It was Bollywood glamour inspired by the quintessential "Mona Darling" that dazzled on the runway when Karishma Sahani Khan presented her "Maya" collection at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013. Bringing in age old style directions and merging them with sensuous apsara inspirations, Art Deco and geometry; the designer’s East meets West fusion line was a welcome display.
The motifs brought a hint of ideas like freedom, symmetry, opulence and mystery, which were rendered beautifully through embroidery, prints and tactile surface ornamentation. Varying weights of natural cotton formed layers that effortlessly played together to create illusions. Graphic knits were turned into pinafores, while fragile cotton edged with lace and splashed with embroidery created an unconventional cover for cut-away dress.
Sheer skirts were panelled and worn with cropped embroidered sleeved tops. Bows were often the highlight, while the clever mix of fabrics, abstract smudgy prints and colours was an interesting concept. The folksy dress, the organza tail coat bolero, peplum blouse and skirt, and two tone sari worn with a short trapeze blouse had a mix of Indo-west influences.
For a show stopping entry at any event the "Maya" collection by Karishma Sahani Khan will create the right illusion for the wearer as well as the audience.