FRESH and DUSKY
The masters of casual chic - Hemant Trivedi and Anita Dongre were in the Capital recently. ANUJ KUMAR engages the fashion experts in a cool conversation.
GROOMING EXPERT and Mumbai-based designer Hemant Trivedi was in Delhi recently to judge Channel V's Get Gorgeous contest. Having groomed a number of Miss Indias including Aishwarya Rai and Priyanka Chopra, Hemant is known to have an eye for the look of the future. "These days there is an increasing demand for the dark, dusky beauties in the modelling industry." Hemant agrees one of the reasons is the rising importance of the Asian consumer. "There is an increasing influence of everything Asian - be it beauty or presence of sitar in lounge music. In modelling the concept Caucasian buxom beauty is being replaced. However, the alternative is not only Asia. A dusky Afro-American could also replace her easily."
Talking about the parameters of selection, Hemant says, "Everybody knows the regular parameters like height, good looks and figure but to me having a good soul is decisive. It depends on upbringing and education. Somebody who has a lovely soul can carry even a sack of potatoes on her head with grace."
Hemant is all for fresh faces in modelling. "I agree there is repetition over the years. However, the senior models have priced themselves out and there is an inflow of young talented models. Modelling is no more just the prerogative of Mumbai. Delhi and Bangalore have come up as new centres. Earlier we had to choose from 20-30 models, now we can choose from a pool of 200. We must give youngsters some time. Milind Soman and Sheetal Mallar took almost six years to become household names."
Anita Dongre's Collection
SOMEONE WHO considers Hemant, the designer as his mentor was also in Delhi this past week. Designer Anita Dongre presented her Spring-Summer collection in association with Mercedes-Benz and is looking forward to increasing her label's presence in the Capital. Drawing inspiration from the company's brief of sports and leisure, Anita believes fashion and cars are cut from the same cloth. Can the combination remain practical? "Of course. I always make functional and affordable clothes. I have interpreted company's philosophy from my point of view. There is lots of chikankari done in a subtle way. I have used stretched linen and kora malmal to suit summers," says Anita promoting her AND label as a brand. "Delhi is still somewhat couture-centric while my strong point remains ready-to-wear. I won't change my style but will definitely add a distinct winter line for Delhi customers."
Anita believes skirts of all lengths are going to remain in fashion . "I think they are in demand for their feminine appeal. Except for wrap-arounds, I am doing all kinds of skirts - A-shaped, ghaghra style, biased cut and knee length - everything."
She doesn't foresee the disappearance of kurtis either, though lengths might change. "Kurtis are basically tunics and will remain in demand. In the last few years, the trend is towards very short ones without keeping in mind body types. I always suggest wear according to your figure. For instance, I would suggest girls with heavy bottoms to put on kurtis with slits whose hemline falls on the middle of the pelvic portion." Anita is also offering stone-encrusted bandhagalas with little embroidery matched with cigarette-shaped pants.
Anita shares Hemant's thoughts as far as the changing colour scheme of models is concerned.
"However, the change is too slow. I have been using Tinu Verghese for years. She is so much in demand on the international scene but our fashion industry still suffers from the fair skin syndrome. That's why Yana and Katrina remain in demand here."
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