For a fashion event that grandly proclaimed ‘Beach is the new ramp’, the beach was sorely missing at the recently concluded Gionee India Beach Fashion Week (IBFW). For those who expected to watch models sashaying down a strip of sand, bare feet sinking into powdery sand, with the surf providing a soothing soundtrack, the event held at the Gand Mercure Goa Shrem Resort in Candolim instead saw shows being held in a closed presentation area, not unlike arrangements at sedate seasonal showings.
Our coastal fantasies aside, the three-day event saw designers showcase swimwear, resortwear, beachwear and ‘destination’ bridalwear, the latter leaving the door wide open for the gown, ghaghra and pre-stitched sari brigade. And while the line-up of designers left a lot to be desired, with some of the country’s best-known resortwear names missing from the marquee, we did spot some salient trends that promise to liven up your summer jaunts. So grab some graphic prints, cut-out monokinis and flyaway kaftans.
Tassels were everywhere and flyaway fringe edged everything, from jewellery and kaftans, to sarongs and bikinis. Pria Kataaria Puri’s “Haute Hippie” had models draped in her signature Persian prints with the added flair of fringed capes and tassled sarongs worn over sexy swimwear. Raakesh Agarvwal went from a neatly tassled leather obi belt to an all-out yellow fringed bikini, adding a showgirl vibe to proceedings. At Babita Malkani’s show ombre tops and capes wore tassels and fringed neck-pieces added drama.