7 pm: Designer duo Hemant and Nandita are fairly successful overseas and has an impressive Bollywood clientele. But sometimes, these feats are not enough to make impactful clothes for the runway. Their collection, titled Kaleidology, featured geometric floral prints on stark white heav y crepe sourced from China. There were minis, dresses, racer back tops worn with white shorts and peplums, of course. By then, I had had my fill of peplums. There was just an overdose of it in the fashion week, with every designer doing their interpretation of the peplum. True it’s big now, but must you have it in your collection? The models for Hemant and Nandita’s shows wore regular heels with a fabric wrapped around their ankle that matches the whites in their garments. Quite unnecessary, I thought! The novelty factor was completely amiss in the collection. Dding a fabric around the ankle is just not a good substitute for innovative designs.
Trend alert: More power to flower power! Very few design elements add femininity to a look the way floral prints do. Go all out and embrace them. Florals look especially pretty on whites. Wear them to a salsa class or even a day at the deer park.
7 15 pm. I had not watched any of Joy Mitra’s previous shows. So I didn’t quite know what to expect of the designer. Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t have sky-high expectations from the show. Mitra’s collection looked like a bad copy of Sabyasachi and Vikram Phadnis. It was a lazy collection that had nothing new to offer. Floor length anarkalis in red, ivory, black and gold with distinct Sabyasachi hangover was interspersed with fusion dresses. Short dresses with flared ends and zardozi work and a frightful red jumpsuit with heavy gold embroidery was enough to kill the show. Why is it so difficult for Indian designers to develop their own strong, signature style? And Evening at the Town Hall(that’s what the collection was called), inspired by the receptions hosted by the British East India Company, cut a sorry figure.
Trend alert: Floor length anarkalis are certainly more dramatic than the regular ones worn with churidars. Wear to a wedding to be the cynosure of all eyes. But stay away from them if you are vertically challenged.
7 30 pm. I have always enjoyed Nida Mahmood’s shows and am marvelled by how fantastically the designer has evolved into one of the crowd pullers at fashion shows within just a few years. This time, she presented a collection themed around the dreams people have. Do you see colour in your dreams? I mostly don’t! Nida apparently has technicoloured dreams and her collection, titled Sapna Cinema, was an extension of those vibrant colours in quirky, youthful clothes. The show started with a corny dialogue from a typical Bollywood potboiler and cock-a-doodle-doo signifying the breaking of dawn and therefore the end of a dream. What we saw were models in masks(mostly of the Kathakali dancers) in cropped jackets with shoulder details in the form of metallic brooches, fitted kenee-length skirts in happy prints with fitted sleeveless tops with sharp collars, kaftans in happy colours with heart and digital prints, Nida’s trademark trouser saree ie a saree draped over a trouser worn with a trendy candy coloured blouse and funky trousers. A blue trouser with bold rooster prints is the one I lost my heart to. Can’t wait to get my hands on them. The collection closed with three signature pieces with heavy surface texturing and plastic flower bulbs glowing on them. This girl knows how to do funky right and who doesn’t like a bit of funk? Sapna Cinema was young, fun, happy and edgy.
Trend alert: Colours and loads of them. You just have to get the entire rainbow in your wardrobe. Bored of your regular trousers? Get one with funky prints a la Nida’s rooster trouser to perk up your wardrobe. Wear it to a coffee date and the guy will be yours to keep. Also, those who don’t like going too ethnic even at traditional dos can do a spin on the saree by wearing it with a pair of fitted trouser. Pick a light, frothy, printed saree for this.