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india Updated: Mar 29, 2010 01:22 IST
Vinod Nair

I have followed designer duo David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore and their brand Abraham & Thakore ever since its inception 17 years ago. This label is one of the most revered ones in the country for its originality, unfussy styles and perfect finish. For the same reason, their debut fashion show was the most looked forward to at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week this season. Their collection was styled to perfection and screamed minimalism at its best, with stunning wool kameez, jamdani silk saris, silk ikat pants, silk lace patchwork kurta, wool and velvet coat.

Poonam Bhagat and her label Taika showed how patchwork can be employed in perfect execution in abstract forms. Kiran Uttam Ghosh used seam inserts, cowls, wraps, hoods, tassels and conclave hems in her collection. Sonam Dubal presented a stylish collection, too. Mynah by Reynu Taandon had some great pieces in black and white.

Niki Mahajan chose the topic of lesbianism for her collection. Her lineup was well balanced and stylish. Earlier in the day, the young bunch comprising Abhi Rahul, Chandrani Siingh Fllora, Debarun, Jaya Rathore, Soltee by Sulaksha Monga and Zurkhe by Rajdeep Ranawat & Naresh Chauhan made their debut presentations. Other shows were by Risa by Abhijeet Khanna, Charu Parashar, Puja Arya and Preeti S Kapoor.

At the Fiama di Wills presentation, G Pia Fleming and Namrata Joshipura presented their collections. Joshipura made a scintillating presentation, including scallop texture skirt, winter moss texture jacket, velvet pants, black trench and sardine coat dress. G Pia Fleming had white on black dresses and measured use of velvets.

Among the new models, I quite liked Kriti. She has the runway presence badly needed in most models these days.

Sidelights

Nothing permanent
We caught up with actress Neha Dhupia as she was getting ready for designer Jaya Rathore’s show (see pic) on Saturday morning. “It always good to be back in Delhi as this is my home town. Moreover, coming back to fashion is even more exciting,” said the showstopper.

Asked if marriage is on the cards, Neha, said, “No, not any time soon. Since I have only heard scary stories about marriage and commitment, I want to stay away from being a bride. I am scared of anything which is permanent, be it marriage or tattoos!”

Family matters
Designer Reynu Taandon used actress Moushumi Chatterjee’s daughter Megha (see pic) as the showstopper for her show, making a bold statement on how the curvy, voluptuous look was very much hot. Moushumi, meanwhile, cheered from the front row.

People at the venue couldn’t stop raving about Moushumi making an appearance either. “Any man with even a strand of gray hair would rush to meet her,” said FDCI President Sunil Sethi.

Tree on the ramp
There was plenty of fun and laughter during designer duo Lecoanet Hemant’s show, as a model dressed as a tree came on the ramp. This was in a bid to symbolise the show’s theme, which was about going green and saving the planet, even when it comes to the way one dresses.

Crowning glory
The quaint old London-based man in the photograph, who goes by the name of Julian Parr, said he had bought the “bird cage” he wore on his head throughout the day from “Kinari Bazaar”. Flaunting his fluency in Hindi, he added, “Mera naam Julian Parr hai... P for Patna, A for Agra, R for Raipur, R for Rajasthan!”