June 04, 2012 New York
On a weeklong birthday trip to Spain back in March, Sachin Ahluwalia found himself captivated by the pastels he encountered in limestone chapels and the elaborate traditional dresses worn during a street festival in Seville. Referencing his vacation snapshots, Ahluwalia filled the new Sachin + Babi collection with similar soft shades of petal pink, lemon yellow, and powder blue—most notably on an accordion-pleat maxi skirt. A pair of toile de Jouy jacquard looks also stood out. The shift dress with a slim peplum came paired with a matching vest with tough leather accents. Speaking of fabrics, Sachin and his wife and co-designer, Babi, also own a home goods line named Ankasa that's focused on textiles, so they definitely place a premium on the materials used in their ready-to-wear. The quality guipure lace and shibori sequins here added a luxury feel to a collection that's sold at an advanced contemporary price point.
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