It often happens that one tries a bit too hard to make an impact and then the crowd just raises its eyebrows and goes home saying, ‘what the hell!’ I saw that happen at the end of Narendra Kumar’s much-awaited last show of the day. It was a packed hall and the man known for his menswear skills belted out a big line-up of suited and booted men on the fashion runway.
Narendra played the role of a DJ, standing by the side of the runway and playing his music as his models strutted on the runway, most of them attempting what they cannot do jiving down the catwalk. It was meant to make it look like a fun show, but unfortunately it fell flat.
Earlier in the day, two others made similar impacts on the same runway. Eina Ahluwalia’s accessory presentation looked forced and a pain in the neck for the models who wore them around their necks on the runway. The golden boxes and eggs she used seemed way too big on chains and thus more of a burden than adornments. Of course, the cigarette boxes and smaller eggs were somewhat easier on the eye.
Payal Singhal’s offering also leaned more towards jarring than aesthetically pleasing when she attempted heavy ornamentation, using big stones on her garments that came in Indian silhouettes. The employment of embellishments wasn’t done tastefully and they looked way too heavy.
The day’s saving grace actually occurred in the morning, when Nupur Kanoi made a unique and stylish presentation of her collection. She used long tapes of fabrics in a mesh format to treat the surfaces of her creations. This geometry on the surface coupled with her cuts, silhouettes and pleasing colour combinations (of which the white and blue were good) made what was happening on the runway very stylish.
Using organza, chiffon and net, designer duo Shashank Raj and Prajwal Badwe embellished their creations with 3D felt cut outs. The collection was neat and the embellishments made it chic and clean in the way it looked.
Young Ruchika Sachdeva played well not just with her silhouettes, but with her surfaces too. Strategically placed fabric embellishments and conservative colour combinations made her collection admirable and young in appeal. Sidhhartha Tytler had an interesting showing that began with greys and blacks with a few crystals thrown on their surfaces, and then moved on to the shinier side. Silhouettes were western and the collection was varied, with many looks.
Swapnil Shinde, on the other hand, made another space age presentation, something that he is well known for by now. While retaining wearability, the designer stylised his creations with acrylic moulds to match with his theme for the show. Corsets, jumpsuits, jackets, flowy gowns et al were presented in the company of these futuristic accessorisations and that made his presentation very modern.