Nachiket Barve’s “Chiaroscuro” collection was dramatic, glamorous, strong yet feminine. The fabulous collection played with the concept of dark glamour and was a nod to the designer’s debut collection in 2008.
He explored strong patterns such as black roses, medieval armour, swirling swallows, x-rayed Raven feathers, creatures like Gargoyles and Gryphons. Tussar Lurex, tulle, mulberry and spun silk, organza, georgette, flat chiffon, satin, crépe, Chanderi, merino wool and cotton featured dark motifs which were enhanced using intricate thread embroidery, bead work, appliqués and cutwork.
Silhouettes were formal and flouncy as long coats, sheer dresses, cape jackets, pleated palazzo pants, minis, full circle/midi skirts, culottes, cropped tops and long maxis which came alive with colors like black and white with hints of Marsala, pine and pewter.
Gracing the ramp were designs like a caped mini, cobalt biker satin jacket, Marsala satin sheath and black boxy top with silver/black skirt, solitary Marsala jumpsuit with beaded bodice, feather embellished shift and partly sheer gown. Other glamorous creations were pleated wide pant-skirt, silver/silk mini, black shaded dress and jacket, the front zippered sheath and long sleeved gown encrusted with bead/thread work.