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Menswear blows haute

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 23, 2009 16:44 IST

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The last day of WIFW began with a quirky presentation by designer Nida Mahmood whose show, ‘High on Chai’, was replete with street flavour. The collection had patent leather pants embellished with chai motifs and graffiti. Multi-paneled and patchwork saris were good.

‘Ekru’ by Ekta and Ruchira had silk tunics and huggers with surface-texturing. The designers made a mark with the chiffon saris with appliqué work and brocade borders. The deep-hued silk blousons with full sleeves looked apt for winters.

Charu Parashar’s line was high on surface prints in moss green, earthy browns and muted yellows. High-waist dhoti pants, bandhgala jackets, one-shoulder huggers with fur border, velvet coats and quilted bolero jackets shone on the ramp. The ‘powerful women’ line was accessorised by pagdis.

‘Anky’ by Anjana Bhargav had unstructured tunics in pashmina weave. The palette had leaf green to yellow, mud brown, blue and brick red.

Paras and Shalini’s did justice to only a few pieces in the collection. The colour story was black with hints of grey in wrap and tulip dresses, tunics, satin maxis and pleated dresses.

Manoviraj Khosla’s menswear collection had neat silhouettes with details like kantha work and floral trims. The collection had a sporty feel due to the use of hues like red, brown, yellow, grey and black. Rajvi Mohan’s ‘Devil May Care’ collection was heavy on fabrics like wool, velvet and tweed. Colours like grey, white, red and black dominated the line.

Sanchita’s collection experimented with techniques like patchwork and combined fabrics like satin and jersey. Copper and aubergine were prominent hues. Puja Nayyar’s ‘Golden Girl in the Mystic Land’ went through different phases including marriage and pregnancy. There was crochet work, cardigans with pearl embroidery, fleece tunics, elbow-length cuffs and extensive use of the fabric, shaneel.

Ashish N Soni’s mens’ suits were slim-fit, piped with velvet. Pink and green shoelaces added a dandy touch. Lots of
taffeta and detailing like leather beads was used. Appliquéd floral embroidery made his women’s line fab too. The Grand Finale show by JJ Valaya, with opulent treatment and detailing, was every bit royal. He sealed the dominant trend of metallic sheen by using lurex woven and foil-printed fabric patterned to accentuate feminine curves.

Wardrobe must-haves:

Fleece cardigans and devil collars were a rage on the runway.
Quilted jackets are being seen as the haute faves for the coming season.
Origami print dress and cropped brocade silk pants are quite in vogue as well.

Hits & Misses:

Hits: Show stoppers Kabir Bedi and Dimple Kapadia left the audience spellbound when they sashayed down the runway for JJ Valaya. The photojournalist contest organised by WIFW also got the shutterbugs excited.

Misses: The media didn’t get enough time between shows to interact with the buyers.

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