While it’s always dicey to host a Menswear Day on just the second day of a Fashion Week, the folks at Lakme seem to be gliding by smoothly. With the celebrity brigade in full attendance, the designers were guaranteed an eager audience.
Little Shilpa’s accessory show won her accolades again for a collection that brought out her sense of dark humour. Virtues Men saw Ashish, Viral and Vikrant try their hand at menswear after their particularly disastrous women’s line at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. Note to the trio: This comedy of errors is no longer entertaining.
Troy Costa raised the energy levels by kicking off his show with a live saxophone solo, he got the crowd’s feet tapping.. and raised the temperature with his thigh-hugging skinny pants and close-cut waistcoats. Who knew that over-sized glasses could be so sexy? Costa brought the curtains down by introducing hot-to-trot Marc Robinson and the entire posse of models.
Only so much
Krishna Mehta kept the ‘live act’ going with a rendition of Joseph and his Technicolour Coat accompanied by a flutist. Unfortunately there’s only so much of narration that one can take before it starts to distract from the garments. Even showstoppers Kunal Khemu, Cyrus Broacha and Boman Irani couldn’t stifle the collective yawn that ran through the audience.
The Mai Mumbai show was a testament to Lakme’s professionalism. Instead of handing out as many passes as could be printed, the team ensured that gate crashers and ‘friends-of-friends’ weren’t allowed to create a mob.
Naomi Campbell opened the show.. followed by Farhan Akhtar, Milind Soman, Kunal Kapoor, Malaika Arora Khan, a blushing Mehr and Arjun Rampal among others. Narendra ‘Nari’ Kumar closed the show with another contemporary ensemble. Live act Shaair and Func performed.. though someone should have mentioned that it was about the designs, not them. Monica Dogra’s sudden jump and dance act in front of the cameras couldn’t have made the designer too happy.