One thing about fashion weeks is that when celebs walk in, the attention of the media turns more towards them than anything else. So, when Bollywood bombshell Mallika Sherawat walked in to see designer Anita Dongre’s show, the lustful gaze of men in the audience was overpowered by the wistful looks of their female companions.
But I did concentrate on the clothes (well, she sat in the same row as mine, far enough for me to not be able to see her shadow even). Anita’s collection was as crisp as it can get, with a full line of clean looks, and another line with bit of shine added to it.
Manish Arora, after invading runways in Delhi, London and Paris, presented his collection at the Lakmé Fashion Week runway for the first time, on Friday. His, no doubt, was was the most awaited show of the day, with vibrant colours, exaggeration and vigour accompanied by laser lights and high-energy music. As I’ve always said, each of his garments is like an installation; one needs to spend enough time to understand it. However, the debut rocked.
Krishna Mehta, on the other hand, came out with a collection that was full of Indianness. It bordered around the “couture” feeling, apt for festive seasons.
Digvijay Singh, on his part, presented a more subtle and clean collection in terms of his colour palette and surfaces. The designer made sure that his collection was meant for sophisticated women who believe in the less-is-more concept. Same was the case with Asmita Marwa, who only gets better each time I see her collections. This time, too, her line-up was filled with breathe-easy clothes with clean surfaces and fresh looks.
Forme by Soumitra had some interesting saris.
The GenNext show with young designers Akanksha & Faizal, Jelin Geroge, Zuilee, Pragya & Megha Samor, Maxpencarr by Riddhi & Siddhi and Ruchika Sachdeva were interesting and innovative. The futuristic designs by Akanksha and Faizal, in particular, deserve a special mention.