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By: Anita Balsara, Vogue+ Bureau, Mumbai | January 5, 2012

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Nisha Jamwal, cultural diva and Renaissance woman of arts, held an intimate Christmas party with avant-garde line from designers Ritu Pande and Lascelles Simons. Vogue+ tête-à-têtes with the coveted designers and explains about the expression, experimentation, surface forms and colour palette…

Ritu Pande’s collection is inspired by beautiful, intelligent, classy and savvy 21st century women who epitomize all these qualities. “Nisha Jamvwal is my muse who is contemporary, yet a medieval countess sitting in a Venetian palazzo and a renaissance woman of the arts who looks beautiful in all avatars,” revealed the coveted designer.

The newest line is romantic, feminine and subtly sensuous with rose gold juxtaposed in interesting contrasts. “I have draped in fluid silhouettes anchored with textured elements, fashioned from supple, pure satin crepe, and the attires are cleverly cut to flatter variety of feminine shapes. The Grecian element and drapes done in a variety of unexpected and whimsical ways added with jeweled brooches adds a lot of drama,” explained Ritu Pande.

The colour palette reflects the upcoming festive season with saturated jewel tones of citrine, gold, ruby, and flame interspersed with contrasting range of black and white dresses. “I do follow international colour forecasts and trends but I mostly I let my muse Nisha Jamvwal guide me as my motto is to make a women look beautiful and not follow trend de jour blindly,” divulged the designer whose line hovers around $120 to $350 and is considered well-priced.

The fashion preview was complete with designer Lascelles Symons’ autumn/winter line that was inspired by the Japanese technique of shifting darts thereby making the silhouette more draped. “My new collection is full of fluidity, drapes, feminine lines and the fabrics used are heavy silk, satins, crepes, cotton silks and even suiting,” concluded the charismatic designer.