The Indian fashion industry is leaving no stone unturned to position themselves amongst the best designers of the world. Looking back at the history of head gears, one will realise that these are very much in trend on the Indian runways as are in the European fashion industry. “Accessories tell the best stories….be it the belt, bag or headgear. Clothing have a universal influence, the difference in each culture of time frame can only be justified by the styling or the accessories.” This is what the ace designer Suneet Verma has to say when we asked him about the latest trend of larger than life headgears on Indian runways.
Nida Mahmood whose collection, ‘High on Chai’ made big news because of the larger than life headgears said, They are set according to the mood of the collection. Since my collection was targeting the common man, I portrayed headgears like black crow, tea kettle; etc.” Most designers confessed that the whole idea behind these huge and grand headgears is to weave the collection well. It enhances the look of the collection and helps to tell a story. But few of them also accepted that these act as a perfect visual treat when seen on the ramp and create a style statement of sorts.
Theses massive designs are not only creating waves among the famed designers but are also impressing budding designers. Props always add that extra zing to the whole collection. Varun Bahl commented, “I showcased headgears in my couture collection. I would say, the credit for these innovative headgears goes to Little Shilpa (accessory designer)”. Sometimes the ideas are totally freakish when it comes to headgears. There was a time when designers used to have fun creating awkward shoes and hats and now it looks like theyve changed their vision and moved on with odd ones.
Suneet Verma throws caution to the wind, It’s important to be true to your inspiration and be very well researched in the kind of accessories and headgear one wants to show…because it can be misleading for the audience. Also never use headgear for the sake of it, it has to work in balance with the garment and compliment it”. The designers who have brought in this trend have diverse option when it comes to making large and huge headgears. They can go really wild while hunting for the techniques and materials to create those amazing head pieces, “the best material would be one that is gentle to sculpt and mould and wouldn’t be too heavy as it can be uncomfortable for the model” directed Suneet. Materials can range from a kettle, a telephone, newspaper crafted in any shape, usage of beads, feathers, Indian jewellery pieces, trays, vibrant handmade sheets, biscuit packets, jute ropes, cardboards, wires, colourful threads, aluminium glasses and many more.
Though we see a lot of experiments with the headgears on the ramp, how do the models cope with these huge creations on their head? Nida Mahmood opines, “I don’t think, they have any problem, in fact I think models are very much open to new experiments and creations. Models are very supportive and even they like to try out something new and unique.” It is pretty much clear that headgears are more visual than functional. But nothing lost at the end of the day. The wearability of these pieces may or may not be justified, but they sure add that X factor to the show which works wonders for the media frenzy. The bottom line is, if you have them in your runway show, you are bound to make it to the front page next day, even if you don’t have a celebrity showstopper.