Late afternoon on Saturday, a friend and I headed over to Ishanya mall, nervous in anticipation of what was to come. We reached the venue and the place was abuzz with fashionistas and the who’s-who of Pune, all gathered in this one space to witness the beauty of this year’s collections. We registered, got our press passes with the very kind assistance of the volunteers and the staff there, who showed us around, introduced us to the key people and bid us a beautiful evening.
It was my friend’s first experience at a fashion week and to watch him as he looked around the place with wonder, excitement and just pure glee reminded me why I love doing what I do, and why all of us were there that day, for our sheer love of this magnanimous artform. The Style Lounge had small marquees set up, showcasing the work of the different designers who showcased their collections as well as some gorgeous set-ups of some of the sponsors namely Korra, The Mud House, Rejuvenate Jewels and Augst. Something that absolutely made my evening was how lovely the people were at the marquee for Rejuvenate Jewels who showcased with Zanaaya later that evening.
The first show of the evening was Sangeeta Sharma’s collection, which whilst varied in it’s colour and fabric palette, seemed a tad bit busy. Mugdha Godse walked for her as the gorgeous show stopper in a traditional lehenga. Up next were Mumbai-based designer twins Riddhi Siddhi; their collection uplifted the spirits of the attendees quite synonymously with their peplum waistlines on a few chiffon sarees. The gorgeous Urvashi Rautela walked out in a beautiful aqua couture saree with the beautiful designers in tow. I was so happy to have gotten to speak to all of them when they later came down to do press.
With a quick journey back to the media lounge, whilst en route, I met so many wonderful people who’d seen me around the venue, vlogging, and came up to me to share with me their experiences of fashion week. This is when I got to meet Mr Badal Saboo and have a chat with him about this huge undertaking.
The shows of Zanaaya Couture and Geisha designs followed shortly thereafter and at this point, both my friend and I were in the best of spirits because Shriya Saran was walking about fifteen feet away in a beautiful gold Jardozi jacket and a Rejuvenate head gold head piece, show-stopping for Zanaaya. Geisha designs stood out as a collection this evening because it was the first collection of pieces with printed chiffons and tissue, the whole thing screamed fall, because that’s how Mr Paras Bairoliya described it, when I met up with him later. He said it was meant to bring back memories of how we would put petals and flowers in our books only to reminisce about beautiful memories years later.
By now the venue had begun to fill up and you could almost smell the excitement as everybody patiently waited to get their passes for Nivedita Saboo’s collection. I thanked my gods that we were there as press, because there were way too many people disappointed because they had limited seats for her showcase. Just entering the amphitheatre for her showcase was like trying to meet Kanan Gill while 200 screaming girls were right in front of you. The experience was intense, but when we finally managed to get in, it was all made worth it. Her collection titled “A Rendition of the Raj”, her interpretion of colonial India was breathtaking. Miss Diva Universe opened the show in a pale blue lace gown followed by several male models wearing regal pieces which were curated to perfection. In a gorgeous black and gold ensemble Lisa Haydon was the show stopper, making all of us yearn for more.