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Starting on the right note

So, Delhi has two fashion weeks. On the first day of the Delhi Fashion Week, the collections and selection of designers seemed well edited.

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 13, 2009 16:48 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times

So, Delhi has two fashion weeks. On the first day of the Delhi Fashion Week, the collections and selection of designers seemed well edited. And here I saw something I’ve craved, and written about not seeing at fashion weeks in India — a floor-level runway. I must say, it looked pretty neat and chic, enabling a perfect view of the model… from head to toe. The venue, DLF Promenade next to Emporio, too, is perfect for an event like this. It has valet parking and a reception area with clear-cut location maps. The Fashion Foundation of India (FFI) surely got its fundas right as the participants are really talented. (Though I looked really hard, I failed to see the names of the usual riffraff.) Inside the main show area, nice, fit models walked carrying off the collections. Here, too, the oldies with their sagging constitutions were missing. I don’t know how the selection was made. But either the aged stayed away from this event or the selection committee passed them over in favour of the right ones with the right proportions. The show started with Rajvi Mohan’s menswear presentation. Now Rajvi may have come up with a rather long line-up of creations (64 in total), but her interpretation was interesting with jackets with thin lapels, long dark tunic with iridescent highlights. Abhijeet Khanna brought in the shimmer and colour that the Delhi audience always craves. The designer also brought in vibrant colours. His sequinned dresses are particularly worth mentioning. When I first saw Vineet Bahl’s collection, I thought he makes clothes that are truly pretty. This time, too, he came out with a collection matching the same description. I particularly liked his cutwork flower detailing and textured dresses. Lecoanet-Hemant’s presentation, I would say, was one of their best. The way they came out with drapes and dresses with what seemed like ‘metal clip’ detailing brought in the strategic sheen that added to the overall glamour. The princely designer Raghavendra Rathore in his closing show on the first day showed us that a combination of blacks and whites can be very chic if handled well. In addition to his trademark jodhpuris, he showed safari-type shirts with shoulder flaps and patch pockets and an array of sensually styled creations for women! Overall, an interesting beginning, though the half an hour delay of shows after a two-hour gap in between shows could be scrapped!