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The Dark Night
Photographs by Arjun Chippalkatty
Published: Volume 17, Issue 5, May, 2009

700 invitees, including Abu Jani, Kalyany Chawla, Feroz Gujral, Ayesha Thapar, Suzy Menkes and Anna Zegna witnessed the unveiling of Fashion Weeks’ first offsite showing, Rohit Bal’s ‘Raat’, at his New Delhi restaurant, Cibo.

An earlier capsule range was presented at Delhi Fashion Week’s main venue, Emporio, but this was only a selection of “twelve garments, which was like a trailor of a movie”, explained the designer.

Dramatic silhouettes, exaggerated details and Bal’s signature play with fabric and texture defined this line, which took inspiration from Victorian eras and vintage elements.

The disturbing fashion illusion was enhanced with an overall feel that was “dark, dangerous and sexy, as if it were a feast for glamorous vampires”, summarised Bal.

Verve ventured backstage, front row and through the various processes involved to bring you a style ode of characteristic opulence...

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