Day one, day two… who can keep track? The first official day of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week began with an announcement that all designers who missed out on a show in the melee of the previous day’s police problem would be allowed to show, free of cost, on Monday.
The shows, elephantine in nature, visibly wore down the crowd as designers refused to edit collections. Kotwara by Meera and Muzaffar Ali could have ended their show three times before it actually did, showing enough garments to dress an army. Same with Kavita Bhartia, whose line-up of 58 garments had the guests gawking.
By the last show, ANKY by Ankita and Anjana Bhargav, the models walked by in a blur and the invitees were talking and yawning openly, except for Sonam Kapoor, who was playing the role of the serious fashionista to the hilt (must have had something to do with her being the official face of the show sponsors).
Kavita Bhartia didn’t bother to deviate from her traditional cheerleader frilly skirts. You can’t help wondering if her clientele are stuck in Neverland, where they just don’t grow up. But luckily, she had some elegantly embellished totes and sling bags in her collection to bring you back to the present.
Not So Serious by Pallavi Mohan, used Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland theme to illustrate her fairy world. Models walked by in cheap imitations of the Mad Hatter’s millinery work, probably because Mohan seemed focused on her crochet and knitting skills. Beaded bugs and butterflies rested on
knitted flowers; but these could barely be noticed in the over-crowded collection.
Koga by Jenjum and Jasleen, used gold-tinted safety pins and ghungroos (bells) as embellishment on their draped dresses... With their clothes chiming, models on the ramp literally walked to their own tune. Over-sized safety pins and razor blades hanging on long chains were used as jewellery.
Rock ‘n’ Roll
Label by Ritu Kumar, the affordable line by Amrish Kumar, showed a definite move away from the sometimes-dressy, sometimes-dowdy clothes that the original line was famous for. You could sense a Rock ‘n’ Roll feel to the line as models in slick hair and shiny lips pouted for the cameras, dressed like Aerosmith groupies in sequined leggings, chain-mail fedoras and super-short dresses. Mama Kumar looked quite proud.
Gaurav Gupta went mad with tartan prints, sneaking a line from the late Alexander Mcqueen. While no one can fault the designer’s skill with structure, the saga of over-powering tartan made it difficult to pay attention after the first 25 pieces. Luckily, he threw in a couple of well-cut jackets in black to wake up the crowd.