ver Japanese high tea and short cakes at Megu in the Leela Palace, New Delhi, Sahachari Foundation recently presented a preview of Design One, an exhibition promoting upcoming designers and women entrepreneurs. Design One is aimed to raise funds for deserving NGOs, and acknowledges the talent in the world of fashion. The preview gave a sneak peek into what the shopping festival would have to offer in the coming week.
Each designer dressed up a 'muse' in her/his outfit that best represented their creations for the upcoming Spring/Summer season. Atsu Sekhose chose Pernia Qureshi to showcase one of his runway pieces, while Neesha Singh was modelling a Nidhi Tholia design. Surily Goel flew in from Mumbai to see Lakshmi Nair model in her aqua net and mother of pearl sari. Ammu Saidi adorned Bina Goenka's jewellery and Sangeeta Assomull carried off a pastel, Cherie D creation. Shivan-Narresh showcased Tanisha Mohan's resort wear. Sunanda Tharoor made a blink-and-you-miss appearance in an Abha Dalmia sari.
Amidst the photo shoots and mutual compliments, Qureshi couldn't stop raving about Atsu's collection. She said, "His clothes are always so feminine and flattering. They always make a statement and are sexy but in a very subtle way." Neesha Singh's traditional white attire was complemented with gota pati, hints of bright colour and chanderi.
||I feel, no matter how beautiful or fit an Indian woman may be, she always looks her best in our traditional clothes. She is made for them, and they for her.
Tholia told Guardian20 that her latest collection, as always, seeks to bring back the effervescence and vibrancy typical of where she belongs, Rajasthan. Singh added, "When I go out in the evenings, nine times out of 10, I dress in Indian clothes. I feel, no matter how beautiful or fit an Indian woman may be, she always looks her best in our traditional clothes. She is made for them, and they for her."
Surily Goel's collection was all about loose, comfortable yet chic summer wear. "It gets very hot at this time in Mumbai, so one needs to balance sex appeal with comfort. In Delhi, one is always conscious about style. Clothes need to be classy here. In Mumbai they need to be more sexy than graceful," she said.
Lakshmi Nair, one of the many hands behind the Sahachari Foundation, said, "We have been getting together since last year to organise Design One that caters to the interest of fashion designers and also is a small step to help NGOs such as Victoria Memorial School for the Blind, Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Apne Aap Women's Collective and Muktangan. This is our way of giving back to the society."