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The many layers of style

india Updated: Sep 23, 2009 17:19 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times
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On the last day of Lakme Fashion Week, Wendell Rodricks (for Westside) swept the runway with storm (or should I say breeze?) with a lineup of some of the best I have seen in fashion weeks. Imagine a viscose knitted sari with a ‘built-in’ choli... now that’s something no one has seen and he pulled it off in style. His six-layered, loosely woven unbleached raw cotton dresses and camisoles were something to see...and wear!

Narendra Kumar, on the other hand, presented his collection for Westside by using young college girls as models. And it worked. The show was vibrant, with the girls hooting and cheering on the ramp wearing denims, dresses, hooded dresses, short layered denim skirts, etc.

Young Rimzim Dadu is getting better with every season. Her collection — with innovative pieces coming out like metallic cut out dress, chiffon tops and pleated skirts with burnt sequins and hand burnt sequin dress — really stood out this time. She is someone to lookout for each time.

Yet another stylish collection came from Kallol Dutta, with wrap dresses, lopsided dresses and sack dresses. Preeti Chandra came out with some interesting ones, especially in whites.

Raakesh Agarvwal presented a scintillating collection that seemed to be his best by far. One single piece, an exquisitely made cutwork long jacket, tastefully embellished, was good enough to win accolades to his full collection. Then came the rest, made in 52 different fabrics, each painstakingly embellished on patterns and then well executed. Chaitanya Rao showcased a collection with cutwork and embroidery.

And the drama unfolded when Tarun Tahiliani unveiled his Grand Finale collection. Backdrops moved, chandlieres moved up in position and the models, a huge lineup, walked on to the ramp.

His collection consisting saris draped in silk georgettes, tunics, lehengas, jackets and jodhpur pants, bandgalas...were all done in style and opulence barring, perhaps, a red silk velvet blouse (worn with tuille embroidered sari) that looked a bit ill fitting and bulky on the model. Nonetheless, the presentation was impressive.