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War of the runways

In just a few days, war of the runways will begin as the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week and the Delhi Fashion Week are set to strut their stuff.

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 13, 2009 16:47 IST
Vinod Nair

In just a few days, war of the runways will begin. I am keen to know what is on offer both from the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week and the Delhi Fashion Week. As always, I will be more interested in seeing what the new faces have to offer. I find some veterans, more often than not, somewhat predictable on the runway. Hope that this time there will be some refreshing change from their side.

Now, getting back to the war of the runways, it will be interesting to see which side of India’s fashion, now lying nicely fragmented, will have creativity that is an original format; designers from which side will adhere to fashion week norms; which all designers would do what is required both on and off the runways. I hoped for many years that designers would stop doing poetic press handouts that makes no sense. The flowery words on the sheet of paper, even as they try to tell you the inspirations behind their collections, usually make no sense to me either holding it right or upside down. So let’s hope that this time we will see a clearer form of what they have to say in print.

Often I find that designers, even after travelling extensively and getting inspired from fashion weeks abroad, take the audience for granted and do not leave a line sheet on the seats. I have mentioned this repeatedly over the last several seasons that this attitude must change. So, let’s hope that we get to see details of their creations in the order of their appearance on the runway, placed on our seats. I’d rather have that in my hand than the trivial gifts that some of them place on the chairs.

Oh yes, I also hope that the aunties get themselves ejected out from the list of models. Since there are two fashion weeks happening at the same time, I hope that I will see some fresh faces with the right dimensions on the runway. Hope that designers and producers of the shows would keep their friendship with models well away from their professionalism. Last week I attended some of the shows at the Paris Fashion Week and there I noticed that runway theatrics were completely missing. Shows were clean as designers were showing their prêt collections. I think that should trickle down to our runways too. Just straight shows without any drama… Yes, one thing I still need to tackle— the overlapping of shows. This is not something I have figured out yet. As they say, I cross the ‘runway’ when I come to it!