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WIFW: Colours of fall

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 19, 2012 01:27 IST

Hindustan Times
Highlight Story

Day 3 at fashion week was all about craftsmanship and contemporary drapes

What worked

Pankaj & Nidhi
Fall favourite
The collection showed outfits and separates that were fit for fall. An interesting pop of colours like yellow and moss green livened up the look of the jackets showcased. The collection was wearable and very trendy.

Rimzim Dadu
Unique textures

The designer showed some very modern take on short dresses. Her textures were unique and impeccably done and her
concept outfits were made using wires, sequins and yarns. The range started from Rs 10,000 onwards.

Kallol Dutta
Radical style
The designer won full marks for showing a collection that was devoid of any surface detailing but still was simple and elegant. The clothes were dark hued, airy and comfortable and the range starts from Rs 6,000 onwards.

Manish Malhotra
Kashmir craft

Manish continued his fascination for Kashmiri craft and showed menswear too. There were anarkalis and lehengas with bright embroidery. The range starts from Rs 40,000.

... And what didn’t

Dolly J
Frills and shine

While designer Dolly J showed some nice pieces, certain pieces, like the one above, acted as a spoiler for a show. Mixing a frill top with a traditional lehenga left much to be desired from the look.

Rajdeep Ranawat
Ott overdose

Designer Rajdeep Ranawat committed the mistake of going OTT. The prints were very ordinary, overdose of embroidery and Swarovski studded pants for men almost killed the collection, the cuts remained ordinary too.

Off the record

More goss from the front row

No wi-fi at the stall area
Some participating designers were complaining of no internet wi-fi connection at their stalls after paying a hefty amount for the stall and the show. It’s becoming a big problem as they are unable to connect with their buyers.

Not enough toilets
The models and editors were complaining about the lack of toilets at the venue leading to almost mob-like situation at the washroom area. The mobile toilets too are inconvenient for the models.

Fashion faux pas
Tennis player Leander Paes made a style faux pas when he came to the fashion week, dressed in a Jeetendra avatar, wearing white shoes and a shiny white suit. Total washed out look!

Fashion editor’s take on Day 3

Neena Haridas, Editor, Marie Claire India

High point
Abraham & Thakore’s imaginative use of Gujarati wall art, bandhini, bundi and mirror work in straight, clean lines place them right on top. Pankaj and Nidhi used highly-detailed surface texturing. The ‘pretty girl’ silhouettes make the presentation one of the season’s best.

Low point
A bit of déjà vu at Manish Malhotra’s collection, which once again focused on Kashmiri handicraft. Though the clothes were good enough to speak for themselves, the forced star-presence on the front row (Kangna and Mahima) was absolutely unnecessary.

Sujata Assomull Editor, Harper’s Bazaar India

High point
The closing outfit from Abraham & Thakore had to be the standout outfit of the week. A large mirror work and a tulle lingerie like coat made a unique statement

Low point
The models — we need fresher and fitter talent to really show off the clothes. No new faces were a real disappointment. The clothes are often looking stretched and that is because of out-of-shape girls!

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