Day 4 was a full of excitement and some sneezes. Yes you heard me, Rehane had her models covered in what smelt like Johnson & Johnson baby power, so much of it that the front row had to hold their breath every-time the models walked by them. (The inspiration being that the models were rolled in cocaine.) A concept that was done by Alexander McQueen during Kate Moss’s scandal, remember that? Our very own Kallol Datta also did a similar dusting of talc for his DHL show last season, and was not to pleased about seeing it being represented again, hence.. he left.
I did like the fact that she did an entire collection of calico fits, even though I would have like to see a colourful, vibrant and youthful collection she normally puts up. Could she have done this due to the sudden cancellation of Shivan & Narresh (our thoughts and condolences go to Narresh and his family). They were really missed, especially by me, considering my first fashion week experience was working with them. Not to mention their lovely clothes and jewellery I got to wear!
From the first look of Drashta’s collection, it was easy to tell what her inspiration was. A lagoon with pristine water, the beach and cocktails were what her collection summoned up in my mind. Her textured and pleated cocktail dresses were the highlight of the collection. Although some of them could have used a bit more care with the final finish (saw some loose threads here and there). It’s so important to have an immaculately finished garment on the runway. Having said that, the other garments were a labour of love, a lot of refined silhouettes especially with a waist definition. Loved the acrylic jewellery and belts, they worked seamlessly to bring out the beach resort vibe that she was going for. I want the orange dress below, it’ll look stunning on the beach. I’ve even got some great nude pumps to wear with it!
Prachi Desai opened the show for Neeta Lulla, “Prachi was my Show Starter” Neeta was inspired by Kalamkari meets the Renaissance, and unlike her daughter Nishka Lulla who was also inspired by kalamkari, she did a very opulent collection. Her goal was to combine the skills of the kalamkari artists with a french 16th century feel. There were many silhouettes and details like a puff long sleeve or the nude opaque lace churidar that were unique and may not be understood by the traditional bride. Yet for those conservative desi girls, Neeta gives you a lot of options but with a modern take. Also, if you were looking for backless options, Neeta did some amazing bare it all cholis that I”m sure you daring girls will love!