The scene on the final day of the HDIL Couture Week was markedly different from what we've become used to. No crowds, sparse celebrity sightings and a general low-key energy. Not what you'd expect for the last day of one of the most glamourous events in town.
Starting the night off was Arjun Khanna, and his menswear collection. The stage was set up to look like an English Lord's private study — low tables with old books and reading lights were soon occupied by models in fitted coats, riding breeches and made up to look like they had just gotten into a bad scuffle. Showstopper Abhay Deol's handyman outfit failed to make a mark though and the star was busy holding on to his utility belt as if it were going to fall off. The designer himself would have been the ideal showstopper, making his entrance on a roaring bike, dressed to the nines in a sharply cut suit.
Shahab Durazi's much awaited finale was characteristically different from any other show. Being a master of his game, it's difficult to comment on Durazi's garments without drawing flak from loyalists. And while he add a Bollywood factor by getting Arjun Rampal to walk as showstopper in an all-female show, Durazi's clothes didn't really blow you away in the way you hoped.