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Quietly effective

india Updated: Mar 20, 2009 20:31 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times
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The second day looked like a day worth spending at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. And in the end, it did prove to be a successful day.

Rajesh Pratap Singh, the man who is known not to let his fans down on the runway, proved once again that his formula ‘speak less, let the work speak for itself’ always works. The reticent designer came out with a spectacular collection that bore his signature stamp of pin tucks and play of silhouettes.

While the designer stuck to his greys and blacks, lengths that dropped all the way down to the feet and fabrics suited best for cold weather, he still managed to give the requisite warmth to his winter collection.

The first show of the day itself was good. While designer couple Pankaj and Nidhi brought in contemporary looks that screamed style, young Prashant Verma showed that masculinity is not exclusive to men. As his immaculately accessorised women stormed the runway, the designer ensured that the element of femininity wasn’t lost.

Both Priyadarshini Rao and Sonam Dubal brought out an utterly soft feel to their collection. Kavita Bhartia, kicking off her show with a wintry feel, went on to give it a breezy feel by employing softer fabrics and silhouettes that stayed away from the body.

Young Gaurav Gupta made a serious comeback when his lines stayed well away from any kind of surface ornamentations and stuck close to designs.

Ashima-Leena’s designs clearly pointed to one direction — West Asia — showing plenty of colour and ornamentation.

The last show was by Manish Malhotra, another pleasant display. He showed a collection that was sprayed with golden dust. His presentation of sportswear in black and gold interspersed with exquisite dusty golden saris showed that the designer has deviated from his usual surface ornamentation-dependent lines.

And yes, some ignorant idiots kept jumping up in front of photographers during the show. If they are in such a hurry to leave, who are they trying to please by coming in the first place? And Main Show Area 1 entry is always a mess.
Ten years of fashion weeks — wake up!