DFW-Day One: Fashion Juggernaut Sets Sailing On Subdued Note

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New Delhi, Oct 14 (UNI) The much-talked about Delhi Fashion Week (DFW) began with a whimper instead of a bang as no illustrious face walked the catwalk for the opening, making the absence of the usual razzle-dazzle that is conjoined with fashion weeks quite pronounced and accentuated.

What promised to be an ostentatious jamboree, kicked off on a dull note, failing to kindle the interest of buyers who have flocked the event in droves.

On Day One, an international model opened the event, wearing a long jacket with ivory pants, for designer Rajvi Mohan.

The designer's latest menswear collection was a return to the 1940s and 50s, reworked with a touch of Indian nirvana. It was basically a mix of ethnic and western styles.

Two words to describe the creations would be -- fusion and miscellany.

The collection was inspired by the golden boys of the 40s and 50s -- Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawfotd and Joey Bishop. It was made up of stylish jackets with thin lapels, shawl collars, kurtas and full suits -- all created with interesting twists and details, Mohan told UNI.

There was no one colour that was predominant in the outfits that were put on view. The colour palette encompassed monotone classic neutral colours of white, cream, beige, blue and grey with hues like kesar, wild lime, spice red and french blue providing flashes of vibrancy.

Mohan is a London School of Fashion and Parsons School of Design, New York, alumunus.

Around 35 couturiers, including fashion heavyweights Rohit Bal and Tarun Tahiliani, will be displaying their collections during the next five days. More than 150 buyers, including Isetan from Japan, Ovo Studio from Madrid, Design Best from Bourdeaux and Seibu from Hong Kong, have given confirmation of their pariticipation The Bollywood flavour was nowhere to be seen during the show and even luminaries were conspicuous by their absence.

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