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Fusion in play

One who is somewhat a minimalist in many ways even when it comes to couture, and the other who always believes in grandeur and extravagance, even when it comes to his prêt lines — both had their showing at the Delhi Couture Week. The former was Calcutta-based Anamika Khanna, while the latter JJ Valaya.

india Updated: Jul 25, 2010 15:05 IST
Vinod Nair

One who is somewhat a minimalist in many ways even when it comes to couture, and the other who always believes in grandeur and extravagance, even when it comes to his prêt lines — both had their showing at the Delhi Couture Week on Friday. The former was Calcutta-based Anamika Khanna, while the latter JJ Valaya.



The Couture Week’s presentation, thus, was interesting in many ways. While Anamika chose to have an extra wide, glass paneled runway with industrial pipes as props, JJ decided to have a more grand catwalk, with matching props as the backdrop.



Anamika’s creations had her inimitable stamp of creativity in various forms. Silhouettes, even as it bore some of the most interesting embroidery on their surface, stayed somewhat close to the body. Cuts were stylish and on the lines of Indo western creations… impeccable!



JJ Valaya

JJ, on the other hand, had his presentation of bridal wear, including some stunning lehengas and men’s tunics. The designer interspersed the same with some cocktail dresses and the highlight of the evening was the introduction of his new ‘Alika Jackets’. Now, a word about these jackets.



For me, these are some of the most stylish creations that have come out of the House of Valaya so far. And, the style element comes from their simplistic appeal with piping, raised collars and interesting linings. It’s a mix between a shirt and a jacket and for the very same reason, somewhat structured. I thought Alika jackets were something stylishly different and nice.



Even as the event is proving to be a success for the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), and the law suit against the event being thrown out of the window by the court, there are a couple of things that the organisers may want to take note of. The first is the poor air conditioning in the lobby area of the venue hotel, The Grand. And the second is the loud music in the lounge area… that wasn’t quite music to my ears!