The debut India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 in Delhi ended on Sunday and the only high-point about this six-day affair were two outstanding collections presented by Rohit Bal and Tarun Tahiliani. Amongst the limited number of shows that I attended, I also liked the collection of Ashima-Leena and Suneet Varma (barring a few ensembles).
Money wasn’t a constraint for Vijay Singh, the organisor of the event. Wish he would had spent a bit more to hire generators and additional air-conditioning. It was unbearable to sit at a show when you have to fan yourself with paper folders to avoid sweat trickling down your nose. And there was nothing ‘VIP’ about the so-called ‘VIP Lounge’ where designers hosted pre-show cocktails. A relative of a top-designer put it out on her facebook status how she was leched upon by a group of five lusty men as she sipped her cheap chardonnay. To score a drink from the bar was a herculean task, more so for women who had to dodge through opportunist sickos eying to brush the boobs or rub against their butts. Lack of proper air-conditioning and bad profiling of guests were an attack on my delicate olfactory senses courtesy pungent body odour.
In fact I overheard fashionistas repenting wearing a short dress or one with a plunging neck-line. Prominent persons like Sharmila Tagore, Suhel Seth and Rian Karanjawala were hassled by unheard of delays in starting of shows and the tacky crowd that crowded the ‘VIP Lounge’. Yes the delays in the shows were killing. With just two shows per night and with two Show areas, more than hour and half delays are unpardonable.
Why wasn’t there any profiling of guest? Why were random property dealers, shopkeepers and notorious gatecrashers crowding the event? I guess with sponsors like AMR and its owner Kapil Aggarwal, property dealers were essential evil. But a couture event is all about, class, finesse and snob-value. Bridal Week definitely lacked it.
Money can buy you ‘paid editorial’ and I heard people jokingly renaming two top Delhi supplements as ‘Bridal Times’ and ‘Bridal City’. But I saw the frustration of reporters and photo-journalists who were chasing to get comments and pictures of people who were supposed to be clicked as per the directions of Medianet and Brand Solution.
Lastly the ‘Bridal Expo’ segment of the week was lost amidst complaints and controversies.
Well Aishwarya Rai Bachchan finally had a fab-fashion season at Cannes this year. My favourite till now was the the black and white – shirt and skirt with a trail ensemble but when she turned up in a muted gold saree paired with a gold blouse, designed by Tarun Tahiliani for the amfAR Gala tonight, I must say she looked absolutely gorgeous.
The high-collared blouse was a brilliant detail that added to the look.
Cinema Against AIDS, held each year since 1993 during the Cannes Film Festival, is a world-renowned charitable fundraiser and arguably the most coveted ticket of the film festival. The 2013 event will feature “The Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show,” curated by Carine Roitfeld as a tribute to Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who was also the co-founder of amfAR. Forty top models will participate in a spectacular runway presentation of one-of-a-kind gold looks, which will also feature a range of gold jewelry from emerging and established designers.
The black-tie event is known and celebrated for its glittering guest list, its unpredictable live auction, and its unrivaled success in generating funds for amfAR’s lifesaving AIDS research programs. Since 1993 Cinema Against AIDS events around the world have raised more than $80 million.
Here we captured Indian couturier – Tarun Tahiliani backstage and also the preparations up to the Gala Gold Fashion Show. Tarun shares the ramp with the stalwarts of global fashion- Valentino, Tom Ford, Burberry, Rick Owens, Alexander McQueen and the likes. Cheers to that!
A new model from Bangalore – Archana Akil Kumar -discovered by photographer Rohit Chawla is making her debut on the ramp at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) fall-winter 2013. Her face, her body, her complexion and most importantly her attitude towards work has caught our attention instantaneously. She reminds us of Laxmi Menon who went global – was featured on the cover of American Vogue and walked the ramp at New York Fashion Week & Paris Fashion Week. Laxmi had a mentor in Prabuddha Dasgupta.
Way to go girl!
There seems to be no end to fashion politics and no dearth of designers falling prey to people attempting at fracturing the fashion fraternity. Remember Vijay Singh – the man who had formed FDPC and had ambitious plans to disintegrate FDCI – is still at his games. Not satisfied with the lack-lustre Sahara India Bridal Week that he has been hosting for the past three years, Vijay Singh yesterday held a press conference to announce a year in advance about his Couture Week in Delhi in the year 2013.
Remember yet another Real Estate Group – AMR – that recently formed Indian Fashion Council, which later was renamed as Indian Fashion Company and boasted about forming a platform to promote Young Designers has now dumped ‘young designers‘ and joined hands with Vijay Singh to sponsor the Couture Week. I always doubted AMR’s intention and wrote about it in my various posts. Now that they are sponsoring an alternative couture week, AMR’s lie is exposed. You can read my earlier posts here:
Another “Fashion Council” Raises Its Ugly Head: http://wp.me/p1C8a1-10L
Overnight the ‘Council’ Turns In To A ‘Company’: http://wp.me/p1C8a1-118
Unabashed Pimping of Fashion Continues: http://wp.me/p1C8a1-11d
At the Press Conference held yesterday jointly by Vijay Singh and AMR, the dates were announced – 2nd August 2013 to 6th August 2013. The intent is clear to hold it before the FDCI organised Delhi Couture Week. The ace up the sleeves of the new couture week is Tarun Tahiliani and it has been announced that Tarun Tahiliani will be the Grand Finale couturier. Other designers present at the conference were Ashima-Leena, Shantanu – Nikhil and JJ Valaya (who later re-iterated that he will be part of the FDCI’s Delhi Couture Week). Rocky S and Vikram Phadnis are also supposedly part of this alternative Couture Week.
I yet again ask – do we need two Couture Weeks back to back in Delhi? Should designers who are members of FDCI ( a body constituted by them and for them) participate in an alternate couture/fashion week? Is it the lure of money that is making designers opt for an alternative organiser? What does the alternate Couture Week bring extra to the table that FDCI’s Couture Week doesn’t?