The opening of Ruslan The Himalayan Times TGIF Nepal Fashion Week 2017 saw an array of refreshing colours, followed by innovative take on traditional fabrics, experiment with different types of silhouettes and layers on April 5 at Hyatt Regency Kathmandu. Furthermore, the sparkle on some of the outfits left the audience all dazzled.
Spectators eagerly waited for the curtains to rise, some way early than the given time. The curiosity for the biggest fashion extravaganza built up as the flashes went off continuously as some of the big names made their entry on the red carpet. And after all that, the show did not compromise on any fashion aspect.
So, the show started slightly, as they call, fashionably late.
The event began on a colourful note — with Anu Shrestha displaying some vibrant hues, meticulously hand painted on a variety of luxurious silk. The upbeat music complemented the high energy on the ramp. Furthermore, the breezy silhouettes of the outfits reflected elegance at ease.
Her second sequence of sarees was again as appealing to the eyes as her first. However, the delicate silk fabric was a little mellifluous to stay still on the models as they posed — it would easily slip off. But, the models, well-trained to handle the situation, pulled off the walk gracefully with poise to envy.
Slowly the music played Paris, and the song perfectly suited the collection — Alta Moda. It was indeed a perfect blend of sophistication and high fashion. Gowns of interesting silhouettes and frilly layers justified this year’s trending haute couture. The pastel shades were pleasing to the eyes, and lent the elegant factor. The street and party wear — jumpsuits, dresses and pants, and suits gave a feel of high fashion streets of Paris. Showstopper Jyotsna Yogi’s metallic blue gown came as a surprise as all the other outfits were more of the pink shades.
BEFORE and AFTER
The sparkling details in the outfits were another eye-catching element of the night. This was first seen in Suraksha Purja’s collection — Page 3. Also the sleeves in her tops had interesting designs and cutouts. Purja furthermore made the audience nostalgic — with 90’s bell-bottoms!
Student designer Muna Gurung proved that new talents are no less. Her collection Mysteries of the Sea stayed true to its name — with a beautiful mermaid gown opening her sequence, followed by mind- blowing gowns in apple silk blended with net and lace and ombre of different shades of blue. The flowy texture of the dresses was another striking aesthetic. However, one of the dresses with a sequin bow failed to receive any applause.
International designer AB Waluddin Ahmed Chaudhary from Bangladesh introduced another remarkable and vibrant collection — Rainbow. The props which included colourful umbrellas, bags and head gears went really well with the music and the outfits.
The backdrop this year added a lot of glamour to the ramp, perfecting the ambience and each sequence. The 3D-effect was simply stimulating. The clean and smart looks on the models drew the attention more to the outfits meeting the aim of the show to promote designers.
The cocktail bridal gown in the collection Under the Sky by Tresemme displayed some more shades of blue. The net fabric tails in the gowns were noticeable.
The final collection of the day was presented by Mukta Shrestha, who was introduced as a praised, acclaimed and very talented couture designer, and Shrestha lived up to the accolade. The audience could not help but cheer and applaud her first collection — Vivid. The Tibetan brocade used gave an exclusive touch.
Her second collection Pahiran ma Pahichan received a bigger round of applause. Why wouldn’t it? She revived the handwoven traditional Dhaka fabrics in her designs.
The first day has raised the bar. Day 2 is another beginning to scale new fashion heights.
The four-day event is sponsored by Ruslan in association with Tresemme and powered by Mahindra KUV100, with Silk Air as the airline partner.
Our guests give their verdict, and all of them give Ruslan The Himalayan Times TGIF Nepal Fashion Week 2017 thumbs up!
The show was exclusive. I liked the LED lights and screen presentation, the stage was brilliantly presented and the lights setup was unique. I had an amazing experience at the show. I loved designer Mukta Shrestha’s Pahiran ma Pahichan sequence. For me it was the show stealer tonight. It was brilliant. Overall the show has set the bar high
for the fashion industry in Nepal.
— Anup Sapkota, Director, Arbitrary Group
This was my first time at TGIF Nepal Fashion Week, everything was spectacular and amazing; the music was in coordination with the dresses, and the designs were very interesting. The show was par excellence, the ambience was truly amazing and I really enjoyed the show. The collection that caught my
eyes tonight was Muna Gurung’s
Under the Sea.
— Sujit Acharya, Chairman, Energy Development Council (EDC)
The show was a marvellous collaboration of mixture of colours, light settings and beautiful faces. This show was beyond my expectations and I was amazed. I found all the collections of the designers stunning and something pleasantly out of the ordinary. But what really caught my eye tonight was the fabulous amalgamation of Dhaka print into sophisticated dresses by Mukta Shrestha; and the other one was the use of coral hues that perfectly blended into a fairytale gown by Muna Gurung.
— Giuseppe Savino, Representative for Ambassador / Head of European Union Delegation to Nepal
The show was breathtaking. The models were full of confidence. Most specifically, Nikita Chandak nailed the ramp. I loved all the collections showcased but my personal favourite was the designs showcased by Mukta Shrestha. Both her collections — Vivid and Pahiran ma Pahichan had the core representation of Nepali ethnicity. The show is definitely getting bigger and better.
— Asmi Shrestha, Miss Nepal World 2016
The show was amazing, I just loved Mukta Shrestha’s collection; I really liked the use of colours and fabrics.
— Sagar Gurung, Stylist