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HindustanTimes Tue,30 Sep 2014

Minimalist glam meets royal opulence

Vinod Nair, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 30, 2013
First Published: 17:45 IST(30/8/2013) | Last Updated: 01:29 IST(31/8/2013)

Even as the rupee value depreciated in the last few weeks, the interest in people for designer fashion wear only seems to be on the rise. While it did take a couple of days to pick up the required momentum, shows were pretty much packed with fashion enthusiasts. At the just concluded Lakme Fashion Week, a few trends seemed to have formed a link between the participating designers.

While no real ‘trends’ can really be spotted from the fashion weeks here, following are some of the more frequently appeared links from the recently concluded shows. Clever play with textiles Most participants did make an attempt, some more successfully than others, to make the best use of Indian textiles — Kolkota’s Soumitra Mondal’s exemplary use of the same on Indian silhouettes, Ritu Kumar’s maiden showing at the runway, Payal Khandwala’s cleaner looks and Nupur Kanoi’s use of Indian fabrics along with the use of zippers both as fasteners and as detailing that gave her outfits a contemporary edge. Rahul Mishra’s ways of using Indian handwoven textiles on many looks including some Indian outfits once again showed that he’s the master. Silhouettes as usual were clean and uncluttered and very stylish.

Clean silhouettes
Many of the young and the younger designers preferred to stay away from surface embellishments and have come out with minimalist looks. Young Dhruv Kapoor’s contemporary looks in blacks, Sneha Arora’s military inspired style and Amit Aggarwal’s collection bearing his signature avant garde looks with an Indian twist, have all stayed away from surface embellishments paving way for cleaner looks on the fashion runway.

Chic Indian appeal
There were some traditional Indian looks too. Manish Malhotra became unpredictable when he surprised the audience with completely different looks with stylish silhouettes and streaks of carefully placed colours. Shantanu Goenka’s black and gold embroidered collection could well be one of the best couture collections that Indian runways have seen till now. Anita Dongre’s inimitable Indian style, clean and beautifully made, definitely was very appealing to the eyes. Shyamal and Bhumika came out with traditional Indian festive wear that was well-created, Krishna Mehta interpreted Manipuri handlooms into her signature style and Sabyasachi’s interpretation of royal Indian sartorial sense was pleasing to the eyes.

Surge of GeNext
This is one platform that has produced many stars in Indian fashion today. GeNext showing brought out such new talents as Pronnoy Kapoor and Nitesh Chawla, who not only have brought in a sense of freshness on the runway but have proved that they are here to stay with their sense of designs.

Live singers and dancers
Some designers brought in dancers and live singers on the runway. While singers may be an okay idea, they should know when to stop their acts on the runway and should not go berserk even after the show gets over as happened with Anita Dongre’s showing.

Designers seem to think that Indian textile day means dragging traditional Indian dancers on the runway. Why? Is this fashion week or a week for entertainment? Instead, why can’t you guys just show what you are supposed to show? Add to that Gaurang, a designer, coming on to the runway and starting his rather unappealing show even more appalling with his dance with the dancer! Some trend this one is!


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