Fashion Hits and Misses
IT’S THE second month of the year and the fashion frat has already had its share of hits and misses. Some shocking, and some welcoming. We have rounded up two such announcements—one positive and another, well, not so positive. The good news is that the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) will take up its inclusivity radar to the next level this year by adding a transgender (TG) model to its portfolio. Last year, it had organised the first ever plus size fashion show, and this year too, it has kept to its sworn resolution. After celebrating body shapes and sizes, it has turned its attention to the gender spectrum. Meet Anjali Lama, a Tibetan origin TG model, who’ll be sashaying down the ramps of LFW as its first TG model. Looks like, LFW wants to be at the forefront of ramp walk revolution and is leaving no stones unturned to achieve it. In another news, US-based Indian designer, Bibhu Mohapatra, who had dressed up Michelle Obama, has filed for bankruptcy. Bibhu LLC has sought protection from creditors under chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy court, New York, listing more than 1.1 million dollars in debt. While the announcement has made several jaws drop in the fashion world, the designer seems unperturbed by it, dismissing it as a positive step. While the future of the label hangs in a predicament, the industry, as a whole, seems to be gearing towards restructuring, be it in terms of its business model or attitude.
Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan and Shobhaa De at the launch