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ALCHEMY FASHION SHOW 2012 - Stylish Thoughts
ALCHEMY FASHION SHOW 2012
27 th Apr 2012

Arguably the most anticipated event in the Alchemy festival line up, the Cobra Catwalk took place on Thursday, the 19th of April.

The show featured designs from talented Indian designers including Rahul Mishra, Gaurav Gupta, Nachiket Barve, Aneeth Arora and Shilpa Chavan - the show was destined from the outset to be one to remember - and needless to say, it didn't disappoint.

Nachiket Barve kicked off the evening with a real riot of colour, dressing the models in vibrant maxi dresses and patterned jackets, and accessorising with oversized bags and lightweight scarves.

Alchemy Fashion Show 2012 in London's Southbank Centre

Alchemy Fashion Show 2012 in London's Southbank Centre

From deep red to rich green and fiery orange, Barve boldly experimented with colour, adding a touch of the exotic to his thoroughly wearable designs.

Alchemy Fashion Show 2012 in London's Southbank Centre

Alchemy Fashion Show 2012 in London's Southbank Centre

Péro by Aneeth Arora impressed the audience with its global take on Rajasthani textile traditions. Layers were key - with models sporting tunics, loose trousers, scarves and woollen turbans. The simplicity of traditional craft techniques also shone through, but not without a playful touch in the form of stripes, polka dots and heart motifs.

Alchemy Fashion Show 2012 in London's Southbank Centre

Alchemy Fashion Show 2012 in London's Southbank Centre

Gaurav Gupta took a more dramatic approach to his collection (his trademark style), featuring striking evening wear resplendent with pleats, drapery and embellishments. Hemlines ranged from mini to maxi, capturing a glamour that defied categorisation and remained hard to pin down as either Eastern or Western in influence.

Alchemy Fashion Show 2012 in London's Southbank Centre

Alchemy Fashion Show 2012 in London's Southbank Centre

Rahul Mishra successfully combined the flowing fabrics and eye-catching embroidery of traditional Indian fashion with more contemporary elements of asymmetry. With a simple colour palette composed mostly of blacks, whites and reds, Mishra reinvented some of the more conservative of Indian styles to give them an edgy new twist.

Alchemy Fashion Show 2012 in London's Southbank Centre

Alchemy Fashion Show 2012 in London's Southbank Centre

The show was closed by actress and TV presenter Laila Rouass, who sashayed spectacularly down the catwalk in a headpiece designed by Shilpa Chavan (for her label Little Shilpa). The milliner, who counts Lady Gaga amongst her prestigious clientele, designed the bespoke headpiece in conjunction with Cobra beer. Incorporating wheat, hops and even aspects of the Cobra bottle, the unique design celebrated both the ancient and the new and was a fitting way to close a fashion show so dedicated to fusion fashion.


Alchemy Festival - Cobra Catwalk 2012 Video

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