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Being there: Meher & Riddhima AW preview

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Surprisingly, Wednesday night’s Meher & Riddhima Autumn/Winter 2010 collection preview at Boutique 1, Mirdiff City Centre turned out to be a lovely way to end the hectic and literally eventful day. Three separate events were lined up for us to attend that day, and a trip to a laid-back mall outside of the city proper was just what we needed to unwind.

The preview promptly started at six in the evening. It wasn’t so much a show as a group of people getting together to socialise and seeing for themselves M&R’s latest available collection at the multi-brand store. There was no programme, no structure, as there was no need, leaving people free to circulate among fellow sartorialists and discuss the delicately-crafted yet brightly-coloured fashion that was on the menu. Or take people’s photos. Or get their own photos taken for a good narcissistic tripping later on Ahlan Live.

Meher and Riddhima entertain guests at the preview of the design duo’s A/W 2010 collection

M&R’s newest creations are all about recapturing the forgotten glamour of old Hollywood. The collection, dubbed Hollywood Princess, features evening dresses, cocktail dresses, tops and jalabiyas fashioned from flowing chiffons, opulent silks and graceful georgettes in an eye-popping palette – bottle green, fuchsia and purple. There are muted colours available as well, but as far as detailing, one can’t escape the vivid hues that contradict – and give depth to – the understated, sultry tones of mauve and burgundy.

As you can see in the pictures, there’s something for every occassion that you can pick from the new line. Feeling casual but want to avoid looking like a commoner in a tee? A relaxed drapey top would be perfect. Going out with the girls on a Thursday night?  How about one of M&R’s pictorial cocktail dresses? Longing for a larger-than-life aura? Channel a goddess with a heliotrope jalabiya.

Polly Sweet and Sophie Toh in Meher & Riddhima

The colours may look a little washed out in the photos here, but don’t let them keep you from heading over to Boutique 1 to see the collection in the flesh. There’s an exclusive video in the works as well, so watch this space, it just might help you figure out whether vintage glam should be a part of your daily style agenda.

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