The past week we in Delhi had a double dose of good fashion. First we had a sneak-peek at Rohit Bal’s ‘Gulbagh’ collection for the forthcoming Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2015 and then we enjoyed Manav Gangwani’s extravagant Haute Couture 2014 show. You can read my take on them in Sunday Standard. Here is the link to the ePaper: http://epaper.thesundaystandard.com/350106/The-Sunday-Standard-Delhi/05-10-2014#page/4/1
Thank God we don’t have B-Town walas like Karan Johar pretending to be a fashion designer and creating a capsule-collection for Vero Moda. It was just a styling job, which was actually done by Anaita Adjania but K Jo laughed all the way to the bank. Jabong, an eCommerce site also played the Bollywood gimmick by signing on Alia Bhatt to do a line for them. I think they are just aping the model initiated by High-Street fashion biggies like TopShop and H&M. ECommerce fashion retailing business is plagued by sites peddling fake stuff so I personally have an issue with that.
Anyway Delhi is the fashion capital of India and we enjoy some real fashion here!
The moment I saw this picture of actor cum activist Shabana Azmi giving a standing ovation to Olympic Medal winning gritty boxer Mary Kom as she sashayed down the ramp, the words GULABI GANG sprung up in my mind. Two powerful ladies in PINK (GULABI) fits the bill to the ‘T’. Waaaddyaa say???
The image is from Shabana Azmi’s NGO, Mijwan Welfare Society, hosted a fashion show, Mijwan Sonnets in Fabric 2012. The show highlighted craftsmanship of Mijwan’s female population through Manish Malhotra’s designs.
And yes it seemed like all of Bollywood was on the ramp, especially the two directors from the now-famous Rs. 100 Crores Club – Rohit Shetty and Prabhudeva. Oh yes…how can I forget B-Town’s darling Karan Johar. He too walked the ramp in a red thingy, which looked like a ‘Bandmaster’s’ uniform. How could you don that K Jo???
A personal opinion – some Indian designers do not take criticism sportingly. I feel they should and that way they can raise the bar higher. I have often been asked:
- “Do you have any problem with XYZ designer?’
- I ask, “Why do you think so?”
- “No you have been critical of his/her work”.
- I say, “If I am critical of his/her work that doesn’t mean I don’t like him/her. It is purely the clothes.”
Yes guys there is nothing personal when a scribe opiniates critically.
Manish Malhotra had a grand show on the penultimate day of PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2012. And then he had boisterous support from B-Towners like Karan Johar, Suzanne Roshan, Sheetal Mafatlal, Kajal Anand and Shaina NC rooting for every creation of his from the front-row.
Malhotra’s collection was ‘pretty’ and I am sure he will mint money out of this collection. Katrina Kaif looked gorgeous in a gold lehenga with pink borders and skimpy gold choli. But Manish I thought the choli could have had a snuggy fit. Also the layering of sheer net or Tulle was bit dense that almost hid the ornate ensemble beneath. The layering could have been more sheer. Felt like the net layer was more a cover to protect the garment from dust. What do you say???