Simply stunning was the Wendell Rodricks grand finale show of Gionee India Beach Fashion Week at The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort, Goa. It was a cracker of a beachside show, presented by Gionee, with fireworks and strobelights. Master of Minimalism and pioneer of resort wear and eco-friendly garments in India, Wendell’s show was an unforgettable vision of style and glamour.
‘Ahead of the Curve’ was what he called his collection which was an experiment in cutting, based on Indian geometry, showcased by 44 models who shashayed down the long ramp showing off 88 garments. The collection featured curves, arcs and circles for seams, hems and silhouettes with intelligent but discreet detailing. Curves appeared ingeniously for blouses, trousers, tunics, kaftans with layered rings, swimsuits, sarongs and ripple pleated dresses.
Staying true to his pastel resort colour palette, Wendell chose mint, magenta, peach, sandy beige, dusty blue and sage green as well as neutral black and white. Fabrics for the range included silk, satin, crépe, georgette, linen, Malkha cotton and mulmul. Clever twisting into curves and pleats along with neo-tech touches created pierced effects on the collection.
Keeping the dramatic quotient very high, Wendell brought in four hunks on the ramp who disrobed to reveal sexy swim trunks. From then on, it was a high-voltage, fast-paced show with garment construction that kept the audience on edge. Cowl neck slashed creations, crépe ponchos, layered sleeve tops, black dolman sleeve dress and tunics, long-sleeved shirts with curved accents were treated cleverly, while black-white colour blocking was intelligently executed. Batwing capes floated in, pleated long tubes, piped balloon pants, and the trio of pink, blue and black sack dresses with curved cuts followed the theme. Saris came in colour blocks of black, blue and white with loose blouses or ruffled halter tops. Black/white lean tube with layered cape, a green slip dress with attached flaps and the looped pleated shrug over a slim maxi were stunning. An occasional bodysuit or a sexy pleated turtle neck top with cape had beachwear appeal.
The final draped sari gown in black was a stylish end to a great display. Menswear featured ink-blue tunics, collarless jackets, three versions of summer shirts/shorts in black/white, lots of drop crotch fluid trousers with kimono style belted jackets, pants with side flaps and micro ripple pleated trousers with side fins.
All in all, a fitting finale to a fabulous fashion week.