The two-day show honoured and presented the collections of emerging and established Indian designers. It roped in some of the best models from across the country to walk the ramp. Among them were Lakshmi Rana and Shawar Ali, Sahil Shroff and Miss India South Shwetha Dolli. Their looks were enhanced by Diego Schober, a well-known make-up artist.
India’s top designers showcased their latest creations during the grand finale. There was a good blend of Indian, western and Indo-western wear. Ritu Pande’s creation had subtle glamour with a thrust on fine craftsmanship and refinement. The collection of stunning cocktail dresses and evening wear had fluid draping, sophisticated detailing and textured accents. “My collection is very flowy and easy. The embellishment is minimum. It’s best for an evening out or for going to a resort. Comfort is the key without compromising on style,” said Ritu.
Designer Yashila’s collection ranged from chic cocktail dresses to flowing and formal red carpet creations.
Calantha, a clothes brand, featured a line of geometrical prints.
The brand has reinvented the sari with a range of high neck blouses and three quarter sleeves.
Each sari had a story to tell with motifs of gods and goddesses. There was an impressive range of animal inspired saris and those with hand-painted designs connecting to mythological episodes.
There were other designers like Ronny Dutta who also happens to be a costume stylist and a photographer. His creation was titled ‘Emergence of Kali’.
The show had models make an introduction and the dancers depicting the collection in a dance form.
Dimple Verma presented the cruise collection which came in prints, inspired by the motifs of the jungle. Jamila and Seema Malhotra showcased their range of Indian wear titled, ‘Shimmer’. “We have embellished saris with beautiful work on them. They come in bright colours such as red, orange and yellow. We hope to revive the sari,” said Jamila.
As the evening wore on, the music grew louder and almost all the seats were full. Rashmi Saxena was excited about the show and said, “We got to see some lovely garments. I liked the collections of Jamila and Ritu, they really stood out. And the models were fantastic.”
Ruth D’Cruz, who came with a bunch of her friends said, “I came in at 8 but I didn’t know how time flew. It’s a great way to spend time and munch on some great food. The show had some a good mix of Indian and western wear.”