Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
February 11, 2017
• Usually an inspiration is just an inspiration, but in our politically charged times, there was something touching about the message in this season’s show notes: “As Indians who cherish New York City as their home, Sachin & Babi wanted to show how two cultures can sing together.”
• Specifically, the husband and wife designers looked to the British Raj, the century-long era of English rule in India. Here, Cambridge stripes in regal silk were mixed up with ornate, embellished bomber jackets and taffeta parkas. English garden florals were combined with black Chantilly.
• Over the years, the duo have finely tuned its business to focus on what sells, and that’s eveningwear. It’s noteworthy, considering many brands are trending towards casual daywear or introducing lower price points. On the other hand, S&B is making special occasion separates from beautiful, sourced textiles, and continually ramping up the glamour factor.
• This collection felt like their most grandiose to date. There were antique crystal ceremonial headpieces from Swarovski, voluminous split-front Mikado gowns with sparkly embellishments, and a pair of silk dresses in the most gorgeous shade of fuchsia.
• Admittedly, they could’ve afforded to cut 10 to 15 looks toward the end of the collection, but the standout finale number, a strapless black lace gown with pearl and sequin embroidery, made up for any redundancies.