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MODEL WATCH Yana Gupta at the store
MODEL WATCH Yana Gupta at the store

Amidst cocktails, music and lights, Yana Gupta unveiled Tommy Hilfiger's spring/summer line

You'd be forgiven for wondering if you had wandered into a cocktail party rather than a fashion event. Men and women turned out in their best, sipping interestingly coloured drinks and nibbling on snacks from Maison Des Gourmets next door. Add in a DJ and a couple of swirling lights and the scene is set for quite a bash. But in the midst of all this, a bored group of photographers and foot weary reporters keep looking at the door and their watches, awaiting the arrival of model Yana Gupta for the unveiling of Tommy Hilfiger's Spring/Summer Collection 2007.And she finally does arrive, fashionably late, looking fresh and well turned out in a red, black and white checked low-waist dress, with a red leather bag and boots to match. They're all Tommy, of course. "The collection is very nice," says Yana. "Really summery, beach-y with bright colours and lots of white."The line is supposed to be California-inspired, with elements of the old-money Napa Valley, Baja beach and Berkeley preppy lifestyles. There are lots of blue and green, some pink, red and plum alongside the classic white, ivory and khaki. There are some concessions to femininity amidst the striped shirts with a few florals, lace and ruffles for the girls, and the omnipresent glitter on the tees. And which summer collection would be complete without the capris, skirts, beach bags and glares.The evening continued unabated with little more gourmet delicacies doing the rounds, the DJ spinning his tunes and all the chitchat. And through it all, the clothes were a little neglected. But then, it's all about selling a lifestyle.DIVYA KUMAR

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