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New kids on the block

If at every fashion week one is on the lookout for bright talents, youngsters like Rahul will go a long way in the design industry.

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 16, 2008 11:53 IST
Vinod Nair

Finally we found him. Rahul Reddy is the new star at this season’s Fashion Week. If at every fashion week one is on the lookout for bright talents, youngsters like Rahul will go a long way in the design industry. What I liked about his collection was his ability to intermingle texturisation and interpretation of the same in his designs.



Silhouettes looked easy going with his garments staying comfortably away from the body. Colours were easy on the eye and the finishing was impeccable. The footwear blended well with his collection, one of the very few I really noticed. Yes, I think Rahul is the man! When it comes to selecting the right footwear, most designers failed. In fact, the whole idea of accessorisation seems to have been paid little attention.



While newcomers offered a wide range of intelligently crafted garments, most of them failed to understand that it is not just the garments but appropriate head-to-toe accessorisation that holds the key to their success. There was a time when fashion weeks used to be dominated by the so-called big names in the industry, but not anymore.



After viewing their collections, some of the relatively newer names in the business (like Rahul Reddy, Abhijeet Khanna and Amit GT; the latter surprised the audience with some of his creations) are now big enough to replace some of the big names in Indian fashion. Their collections were innovative and full of energy. Talking about energy, Manish Arora had the audience riveted to their seats with his presentation.



Blinding metallic tones and vibrant hues (something the designer is well-known for) came in the form of creations bordering on outlandish. Footwear too was impeccable and pounding music matched the show. Rajesh Pratap Singh, on the other hand, made sure that this time, design means creativity.



His painstakingly crafted outfits — mostly in black with a fair sprinkle of electric blue and orange hues — came in the form of dresses and hooded tops with plenty of pintucks. Various forms of the pintucks is something Rajesh is well known for. He is the master and once again he went on to prove that.