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.
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.