GrandFinale_ss16The Amazon India Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2016 ended with its customary grand finale multi-designer show that ‘revisited Benaras’. Wonder what BJP Spokeswoman, Shaina NC was doing on the ramp? Is she the ‘official appointee’ of Varanasi Weavers??? If yes then it’s the government’s way of rewarding loyalists. Shaina gave a lecture on ‘Make In India’ and all that crap but she should have known that all the designers that showcased their collections over the past five-days were ‘Made in India’ and not just the finale garments. Enough of propaganda please.

Anyways I am angry because none of the new government’s projects to revive weavers of Benaras has borne results. In fact government’s textile policy is very anti handloom. But let politicians pay politics and not interfere in fashion.

My personal favourites in no particular order were the work of following designers:

payalpratap2_ss16payalpratap4_ss16Payal Pratap mesmerized me with her collection of classic feminine silhouettes comprising of pretty frocks, stylish separates and fluid halter dresses. Flowers bloomed on her ensembles in form of pixilated cross-stitch embroidery on soft pastel hues. Lots of laces, structured construction and an uber feminine feel of Payal’s collection was enigmatic.

ashishsoni2_ss16ashishsoni4_ss16Ashish Soni is great with structured clothes and the well tailored jackets, trenches and contoured dresses in enzyme/acid washed denim were sooo international. Frayed textures, innovative detailing and neat construction made the collection one of top ones in this fashion week.

RohitRahul_Benaras_ss16RohitRahul1_ss16When it comes to a collection that is totally Global in look, nobody beats the duo of Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna. Their collection also flaunts immaculate finish. The intricate texturisation coupled with architectural construction that create structured fit and voluminous fluidity in form of folds add to the look.

NamrataJoshipura_Benaras_ss16Namrata Joshipura did not showcase her collection this time but she showed three ensembles in the finale show and the gold Benarasi coat-dress was simply awesome.

payaljain1_ss16Crochet dominant collection of Payal Jain was beautiful. Lot of Chantilly laces and crochet work gave her resort look a sexy edge.

hemantNandita1_ss16pallaviMohan1_ss16The couple – Hemant and Nandita are evolving with every season. If last season I was disappointed by the loudness of the ‘carpet embroidery’, this time I liked the pop-art take on big floral embroidery. The calculated placement of of utility pockets broke the madness of acid colours.

AnandBhushan2_ss16rabani_rakha_ss16vaishaliS_ss16chhayamehrotra1_ss16I also liked some pieces from Pallavi Mohan. Have been watching her for few seasons now. Anand Bhushan also did a good sporty collection with perforation, layering and topped them with clean construction. Chhaya Mehrotra’s Benarasi Denims were fabulous. Rabani and Rakha’s saris were beautiful, particularly the ivory ones with tonal work. Eka and and Vaishali S are talents to watch out for.

Great Falls of Fashion

fall2Models-falling-on-the-ramp-naomiWe all have seen fashion models tripping, skidding and falling on the fashion runway. It is no big deal. I would say, it is just an occupational hazard for the leggy models. Yes for the photographers the ‘fall’ must be an interesting image to capture and for our nonsensical Desi tabloids those images may make it to the front-page. But believe you me from Supermodels – Naomi Campbell to Linda, models have had terrible falls on the ramp.

kangana tripsfall3At the WIFW Fall-Winter 2014, Kangana Ranaut tripped on her Namrata Joshipura gown but instantly gained her composure. I hate it when audience laugh at such accidents, specially men. I bet they can’t take more than two steps in 6-inch stilettos on a vinyl ramp. So here is a video to just see some disastrous fashion falls across the world:


My Top-3 From WIFW Spring-Summer 2014

nj1_ss14r&r1_ss14rm4_ss14It wasn’t an easy task to narrow down to the best three collections that I saw at the just concluded Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) Spring-Summer 2014. More than fifty designers showcased their collections over the five days and shortlisting ‘My Top-3′ was indeed a herculean task.

The parameters over which, I decided my best three were style and cut, fabrics used (summer friendly), texturisation techniques applied and finally the overall construction and finish. Mind you, this is my personal Top-3.

nj2_ss14nj6_ss14namrata joshipura_ss14_WIFWI enjoyed Namrata Joshipura’s collection. The ‘storm’ and ‘ocean’ prints were absolutely fabulous. The printed shirt-dress with lapels encrusted with metal embroidery and gold metal dress with all-over metallic embroidery exhibited the finesse with which, it was executed and same was the case with the jumpsuit. Floral cut-work skirt, shirt with metallic detailing on the collar and the placket grabbed my attention too. Lastly I loved the sporty feel of the collection and clean constructions.

r&r8_ss14r&r5_ss14rohit & rahul_ss14_WIFWRohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna used the nude tone and sheer fabric to exhibit a super glam and sensual look. It is definitely not easy to execute metallic embroidery work on flimsy net but the duo did it deftly. The interplay of sheer with opaque was interesting. But what was astounding was the way the dresses were structured using panels at the waist, princess-seams around the bust and the juxtaposition of the contours of the horizontal rows of sequin embroidery with the curved and circular ones. It was nothing but sheer engineering. Loved the combination of pewter with icy-silver sequins and the impeccable finish.

rahul mishra_ss14_WIFWrm1_ss14rm3_ss14Rahul Mishra’s interplay of traditional Jaamdani weave with jersey and contemporary quilting work on his ensembles were beautiful. Even the often-used Baandhani work found newness in the way Rahul used it on his garments. Interplay of sheer and opaque found way in Rahul Mishra’s collection too.

Kareena Kapoor as Show-Stopper @ LFW Grand Finales

Kareena_Namrata Joshipura_ Grand Finale of LFW SR 2013 - 5Kareena Kapoor_Namrata Joshipura_LFW Grand FinaleSince Bollywood Diva – Kareena Kapoor signed on to endorse the Lakme Absolute range of colour cosmetics, she has been one of the shiniest factor for Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), held bi-annually in Mumbai. If I recall right – since Bebo signed-up with Lakme, she has been the show-stopper for two grand finale shows – Manish Malhotra’s Summer/Resort 2012 and Kallol Datta and Pankaj & Nidhi’s Winter/Festive 2012. Tonite Kareena Kapoor will be there as a show-stopper for talented designer – Namrata Joshipura’s grand finale show.

Bollywood-actress-Kareena-Kapoor-walks-the-ramp-with-designer-Kallol-Datta-during-the-grand-finale-of-Lakme-Fashion-Week-LFW-2012-in-Mumbai-kareena_pankaj & nidhiFortunately, including this season, it has been Delhi Designers who had been doing Lakme Fashion Week’s Grand Finale shows. Kareena Kapoor as a show-stopper gives a major boost to the Delhi based designers amongst Bollywood’s fashionistas. We had seen that for Pankaj & Nidhi. But Joshipura is already popular amongst B-Town actresses and star wives. Still Bebo’s tadka is always welcome. Wadddyyyaaa Say???

kareena kapoor_manish malhotraKareena Kapoor in a Manish Malhotra gown a year back was a disaster. The outfit of that kind you see at passing-out shows of students from nondescript fashion schools. The following season, Bebo wore a Kallol Datta printed shirt-dress. Very ‘Kallol’ but too low on ‘glam’ for somebody like Kareena. Pankaj & Nidhi’s tassled leather number got mired in controversy so I will skip commenting on it. But yeah tonite I Kareena Kapoor did dazzle in Namrata Joshipura’s candy-floss colour scheme. But how I wished Bebo would had worn the sexy orange flared mini skirt (the one she is wearing in the Top-Right picture) instead of the neon pink pleated palazzos that makes her look stunted. But then I have heard that Kareena is very difficult to deal and a designer may not always get her to wear what they would had preferred.

WIFW Fall-Winter 2013 Kicks-Off Today

Namrata Joshipura_WIFW F-W2013The Fall-Winter 2013 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) kicks-off today. Pray that the designers show us real fall-winter clothes and not hide behind the overused excuse that most of India hardly has seasons or winter for that matter. If that’s the case, then opt out of fall-winter showings please.

Masaba-Gupta-Fashion-Director-Satya-PaulThe Day 1 of WLIFW F-W 2013 has an interesting line-up. I am looking forward to Masaba’s debut collection for Satya Paul. The epic brand has first time out-sourced a creative director, post Puneet Nanda’s exit from Satya Paul. But then Pallavi, assistant designer is an old war-horse at Satya Paul with 15 years experience and Masaba is good with prints, which is Satya Paul’s forte. Guess the brand – Satya Paul’s core philosophy would be intact.

Ishq-e-Dilli by Anupamaa (1)Kanika SalujaKanika Saluja looks like will present her gold metal studded dresses that she showed sometime back at a soiree. Anupama Dayal too sticking to her forte of interesting textile and vibrant colours in her ‘Ishq-e-Dilli’ collection. Looking forward to it. Vineet Bahl’s last fall-winter collection was great and I am looking forward to his show too. But I believe this time Vineet Bahl is showcasing Indian wear.

And of course I am anxiously looking forward to the last two shows of Day 1 – Pankaj & Nidhi and Namrata Joshipura. Love their work as the raise the bar every season, year after year. Don’t know much about Pankaj & Nidhi’s collection (I like the ‘surprise’ element of a collection.) but have a feeling that Namrata Joshipura is going ‘Monochromatic’. Can’t wait to feast the eyes on them!