Seeing those weaves on the catwalk in soft fabrics and muted colours of grey, rust red, white and black, as flowing trousers, easy dresses, kurtas with unending slits and sexy sarongs made me sit up. The sari in its basic drape came down the ramp too, worn with a black blouse, Black Prom Dresses the audience with its simplicity. Was this then the peak of Rodricks' emotional relationship with his homeland?
The range is priced at Rs 2,000-4,000. Rodricks says there is a waiting list of customers as well as orders from popular stores. "This is not about commercial gain. Sometimes fashion needs to distance itself from finance that it feeds on so voraciously. When you see a Louis Vuitton or a Hermes Birkin bag, you think of money. When you see the Kunbi sari, you see a culture and a tribe," he says.
Now that it has been mounted on fashion consciousness, the Kunbi sari will need more than poetic press releases. To begin with, it needs a commercial strategy that will make the project sustainable. Promoted so far by Dhamija and Nandita Das and beautifully modelled in stark Blue Prom Dresses by Lisa Ray, it will need clever marketing to make it an aspirational garment in high fashion.
US President Barack Obama may take centrestage during his brief visit to India, but the sensitive issue of sartorial diplomacy will fall on Michelle Obama's toned shoulders . And if one goes by past precedence , the First Lady-who has worn the creations of Indian-American Homecoming Dresses such as Naeem Khan and Rachel Roy-will certainly not disappoint.
TOI has learned that Mrs O has packed two dresses, which she recently ordered from desi designer duo Naeem and Azeem Khan. It's worth noting that on one occasion she wore anecklace by jewellery designer Ranjana Khan, who is Naeem's wife.
Azeem, who is based in Mumbai, said: We have sent Michelle Obama two more outfits. Let's see what happens . He, however, refused to divulge any more details. When it comes to dressing up for the occasion, Mrs O has successfully avoided fashion missteps and is known to coordinate her wardrobe with the country she's visiting. During a Papal visit in Rome, for instance, she met the Pope clad in Moschino-a tribute to the famous Italian brand.
Similarly, the First Lady's decision to wear bangles when Prom Dresses 2012 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur during their visit to the US in 2009 was another subtle nod to Indian culture.
The key to her success, say fashion gurus and observers, is that Michelle Obama defines her own style. She is someone who is not used by fashion; she uses fashion to her advantage . She knows her figure type and is capable of mixing and matching her clothes and beautifully. Short Prom Dresses creates her own style, says designer Wendell Rodricks.