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THE ONE The ravishing Mehr Jessia walks the ramp
THE ONE The ravishing Mehr Jessia walks the ramp

Sarod rocks: As it is with every fashion week, this time too there is as much action off the ramp as on it. So if you had actress Sameera Reddy walking the ramp for Manish Malhotra and Amaan and Ayaan Ali doing the honours for designer Manav Gangwani, unusual guests like Nafisa Ali and Farooq Abdullah come in to check out a few collections. Manav Gangwani had something specially for the Sarod brothers: t-shirts with "Sarod Rocks" printed on them! Wearable collection: We'll give you one good reason why you should watch this fashion week closely. Because the focus is on prêt wear and minimal skin show so far. From big names like Tarun Tahiliani, J.J Valaya, Manish Malhotra and Rina Dhaka to up and coming designers like Varun Behl and Ayesha Depala, everyone's focusing on wearable clothes. Since the lines are for Spring-Summer 2007, the colours are mostly subtle - shades of whites, creams, beiges and pinks. Valaya was one who stood out for his black and white ensembles. Shimmer and sparkle: You can forgo dressy accessories if you are wearing heavily embellished, bright coloured ethnic outfits for the festive season. But Spring-Summer collection? Some of the designers gave their clothes a dressy feel by embellishing them with Swarovski crystals, or combined them with lovely beads and belts, or hand painted jute bags.Memoirs of a Geisha: We aren't talking about the movie but the collection brought out by Shalini Jaikaria and Paras Bailorya. Known for their line Geisha Designs, this time they showcased lovely outfits inspired by Japanese fashion in subtle pinks, mellow oranges and sunset yellows. Their Fashion Week line was called The Queen of Elphame and comprised flowing tunics, dresses and skirts.Drape it like Tarun? The King of Drapes, Tarun Tahiliani, showed yet again why the title was so apt for him. He went with the summer feel and stuck to off-whites, creams and beiges but skilfully worked the drapes. Tarun's loyalists applauded the collection but others wondered if he is getting repetitive. But then, what is drawing attention is the comparatively lower pricing of his outfits: t-shirts for Rs. 1,400 and dresses in the range of Rs. 1,500 to 10,000.

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