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Wendell Rodricks

Wacky and wild, Wendell wowed the crowds with the most rebellious and thrilling show ever. Using real people along with established ramp models, he firmly made his point that his collection is for people of all ages, shapes and sizes.
PTI | By Sunanda Kumar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2004 07:51 PM IST

Wacky and wild, Wendell wowed the crowds with the most rebellious and thrilling show ever. Using real people along with established ramp models, he firmly made his point that his collection is for people of all ages, shapes and sizes.

One saw wrinkles and pimples, tummies and bummies, but most striking of all were the happy hearts and dentifrice smiles. "I had a complete blast! We all got inspired by Wendell...he does something to everyone he meets," said Malaika Arora Khan. Diandra Soares was literally dancing to funky and upbeat tunes like "you sexy thing" and "another one bites the dust"

The models danced their way down the ramp wearing electrifying colours like peacock blues, "raani pinks", acid yellow, kumkum red and mehndi greens. The silhouettes were carefree and layered. The styles were as assorted as the models themselves. Westernised versions of the traditional salwar kameez and kurta pyjama. Bandeaus with belt skirts. Kaftans with pants. The show had it all.

Using a whole range of fabrics from silk crepe, chiffon, charmeuse and hand-woven cotton to silks, organza, georgette, lycra and linen, the collection is priced between Rs 900-8000. "My clothes and my prices are for the Indian public. Anyone and everyone can wear them and afford them," insists Wendell.

Striking new look was dupattas with armholes worn over pants. Indrani came out wearing a sexy red sari with cutouts all over with a brown bandeau "blouse". But while her 'uptight' ramp manners may have done justice elsewhere, it looked distinctly out-of-place in a show where fun was the name of the game.

The show started with a little girl in a tube top with tie-ups in the back in vibrant funky colours and a skirt. Later on she came in wearing a lime green ruffled halter with pink polka dots on it. "This was my favourite outfit," she said.

Amrita Arora was there too cheering sis Malaika and beau Upen Patel. For some very odd reason she found the psychedelic colours "very soothing". Upen Patel, who looked HOT in a slashed skin tight top which showed off his six pack and pecks, stopped in the middle of the show to get on bended knee and give her one of the jack-in-the-box style dolls that all the models and "models" were carrying.

Malaika Arora slithered on the ramp oozing raw sex appeal. That woman defines HOT. She has the most fabulous body--beat all the other ramp models hollow. She has curves and flaunts them to the maximum. Very impish. She came out wearing a sassy red bandeau and a very very short fuchsia belt skirt. She also ended the show wearing perhaps the only "evening wear" which was a pale pale pale green short satin dress with the entire back cut out, a zig zag pattern in fuchsia and a lime and fuchsia net tail all around the dress.

Wendell's show could be a lesson for pretentious designers who tell their models to put on expressionless faces, totally contrived attitudes and little or no clothes. In sharp contrast, the Goan designer's collection was completely wearable, fun, happy and for real people like you and me.

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