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Teju's Fashion Track
FSJ October, 2012


PAYAL SINGHAL’S USP: Payal called her collection India In Colour and what a fantastic rainbow of hues she presented.
It was a kaleidoscopic journey of fashion that moved from gorgeous Rajasthani pinks to the vibrant shades of the north and then to the gentle tones of the east. Payal’s inspiration was very rustic and earthy as she drew lavishly from Indian adivasi costumes of Kutch and Orissa with an acid neon palette of cyan, fuchsia, lime, cobalt and indigo.

Celebrity On The Ramp: Sprightly Shibani Dandekar, popular singer, anchor and model, wearing a mirror work asymmetric lehenga with a sexy blouse, and handsome professional dancer Puneet Pathak in an ecru silk kurta and gold Patiala salwar.

RITU BERI’S USP: The iconic Volvo brand presented the Icons Of Luxury collection by Ritu Beri inspired by the beauties of the 50s.
Working around a soft colour story of cream with hints of red, pink, blue, turquoise and yellow, Ritu added popular weaves like pure cotton and lace which were lavishly embellished with exquisite embroidery.

Celebrity On The Ramp: Not Bollywood. The show opened with super model Jesse Randhawa in a Parisian gown extravagantly embellished with flowers, lace and long, layered cuffs. Jesse also ended the show in a sensational black net creation with strategically placed white lace appliqué and a dramatic fabric-tasselled trail and boa.

PIA PAURO’S USP: Inspired by the embellishments of Mexican folk art and tribal aboriginal art prints, Pia’s collection Espiritu de Mexico made a great impact on the ramp. Offering a perfect wardrobe for an Acapulco holiday, Pia’s exotic jungle dresses, sexy swimwear, shorts, breezy sundresses and cool kaftans were part of her colourful collection.
Celebrity On The Ramp: Monica Dogra of Dhobi Ghat fame dazzled the ramp in a glittering, fully beaded silver jumpsuit.

KOMAL SOOD’S USP: The luxurious demi couture Twilight Seduction Collection.
Celebrity On The Ramp: Yes, but not Bollywood. Suave Siddharth Mallya, wearing a black tuxedo with satin peaked lapels and tonal embroidered shoulder detailing, was the show-stopper.

PERNIA QURESHI’S USP: Keeping the glamorous woman in mind, Pernia called her collection An Evening In Paris, offering timeless Parisian chic and global sophistication.
Celebrity On The Ramp: The solitary black sari with contrast maroon border, teamed with a  mandarin collar blouse was worn by show-stopper Amy Jackson of Ek Deewana Tha fame.

GAURANG SHAH’S USP: Bringing together a clever ethnic mix of beautiful saris, anarkalis and ghagras, he called his collection Ardhangini, with garments for the modern bride.
Celebrity On The Ramp: The charming Kirron Kher glided down the ramp in a rich ivory brocade sari.

SHRUTI SANCHETI’S USP: Presenting a collection called Thar, the look was rustically nomadic along with the unique stitch-resistant technique of Nebsarai village.
Adding negative appliqués, herringbone, chain and buttonhole stitches, Shruti brought in handloom fabrics and mixed a mélange of colours like red, fuchsia, deep orange, mango yellow, indigo, royal purple and emerald with olive, tangerine and peach.
Celebrity On The Ramp: Designer and politician, Shaina NC in a beautiful fuchsia printed sari.

NEETA LULLA’S USP: Forever Jewellery presented Neeta’s Radha collection.
Clusters of white temple bells hung from the ceiling while imposing tall pillars on one side of the stage created the perfect ambience. The collection was a work of intense beauty in traditional style, with a great blend of east and west. Neeta combined the silhouettes of gowns for the ghagras to produce a wonderful fusion story.
Detailing was intricate with zardozi being the prime craft followed by quilting, appliqué and embroidery. The colour combos were regal as raani pink/purple/orange and saffron/emerald/ fuchsia worked well.
Celebrity On The Ramp: As the hall lights dimmed, the many diyas outlining the stage lit up to reveal yards of white drapes and the graceful figure of Dream Girl Hema Malini. She danced with unmatched grace with Raul D’Souza as Krishna to create the right mood for the show.

ANITA DONGRE’S USP: A blend of traditional and contemporary, Anita presented the Urban Goddess collection for today’s Indian woman. Bringing together the gorgeous weaves of Benares and combining them with the intricacy of  from Andhra Pradesh and the beauty of raw and Mushru silk, the result was a colourful mélange of silhouettes. From elegant cigarette pants, classy jackets, to trendy dresses and flouncy blouses, the look was ideal for easy comfortable wear. Adding to the beauty of the garments were colourful, vegetable dyed block prints from Bhuj, which gave the collection a timeless touch.
Celebrity On The Ramp: Ending the show was Preeti Desai, Miss Great Britain 2006 and star of Shor In The City, in a regal white and gold gotta embroidered bridal lehenga, choli, dupatta, accessorized with exquisite heavy pearl jewellery.

ARCHANA KOCHHAR’S USP: Geometric prints danced in a colourful fantasy as Vishal Prints presented Archana’s Retro-Metric collection. A cornucopia of style and fashion, Archana displayed 36 garments comprising 18 saris and 18 fusion creations. The bold geometrics appeared on cocktail saris, elegant short tunics, dramatic dresses and stunning gowns with cascading drapes.
Celebrity On The Ramp: Sameera Reddy wound up the show in a printed sari.


DESIGNER MANDIRA WIRK: Bridalwear took a fashionable, feminine turn in a fragile, delicate manner. The designer set out a range for women who want to stylishly sashay down the aisle when they say, ‘I Do’.
Celebrity On The Ramp: Sultry Malaika Arora Khan in a white net/lace, one-shoulder gown with a magnificent tulle trail. The whole ensemble was appliquéd with beautiful 3D tonal flowers and shimmering embroidery.

DESIGNER PALLAVI JAIKISHEN: From the doyen of bridal couture in India came Ashrafiyan, a collection of the most exquisitely embroidered saris and lehengas along with her trademark lehenga-sari. Gorgeous kurtas, saris, and lehengas in vibrant bridal hues appeared on the ramp.
Celebrity On The Ramp: None.

DESIGNER ANITA DONGRE: Stunning bridalwear by Anita with jewellery from the Azva collection presented by the World Gold Council to make the bride the most beautiful woman on earth.
Celebrity On The Ramp: New bride Esha Deol decked in a magnificent gold lacy, rigid pearl-edged necklace that covered her shoulders and encrusted with ruby flowers, earrings and bracelets to match. Walking the ramp with her was her husband, Bharat Takhtani.

DESIGNER JJ VALAYA: The grand finale came with The Azrak Collection – The Realm of the Sultan, inspired by the very colourful Ottoman Empire. It was pure royalty all the way. Azrak, “rare and uncommon” in Turkish, was exactly what Valaya’s finale was, opulent and fantastic.
Celebrity On The Ramp: The Bollywood sprinkle came from Rahul Dev in a black velvet jacket with white churidar, Bikram Saluja in a shaded white grey sherwani and music composer Salim Merchant in a waistcoat and black embroidered kurta.
The show-stopper was the gorgeous Nargis Fakhri in an extravagant long sleeve velvet wine kalidaar coat.


How important is it? Do designers shell out fancy sums to have a film star walk the ramp in their creations?

ANITA DONGRE: “I have never had celebs walk for me in last few years. Preeti is lovely. She always wears my clothes and I wanted her in my pristine white lehenga. No, we never pay, she just looked gorgeous in it, so she walked in it.”

PAYAL SINGHAL: “All the celebrities who have walked for me have been friends and don’t do it for money. I feel having celebrity friends walk the ramp for you, shows brand loyalty by recognizable faces and hence it is important for our shows. Sometimes when I feel the look of my show doesn’t suit any star in particular, I don’t have a show-stopper. Someone walking just for the heck of it isn’t right and it can sometimes work against you. But on the whole I think the use of celebrity show-stoppers is definitely on the rise.”

ISHU DATWANI: “We have signed model Kristina as the face of Anmol Jewellers (for a fee) and subsequently she signed up a film, so she was my show-stopper. Yes! It definitely helps having a Bollywood face as a show-stopper as it works better with regards to the press taking it up quicker for promotions etc. But no, I have never paid my show-stoppers as it’s always been more of a friendly gesture.”

By Celebrity Fashion Editor
Tejaswini Kolhapure

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