It’s the 10th year of fashion weeks in the country and I feel our fashion designers are yet to realise the meaning of seasonal themes attached to fashion weeks. While watching the collections at the ongoing Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week's autumn/winter ‘09 at the Eros Intercontinental Hotel on the first day, I realised that their attitude is “no matter what, we’ll do what we feel like” on the runway. The collections presented seemed no different from a summer show. Majority of designers decided to keep the lengths either mid-thigh or shorter.
Sleeveless with arm holes in some looking wider than even summer clothes, brighter hues that one sees in summer and above all fabrics best suited for warmer weather conditions… alas the theme remained ‘autumn/winter.’
The saving grace however was a small presentation by young designer Raman Vij who presented his collection on the poolside. Darker hues, thicker fabrics and lengths that looked apt for winter coupled with well-tailored garments were such a pleasure to watch.
Nitin Bal Chouhan is another young designer who caught my attention a while ago in Mumbai. I have always enjoyed seeing his collections that reflect his ability to produce well-engineered creations. Though I wouldn’t call this one of his best, Nitin’s collection seemed to struggle a bit to bring out what the designer is actually capable of. On the other hand, along with Nitin, Samant Chouhan produced a collection in Bhagalpur silk. While his women’s wear were somewhat appealing, I am yet to comprehend his creations meant for men.
Before each presentation, the duo came out with lengthy audio-visuals. That, I think, was a complete waste of time. And their collections seemed endless. In a dual show, designers should be allowed only about 25-30 garments, else it is such a total waste of time.
The day also witnessed collections showcased by Ashish Viral & Vikrant, Radeep Ranavat, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Bian by G Pia Fleming (well finished garments), Gunjan & Rahul, Ashii by Ashima Singh (pretty clothes by this youngster), Label by Ritu Kumar, Parvesh Jai (should try harder to make their clothes look more saleable), Umesh Vasisht and Satya Paul.
What lacked during the day — energy — was brought in by Mumbai designers Rocky S and Spendthrift by Falguni & Shane Peacock with brisk walks and vibrant music.
But the fact remained the same: Day 1 at the WIFW lacked substance and creativity that makes one go through the day with renewed vitality. For me, it was a dead day for creative sparks.