Nari’s Mumbai Local

LFW F/W OOPS..W/F 2010


At the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 (I have been messing up the acronym of Winter/Festive – W/F with F/W – Fall/Winter. In case I do mess up again, pardon me because we are so enslaved to F/W.) I had my first tryst with Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Mumbai. I reached Narendra Ahmad’s Off-Site show at the Tote on the Turf late and sadly missed the better part of his show. I should have taken the ‘Local’ that Nari aptly used as his prop for the ‘Sound of Mumbai’ show. Could you believe it, it took me two hours from Novotel in Juhu to Tote in Worli amidst howls of Ganpati Bappa Morya???

Probably Ganpati immersions kept the South Mumbai fashionistas away on the opening day of LFW. I didn’t see any except AD Singh and Sabina, who too were late for Manish Arora’s show. The Gen-Next Designers at Lakme Fashion Week is something I always look forward too. This time too, they were good and I particularly liked the work of Ruchika Sachdeva and the Mapxencars, Riddhi and Siddhi. I like their work because they were strong on construction, modern in look and they appeared to be the new breed of ‘thinking designers’.  Abhishek Dutta too did a good collection inspired by history of farmer’s protest against the British Empire’s embargo on Indigo cultivation. He used the theme to do organic collection and I loved the structured jackets. Digvijay Singh too encashed on the Organic Fashion fever and had Nandana Sen to walk in his showstopper. Asmita Marwa lived up to my expectation of a designer to watch out for.

Nandana Sen wasn’t the only filmy flavour of the day. Queen of controversies, Mallika Sherawat was there for Anita Dongre’s show. I was expecting her to ignite my libido by walking the ramp in some hardly there clothes but to my utter disappointment, she just graced the front row. Anita Dongre’s first half of the collection in jersey was really pretty, with great finish and just the right amount of embellishment. Inspired by Rajasthan, where Anita operates from these days, the draped and tucked sensuous jersey dresses had ornate yokes and neckline embellished with pearls and cut glass.  Manish Arora closed the day by giving Mumbaikars a flavour of his kitschy fashion that has made him the best-known name in Indian fashion across the globe.

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