Flowing gowns, khadi jumpsuits and saris teamed with chic blouses were the highlights of designers Dev R Nil’s Spring-Summer collection that was unveiled at a fashion event

It was a fashionable evening — there was jewellery and clothes, both wardrobe essentials. The event, organised by FICCI, saw a collection of ornaments by designers from all over the country. Heavy neckpieces, earrings and rings in myriad shapes and finishes featured in the collection. There were traditional patterns as well as modern ones, with edgy cuts and a smattering of classic and colourful stones.

The event showcased a round by Collage, where Kolkata-based designers Dev R Nil presented their Spring-Summer collection. There were traditional silhouettes like kurtis, palazzos attached to kurtis, almost like a desi take on a jumpsuit, trendy blouses with embroidery, and saris that can be quite the showstoppers at cocktail dos. Interestingly, some of the saris were teamed with ponchos. The khadi jumpsuits stood out from the rest of the collection, while the dresses in fitted and flowy silhouettes and gowns in crepe silk and georgette stole the show.

One of the highlights of the show was the fact that the clothes were practical and focused on wearability. “This time, we had the opportunity to showcase our traditional wear,” said Navonil Das (Nil). It was a visual delight, as the models showcased some defining cuts and drapes, in mind-boggling colours. Foliage and florals dominated the prints, which also included polka dots, tie-and-dye, checks in blue and beige, and bright typography.

“From simple and traditional khadi kurtas to intricate hand-embroidery in jackets, blouses and dresses, the idea was to bring in a good mix and play with colours, patterns and fabric. We believe that Chennai is one of the best places for a fusion of the contemporary and classical,” added Debarghya Bairagi, popularly known as Dev. Since fusion was the central theme, even the music included tunes from a live band. They sashayed delicately to the beats of mridangam, drums and violin as the vocalist rendered Indian tunes.