Masaba—whose looks I have loved and bought since her debut—has developed a reputation for delivering a theatrical showing, which she lived up to for Spring Summer 2015, riffing on the idea of ‘Patakha’. When the models appeared on the runway, each of them were braided with a ‘ladi of patakhas’, which was also the leitmotif of her show for Fiama Di Wills.
The young designer specialises in looks with a quirky vibe and commercial appeal. The sculpted cocktail dresses and long printed skirts were laidback while the palette and embellishment were an interpretation of Fiama Di Wills’ shower jewels. This season was no less quirky in its mix of references—jewels, zodiac signs and patakhas—but a few pieces really stood out, like a gold cocktail dress which moulded itself onto the wearer’s silhouette. Or a red front-open patakha-print dress with a broad gold tasselled hem. Or a long, fluid black skirt printed with oversized white flowers. Yet the image that stayed in mind were of patakhas braiding models’ hair, metallic neckpieces and exquisite gold shoes!! Yes, Masaba always lands on the right side of quirky.