It’s set to be a high-profile affair, replete with the who’s who of the Indian fashion fraternity showcasing their creative genius on long-legged models sashaying down the ramp. Having begun in Chandigarh on Saturday, the Seagram’s Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2013 will be a six-day affair encompassing six Indian cities and ending in Mumbai on November 24.
From JJ Valaya, Rocky S, Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani, Vikram Phadnis, Wendell Rodricks and Gaviin Miguel to Pankaj & Nidhi — name the designer who’s helped shape the fashion industry and he/she is there. Though the tour’s two days in Chandigarh will only see works by Neeta Lulla, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Vikram Phandnis and Wendell Rodricks, they are enough to set fashion lovers’ tongues rolling. Here are excerpts of fashion updates from Neeta Lulla and Falguni & Shane Peacock on Day 1 of the fashion extravaganza at Hotel Mountview, Sector 10, Chandigarh.
Queen of Bollywood styling stays loyal to the sexy sari
Calling her collection for Blenders Pride Fashion Tour flirty, sensuous and exciting, Neeta says she has always incorporated the traditional with a hint of contemporary. “My collection is fun. I broke through the usual mindset that believes a sari is always to be tucked in. Instead, I have given it a global appeal by using a lot of tassles, fabrics such as chiffon, crepe and lycra,” adds the designer.
Neeta’s showstopper actress Neha Dhupia was seen adorning a vintage sari drape, representing the fashionistas of the ’20s and ’30s. The designer has almost 10 National Awards to her credit for best costume designing for various films. Neeta tells us she is now ready to create something unique for Rajinikanth’s upcoming Tamil film Kochadaiiyaan: The Legend. “This movie is India’s first photo-realistic performance capturing film. I desgined almost 600 costumes in sketches, not fabric, out of which 150 were selected. Having to design sketches means every detail will stand out, leaving out any scope of cheating,” she smiles. Another film, Rudramadevi, which is a biopic on a warrior princess, has Neeta excited.
Presently running the Neeta Lulla School of Fashion in Mumbai, the designer says she stays busy advising the glamour-struck youngsters. “They think fashion is about glamour. But, this business demands hard work. And, if they don’t end up as designers, I tell them it’s not the end of the world, there are more glamour-rich fields,” Neeta says.
Quiz her on her secret of looking young, and she laughs, “Work, work and work. Meditation makes one look younger and for me, work is meditation.”
Rock and roll with some feathers tucked in
Designer couple Falguni and Shane Peacock stormed the fashion scene with their love for rock and roll, staying on to be known for their out-of-the-box ideas and trademark use of feathers as embellishment. For the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour, Falguni and Shane are showcasing their Spring/Summer 2014 line, which is an extension of their New York Fashion Week collection. They now plan to set up shop in ‘The Big Apple’. “The international market is very competitive. So, showcasing our collection with high-end brands like Gucci was a great experience. We will soon have a head office in New York, though Peacock Bride will remain our India-based brand,” says Shane.
Their love for western outfits is permanent, which Falguni justifies, “People in even the smaller cities of the country wear western clothes. Our collection is all about evening wear, with garments having laser cut and mesh on dresses. We’ve also played with a lot of colours on a base of white.” Falguni & Shane Peacock is one of the few brands to have an impressive international clientele including singers Fergie and Cheryl Cole and hotel heiress Paris Hilton.
Apart from stores in New Delhi and Mumbai, the duo is also planning to open an exclusive outlet in Chandigarh. Don’t they think people prefer shopping online now? “Abroad, people don’t have the time to go to a store, so shopping for them is only a click away. I feel e-shopping has made people learn about their right statistics too, such as their hip size or the length of their trousers,” says Shane.