DAY TWO

4 pm: Given how hectic Day 1 was, I almost didn’t make it for Samant Chauhan’s show. Every muscle in my body was aching, but I was determined; I had to watch Samant’s show. After all, he stands for ethical fashion, something I strongly endorse. Samant had Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee as his showstopper, who was quite excited to walk the ramp for him. But a designer of his caliber doesn’t need a showstopper. His clothes are the real stars.

Titled Rajputana, a Poshak Cult, his collection focused on his signature textile Bhagalpur Tussar silk and elaborate use of zardosi. There were elegant lehengas, kurtas and jackets in his show for women, while the men walked down wearing floor sweeping angrakhas in gorgeous off white. As everything is organic, earth colours like orange and sienna popped beautifully. The showstopper attire was a gorgeous gold and brown bandhgala accesorised beautifully with pocket medallions.

Trend alert: His collection, like a few of the others, also focused on gold. So gold, in any form and manner, has to be a part of your wardrobe. Gentlemen, if you’re doing ethnic, give the angrakha a chance. They are so much more dramatic than a regular kurta.

4 30 pm: Kanika Saluja Choudhary’s label Anaikka presented an evening line which oozed edge. Designer Arjun Saluja’s sister had maxi dresses embellished with body chains. Yellows and greens fused with salmon pinks and  nudes. The collars, a lot of which were jewelled and detachable, stood out. She also incorporated ultra long chains and bold gold cuffs as part of her accessories. Epaulets on the shoulder and spike embellishment contributed to the edge factor to this otherwise feminine collection. Bling (we even saw a metallic jumpsuit) was the buzz word in her collection.

Trend alert: Very strong trends in accessories emerge from her collection. I predict the boom of body chains in the near future and the reign of cuffs. Go for them. Also, pick shirts with sharp, detailed collars. They are all the rage right now.

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