Time and again, Nickie Nina, have failed to live up to the expectations and bar that they have set for themselves. Almost every year, they come, they show and they disappoint. As an audience I just failed to understand, considering they do good business, that does not translate on to the ramp. The Katcha Tanka needed to be a lot Pukka (ripe) before it could have been presented on the runway.
The collection that claimed to be inspired by ‘gypsies’ had no business with it to begin with, let alone for picking up such a dated theme for an upcoming collection. The weird patterns combined with solids in an array of weird silhouettes sashayed down the runway. When one experiments, it has to push the envelope in an aesthetic fashion, which, sorry to say was not my cup of tea or maybe my aesthetic sense is not that highly developed to understand the futuristic-ness of the collection. The frumpy ill fitted tops that at points made models look busty and at others made em look shapeless, and the pants, while some of them fitted well, others were plain cut wrong making women rounder around the butt and thigh area and no woman wants that and flaring out but not quite ending weirdly around the ankles. One of the weirdest jacket/drape/dunno what in orange was in such an odd shape, that it completely overshadowed one of the better fitted pants. To worsen things were those baby doll strange hair with assymentric ponytails.
While the last two outfits seemed to work better than the most with their color and uppers that flared out behind them, nothing else worked. The brocade pants with an inner and the round cape made for a much better look. So did the short sheer tunic with a sheer sleeveless jacket with plain pants was understated. The collection went onto to being pretty mediocre, WHAT gypsies do go around in such properly done embroideries. I have seen some pretty good gypsy inspired collections and this one wasn’t one of them. The collection that claimed to celebrate three qualities of womanhood had no grace, no grit and certainly no glamour.
Most of the ensembles which could have been saved by a simple strappy heel or simple footwear were ruined by what models were made to wear. Sorry to whoever thought those were the best part of the collection (really!!!) , but those were some FUGLY wedges!! I did not get it why did they even have them there in those flourscent colors with work done upon them… WHAT were they thinking… gypsies no roam around in that sista!! *snap* I would have sent models barefoot than in those.
*Images courtesy Faisal Farooqui and his team at Dragonfly … and me