complete antithesis of what your regular spring summer details would pan out to be —- Narendra Kumar, just like his designs, is an intriguing man. With international violinist Mika Nishimura holding the audience in rapt attention, Nari’s creations told a tale that was as soulful and haunting as the music that played on in the background. The colour palette was largely dark, that told the story of an intense romance that has had an untimely demise.
Front row: The man prefers to hobnob with his celebrity friends everywhere except at his shows. Expectedly, it was just Pooja Bedi and Tanisha Mukherjee who made their presence felt on the front row.
Catwalk cools: It was mostly seasoned models who walked for Nari. Those with stunning facial features were the top draw, letting their placid expressions do the talking. Fashion show regulars, Sucheta Sharma, Kanishtha Dhankar, Siddharth Rawal were once again picked by the designer to strut his stuff on the runway.
The themes: A hark back to a bygone era, Nari had classic elements building up his menswear collection. Every garment in the collection was just another ingredient that drove the intrigue up to a crescendo only to end in a flourish of emotions, a sudden hush intensified with a rush of dark hues.
The mood: What started off in a burst of happy-happy emotions and colours gradually changed tone to become somber, as if destiny had changed the course of progression with her swift hand. The mellifluous opening piece by Mika held out the promise of jolly days to come but the musician altered the tempo soon enough to plunge the mood into deep despair. Except the beautifully elegant Mika cutting a lone figure among the scores of models walking past her as if in a dream, the ramp was stark and a cruel reminder of happier days that were now a thing of the past.
Music: A chance encounter at a social do in Mumbai recently is what set the ball rolling for Mika to create some haunting strains of music for the designer’s show. The violinist, who has been part of the famed Zubin Mehta’s orchestra, held the audience’s attention through the show only to elicit a collective gasp from them as she hit the parting notes.
What we loved: The transition of hues — drastic — through the show was almost like a visual jolt to the senses. From merry blue to moss green to burgundy and rust to the final smears of black, it was a story of failed love well told through the eyes of the artist. The menswear silhouettes were clean and non-fussy, a pre-dominantly austere look interspersed with a smattering of applique work and collar embellishments. Bandhgalas complemented fitted pants that ended just shy of ankle-length while jacquard silk played a prominent part among the fabrics. The womenswear was peppered with slightly more colour than the menswear, with kimono sleeves and peplum cuts abundant.
Our pick: The men’s blazers. The attention to detail is bang-on, with structured tailoring at every stitch.
Hair and make-up: The women sported windswept hairstyles, wispy tendrils of tresses messily arranged over the forehead. The men’s hairstyles toed the clean look and stood shades apart from the heavily shadowed eyes. There was plenty of colour around the women’s eyes as well, a contrast to their sallow skin, a deep sense of dismay written large across their faces.
Parting shots: A perfect marriage of music and art, Nari’s show drew out the deepest desires and disappointments tucked away inside the crevices of forgotten memories of love and passion.