Rajasthan Fashion Week 2013 evokes essence, flavour of region (review, with gallery)

Krishana Demble

Models showcase creations by designer Krishana Demble during Rajasthan Fashion Week (RFW) 2013 in Jaipur, India on May 12, 2013. STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images

Jaipur, May 13 (IANS) The second edition of Rajasthan Fashion Week (RFW) 2013 that concluded Sunday certainly brought out the essence and flavour of Rajasthan’s royal culture and heritage but failed to completely live up to expectations.

Technical glitches that caused delays in the shows and poor event management disappointed attendees.

The main objective behind organizing the fashion extravaganza was to promote artisans and states’ handicrafts, culture and textiles. Though designers like Ritu Kumar, Vikram Phadnis, Pallavi Jaipuria, Payal Jain, Charu Parashar and Mandira Wirk brought out the best of Rajasthan’s embroidery and prints in their collections, others repeated the same old designs, prints and patterns.

Also, the weavers couldn’t really be spotted during the event.

Phadnis opened the first day of the event and showcased a collection comprising vibrant ghaghra cholis, floor-length anarkalis, saris, shararas and kurtas.

He also made appropriate usage of traditional Rajasthani embroidery like block prints, tie and dye prints, bagaru prints, sanganer prints and zari work.

Phadnis’ show had built up high hopes. It was followed by Sumit Das Gupta, Kirti Rathore and Sulakshna Monga, Poonam Bhagat, Payal Jain and Lina Tipnis.

Bhagat, who presented a beautiful range of cocktail gowns, saris and anarkalis with short jackets, palazzos and shrugs in bright colours and soft fabrics complained: “My show was supposed to start in the evening. But it got terribly delayed. Those who had come to see my show went back disappointed as they couldn’t wait till midnight.”

She added: “We always create a collection keeping in mind the buyers. But I am disappointed. I am also planning to open a store here in Jaipur because people here like my collection. Also only a week back I confirmed my name for the show and worked on the exclusive collection. I have always been inspired from Rajasthan’s royal heritage.”

Payal Jain’s collection titled “Yaatra” also showed the lifestyle of the state. She presented morning and evening wear silhouettes embellished with varied handwork.

Soft fabrics and appropriate colour palette starting from reds, mustards, orange, yellows, pinks to greys and blacks justified the theme.

“This is just the second edition and I wanted to promote the textiles. Focus always remains on the buyers but we as a designer keep looking for inspirations from state to state and that matters too,” said Payal.

As compared to the first day, second saw a greater number of people actively participating. Designers like Kumar, Parashar and Kavita Bhartia won the hearts of the viewers by showcasing exclusive collections.

On the third day of the fashion week, there were several Bollywood celebrities and TV personalities like R. Madhavan, Tusshar Kapoor and Sameera Reddy who walked the ramp for designers Krishna Dembla and Neeta Lulla respectively.

The collection presented by the designers except for Lulla was again a mix and match of traditional Rajasthani and modern silhouettes, mainly bridal wear.


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Indian Bollywood film actress Elven Sharma (R) showcases a creation by designer Sonaakshi Raaj (L) during a fashion show at the Rajasthan Fashion Week (RFW) 2013 in Jaipur on May 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

IANS 2013-05-13 19:35:01

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