Sachin + Babi
Husband and wife design team Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia mounted their first runway show, five or so years into their contemporary label’s existence, because, according to Babi, “The clothes need to have the movement to them, that’s how you tell a story.” Several evening gowns featuring slits well up both thighs were mixed amongst oxblood fit’n’flare leather skirts and black fitted leather trousers. “We started with leather, and then we wanted to soften it up,” Sachin explained. “I wanted to make sure the shapes were slightly more tailored so it brought out the femininity of the girl.” Black belts made of suede specially treated and embossed to resemble crocodile cinched in most looks.
Theallet was imagining a glamorous aristocratic lady, disowned by her own family for her eccentricity, who spends what little pension she receives entirely on fashion, as she designed her fall collection. “As a small company, it’s kind of a metaphor to my company,” Theallet noted. “I don’t have all the funds, but I still love the fashion, and I select eccentricity to make it happen.” The designer created a wallpaper-like brocade print, which appeared on cashmere vests and turtlenecks, after imagining the woman’s dilapidated old mansion. Her signature silk satin draped gown, meanwhile, came in bold red, and a smattering of Swiss-dot dresses also made an appearance.
Rad by Rad Hourani
Hourani readily admits that he designs his five-year-old unisex collection based on “what I feel like wearing.” This season, he admitted, “I just felt like wearing green.” Hence, lots of olive greens mixed in with his usual black base. Pants aside, most pieces are reversible for fall, and the designer also included the “perfect” puffy jacket for winter, because “I really needed to have one, and I never found a perfect, simple one that suits me, so I did that.”