28 September, 2011

Kathmandu Fashion Parade

With two huge fashion events, the city was high on fashion last week. First up was the Kathmandu Fashion Parade (KFP) on the 17th at Hotel Yak and Yeti and then the Himalayan Times TGIF Nepal Fashion Week from the 21st to the 24th at Hyatt Regency. To be honest, I was more excited about KFP because it is a team of young people with fresh ideas and also because it was its first attempt so there was no preconceived notion. I liked the concept, the promotional photos, and the constant facebook updates really had me looking forward to the show. Most people I know felt the same but some thought it was only hyped. But we cannot really tell until we see it for real and we shouldn't base our opinions on rumors. I'm a person who follows the notion 'seeing is believing' and I had to see this with my naked eyes. 
This post is dedicated to KFP. My next post will be on TGIF. 
The VIP invitation card
The envelope
So at 6:20 pm, I reached the hotel. Parked my car and strutted on my platforms for the show. I was supposed to be late. I was late, shy by few minutes. But surprisingly I was actually too early. To everybody's dismay, the organising team faced some technical difficulties which delayed the show by 1 hour and 30 minutes. Phew! That was a long, long wait. While I was waiting I tried scanning for free wifi - unsuccessful. I tried looking around for nibbles - unsuccessful. I tried looking around for something interesting to look at or talk about - unsuccessful again. Everybody was almost starting to yawn, staring at each other or at the stranger across the 'flat' runway with a straight face. Before I could go out to look for something to entertain myself, the show started. I was so thankful it started.

You can read my review on KFP in the October issue of Living magazine. But for now, here's a tiny bit about the show. And I can't share better pictures of the clothes because: 
a) I apparently don't have a camera 
b) that's why I'm always using my Blackberry to take pictures
c) most importantly, I was seated at the second row. The second row for god's sake. I couldn't find a seat at the front row, darn it!  
This is the view of my foot at the second row. You can also see the chairs of the front row.
KFP had 3 designers (Astik Sherchan, Laura Queening from Aura Que and Nuzhat Qazi), 1 boutique (Oodni Boutique by Khusboo Dangol and Swarnim Rai) and 1 fashion house (House of Alternative Apparel) showing their collections. First was Astik Sherchan whose designs were inspired by Mughal paintings, the French gardens, the Black Swan and the French opera which is what set his designs apart from the rest.

Then, there was Oodni Boutique whose lehengas and kurtas blew me away. I never got the urge to try bridal wear as bad as I did while watching the models walk past me one after the other with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan playing in the background. 

The third collection was House of Alternative Apparel (HAA). HAA's was very simple and street style. The collection was in muted shades of blue, brown and maroon and dominated by dresses with full sleeves and half sleeves. There were men's collection as well but it looked like it came somewhere from North Face. 

Laura Queening had a make-shift stall at the venue and the bags, the wallets and the snood made from Buffalo leather, Banana yarn and hand-woven cotton had fabulous texture. Her collection of handbags, wallets and knits come in dark shades. On the runway, I liked the presentation of her collection the most. I don't know who pitched in the idea of doing it but whoever did it made sure of making the audience remember the collection. I'd love to own an Aura Que one day. 
Also look at the Chef taking pictures 
I had already seen Nuzhat Qazi's bridal collection when I did an interview of her on her first ethnic collection, Bridesmaid. I'd like to call it - her ethnic collection - a modern day bridal wear. It's not one of those conventional ones with heavy embroidery, lots of glitter and shimmer. For KFP, she presented a modified version of the collection she showed me for the interview. Changing and switching the ensemble of the outfits and adding few new ones, she created another collection, My Best friend's wedding. I wouldn't say the odd combination of one or two lehengas and blouse/top catered to my taste, but I believe she is better with ethnic wear than dresses or skirts.    

An event which would've turned out to be a great one went through so much technical horror because of which the official video and the introductory videos of the designers could not run. It was saddening, more so because the videos especially the promotional video is very impressive. I watched it on facebook, they've posted all of the videos including the pictures of some of the collections. Check them out! 

in the end...
Thumbs up to: the idea of a flat runway, hair and make-up, the people behind the video, the selection of models, the logo and lastly, to the entire team of KFP for initiating on this project. 

Why not?: have stadium seating next time (those seated at the second and the third row would be very grateful), do a trial-run before the main day to avoid problems of any sort, avoid tracks from the movie Fashion (it's just too obvious and tacky))    

There will be a Spring/Summer Collection in the February and I get a feeling it's going to be much more organised. And also it'd be great to see more designs from the designers and new, unknown and talented designers share the runway with the already known ones. 
What I wore. I won't say I'm crazy about the shirt but the skirt, yeah! 
This is only a brief review on KFP. My detailed review will be published in the magazine so grab a copy on October 15th.


dongala (wanderer) said...

You shouldhave tagged me along for the photographs! ;D

Rasana said...

that skirt is so cool!!!

Ponytail said...

I only had one invite donga

Ponytail said...

thanks rasana

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