The shutterbugs went wild and Soaltee Crowne Plaza’s Megha Malhar hall was filled with blinding flashes. Matching their steps to the booming music well known national and international models strutted down the runway wearing some of the best designs of the year by talented, imaginative and creative designers of Nepal. The most awaited and anticipated day had come — The Himalayan Times TGIF Nepal Fashion Week (NFW) ’10 started on September 13. Day-1 of the fashion extravaganza was attended by the who’s-who of Kathmandu.
The collection Shaadi Mahal kicked off the show with elegant bridal saris in colours like green, orange, and unconventional black. Heavily embroidered glittering borders and interesting designs of blouses caught everyone’s attention.
And as the elegant drapes left the ramp, flowing and frilled chic gowns representing Vintage, the first collection from Neelima Fashion Studio took over the ramp. Accessorised with hats and gloves, the collection in mostly nude colours and lots of pleats, layering, and flower accentuates and empire waist emoted the 40’s romantic feel.
Dominated by black and white the Casual — second collection from Neelima — celebrated 60’s style with polka dots and stripes. It had jumpers, rompers and short dresses. From 60’s the ramp went on to the disco 80s as Neelima’s Seqiun garments glittered on the ramp. This collection was followed by Saree-Kurta-Lehenaga by the same designer where anarkali-style kurta-salwar in vibrant colour combination and detailed hand work stood out.
After all the glam and glitter, it was time for some subtle and suave look for the guys with two collections by Monalisa. Shiny and shimmery suits and semi-casual jackets in prints and bold colours made their way to the ramp.
The Nepali touch came in the name of Dhaka Delights where garments in different lengths and innovative cuts with mix of different fabrics with Dhaka were seen in the designs.
Printed short dresses meant for cocktail parties didn’t present anything new.
Bohemian cuts and retro prints with cool colours like blue, light pink celebrated Last Summer. Teen style shared the limelight with shorts, mini skirts, shirt dresses and dresses with interesting backs in mostly combination of printed fabrics with satin.
Though titled Prints, the last collection of the day didn’t go overboard with prints but rather incorporated floral and animal prints in interesting ways.
Asymmetrical cuts — be it on the neckline or the hem — and variety of trousers like Jodhpuri and harem pants were part of almost all the collections.
The celebrity quotient wasn’t missing as cricketer Paras Khadka, Miss Nepal 2010 Sadichha Shrestha and Miss India International 2010 Neha Hinge walked the ramp.
The Himalayan Times TGIF Nepal Fashion Week 2010 is organised by IEC in association with Chivas Regal and supported by San Miguel, Invenio Wines, Diva and Timex, with Kingfisher Airlines as the official carrier and Soaltee Crowne Plaza
as the hospitality partner. The
creative partner is Echoad, and FHM and Andpersand are the magazine partner, with Mudra Max as brand alliance partner. Sound design and after parties are done by PartyNepal.