Run­way winter sizzlers

Pune is slowly emerg­ing as the ‘ur­bane fash­ion city’ of the coun­try and the re­cently con­cluded ABIL Pune Fash­ion Week (Sea­son 4) did com­plete jus­tice to the city’s moniker. Heer P Kothari re­ports from the venue.

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The ‘Ox­ford of the East’, as Pune is pop­u­larly be­ing called today, has added an­other feather to its cap with the ABIL Pune Fash­ion Week (Sea­son 4) that was held from Novem­ber 8-10, 2013, turn­ing out to be a re­sound­ing suc­cess. The Westin Park, Pune swelled with so­cialites, as mod­els zest­fully waited to put up their best. Shut­ter­bugs flashed around the venue, cap­tur­ing not just the trends that were be­ing show­cased by the ven­er­ated de­sign­ers and lu­mi­nar­ies, but also the busi­ness buzz, and ev­ery as­pect of the event that made it a lu­cra­tive call for a num­ber of par­tic­i­pants. And the scin­til­lat­ing dis­play of chang­ing In­dian fash­ion trends had many a story to tell!

THE RO­MAN­TIC SEA COL­LEC­TION THAT SAW CLEAN-CUT SIL­HOU­ETTES, DANC­ING DRAPES, AND FLOW­ING BAL­LE­RINA SKIRTS IN AN IN­TER­EST­ING MIX OF PAS­TELS AND NEONS, ROUNDED OFF THE FIRST DAY BEAU­TI­FULLY.

The first day was all about ap­peal­ing to young In­dia without com­pro­mis­ing on eth­nic­ity. The cur­tain rose with the awe-in­spir­ing hand­i­works of Vaishali S. The de­signer skil­fully put to­gether a con­tem­po­rary col­lec­tion that had strong tra­di­tional aes­thet­ics; the use of Mad­hya Pradesh’s chan­deri and Ma­ha­rash­tra’s paithani, truly cel­e­brat­ing In­dia’s cul­ture. The eclec­tic fu­sion was a per­fect way of keep­ing tra­di­tional weaves alive whilst ren­der­ing a global ap­peal to the de­signs. Shweta Ka­pur’s la­bel 431-88 was in­spired by sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures and a hint of Fer­nando Vin­cent’s anatom­i­cal on-go­ings. The de­signer lib­er­ally used wool, acrylic, leather and crepe in dark hues, torched with a tinge of bright­ness, giv­ing the col­lec­tion ‘Surgery’, a per­fect jux­ta­pos­ing of tem­per­ate and ef­fer­ves­cent. The evening charged up with the naïve art-in­spired ‘Cruise Col­lec­tions’ by Shivan and Nar­resh; and the ro­man­tic sea col­lec­tion de­signed by Paras and Shalini ended the day per­fectly. The col­lec­tion saw clean-cut sil­hou­ettes, danc­ing drapes, and flow­ing bal­le­rina skirts top­ping the charts, and pas­tel shades be­ing in­ter­est­ingly bal­anced with trendy neons.

LET THE MAGIC BE­GIN! DAY1: GO­ING GLOBAL, TRA­DI­TION­ALLY

DAY 2: MOD­ERN RETRO

The se­cond day opened with breath­tak­ing in­spi­ra­tions from Zaha Ha­did’s ar­chi­tec­ture. Rid­dhi and Sid­dhi (la­bel – Mapx­en­caRS) fin­ished their col­lec­tion with the cre­ations of Mona Shroff ’s jew­elled bits. The clas­sic vin­tage at­tire was com­pleted with an in­ter­est­ing dash of gold, elec­tric blue and fuch­sia, with the struc­tured sil­hou­ettes giv­ing an edgy twist to the col­lec­tion. Art from the West came alive with Nitya Ba­jaj’s ‘Res­ur­rect’. The col­lec­tion saw the baroque and ro­man­tic era be­ing brought into the lime­light as it cel­e­brated fem­i­nin­ity to the hilt. Flo­ral de­pic­tion via thread work, lace and dig­i­tal prints stood out as the high­light of the col­lec­tion. As tem­per­a­tures be­gan to dip, Nachiket Barve de­cided to in­vite into the venue, the warmth of sum­mer via his col­lec­tion, ‘Fos­sil’. The cou­ture com­prised mod­ern twists, which in­cluded crop tops, palazzo pants, over­sized jack­ets dressed in bead-work, and gos­samer type. The sea of fab­rics used in­cluded cot­ton, Lurex, or­ganza, chan­deri silk, Du­pion, ge­or­gette, chif­fon and many more. Tech­niques like foil­ing and fab­ric struc­tur­ing was ev­i­dent in Nivedita Sa­boo’s ‘Ro­man Ren­dezvous’. The col­lec­tion dis­played an in­ter­est­ing mix of hand-em­broi­dery, dig­i­tal prints and block-print­ing and was a per­fect amal­ga­ma­tion of the Ori­ent and the Oc­ci­dent. Hues such as graphite grey, marigold yel­low, bright red and gold were all Ro­man-in­spired.

DAY 3: EVENING GLAM­OUR!

All of the col­lec­tions dis­played on the fi­nal day spelled high-fash­ion glam and charm! In­spired by au­tumn hues, Mayank and Shrad­dha’s col­lec­tion ti­tled ‘Au­tumn at Mid­night’, was a com­plete head-turner. The col­lec­tion com­prised ma­te­ri­als that were both matte and metal­lic with tus­sah silk from West Ben­gal jux­ta­posed with khand from Ma­ha­rash­tra and ac­cented with high gloss leather in flow­ing lay­ered sil­hou­ettes. In­dia’s beau­ti­ful brides walked proudly in Di­nesh Malkani’s de­signs. The de­signer smartly fused con­tem­po­rary with tra­di­tional In­dian em­broi­dery so as to have the col­lec­tion ex­ude roy­alty. Later in the evening, Raj Shroff show­cased his col­lec­tion ‘Rav­age’ that re­flected the new global In­dian with in­flu­ences from art and cul­ture. The la­bel de­picted sen­si­bil­ity to­wards fash­ion and tex­ture and was the mir­ror im­age of a think­ing woman. The event con­cluded with the grand fi­nale by Fal­guni and Shane Pea­cock. The de­sign­ers show­cased a truly in­ter­na­tional col­lec­tion with ac­tress Neha Dhu­pia as their show­stop­per. The ABIL Pune Fash­ion Week closed off to heavy ap­plause and ap­pre­ci­a­tion from both on­look­ers and de­sign­ers alike. “We are ex­tremely happy with the re­sponse we have re­ceived this year. Pune is a boom­ing mar­ket and the suc­cess­ful re­cep­tion given to this sea­son of ABIL Pune Fash­ion Week just proves that. We are hon­oured to be the plat­form wherein new av­enues of fash­ion and re­lated busi­nesses have the op­por­tu­nity to blend in to­gether, thus mak­ing it one of most cel­e­brated events of the city,” states Badal Sa­boo, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, ABIL Pune Fash­ion Week. Pune sure can’t wait for the heady high of cham­pagne, mu­sic and fash­ion to take cen­tre stage in the city again.

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