Autumn/Winter by Pankaj and Nidhi paid homage to the century’s old game of playing cards. The designer couple told the world how spades, hearts, clubs and diamonds could make the most intriguing patterns. We saw cleaner, sharper and edgier Pankaj and Nidhi than last time. Especially with the monochrome ensembles- black sailor pants in Jodhpuri silhouette, royal-looking embroidered suspenders and oh-so-perfect Norfolk and matador jackets.
Front row: Neha Dhupia, one of the most loyal patrons of the designers sat in the front row and even gave a standing ovation to the duo.
Colours: Keeping the evening winter wear theme in mind, Pankaj and Nidhi wisely ranged their colour palette from mustard, emerald green, mint, powder blue to playing-card-inspired black and white.
Hero piece: The glorified cape worn on one side and pinned on another was the show stealer. The audience couldn’t stop themselves cheer when it walked the ramp.
Music: Before we had even taken out our smart phones to Shazam the cool music for the evening, along came to flamenco dancers who simply took our breath away.
Accessories and jewellery: Flat motif earrings in gold finish were given to match up with the playing-card theme of the collection. We also saw gold thread embroidered envelope clutches, again matching with the patterns on the outfits.
Hair and make up: The whole look was kept very bold in a high-end way. Thick black eyes with a hint of shimmer was apt for the theme of the collection. Hair was again kept sleek to go with the sharp feel of the look.
Final words: Pankaj and Nidhi have always scored extra points because of their fine applique work and embroidery and this time too they got our perfect score for finesse in design and perfection in quality. We can doubtlessly say that they are clear winners when it comes to applique art on clothes.