Fight cancer this spring... fashionably
Models sashaying down the ramp flaunting designer Payal Jain's latest collection at a fashion show in New Delhi. Photo: R.V. Moorthy.
YOU MIGHT be having a preconceived notion that fashion designers churn out dresses for those endowed with lots of money. This line of thought is correct but if it is for providing a healing touch for an altruistic cause like Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) then it is doing a world of good for those battling with this life threatening disease.
Designer Payal Jain is a picture of humility. Even when she has been in the business of exhibiting her craft for the last 10 years, she still says, "I am perfecting women's wear." An extravagant show of her spring summer collection, titled, Soul, was held at New Delhi's Hyatt Regency this past week. She says, "I know a woman's body better so I have been designing clothes exclusively for women. I would be coming out with children wear soon. There is Kutch embroidery and male villagers have made blouses using 40-year-old pieces." She says that her collection isn't a couture or pręt but diffusion.
The show commenced with Swami Anil, who showed his mastery over sword yoga, a martial art technique of Kerala, aesthetically. Columnist, Shobhaa De, watched the dexterous handling of the sword with curiosity. The models - Neena Manuel, Jessie Randhawa, Lu Gill, Joey Mathews and Tupur Chatterjee - sashayed down the rostrum stylishly. They were looking mesmerising as their beauty was enhanced by enchanting silhouettes. The dresses on the models - amalgamation of Western and traditional Indian wear - looked excellent. Payal's forte for resuscitating traditional craft was manifest brilliantly. The Benares brocade was in emerald green, ruby red and turquoise. The immaculate chikankari on pristine white and georgette conveyed the amalgamation between tie and dye and chikankari.
The show culminated with a grand auction for the CPAA. Kiran Hukku, director, says, "Payal is a genuine person. Her zeal to take up the challenge and the endeavour to face all odds has always been an inspiration for us."
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