Short but wearable 2008 mantra
If one goes by fashion trend set by Lakme Fashion Week, the 2008 summer would be dominated by short dresses that would still be wearable.
On Monday, fashion designer Swapnil Shinde exhibited his Spring/Summer 2008 collection titled 'Telegony - Cyber Greek goddesses', which the designer said was inspired from the Trojan War,
The collection was dominated by mini dresses in natural fabrics like chiffon and georgette in colours like ash grey, black, white, rose pink and saffron.
"The outfits were very amour inspired. It was a lot of wearable armour. It was not too experimental. Corsetry, which is my forte, was also there a lot. The outfits were very short, sexy...I think wearability was my style thing this time," Shinde said.
Shinde's line also included long flowing gowns with an ethereal feel about them, which were draped to sculpt the body.
Actress Raima Sen, who attended the show, said that she appreciated the line of apparels.
"I think Chaitanya and Swapnil Shinde's outfits are amazing. The last few dresses of Swapnil I fell in love with. The peach one and...I think his colours were awesome and I think the cuts of the dresses were really good and also the fabrics," she said.
Meanwhile, fashion designer Chaitanya Rao's collection of glamorous diversity was inspired by the fictional diverse worlds from the graphic novel 'Neverwhere' by Neil Gaiman.
The ensemble was a blend of two extremes. Opening with short and fluid summery dresses in skin tones, beige, brown, yellow, the show ended on a dramatic note with outfits in stark black.
Rao said he used linen, organza and silk to get a feminine and natural look and leather with tonal bead work, layering and surface texturing for drama.
"Very minimalist look, with lots of beiges and lots of very chic kind of clothes. I have used a lot of leather and lots of headgears just to give it that little bit of drama. Otherwise, still a very wearable line," said Rao.
International model Regee who walked the ramp for Rao said the collection was awesome.
"Its great energy, great clothes. It's very strong, very happy. It has the two sides - extremely strong and happy summery," she said.
The fashion week has seen designers experimenting with strong colours rather than seasonal whites and muted pastels.
However, the Mumbai fashion week, that presents 45 outfit designers this year, saw empty rows greeting the models and designers for the first three shows of the day.