To the sadness and woe of many a fashionista, Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2013 ended last night. Reports state that several quirkily dressed people were seen in the streets of suburban Mumbai, stumbling around aimlessly in high heels, air-kissing telephone poles and asking complete strangers if they agreed that the saree-gown was the find of the season. One even dug a hole in the ground, stuck a fridge in it and yelled “Till next fashion week!” before disappearing inside. It all got slightly, how do I say this, Amanda Bynes on a Tuesday; that is to say, crazypants.
So, for the sake of the sanity of all these men and women, I’ve decided to put together my list of my top 5 looks at the Fashion Week, in no particular order. Some of these can be bought off the rack and worn to your next big life event, and some can be worn at comic-con, but they are all, undoubtedly, fabulous.
Ritu Kumar’s Ode to Cape Town
I don’t know if these qualify as swing coats, because they’re leaning very heavily on the cape side of things, and as Gwynnie Paltrow made it obvious at the Oscars this year, that’s the side you want to be on. While I can’t think of a single occasion that I can get away with wearing these, I can’t help but feel that they will be super useful when the hot man I love is caught in a desperate situation and screaming for help and I have to jump off a building to save him and I’m all, ‘Yay! These will give me buoyancy!’
Aastha Narang’s Flirtation with Black
I always love it when a designer gives me something new in black, because as a colour, it’s so done to death that the Grim Reaper has announced a collection. That’s why this outfit makes me all happy and fuzzy and warm because look! Lace! Layers! Flowing outlines! I’m choking with emotion here, guys.
Anita Dongre’s Jaipur Bride
On the joyous occasion of my wedding, which according to my parents can’t happen soon enough and according to me is an excellent reason to be building a spaceship to escape out the window, I want to be seen in one of Anita Dongre’s Jaipur Bride numbers. In neon and pastel hues with geometric embellishments, they are the perfect balance of over the top and elegant. On an unrelated note can anyone design a spacesuit wearable over one of these?
Shehla Khan’s Challenge Accepted Moment.
Normally I hate jumpsuits, because they mix as well with public toilets as Miley Cyrus and twerking. But Shehla Khan took it upon herself to convince me that they can be gorgeous and worked so hard on this that I couldn’t help falling in love.
Quirkbox’s Fresh Prints of Bel Air
A classic silhouette made vibrant with prints you’d never imagine on a dress, Quirkbox gets my vote for being the most immensely wearable statement piece at Fashion Week this year. Like Icona Pop says with such angst in her song, “I don’t care, I love it.” Do you?
As you can imagine, this was a very hard task, trawling through all those pictures and memories and coming up with those that made a lasting impression.
There were definitely more that stood out, like Manish Malhotra’s simple ethnics, Sabyasachi’s ornate interpretation of the “royal” theme, Karishma Jamwal’s bohemian rhapsody, Bisou Bisou’s leather and peplum. Overall, this Fashion Week had more hits than misses, and no one fell on the ramp, which greatly disappointed the 5-year-old in me. Now until the next fashion week rolls around, all there is to do is twiddle my thumbs and Photoshop my head on the bodies of models wearing the outfits I liked. It’s tough, but someone’s got to do it.