If the older ones are not careful, a new breed of designers are sure to edge them out and take their positions soon. That was the message given by the young designers at the Defining Future of Fashion: 5 Years of GenNext show on the second day of the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai on Saturday evening.
LFW, which started promoting young talent right from the first season, completed five years of providing a platform for young and talented designers. At the show, 10 chosen designers — Nitin Bal Chouhan, Rahul Mishra, Rimzim Dadu, Sailex, Aneet Arora, Kallol Dutta, Nachiket Barve, Swapnil Shinde, Kunal Rawal and Anuj Sharma — presented designs that literally set the fashion runway on fire with expectations and more expectations for the future. There’s no doubt that these are some of the best in terms of talent and creativity that India has seen so far in the fashion design industry.
What was a relief was the absence of Bollywood celebrities on the fashion runway. Except for Pooja Batra, who appeared for a designer, there were hardly any celebs either on the runway or off it at this fashion week till its second day. Everyone except the shutterbugs seemed not to care about it. Shutterbugs waited patiently downstairs for personalities who never appeared.
The day started well with showings by Amalraj Sengupta, Harangad Singh and Shrivan Narresh. Young Amaraj presented a collection with each garment filled with stitching techniques to the brim (so much so that by borrowing several of techniques from the outfits, he could have easily made an entire collection!). Harnagand, on the other hand, presented a beautiful collection with minimalism in mind.
A word about Shrivan-Narresh — this designer duo who started recently, will really go very far in their career. A beautiful colour palette in mild hues, perfectly executed swimwear and beach wear and saris in the most contemporary manner with absolutely naked surfaces that were made perfectly well, made their collection one of the best that I have seen on any of the Indian fashion week ramp.
Babita M presented her collection of wearable attire while Chennai-based Vivek Karunakaran came out with his presentation of beautiful clothes, again with a minimalist approach to it. Label by Ritu Kumar showed some interesting pret that I know carry some of the best price tags among designer labels.
Little Shilpa and her headgears, while being high on creativity, somewhat lacked the energy that she usually brings in. Same was the case with Vizion. Their collection that I saw last season was more appealing than what they showed this time. However, it was still very wearable and stylish. Sailex had some interesting eveningwear.
Lakme studio's presentation of Arjun Saluja's collection for Catwalk by TIGI was one of the strongest shows on any catwalk that I have ever seen. Arjun's interpretation of structured clothing balanced well with fluidity and the sleek hairdos by TIGI's hair experts matched well. The show drew attention from all quarters.