Mumbai, Oct 11 (IANS) Couturiers Arjun Khanna and Shahab Durazi have emerged as the true stars of the just concluded HDIL-India Couture Week. So impressive were their collections that they overshadowed showstoppers Abhay Deol and Arjun Rampal.
Khanna presented a vintage line for men Sunday that was high on detailed texturing, immaculate cutting and design made with great quality fabrics like cotton and pure wool. His line - on the last day of the Oct 6-10 couture week - had long coats, dungarees, leather jackets, sherwanis, slim-fit trousers, golf hats and stylised bags.
The styling was done in such a way that when models walked the ramp dressed in Khanna's creation carrying vintage guns and cameras, they looked like warriors, pirates and travellers.
The runway too was designed accordingly - while some models walked the ramp, others were seen sitting, gambling, chatting, drinking and reading in the background.
The biggest applause came for the designer when he hit the runway on his vintage Harley Davidson bike and took the attention away from his showstopper, actor Abhay.
The same thing happened at Shahab Durazi's show, who was showcasing his couture line after five years. He is known as a shy guy but his designs are sophisticated and detailed.
Shahab concentrated on women's evening wear and most of them reflected high-end tailoring, finish and fit. The hard work he has put into each and every garment was evident.
The structure and tailoring of the garments was excellent and Shahab put in the element of femininity in his line that included smart skirts, long gowns, asymmetrical jackets and belts.
First, the models sashayed down on the ramp in black and white prints, then they came clad in complete black outfits, followed by white dresses and in the end a fiery red line.
The only male garment Shahab showcased was worn by actor Arjun Rampal. The clothes, obviously, stole the show.