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Style comes first

Young designers proved their mettle with well-crafted creations on day four of the fashion week.

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 30, 2010 01:20 IST
Vinod Nair

Rajesh Pratap Singh did what he does best at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Grand Finale — that if you know how to cut, the rest comes naturally. His creation showed that maximum effort in producing minimalist creations result in abundant success. He created narrow tux pants that added style, a patchwork red on black coat, a crinkled greyish silver suit and dresses with surface detailing done with buttons. The designer outdid himself, proving that he’s now beyond his signature pin tucks.

I did not quite understand why a talented young designer Varun Sardana chose to delay his show by more than 90 minutes. He removed several rows of seats and made guests sit on the floor. The seating arrangements were a farce and made no difference to his showing as models walked just the way they do for other shows. Such gimmicks weren’t really needed and FDCI may want to rethink permitting such unwarranted delays.

Nandita Mahtani’s collection on Sunday showed that evenings in the coming days will be more chic than ever before. Her dresses, coats and white kaftan among many others had controlled sheen and plenty of elegance. It was good to see Nandita Basu showing her collection after a long time. Her creations were neat (sequin dresses with Japanese figures on the surface) and very nicely made. Anupama Dayal’s collection had surface ornamentations this time. Siddhartha Tytler had some interesting and stylish pieces. Rakha and Rabani’s long dresses and gowns didn’t quite work.

Rishta by Arjun Saluja’s avant-garde creation made women look stronger than ever before. Prashant Verma’s well-edited collection, had some extremely stylish and well-crafted creations.The rest of the showings, except probably Ekru by Ekta and Ruchira, fell below the standards of such an event. It may be a good idea to choose better collections or control the number of participating in the coming seasons.


Experiment gone wrong
Designer Varun Sardana’s show had its fair share of glitches, besides the 90-minute delay in starting. The audience was made to sit on the floor, which would’ve been a nice experiment but for the smoke machines that were placed next to some people. Those near the machines had to cover their eyes and noses whenever the machines started smoking! There was also a problem with the background music in the middle of the show, during which some models walked on stage in pin drop silence.

Violence on the ramp

Punches, screams and weapons
That was the background music for designer Prashant Verma’s show, which scared the audience as much as enthralled them. The show opened with a film, which Verma directed himself, as well as acted in. “The violence you saw is not physical violence... it exists inside you,” he said.

Behind the scenes
When designer Ashima Singh came to take a bow after her show, she had with her Navita Devi, a Madhubani artist from village called Kansi in Bihar. Ashima said, “Navita has hand painted the Madhubani paintings that you saw on the garments in my collection. I thought these artist are always at the back stage so why not let people know about them.”

Silver lining
Metallic colours and bling are hot this season. Designer Khushali showcased a few metallic dresses (R). Jewellery designer Farah Khan (L) was spotted in a bling-y silver dress holding a silver clutch. “Designer Manav Gangwani (also a good friend) gifted it to me,” she said. However, some people were overheard calling Khan’s dress “loud”.