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Gen Next designers stole the show

fashion-and-trends Updated: Mar 04, 2012 15:33 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times
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The first day of this season’s Lakme Fashion Week started with a positive note from a bunch of young designers at the Gen Next show (LFW in the past has produced someof the best known names in the industry today through this springboard). While all of them had elements of spark in their creations, what really stood out was the collectionby Meghna Garg. She played around well with her silk organza fabric with layeringand digital printing. Crisp and very feminine, her collection was well made and well executed.

Another outstanding collection was by Yogesh Choudhary. His usage of stripes in varied forms and silhouettes, both Indian and western, and notably a sari in a very contemporary presentation, was highly noticeable. Stripes in vertical and horizontal formats gave his collection a very chic look with a minimalist appeal and it was very easy for him to stand out on the runway.

James Ferriera is known well for his minimalism and maximum appeal and this time too,the designer successfully brought in that same appeal to his collection, using tie and dye and bandhini on his fabric, along with techniques like looped hemlines, kerchief drapes, gathering and geometric cuts. His collection was neat and on straight lines with a very radical appeal woven around it.

With long, golden, singular embellishments running sometimes vertically, sometimes horizontally and some times both ways through her garments, the western silhouettes presented by Drashta were pleasing to the eye. They were made using colour blocking techniques, pleated fronts and inverted seams in a variety of colours and fabrics.

Khushali Kumar’s offering on the fashion runway with an array of dresses and gowns for the evening (or even the red carpet) was surprisingly well done, with a metallic interplay on the surface, but in placed strategically. The chain detailing on her gowns and metallic embroidery on her dresses was particularly appealing.

Those with errors Vikram Phadnis’s presentation of creams and gold on traditional Indian silhouettes was appealing enough, and the way he played with prints and detailing was interesting. But the collection, even as a solo presentation, definitely warranted proper editing.

I think it’s about time that young Masaba Gupta started deviating from her usual looks and tried to spring a surprise on the runway. She got her share of ovations from the audience with her old songs presented in newer beats and contemporarily styled garments in vibrant formats that are so typical of her essential style. However a bit more care in the finishing and even more on something creatively different will definitely bring a fresher appeal.

Shivan & Narresh, the designer duo, have by now established themselves as a label with impeccable style and finish. This time the duo managed to bring in the style part successfully on a colour palette that is so their taste, but unfortunately some of the garments looked a bit shabby by way of finishing and fitting. The people who by now have been established as ‘predictably impeccable creators’ somehow seemed to have lost their balance somewhere along the line. That certainly was unfortunate.