Fashion and beyond

Alisha Shinde and Amrita Prasad
Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Sakal Platinum Women’s Club, an exclusive platform for women to connect and empower each other, was also launched

Day 1 and 2 of Sakal Times Couture Weekend were all about glamour, style, trend-setting collections and showstoppers defined high fashion. Directed and choreographed by Lovell Prabhu, both days of the fashion weekend held at Amanora The Ferns Club & Hotel, Hadapsar, saw designers and labels like Tasta by Deepak Mane, Babita Malkani, Raunnakk by Ronak Sayeed, and Amar Ghanasingh Eternal Jewellery enchanting the audience with creativity and craftsmanship. The opening show on Friday witnessed Mane’s traditional Maharashtrian men’s and womenswear collection with a contemporary twist, followed by Malkani’s resort wear collection in fresh and minty hues and flowy cuts. Sakal Platinum Women’s Club, an exclusive platform for women to connect and empower each other, was also launched. Day 2 had Sayyed’s Indo-Western collection in shades of peaches and earthy brown making a great statement on the ramp. Mane’s menswear collection Pantheon powered by Range Rover and Jaguar introduced us to outfits for today’s men who love to marry traditional style with modernity while models and city-based women dazzled in Ghanasingh’s jewellery on the ramp.

The royal wedding
On Day 1, Tasta showcased  their collection comprising traditional Maharashtrian men’s and women’s wear in bright hues and unconventional fabrics  

Models walking the ramp in kaashta style nine yard sarees looked regal, but what took everyone by surprise were the hues of pinks, greys, purples, blues and greens and the unconventional fabrics such as Chanderi, velvets and brocades used in creating them. Moving away from the traditional Peshwai style nauvaris (nine yards) and adding some contemporary twists to this signature Maharashtrian attire, designer Deepak Mane presented his label Tasta — comprising men’s and women’s wear on Day 1 of Sakal Times Couture Weekend.

The collection personified unique patterns with a traditional touch. While the nauvari sarees draped by women with shela, green glass bangles, potli bags, gajras in hair and chand bindis on foreheads, gave the audience a taste of Maharashtrian culture, men gave a glimpse of the royalty. From anarkali kurtas and sherwani paired with flared pants, to printed floor length kurtas teamed with embellished short jackets and shawls, bright phetas, Kolhapuri chappals and haars, the men’s collection struck a chord with everyone who is in love with traditional Maharashtrian attires. What was unique about the men’s collection was that it used an array of fabrics such as silk, cotton, brocade, Paithani etc and boasted of varied types of embroideries like zari and zardosi. 

When models dressed up as bride and groom — the bride wearing an orange lehenga saree and and the groom donning an off-white anarkali kurta, sherwani and silk dhoti with mundavlya (the unisex ornament worn both by the bride and bridegroom across the temple of the forehead) and garlands in their hands — arrived on the stage with Navrai Majhi song playing in the backgroud, the audience hooted and cheered for the ‘couple.’

Actress Pallavi Patil, who walked for the designer, looked ethereal in a blue velvet lehenga with heavy golden zari work and floral and peacock motifs on it. Her million dollar smile certainly stole many hearts. When showstopper Pushkar Jog walked the ramp in a red velvet sherwani worn over a golden coloured anarkali kurta made with tulle and a golden dhoti underneath, a pheta on his head and a sword in his hands, he did remind the audience of a Maharaja. The models were joined on the stage by Mane wearing his own creation.

The Golden Hour
On Day 1 of Sakal Times Couture Weekend, Mumbai-based designer Babita Malkani, showcased Generation of Gold, which boasts of fluid silhouettes, breezy patterns and soft hues for summer getaways

Known for her designs with easy cuts, frills, textures and patterns that compliment the woman of today, designer Babita Malkani put up a splendid collection called Generation of Gold on the Day 1 of Sakal Times Couture Weekend.

The collection focussed on heavy use of foil, golden hues and textures that would be perfect for an exotic getaway in tropical places. The designs were a visual treat with a balanced colour palette of powder blues, ash lavenders, sand beiges and frosty whites with little motifs in gold. The collection is for all those who have a fancy liking for handcrafted glamour and vivacious silhouettes.

The luxe-resort and cruise wear edit by Malkani consisted of dresses, tunics, jumpsuits, jackets, bralettes, sarees with subtle frills and layers and sexy blouses, and flared pants. What took the sexy and elegant collection to a whole new level was the use of subtle layering, delicate sequins, daring necklines and slits and a touch of asymmetrical patterns that gave the dresses a breezy kind of look. 

The runway sequence consisted of models dressed in tantalising powder-blue dresses, delicate sand beige foil printed jumpgrab with sequin elements, tunics and flared dresses, frosty white layered dresses, shorts and well fitting pants,wraparound shorts, sheer and sequin pants in ash lavender that accented the silhouettes. The stunning lineup of the exquisitely crafted tone grey foil jumpsuits and dresses is what power dressing looks like on vacations.

Pooja Sawant and Sonnalli Seygall, the showstoppers for Malkani, took the glam quotient a few notches higher when they graced ramp in Malkani’s creations. While Pooja looked gorgeous in the ash lavender dress with layers and daring neckline adding to her grace on the ramp, Sonali was dressed in hues of gold —- an outfit fit for a glamorous party. The two beautiful divas were joined by the woman behind the collection — Malkani — for one last walk on the ramp, and they clearly owned it.

Fierce and fancy
The Day 2 of Sakal Times Couture Weekend saw edgy designs for men by Tasta

Inspired by stylish automobile brands — the powerful Jaguar and the sporty Ranger Rover — Tasta’s collection Pantheon, on Day 2 of Sakal Times Couture Weekend, catered to those who are fearless about new fashion. Designer Deepak Mane left no stone unturned to revolutionise the conventional blazer. 

Models walked the ramp wearing blazers accessorised with oversized ornamental belts. The overlap blazers with asymmetrical cuts took the jacket game to a whole new level. 

Things got interesting when the models showcased a range of exciting textured blazers in refreshing pastels and summery colours, moving away from the regular greys, browns and navys that we are used to. Glamming up the jackets were sequined motifs which shows that it’s about time men learnt how to shine. 

Breaking the mould of monotonous fashion for men, Mane’s designs were delightfully daring. 

His versatile sherwanis could be fashioned for Indian celebrations and dressed down for more casual events. With an eye for detail, he made sure that Tasta’s pieces were made with superior craftsmanship. The Showstopper Ravi Rajput, Mr India TC Universe 2019, looking dapper in a gorgeous black velvet sherwani with gold motifs, was joined by Mane sporting a burgundy blazer teamed with shorts and trendy sport shoes, wrapping up the show.  

Sensible style
Designer Ronak Sayyed’s collection, showcased on Day 2 of Sakal Times Couture Weekend, was all about fashion with functionality and comfort  

Intelligently crafted for women of today who defy the beauty standards set by society, designer Ronak Sayyed’s label Raunnakk was loved and lauded for its flowy designs combined with functionality, on the second day of Sakal Times Couture Weekend at Amanora The Ferns Hotels & Club, Hadapsar. 

Sayyed, who believes that fashion is for all, showcased her Indo-Western collection featuring outfits made with indigenous fabrics and contemporary embroidery. Focussed on colours like peach, bronze, rose gold, and earthy brown, the collection is made for women of all shapes and sizes. 

The ramp saw models in blazers, cigarette pants, strappy long dresses, off shoulder crop tops, bell-bottoms, one-sleeve kurtas, jackets, bralettes, corsets, skirts, gowns and so on. They demonstrated how to flaunt shimmer and sequins, and stylishly indulge in satin, tulle and silk without going overboard. While the ruffles, layers and frills on hems, sleeves, sides, necklines added more femininity to the outfits, the cape and bell style of sleeves brought the drama. 

Showstoppers Tanvie Kishore who strutted the runway in a peach gown with subtle embellishments and a tulle shoulder wrap, and Mrinmai Kolwalkar in a golden one-shoulder gown, both with minimalistic make-up, were elegant and glamorous. Sayeed joined them in a pair of white bell bottoms and a full-sleeved satin blouse from her own collection. 

All that glitter
The women of substance stole the show with their grace as they sashayed the ramp wearing Amar Ghanasingh Eternal Jewellery on Day 2 of Sakal Times Couture Weekend

The saying — “A diamond is a woman’s best friend” — is indeed true. Just like a friend, the collection by Amar Ghanasingh Eternal Jewellery, presented by Vivek Bidgar Associates, added a touch of elegance to the aura of the wearers and made them shine bright.

The models, all dressed in black, sported the jewellery pieces which were exclusively designed by Amar Ghanasingh. They were encrusted with precious jewels like cut diamonds, rubies, emeralds,sapphires and pearls. 

The timeless collection comprised pendants, collars, earrings, bangles, bracelets and cocktail rings. Each piece had a contemporary touch to it, and looked luxurious. The designs surely made quite a few heads turn.  
This time, the runway was not limited to only professional models, but women of substance like Seema Singh, Diva Budhrani, Smita Kulkarni, Gauri Apte, Rucha Mulay, Nimisha Nadkarni, Pooja Wagh, Neha Punjabi, Vinkey Duryani, Arti Nayak, Pallavi Kaushik, Immy Mago, Shubhangi Gole and Dimple Somjee too walked the ramp gracefully with confidence. The women surely complimented the fabulous diamonds and jewellery designs of Amar Ghanasingh.  

The gorgeous Simran Kaur Mundi turned showstopper and dazzled in a diamond and emerald neckpiece with earrings, cocktail ring and bangles. 

The delicate features of the perfectly cut stones enhanced the beauty of the women who walked the ramp. It is safe to say that the collection presented by Amar Ghanasingh is suitable for a queen. 

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