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Who’s the future of fashion?

fashion-and-trends Updated: Aug 20, 2011 14:58 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times
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On the third day of Lakme Fashion Week on Thursday, Vaishali Shadangule presented a collection that was beautifully made from two different fabrics — chanderi and paithani — and juxtaposed the same on garments to make the sheerness compliment solid colours.

The collection was crisp and high on aesthetics.

The label Zulee on the other hand employed traces of origami on textures on fluid silhouettes. Also seen were pleating and beading textures, and inserts and pin-tucked yokes.

The collection proved to be another impressive effort on the runway and was chic.

Young Amalraj Sengupta’s collection spoke well of the designer’s ability, even at this young age, to conceptualise complicated designs and present the same in the most effortless manner.

He presented his collection to make both men and women happy with a range of dresses and suits. And Sanjay Hingu, now well known for his ability to make excellent menswear, also came out with a range of nice suits with jackets bearing peak and shawl lapels, innovative trousers with zipper enclosures with some of them even looking more for fun.

In the DHL Future of Fashion segment, were three designers, who have been in the business for a fairly long time — Nachiket Barve, Little Shilpa and Swapnil Shinde.

For me, they are not the future… they are the present and are doing very well.

I thought when one says ‘future’, one would like to choose designers who are fairly new. I have seen better creations by Nachiket Barve, who is a master of textures.

This time, the designer made a total deviation to have more Indianness in his collection with graphic interpretation of embroidery, sari-inspired draping and even a modern interpretation of a sari.

Same way, Little Shilpa, too, was a wee bit disappointing for me, as I have seen more creativity with her headgear. Besides the slow and spaced-out walks by models made it even drearier to watch. But Swapnil Shinde’s collection proved to be the best from his stable with the theme, Speed of Sound.

Silhouettes in the form of tops, dresses, gowns and jackets with waves in transparent PVC incorporated so beautifully.

Anita Dongre Timeless, a collection encompassing beautifully-made Indian festive (bridal) wear had all that is required for the Indian woman to look and feel stylish.

Her ability to finish the garments well and control the surface treatments made the collection pleasing to the eye.

Narendra Kumar’s theatrical presentation accompanied by live singing had smartly tailored suits, immaculately cut and stylishly executed, narrow appeal, side vents and lapels in peak and shawl… the collection was lively and smart.

At the Talent Box, Adi by Aditya Khandelwal showcased a brilliant collection that had silk all the way (silk yarns, silk and gold thread embroidery).

Garments were made extremely well and he should have been on the main runway, not just at the Talent Box.