Almost as if it were a continuation, this week too was fashion heavy, focusing on summer trends for 2015. The weekend started off with Nachiket Barve showcasing his latest collection Kalahari, along with an interactive session at Evoluzione. Instead of sticking to the usual format, the coffee morning saw an audience of students and bloggers, who got to catch up with the designer in a relaxed setting. Questions ranged from where he draws his inspiration, to the amazing range of his clothes, and how he handles the demands of his clients. Barve had more than a few funny stories to tell, including a couple of backstage malfunctions that had him scrambling at the last minute. He was also happy to walk us through the collection, which is inspired by the African subcontinent, pointing out details from the Congo and Maasai that have been adapted through hand embroidery and beading.
Later in the day, the crowd gathered at the launch of Chaitanya Rao Couture and Toni & Guy, at a new venue in Poes Garden. The huge turn out came as no surprise, considering the designer’s popularity in Chennai. Post the official inauguration, guests got to examine the space, which has a special section for bridal needs. A Bridal Lookbook by the Toni & Guy team was also launched, along with a fashion show, where dramatic hair and make up were teamed with couture by Rao. The sequence saw clothes that were wearable but with just the right amount of ‘adventure’ — a balance the designer has mastered over the years. Actor Lekha Washington was the showstopper in a sweeping back creation with feathery headgear.
Following that was the launch of another fashion brand, Studio 9696, with a fashion show at Luz House, choreographed by Priya Manikandan. The evening was high on the ‘filmi’ quotient with Kollywood celebrities Tapsee Pannu (who seems to be the muse for designers this season), Bharath and Sanchita Shetty showing up. There was also Rehane’s latest collection for the Amazon India Fashion Week in New Delhi. A range heavily inspired by romance, in shades of icy blue and delicate embroidery, a complete departure from her previous line.
Meanwhile, Supper Theatre at Madras Club was a laugh riot with Boardwalkers bringing Twice Around The Park — two one act plays by Murray Schisgal — to the venue last Friday. The first, A Need for Brussels Sprout, had Michael Muthu playing an out of work actor, while the second, A Need for Less Expertise, featuring Uttara Krishnadas from Mumbai and Sarvesh Sridhar, was a hilarious take on a couple dealing with marital discord.