My highlights from all five days have to be that rush while almost running from show to show, to catch glimpses of some of my favourite designer's collection, some of which were minor let-downs and some which lived up to their high expectations. Then came the game where I tried to identify the showstoppers, since I'm so bad with Bollywood and Indian pop culture, I could recognise only a small percentage of the celebrities. Also thanks to the Sculpt Look by Lakme, even that seemed a little tough, because faces I was familiar with suddenly looked a little alien, because they looked too beautiful and sculpted to be real. I of course had my own alien moment when I tried The Sculpt Look on myself and had my hair done by the Bed Head by Tigi team - and that resulted into having me, a person who takes terrible and awkward selfies and has to take over 20 to just get 1 right, into an overnight selfie-queen! Narcissistic could have been my second name for the day.
I have hoards of images from fashion week, many of the shows I watched, some of The Source and a few of my shoes. Twice my phone decided to fail on me, once during a crucial moment, all because it's memory was full, and I also managed to go through two different chips on my camera. Here are my favourite collections from all five days with some images I managed to capture of each.
Arpita's collection is just a mix of pretty and all things girly and had me leaning forward from my seat. The muted champagne tones with a mix of pastels in interesting colours, some mirror work and a few appliqued florals were a visual delight. Just when you'd think the whole sheer trend has fallen from grace, thanks to the sheer chiffon blouses and bra sporting women, this collection comes in all glory with lace and net and makes you believe again! Esha Gupta made a gorgeous showstopper and I absolutely loved her gown.
Harpers Bazaar inspires Mulmul
Bazaar's annual project curated select pieces from different designers like Anand Bhushan, Siddhartha Tytler, Hemant & Nandita, Anupamaa Dayal, Dev r Nil, Raakesh Agarvwal, Rabani & Rakha and Sailex to celebrate the endangered mulmul. With 8 different labels came 8 different styles, themes and aesthetics and the entire collection was a joy to watch. I particularly like Bhushan's textured whites and Dev R Nil's silhuettes and colour palette.
Ken Fern's was truly exciting for me as I saw my favourite trends right in front of my eyes. From the abstract florals, to a bit of monochrome, to the addition of ladybirds and some stripes and the whole print on print drama, I loved each outfit as presented on the runway and also as separates. I'm particularly hung up on his skirts, they're just too gorgeous.
For a print obsessed person like me, Quirkbox was another fun collection. Also with a theme like wanderlust, the collection had landscapes and I was able to spot a subtle Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and even the Taj Mahal beautifully blended into s single piece without looking too busy. In fact the entire transition from the soft hues to the more brighter tones was really smartly executed.
Sonam and Paras Modi of Sva put together "Istanblu" inspired by Turkish palace carvings and looked as royal and regal as it could. The colours were muted mints, old rose and off whites along with midnight blue and burnt orange and looked amazing on the ramp. Besides the whole royal atmosphere, I was awed by the details in the embroideries and the textures that resembled latticeworks that was seen on sherwanis and a few sleeves.
What blew me away was the fun styling, from the turbans to the shades and the beautiful jewelry. And the clothes, there were classic Tahiliani and had digital prints and artistic motifs all inspired by paintings. There was definitely a bit of an Eastern influence as the zippered cummerbands looked like obi belts and cinched in the blouses and skirts showcased. The lovely Chitrangada Singh walked the final walk in a pretty voluminous skirt.
Philips presents Wendell Rodricks
When I read the press release on my seat which promised colour, I was looking forward to this, and then it began with the screen lit up with pop art images and thus began Wendell's "popology" collection with pops of colours against black pieces with easy-breezy silhouettes. What more is the models looked like they were having a blast, and frankly who wouldn't with such colourful pieces? What was really cute was how a few models handed over Philips products as Philips was the styling partner for the show to a few viewers in the crowd while taking the final walk.
Surendri by Yogesh Chaudhary
I was waiting to catch Surendri as I've been a huge fan of the sunflower motifs from last season. This collection was waaay different from that one. But I was wowed by how simple he kept it in terms of most silhouettes. There were a couple of star pieces and drapes but the monochrome pieces took the cake. It goes to show that simple and traditional is the key at times.
Thanks to my lovely companions for fashion week, Amena and Dayle (and also Leo) who not only kept me company but also helped click images, we rotated cameras among us, so we have no idea who clicked what, and it was definitely a collective effort, and also for the shenanigans that never die! xo