Here’s a very small peek into Couture Week in India. I know there’s much more to report but it’ll take time!
The buzz here at the Grand Hyatt has been incredible for the past two days. Hundreds of ushers, helpers and organizers scurry here and there all day, just to ensure that the two daily shows breeze through without a hitch. They have to, because the runway as well as front rows play host to Bollywood royalty. So far I have seen Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Jaya Bachchan, Sonam and Anil Kapoor (who btw is an absolute hunk and much much more dignified and desirable than Big B), Amitabh, the Khans including Shah Rukh, Saif as well as Kareena, Karisma (looking stunning), Preity, Salman Khan’s entire Khandaan, Hrithik, Rani Mukherjee and dozens of others. Too many, I kid you not!
Now as much as I love Bollywood, three days into HDIL Couture Week has me thinking that it is a complete hijack of aesthetic senses. I for one felt bad for Varun Bahl, an exceptional designer, who was second if not third fiddle to Bollywood royalty at his own show. Not fair. And so hats off to Rohit Bal for having a true couture show, sans superstars! His show, inspired by ash and Persia, was breathtaking, replete with a pond in the midst of the runway. Sure, it was a repeat of his Delhi Couture Week showing but at least we hadn’t seen it before. Smart guy, Gudda was the biggest star at his own show and he knew it!
Spot the star: Sonam Kapoor, Jaya Bachchan and Abhishek in the front row.