Sachin + Babi
aimed for the stars with a celestial-themed Fall collection that was a futuristic departure for the label. After recently taking up scuba diving, designers Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia became neoprene converts, and traded out their signature embroideries and intricate beadwork for the high-tech fabric that remains all the rage in the contemporary market. The spongy stuff added structural appeal to sweatshirts, shifts, and miniskirts featuring a striated aurora borealis print. Those pieces gave the lineup a more commercial edge, but they also suggested a deviation from the brand's consistent point of view. Ombré tweed jackets and folded organza skirts, on the other hand, felt a bit more identifiable. The dressed-up tracksuit with allover sequins was a standout look, which captured this season's new sporty focus and also played to Sachin + Babi's established strengths.