1.30 pm, Nitya Arora and Urvashi Kaur
Finally something different! A projection of a church window with stained glass formed the backdrop for accessory designer Nitya Arora’s show, Victoria. The models wore black lace outfits and veils, which shocked appropriately as they looked like a nun’s habit. The jewellery in brass and gunmetal seemed highly inspired by Gothic architecture. The long earrings with thread tassels and feathers were chic, and the headgear funky. The designer made good use of a lot of antique gold plating and black rhodium.
After the dark and dazzling show, what followed were designer Urvashi Kaur’s designs in pastel – earthy and pleasing to the eye. We loved that everything was wearable. Simple and elegant, the line featured long raw silk kurtis in earthy shades along with Kimono-style wraps with judo belts, flared pants with neat, contemporary cuts and traditional Jamdani style of weaving and block prints. The fabrics used were khadi, wool, denim, cotton and linen which made every outfit look airy and high on comfort. Look her up now.
– Suprita Mitter
A tale of triangles and patchwork
12 pm, Mrinalini Chandra, Nitin Chawla and Munkee.See.Munkee.Doo
The day started with Mrinalini Chandra showcasing her jewellery line, Mathematics of Sort. The line made use of techniques like navratana, jadai and nakashi. We loved the necklaces that stretched from neck to navel and the linked triangles that worked beautifully as hair and ear accessories. The large chunky pieces were dramatic and made an impact, and the funky waistbands added a lovely modern touch. Next in line was Nitin Chawla’s label, Theorem, which showcased a line called Opposites Attract. Though mostly average, the collection had an interesting camouflage detachable zipper-sleeve jacket for men, and pretty floral biker jackets for the ladies.
The surprise at the end of this show was the collection by the Munkee.See.Munkee.Doo label by Teresa Laisom and Utsav Pradhan. The free flowing outfits had a casual appeal and we loved the use of appliqué. While most of the collection was monochromatic, there were hints of pale grey, pink and lilac. The midis with patch-work pockets are a must for any wardrobe.
– Suprita Mitter
Let there be light
9pm, Friday Namrata Joshipura
Taking inspiration from the title sponsor’s latest range of skin lightening cream and mineral powder, Delhi-based designer Namrata Joshipura’s show turned out to be a high-voltage light-and-sound spectacle, though lacking in substance. Dressed in swimwear, four models with strategically placed lit bulbs on their bodice opened the show and created quite an impact as the LED lights glided down the runway in pitch darkness. Once the lights came on, the models wearing ear accessories, that were also lit up, took to the runway in a mechanical fashion. With a breezy colour palette of white, light pastel blue and purple, the collection packed in cocktail gowns with thigh-high slits, one-piece swimsuits, micro shorts, asymmetric wraps, formal jumpsuits and flared pants.
The shimmering holographic fabric was complemented with sparkling floral prints and metallic stripes. The
result was a bling-heavy, unwearable mish-mash. Our pick from the entire collection was an understated blue knee-length dress with pretty side pleats. Shraddha Kapoor, the showstopper, saved the day by wearing an iridescent white jumpsuit with lovely flared bottoms.
Saree gets a reinvention
3.30 pm, Masaba Gupta
With a dramatic stage setting that went perfectly well with her collection inspired by art, designer Masaba Gupta’s collection, On Your Mark, was a mixed bag. While we loved the idea of the vibrant dash of colours that resembled brush strokes, the tribute to MF Hussain with the horse print and the starting blocks on the race track, were uninspiring.
The front-tie-up maxi shirt, baby doll poncho dress and the capes with tulle pants were refreshing in their silhouettes. We also liked the innovative saris worn with fitted dresses, mini skirts and blouses. It was all easy to wear, especially the interesting tube dresses, cropped pants and asymmetric shirts.
This all-women line had a male showstopper. Sooraj Pancholi may be the flavour of the month, but the black
and white printed jacket with a two-button tab closure, white shirt and dark trousers that he wore failed to impress.
– Suprita Mitter
A Supermodel Returns
Actor Arjun Rampal has always known how to look good on ramp. He continued that streak by walking for an European luxury footwear brand on Saturday.