Both the fashion weeks have just ended in the Capital, and like every season, there was a lot of action and craze surrounding the two. Anyway, I was away from the confusion and the controversies at a press conference, incidentally, for the Kolkata Fashion Week. It was then that I realised that fashion weeks are not just about top-notch designers and international models — they have a direct bearing on the lives of the youth.
Back in college, I wasn’t as clued into the all this jazz as one would believe me to be. Back then, the only discussion we had on the fashion weeks went like this: “Kal ek ho rahi thi, aaj do ho rahi hain. Kal ye lad rahe the, aaj woh lad rahe hain.”
But now that I’m bang at the centre of all the action, let me tell you that as trendsetters, it’s the youth who influence what is on the ramps. At the same time, they have to be more actively involved with what goes on in the fashion world, because it’s from there that a lot of future trends come up.
I remember when I joined DU, fashion meant putting on anything and everything we could get our hands on. From baggy jeans to baggier tees — a lot of photo albums from college life can easily be labelled, ‘What was I thinking?’ But that was also the time when we were the most fearless when it came to dressing up. That’s exactly what the fashion scene in India is at the moment — fearless.
Fashion is not just high-end branded clothes anymore; fashion is everything from the chic, new Rs 60 chappals you bought from Janpath to the Rs 20 bangles you picked up from Kamla Nagar… as long as you think you can carry it off, chances are that you will. From knowing zilch about fashion to walking the ramp, it’s been quite a journey.
One secret — don’t let anyone define fashion for you. If you like that balloon dress or those harem pants, buy them. You’ll be a trendsetter before you know it. After all, things that seemed absurd 10 years back are quite the rage now.
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