Have you ever heard the saying it’s always Happy Hour somewhere? Well it seems this adage applies to Fashion Week around the world.
Last week while I was covering Japan Fashion Week Tokyo, New Deli India was hosting their own.
However some industry insiders felt Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) designers did not take into account global weather and questioned who Indian designers were marketing to.
Benedicte Bro, an international fashion consultant, asked, “Who is the target client for the Indian designers? The clothes they showed seem to be for a fantasy woman whose only preoccupation is to look pretty. The designers right now are definitely not catering to the working woman.” She added, “Good clothes are powerful.”
The article also goes on to say:
Chantal Rousseau, operating vice-president, Europe Bloomingdales said, “I have been coming for the autumn/winter fashion week now for some time but I am wondering if I should continue because if the week is held in March there is no way the deliveries can happen by the time the autumn/winter collections are in stores in the west.”
So what were they looking at? Here are some highlights from WIFW.
Said to be inspired by warrior fashions from around the world.
What do you think of these pictures? Frankly based on these pictures, I do not see how the above criticisms are warranted. I see a lot of influences that we have seen elsewhere; i.e. Manish Arora’s first picture feels a little Galliano and the second definitely is Ballenciaga Spring 2008. I also see the Ombre influence in Charu Parashar’s beautiful long beige, crimson and gold skirt. But how are these clothes and less wearable than runway shows we see in Paris, New York and Milan? There are all sorts of “unwearable” fashion that comes down those runways if you hold it to the average woman’s standards; especially work wear.
Any Indian readers out there? What’s your take?