Wearing a rainbow

THE ATMOSPHERE was sans smoke as the glitterati of the city came chattering to find their perches on the little bar stools. Dublin, the pub at the ITC Kakatiya Sheraton and Towers, threw open its doors to let the winter sun light up the creations of Chintan, Seema, Ayan and Preetika. The designers who were subjected to an interactive session with the members of the Kakatiya Ladies Club (KLC), brought to the fore their views on fashion with their tips on how to bring out the best. As all shows concerning fashion go, the event started late. Over drinks and hors d'oevres, the ladies were treated to a close-up on how clothes from the upmarket studios of these creative geniuses would look when worn by non-professional models. As if to prove the point, three lissome beauties, all members of the club along with two professional models sashayed around the bar displaying the creations.

Most of the wardrobe was bridal trousseau, in rich earthen shades sparked off with rhinestones, sequins and glitter woven with zardozi. After two rounds of twirling and whirling and jostling for space amid an immobile crowd, the models disappeared in a melange of colours.

Then it was question time. None of the queries so painstakingly slotted for discussion by the hotel's PROs' were even voiced. The designers revealed what when into their creations despite all and sundry demanding to know the price tag.

At long last, a few souls remembered the purpose of the shindig and questions found their way to the mike. Here is a sample of the answers. On the future of kurtis, Seema Gujral enunciated that they would never go out of fashion as they are part of ethnic and Indo-western wear. "They cover anything and give you a sleek fit."

"Who decides fashion and why is designer wear so expensive?" hollered some of the others catching up with the purpose of the tete a tete. Chintan answered that one. "Fashion is what you are comfortable in. I don't always design only for skinny women. Designers are not always expensive because they are promoting their brand but because of the work that goes in. Also certain configurations are made to order, which is why they are pricey. But most buyers are not particular about copies being made."

On the theme of colours, Seema said, "In India, bright colours are always in." Showcasing a beautiful, Kashmiri embroidered blouse, she added, "Colours don't matter as long as they are used ornamentally. Even on dull greys, khakis and beige, a paired colour can make a lot of difference. Embellishment can make any colour look good for the evening."

Between the husband and wife duo, Preetika is the quiet one. Aman spoke on behalf of their work. Pointing to an arty sari that looked more colourful than a mosaic, he said, "It is full of zardozi work and woven segment by segment like a story."

Chintan added that crystals work well with Chinese brocade and that plain blouses work wonders with embroidered saris.

Although the agenda for discussion was long dropped and useful queries such as common misconceptions in personal grooming, last minute touch-ups to dressing, skin colour and fabric choice and the most important - shedding inhibitions, were lost in the bowl of fruit punch, the ladies knew where to shop for upcoming festivities.


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