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Delhi, ‘the’ fashion capital

It’s high time the debate — ‘which metro is the Fashion Capital of India’ — stopped, as at the Lame Fashion Week, Delhi designers held court at the Then, Now & Forever show on the opening day.

fashion and trends Updated: Sep 22, 2009 17:23 IST
Jaydeep Ghosh

It’s high time the debate — ‘which metro is the Fashion Capital of India’ — stopped, as at the Lame Fashion Week, Delhi designers held court at the Then, Now & Forever show on the opening day. Lakme’s decade long association with Indian fashion was celebrated by showcasing the evolution of the work of 20 designers who did the grand finale shows of 20 Lakme Fashion Weeks over 10 years. No points for guessing, majority of them were from Delhi!

The show featured creations of bigwigs Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani, JJ Valaya, Suneet Varma and Ritu Beri — all Delhiites. Beri, however, presented her Bridal Asia collection showcased in Delhi few days ago as her ‘then’ creation. Guess she missed the key point — the design evolution over the decade! Then we had Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rina Dhaka, Malini Ramani, Varun Bahl, Manju and Bobby Grover, and Raghavendra Rathore taking Delhi’s tally to 11 out of 20 top Indian designers.

Mumbai versus Delhi is a passionate issue for their respective denizens and I, too, am one of them. The drive from the Mumbai airport to my hotel in Juhu and then to the LFW venue made me realise how better we Dilliwallahs are in terms of infrastructure. The traffic in Mumbai crawls, but hats off to the disciplined Mumbaikars, who unlike us, don’t cut lanes and honk their horns out. By the way, a latest study revealed that drivers who are virgin, honk more often. I’m sure if Sheila Dikshit propagates this to Delhites, honking will come down. High on libido Delhi drivers wouldn’t like to be known as virgins, right?

The glam quotient in LFW was low. What could be worse than Manish Malhotra’s show having no filmy showstopper? Recession has affected the Week rather adversely. In Delhi, even the debut Men’s Fashion Week was packed with after parties every night but day one at LFW was bereft of parties. Rahul Akerkar’s new fancy place, Tote, came to the rescue of the party-hearty crowd. Actors Imran Khan and Arshad Warsi, too, queued up for drinks there.

I also stood witness to the war of the glossies at LFW. While Vogue India was given four-plus front-row seats, Harper’s Bazaar had to do with two. Not fair! I even saw socialite Queenie Singh sitting in the front-row with new beau Farhad, while business tycoon Gautam Singhania and Nawaz Modi were asked to stand as their seats were already grabbed. Uff, this front-row politics is very vicious!