We don’t often see home decor fabrics in fashion shows and for good reason. They don’t belong there. However, Welspun, the home accessories brand, created a resort line inspired by the beaches and the beautiful outdoors titled Spaces out of towels and bed spreads. That’s right! Of course the line included the oh- so predictable kaftans, maxi dresses and halter neck gowns. Cropped tops were paired with printed palazzo pants (wide legged pants) and the supersized kaftans with huge floral prints made quite a statement. The models carried big woven, colourful bucket bags. I particularly liked the embellished heels models wore with certain outfits. Patterned heels with patterned dresses – fabulous when done right! The hair was done up in braided side buns with big tropical flowers in them – can’t get more beachy than that! The Wimbledon towels were shown for the first time draped on showstopper Vidyut Jamwal, but who was looking at the towel, given that Vidyut apparently has the hottest body in Bollywood! The most utilitarian outfits though were the bathrobes and draped bikini cover-ups inspired by sarongs. I have a feeling those will have many takers.
Trend alert: If you want to bring a vacation vibe to a casual look, accessorise your hair with over sized flower hairpins. Carry your stuff in a huge straw shoulder bag to transform a simple dress or jeans and T-shirt combo into a resort-friendly outfit. it.
6 25 pm. Babita Malkani. Babita Malkani’s collection Neon Pop brought to the ramp nothing short of a party. The models in their geeky glittery glasses were sassy, naughty and hot or what! Who says glasses can’t be sexy? They can, if you line your eyes with coloured mascarajust the way the models did! Babita’s collection isn’t for anyone who’s neon shy or even colour shy for that matter. Babita, who believes in designing moods and not clothes, put the audience in a delirious mood with her young and uber fun clothes in contrast acid shades. Picture a front open maxi dress with a neon green bikini beneath it worn with black heels with orange neon strips. Babita didn’t even spare the shoes from the neon effect. The show was fantastically styled and reminded me of something a fashion guru had told me years ago: it’s all about the styling. My favourites were a saree in neon shades of orange, blue, black, pink and green and a green and navy broad checked palazzo paired with an acid green tank. I can totally see myself wearing them to a beach party! Babita got the cheers, the hoots, had the models shaking their booties and yes, broke the clutter!
Trend alert: The models in this show accessorised the fun breezy dresses, kaftans and skirts with bold bangles stacked on one head. Try that for a young, funky look. Also, neon shades of pink and green go really well with white. Choose your acid shades wisely to make a statement. And remember, a fitted Kaftan dress look so much hotter than a flowy anti-fit one. Wear it to a casual tea party.
Coloured mascara and neon sarees (neither for the faint hearted) re for a frothy, bubblegum, young look.
6:00pm: Shruti Sancheti
Shruti Sancheti showcased a vibrant look in her collection “Antalya” inspired by a Turkish town of the same name. The cruise line had flowy georgettes, chiffons, crepes and knits in relaxed silhouettes made. Her outfits came in saturated shades of saffrons, reds, oranges, deep blues and aqua greens. Many of her ruffled maxi dresses, flowy wide legged pants, dresses and skirts with asymmetrical hemlines came with short cropped jackets. She used jaali work to give a peek- a- boo effect to some of her outfits. My favourite from the collection was the bright red dropped crotch pants(zouaves – so Turkish!) with jaali work top worn over a bikini top. Gladiator flats and high heels completed the looks. She used statement necklaces and long strings of beads to liven up the dresses that lacked embellishments. Red lips highlighted the sun kissed skin of the models.
Trend alert: Wear maxi dresses in a bright shade and accessorise it with a bold necklace with semi precious stones for a pool side party or an outdoor brunch. Nothing looks better than these neckpieces on relaxed kaftans. Slather on some bronzer on your face and arms to look like you’ve just come back from a vacation. And don’t forget the red lipstick.
5 pm. Shouger Merchant Doshi: Doshi ’s debut collection To Goa With Love drew heavily from the hues of the coastal sunsets in destinations like Goa, Phuket, Miami, Koh Samui. So the colours for this resort wedding wear ranged from peaches, greys, pinks to shades of neon. There were lace maxi dresses, lehengas with extensive velvet work and neon hues, lehenga sarees that every designer seems to be doing these days and colour- blocked short dresses and skirts. Priyanka Chopra’s hot new single My City played at the background, and models sashayed down the ramp in her lenehgas. I realised Piggy Chops’s song is great for the runway and think more designers should use it instead of using the rehash of the same old trance numbers. The gorgeous Bruna Abdullah stopped the show in a beautiful ruffled lehenga with opulent diamond jewellery.
Trend alert: Side buns look great with flowy dresses. They highlight the carefree character of these clothes. The models also wore bright pink lip tint, and that’s a colour that never fails the Indian skin tone.
A fun way of going Indian is wearing neon shaded Indian ensembles or even the lehenga saree or perhaps a ruffled lehenga, that’s contemporary while staying true to its roots.
9:10 pm: Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor
You know how some clothes make you feel like you reign the world? Well, Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor’s collection is designed to make you feel like a diva. The show brimmed with drama. The models sashayed down the ramp in beautifully draped gowns in jewel tones in the first quarter of the show. This was followed by a profusion of evening maxi dresses with long side slits in vintage and rose prints. The jewelled belts added character to the dress. The short baroque dress with a fringed hemline stood out, probably because it was the only one. The last section saw a range of saree inspired gowns with lace bodices. The looks were accessorised with nude and gold heels and statement earrings and bracelets. The models left their hair open and wore dark eye makeup and coral lips. Showstopper Bipasha Basu looked stunning in a similar gold gown with metallic embellishments.
Trend alert: Wear maxi dresses with bold floral prints and cinch it at the waist with metallic belts for added glam. Ornate belts go a long way in defining the waist. Accessorise with gold strappy stilettoes and bold jewellery and you are all set for a cruise/beach party. Also, do the baroque (black and gold) this season, as it’s on-trend right now. And if you like to mix the east with the west, look for a saree-gown like the ones the show featured. Vintage prints are also a good thing to have in your wardrobe.