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Such unnecessary tamasha...

It came as a surprise when a big deal was made about entertainment in some shows by other designers, writes Umesh Jivnani.

fashion and trends Updated: Oct 29, 2008 18:20 IST
Umesh Jivnani

The Lakme Fashion Week had its best moments with new talent that stood out paling the existing bigger names. Their shows were magical thanks to the fresh and novel ideas.

Out of the bigger names, I enjoyed Arjun Khanna’s Ice Cream inspired extravaganza and Vikram Phadnis’ Showtime gala the most. So, it came as a surprise when a big deal was made about the entertainment factor in these shows by other designers.

Anil Chopra sounded harassed after a couple of designers complained to IMG and Lakme about the drama in Vikram’s show. They were upset about Shiamak Davar and his troupe singing and dancing on stage in the show. An unperturbed Vikram was quick to defend himself, “I refuse to buckle just because some designers are making an unnecessary issue. It was a sponsored show and I completely stand by Shiamak’s performance. And why is it that only designers seem to be upset? Look carefully, there are so many rules and guidelines that most designers don’t follow. Why not bring that up?”

Here, I think he was hinting at Arjun Khanna and Sabyasachi Mukerjee who used more than the permitted number of models for their shows.

I think it was enjoyable fun and entertaining and not to be taken too seriously. In the past, there have been gimmicky angles in so many shows for media mileage.

Every designer wants maximum coverage, not only for the collection but for overall effort at the Fashion Weeks. If the grouse is that Vikram put in more effort with the presentation of his show than its content, then let’s chill. We’ve seen the same with so many designers in the past too.

All those designs
The newly opened Hermes store in Delhi has an interesting line-up of India-centric accessories that made it stand out as bright and cheerful. Sadly, the brand is always promoted for one of its iconic bags — the Birkin.

There is so much to Hermes, I realised as I looked around the store. The scarves and handbags designed by Indians working with the brand made me proud. Ramesh Nair and Harsha Nandabattlu Shivashankhar have designed the Carre Kantha and Colour Masala scarves for Hermes. Ramesh Nair has also designed the newly launched Paris-Bombay bag, which is sure to become a Hermes’ bestseller.

Now, that’s contemporary
Three distinctive designers — Anita Lal of Good Earth, Pinakin Patel of Pinakin and Vikram Goyal of Viya Home have come up with an exhibition collaborating to produce collections of art, artefacts, textiles and furniture under the common theme of Vrindavan.

While Good Earth has created furnishings and accessories, Pinakin has furniture and Viya Home has stunning pieces in metal and also displayed antique pichwais — all part of the Vrindavan theme.

Check out the beautiful products at Good Earth till the end of the month — perfect for the festive season.