September 16, 2013 London
The first outfit was a skirt laid over a trouser, teamed with a tank top with the minutest of gold embroidery details; it was followed by a kimono-sleeve white trouser look. Then came splendid prints and color combos: "a tree of life" in the hues of a Serengeti sunset mixed surprisingly with a sharp duck-egg blue skirt. There were some intricate lace details in white that were reminiscent of the latticework of doors found in Rajasthan castles, and some trousers with a fan-pleated, cummerbund-esque waist, but the use of the references was subtle and discreet.
In addition to the prints, there were interesting fabrics and textures: a beaded clutch, a denim trouser that masqueraded as silk, a sturdy sweatshirt combined with a lattice silk lace skirt. Design details were also strong: a bandeau, a cutaway at the waist, a tie detail at the back of a blouse. Toward the end of the show, a model came down the runway with a bright tangerine sash diagonal to her body—like, say, a pageant queen. Did Osman know that, the previous night, the first woman of Indian heritage had won Miss America? "No," he said. "But it's bloody well about time."