Vintage Drama

A heavy dose of bling with a splattering of musicals is how Ritu Kumar served up the grand finale of WIFW.

It's a tad disappointing if at a pret event, you get a sighting of couture outfits, but when the grand old dame of Indian fashion, Ritu Kumar, takes the stage, it's a grouse that gets drowned in the dramatic spectacle that follows. After the customary hour-long delay, when the grand finale finally got underway, we watched short films, listened to some old melodies such as Ajeeb daastan hai yeh and Baar baar dekho and cheered on as ballroom dancers twirled on the ramp. If you're wondering about the clothes, those were there too — ostentatious and heavy on bling.

The show titled "Art Deco Fables from the House of Ritu Kumar" was divided into two parts — the first half put Label Ritu Kumar on the runway and the second half (to our utter dismay) was Ritu Kumar Couture. Inspired by the Art Deco Movement of the 1920s, this collection was all about graphics. Soothing chiffons, silks, twill and crepes took over as models walked down the ramp in kaftans, short jackets, shorts, evening gowns, palazzos with tops and kurta-churidars. Beads and intricate embroidery on the waist and the shoulders seemed unnecessary add-ons on the ensembles. Video installations across the hall played a short film in which model Sonalika Sahay (obviously dressed in the Label) danced, giggled and flirted with her eyes — interesting but a bit distracting.

That was not all. There was a lot more that Kumar had in store. Shammi Kapoor's mischievous antics and his energetic dance moves on the small screens in the hall paved way for the live band and dancing couples on the ramp. Old world romance of colonial India was the theme and it was time for big red roses sitting prettily on tight hair buns, mascara eyes and rosy lips to do the talking. Models sashayed down the ramp in opulent lehengas and saris with golden brocade work and fat velvet borders. It was a predictable collection, but Kumar deserves credit for constant evolution as far as silhouettes are concerned — lace churidars, layered gowns and ruffled short sleeves with sheer full sleeves attached.

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