STYLE, SWAG & MORE
It’s curtains on the Sakal Times Couture Weekend, the three-day extravaganza, but only temporarily. We will be back with more fashion, more attitude and more oomph next year. Until then, enjoy this fashion fiesta...
Day 3 of Sakal Times Couture Weekend, the three-day fashion show, held at Amanora The Fern Hotels & Clubs, Hadapsar, too celebrated Indian craftsmanship and fashion.
The opening show was by Naksh by Men’s Avenue presenting menswear, followed by Neeru’s, showcasing their women’s collection of cocktail gown, ghararas, and flowy outfits. The finale was RI Ritu Kumar’s ‘Remembering the Silk Road’. The event certainly gave people of Pune a high dose of fashion and style.
While for Naksh by Men’s Avenue, actor Saurabh Gokhale turned a showstopper, Neeru’s collection was showcased by Smita Gondkar. Apart from actresses Sonali Kulkarni and Bhagyashree who walked the ramp for RI Ritu Kumar’s Remembering the Silk Road, regular women also dazzled on the ramp in the labels’ spring/summer prête collection.
BEAUTY AND ELEGANCE
Neeru’s Indian-ethnic collection ticked all the boxes in terms of colours, cuts and patterns at the finale of Sakal Times Couture Weekend
Known for the designs that look good on Indian women, Neeru’s put up a stunning show on the final day of Sakal Times Couture Weekend with garments suitable for any woman who wants to look her absolute best as a bride or bridesmaid, or dreams to be a stunner at a cocktail-party.
Dressed in colours like mustard, burgundy, olive green, peach and red, the models looked ready to attend an extravagant wedding. Some of the designs that were showcased by Neeru’s, drew inspiration from the holy month of Ramzan, for instance elegant ghararas, shararas, pencil pants that were coordinated with short kurtas and dupattas with stunning, delicate foil and embroidery work. The collection also had eye-catching ghagras in pastel as well as vibrant shades with heavy to moderate embroidery on them. They were teamed with blouses in princess cuts, flared sleeves and sheer necklines.
The new age ruffled sarees and sarees with a half cape looked as elegant as the traditional ones. They are meant for the new age women, who want to be comfortable in what they wear. Not limited to just Indian ethnic, the collection also showcased cocktail party gowns. The sequined delicate gowns, a few with frill and a few with feathers, truly gave the models on the ramp a luxurious look.
Showstopper Smita Gondkar looked stunning in an off-shoulder navy blue sequined gown as she walked down the runway confidently.
EAST MEETS WEST
Naksh by Men’s Avenue collection took men’s fashion to an altogether new level
As they say, Indian men look their best in traditional wear. When the same is fused with what’s in vogue, it is like a dream come true for men who like to spice things up as far as their wardrobe is concerned.
Merging traditional menswear and giving it a trendy feel, Naksh by Men’s Avenue was a real treat for all fashion-conscious men. Presented on Day 3 of Sakal Times Couture Weekend, the collection displayed the brand’s ethnic wear, blazers, partywear suits, kurtas, sherwanis, Jodhpuris in Indo-Western style. Male models were dressed in an array of attires — starting from formal suits in colours like brick red, grey, maroon, navy blue to simple kurta pyjamas and heavy shawls in shades of red, green and blue as also flaunting heavily embroidered sherwanis — proving that men’s fashion is limitless. Apart from some meticulously crafted outfits, the audience was floored with the display of accessories like malas, haars, mojaris that completed the look for men.
It was refreshing to see colours such as peach, mint green and floral prints on men’s blazers, suits and kurtas. With basic thread work to heavy embroideries and embellishments, the collection was perfect for Indian weddings and special occasions. Showstopper Saurabh Gokhale stole the show when he strutted on the ramp dressed in a rich black velvet sherwani with golden embroidery, a silk churidar pyjama and a velvet shawl with golden border. His blue velvet pagdi and golden haar made him look like a real king. He was joined on the ramp by Ankit and Ayush Jain of Men’s Avenue. Naksh was an amalgamation of a few new designs specially curated for the fashion show and some of their signature outfits and styles.
The grand finale show by RI Ritu Kumar on Day 3 of Sakal Times Couture Weekend, was a tribute to the Silk Route
Remembering the Silk Road by RI Ritu Kumar captivated the audience comprising the who’s who of the city at the grand finale of Sakal Times Couture Weekend on Sunday. It celebrated Indian craftsmanship in a contemporary way.
The collection, inspired by the Silk Route, is the first part of a two-year design project by the label. Heirloom lehengas, jackets, dresses and sarees with Persian motifs, jewelled palettes, and architectural references constituted the collection. Crafted with fabrics like Chanderi, velvets, Banarasi, sheer, etc, the outfits looked ethereal in the colour palette ranging from softer hues like peaches, pinks, oranges, and greys to bright reds and blacks.
The meticulous embroideries such aari, tikki and zardozi added to the grandeur of the collection. The floral prints and kadhai boasted of fine Indian craftsmanship. The beauty of every attire was accentuated by the jewellery crafted Shilpa Agarwal EFX. It mesmerised the audience.
When showstoppers Bhagyashree and Sonali Kulkarni arrived on the ramp, the grandeur of their outfits and their own beauty bewitched everyone present. Sonali, wearing a black sleeveless side slit long kurta with floral motifs and gharara, depicted how to rock ethnic wear with a modern touch. She was also accompanied by Agarwal.
Dressed in an ornate red coloured lehenga and purple choli, when the Maine Pyaar Kiya actress Bhagyashree did a little twirl on the ramp, a thunderous applause proved that everyone was still in love with her.
The show which aimed at empowering and uplifting real women (Kanchal Adhikari, Tanya Luthra, Gaurangi Shrawat, Kareena Shewani, Sarah Mone, Dr Nidhi Agarwal, Aneesha Arora, Kimaya Racch, Megha Sehmbey, Rashna Salian, Meher Daryani, Chahat Dalal, Swati Yerawdekar, and Moushmi Zaveri Sanas), surprised the audience with regular women wearing RI Ritu Kumar’s spring /summer prête collection that has elegant, flowy dresses, kurtas and everyday casual outfits for modern women also walking the ramp.
A FASHION SHOW IN THE MAKING
Here is some behind-the-scenes action at Sakal Time Couture Weekend
A grand ramp with fancy lights all around it. A team of videographers, DJs, technicians ensuring that everything goes well once the show starts. A few metres away, a makeup room full of models, hairstylists and makeup artists doing some last minute touch ups. A few models trying out their outfits, a hurried hairstylist fixing up a female model’s hair, while a makeup artist meticulously drawing the eyes of a male model. These were some of the scenes before the show. Once the models were called by the show director and choreographer for final rehearsals before walking the ramp in designer outfits, there was a lot of hustle and bustle. Because at a fashion show, the action is not just limited to the ramp...