New Delhi, Oct 18 (UNI) After witnessing a flurry of activity and the participation of an eclectic mix of designers for a full five days, curtains will go down on the inaugural edition of the Delhi Fashion Week (DFW), a fashion jamboree which initially gave out some strong signals of turning out to be a damp squib but gained steam as the fashion fiesta started unfolding, with the showcasing of designer Anamika Khanna's collection tonight.
The national capital saw the birth of a new fashion body as a few resentful designers from the Fashion Design Council of India, led by bigwigs Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal and Meera and Muzaffar Ali, formed the Fashion Foundation of India to endorse the DFW.
The fashion spectacle, which began with the display of the collection of designer Rajvi Mohan, ran nearly parallel to the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, which began here on October 15.
It showcased the talent of 35 designers as compared to 80 for the latter.
The designers included top-notch ones and it even gave a chance to up-and-coming fashionistas, which confirmed the participation of 160 buyers, scotching speculation of it being a non-starter.
The shows by Tarun and Rohit stole the limelight during the fashion carnival, giving the IFW some moments of anxiety of being paling in the shadow, but which was not to be.
There were many an interesting concept introduced during the fashion week as elegance and beautiful moments were the flavour of each show. Models walking backwards on the ramp, making an entry from the emergency exits were some of those out of box ideas, which lent it a unique look.
The colour palette for the fashion spread ranged from the monotone to the vibrant. Myriad colours, from white to orange, blue to pink, and beige to black ruled the ramp.
Quite a few international faces were seen on the catwalk, with South African model Liami opening the first show by Rajvi Mohan.
The Bollywood flavour went missing from the event as none of the luminaries made an appearance. Raima Sen made an appearance for designers Jason and Anshu. Shilpa Shetty was expected to walk the catwalk for Tarun Tahiliani but gave it the miss, leaving the audience disappointed and dejected.
Interestingly, neither of the fashion fete this year witnessed any model suffering a wardrobe malfunction, much to the relief of the fashion industry as well as the moral brigade of the country.
But as both DFW and IFW progressed, designers of both bodies showed some signs of a patch-up and a thaw in hostilities, as participants from both events were seen adorning the front rows of the two fashion expositions. The IFW will see its grand finale tomorrow with the show of high-end designer Manish Arora, now turning the entire focus on the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week later this month.
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