Delhi Fashion Week, 2008

Stylish outfits, long-legged spunky models, celebrities and controversies – these are some of the words which have now almost become synonymous with every fashion week. The event is always a perfect blend of creativity and luxury and a significant platform for the designers to showcase their talent. The who’s who of various fields attend every year, sit in the front rows and make a delight for the shutterbugs, and the fashion fraternity always amazes us with its eclectic mix of designers, ranging from the bigwigs to the emerging youngsters.

Delhi Fashion Week – one of the most awaited events began with full pomp and splendor at the Emporio on October 15 and ended with a bang on the 19th.The five-day extravaganza had fierce competition with the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, which was simultaneously held at Pragati Maidan. Too much fashion, eh? Well, their main aim was to promote as much talent as possible and needless to say, it sure was a wonderful opportunity. This time around, fashion took a contemporary avatar. The event saw established designers like Anamika Khanna, Raghavendra Rathore, Rohit Bal and Tarun Tahiliani presenting their lines as well as the new-age designers like Abhijeet Khanna, Gaurav Gupta, Priyadarshini Rao, Meera Ali and the like.

The first day kicked off with Rajvi Mohan presenting her collection and she garnered a lot of praises, but it wasn’t the same for designer Abhijeet Khanna who disappointed a lot of buyers due to a lot of faults in his stitching. A few other upcoming designers too showcased their lines, but in the end it was Raghavendra Rathore who stole the show. His show was overflowing with buyers and celebrities and the secret behind it was the ‘wearibility’ of the outfits. Day II of the fashion week did not grab many eyeballs; Jason Anshu’s collection had a unique theme “green energy” but failed to attract buyers. Tarun Tahiliani’s show was disappointing, as Shilpa Shetty was absent. The day finished with Meera and Muzzafar Ali’s show, which had its share of bouquets and brickbats. All in all, the second day was very ordinary and had nothing for attendees to take back home. The third day of the fashion week did not see a lot of turnout Rahul Reddy and Atsu showcased their respective lines, and received a standing ovation from the buyers and designers present. Varun Sardana’s show was extraordinary in terms of the special effects, but it was Rohit Bal’s show that garnered the maximum attention and had the front row brimming with the fashionistas. The fourth and the fifth day again saw a galore of designers, but with the expectations being certainly sky-high, many of them were left disappointed.

Amongst all this fanfare and the much talked about showstoppers, we must take a look at the wearibility which counts as an important factor, especially in Delhi. The Week was business-oriented and the buyers couldn’t stop gushing…The designers left no stone unturned to put up a marvelous show. Though there were a few glitches, India seems to be hot on the global map…This fashion week had all the qualities to make it a blockbuster, and the international exposure which these designers had gave them a certain edge.

The Fashion Week has its fair share of glitz and glamour and a couple of head-turners, but the main motive in the end must be to recognize young talent and make Indian designers appeal to the global masses too. They must focus on one fashion week at a time to enhance one’s productivity, instead of simultaneously running a couple of fashion events. Trying to ape the west will take the fashion fraternity nowhere. Instead, they must work on their strengths and weaknesses and improve the status of Indian fashion worldwide. If all these flaws are kept in mind and gradually reformed, it wouldn’t be long before Delhi becomes the “fashion capital” of the world.

Geetika Sachdev

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