Looking at the show schedule for the last day of WIFW, it almost seemed like the organisers had forgotten about this day. With only Anita Dongre and Tarun Tahiliani worth any mention, attendees were overheard wondering how they were going to kill their time.
Socialites Preeti Chandra and Urvashi Kaur presented their collections, and given that the front row was packed with cheering friends and family who didn't seem to mind the stained garments and faulty finishing, perhaps it would have been better as a living room exhibition. And really, lurex saris should have been restricted to item numbers in Bollywood.
Speaking of item numbers, Charu Parashar kicked off her show with two ladies who were desperately trying to be flamenco dancers and failing miserably. Watching the two flail their arms in an attempt to do the Spanish style dance was a completel distraction from the garments, but perhaps that was the motive all along.Anita Dongre came like a breath of fresh air, reminding all present that her collection was part of her continuing work with India's cotton farmers. Summer whites and scoop-backed bustier dresses were all done in Dongre's commercially accessible style. They are certain to fly off the shelves when they hit stores in February.
Predictably, at Tarun Tahiliani's grand finale, the celeb quotient finally rose with Shilpa Shetty and Chitrangada Singh walking for the veteran designer. Sadly, for Chitrangada, most people failed to recognise her, despite her name being clearly printed on the cue sheet.
With the absence of celebrities, the focus shifted to designers, and the many who shouldn't have made the cut. While young designers are hopeful that with veterans skipping a season or two, they will get more chances to shine, it's time Delhi's socialites stick to the front row and not masquerade as designers.
Trend: Organic fabric
Designer: Anita Dongre
She says she wants to dress the world, and Anita Dongre is on the right track with her eco-friendly, but completely desirable dresses. Forget Fab India drab, think sexy but sensible.
Trend: Bejewelled necklines
Designer:Mynah by Reynu Tandon
Chunky faux jewels stitched onto the neckline means less worrying about whether your jewellery matches your garment. But wear with caution, there's a fine line between classy and christmas tree.
Designers: Preeti Chandra and Urvashi Kaur.
If hot pants are not your style, you can still escape the summer heat in calf-length capris. Slim-fitted and paired with baby doll tops, these can work from the beach to brunch.