The closing day of the Fashion Week had a rather tame line-up compared to the four that preceded it. And with fewer shows (meaning longer gaps in between), it was even more disappointing to have barely anything to like through the day.
The exception was Grand Finale designer Sabyasachi, whose show started a grand hour-and-a-half late. There was plenty that shared a common thread with his previous collections, but Sabya did delight us with a few interesting, new styles that we look forward to seeing on the red carpet. The only other show that didn’t get negative votes from us was House of Chic. While we can’t say their jewellery was trendsetting, it was definitely wearable.
A huge deal was made of the Bisou Bisou collection by Michelle Bohbot. For what is touted as a huge global brand, we were aghast to see trends from two years ago in the American designer’s collection. Peplum dresses, sequinned tops and maxi dresses with rope belts were among her designs.
Samor by Pragya and Megha started well with some colourful motifs on black, but it soon veered towards jarring territory, like this sari. Their poor showstopper was made to walk out in a garment that had strings of fairy lights wrapped around it.
Kalki Koechlin walked the ramp for Anushree Reddy, who claimed that she was inspired by the actor’s wedding. There were frothy layers of tulle and net with blingy bustiers and long trains. But last we checked, Kalki had no sugary designs in her trousseau.
Been there, seen that
There was a relaxed, easy vibe at the Vrisa by Rahul n Shikha show, but plenty of disinterested viewers as well. Nothing was wrong with their designs really, but they were boring and stale. We’ve seen variations of this collection multiple times.
Screaming for attention
A lot of journalists chose to skip Shyamal and Bhumika’s show, and with good reason. There was nothing we haven’t seen before, and it was all too much. Heavy velvet dupattas atop saris, gold churidars for men and some questionable colour combinations had us scratching our heads.
...and the strong
In their first show, House of Chic had some great chunky necklaces like this statement piece seen on Puja Gupta. But their liberal use of skulls was quite passé.
Old and New
Post-Cannes, Sabyasachi constantly reiterated that his design handwriting was not going to change, and it sure didn’t. Sure, there were pieces that were predictable, but his royalty-inspired line also had a number of new silhouettes, ideas and treatment befitting of a finale show.