Om chants, Baul singers, church bells and azaan — talk of faith in fashion drama! On Sunday, the Lakme fashion week in Mumbai saw Baul singers from Bengal singing hymns at designer Babita Malkani’s show, apart from using other religious sounds as background score.
Though the images of singing and dancing sadhus made for an interesting watch, fashion puritans aren’t pleased with the act. “I would never do such things. Look at the Milan and London fashion weeks — things are kept simple, and the focus is only on the clothes. Such gimmicks take away a lot from your creations,” says designer Raakesh Agarvwal. Veteran Ritu Beri agrees: “One should never overdo it. There should be a fine balance between the drama and your collection.”
However, Mumbai-based Malkani, 42, says, “My collection, Iktar, drew inspiration from the Baul singers. The folk tunes and religious chants added to the feel. It was all in sync with the mood of the show. It is star presence that takes away from the show, and not a little drama.”
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