This morning, a lot of fashionistas in Delhi will have boarded the flight for Mumbai, and the Mumbai jet set in Delhi will have headed back home. As the curtains come down on the neck-and-neck fashion weeks here — the Delhi Fashion Week and the Wills India Lifestyle Fashion Week — the lights are coming on at the Lakme Fashion Week in the other city.
Designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Lecoanet-Hemant, and Shane and Falguni Peacock, who had shows here, will be joined in Mumbai by one of Indian fashion’s most creative minds — Sabyasachi Mukherjee, who will close the week with a grand finale show — along with dozens of others.
The fashion weeks here were marked by everything from a stupendous show by designer Rohit Bal, who surpassed himself in scale and grandeur to a ‘runway malfunction’ involving Bollywood actor Boman Irani to an after-
party turning into a brawl.
Nobody who has ever tripped on the ramp could have a made a comeback half as graceful as actor Boman Irani did at the Wills Lifestyle Fashion Show on Saturday. While walking on the runway for designer Anita Dongre, he tripped and slid off the ramp, but in the blink of an eye, he jumped back, and continued modelling alongside actress Shabhana Azmi with his usual style and humour.
In fact, he salvaged the situation so effortlessly that most viewers thought the actor, famous for his comic talent, had done it deliberately, as a planned or impromptu addition to the entertainment. However, Boman confirmed that it was a false step.
“Confidence is a part of good acting. I fell off the ramp, but the adrenaline took care of it. Otherwise, I would have fallen on my face,” he said.
Rubbing shoulders with fashion is not new for Boman. He started his career as a photographer. “From those days, I know the fashion world,” he says. “So this wasn’t new, but yes, walking on the ramp got my adrenaline rushing.”
At the end of DFW on Saturday, the celebrations got a little too wild at the after-show party. As the shirts came off a few male models, the DJ asked that they put their clothes back on and a scuffle ensued. Rohit Bal, who was there with his friends, appealed for calm, but got the middle finger. Bottles flew, and some got hurt. The scene ended with the men in khaki arriving to take control.