20 September, 2020

Whispers Of The West Wind

No more bling, it's warm colours and lean long lines

Vinod Aggarwal
Whispers Of The West Wind
The Indian team might want to see the god of cricket. Wielding a bat and holding a ball, he sits on the pallu of a Satya Paul sari with the globe as his crown and the World Cup at his padded-up feet. 'Bowled on the Runway' by Satya Paul was intended to be fashion's link to the bigger picture. But that day India lost to Sri Lanka. When hapless models in cricket-inspired saris, holding cricket gear, walked the ramp, the audience hooted. This was "fashion malfunction" at its best at the recent Wills India Lifestyle Fashion Week (WILFW). It underlined that fashion is about winning, not the vanquished.

But when King of Whimsy Manish Arora told a futuristic tale with metallic colours, space-age characters, laser lighting and racy music, it was the most spectacular show, combining performing arts with unpredictability and shock value. Everything fashion must have. Futurism is the existentialist new black. And by logical extension, Arora will show at the Paris Fashion Week later this year.

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