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

Bibhu Mo­ha­p­a­tra

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