When curtains fell on the second HDIL India Couture Week, on Friday, two brands — Monisha Jaisingh and Varun Bahl with Karan Johar — presented collections that can make both the style-conscious male and female stylish than ever before. Both Monisha and Varun made sure that what they did on the runway were clear deviations from their usual work.
Monisha Jaisingh’s creations, I would say, were by far her best. Impeccably cut and well-made, the Western silhouettes that she presented spoke of chic and class. Dresses made in grays of suit materials in pin stripes and solids, creams with golden overtones of embroidery, traces of vibrance, et al made her collection one-of-its-kind.
Varun and Karan, on the other hand, had lean, short jackets with short sleeves and peak lapels, shorts, bikers’ jackets, suits and narrow trousers, mostly in darker shades. Their tailored collection was well made and had young appeal.
With Karan joining hands with Varun, it was only natural that one got to see Shah Rukh Khan, looking rather young, walking the runway with a few other stars. But, for me, the surprise came when his wife Gauri appeared on the runway. She looked and walked better than most professional models with confidence and perfect attitude. A refreshing appearance indeed! Of course, the event needs a relook at itself very badly. Next year, the organisers may want to drop at least half the models from its list, who presumably have ‘big’ names and who walked with hanging midriffs and no attitude. Same is the case with the designers’ list, a few should really go.
The decor too was mediocre. Accreditation badges (just to site an example) looked shabby too. If handled well, this event can really be something to write home about.