Shehla Chatoor’s ‘Tresor’ held one transfixed; such was the intricacy of her craftsmanship, the finesse of her cut and the elegance of her silhouette. It was a beautiful collection, traversing a palette that varied from ivory, pastel pink, white and emerald to a sultry, smoky black.
One can more or less predict some of the elements that are bound to be a part of a Shehla Chatoor show: tassels, leather lattice-work, fur, fringe and hand embroideries galore.
With ‘Tresor’, Shehla spun them together to introduce new silhouettes and also, creates looks that were strongly reminiscent of her earlier hits, like last year’s ‘Misaki’.
Bridals are Shehla’s forte and, in these times of generic heavy-duty wedding wear, she has a particular signature of her own. Her catwalk brides came resplendent in layered lehngas, the dupattas sometimes attached to the jacket and complemented by rich velvet shawls lined with jamawar. Quintessentially, the edgy was merged with antique craftsmanship – cutwork and print, embellished with swathes of zardozi, tilla and mukesh.
The evening formals were just as luxurious with shirts cut out like kaftans and belted at the waist, jumpsuits, multi-tiered peplums, trails and jackets that have all the makings of hot-sellers.
Fouzia Aman wore a peplum jacket paired with pants and a detachable lehnga– dress it up, dress it down; wear it to the wedding or the cocktail party preceding it! Complementing the clothes was some magnificent Eastern costume jewelry and shoes, all created by the designer.
The painstaking effort showed, as did the sophistication of Shehla’s ethos.