Style deities to grace Grand Finale
If fashion is your religion, you might attain nirvana tonight. Wendell Rodricks and Hemant Trivedi - two of India's style deities - are pulling out all stops for the Grand Finale at India Fashion Week on Thursday.
The designer duo, which has between them a power-packed star clientele that includes Aishwarya Rai, Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra and Diana Hayden among others, could bring on their most sensuous collections for the showpiece event.
According to Goa-based Rodricks, his designs have been inspired by lip and nail colours introduced by official sponsor Lakme to suit the Indian skin. "A woman's lips can be a definite turn on. It's one of her most attractive features and a good lipcolour helps stir passion. I have tried to create a similar theme in my collection and it's all about looking good and feeling sensual," he says.
The first Indian designer invited to display his garments at the world's largest garment fair in the world at IGEDO, Dusseldorf, Wendell has always charted his own course and refuses to toe the line now. The ethnic look, so much in favour with the rest of the fash frat at IFW this year, is a strict no-no for him.
"I follow my own instincts. I create silhouettes to make people look elegant and that is what my work is all about", says Rodricks.
Trivedi's collection on the other hand, is going to blow hot and cold. Literally. Inspired by the Indian weather, it will reflect the moods of Summer, Winter and Rains.Each segment of the collection is keyed in to the seasonal cycle. A colour palette in warm tones of ochre's, tan's and sand, for example tells the story of summer. The garments are cut geometrically with design detailing of drawstrings, faggoting, shaded-effects and gentle trickles of beaded water, all worn over tattooed bodies.
The cool weather line is softly blushed in exactly the same hues and shades as the new make-up range from Lakme. According to the designer: "I have used airy fabrics like chiffon and georgettes with rich embellishments to enhance sex appeal and it should create an effect never seen before on the Indian ramp".
But it is the Monsoons that remain a perennial favourite with the Mumbai designer. "Blue denim is the colour of the rains. Speckled, bleached and splashed in off-white, it defines a sexy, youthful, club-wear attitude that is sure to be a hit with Gen Y", says Trivedi.