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Styling shift at fashion week

Day 5 at the fashion week saw a contrast between some brilliantly done lines and some real average stuff.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 21, 2012 02:04 IST

Day 5 at the fashion week saw a contrast between some brilliantly done lines and some real average stuff:

What worked
JJ Valaya
Tradition ahoy

JJ Valaya showed a collection that will be a hit with lovers of ethnic Indian fashion. The designer converted the venue in the grandest possible way with dance, swirl, percussions and theatrics inspired by the Ottoman empire, and an impressive backdrop. Valaya presented a spectacular line up in segmented form as he unveiled both embellished
and clean surfaced creations in a
monochromatic palette.

Meera Ali
Modern touch
Meera Ali’s entry into the western wear segment came as a surprise. An impressive lineup of contemporary wear, extremely stylish, with carefully chosen fabric devoid of any surface treatment, was a treat for the eyes. Her collection was well made and is definitely meant for the young, modern woman. The prices start from R5000 onwards.

... And what didn’t
Abdul Halder
Summer time
The collection made a mark for all things that went awry. Halder decided to showcase swimwear in fall and the the forceful show of skin in the weirdest form was excruciatingly painful to watch. The chosen colour scheme also went horribly wrong and it will be safe to say that the collection was ‘unique’ in its own pathetic way!

Tanvi Kedia
Styling Issues
While some of the outfits that the designer showcased looked wearable, it was the styling with some outfits that took away from the show. Printed tights that could have looked great were not paired with the right tops. Overall, Tanvi’s collection lacked in terms of execution and co-ordination of the pieces showcased.

Rehane
Shabby styles
For a senior designer such as Rehane, her collection for the season went horribly wrong in terms of its execution on the runway. From her first outfit to the last, this was probably one of the worst seen in recent times in terms of look, colour and finishing. The collection was shabby and had no finishing or detailing.

Ritu Pande
Confused chic
The designer showcased a collection that seemed to be a strange mix of gowns and dresses. The rich fabrics, along with bright colours like red was further topped with colourful embellishment near the neckline, making it a case of an overload of elements that created a style discord.

Tahera Peeran
Finishing trouble
Designer Tahera Peeran who showcased at the Hi 5 show, came up with a collection that comprised of wraps and drapes. Sadly, the finishing of all her garments left much to be desired. While one could see that a few dresses could have been wearable, the lack of smart tailoring gave it all away.

Off the record
More goss from the front row
Govinda’s great ramp innings
Actor Govinda, who was seen on designer Reynu Taandon’s show on the last day of the fashion week, was impressive. He smiled on the ramp and looked great in a black suit paired with a gold tie and posed for the shutterbugs.

Model moments
Actor Shazahn Padamsee was the showstopper at Soltee by Sulakshana's show. The actor, all praises for her dress, informed us about her schedule for the promotions of her movie Housefull 2. “I am doing commercial movies now and loving it,” she said.

Trend spotting
Hairbands were a prominent accessory worn by many stars at the Golden Globe Awards that were held earlier this year. We spotted floral headgears, slim headbands and more on fashionistas at the fashion week, as they carried the trend forward.

Pre-poning the event... a right call?
This edition of WIFW was pre-poned by a month to match the International fashion week calendar, but there was a buzz that due to this the business at fashion week was not that great. Designer Puja Arya says, “It’s true that we are clashing with huge giants like New York and London Fashion Week. Business was bound to suffer as many regular buyers didn’t show up.” Accessory designers Pinky Saraf says, “Business is not good. Buyers are less due to all this.”

Photo contest
FDCI and Wills Lifestyle India organised a photo competition during the Tokyo fashion show at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. The contestants sent in their best shot from the show. The award was won by HT City’s Raj K Raj and Zhazo Miachieo among others.

We loved it
When actor Irrfan Khan walked the ramp for designer Meera Ali on the last day of WIFW, he made a mark for his charming demeanour on the runway. Though Irrfan did look that he is new in the catwalk territory, but his candid smile seemed to win the audiences. While the models broke into an impromptu jig on the runway post the show, Khan watched them amused. Irrfan, who was at the event to promote his upcoming film, Paan Singh Tomar looked dashing in fitted trousers and bandgala paired with green muffler. The actor said later, “That dance performance at the end of the show came as a surprise. I was unaware of it. I’m not a great dancer, my soul dances but my body refuses to dance.” On looking dashing on the ramp he says, “I don’t have a fixed fitness routine. I don’t go to gym for muscle building. I love to engage myself in physical sports like football and lawn tennis.”

Fashion editor’s take on Day 5

Neena Haridas, Editor, Marie Claire India
High point
JJ Valaya did what he does best: Indian wear with attention to surface embellishment. Swaying away from Swarovski he focused on embroidery in Turkish motifs on Anarkalis, lehengas and jackets making a luxurious but wearable
collection.

Low point
Young debutants need to quickly get out of their college-grad hangover and make adult clothes — skip OTT ‘creativity’ and please pay attention to detail and finish. Some of the presentations in Hi-5 (debut collections) did not belong in a fashion week.

Priyanka Misra
Fashion director Harper’s Bazaar India

High point

It was undoubtedly the grand finale by JJ Valaya. Given the grandeur of the show and theatrics galore, it was remarkable how Valaya’s delightfully styled, sensitively and sensibly put together collection ‘Azrak’ shone through as the real showstopper. They certainly saved the best for last.

Low point
It was disappointing to not have many substantial discoveries of fresh talent. To top that was the ambiguity of direction as some budding designers steered clear of any good old commercial sense. Was it ignorance or arrogance?

The curious case of couture confusion
One designer who was quite bothered about the showcase of couture during WIFW is Meera Ali. “We are confused as designers. The brief given to us for this fashion week is for Fall-Winter 2012 winter garments. To interpret trends our way for the coming season to showcase to buyers. Yet you see swimwear, resort, and wedding wear being showcased! The organisers have to be very clear about the business model that the event is based on and communicate it to the designers.” The designer showed a simpler, easily wearable collection this time, which she says is a diffusion line from her couture one, which she works on with her husband-artist Muzaffar Ali.

Photographs: Raj K Raj, M Zhazo, Waseem Gashroo