Fashion weeks are always a mix of some real good shows and some real bad ones… and often one gets stuck in dual shows where a really bad show is followed by a nicer showing where you are forced to watch the first one in anticipation of the second!
Luckily, some of the not-so-good ones were pushed towards the beginning itself and as the day progressed, so did the quality of the showings and it culminated in a fabulous off site presentation by Tarun Tahiliani, the King of Drapes. Novelty of his showing started with the venue itself. The terrace of the recently-opened Blue Frog restaurant with a nice view of Qutub Minar and a 120-feet fashion runway (which managed to massage the egos of many as it offered several front row seating on both sides) and an impressive lineup of 52 garments. Even as the guests somewhat shuddered, models braved the chilly night displaying neatly embroidered and well draped ensembles in myriad shapes and styles. No doubt, it sure was one of the best from the designer’s stable.
Pero by Aneet Arora had her signature style of maximum style with a minimalist attitude. Her ability to put together her ensembles by adding more than one and her simplistic approach towards her designs and styling have made her collection once again stand out on the runway. She is one of the few who has managed to sustain herself successfully without really altering her looks.
Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta with traces of sheen by his clever way of employing Swarovski crystals, and his western silhouettes done quite chic have made his collection an interesting one. Anaikka by Kanika Saluja Choudhry was outstanding for a debutant designer. Her ability was proven with impeccable finishing and styling and the way she treated the surfaces.
Rishta by Arjun Saluja too was a very chic and stylish line up of well made garments. The designer as always employed dual forms through structures and fluidity through his collection. He chose to go slightly softer on his silhouettes as opposed to his usual very masculine approach and that proved to be refreshingly different this time.
Kavita Bhartia while leaving most of her garments with plain surfaces at the bottom parts, did some very interesting surface ornamentations on the upper parts and came out with a collection that was simple in appeal yet elegant in its overall look.
Nachiket Barve as usual played well on his surface texturing and came out with colours that were energetic and textures that were not just pretty but strategically placed as well while Rakesh Agarwal made a comeback with a very impressive lineup of exquisite drapes and fully embroidered short fitted skirts, gowns and jackets in gold.