We have always seen models walk the ramp in designer outfits. But a fashion
show recently held in the capital was quite unique in its own way. The designer outfits was very much there, but the models were replaced by well known faces of the fashion circuit who walked the ramp for Khushii, the NGO for underprivileged kids. This time Khushii brought together India s leading style gurus at its first fashion inspired event A Rendezvous with Elegance ,
conceptualized exclusively by the newly inducted Governing Board Member,
philanthropist by nature and trendsetter in the fashion world- Leena
Singh (Ashima Leena). "The statement that fashion designers are mostly associated with glamour, is not true. We definitely think about the society and look in for various opportunities to contribute. As a designer, all I could do was to communicate my idea to other designers and they really liked the concept and got ready to participate in this social cause" she explained. The memorable fashion show witnessed Creations by 21 Indian designers, including Ranna Gill, Nikhil and Shatanu, Varun Bahl, Rohit Bal, Rajesh Pratap Singh and many more with beautiful ladies and accomplished gentlemen displayed the breathtaking ensembles.
Seen walking on ramp were Ramola Bachchan, Feroz Gujral, the very beautiful Kalyani Chawla, model turned actor Sudhanshu Pandey, Irfan Khan, the stunning Tina Chatwal, Tanisha Mohan, couples AD & Sabina Singh and Sanjay & Sheena Sharma, Vandhana Vadehera along with models Laxmi Rana, Sonalika Sahay, Esha Gupta and Lalit Tehran. The best part of the show was when the strong man of fashion, FDCI President, Suniel Sethi took a shy turn on the ramp while walking. Former cricketer Kapil Dev who is also the chairman of Khushii shared the ramp with beautiful women. The evening has also seen Ritu Kumar, Thenny, JJ Valaya, Gauri and Nainika, Mohd Azzarudin and Rina Dhakab ask in the glory of the environ. "I am very grateful to all the designers who have came forward for this cause and presented such a grand show which was not only enjoyable but also beneficial in some way or the other" Kapil said. This was essentially a fund raiser event and the proceeds will be utilised for the betterment of the kids who are in need of socio-economic development. Samsaara, the luxurious abode of fashion, showcased the latest collection.
unveiled by budding designer Payal Kapoor who is all set to debut in the upcoming fashion week. Though she stayed non-committed on which fashion week will she showcase at, she is excited about the developments and is keeping her fingers crossed for the same. The designer, who believes in designing for the modern woman, takes her inspiration from nature, events and objects around the world. Her brand Famous talks about the fusion of the traditional with the modern. Payal expressed, "I have used a range of fabrics starting from chiffons, georgettes, cotton and lace which is a blend of viscose and polyester. Being a textile designer myself, tie-n-dye has been one of the techniques which I have applied a lot in my creations." The plethora of colours which appears in this art of dyes really comes out well on the fabrics. Talking about the colour palette, she revealed that coral, light pink, blue, salmon, turquoise and red are used extensively.
Since the designer is targeting contemporary women between the age group of 25-60 years, the collection presents a subtle yet trendy look with very minimal embellishments which have been accentuated by a bit of shine sprinkled everywhere. Clothes have been adorned with yellow and blue coloured stones, with touches of Swarovski crystals which offer a sophisticated look to the ensembles. Borrowing inspiration from the Indian sari drapes, the silhouettes are underlined with full body drapes which according to the designer are simple yet slightly tweeted. Stocked at the Samsaara store, the collection comprises tunics, dresses, gowns and kurtis. "Kurtis are going to be a big style statement even in the next season. These are wardrobe essentials." she concluded.