Malini Agarwal/Payal Singhal:
The first show of Day-2 at ABIL Pune Fashion Week by Malini Agarwal and Payal Singhal set a high mark. Choreographer Wahbiz ensured a unique opening of the show; with models entering from both ends of the ramp. The initial run-through in semi darkness gave us a glimpse of dresses and gowns in plain body contoured silhouettes.
Animal prints never go out of fashion, and Malini proved that by coming up with a collection heavily influenced by animal prints and tribal instincts. Keeping the basic garment plain in beige and nude colours, the attention was focussed on accessories like the oversized bags, statement necklaces-and do we mean statement!- and belts. Beads, intricate embroidery, sequin work and texturing in all the colours possible made up the surface ornamentation of the accessories. The neckpieces were chunky and huge in geometric shapes, very creative, very bold.
Showstopper Vidya Malvade sashayed down the ramp in a black gown with vibrant red accessories- an animal print textured satchel-bag, broad belt and an oversize beaded necklace. With gold make up on the side of the models’ faces, this collection was all about primal, feral instinct with a sophisticated yet casual demeanor.
Payal Singhal’s whole collection was a starry affair, literally. The designer made sure that the ramp shimmered and dazzled with her garments- Swarovski studded, embroidered and glittering with crystals and stone work. The first thing to catch our eye was the excellent styling; the big gajra extending from the nose to the ear gave a very real feel and touch of ethnicity. Punjabi dresses, kurta churidars, tube corsets and ghagras featured in traditional wear, while gowns with jackets, balloon dresses and tops with balloon skirts contributed to the western designing. A perfect example of East meets west.
‘Gitanjali’ jewellery showcased their diamond collection as a preview to Surily Goel’s show. Beautiful neckpieces and earrings were worn by models. Complementing the loose gold, white and green chiffon gowns, it proved to be a complete and successful ensemble.
The second show of the day, Surily Goel’s casual ethnic collection started off with Candice Pinto in a beige and black chiffon skirt with a loose long kurta with floral embroidery, gold borders and a western bow at the back in an A-line silhouette flowing away from her body. Even though she stuck to the basic garments like kurta salwars and sarees, the hemlines, colours, prints, motis and the technical details used by Surily were totally different, giving her own unique touch to the show.
Surily managed to give a lot of variety in one show, but the theme of the show was lost on us.
It’s a man’s world! Proving everyone-who thought that fashion is only for women- wrong, Sanjay Hingu came up with a fashion-forward collection; so eclectic, so different, it was a tough choice whether to concentrate on the collection or the expressions of people’s faces. Starting out with trousers, shorts, jackets and shirts in muted shades, abstract prints dominated the collection, some placed randomly, some not.
Certainly not a collection to disappear from the fashion scene in a couple of months, the line ranged from casual beach wear to formals to winter wear towards the end. The colours, fit, style and prints of the collection was meant for the metrosexual look, but we are not complaining. A breath of fresh air, Sanjay’s collection had all aspects of a savvy, spiffy look for men. A variety of fabrics were used from cottons to leathers to fur.
Staying true to the prestige and glamour promised by the grand finale of the day, Nivedita Saboo’s show had a magical aura to it. The ramp was transformed by glass chandeliers adorning the sides of the ramp; the huge gold doorway created at the base reminded you of royalty and affluence. The opening model for the show was Anjana, in a gorgeous white chiffon dress, heavily studded with crystals and embroidery.
The collection flowed through various sequences, each having a particular look or trend commanding attention. Saree drapes with long jackets, flowing kaftans with sequin and resham work were designing aspects in ethnic wear which stood out from Nivedita’s usual collection.
The whole collection took on a tempo which just rose higher as the show progressed, and as the climax, got together two famous actors- Karishma Kapoor and Randeep Hooda- as the showstoppers. Karishma dazzled in a purple and gold Swarovski-studded dress with a mid partition, revealing a pure white ghagra underneath, all shimmering with jewels and a pink crystal studded dupatta, adding to the grandeur. Randeep, looking dapper, had a fully zardozi worked gold sherwani with a pink and purple embellished dupatta in his hand.
An ethereal and splendid grand finale for Day 2, Nivedita showcased a line which will make any woman the envy of all.