2010 February 11
Runway Reviews: Sachin & Babi, John Bartlett
(NEW YORK) Sachin & Babi
"There are so many people who do basics so well, but this is our forte," explained Sachin Ahluwalia, one half of the husband-wife team behind Sachin & Babi for Ankasa. Basics they weren't--every piece in the collection has a special touch, whether it was stitched strips of leather and silk making up a structured dress, sequins peeking out from a sliced jersey or chiffon blouse, or "leather sequins"--tiny disks of brown of black leather--embellishing a go-to pegged trouser. "Everything we do has a little Indian in it," said Sachin of the embellished (though not heavy-handed) collection, which also drew inspiration from Russian Faberge eggs as far as its gilded touches, rich colors and mix of textures. New for the duo this season was a full collection of jewelry, with earrings added to their already-popular necklaces. Again, ornamentation was the objective, but not without sacrificing practicality; heavily embellished chain earrings were surprisingly lightweight, and at price points of $100-200, they're an accessible way to integrate the Sachin & Babi aesthetic into any wardrobe.
“I closed the show with Jenny Shimizu, who’s really a muse for me. I love her style. I love what she’s about,” said John Bartlett. “She depicts the kind of woman that I am dressing. It’s no frills, no high heels, no beading, no ruffles. That is my motto.” Clearly, Bartlett stayed true to his credo. Natural, windburnt men and women walked the runway in unadorned country club regalia with a well-edited color palette of navy, cocoa, eggplant, burnt orange, mushroom, and olive. The Harvard grad look-a-likes strutted past in preppy tweed, leather, or corduroy trousers (some of the cropped variety) with belted blazers and fitted vests layered over simple turtlenecks and button-downs. The pièce de résistance? For men, Bartlett’s polished plaid dress coat stole the show while an elegant high-waisted wool skirt paired with a leather button-down became the envy of every woman sitting in the front row.
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