When the event says Summer Resort 2011, you’ll hardly expect to see heavily embroidered lehengas and black leggings on the ramp. Still designer Preeti Kapoor’s elaborate Indian garments could cook any wearer alive if worn in Mumbai’s climes. And the designers behind fashion brand Myoho insisted that they always intended to show Fall/Winter garments, as that fit their production cycles. With a much talked about Gen Next show, the first Japanese fashion show in the city and Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s fashionable acid trip, there was plenty to talk about on day one of LFW. This included a model a royal tumble during Sabyasachi's show. As the crowd went 'oh' in unison, the ramp strutter quickly picked herself up before any wardrobe malfunction followed.
Maybe it's just us, but Parvesh and Jai’s collection seemed to draw heavy inspiration from a familiar source- Manish Arora. From the glittering animal breastplates to the pop art prints and stuffed animal bags, the whole show seemed like an initial prototype of Arora’s now signature style. While the veteran designer should be flattered, our advice to the duo is a little originality goes a long way.
A few months ago, international labels like Marc Jacobs and Prada turned their models into colourful candy stripers. In Mumbai, designer Chaitanya Rao ran with the same point, patterning skirts and jackets. Don’t be afraid to go bright.
Trust Sabyasachi to take Indian fabrics and handicraft and make it look like something out of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe. His delicate lace blouses paired with sweeping maxis drew a chorus of oohs and aahs from the crowd.
Ok, so they didn’t have robots on the runway, but the Japanese designers did have shoes that became the talk of the town long after the show ended. Heel-less platforms from Somarta by Tamae Hirokaro took you back to the future, while clunky wooden heels from Arai Sara would threaten to send any shoe lover into fetish mode.
Spot the celeb
While the veterans have turned away from using celeb showstoppers on the runway, the young guns have probably used this opportunity to get a little extra media mileage themselves. But when Geeta Basra took to the stage for designers Parvesh and Jai, most people in the audience had major question marks on their faces and whispers of "Who is she?" filled the room. Riya Sen for Arpan Vohra doesn’t fare much better, given that the petite actor can hardly be deemed a celebrity in this town.
With an earthquake and tsunami ravaging their country, Japanese designers showcasing at LFW struggled to keep their minds focused on the show. Yoshie Tajima, brand consultant for the group, revealed, “The phone lines were down and we couldn’t contact our families. But everybody turned to Twitter to say that they were ok. That was a big relief for me.”