Day Four was a mixed bag. The first cluster of shows — Anand Bhushan, Myoho by Kiran and Meghna and Neha Agarwal were ruled by understated chic, as they paraded outfits in deep hues, emphasised by panels.
The next cluster could well make for a recipe for disaster. Couturewala by Ayan and Preetika (bright orange saris with gold borders), Jyotee Khaitan (bright orange saris with razed and embroidered edges) and Pallavi Jaipur (blue velvet and crushed anarkali tops) put up mediocre stuff.
Sonakshi Sinha walking the ramp for Jaipur did not help either. Pa Shatrughan Sinha walked in a tad bit late, took to a corner on the first row and barely looked at the runway until his daughter made an appearance.
Westside presented extremely wearable collections by Narendra Kumar Ahmed, Manish Gupta and Wendell Rodricks. Formals which were disciplinarian and flirty at the same time, jackets, kaftans and skirts in black and white and a pair of white bell-bottoms in satin made the models look like divas.
Tarun Tahiliani sure knows to create magic with denim. With frayed denim and coloured underlines, pleat detailing on the pockets and intricate designs that blended into the solid, he didn’t disappoint.
The day was also packed with high drama that celebrities brought to the ramp. Akshay Kumar sizzled for Tahiliani’s denim line. The khiladi tried to coax wife Twinkle to join him on the ramp but she laughed it off. However, she obliged Kumar and unbuttoned his jeans.. as part of the ‘Levi’s Unbuttoned’ theme.
Manish Malhotra put up a show that boasted of high energy and celeb presence in full throttle. Think Kareena Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Hrithik and Sussane Roshan, Genelia D’Souza, Preity Zinta, Vikram Chatwal, and Gauri Khan. Shah Rukh Khan walked the ramp in pathani pants, a jacket and a gold and black sling. SRK thanked the audience for having him on the ramp even though he was “not tall enough or good looking enough.” His reference to the pants as a lehenga got a roaring applause.
While it was fun to witness the whole affair, it’s a pity that it happened at a fashion show, where the aim is to urge buyers to place orders, especially with the economic slowdown looming large.