What makes a good fashion week? A bunch of talented fashion designers, a set of professionals to put it together, a hard task master in control of the main show, good models area and a great venue to host it. I think Lakme Fashion Week that ended recently was a good week. I believe rather strongly that talent is inherent and doesn’t necessarily come with experience.
This was seen in the collections of several designer labels such as Vizyon, 11.11 by Cell DSGN, Nachiket Barve, Amalraj Sengupta, Harangad, Sashikant Naidu, Masaba, Myoho, Rimzim Dadu, Kallol Dutta, Anand Kabra and Nidhi and Divya Gambhir.
This is more than the number of seasoned designers who put together their shows. So that’s good. The talent at this fashion week was really good, except that some of them chose to mix wool and other winter fabrics in their collections. That was wrong. If the theme assigned is ‘summer/resort’ they should stick to it if they want to be taken seriously.
The event organisers must look at this aspect next time, along with the right distribution of better shows even on the first day. This time first day was bit of a drab for me with poor shows. Shyamal & Bhumika, however, moved away from their usual and came out with something entirely different. I would like to see Sabyasachi doing the same, some day.
Then comes the might of IMG which put the event together. Everything went with clock work precision with shows, barring a couple of sponsored ones and the grand finale, starting not later than 15 minutes. Each season models, stylists, hair and makeup artistes and choreographers come out and say the same thing; that the back stage is just perfectly laid out. This time, it seemed really did.
Models were very good too (except one who looked like a man and another who walked as if she just had a hemorrhoid surgery). Lisa Haydon sizzled, Sanea Sheikh walked tall and Ashika made a good debut. While Diandra Soares made a statement with her tonsured head, Candice Pinto and the rest made sure that the runway sizzled with glamour. The onslaught of Bollywood stars that somewhat trivialised LFW was missing this time.
The scattered ones that appeared got very little or nothing from the audience. That too was good.
The Gen Next section that introduced some of the best names in the business today was weak this time.
Perhaps LFW should rework on the selection process and get in really talented names that did well in the past seasons. Also, it should make sure that all collections appearing on the runway, are as per the theme assigned.