Fashion Week was an extremely grueling experience this time. For starters, I tried to attend as many shows as possible over six days. S I X days of fashion, clothes, accessories, designers, celebrities, wannabe celebrities, buyers, media, publicists, makeup artists, well-dressed people, terrible disasters, women trying too hard, men trying too little and very gay men (do not get me wrong. Fashion is a homosexual’s favourite haven after all). I was exhausted by the end of it. But all was not well at Fashion Week this year. Honestly, majority of the work that I saw was below average. Either they were stuff done to death, or copied gimmicks, or rehashed older collections, or bizarre nonsense. I would like to especially congratulate Sneha Arora, Ragini Ahuja, Purvi Doshi and Huemn for the best collections of the season. Arora’s work with dirty linen, textile and interesting ink blot prints definitely stole the show, as did Ahuja’s excellent ethnic-flavoured collection of tie-and-dye and faux leather details. Purvi Doshi was light, feminine and interesting embroidery while Huemn was fresh and young with a wonderful new version of androgyny – dresses and sarees meet baseball jackets and jerseys.
Of the veterans, Rajesh Pratap Singh’s collection was a theatrical splendor of exquisite set design, light work, detailed makeup and hair and sharply cut clothes with interesting metallic embellishing and faux mirror work. Music, ambience and visual delight – he takes the crown for maximum drama. Tarun Tahiliani, on the other hand, wowed the audience with his usual Indian bridal affair. Yes, he might not be offering anything new, but nothing matches his classical opulence.
The likes of Swapnil Shinde, Jade (Monica and Karishma), Nikhil Thampi, and Nishka Lulla played to their strengths and showcased mixed collections with more hits than misses. While Shinde’s use of Paithani must be appreciated, the use of the heart as a motif was a flop. Jade had some interesting pieces high on wearability until they went overboard with the bling. Nikhil Thampi screwed up with some hideous experiments with faux leather while Nishka Lulla broadly seemed to mistake ‘resort’ for ‘night time’.
Narendra Kumar definitely takes the cake for the worst collection along with Archana Kochhar, Jyotsna Tiwari (that terrible print!), and Shyamal and Bhumika (what was with the heavy embroidery on velvet?). They are closely followed by Digvijay Singh. This season’s hideous headwear king is Sourabh Kant Srivastava with his McQueen-ish collection. And DRVV? Let’s not even get into that.
Have a look at some pieces from LFW 2014 – The Good, Bad, and Ugly.
Rajesh Pratap Singh
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Photo courtesy: LFW