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Mostly hits, some blips

fashion-and-trends Updated: Apr 01, 2009 15:02 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times
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High-voltage glamour, excellent creativity and a few scattered nonsensical attempts by participating designers marked Day 4 of Lakmé Fashion Week.

The day began with an excellent show put together by three separate young designers. Anand Bhushan, while presenting his well-made collection that included woollen knits on silk in dresses, skirts and tops, reminded the audience that the National Institute of Design is still on top when it comes to creativity.

Yet another well thought out collection was that of Myoho by Kiran & Meghna. Highly wearable, vegetable dyed in tussar and dupion, their line-up was pleasing to the eye with pleats, gathers and structure.

Neha Agarwal brought the National Institute of Fashion Technology back in the race with her separates. Her collection was simple, yet one that made a statement. Woollen attached sleeves and jackets with floral appliques and sequinned collars were particularly noticeable.

If fashion is all about taking to the mass, then Manish Gupta, Narendra Kumar and Wendell Rodricks did just that by designing exotic creations for Westside. The creations of young Manish are always a delight to watch and wear. His burnt orange dress with white sequin motifs and pleated dresses were an absolute delight.

Some of the highlights of Narendra’s chic line-up were khaki pants, striped suits, flat fronts, black linen jacket with white detailing on the edges of the lapels. But I didn’t understand the entry of a pair of Guess jeans (if there were other brands, I think I missed them) on a model.

Winter or summer, Wendell Rodricks does what he does. He sent out a stylish line-up of linen in the form of crisp dresses and chic gowns.

Geisha Designs by Shalini & Paras was another excellent example of good clothing. Their line was in georgette gowns, Lycra jersey pants and garments in silk and net.

Shyamal & Bhumika’s splash of bright prints was refreshing, but I wonder why they presented resort wear in a Autumn/Winter fashion week.

The ability of Nachiket Barve to create textures and then apply them to garments with immense style never ceases to suprise me. Patchworks, appliques, cutworks and embroidery were the hallmarks of his superb show.

Nikasha Tawadey and her label ‘Nikasha’ enthralled the audience when she unveiled her extremely stylish Indian wear in cotton. Saris in muted gold and cream and narrow blouses with puff and long sleeves reaching the elbows defined unmatched elegance.

Tarun Tahiliani’s interpretation of denim for Levi’s showed his mastery of casual elegance. The denim jodhpurs were something! Frayed, distressed or embroidered, the jeans came in all colours and lengths. Truly stylish.

The West and the East met in Manish Malhotra’s scintillating collection in black and gold. Saris were teamed with blouses with shiny gold zipper closures; skirts had pockets; black jeans had golden rivets and button fly; and Shah Rukh Khan closed the show.

There were vain attempts during the day as well. Couturewala by Ayan & Preetika was disappointing. Jyotee Khaitan may want to explore avenues other than designing as her line-up was shocking in the true sense of the word, and Pallavi Jaipur wasn’t impressive enough either.

Hits and misses, but the day was worth watching!