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Gothic‚ Darkshadow dominate Day 2

  Bringing something interesting to TGIF runway

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Bringing something interesting to TGIF runway


KATHMANDU: ing and yang, its profound meaning has intrigued all. Rajesh Nepal made sure that even its colours have that effect on the second day of Signature presents The Himalayan Times TGIF Nepal Fashion Week 2014 in association with Sunsilk and Luxuria, powered by Colors, co-sponsored by Prostyle, Mahindra Reva, Carlsberg and FGV, with Qatar Airways as the official airlines. His collection Darkshadow inspired by this was something to look out for.

The last sequence among the ten, it was the only one that took its inspiration seriously.

The dominant silhouette was A-line dresses. More gowns or long dresses would have been interesting in black and white hues though. He nonetheless, made showstopper Alisha Bajracharya, Miss Newa 2014, wear a gown, not his best, but the risk is appreciated. The best part about this collection was being able to picture ying and yang despite the varied patterns.

With so much good and bad, let’s enter something outrageously chic — Gothic by Manita Satyal, Sabitri Budhathoki and Mamta Rai. Leather, lycra and lace were the fabrics used and perfect choices too. Leather gave that grunge look, lycra made the silhouette precise, and lace for the classy touch. A few dresses were really bold and off-the-ramp pieces. A lace top with leather bottom, A-line dress can make anyone’s jaw drop. For obvious reasons, black was the only colour, but hints of red was refreshing. A particular favourite was a red-and-black dress with lace sleeves — it was gothic meets chic.

The rest of the sequences were tolerable, but the similarities surely were confusing like Joie De Vivre and Disperse Of Colours. Both the collections had printed fabrics, where more than the designs, the fabrics did all the tricks. 3D Floral collection by Saana Banu was on the high hopes’ list, yet on the runway it was not as crisp as expected. Only one dress was good — blue and silver with flower effects on the chest. The placement was right making this an ‘it’ dress. Again another let down was Effects of Polka Dots. The name seems experimental, but all the collection had was hint of polka dots here and there.

Having said this, this year the designers have definitely given more attention to the finishing touches on the dresses. For a change, the hemlines were not falling off.

Not mentioning this year’s TGIF ramp’s music would be a capital crime as Manoj KC has upped the music quotient for ramp shows everywhere. He did not disappoint — special mention of the music

for the Rajbar collection has to be made, while a fusion of folk and trans music set the right mood for the after-party.

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