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Young designs on the ramp

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 14, 2013
First Published: 16:55 IST(14/10/2013) | Last Updated: 17:26 IST(14/10/2013)

Even though the last day of WIFW did not have many biggies to boast of, except Ashish N Soni, the fashion-religious attendees came to catch the non-seasoned. For us, the shows were a mixed bag. While Hi5 designers were more promising than the previous day, some shows, like that of designer Sulakshana Monga left everyone a bit puzzled — not because of the designs, but more because of the ‘showstoppers.’ With the spring/summer’ 14 edition of WIFW having taken a bow, here’s bidding farewell to superb talent, and of course, all the frower behaviour!

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Vaishali's
Sticking to her signature minimal style, this collection too featured handspun fabrics, albeit in monotone hues. Though we loved the easygoing vibe of the outfits, we wished for more dramatic silhouettes and spring hues.

Sulakshana Monga
This avian inspired collection featured whimsical outfits in chiffon fabric with soft prints. Though the Victorian influences were something that we liked, the uneven silhouettes made the outfits seem a bit incomplete.

Dolly J
Futuristic ethnic couture outfits in pop hues were interesting. We loved the asymmetrical blouses and the flowing skirts, though the print and embroidery could have been more underplayed.

Joy Mitra
A tribute to Rituparno Ghosh, we loved the Bengali elements in the collections such as ghoti hatha blouses and intricately embroidered drapes and potlis. The uneven hemlines and the mish-mash of hues in Raima Sen’s outfit were a bit distracting.

Virtues
At the ‘virtuous’ show of Hepburn-chic in home-grown indigo dyed fabrics by Ashish and Vikrant, we loved ruffles, flounce and retro accessories.

A fashoionable crooner
Apart from glamourous designs that concluded the fashion week, Vasundhara Vidalur’s voice kept everyone mesmerised with her impeccable French that shifted to sexier, funk-jazz- style renditions. “I have not had any training, just learned the technique on the way. It was an amazing experience playing here,” she told us, looking stunning in coiffed hair, retro curls and a black Ashish N Soni gown. Adil Manuel, on the guitars told us it was like any another gig, but with a different setting. “I don’t exactly follow fashion, but it was interesting to play today. The response was great.” As the show ended, the ramp became a mini-concert setting, as the audience asked for an encore.


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