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Prop show

Instead of showcasing pret collection, designers indulge in theatrics in their shows, reports Kabeer Sharma.

india Updated: Sep 02, 2006 16:29 IST

A prêt-a-porter Fashion Week dramatised a la couture show? Runway theatrics, which are an essential part of fashion shows, have been given a more than fair due at this Fashion Week where designers have resorted to all tricks in the book to stand out. Though there haven’t been too many dramatic ramp moments, the way collections have been presented is theatrical enough — with props like origami birds (Manish Arora), furniture and logs (Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna), sh ip anchor (Gauri-Nainika) and lotus buds/threads hanging from the ceiling (Rohit Bal).

But the more interesting ones have been the real props — a live qawwali at Ayesha Depala’s show, the band Jalebi Cartel for Manish Arora and Shibani Kashyap crooning for Jattinn Kochhar. International designers like Marc Jacobs are known for getting live bands on the ramp. Now, in India too the trend is catching up. Last year, Zila Khan had serenaded at a Rohit Bal show in Mumbai.

The Grand Finale of the Fashion Week tomorrow promises more, as Manish Malhotra who will show says, “You’ll see more than just the simple runway. We’ll make many changes.”

But is it too much in a Fashion Week almost solely devoted to prêt? Says Ayesha, “Theatrics don’t have much to do with the type of show. What matters is if it is in sync with the collection or not.”

Jattinn said about his show: “I got Shibani to sing, as I couldn’t...” Rohit Gandhi feels he and Rahul “never do drama, except the Grand Finale last time, but then that’s meant to be a big tamasha, isn’t it? It’s important to keep the background muted and not let it overshadow the clothes.” Then why resort to theatrics at all?

First Published: Sep 02, 2006 16:29 IST