Spring found Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia in the middle of a colorful garden party. The Ahluwalias know who they are designing for, and for spring they have looked to their strengths: occasion wear, versatile day-to-night outfits, and the sophisticated evening wear details that have become their signature.
“We are a social brand,” Babi said. “Our clothes are designed for special moments for our ladies.” There were watercolor floral prints in brushed cottons and silks, draped column dresses in airy chiffon (cut in varying degrees of modesty to suit all of their customers, Babi said), dresses and teal and black silk moire separates, and playful mini bubble hemlines from Robes. Floral pieces brought texture and a directional daylight angle to the collection, but the Ahluwalias were at their best in the subtle details decorating their true selection of evening wear, especially the monochromatic column dresses with jewel embellishments. and the elegant black and white dresses expertly cut with bow and embellishment accents.
As playful as their clothes often are, Sachin and Babi are very pragmatic when it comes to approaching their collections. “I mean, it’s great to create the dream, but if no one lives in it, it brings me no joy,” Babi said. That’s why all of the brand’s styles are based on wearability. This attention has served them well, and it shows in the subtle details they add to even their most commercial pieces, such as smocking at the back of skirts and tops to make the customer feel comfortable. and breathe at the waist and rib cage. .
The Ahluwalias are banking on getting their clients back on the social scene and looking for the perfect dress for their next function, and with this well-edited assortment of dresses and dressy pieces, they just might find what they need right here.