Free your mind, the rest will follow
Gypsies with no care in the world and youth burdened by the thought police, meant freedom spoke the loudest in collections by Asmita Marwa and Narendra Kumar at Lakme Fashion Week
The first big-ticket show on Day 1 of Fashion Week began with the husky tones of Susheela Raman providing the background score as models sashayed down the ramp for designer Asmita Marwa’s interpretation of the now oft-used theme of the urban gypsy.
Middle-parted straight shiny locks, tinted glasses paired with a mix of structured and de-constructed silhouettes, the collection saw a few interesting pieces created with quilted fabric including jackets and fitted trousers. Mid-show saw a shift from a rural-inspired hippie with de-stressed relaxed clothing to a more chic urban hippie with striped resort style skirts.
The name that stole the thunder though was designer Narendra Kumar with his innovative concept, The Thought Police Show. The show began with an army of men with batons and thought police printed on their uniforms marching in and surrounding the ramp.
The models then walked in the centre, shrouded by the thought police. The clothes were essentially spring with use of colours and beautiful appliqué embroidery in contrasting colours, well-tailored trousers and shirts for men and women that Kumar is known for, but the audience had mixed reactions as several could not even see the clothes.
“I don’t care if people got angry or could not take pictures, as that is exactly what my theme was. The youth, all bright and yet shrouded by the thought police with their expressions curbed. I wanted to instigate people, make them realise that you have to stand up for your rights and not let someone steamroll over you,” is what Kumar told us about his risky concept. Except for the boring sepia floral prints, we loved Kumar’s use of colour that made for a very wearable line, overall.
Backstage Bytes & Buzz
Bytes from photographers, who might have captured every collection on the ramp, but cannot guess the difference between Gucci and Gabbana, makes for interesting fodder. Unwittingly, their say tends to come close to the right verdict.
> NexT Gen show: “Kya thanda tha, iss baar. It’s better to head to the Talent Box, but who’ll run to the separate venue and face more security checks?!”
> Narendra Kumar's show: Usually, the centre is the most sought after, but for this show those on the sidelines got lucky. The army of men covered the ramp in the centre leaving lensmen in a fix - “Interesting tha. But the wall of men should have come down; for the first time, we regretted sitting in the centre, ab editor ko kya kahenge?”