Lakme Fashion Week: Stoffa
When the Sound of Music comes on the speakers and a little girl with a big smile comes walking down the runway in a white dress you can't help but smile. And all the fashion folk at the Stoffa show did. This collection was designed to run as a coming-of-age tale (a clever marketing technique to show the newly launched Stoffa Gal and Stoffa Bride lines.) The clothes were simple and in strict accordance with the international trends of maxi-clutches and block colours but some looks crossed the line of fashion integrity. While saris struck a perfect chord of Halston-esque simplicity, angel-sleeves (as done by Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi a few seasons ago) were in abundance and some of the bags in transparent plastic (so that you could see the contents) were just too reminiscent of Chanel from previous seasons.
It strikes me as sad that a city with so much talent and potential to become celebrated for its fashion will be held back by careless copying. There is a fine line between inspiration and replication- in my opinion, Stoffa was on the wrong side of that line.
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