Heavy-duty designs and a hint of Bollywood break Sunday slumber at Fashion Week

October 7, 2012

Kanika Saluja Chaudhary shook fashion fans awake with her strong designs featuring metal work and elaborate headgear on Sunday afternoon, the second day of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in Delhi.

Chaudhary has dressed up Madonna, Nargis Fakhri and Chitrangada Singh, among others. Her designs at Fashion Week, she said, were for women who are creators, fighters and destroyers.

Anaikka (Chaudhary’s label) is known for metal, so we always focus on that. Metal represents strength, longevity and destruction, that’s our focus,’ said Kanika, “I believe metal is a shield, not only in the time of war, but in today’s time as well, it represents shielding, perseverance, strength.”

She used chunky metal accessories and a range of colours — yellow, pale blue, sea green, emerald, rose pink and gold in a range of clothes including jumpsuits, dresses, high-waist pants, dresses with thigh-high slits and flared pants.

“We believe accessories make an outfit… accessories represent personality… it’s a certain type of woman who can carry our type of accessories,” said the designer, who sees Lady Gaga, Madonna and Gwen Stefani wearing her clothes.

Her dresses look like an attempt to explore the strong, darker side of women. She is known for the uses of  her architectural and industrial shapes.

“A lot of alpha females, and if it was in the past, I would mention Jhansi ki Rani, Cleopatra, all those fighter women are the women we represent,” she said.

Samant Chauhan’s show looked at fashion-forward, flowy silhouettes for men. He worked on costumes for men and women based on the Rajputana Poshak, an attire for men popular in India during medieval times.

“The Rajputana ‘poshak’, which has normally 18 panels, is the designing detail that we used throughout my collection, ” said Chauhan, known for his use of silk from Bhagalpur, a town on the banks of the Ganges river in Bihar.

Gangs of Wasseypur” star Manoj Bajpai walked the ramp for Chauhan, looking every bit the prince he was meant to be.

“He is working on reviving Bhagalpuri silk, and that is the biggest reason for me to be walking the ramp for him,” Bajpai said.

His collection was more toned down in terms of colour, but had a dramatic feel to it, accentuated by the use of zari. He used golds, bronzes, off-whites, pinks and Rajputana-style embroidery.

The designer remains unfazed by “almost feminine” designs for men. “That’s the new trend that we have to set,” he said.

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