What makes a good fashion week? A bunch of talented fashion designers, a set of professionals to put it together, a hard task master in control of the main show, good models and a great venue to host it.
I think the Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2010 that ended recently was a good week. I believe rather strongly that talent is inherent and doesn’t necessarily come with experience. This was seen in the collections on the runway by several such designer labels as Vizyon, 11.11 by Cell DSGN, Nachiket Barve, Amalraj Sengupta, Harangad, Sashikant Naidu, Masaba, Myoho, Rimzim Dadu, Kallol Dutta, Anand Kabra and Nidhi and Divya Gambhir this time. This number makes it more than that of the seasoned designers who put together their shows. So that’s positive.
The talent I saw was really good at this fashion week except that some of them chose to mix wool and other winter fabrics in their collections. That was wrong.
If the theme is assigned as ‘summer resort’ they should damn well stick to it if they want to be taken seriously.
Perhaps the event organizers should have a look at this aspect next time, along with the right distribution of inspiring shows even on the first day.
This time, the first day was bit of a drag for me with poor shows. Shyamal & Bhumika, however, moved away from their usual and came out with something entirely different this time. I would like to see Sabyasachi doing the same some day!
Then comes the might of IMG who put the event together. Everything went like clock work and there was a lady who made sure that shows, barring a couple of sponsor shows and the grand finale, started not later than 15 minutes. Each season, models, stylists, hair and makeup artistes and choreographers come out and say the same thing; that the backstage area was perfectly laid out.
Models were very good too (except one who looked like a man and another who walked as if she’d just had hemorrhoid surgery). Lisa Haydon sizzled, Sanea Sheikh walked tall and Ashika made a good debut. While Diandra Soares made a statement with her tonsured head, Candice Pinto and the rest made sure that the runway sizzled with glamour.
The onslaught of Bollywood stars that somewhat trivialised LFW was missing this time. The scattered ones that appeared got very little or nothing in terms of attention from the audience. That too was good.
The Gen Next section, which has introduced some of the best names in the business today, was weak this time.
Perhaps LFW should rework the selection process and get in really talented names like in the past seasons. Also, it should make sure that all collections appearing on the runway without exception should be as per the theme assigned.