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Two far, too tedious

In all fashion weeks I categorise shows as must watch and must avoid, writes Vinod Nair.

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

And the second fashion week of the season that originally is the first fashion week in India had also began. When the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week started on Wednesday, I was sure about one thing: no matter what, two fashion weeks at the same time does not work for me.

In all fashion weeks I categorise shows as must watch and must avoid. I thought if there is a must avoid one on one side, perhaps I could dash across to the other venue to catch a must watch there. But, the di-stance between the venues makes that across impossible.

Anyway at the WLIFW, things were perfectly laid. That way the venue certainly offers enough opportunity to integrate everything close to each other. About shows, the opening show by Gauri & Nainika for me was a disappointment. I have se-en better shows by them.

This time the duo seemed to have lost their grip and it was seen in the finishing of the garments. Sanjita Ajjampur was the highlight of the day, when the designer unveiled her well put-together collection especially jerseys. Both ANKY Anjana Bhargav and Surily’s collections were refreshing to the eyes.

Anjana’s showcased contemporary styles, some with some of them bearing metallic embroidery, while Surily came out with a collection that was aesthetically appealing (again jerseys).

Ranna Gill’s had a nice sprinkle of pleasing colours, well crafted garments —dresses, gowns and even random appearance of bikinis that made her collection chic and sexy. If clever use of Indian fabrics in contemporary silhouettes can make a collection successful, that’s what Ritu Kumar with her son Amreesh.

Her collection had wrap and halter dresses, kaftans and palazzos. Other shows included that of Siddharth Tytler who came out with his offering for men and women and scored towards the end of his showing with sheeting outfits with various motifs. Manoviraj Khosla’s shows always make one think, “Does he make clothes with the serious intention of selling? To a circus, did you say?” and the day closed with a spending presentation by Vivienne Tam.