September 10, 2013
After several seasons of experimenting with ideas all over the map, Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia reined it in for Spring and nailed down their message with a new collection that successfully synthesized their signature specialty fabrications with clean silhouettes. The opening series of crisp white cotton pieces, including an easy tunic dress, boxy jacket, and on-trend culottes, were decorated with peekaboo floral motifs created by lattice stitching. Blooms were incorporated throughout the lineup, but they were done in distinctly abstract ways. Blown-up magnolia petals looked graphic embroidered onto cropped T-shirts and full miniskirts, for example, and tweed biker jackets twinkled with tiny sequined florets. Other standouts included a short cap-sleeve shift featuring a bristly leather fringe hem, as well as full midi skirts cut from sheer organza and tulle. The overall effect was whimsical yet utilitarian, and entirely modern.