Posted: 08 May 2005 at 5:34pm | IP Logged
nfortunately for Mumbaikars, our city really
seems to have taken a back seat to Delhi — answering the
age-old debate about India's fashion capital. Considering most
of our socialites are missing from the front row, most of our
models missing from the ramp (they didn't have auditions in
Mumbai this year), and, as always, fewer Mumbai designers than
their Delhi counterparts. The four shows of the day have gone
by without a hitch and it looks like we are in for one
fashionably fabulous ride.
Ritu Kumar sacks her make-up
|A model displays a Ritu Kumar creation. AP
Ritu Kumar had got into a bit of a tiff
with her make-up artistes from last year, Yatan and Jojo, and
this year the duo have been unceremoniously dropped from the
Considering Kumar is chairperson of FDCI,
the organisers, we aren't surprised by this display of
Fernandes took over their job this year. And did a fabulous
job, may we add.
Ritu's collection — a tribute to
natural handlooms weaved to more contemporary designs — was
flawless as always.
With a collage of block prints,
weaves and use of kari, most left the fashion show very
|A model displays a creation by Indian fashion
designer Nandita Basu on Wednesday. AP
It's barely been a day since
Fashion Week started, and we hear someone has been stealing
from the green room during the fittings that took place on
Tuesday. Apparently, debutant designer Shantanu Goenka lost
his luggage and wallet, while designers Shane and Falguni lost
Considering everybody is so engrossed in
their work, and have little time to watch over their
belongings, the thief sure found himself a good place to loot.
Says Goenka, "It was the first day of my first Fashion Week,
so the loss is unnerving. If it had happened in Kolkata, it
might have been easier to handle. Hopefully, things will get
So, now designers have another worry on their
heads, besides worry about their designs being
high-fashion finally a
|Michael Fink (second from right) general manager
of US fashion store Saks Fifth Avenue watches a show
yesterday. AP Photo|
Week seems to be moving away from hype and glamour, and moving
towards a serious business venture.
In keeping with the trends in the
West — where Fashion Week is primarily about the business of
fashion vs the glamour of fashion — this year sees a
tremendous increase in the number of international buyers —
almost 60 accredited buyers from across the globe, the last we
Which incidentally is a five-fold up from
last year's 12. And what's more, Harrods has joined the ride
this year. The number of domestic buyers has apparently come
down though, because FDCI didn't want any riff-raff
Definitely, Indian fashion is finally making a
statement in the West — with several design houses using an
Indian influence in their collections. Are our designers
finally getting their due?
Indian Idol turns
Sure, the men have gotten a raw
deal at Fashion Week, and from what we hear only 13 shows will
even have men walking the ramp, but Indian Idol Abhijeet
Sawant has managed to find himself a modelling
And what is
more, the singer, who will be wearing Shantanu and Nikhil at
the Samsung show today, will walk the ramp with members of the
Indian cricket team.
what we hear, Virendra Sehwag is on the list. No wonder the
men got a raw deal, they have plenty of replacements on
Dhakai sarees, Rina
|A Rina Dhaka creation.|
We overheard Sunil Sethi, a buyer
from London's Selfridges, very enthusiastically tell Rina
Dhaka, after her show that he loved "the sexy little outfits"
— from her collection obviously. So impressed was Sethi with
one of Rina's saris that he openly expressed his
disappointment at not seeing more on the ramp.
modest Rina said, "The sari is the one thing I always seem to
get right. No matter what I do, I can always pull off a sari."
Rina's collection was definitely one of her best. The
designer seems to have grown from her earlier shock-appeal
days to a sophisticated line that had just the right amount of
sexiness — a peek-a-boo collection predominantly in black,
with straight-lined silhouettes, Lycra churi pants, skirts and
Rina already stocks at Selfridges,
and considering the reaction of the buyer, this relationship
seems like one that will last a while.
Show me the Sony
|Rakhshandha Khan |
at the Lakme
Lakm seems to be doing what it can to
keep the patrons happy, with free beauty treatments and
makeovers at their ad-hoc beauty salon at the venue.
We caught up with Sony's Rakhshandha Khan
from Jassi and Shama Sikander from Yeh Meri Life Hai enjoying
The two are in town playing host to the
Sony show that is covering the event live. Asked to name her
favourite designer, pat came Rakhshandha's reply: Abu Jani and