Kitsch is King
For those in search of some fresh design talent, the designers at Sophia Polytechnic could well be the answer. Showcasing their ensembles at Tvasthar 2009, the inspiration was drawn from hip Café Mondegar to enigmatic Kamathipura. The theme, Colours of Mumbai, allowed the students to take their pick of the city’s vibrancy.. and the results were provocative.
One of the stand-out ensembles of the evening, Shruti Ranka’s Kamathipura kitsch, employed a colour palette of aubergine, lime green and red. With detailing that included sequins, felt faces, and the aids symbol, Ranka’s daring choice won her the award for Best Surface Embellishment. Komal Patil used the flavours of Bollywood for her collection and her cheeky clapboard and camera purses won her the Best Accessorised Garment award. Patil’s chunky satin heels would also find favour with the fashion forward.
Tarannum Khanzada weaved facets of Buddhism into her caramel and pumpkin-coloured jumpsuit and jute purse. One of the few designers to pay homage to international trends, her wide-legged satin number had a high commercial quotient and snagged the award for Best Reflection of the Theme.
Punk fashion found representation in Firdaus Khan’s black dress with yellow zippers, inspired by a treasure hunt through Chor Bazaar. Equally impressive was Clara Kanjamala’s over-sized rope totes, crafted in avante garde shapes.
The dabbawalas of Mumbai featured in two collections but Kosha Desai’s precise cuts easily secured her the most Stylish Outfit Award. With uniforms that glamourous, could a convoy of female dabbawalas be far behind?
The award for G wild Designer of the Year went to Sneha Rathod, who should have been voted best-dressed designer too. Her own black and white print dress accessorised with scarlet heels and lips almost distracted from her winning ramp designs.
By weaving the caricatures on the walls of Café Mondegar onto a sheer cape dress and jumpsuit, Rathod’s ebony and ivory designs grabbed attention. Colour accents of electric blue helped tie the ensemble together.