Draping the ramp
An innovative fashion show offered an insight into the home furnishings palette
IT HAD all the trappings of a fashion show ramp, scanners and the mood. The only difference was the ensemble, which was made with upholstery. Well, if bamboo can go haute, so can drapes. Sharon, Zainab, Vidya, Sridhar and other leading models in the twin cities sported raw silk stoles, cotton wrap-around skirts and poly jute pants - conventional furnishing fabrics, with equal poise displaying the wealth of upholstery.
"We wanted to explain to our customers that upholstery fabric could be beautiful and rich enough to be worn. In fact today, there are seasonal forecasts for furnishings with light fabrics in cool lemon yellow for summer and thicker option in warm tones for winters," says Pankaj Kaushik, of Skipper Furnishings, which was inaugurated with a ramp that gave an insight into the product line the store retails.
The sequences featured hand-picked cotton in shades of blue, yellow and green for skirts and raw silk in deep blue and lilac for evening gowns, the palette and fabrics for the forthcoming autumn-winter' 04. As also organza with Benarasi borders for stoles and embroidered taffeta silk and poly silk fabrics as saris with a raw silk bustier, a sheer ethnic concept to inspire a living room setting. Jute blinds, the contemporary avatars of a traditional peek-a-boo chilman that donned many a veranda of the yesteryear havelis, also made their presence felt in the form of chic skirts and drapes. If the collection comprised a plethora of furnishing options for homemakers, the presentation, tassels and rings used as accessories and the various options for drapes, offered a few more ideas to embellish the study or lounge.
"We have worked with a lot of draping, including Roman drapes to highlight sheer fabrics such as glass nylon. The conventional chenille that is used in making sofas has been used to design skirts that are, again, teamed with organza, a usual choice for curtains and drapes. It has been a challenging job to come up with the line especially working with rugged cotton fabrics and jute blinds and styling the silhouettes," says designer Shikha Verma, a NIFT graduate.
Ditto observes Imran Khan who choreographed the show. "In my career of fifteen years, this is the first time I had to plan and choreograph a show that focused on upholstery," he says . Make up and hair dos did not take away the focus from the collection and a trance Mediterranean score compiled by Iqbal Patni made the event a befitting ode to home furnishing and the art of living.
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