Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Search for India’s YSL: Notes from India fashion week
I have always been a bit cynical about the Indian fashion industry. I used to think the country’s fashion designers were wannabes trying to break into a glamorous industry despite having little or no aptitude for the trade.
But spending time at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week has lessened my cynicism to some extent.
I realise now that our designers are not ‘darzis’ putting together trousseaus for Indian brides, they really do want to make a dent in the international market with their ready-to-wear collections.
In fact, Sumeet Nair, organiser of the rival Delhi Fashion Week, says it’s a good opportunity for Indian designers to make a mark for themselves in times of recession — with trendy clothes at affordable rates.
However, what disturbed me was the herd mentality in the race to appeal to international buyers. It seemed everybody was doing dhoti pants, geometrical prints and high-waist pants.
The silhouettes, attention to detail, good play of colour — everything was there. But missing was that one dress with the potential to become a rage, like gladiator shoes or Yves Saint Laurent’s trouser suit for women.
Well, I can safely say the search for India’s YSL is not over yet.
BOLLYWOOD ON THE RAMP
Actors walking the ramp for their favourite designer is not something new but this time some did it for a cause.
Sameera Reddy and Minissha Lamba walked the ramp for Shane and Falguni Peacock to promote breast cancer awareness while Deepika Padukone came in for friends Shantanu and Nikhil.
Director Onir and the cast of his film “Sorry Bhai,” including Chitrangada Singh, were present at designer Anita Dongre’s show.
FRIENDS OR FOES
I spotted Rohit Bal roaming around at the India fashion week, and it seemed no big deal, until I remembered his show was at the rival Delhi fashion week.
“We are friends, we meet together, we party together on many projects with Rohit Bal, with Tarun (Tahiliani). There is no break-up in relationship,” said Sunil Sethi, president of the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) which organises the India fashion week.
But there is no word on any reconciliation either. I wish there was — the venues for the two fashion weeks are miles apart — and I ended up missing several shows by good designers.
I guess you can’t have everything — even in fashion.