The opening show of the 25th edition of the Indian fashion week held in the Capital was nothing short of an artistically unhinged spectacle executed skillfully. Master designer Rajesh Pratap Singh brought out the big guns with a medically-inclined performance and collection at Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015.
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The runway was turned into part-hospital, with old-school medical beds lining the length of the ramp, drip bags hanging by their side with ferry lights in them. Reverberating electro music by musician Karsh Kale, Grain and vocalist Ankur Tewari set the tone for the models who added unique quirks to their catwalk. The collection was a monotone celebration of western silhouettes – skirts, overcoats, leather jackets, sheath dresses, leather gloves, brogues and oxfords that made a chic nod to the ’50s.
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The fascination for ikat prints continued in the collection as a graphic play in checks and stripes, hand woven in fine merino wool. Meanwhile, the fashion front row was dotted with leading designers like Tarun Tahiliani, J.J. Valaya and Varun Bahl among others.
In keeping with the theme, some models walked the ramp with bright red first-aid boxes in their hands. Some even danced at the show with bandages wrapped around their head. Apart from the subtle histrionics, the show made, unintentionally or not, an indirect comment on the state of the society and mental illnesses pervading the populace.
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In sharp contrast, designer Nikasha injected a bright shade of red with her chic range inspired by Loulou de la Falaise, fashion muse and designer associated with brand Yves Saint Laurent. Titled Ruby, the collection presented laid-back glamour with a strong scent of a holiday by the French Riviera. Kimono shawls with tassel fringes, salwar trousers, saris, layered tops and dresses with slits brought life to the runway in shades of beige, yellow and red with Japanese blossoms printed on them. Short curled hair and the sophisticated bohemian air paid tribute to the roaring ’20s and the Jazz Age that it represented.