Rajesh Pratap Singh
High on ikkat
Rajesh Pratap Singh, known for his sense of minimalism, outshines his virtue every time. Starting with chaotic music, he slowly shifts to a peppy note. Held in an open area, the show once again suited the theme and the ideology. The shapes were a mix of traditional and contemporary, striking an optimum balance. Ikkat with Pratap’s vision and styling now has reached new heights. This time, it seemed, Rajesh’s artistic side was at play.
The palette had a mix of soft pinks, oranges, greys and metallic. The traditional drapes like sarees, dhotis were skillfully teamed with sleeker belts. Short dresses with kaftan sleeves gave a hint of practicality, keeping in mind the hi-tech lifestyle. Ikkat has a new meaning now—flamboyant! The rich medium, which is known in Indian history, needs such treatments more often. The tunics had smocked yokes with self coloured threads. The solids were highlighted with contrast linear bands running in vertical and horizontal order. A sense of freedom and frivolity was depicted by dragon fly and butterfly motifs, which were meticulously embroidered and thrown on rich orange, pink and grey bases.
Rajesh brings the fine-tuning of Spring Summer 2012 accessorized with butterfly brooches and acrylic neck pieces.