I think Prabal Gurung’s spring 2012 collection was his best so far. The clothes were nuanced, more subtle than his usual bold solid-colour and this time around Gurung took more risks. He worked with a print maker to cover his lilac colored collection in pixelated (though we have seen Pratap using pixelated technique almost a year back) floral digital prints. Flouncy flared silk dresses were sexed up with sheer tulle inserts but in a subtle provocative way. The most interesting looks were bound up in delicate rope harnesses. I am sure that Gurung’s solid colored floor-length numbers will be omnipresent on the red-carpets.
Sarah Jessica Parker–his biggest fan of late–was absent at Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2012 show at New York Fashion Week. But if SJP continues with her red carpet devotion to Gurung through spring 2012 she’ll be updating her look with sophisticated, subversively sexy dresses. Nicki Minaj and Amanda Seyfried though graced the front-row.
Manish Malhotra was cribbing that Rohit Bal spoilt his show at The Collective launch in Delhi. Malhotra was complaining about the skit that Karan Johar hosted at the launch and Gudda and Pratap were part of the skit. Don’t know what Gudda did to spoil his show but Manish Malhotra is quiet a spoilsport. By the way, I think the skit hosted by K Jo was rather stupid.
At the Chivas Tour last year, Manish Malhotra and Rohit Bal were paired together for a show in Mumbai. Manish wanted the second half, which was slotted for Gudda but when organisers didn’t budge, he pleaded that when Gudda’s show ends, he should be called again on the ramp for the bow. What stupid demands, huh. Manish concentrate on your designs. If they are good you need not re-appear on the ramp twice or blame it on somebody for a lack-lustre show.
Even the desi designer duo did not lose the chance to make money out of CWG. For the opening and closing ceremony, the cultural committee had lined up a fashion show too to showcase India’s rich culture to the world. Hence bids were submitted. Sumit Nair proposed a Mega Show with Tarun Tahiliani and Rohit Bal, two of India’s best know designers. The proposal was an expensive one worth Rs. 1 Crore. But subsequently Nair brought down the figure to Rs. 38 Lacs.
FDCI presented a multi-designer show including top names like Sabyasachi, Manish Arora, Pratap, JJ Valaya and few more and quoted the expense figure at Rs. 18Lacs. But when OC of CWG cribbed about lack of funds, FDCI offered to do it free by bringing in a Corporate Sponsor.
But what happened finally? A designer duo got the show and a huge sanction of Rs. 55 Lakhs to do the show during opening ceremony as well as the Closing ceremony.
FDCI quoted ‘Free of Cost’ fashion show with multiple top designers of India. Sumit Nair’s Company proposed a show with top names – Gudda and Tahiliani for Rs.38Lakhs. A designer duo quoted Rs. 55Lakhs and got it. What kind of economics the Organising Committee of the Common Wealth Games follow? I truly believe that the Common Wealth Games is treated as Personal Wealth Accumulating Games by Kalmadi and his dubious cronies.
I thought true-blue fashionistas follow the thumb-rule of wearing the host designer’s creations at their shows and soirees. It’s a way of showing solidarity. But I was shocked to discover that the busty-lusty Elizabeth Hurley wore Dior to the Valentino Garavani Archives Dinner Party at Versailles. Interestingly it wasn’t a one time faux pas. Liz Hurley wore Dior even at Valentino Haute Couture Show in Paris the same afternoon. For the Valentino Couture show Liz wore a pink silk georgette Dior dress and for the evening gala dinner she looked tempting in a lilac silk chiffon bustier Dior dress. It’s like a double slap for Valentino and at the same time a double-whammy for Christian Dior.
It’s not that Elizabeth Hurley didn’t have any Valentino dresses in her closet. Arun Nayyar definitely splurges on her.
I don’t know if I am right about the thumb-rule of donning the dress of the designer whose show or the dinner you attending. What do you say folks? In fact I have seen Kalyani Shah Chawla, our very own Dior ambassador in Pratap jacket or a shirt at Pratap’s show. In fact here if we spot a real fashionista in a Sabyasachi number at Tarun Tahiliani’s Bridal exposition, tabloids will go screaming ‘Breaking News – Breaking News’.