Namrata Joshipura never disappoints. At the ongoing Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, she once again proved that designers should stay as far from the shine of crystals and zari-zardozi as possible and come out with designs that dazzle on their own… well, if they call themselves designers, that is!
Namrata is also one of the few who can be counted on the finishing part — scored there too. Being paired with such a brilliant designer as Namrata in the show slot is no cakewalk on the runway either. But youngsters Gauri & Nainika managed to pull off their show with panache, especially with Bollywood damsel Bipasha Basu closing it.
The Week has begun well, if the first day is any indication. I loved both Mandira Wirk’s collection as well as that of Kavita Bhartia. While Mandira kept her base theme metallica flowing through her collection in muted forms, Kavita made sure that the brilliance of colours was introduced successfully garment after garment in her Autumn/Winter offering at the Fashion Week.
Suneet Varma offered his element of surprise when he moved away from heavy surfaces to come out with bright hues and flattering silhouettes. And there were more surprises too: Ranna Gill unveiled a pleasant collection throwing in her signature prints liberally — pants that came through her collection are something a figure conscious girl should lunge for. Lecoanet-Hemant on the other hand contributed their share through an impeccably designed and presented collection. The first day ended with a bang when Rohit Bal flung in a collection which threw the audience ‘off balance’ with an interesting mix of impeccably tailored garments with a range of concept dresses.
A few good shows can hold a fashion week and if this trend continues, this Fashion Week might prove to be one of the most visually satisfying experiences. Moving away from shows, I think time management by the Fashion Design Council of India should improve.
I can’t see any reason why, even after holding Fashion Weeks for several seasons now, a show cannot start on time — one show was delayed by 45 minutes and the last one by over an hour!