The much-hyped-about fashion extravaganza, the Couture Carnivale with six Indian and one local fashion designer, and a bevy of Indian models took to the ramp at the Hilton Grand Ballroom on Thursday.
Although Event Concept, the high-profile event organizing company, made every effort to make this show a glamorous one, the designers, much to the disappointment of the audience, showcased most of their western ensembles except for a few traditional pieces thrown in by Anand Kabra. Most of the designs were similar in style — cross-over blouses with frills, flounces and pleated trimmings worn over cropped pants and short bouffant skirts.
It was an unimaginative collection of designs, except for just two of them.
On was local designer Dharshi Keerthisena whose unusual theme of western and sari collection carried her trademark swirls and florals in fabulous silks.
The other was the collection by Farah Khan. Her cocktail and evening collection in pure silk and taffeta in vivid colours was a contrast to the mellow-tones shown earlier.
Her well-cut, structured corseted dresses were avant-garde and classy. The bare-shoulders were adorned with designer jewellery flown in from India.