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Futuristic accent

On Day 2 at fashion week the designers added an edgy touch and modern energy to fashion staples.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 18, 2012 01:55 IST
Wonder drapes

What Worked

Tarun Tahiliani
Wonder drapes
Designer Tarun Tahiliani’s showing in had fabulous drape gowns fit for a red carpet evening. The gowns will sure have many Bolllywood A-listers queing up for designer’s collection. The range begins Rs8,000 onwards.

Kavita Bhartia
Simple chic
Gold tights worn with kurtas withsurface ornamentation were seen. The accessory tip to take home was the big bali-style earrings. The outfits were priced between Rs7,000-Rs15,000.

Gaurav Gupta
Elegant Touch
The dresses had sharp finishing. There was an interesting use of long zippers. The edgy feel was the key in most pieces. The collection starts from Rs8,000 and goes up to Rs30,000.

Aneeth Arora
Smart Layering
Pero by Aneeth Arora had her signature style of maximum style with a minimalist attitude. The clever layering of fall separates put in a casual yet trendy manner is a sure tip to take back home.

Raakesh Agarvwal
Diva Charm
The designer showed some high glam gold short skirts and fitted gowns.The range was priced from Rs5,000 and went up to Rs90,000.

... and what didn’t

Chandrani Siingh Fllora
DUD SHOWSTOPPER
When the designer dragged Big Boss contestant Pooja Misra on to the runway, unfortunately it didn’t quite act as the icing on the cake. In fact, it looked like a decayed mango accidentally stepped on the ramp.

Dhruv and Pallavi
Frou frou joke
When Druv and Pallavi of Taurus showed their over-frilly versions of anarkalis paired with gold churidars it seemed that the fashion torture was at its peak. The garments had frills and bling put together haphazardly.

Fashion editor’s take on Day 2

High point
Gaurav Gupta’s skin-peeling dresses stood out, while Gaurav Jai Gupta handwove Swarovski into fabrics and turned them into uncomplicated workwear. Kanika Saluja’s fusion proved that an accessory designer can morph into an apparel designer.

Low point
The day hit its lowest moment when a depressing collection by Chandrani Siingh Fllora was butchered with a C-grade wannabe Pooja ‘Who?’ Missra. If Isha and Kartikeya (Dozakh) can shake out of their college assignment hangover and rework their Baroque-inspired collection, there may be hope.

High point
Kanika Saluja’s ‘Annaika’ was a strong, slick collection. There was masculine tailoring softened to suit the women’s body. Heavy use of hardware done in a glam way was something other young designers should learn from.

Low point
Also from the same show. Kanika’s showstopper was the beautiful Chitrangda. She was styled in this sort of ‘Cleopatra-ic’ manner. And while Chitrangda could be India’s answer to Cleopatra, it jumped and detracted from the slick and urban feel the use of the show had.

Off the record

More goss from the front row

Front row power women
At Kanika Saluja’s show, sitarist Anoushka Shankar and model-actor Lisa Hayden, who were the front row guests, were the main attention grabbers. The cameras didn’t stop clicking for the ladies.

Models brave the cold evening
At Tarun Tahilini’s show, held at open terrace in Blue Frog, the cold weather was extreme. Tears could be seen drip from the models’ eyes who braved the chill.

No business at stalls?
While the stall area at fashion week has some interesting collections, many designers showcasing accessories at the stall complained of no business. Designers Pinky Saraf and Rashmi Dogra were heard ruing that too many fashion weeks result in less buyers.

Twitterati
Here’s a round up of some of the most interesting and witty tweets about the ongoing fashion week
@ThePickyC Tarun Tahiliani's Ottoman empire inspired collection was stunning!! We were freezing bt that's okay ;) #WIFW
@YashicaDutt Just noticed, Manoviraj Khosla sans his long, unruly salt&pepper hair. Almost unrecognisable bald. #WIFW
@Anushka Manchanda Full chaos backstage at #WIFW..but that's normal! Getting ready to get onstage..starting Rakesh Agarvaal's show with some 'Fever' ;)
@VogueIndia Lots of skin at Gaurav Gupta #WIFW
@Prajakta Hebbar @imsopraj Only half a day at #WIFW & have watched 13 shows so far. Ready to bang my head against a wall. Or sprint down the runway screaming. Or both

Fashion for a noble cause
Designer Manish Malhotra, who is associated with actor Shabana Azmi’s Mijwan foundation, dedicated his show to 65 artisans who gained employment with the designer after he discovered their work in Kashmir while shooting for Rockstar.

Text: VINOD NAIR, ZOFEEN MAQSOOD, SURABHI CHAUHAN, ROMA ARORA, Priyanka Monga
Photographs: Raj K Raj, M Zhazo