Ritu Kumar creation

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Mixing it all in

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Pia shows off her slender bod in a blue-dominated lehenga with touches of green, red and gold.


Image: Pia Trivedi for Ritu Kumar

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Hyderabadi haute couture

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Shabana Azmi and Dia Mirza, the showstoppers for the evening, don royal Hyderabadi jodas to step out together in style.


Image: Shabana Azmi and Dia Mirza

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Adaab!

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Ritu Kumar, flanked by her muses as they greet the audience with a gracious adaab, soaks in the adulation.


Image: Shabana Azmi, Ritu Kumar and Dia Mirza

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