I always felt that designer Manish Malhotra is a better Stylist than a Designer. But then in India anybody who can lure in some Bollywood glitz becomes a designer worthy of a ‘Grand Finale’ slot. Manish Malhotra’s Grand Finale show at the Lakme Fashion Week yet again disappointed the REAL fashion writers and fashionistas. In fact the most appropriate comment I heard about Manish Malhotra’s show at LFW was, “Manish Malhotra’s ”Showstopper” wore a Vampire Prom Queen dress that even Hollywood campy horror movies would consider cheesy. Is this what goes for fashion in India? Felt like hiding my head in shame when I saw it.” Indeed that THING Kareena Kapoor wore was worse than stuff I see at the passing-out shows of many non-descript Fashion Institutes that have mushroomed all over.
Even at the Delhi Couture Week Manish Malhotra showed a collection that was a FUSION of 3 Top Designer’s Signsture styles – Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi and Anamika Khanna. If you look at the picture below closely you will definitely agree with me.
Raveena, Zayed, Dino, Sophie Chowdhry and few more Bollywood-walas are landing at Delhi today to be at Manav Gangwani’s Couture Show at the ongoing Delhi Couture Week. The exclusive ‘By Invitation Only’ Champagne Soiree by Raveena Tandon and Zayed Khan at the Orient Express pre-show is to pep-up their designer buddy and to calm him down from pre-show jitters. Well that’s what friends are for!
I’ll be there to get you the post-soiree goss!
When I BROKE THE NEWS on fashionscandal.com that, ‘Couture Week is in Troubled Waters’ as the Title Sponsor – Pearls backed out from the Couture Week because of impending matters with the Enforcement Directorate, the aspiring new couturiers in the add-on afternoon slot cried MURDER. No I won’t blame all the five designers who were to showcase in the afternoon slot, but couple amongst them started weaving conspiracy theories. This is the biggest problem plaguing the Indian Fashion Fraternity. Everybody sees a conspiracy somewhere or the other. Instead of being positive and trying to work towards helping get a new sponsor, the couple of designers complained, - “It’s Not Fair.” Well dearies, falling out of a sponsor at the last minute wasn’t somebody’s doing. It was unforeseen.
Anyway the five new couturiers who were to be part of the Delhi Couture Week 2011 in a newly created afternoon slot have now reasons to be happy. I have learnt from highly reliable sources that the ‘Sponsor’ issue has been sorted out. It will take a couple of days to formalise it and hopefully by the 6th of July when the FDCI Board meets on the return of its President, Sunil Sethi from London, things would be crystal clear. So don’t worry, be happy. Thank your luck that there are still some hardworking people associated at the helm of affairs in FDCI who don’t give-up!Every other designer wants to be in the Couture Week. In fact some feel that if Delhi Couture Week maintains a slot of 10-14 designers, the upcoming ones will never get a chance. True but then have a bloody strong and competent Jury who will decide these 14 names judiciously, irrespective of clout, network and influence of free clothes. And yes, every designer who makes lehnga-cholis think they deserve a spot in Couture Week. Really?
P.S: Anyway now that the news is out, you will get the details in Newspaper Tabloids soon!
Folks, I got a major ‘Hate’ comment from a reader of the blog who calls me a LIAR and more for blogging that Tanisha Mohan piled on to the reserved media seats at Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla’s show at Delhi Couture Week. I never knew Tanisha is affiliated to any Media House. Also, I thought media seats are only for the Accredited media people and are non-transferable. Umesh might agree with me on that.
Ms Zaara Khan, here goes your comment, totally un-edited. Enjoy!
Submitted on 2010/07/28 at 12:41pm
my god thats the best bullshit i hv heard in a long time!i was right there in the afternoon when umesh invited her n so was sandeep.Everyone knows that whoever ds not pay you you trash.i wonder if all ur stories are full of crap.manav also said u trash him bcoz he ds not pay you.i knw this will not be put on the net but jaideep atleast get ur facts right.everyone saw t come n sit noi questn abt her from across. i love that girl n i think she is one hot diva.unlike a lot of other pg 3 ppl who speak so much filth abt you she has nvr said a wrd but then i guess your bullshit advisors see u as a sucker for writing shit. i will tell my editor to speak with umesh coz i am a witness to the invite.wow ur site shd be called jaideep the liar
Ms. Zaara Khan accuses me of trashing people who do not PAY ME. She also quotes MANAV GANGWANI and says, that “manav also said u trash him bcoz he ds not pay you.” Manav, if you read this would love to have your comment.Here is the link to my review of Manav Gangwani’s Couture Collection at Delhi Couture Week. Mind you, he DIDN’T PAY!
DAY3 @ DCW|Fashion- Stylekandy.comhttp://shar.es/mLwGJ
The 2nd day at Delhi Couture Week I got to see some real couture. One from a relatively new star – Gaurav Gupta and the other from the maestro – Rohit Bal. Gaurav Gupta has been doing drapes since he entered the industry. I didn’t quiet like his Pret Fall 2010 collection where drapes were like forced upon the garments. But with his Couture Collection, I saw Gaurav evolve. His gowns were beautiful and the way he used the swan motif was interesting. His pre-pleated and draped saris are gonna be hotsellers. His tasseled gown, his black one-shoulder gown with puff-ball kinda bottom and his showstopper showed his creative genius.Gudda probably showcased one his best ever collection. His mulmul kurtas, his exquisitely tailored and textured long jackets, his rose appliqued gowns and dynasty shoulders, were simply mind blowing. There was nothing OTT. No heavy embroidery, no glitter and bling yet it was Minimalistically Opulent. I know it’s an oxymoron but that’s the only way I can describe Gudda’s beautiful creations. And no drama at Rohit Bal’s show? No that’s ain’t possible. His models walked into the pool in off-white tunics that floated and looked like huge lotuses. Gudda too walked in to deafening applause.