11.4.08

Fashion Week Musings, mk. I

Having two fashion weeks happen within about two weeks of each other in the same country might be more than a bit confusing, but I reckon it's good to have more output, not to mention more showing opportunities- especially for young talent. And if one of them, on a whole, turns out to look a bit boring, there's always the other waiting to restore my faith in the future of fashion design in this country. That said, Lakme India Fashion Week (so called to distinguish it from Wills India Fashion Week, which gets held in Delhi- see what I mean about confusing?) this time around has definitely had its standout collections, which I'm going to run mini-posts about in the next week. And the first of these is (drumroll, please):
1. Sabyasachi Mukherjee




This should come as no surprise, really, given my previous assertions of fangirlism for his clothes, but I'm madly in love with the outfit right on top already- the man really does have a knack for getting his presentations right, and gives it all a quality very few Indian designers manage to put across in their clothes- coolness. (the trouble with a lot of clothes made by Indian designers is that they're far too precious- the embroidery, handmadeness and sheer volumes of fabric have, in the past, left me feeling like these aren't really clothes to, say, sit cross-legged on the floor in. I can't say the same of Sabyasachi designs, though- they're as beautifully made as one could possibly want, but the sheer casualness of the styling makes it very easy to imagine these clothes in my life some day (I wish!)). Even if I'm in a bit of a neutrals phase right now, the colours are actually mildly soothing (and it's not as if he can't do clothes without colour. After doing a wildly splashy patchwork-featuring show for his India Fashion Week debut in 2002, his next collection was entirely in shades of white, and it was stunning because everyone else had jumped on the colour bandwagon by then).
And one can't help but love the panache and sexiness (albeit of the non-obvious kind) of the way he mixes it all up- it might be mildly eccentric to some people, but it's an eccentricity that seems entirely natural, and which I could definitely do with- beginning with the models' hairdos (stuck all over with flowers and random things- too bad there weren't any detail shots available), to the layering, to the mixes of prints, all the way down to the clotheslines strung full of clothes and fairy lights above the runway (Rediff said they were "creating the pretty ambience of a modest home in the French countryside.". To which I say: French countryside my foot, every house in India has one or more of them on the balcony- what's wrong with just saying that?). But seriously, they're so pretty..

PS: Getting the pictures together for this post was something of a job, since the only shots of complete collections online seem to be on a pay-to-see website. I honestly can't see why people need to act so pricey about pictures- if Copenhagen and Tokyo Fashion Weeks can put out pictures and videos of shows on their official sites, why can't the same be done here?

Images from the International Herald Tribune, indiwo, bharattextiles.com, and Rediff.

9 comments:

Dianna said...

wow, i am inspired. sadly, i haven't kept up with india fashion weeks, but now i'm going to. great post!

Stephie said...

love the third - i love the bit of shirt peeking out...

susie_bubble said...

The combination of textures and elements is really unique...

riz said...

Hey BFH, great post, so well written, and I coulnd't agree with you more about the colors being soothing. I was wondering if you had popped by the Hermes site recently which I think they have redone. SO curious as to what you think of that!

enc said...

I'm glad you shared this with us. I have a lot to learn about the fashion in this part of the world. It's fascinating and fantastic.

Blue Floppy Hat said...

Dianna: I must admit, it's not all great stuff, but there are people whose work I do find interesting.
Stephie: It's a rather different take on that kind of outfit, really...
Susie: It's a bit of a Sabyasachi specialty really...I reckon that's why his 'look' is so distinctive.
Riz: Thanks! (coming from you, it means a lot). I had a look at the Hermes site after seeing your comment, and I actually think it looks cute. There's a mildly tongue-in-cheek feel to the store map too, it reminds me of a cartoon take on those old maps- I half expected to find the words 'Hic Sunt Dracones' somewhere. It's a lot less irritating than this season's adverts for sure..
ENC: Truthfully, even I don't know that much- I feel like a right bumbler trying to write about this stuff, and not all of it is this good, but I'm glad someone thinks it's useful..

evie said...

we have/ had 2-3 fashion weeks plus numerous other fashion award ceremonies here so i can understand the confusion. it's like everyone wants to throw a party and somehow fashion is always a good excuse. it feels like it's always the same players and same guest list. sure there are new faces that pop up every once in awhile but these events don't do much for the industry itself though imho

evie said...

i meant to say in a year. a few such fashion events in a year....

yumiko said...

i really like these--how a bunch of materials and patterns are mixedd togheter but look "pulled together"

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