Sachin Ahluwalia has motorcycles on the brain. After poring through vintage photograph books and studying up on different models and biker culture, Ahluwalia (one half of Sachin + Babi
) bit the bullet and bought himself a Harley Iron 883 as a reward for wrapping Fall. The label has been moving away from its reputation for ornate embroideries, and this collection had a true grit to it, with mechanic-inspired looks and straight silhouettes. The palette was black, beige, and navy, with pops of a ruby found on a sari in Sachin's mother's closet. A tough pair of sandwashed pants with cargo pockets had adjustable biker straps so the legs don't get caught—very authentic. And one dress that had a leather bodice and a skirt of georgette strips pieced together for a shredded effect was very rock 'n' roll. Ditto a silk blouse with Mongolian lamb sleeves (Sachin explained that they wanted volume without shoulder pads), and a long coat in the same shaggy fur with slick leather sleeves. Another highlight was the edgy jewelry, with sharp earrings and amulet collars based on Indian fighting daggers. The design duo continues to evolve their brand, and they were born to be wild here.