words/images Judith Ecochard
SACHIN + BABI Ahluwahlia are one hard working couple---with a thriving design biz, Ankasa-their home decor brand...and their luxury textiles/hand embroideries that are made for other designers.
We haven't seen their eponymous women's rtw in three full seasons---and we remember being wowed then.
We feel this collection-in summery metallics-silver, gold- and ripe fruit tones (tangerine, watermelon, cantaloupe, blueberry)- is for the more grownup gals---maybe what the Tuleh girls would wear now...sophisticated modern apparel- PLUS terrific jewelry pieces (yup, they do that too).
|Watermelon Spaghetti strap two tone maxi-easy elegance|
One of our favored looks was actually inspired by a vintage B/W photo of a Palm Beach society lady, according to the couple-who we had a few secs to chat with at this packed presentation ----
The draped sleeves-with pretty pink inner lining- dramatically make this ensemble glamorous.
So impressed, we actually stoped by Sachin + Babi's booth during the recent Coterie trade show at the Javits Center---just to see the textiles up super close...and feel the textures.
|Spaghetti strap maxi dress with pleated front-tassel earrings, Rorschach tassel necklace.|
|Love the over-sized floral print-w/ Rorschbach stud earring|
|Laser cut leather skirt--year round wearable|
Daywear separates----color block gray, black, white-softly tailored...reminded us of some the still very wearable Perry Ellis pieces we raided our sister's closet for---back when that great designer led the company.
But now-the fabrics are multi-textured---hard to discern in the image below= but the short sleeve shirt -is a marvel of intricacies-with leather pailette embroidery on the front and an overlay in the back.
|Perforated leather circle skirt-right|
|Shirt dress with silver contrasting patch chambray sleeves detail with a metallic leather belt (r) chic geek|
|Cropped jacket with bold silver zipper-leather trim on sides-modern edgy piece that is elegant ---with mini pleated skirt|
|Mock leather strip applique on this sleeveless shift dress---very fashion forward---we'd associate more with Italians---fab!|
|Hair by Cutler/Make-up MAC|