March 16, 2024 FDCI

Wear Calm

Urvashi Kaur had all the makings of a hit show—a bevy of intellectuals from Ratna Pathak Shah to Rasika Duggal as well as relaxed clothing armed with natty wraps, coppery saris, easy tie ups that announced the arrival of a comfortable spring, as she completed 15 years in the business of fashion!  

By Asmita Aggarwal

Maybe the biggest support system for Urvashi Kaur has been her artist mom, who is always seen silently sitting or watching the show. But this time, the ex-army chief General J J Singh’s wife Anupama was on the ramp, dressed by her daughter, in a long carefree bandhani dress, with vibrant shades of magenta to match her vivacious personality, as she smiled and clapped for her on the runway at the LFW X FDCI 2024 showcasing.

Kaur decided to be back with a bang, and celebrate her 15th year in the style business with everyone who maybe stood by her on this tenacious journey of ups and downs. As her septum ring took centerstage along with the barefoot musician, who enthralled us with his flute to ghungroos, and of course dreadlocks, Kaur was telling us all that relaxed is the new cool.

And the new cool is also Ratna Pathak Shah, the actress who choses intellect over box office slavery much like her other showstoppers from Manto actress Rasika Duggal to Masaan star Shweta Tewari and even the lovely Tilottama Shone, they all wore her free-spirited checks and tiered dresses that caressed the runway.

In all terms, the show was inclusive tall, short, oversized, bearded, bald, bespectacled, turbaned, Kaur didn’t leave anyone out of this myriad mix, as her dhotis graced women and men both creating a unisex wardrobe, frankly the future of fashion. The play of exaggerated collars, double collars, wrap pants, tie ups, asymmetrical dresses, risqué bustiers as well as metallic everything from pants to coats and cover ups, her love for copper and gold was evident this season.

Sari and pants, in neon, layered dresses, play of hems, models reading books, content creators, stylists like Gautam Kalra making their way on the runway along with a turbaned model carrying a Lulu Guinness-esque Lip bag, who famously exclaimed, “My red lips are my signature, my trademark,” sparked the lip clutch craze.

The play of stripes was extraordinary by Kaur, and Ratna Pathak doing the twirl for us was fun too, so was Shweta’s brocade ink blue coat, however, the message was chill—be yourself, embrace your flaws, dress in subtle shine. The fabric bags, along with comedian Mallika Dua were artsy and so was Kaur in her grey dhoti with a buttoned down shirt as she did a little jig for us to tell us, “I am happy to see what I achieved—I made women super comfortable”!

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