The show must go on, and it did! GAURAV KAPOOR tells you how.From Men in skirts, to Metro sexual Themes-bohemian & chick, resort-wear, high fashion on runway with feminine silhouettes & deja-vu. “one of the many reason’s why guy’s should have all the fun”
16 Designers that Showcased on the RUNWAY :
1.Ankita & Anjana Bhargav's (ANKY) 'Kurta Call for the New Age Man' theme in cream, white/soff-white, checked, n plain Ensembles wearable at an ease(Kurta,Kurti,Shirts,Trouser& Pyjamas). New Culture of Street Couture - Luxury prêt line defining young couture - sophistication. Infusing a fresh brush of youthful sophistication that promises to endure.
Innovative built-up collar and out of proportion layering. Fabrics used in the line are soft cottons, hand crushed silks and pashmina-tussar mix. Focusing more on shirts though line does have some drop crotch pants, kurta inspired shirts, 3D pockets & experimenting with collars. Fabric construction, paneling, excessive detailing in stitching, pocket constructions. Random entrance of models from common entry and exit doors was different to watch.
2.Wendell Rodricks - Ensembles (high on Linen) in White, Black, Red & Grey were simple ,wearable and good. Circles, squares & rectangles in white n black, with double-either sided mix and match of colours on the ensemble. Bags, caps, scarf's, kurta's with hemlines with piping details over relaxed loose trousers, straight pants & sca-
rves in contrast colours, Jacket's, dhoti's, trouser & baggy pant's, shirts & t-shirts with sandals. Key hole slit & buttons at bottom, Soft drapes, cuts n vest reveal. Relaxed silhouettes with prominent colour paneling. “Tango Argentina” printed on the shirt's.
Tango Argentina: Playing with masculine forms with a hint of the cowboy attitude - Inspired by the macho Gauchos of the South American Pampas plains & the music & dance in Buenos Aires,Argentina. Combining the masculine looks of the Gaucho cowboys with the slick feminity of the tango dance. Using a palette of red, white & black, Wendell Rodricks mixes cotton, silk & wool with a Latino flavour. Smooth textures clash with sheer tones, layered looks blend with sharp silhouettes and the tango of Argentina moves centerstage in this collection - a tribute to the romance & ingenuity of the Argentinean Tango & the vibrancy & beauty of Buenos Aires. We saw models taking off there shirts, & jackets, and getting topless on the ramp, pretty much exciting for some- well a drama created!-good one.
The black singlet on Lalit was no good. WR’s first ever all men's fashion, in a 22 yr. career.
- A Wearable Collection (Nothing extraordinary,nothing out of the box). Though a comeback.
3.Ashish N Soni's theme 'Checkmate' (retro-inspired collection with patterns reminiscent of the 70's look, with straight n clean tailor cut line suit silhouettes) had his Men' neatly combed hair, sporting a moustache starting the show with Bagpipes (background score) in a group settled themselves with newspapers on the chairs placed at the end of the ramp (back-drop), and as the show started with a model sashaying down the ramp, they got up, folded the newspaper's and picked up there respective chairs - going back to where the came from, & the show proceeded.in plain & in check formal to semi formal shades of white, brown, black, grey, purple, rust hues & ochre.Plain & in variety checkered Ensembles with printed checkered, tuxedos, cropped pants, mandarin collar coats and polka-dotted bows, ties (single as well as two ties tied together) & pocket scarves along with waist-bands ,golf caps, handkerchief, sandals & socks with shoes. Bright colour's peeping out from pockets & shirt collar reverse's. Juxtaposition on prints on shirts, suspenders worn backside.
Soni's Moustache - MUSE 'Robert Vadera' (with a pencil line moustache) was the show stopper.
The infinitely chic man whose not deterred by a retro-sport style mood. -A anytime Wearable!
4.Varun Bahl & Karan Johar: Comfortable 'Youth friendly easy going' - daily wear (pocketed capri's or half pants, sequined low crotch trousers & cropped pants. With shirts, blue denims, jackets (zipped and unzipped). Colors; tobacco tones, dark blue white, black. Brown, flash of pink with other shades n hues), with bags, leather chappals/Sandals. A pinch of bright colours added to the shirts.
Audio visual of the New York City. With no B-town octane, Collection titled The Magical Metropolis, Ensembles for a sophisticated city male who is all ready to experiment. -A Wearable Chic Collection. (duo's first collection)
5.Rahul Gandhi & Rahul Khanna's Model's in sun-kissed and slight tanned make-up & shabby hair-do in Formal/semi formal with some un-formally dressed Ensemble's comprising of shirts, jackets, t-shirt's ,trousers in shades of grey, brown, brick-tones, off-white black, with accessorized bag's and sandals, chappals (sleeper's) and shoes. Inspired from linear structures, geometrical lines & influenced by modern contemporary art. Minimal Look with modern and sophisticated clothing. Travelogues high on glamour & a sartorial representation of man traveling the earth for the exploration of life. Clothes illustrate an aesthetic which is innovative yet understated, put together with an apparent effortless finesse, always with a subtle subversive twist supported by an audio visual clipping of a traveler, with the AV.(teamed up with fast beat background score). (Ro-Ra) that's what the duo are called by close friend)
- A Wearable Collection, yet nothing new.
6.Troy Costa's 'Bohemian appeal' through his 'Resort Wear' (apt for Party's or Weddings by the sea/beach). Men Models with glares on sashayed down the ramp in full printed paisley printed shorts, chino pants - in structured cuts , torn to washed denims, ombre designed stripped jackets , tuxedo jacket paired with plastic effect belts-buckles, gladiator sandals, pockets (with intricate detailing) with enlarged hoops; zipper fronts. One-buttoned coats, shirts, printed scarves around the neck, bags, caps, footwear (shoes & sandals). Dots & muted florals, geometric & digital prints, washed
effect - velvet jackets in satin piping & lapels. A complete resort look from beach side fun to a planned wedding along the sea.
Treatment to the fabrics given; over dyed, ombre printed, creased & blotched, semi-transparent from white to a thousand shades of colour in the desert. blue (in all its variants from Indigo to the vintage denim shirt). Splash of green, beige, ecru, oyster white, vanilla white, sky blue to burgundy to midnight black. Check patterns, self designed, and full printed to plain. One could see the signature style though.
Edgy collection named Ku De Ta. (inspired from a resort in Bali, & it's literal meaning- “to change”. With this collection the designer aimed at redefining the resort wear line. Inspired from traveling, holiday vacations, celebrations and merriment along the beach side. Collection narratnig a tale where the garments starts from very casual easy-to-wear clothing, to semi formal, trendy and high in style.
Collection resembles the ultra stylish & sophisticated man who loves to travel, attends celebrations, is a part of beach wedding & finally a groom himself in formal & informal clothing adorning him breaking the tradition & transforming into a bohemian. “TC believes in masculinity, therefore he gives a look that is clean and focused look through his ensembles adoring models. Summing up his complete effort for this mens-wear assortment the designer maintains that the only way of doing something new (change) is wherein a few concessions to extravagance are allowed, provided they don't affect the overall classic look. 'People generally feel that men's wardrobes are boring” - Designer looks forward to change that notion through his collection.
A Youthful wearable Collection in black, white, grey, cream, brown, white, blue, pink.
7.Rohit & Abhishek Kamra Ensembles (jackets, shirts, long over coat's) again in the formal /semi formal shades of red,rust,black,white,pastel shades, with belt's, patch-work & pink & green chained loops. Royalty Redux - “Regalia of the Chivalric”- Regal insignias marrying the Victorian traditions - Collection inspired by Indian Regalia, epitomizing the true characteristics of blue blood.
The metrosexual image of a man evolves into a fresh inculcation of traditional values and virtues of chivalry, courage, honor and integrity. Silhouettes-an amalgamation of Victorian Traditions, Indian Royalty & Glamour, apt for evening and ceremonial wear. High imperial collars, suppressed waists & skinny Jodhpurs accentuate the formal look. Jeweled Buttons, Brooches, Belt Buckles and Bolo ties made of precious stones like rubies, emeralds and semi precious stones exude Regalia' in mens-wear. Sepia tones fill the color palette with antiqued neutrals set against black, brown and gray. Signature style stirred well with aristocratic inspiration. Jodhpuri pants & bandhgalas styled with brooches, semi precious buttons & accessories, Models with kohled eye, studded earring and neatly combed hair with side parting supporting a Jodhpur look.
A straight forward presentation with signature style stirred well with aristocratic inspiration.
Ceremonial Wear with Earthy tones in subtle shades of black & grays, imperial collared buttoned jackets with patch pockets & jodhpurs & Bandhgalas in earthy & shimmering hues. From Morning coats, waist-coats, glossy suits, contrasting printed pocket flaps, outrageous trims, dark orange waist-coat & gray asparagus floral printed bandhgala in sepia toned uppers, and piquantly reminiscent pants.
Earlier decided was Manoj Bajpai however Pooja Batra walked the ramp as showstopper.
Wearable Dressing for the Gentleman for a Ceremony.
8.Sanchita Ajjampur's: Synesthetic Collection (Movements reconfigured from the shadows of nature's imprint). Ambiguous fabric blotches on linen with over printed thumb-nailed forms in vibrant shades - accents of bright orange green & yellow making appearance in knee length shorts & straight fit pants/trousers adorned with leather belts. (scoria, feldspar, pyroxene, granite & chromite) on the pastel shaded coats, jackets, with plain simple trouser/ free flowing track-pants, pyjamas. Scarve's, tie's (in color & contrast with the t-shirts and unbuttoned shirts), Sandal's, shoes. Colour hues of blue, mauve, sea-green, brown, parrot green, red, black, white-grey, pastel's & hints of bright colour's (orange) etc. Use of embroidered motif's / embellished brooches on the ensembles & tie's, lines, squares, over-all printed shirts/kurti's (short khadi kurtas) & coats accessorized with sling bags & bag pack. Classic & bomber jackets, with finely tailored, deconstructed collapsible random shapes in jerseys, coupled with relaxed track pants crafted in washed muslin & an un-ironed track pants in muslin in washed drills & twills. Subtle hint of bead-work, with miniature lady bug lug pattern stick on the sleeves, and trousers alike.
De-structured accessories, textural and unusual woven accents, luxe tribal detailing in monochromatic shades, fictional archetypes from mythology and culture reinterpretation touch of modern panache, etched on basic jerseys for a relaxed global traveler's aesthetic
- A Wearable Collection .
9.Rohit Bal's: theme Shararat(Shaitan) - Simple yet Extravagant' Ultimate ShowMan - or 'Show Woo-men' - From Men enticing & romancing (stopping by and touching the model, eyeing,caressing, teasing each other, with that naughty smile). on the ramp with the same sex models, clapping ,having fun on the ramp with grinny smiles on the faces & the flirtatious moves.
Divided into 2 segments - The first segment had models sporting ensembles mostly in white and ample use of linen. The second one had models sporting heavily embroidered silk and velvet jackets along with red turbans on the ramp. John in a crushed velvet jacket, tossing it aside to give a peep - see through self designed net shirt inside,embellished with flowers with black baggy trouser (and not to miss) with glares on. As a Model & a Bollywood Celebrity, Gay Icon with Pravesh Rana (last minute entry - not planned before) add to the bling and the Glam for the Grand finale, & so did the Chariots 'the hype'. For many wanted to see RB’s show ‘wanted to see John’& were curious about all of it for the Grand Finale.Pravesh said he could fit in the Ensemble very last minute since his measurements were known.
Achkans (all-over embroidered ethnic patterns), Bandhgala shirts in stylized khari work & way above knee length kurtas with loose fit churidars with red turban's on head of models, with baggy trousers or parallel flowy flared quilted skirty pants , relaxed loose pyjamas, pants with leather patch pockets & see-through self designed shirts/kurti's, two buttoned coat of upturned collar lapels, zippered ensemble's. Shades of blue, black,grey, brown, white, red, gold, silver, shoes & sandals. Vibrant colorful lotus motifs on the coat teamed with (not to miss) ornament 'tika' & jhumka (earring lookalike) - actually a bridal piece jewelery for women)used and put on ensembles as broaches.
Drama on the stage was created with ramp lined with urns of rose petals, bulbs lighted up on the ramp runway and the backdrop(setting was reminiscent of the Victorian era). Wrought iron benches (where models even sat) and light posts(tre e-like stands lining the two sides of the ramp with entire hall was adorned with white curtains 'Royale look'. Rajasthan - mirror work & Brocade & velvet in fabric.
Bal ended the finale by dancing onto the stage and showering rose petals on the guests, & JA showering rose petals on Gudda.
(RB) Gudda excited & happy about how the show turned out, his family including his mom, (turned 81), brother's Rajeev & Rakesh nephews came for the show. Now we know why the chariot's were placed outside the venue - It was for sure a triumphant celebration to rejoice pre/post-show & then to an action-packed hitting on the dance floor at the inner area of the restaurant.(not to focus much on the broken glasses, plates & beer bottles by revelers.)
Though finale was almost two hours late, & this delay before Gudda's show was expected. & to reply to the question's raised for such delay & theatrics? Gudda said' Whether people confess it or not we all love to see the drama embracing the Show or the Collection. In India, whether people enjoy the clothes or not, they surely love to see the drama. Was it or is it all about making everyone wear a topi (Turban/Cap), at the end. Well!
Yes a show-man for sure, knows how to get the publicity done and get noticed. From getting his lover boy@Lalit Tehlan 'Guardian Angel' every time on the ramp, to doing the extraordinary a 'out of the box' always. 11 Buggie's (Chariots) 'approx. 6,500 for a single buggie' all flowered & royally decorated costing a total lump sum of 80 K 'Horse-power', from hiring to decorating - all to welcome his guest's at the venue(hotel The Grand, Vansant Kunj,Delhi) for Rohit Bal's Show.Finally we saw RB himself on the (buggie)/char-
iot. It was very evident of group of eunuchs turning up (seeing the buggie's all parked outside the venue) asking for money, assuming it to be a wedding.
RICFP 'Repetition & in continuation from past'
However this collection for the current season, can be precisely stated as a repetition or in continuity of the previous show (11 Sep,2009) done last time, with hardly any much difference (even the same sitting arrangement, ensembles,glares - which John & Gudda had on this time,The theme "Badmaash" (with random backdrop played from Shahid Kapoor starrer Movie 'Kaminey') collection depicting 'the naughty and flirtatious nature of a man and was about celebrating life in a wicked manner' very well relates to the current season theme as well) - moody, vivacious,and self-obsessive, revolving around the theme -I, me and myself.( Well that's everytime, that Rohit Bal does a show, it's same always, whether it's for WLIFW, DCW or this one) Now is that a coincidence or likewise done. Only this time the bow around the neck as well on the footwear , tie's, scarves were a miss & so were the model's with open shirt's, wearing shorts & bathing robes,showing chiseled torsos and neat legs.
-A overall Wearable contemporary formal range
10.Smit Raj Gyanani's Orthodox mens-wear Ensembles like Kurti's (kurta inspired shirts), loose - regular to relaxed fitted harem pants, with ruffled effect near the calf & ankle,Patiala pants,coats, 2 buttoned jackets with overlapping front in shades of magenta, gray, bandhgalas in dull red & blue hues contrasting interstices, purple, brown & white & black. Along with scarves around the neck. Models wearing bold rimmed glasses(green red, white & black shade frames) & gelled,parted hair. Black shoes continuously. wearing bold rimmed glasses & gelled, parted hair.
Ensemble mix of Indian and western cuts with an array of churidar trousers, double-breasted & two button jackets and short kurtas in plenty. Fabrics;crepe, crepe wool (for jackets), wool silk, linen,linen silk and minimum embroidery and embellishments.
Designer paid a tribute to late royal-turned-politician Madhav Rao Scindia with his debut "Nerdy Royal" collection called Royal Gwalior-ode to Madhav Rao Scindia", the line was inspired from the fashion culture of the royals. Noteworthy was the "nerdy" influence in the collection - contrary to the blue blood. Ensembles in colours like blue, purple, white, red and black
"Powerful people are not always style icons. It is just an inspiration from a powerful person. For that matter you don't see politicians as style followers," "This was my first show ever. I had to do something which was relatable, associative and wearable. This is something which the masses will like to wear. It is a very wearable collection & for everyone, "My inspiration- Madha Rao Scindia was a very fascination personality. He had a charm about him," Designer added. Designer invited Scindia's son Jyotiraditya as a front row guest. However, he couldn't make it to the event. Through his clothes the designer tries to sell the dream of being the most beautiful, the attitude of a diva & lifestyle of a billionaire.
- A simple straight forward out of the closet,wearable Collection
11.Vijay Arora's 'Men in Uniform' - Soldier boy (the army and camouflage look). We all very well know and so does the designer. Why girls should have all the fun, so this one is for Boy's who want to have fun. The Theme for sure was not about having fun but freedom, fighting, dong a job for dignity and serving the Nation(completing 63 years of Independence) and all that. but we all know what anyone would have on there mind when some one would see dressed soldiers, in hot short-less clothed Ensembles.
Show opened with a background score of missiles, gun fires and helicopters; clearly defining the theme of his collection Indian forces; Army, Navy and Air force.From a Pathan, Soldier, Army, Military, Marine/Navy or an Air Force-Men the shades of the same hues. cotton, spun silk, wool, denim and linen fabrics with boots, belts, bags, kurta-pyjama / short sherwanis-sherwani pockets (pathan suit plackets), shirts- shirt collars, shorts, trousers, jodhpurs jeans in various styles, bandh gala neckine silhouettes & epaulets, with pair of wings, garlands and other insignia details in shades of midnight blue, black, khaki, olive, chocolate & coffee hues and slate.
Designer sure was very excited about his small hot shorts. He had Sahil Shroff in mind form the very beginning, whom he wanted to fit in it. With Sahil not available for the trial that time, which he had to skip for a shoot, Vijay had his fingered crossed that Sahil would make up for it. However the Sahil got the other one, and this one went on Ashish Choudhary (though similar in size, being hot & short, but with different pattern.
The Indian Forces flags were put up on the ramp, on either side at the back and the front.
We heard Vijay's theme based clothes were not much appreciated. Military prints, and garments were not categorized as an innovation and lacked detailing.
Last Season (Sep 2009) at the same Fashion Week VA showcased chineese/Japaneese themed collection, which we saw this time as Narendra Kumar inspired.
- Had hardly anything innovative, creative or out of the box.
12.Samant Chauhan known as a man with a mission had his murky theme inspired by the Psychic Killers in Ensemble's (with the same colour story, again) decorated, bejewelled and veiled - Psyche Parade-themed looks with sweatshirts, parkas or combat pants, skirts, sehra/rug - head-gear & not to miss on the masks with under water pipes, too several animal masks n prints and paints (panther prints) all over. Hand woven fabrics from Bhagalpur (natural dyeing techniques, different washes & print-iron-rust techniques.
The curse effect - with stain effect on jackets and trousers, leather head-gears & suspenders, utility driven shoes & hand warmers,fabric belts & self sewn patches running stitch lines with unfinished edges, - the rough unwashed-tied look. High military muddy & dusty boots & huge leather bags.
Psyche Parade-“Killers on the ramp'' inspired by 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'A Clockwork Orange' - the villain look.- taking audience on a trip into a fantasy universe where the models became surreal, mysterious creaturesdecorated, bejewelled and veiled.
Models wearing gloves carrying bags in lined ,patch-work& printed t-shirt's, sweatshirts, parkas or combat pants & trouser's in brown, pastel & cream shades. Painted checkered faces too checked coats.One of the ensembles had socks stitched with the pants, ,style of a particular killer who did not wanted to leave any footprints/trace. Shorts in jodhpur style to skirts for Men.With few model's face wrapped all over covered with the cloth, (scarf) - Yet the Ensembles (SC Signature Style) were good, and a nice collection - some wearable.
Accessorizing it with a hint of yellow orange red maroon masks, belts, braces and bags with an abstract background score in addition
13.Manoviraj Khosla's “Sunshine in the Dark” Collection opened in colourful t-shirts. purple, shocking pink, bright red, flaming orange and lime green shaded tees. Ensemble's (shirt's & sleeveless shirts, and half pants, & full length & cropped pants with flock prints, multi-coloured piping, zipper's. Collection with lot of layering with a hint of kalamkari which flared into shocking pink, orange, green and yellow.
Nehru jacket's in shades of white, purple, shocking pink, bright red, flaming orange, black, blue, brown and lime green shaded tees with leather sandals/chappal's & shoes & scarf's. Fabrics used were velvet corduroys, silk, linen, cotton, organic and a lot of blends over a variety of jackets with embroidery Even had the same background score used for Troy Costa's collection a day before.
Actor Kunal Kapoor (in a black collarless check and striped jacket with black pants) and former cricketers Sanjay Manjrekar and Nikhil Chopra walked the ramp for the designer flaunting the designer's ensemble's (smart lowers with dark sherwanis ) & then 3 trio 'MK(desinger himself), SM & NC' revealing there Champion's League sweat shirts underneath.
The idea behind using cricketers was to promote the Champion's League
RICFP 'Repetition & in continuation from past'
- Wearable Collection
14.Shantanu & Nikhil's Catcalls in tune with global discussion on the environment- un-doing the impact of rampant deforestation & the collection. - Knitted leggings,contemporary techniques like felt appliqué merged with traditional Indian techniques like kantha & shibori dying presented a new dimension to the collection. Layering played an important role provided with shrugs, over coats and jackets in a chic and draped look. Emphasizing on the worn out look a tree goes through, the attire highlights a compilation of loads of fabric starting Ensembles in net, woolen knits, textured jacquard fabrics, jerseys, silk organza, and tussar silks, woolen look, buttoned, cable knitted jacket with trousers, knitted leggings, shrugs, churdiar fit knitted trousers in grey chocolate &, brick-red. Contemporary techniques like felt appliqué merged with traditional Indian techniques like kantha and shibori dying created with a design element, an extra- ordinary creativity and colour & design motif mix-match with a hint of colour here & there (appealing though), standing out. Along with scarf's, shoes, sandals.
Death of a Tree - As the world is rapidly changing for the worse, one longs to go back in time, where purity and serenity prevailed over us and being reborn was a joyous celebration of life. This fall, we are determined to stop “the destruction” & initiate “the rebirth”. Thus presenting, Death of a tree.
The only factor missing was the wear-ability with more feminist adorning Ensembles, not any Man would want to wear.
Now here's the collection again from the last year's Marcedonean King (Day 2@Sep'12,2009) in continuation this season, this year.
- Not Wearable at all. (We are not doing a Bohemian-Suave Feminist Metrosexual - article editorial in here for a westernized story in here) Death of a Ensemble in here almost.
RICFP 'Repetition & in continuation from past'
15.Narendra Kumar Models again sashaying down the ramp carrying bags in there white painted faces supporting (firangi/foreigner - Japanese look, painted stubble look & back combed hair) in grey, brown, white, olive-green, in plain and checked Ensembles(Japan inspired silhouette - drapped & well cut suits, jackets with naturally dyed prints.), sandals with free flowing loose parallel trousers with pleats, kimono-sleeves, wrap-up shirts and drape wings extending from the lapel of the knee length jackets, long over coat, scarves & stoles, the Japanese Kun-foo style & caftan look ensemble(plain and checkered) with silk belts knotted in trousers along with formal coats. Polka dotted batick prints, motifs. and design's. From earthy hues of brown, ochre, grey, charcoal, to saturated bronze, black with ascent of red. Japanese dialect printed on lanterns on the runway.
Kagemusha “A tale of shadow warriors”. Fall/Winter Collection inspired by the Japanese art of Samurai & its traditional Bushido philosophy. With focus on soft edge tailoring & contemporary silhouettes to bring about the revised view of menswear. A juxtaposition of Japanese minimalism, echoing the Zen philosophy, Origami, Ikebana &Yakuza tattoo combined with the rigours of tailoring in a colour palette referencing the dark period of Kamakura, Inspired by the movie of the same name 'Akira Kurosawa'
- A Somewhat wearable Collection!
16.Rajesh Pratap Singh Men & Women all dressed in feather light body hugging t-shirts (Up-turned sleeves)complimenting linen loosed 'lined 'trousers with boots, along with scarves & muffler around the neck, ties, pocketed plain & over-all striped printed waist-coat over printed shirts. Women seen in power dressing mode with slim pinstriped pantsuits.
Denims and block printing, tie & dye/ crushed disheveled Cargo jodhpurs patch-work, colour-blocks, & quilting, Shorts with contrast pockets, bell-bottom denims, - silhouettes.
Soft flower dressing, slim fit jackets with shorter lapels & denim in it's natural form, with necklaces, bandana-bangled braclets(chunky accessories, silver chains, metal and silver jewellery. Buttons played upon with “Two, Three to Four”. Colours; red, black, grey, brown, blue, white, with a hint of rust , pink, purplish magenta hues hint (treatment of Ajrek on the hues in the shades of vegetable, rust, jaisalmar, Indigo and red stone.
We saw members of 7 Rock Bands (Parikrama, Bandish Projekt, Groove Adda, Advaita, Half Step Down, Another Vertigo Rush, & Midival Punditz,) sashaying down the ramp. Deepak Nair & Desmond (Bandish), Subir Malik, Srijan Mahajan & Chintan Kalra (Parikrama) & Gaurav Raina (MP) were all very excited & shared a great experience.
The ramp saw skull (RPS's fascination for skull) chandelier as enhancements. A cross with a statute with clothed draped man (Jesus).With Rock 'n' Roll and macabre indulgence as it's MUSE, collection is inspired by 'True Love, Prescribed medication and whatever's left of R 'n R'. “There are more than 120 bands in Delhi alone who still believe in rock and roll, or whatever is left of it. This collection celebrates the self acclaimed last standing true believers, and the times that saw the true spirit of RnR”.
Something Creative done this time, other than being very simple and plain. High on Fashion for the Youth, from formal to a casual semi formal look & feel. - Chic & classy.
RICFP 'Repetition & in continuation from past'
AFM 'Also for Women'
-A Wearable Collection.
From the Designer's perspective, following the Feminist side of there creativity & emotional perception, we all can see the Women in every Man,who follow to be a good Show Man, with a hint of Show Women inside.From everything to anything; Jeweled & accessorizing male models all dressed in so woo-men -"women'ly. Quite Understandable. Homosexuality being now talk of the town n a lifestyle that everyone is out of the closet too, We have seen it all and would be seeing more n more in time to come, from no clothes, to a Dostana (Lifestyle with a lip locked - Smooch. Kiss) and what not.We all understand the concept of a Metrosexual being or casting couch existing in the industry out here, but that doesn't mean, that we are much ready for everything and anything. We still need some things locked where they belong 'Inside the Closet' definitely. We don't want our men to turn out SISSY in here or potrey being one, dressed in all those Feminine Ensembles. Ardhnarishwar (Half Men & half Female from of Lord Shiva with Parvati)' concept is Traditional and has a spritual Awakening in thought and form, but still there are such Tabooed subjects, that draw our attention and grasp our sense, yet trying to avoid by some, and attract some.
From daily shampooing of there hair, to a regular oil massage routine, our metrosexual men/models are sporting everything from churidars, skirts to toga gowns or ponchos. lately. With lipsticks and kajal, from nose rings, to ear-rings, & other jewelry accessories. For some even have a taste of wearing sari's (publicly) to bra's (in private). We don't have problems with what Men want to dress-up as or in, but for sure, Men who know what they are and what they want, and how they want to be recognized are the best judges irrespective of there sexuality & orientation's. This runway friendly trend is just apt for the Fashion on ramp, & would and should not hit the streets ever. We are not that westernized enough, nor are we open to all tabooed subjects taking a center stage in the society we live in and we don't want Men to dress-up like ladies. Ladies do their job much better.
Don't they? That's why God created them, for what best they are with and Men for what best they are for.
If you think models with beard or shadow stubble & long hair gives them an edge over others, think again. Some shows demand chopping of your tresses, shaving & getting in to the clean look. Even long hair can impose limitations (these does limit model's scope for work or a show).Now that's what we have learned about the Fashion hair-say from the horse's mouth (Models).
Handsome young things (HYT) putting there sartorial step forward some like taking few fashion risks 'concur the designers. For there are people & society who are part of it, wont think or for them it wont mater much, but it would for the society by and large. As far as feminine silhouettes(floral panels on a men's coat, or an anarkali suit ensemble )are concerned they might be androgynous is in these days. & yes if we are to prove and showcase our self as a Gay, there are better things to do , right, then just wear some and so sartorial make-over's.?
So before you Does everyone wants guy's to be girls , or wat. Oh Lord ,save us.!
The Muse 'the vogue conscious men' who want to travel, fight, experiment, play,
make love, get married,attend resort wear parties,live in, revolving around social stigma's & surreal mysteries & issues of life.
We heard “Sorry for the delay, kindly vacate the hall due to some technical snags.” (We allknow about the loose nut's, who and where all).(K JO+VB'Jaran Johar + Varun Bahl) getting furious at the Media person about not putting forward the fashion story coverage, and making it a bollywood inspired one to Ashish N Soni's & his MUSE (Ashish N Soni's school mate and a close friend - Robert Vadera) - causing much flurry among the guests and media though. for Kamra duo. The Celebrity factor was lacking in K Jo +VB Show (we heard K Jo saying “We wanted to break the tradition by not bringing any celebrity for our show, because we wanted our clothes to be our show stoppers.”,if that was it, let it be.Good to know that Mandira Bedi got associated with VHIMW,contributing to the zest & excitement of the same. She will bolster her support through the event & later otherwise also.
Model's Karan Rao and Namit Khanna awarded as 'Model of the Week'. Designer's Sanchita Ajjampur and Troy Costa were awarded with the 'Most Creative Debutant Designer' award.The winning designers were presented tickets to London sponsored by Kingfisher. Abhishek Byas and Yogesh Chaudhary grabbed the award for the Van Heusen 'Emerging Designer of the Year' The two winners were bestowed the privilege to exhibit their line on the second day of the VHIMW. In addition to the winners, four designers- Prajwal Yashwant Badwe, Chandresh Nathani, Niteesh Vikram, Ridhi and Siddhi Mapxekar were also acknowledged for their creditable performance.
Models on the Ramp; Acquin Pais ,Gaurav Arora ,Lalit Tehlan ,Rahul Choudhry ,Saquib Qureshi, Aishwary Mehra ,Hrishant Goswami ,Namit Khanna ,Ravinder Kuhar ,Sidharth
Rawal, Amit Sandhu ,Inder Bajwa ,Neil Katiyan ,Karan Romey Kshal,Sulabh Kalra ,Ankit Raj ,Kabir ,Pankaj Bhalla,Sahil Shroff ,Tahir Ali ,Ashish Choudhary ,Karan Rao ,Prateek Balhara ,Sahir Berry ,Tony Luke ,Asif Azim ,Karan Singh ,Puneet Beniwal ,Sanjeev Kumar ,Virender Singh ,Danish Qayuum and Krisha Kops.
Choreographers:Media Makers ,Harmeet Bajaj ,Preferred Professionals & The Production House. Makeup & Hairstylist;Ambika Pillai. Backstage Manager: Pujan Kapur Sharma
About the Author: Gaurav Kapoor,CEO, Studio Varuag. The Fashion WeekEND - Publicist & PR, ModCord-Model Coordination(World-wide), EDM - Magazine/Magalouge Publication, New Delhi.India
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