When actress Vaani Kapoor turned showstopper for designer Rina Dhaka's autumn-winter collection at Amazon India Fashion Week, the theme of "Dark Romantics" came to life. The "Befikre" star looked ravishing in a black-velvet floor-kissing off-shoulder double slit dress, embroidered with a large motif with sheer back. Wearing velvet pencil heels and sheer glove-like pattern in one of her hands, Vaani told the reporters that she was honoured to walk the ramp for the designer. "I feel very privileged to wear Rina's clothes because she designs her outfits so tastefully. Wearing one of her creations is a matter of pride for me," Vaani said. While the actress said she would want to wear the dress to a cocktail party, Rina suggested she could also wear it while riding a bike. "My favourite colour is black. I like such dresses which are classy, chic, simple and does not scream for attention," Vaani told PTI. Other couture in Rina's collection saw copious content drawn from dried florals, in mouse brown, charcoal and blacks hinted with reds, ruling the line amalgamated in velvets, sheer fabrics and lace. Revealing the inspiration behind her show, the designer said, "We have used the idea of dried flowers against a very distressed set-up to give the feel of dark romance, whether it is for leaves or dried twigs." "Velvets, faux furs have been used along with washed effect on the ensembles to make them look vintage." While Rina's collection tried to evoke dark romance, designers Pankaj and Nidhi were more invoking with their collection, "Telefunk". Asked what drove the duo to go with the classic shades, Pankaj said, "The inspiration came from television when we used to wait for the serials to start, a black-and-white screen used to appear as the test signal. "That kind of image stuck in my head and we wanted to recreate it." Pankaj said their target audience includes women belonging to all age groups. The dramatic and spunky line-up of models, some of them flaunting Jacky O shades, presented checks, stripes, lines and zigzags to describe the broken signal ranging to the shades of black and blue.
Fabrics were interpreted through printing, merged with embroideries and textures. "This was done on a meshed-sort of fabric and a special kind of jersey to give the haziness that you see in the pattern. Embellishments were especially designed and cut for the collection. We have also used lots of origami techniques," Pankaj said.